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Google just added new capabilities to Chrome apps, allowing them to look and feel a lot li...

Chromebooks have lowered the price of admission for owning a laptop. Though many Chromebook owners are content to funnel all of their personal computing through a web browser, not everyone wants to sacrifice the native apps that platforms like Windows and Mac OS X can provide. The Chrome OS platform, however, just took another step forward in becoming a viable desktop alternative, with the addition of new browser apps that, well, no longer look the part.  Read More

Acer's T272HUL monitor features a number of compelling specs

Acer has announced a new high-end panel at the IFA show in Berlin. With high-end specs like a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution and 10-point multitouch, the company is clearly has its eye on the cream of the display crop with the T272HUL.  Read More

We've been impressed with Lenovo's Ultrabook keyboards before – will the new model continu...

Last year's Windows 8 launch was accompanied by a slew of new Ultrabooks, tablets, and hybrid convertibles. Out of that bunch, one of the most interesting has been Lenovo's series of Yoga PCs. Like a yoga instructor, the Yoga PC bends, stretches, and flips into several different poses. If you've been eyeing that form factor but haven't yet pulled the trigger, then you might want to know that Lenovo just announced its first proper follow-up, the Yoga 2 Pro.  Read More

The 'world's thinnest' touch-sensitive surface from Cambridge Silicon Radio

Scientists at Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) have developed a flexible computer keyboard that is paper thin and is claimed capable of transforming any area into a touch-sensitive surface. The company describes its creation as the world's thinnest wireless touch surface at 0.5 mm thick, and offers consumers a low-power Bluetooth technology featuring "the latest in printable, flexible electronics and touch screen sensing."  Read More

The basic Asetniop key map has been programmed into the Haptix system

By effectively turning any flat surface into a multitouch user interface, Haptix has the potential to consign the humble computer mouse to the IO history books. Now the development team has announced plans that could kill off the physical keyboard too. Ractiv has partnered with Asetniop creator Zack Dennis to bring his chorded virtual keying concept to life.  Read More

The Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse

Using a wireless mouse can certainly help cut down on cable clutter, and if the battery runs out while scrolling through a website, or there's a slight delay between moving the peripheral and the desired onscreen cursor response, it's not the end of the world. For gamers, however, such things are serious enough that many enthusiasts and pros opt for the reliability of a wired connection to a gaming computer. Logitech's G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse effectively puts an end to battery life and performance woes by offering over 10 days of non-stop, lag-free gaming.  Read More

Pavlov Poke is designed to combat Facebook addiction ... with electric shocks

Sometimes Facebook can be a bit like a timewarp. You open it to take a quick peek and before you know it, the better part of the day is gone by. MIT PhD students Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff decided that they’d like to spend less time with social media and more writing their dissertations, so they came up with Pavlov Poke. As the name implies, it’s a sort of aversion therapy device for weaning off of Facebook that gives you electric shocks if you've lingered too long.  Read More

Samsung's 3D Vertical NAND flash memory reads and writes twice as fast as conventional NAN...

Samsung has announced production of the first solid state drives (SSD) based on its new 3D V-NAND flash memory. V-NAND flash memories read and write twice as fast as conventional NAND memories, and last 10 times longer while consuming 50 percent less power. At present, the 3D chips offer about the same physical bit density as do more conventional NAND flash memory chips, but while 2D geometries are reaching the end state of their scaling potential, the 3D chips offer as much as two orders of magnitude of additional elbow room for denser devices.  Read More

Georgia Tech to offer MS in Computer Science via MOOC (Photo: Mathieu Plourde)

The Georgia Institute of Technology, in partnership with Udacity and AT&T, is preparing to offer an accredited online master of science (M.S.) degree in Computer Science. The instruction will be via Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC), which will be open to anyone at no charge, but will also be available as for-credit courses leading to an Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS). The total cost of instruction fees and tuition for those taking the M.S. route is expected to be less than US$7,000.  Read More

Is your data is safe on open public WiFi? (Photo: Shutterstock)

There are plenty of opportunities to connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots when you're on the go these days. Coffee shops, hotels, restaurants and airports are just some of the places where you can jump online, but often these networks are open and not secure. Whether you're using a laptop, tablet or smartphone, you'll want to connect your device securely to protect your data as much as possible. Here's some simple steps you can take to help make sure your data is safe on open public Wi-Fi.  Read More

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