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With Android apps inbound, Google preps a storage manager for Chrome OS

PC News - 5 hours 58 min ago

When Google first rolled out Chromebooks, managing local storage was not a top priority. Even though early Chromebooks typically came with 16GB of onboard storage the whole point of Google's laptops was that everything existed online. But Chromebooks today have all sorts of offline functionality, and soon newer Chromebooks will be running Android apps from Google Play.

To make it easier to see what’s going on with your local storage, Google is working on a new storage manager for Chromebooks, as Chrome Evangelist François Beaufort recently announced on Google+.

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54% off Vansky Bias Lighting for HDTV USB LED Multi Color Strip Accent Lighting - Deal Alert

PC News - 6 hours 1 min ago

This bias lighting strip, currently discounted by 54% on Amazon from $49.99 down to just $22.99, reduces eye-strain caused by differences in picture brightness from scene to scene in movies, shows and games, by adding a subtle backlight to your monitor or TV.  The LED lights can be changed with up to 20 color selections customizing and setting the mood of your workspace. The strip is easy to install and can be cut to size and plugs directly in the USB port of the TV or monitor.  Just Plug-and-play!

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Sweden debuts the world's first 'electric highway'

EnGadget - 6 hours 2 min ago
Fossil fuels are bad for the planet, and freight haulage is one of the more carbon-intensive activities that operate today. That's why Siemens and Scania have teamed up to trial what's being called the world's first "electric highway." Much like an e...

Forget the Multiplex: 6 Franchise-Free Movies You Need to See this Summer

Wired Top Stories - 6 hours 13 min ago
Need a break from superheroes and wise-cracking cartoons? Here are some primo indie-flick picks for the summer, from docs to dramas to (neon) demons. The post Forget the Multiplex: 6 Franchise-Free Movies You Need to See this Summer appeared first on WIRED.

Lenovo plugs severe security holes in PC support tool preinstalled on PCs

PC News - 6 hours 14 min ago

Lenovo has fixed two high-severity vulnerabilities in the Lenovo Solution Center support tool that is preinstalled on many laptop and desktop PCs. The flaws could allow attackers to take over computers and terminate antivirus processes.

Lenovo Solution Center (LSC) allows users to check their system’s virus and firewall status, update their Lenovo software, perform backups, check battery health, get registration and warranty information and run hardware tests.

The two new vulnerabilities, tracked as CVE-2016-5249 and CVE-2016-5248 in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures database, were found by security researchers from Trustwave. They affect LSC versions 3.3.002 and earlier.

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Malware Can Use Fan Noise To Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems

SlashDot - 6 hours 14 min ago
Reader Orome1 writes: For the last few years, researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have been testing up new ways to exfiltrate data from air-gapped computers: via mobile phones, using radio frequencies ("AirHopper"); using heat ("BitWhisper"), using rogue software ("GSMem") that modulates and transmits electromagnetic signals at cellular frequencies. The latest version of the data-exfiltration attack against air-gapped computers involves the machine's fans. Dubbed "Fansmitter," the attack can come handy when the computer does not have speakers, and so attackers can't use acoustic channels to get the info.An anonymous reader adds:Malicious applications use the noise emanated by a computer fan's speed to relay information to a nearby recording device and steal data from air-gapped, isolated systems. The attack relies on selecting a fan speed to represent binary "1" and another for binary "0". A specially crafted malware can alter the CPU, GPU or chassis fan speed between these two frequencies and provide a method to relay data from infected systems. Attackers can then place microphones or smartphones to record the sound coming from the infected machine and steal the data. The attack works for distances of one to four meters, and operates in the 100-600 Hz frequency that can be picked up by the human year. Choosing smaller fan speeds or fan speeds that are closer together can make the attack harder to pick up by a human, but also makes it susceptible to background noise.

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These Astronauts Are Getting Sealed in a Cave to Practice Life in Space

Gizmodo - 6 hours 25 min ago

An underground cave is precisely the wrong direction if you’re hoping to go into space—so why is the European Space Agency sending the latest batch of ISS-bound astronauts on a spelunking expedition? To practice for life in a sealed tin can, of course.

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MIT: More collaboration is needed to fight disease

EnGadget - 6 hours 26 min ago
As anyone who follows science knows, a lot of the fields have blended together. Medical research is dependent on robotics and other technology, while computer engineers are building neural networks that mimic our brains. To get everyone working toget...

'CivilizationEDU' takes the strategy franchise to school

EnGadget - 6 hours 51 min ago
Minecraft isn't the only game headed to the classroom these days. Next fall, CivilizationEDU takes the storied strategy franchise to schools, too. The game "will provide students with the opportunity to think critically and create historical events,...

Seagate targets storage for drones and robots

PC News - 7 hours 6 min ago

Seagate is targeting drones and robots as it looks to add its storage technologies to new devices.

“There’s a huge opportunity there,” said Patrick Ferguson, a product manager at Seagate. “I’m really excited about it.”

Manufacturers make drones easy to fly, but storage isn’t a heavy consideration, Ferguson said.

Robots and drones generate a lot of data, but have limited internal storage to retain all that information. For example, drones with multiple cameras generate a lot of video, but just one CompactFlash or SD card to store all that data may not be enough.

“In a 20 minute flight you’re talking hundreds of gigabytes, not tens of gigabytes,” Ferguson said.

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The heart of smart devices: These sensors make the Internet of Things aware

PC News - 7 hours 7 min ago
Slideshow: Check out the sensors that make IoT click

Image by Stephen Lawson

Sensors are at the heart of the Internet of Things, collecting the data that powers wearables and smart cities alike. This week in San Jose, makers of sensors and related gear gathered for the Sensors Expo & Conference. Here's a look at some of these components.

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U.S. court rules that FBI can hack into a computer without a warrant

PC News - 7 hours 10 min ago

A U.S. court has ruled that the FBI can hack into a computer without a warrant—a move which is troubling privacy advocates.

The criminal case involves a child pornography site, Playpen, that had been accessible through Tor, a browser designed for anonymous web surfing.

The FBI, however, managed to take over the site in 2014, and then tracked down and arrested its members by hacking their computers. This allowed law enforcement to secretly collect their IP addresses.

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Apple retires its Thunderbolt Display without warning or a successor

PC News - 7 hours 11 min ago

Apple is discontinuing its Thunderbolt Display, the high-resolution external display that users of the MacBook and other Macs could use to get a better picture and work with more apps.

The company said Thursday that the 27-inch widescreen display with LED backlight technology will be available on Apple’s online store, Apple retail stores and authorized resellers while supplies last. A successor wasn't announced.

The Thunderbolt Display currently retails on the Apple online store at $999. It has a 2560 by 1440 pixels resolution.

It isn’t clear whether Apple plans to follow with newer versions that use 5K resolution displays at 5120 by 2880 pixels, which is the display technology Apple uses on its high-end iMac. There was speculation earlier that a new version would be announced at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference this month.

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Muji’s Selling Handmade Wares for Only Three Days. In NYC. Only.

Wired Top Stories - 7 hours 13 min ago
The Tatazumai collection includes a range of work from a glass artist, a textile designer, a mixed-media artist, a wood artist, and two ceramicists. The post Muji’s Selling Handmade Wares for Only Three Days. In NYC. Only. appeared first on WIRED.

More Details About Darth Vader's Presence in Rogue One

Gizmodo - 7 hours 14 min ago

Legends of Tomorrow casts its new Vixen. Norman Reedus continues to hype up The Walking Dead’s gruesome return. Kevin Conroy teases the Batman’s laugh in The Killing Joke. Plus, even more casting for Spider-Man: Homecoming, behind the scenes on Doctor Who season 10, and Stephen Amell on Arrow’s future. Spoilers!

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Study Finds Password Misuse In Hospitals Is 'Endemic'

SlashDot - 7 hours 14 min ago
chicksdaddy writes from a report via The Security Ledger: Hospitals are pretty hygienic places -- except when it comes to passwords, it seems. That's the conclusion of a recent study by researchers at Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania and USC, which found that efforts to circumvent password protections are "endemic" in healthcare environments and mostly go unnoticed by hospital IT staff. The report describes what can only be described as wholesale abandonment of security best practices at hospitals and other clinical environments -- with the bad behavior being driven by necessity rather than malice. "In hospital after hospital and clinic after clinic, we find users write down passwords everywhere," the report reads. "Sticky notes form sticky stalagmites on medical devices and in medication preparation rooms. We've observed entire hospital units share a password to a medical device, where the password is taped onto the device. We found emergency room supply rooms with locked doors where the lock code was written on the door -- no one wanted to prevent a clinician from obtaining emergency supplies because they didn't remember the code." Competing priorities of clinical staff and information technology staff bear much of the blame. Specifically: IT staff and management are often focused on regulatory compliance and securing healthcare environments. They are excoriated for lapses in security that result in the theft or loss of data. Clinical staff, on the other hand, are focused on patient care and ensuring good health outcomes, said Ross Koppel, one of the authors of the report, who told The Security Ledger. Those two competing goals often clash. "IT want to be good guys. They're not out to make life miserable for the clinical staff, but they often do," he said.

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ICYMI: Saving the ocean and ghosting on love interests

EnGadget - 7 hours 14 min ago
Today on In Case You Missed It: The Burner chatbot would let a machine ghost on acquaintances you'd rather not text with anymore. So that's point one for the endtimes, zero for humanity. But this Dutch inventor should more than switch that around...

Why the UK's vote to leave the EU will have little effect on its data protection rules

PC News - 7 hours 19 min ago

With the haircut that the sterling-euro exchange rate has taken in the wake of the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union, the U.K. has suddenly become a low-cost country for companies wishing to host or process the personal information of EU citizens.

EU businesses will need to weigh that price cut against the regulatory uncertainty Thursday’s vote introduced—but it turns out that’s surprisingly small, at least in the short to medium term.

As for U.K. businesses hoping for more relaxed data protection rules in the wake of the referendum vote, they will have to wait—perhaps for a very long while.

That’s because many of the rules that the 51.9 percent who voted to leave the EU hoped to escape are, in fact, firmly part of U.K. law, and will only go away if the U.K. parliament votes to repeal them.

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Oculus claims exclusive games are good for the VR industry

EnGadget - 7 hours 45 min ago
Many have argued -- including our own Sean Buckley -- that the steady stream of platform-exclusive virtual reality games is a bad thing. Oculus has been by the far the most aggressive in pursuing such deals, but its head of content Jason Rubin claims...

Heat Waves in New York Could Cause Thousands of Deaths

Gizmodo - 8 hours 4 min ago

Attention, New Yorkers: If climate change continues unabated, over 3,000 people in the city will die every year from heat by 2080. Do something, and maybe only about 1,500 will die.

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