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+.
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!
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.