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Facebook shares rare photos of Arctic data center

Facebook shares rare photos of Arctic data center

When your business involves connecting millions of people around the world, not to mentions their photos and cat videos, you’re going to need small amount of server for processing, which generates no small amount of heat, which requires no small amount of cooling. Keeping servers from overheating is one of the biggest recurring costs of data centers and companies like Facebook. In order to be smart about that cooling system and also reduce its carbon footprint, Facebook has instead put to use Mother Nature’s biggest air conditioning unit: the Arctic Circle.

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Raspberry Pi gets its own official desktop environment: PIXEL

Raspberry Pi gets its own official desktop environment: PIXEL

The Raspberry Pi, in all its incarnations, has been used in every DIY project or dream imaginable, from security systems to obstruction-detecting robots to, well, mini desktop computers. While most of these projects won’t really use a traditional computer desktop environment, the RPi was still in need of a lightweight, beautiful, and user-friendly desktop for beginners as well as those using the single-board computer as a regular, though less powerful, everyday desktop. Thus, PIXEL was born and is now available for download and use.

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Kano DIY computer brings camera, speaker kits to crowdfunding

Kano DIY computer brings camera, speaker kits to crowdfunding

Technology and electronics have come such a long way that it’s already possible to build basic computers as easy as you would LEGO structures. But how about the parts that attach to that computer? Not so much. Once again, Kano is trying bring that DIY plus LEGO culture to kids and the young at heart by trying to crowdfund three kits that separately form a camera, a Bluetooth speaker, and a pixel grid display. Together, especially with the sensors the ship with, they form together hours of educational fun.

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MacBook Pro refresh believed to land late October

MacBook Pro refresh believed to land late October

While the new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 definitely deserve the media attention, Apple’s other faithful users are also dying to have their time in the spotlight. Specifically, Apple’s Mac computers have languished on the sidelines, in a dire need of revitalized models and marketing. Fret not, Mac faithful, because your time might be coming in just a few weeks. Based on movements of macOS 10.12.1, it is now believed that the first Mac refresh, namely the new MacBook Pros, could be finally revealed as early as late October.

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Blue Raspberry USB mic works for PC, Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Blue Raspberry USB mic works for PC, Mac, iPhone, and iPad

When it comes to recording, the spoken word digitally Blue has been making microphones for a long time that aim directly at podcasters and other recording artists. The company has a new microphone that is aiming directly at the mobile recorders out there called the Raspberry.

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Here are the Windows 10 Mobile features coming next year

Here are the Windows 10 Mobile features coming next year

For the past two Windows 10 releases, Microsoft has focused primarily on the desktop side of the operating system, which is only natural as it desperately needed to catch up with lost time. That, however, left many Windows 10 Mobile users feeling orphaned. If this latest info dump, as well as some rumors, do come to pass, then they will be able to turn that frown upside-down. In the “Redstone 2” update coming next year, and supposedly in Redstone 3 after that, Microsoft will finally be giving Windows 10 Mobile some much-needed attention.

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Udacity creates a nanodegree course to push VR forward

Udacity creates a nanodegree course to push VR forward

As wildly popular as virtual reality might have become, and as now widespread it may have been, thanks to the likes of Google Cardboard, the content available for the technology has barely scratched the surface. That’s mostly because the knowledge on how to create such virtual experience still rests in the hands of a few. Seeking to liberate that knowledge, Udacity has crafted a program that partners with the who’s who in the VR industry to train minds, and hands, in becoming a VR Developer.

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Razer DeathAdder Elite detailed

Razer DeathAdder Elite detailed

This morning the folks at Razer have revealed a new edition of their "best gaming mouse in the world," as they call it, the DeathAdder Elite. This version of the mouse works with the best optical sensor Razer has available - a Razer 5G Optical Sensor. This mouse also works with Razer Mechanical Switches, the first mouse to be released with said switches. Razer Chroma will be on and in this device as well, of course, blasting colors aplenty.

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3D printed wristband turn prosthetic hands into a mouse

3D printed wristband turn prosthetic hands into a mouse

While prosthetic limbs have been around for years, we’re still not there yet when it comes to the agile, dexterous, precise replacement hands of science-fiction future. Even something as critical moving a mouse and clicking on it is something that’s extremely difficult for these people to do. Fortunately, 3D printing is again coming to the rescue, with a group of researchers developing a pair of bands, one for the wrist and one for the arm, to allow people with prosthetic hands to click on anything as much as they want. They call it “Shortcut”.

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Chrome OS now stable enough for Android apps, but on select PCs only

Chrome OS now stable enough for Android apps, but on select PCs only

Many Chromebook users have long dreamed of the day when they could natively run Android apps on their machine. And for some time now they have been, but only for early adopters and those that use the dev and beta channels of the software. But the time has finally come when Google has released a new stable version of Chrome OS that offers access to the entire Play Store library.

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USB sticks with malware are being hand-delivered to mailboxes

USB sticks with malware are being hand-delivered to mailboxes

Sometimes, the best strategy is an old-fashioned one, and sadly some criminal elements might be using that nugget of wisdom to spread malicious software to unsuspecting victims. In Australia and the UK, there have been reports of USB thumb drives being delivered, most likely by hand, to physical mailboxes. And while these branded memory sticks look innocent, they are rarely so. The few that have been analyzed revealed to contain malware, ransomware even, designed to hold users’ data hostage for a price to be paid to hackers.

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Microsoft, Lenovo accused of blocking Linux on “Signature Edition” PCs

Microsoft, Lenovo accused of blocking Linux on “Signature Edition” PCs

Laptops these days are getting more powerful, thinner, and, like the Lenovo Yoga Book, more interesting. While most of these were made with running Windows in mind, some consumers prefer to have the final say on what OS to use, which usually means Linux (or Chrome OS sometimes). But much to their dismay, some buyers of the Lenovo Yoga 900, 910S, and 710S have found out that they can’t do so, supposedly because of an agreement between Microsoft and OEMs like Lenovo to prevent other operating systems like Linux to be installed on Signature Edition PCs like those models. However, reality isn’t as simple as that may sound.

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