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AirBuddy is the AirPods app Apple should’ve made

AirBuddy is the AirPods app Apple should’ve made

Apple's super-streamlined pairing and management of AirPods on iOS devices only has one real annoyance: it highlights how less elegant the process is on macOS. New app AirBuddy aims to fix that, though, replicating the simple way that iOS shows AirPods battery status and connectivity for your Mac.

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Why Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram cross-service encryption can’t happen

Why Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram cross-service encryption can’t happen

The proof is in the pudding when it comes to suggested end-to-end encryption of a single messaging system between Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Today a statement from Facebook suggests that they're "working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks." But it's not that sentence that's important - it's the one that comes right after it that tells me what I suspect is probably true.

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DeepMind AlphaStar AI beats StarCraft II pro players 10-1

DeepMind AlphaStar AI beats StarCraft II pro players 10-1

As if it weren’t enough that an AI has been beating humans at a game that is considered part strategy but mostly memorization of strategies, now an AI is also beating them at a game that requires quick strategic thinking and quick mouse-clicking. Of course, the former is probably too easy for a computer to do, since it requires no fingers, but DeepMind’s new AlphaStar AI has beaten human pros at StarCraft II ten times before finally letting the organics win at least once.

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Acer Chromebook reveals just keep on coming

Acer Chromebook reveals just keep on coming

Like a couple of its competitors, Acer has showed up to BETT with a slate of new Chromebooks for education. Today the company announced four new Chromebooks altogether, and they all share a few key specifications. Chief among those shared specifications is an 11.6-inch display and a fair degree of ruggedness that comes with meeting MIL-STD 810G in tests for temperature, humidity, mechanical shock, rain, dust, and sand.

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Intel’s new RealSense camera gives 3D localization for AR headsets and drones

Intel’s new RealSense camera gives 3D localization for AR headsets and drones

Intel has revealed its latest smart mapping camera, the Intel RealSense Tracking Camera T265, targeting smartphones and AR headsets along with autonomous drones and robots. Equipped with twin fish-eye cameras, the T265 can precisely locate itself in 3D space without resorting to GPS or other external data, making it particularly useful indoors.

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Acer TravelMate B114-21 is a tough, AMD laptop for students

Acer TravelMate B114-21 is a tough, AMD laptop for students

AMD is really pushing heavily into Intel territory. It is challenging its old-time rival in markets where Intel used to reign alone, and that includes the education sector. AMD has recently partnered with OEMs to start putting its A series of notebook chips into previously Intel or ARM exclusive Chromebooks. Now it’s spreading its wings even further with Acer’s latest TravelMate B114-21, the PC maker’s first education-centric notebook powered by AMD.

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This Samsung Display 15.6″ UHD OLED is headed to premium laptops

This Samsung Display 15.6″ UHD OLED is headed to premium laptops

If you've been holding off on a laptop upgrade until the next big thing in screen tech arrives, Samsung Display has some excellent news for you. The company has shown off its latest OLED panel, a 15.6-inch Ultra HD screen that it says is the first such UHD display for the notebook market.

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HP announces two new Chromebooks in education push

HP announces two new Chromebooks in education push

HP is bolstering its Education Edition Chromebook lineup today by announcing two new devices aimed primarily at the classroom. The Chromebook x360 11 G2 EE and the Chromebook 11 G7 EE will be joining the company's existing G-series in April, with a few details about both computers being revealed today.

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Research: 4 new ways browser history can be exposed

Research: 4 new ways browser history can be exposed

A recent study by the University of California, San Diego, showed four new ways to expose Internet users' browsing histories. They also showed the ways in which these histories could and can be used to target internet users with various attacks. Most of these attacks take aim psychologically, targeting the trust users have in details to which they believe only their closest friends and family have access.

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Newest WD SSD gets heatsink option to un-throttle performance

Newest WD SSD gets heatsink option to un-throttle performance

The WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD was revealed this week with an aim to take on the most performance-hungry PC gaming rigs. It'll do this with up to 2TB capacity on a single-sided M.2 form factor ...which is super duper, BUT, the version we're interested in is the one with an integrated heatsink. There'll be versions with the heatsink and versions without, the versions without will be released first, then the heatsink second.

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New Slack Logo gets a Pentagram design reboot

New Slack Logo gets a Pentagram design reboot

A new Slack Logo appeared this week, courtesy of a design language made to take on the future. The new logo is simpler, the new logo is more flat, the new logo is far more versatile. According to Slack PR, "A good reason to change a logo is that it’s not doing the job you want it to do—and because a simpler, more distinctive evolution of it could do that job better."

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The biggest data breach of all time just happened

The biggest data breach of all time just happened

It's time to change your passwords - all of them. A newly revealed collection of email addresses, accounts, and passwords now constitutes the largest set ever exposed. And it appeared just this week. The sheer size of this breach of information eclipses that of any other single incident - and the chances that your email isn't amongst the leaked is small.

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