Chrome OS lock screen apps hinted by notes feature

Chrome OS lock screen apps hinted by notes feature

It seems a new feature is inbound for Chromebooks, and it'll involve being able to take notes from the lock screen. The feature was spotted recently in the Chromium repository, and it indicates the feature will be arriving soon as a new tool for the laptop's primary account holder. The feature itself, though, is part of a larger effort that brings apps to the lock screen.

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Apple sued by State Farm over iPhone 4S fire: battery blamed

Apple sued by State Farm over iPhone 4S fire: battery blamed

State Farm, a major insurance company, has sued Apple over a house fire allegedly caused by a defective iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S contained the original battery, according to the lawsuit, which names both State Farm and Wisconsin resident Xai Thao as plaintiffs, when it experienced a 'significant and localized heating event' that set fire to Thao's house.

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Chevrolet Volt crossover future tipped as GM reportedly weighs axe

Chevrolet Volt crossover future tipped as GM reportedly weighs axe

Chevrolet's Volt hybrid could get a jacked-up replacement in just a few years time, it's suggested, as slumping sedan sales force GM to get tough with its line-up. The Volt, currently in its second generation, combines an electric motor and battery with a gas engine. Thought it can be used as a plug-in, the car is also capable of recharging itself on the move by running the gas engine as a generator.

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Splatoon 2 release could be ruined by Nintendo’s online ineptitude

Splatoon 2 release could be ruined by Nintendo’s online ineptitude

After months of waiting, today is the day that Splatoon 2 arrives. Through numerous test fire events, Switch-owning gamers should already have a good idea if this game is for them, and for everyone who's on the fence, the stellar reviews for the game may push them to take the plunge. It should be an exciting day for Switch owners, but instead there's something of a black cloud hanging over Splatoon 2's launch: Nintendo's online ineptitude.

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Mercedes’ autonomous path sees cars, cabs, and trucks converging

Mercedes’ autonomous path sees cars, cabs, and trucks converging

Mercedes expects its Level 4/5 autonomous cars to be on the road as soon as 2020, but for now the automaker's vehicles are being purposefully held back from becoming too self-sufficient. That's the state of play according to according to Ola Källenius, at least, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. Speaking at the launch of the company's most advanced model in Zurich, Switzerland, he described the two strategies that are running in parallel to allow drivers to kick back even though they're at the wheel.

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Microsoft swats Russia’s Fancy Bear with ingenious legal takedown

Microsoft swats Russia’s Fancy Bear with ingenious legal takedown

It's time for Putin's hackers to be on the receiving end of the beatdown stick of digital attacks this week. The folks behind the attack come from Microsoft, and the Russian hacker team goes by the name Fancy Bear. Yes, Fancy Bear, a name that's brought relative shame to the Democratic National Convention's game, also known as the Kremlin's cyber spy team. But Microsoft isn't attacking with "the cyber" - they're attacking with... the law!

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Phobos makes surprise appearance in Hubble Mars photo

Phobos makes surprise appearance in Hubble Mars photo

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently captured a time lapse of Phobos, a tiny rock-like moon, orbiting around Mars. The resulting composite image of the 13 total exposures shows what appears to be a bright dot of light near Mars...it looks something like a spec of dust that reflected light back at a camera. That 'speck of dust,' though, is a great look at one of the Red Planet's two small moons.

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Razer Phone: 5 reasons you will want this crazy thing

Razer Phone: 5 reasons you will want this crazy thing

Apparently there's going to be a Razer Phone at some point in the near future, and you're going to want to buy one. Today I'm going to run down five reasons why a person might want a Razer Phone paired with 5 reasons why the Razer Phone might not be the best purchase right out the gate. Negative factors in this adventure of a release are largely related to Razer's relative lack of experience in this field. Positives have largely to do with Razer's relative good standing in several fields, including laptop and peripheral manufacturing as well as established brand and community power.

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This robot can grow and it may help perform surgery one day

This robot can grow and it may help perform surgery one day

Researchers have developed a proof-of-concept robot that is able to grow, a functionality that may have big implications for the medical field in coming years, though there are other potential uses for such a creation. The robot doesn't grow how you're likely imaging -- it's not like a human, that is. Instead, the growing robot can be imagined as something like a climbing vine, being equipped with the ability to extend its reach via a growing tip. That tip itself can accommodate many types of environments.

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Amazon digital health talent grab: Box exec reportedly joins team

Amazon digital health talent grab: Box exec reportedly joins team

Amazon is quietly building up its digital health tech talent, reportedly poaching a healthcare exec from Box. The Seattle behemoth may be best known for its retail business, but in the background it has a growing footprint in all manner of health technology areas. This latest Amazon talent grab appears to be another move to shore up those.

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Verizon throttling confession raises net-neutrality questions

Verizon throttling confession raises net-neutrality questions

It's been an interesting 48 hours for Verizon customers. Two days ago, some users discovered that Verizon may have been throttling their connections to video services like Netflix and YouTube. What's particularly strange is that under normal circumstances, average users wouldn't even realize they were being throttled.

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iPhone SE 2: Don’t hold your breath

iPhone SE 2: Don’t hold your breath

Apple brought back its classic look with the iPhone SE, but it may not be moving forward with the model, according to an analyst. This smaller phone features a more traditional iPhone design and the smallest display you can get on a newer iPhone model, and it has become a staple for those who refuse to gravitate toward larger displays. Unfortunately, an iPhone SE 2 may never see the light of day.

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