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How to Make Your PC Restart Automatically After a Power Outage
September 12, 2013
The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is quietly underway. Kit is available, however, that can help mitigate potential office disruption as weather ramps up. Uninterruptible power supplies are sophisticated battery-containing devices that supply backup power to desktop PCs during grid electricity outages, like in storms. You can pick up a UPS at office supply retailers, among other places.
Intel Puts Its Chips on Internet of Things
September 11, 2013
Intel on Tuesday announced a new, lower-power family of processors, the Quark, at the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco. This is part of the company's heightened drive into ultra-mobile devices. Intel's Quark processors will target growing segments, from the industrial Internet of Things to wearable computing. They are designed for applications in which lower power and size take priority.
LockedUSB Keeps Devices Safe While They Charge
September 06, 2013
It's late, and you're on your way home from a work trip on a subdued, last flight of the day. You instinctively glance at your phone and notice it's about to die. Been there? It's a problem, and if you don't address it, you'll obviously have no battery for calls when you land. Kindly, your seat neighbor and colleague offers you a charge using a USB port on the laptop he's clacking away on.
Tiny CuBox-i Plays Nice With Linux and Android
September 05, 2013
Aiming to capture a piece of the market that has given the Raspberry Pi such a warm reception, SolidRun on Wednesday announced a new tiny computer of its own dubbed the "CuBox-i." Available in four models with prices starting at $45, the tiny computer includes an OpenGL|ES 2.0 GPU with OpenCL 1.1 embedded profile support; and up to four i.MX6 Cortex A9 ARM processors with as much as 1.2GHz each.
MS Powers Up Xbox One for Nov. 22 Blast-Off
September 04, 2013
Microsoft will launch its Xbox One video game console on Nov. 22 in 13 countries, the company announced on Wednesday. Among the first nations to receive the widely anticipated device are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and the United States. Other markets will follow in early 2014.
The Waxing of Apple While Windows Wanes
September 04, 2013
Just who killed the PC, anyway? For if it's not dead yet, it surely will be in a few years -- at least according to IDC, which now projects that worldwide PC shipments will fall by 9.7 percent this year, representing the largest market contraction on record. The market is expected to decline through 2014. Then, in 2015, IDC projects it will shift into single-digit modest growth.
Acer's Liquid S2 Phablet Arrives Early at 4K Party
September 03, 2013
Against the backdrop of the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin on Monday, Acer introduced its new Liquid S2 smartphone, a 6-inch full HD handset capable of capturing 4K video. The Liquid S2 has the distinction of being the first smartphone with officially announced 4K Ultra HD recording capability. Its 6-inch screen offers full HD with IPS technology and 1080p resolution.
Ramping Up Retail in the Run-Up to Release Season
August 28, 2013
Apple's retail operations can be counted among Steve Jobs' "babies"; the stores' slick design and sales techniques are legendary in the industry for their per-square-footage sales. In 2012, Apple retail store sales outpaced Tiffany's by 40 percent. Apple is in no danger of following in the footsteps of, say, J.C. Penney or Sears, but its retail operations have shown some worrisome signs of decay.
Chinese Domain Buckles Under One-Two DDoS Punch
August 27, 2013
Chinese websites with the ".cn" domain name extension fell on Sunday to a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack, the state-run China Internet Network Information Center reported. Two attacks reportedly were launched -- the first at midnight on Sunday and the second at 4 p.m. CINIC described the second attack as the largest DDoS attack it has faced so far.
AWS: The Cloud Is Falling
August 26, 2013
Amazon Web Services were impacted in some areas on Sunday, six days after Web stores in the U.S. and Canada went down for about 30 minutes, causing losses estimated at up to $45 million. The latest outage lasted about an hour and impacted Facebook's Instagram, Twitter's Vine and Airbnb, among others. Amazon blamed the problem on a networking device that caused packet losses, which it replaced.
Emotiv Promises a New Window Onto Your Brain
August 24, 2013
You likely already know the things you like to do, like watching a sporting event, as well as the things that you don't like to do, such as sitting in traffic. We all experience feelings when participating in such activities, and those feelings form the basis of a personal body of knowledge that we draw on to know whether we like doing a thing or not.
Reach Out and Touch Any Surface With Kinect-Based Ubi
August 16, 2013
Ubi Interactive, a graduate of the Microsoft Kinect Accelerator program, has begun taking orders for software that will turn almost any surface into a 3D touchscreen when combined with a Kinect device and a projector. Numerous companies including Microsoft and Intel have already been testing the software in a variety of applications for conference-room presentations and beyond.
Linux Burrows Deeper Into the Enterprise
August 15, 2013
Server-side Linux has been pushing into the enterprise for some years now, and 42 percent of respondents to a survey conducted on behalf of Linux vendor SUSE said it was either their primary server OS or one of their top server platforms. Perhaps more importantly, Linux is extending its reach beyond its traditional areas of supercomputing, Web servers, Internet hosting and application development.
RAPIRO: This Little Robot Likes Raspberry Pi
August 13, 2013
A variety of factors can propel a Kickstarter project to funding success, but there's no denying that the sheer seductiveness of the product is a big one. Case in point: RAPIRO. Short for RAspberry PI RObot, RAPIRO is a super-cute humanlike mini-robot now being offered as a kit on Kickstarter. When assembled, it can walk on its feet, grip items in its hands and swivel its head and waist.
So, Is Microsoft Trying to Kill the Xbox One?
August 12, 2013
There's another video game console fight coming, and Microsoft's Xbox One has a hard act to follow as it joins the fray. The Xbox 360 has been outselling both the Nintendo and Sony consoles for some time now. I'm guessing Microsoft felt it had an unfair advantage, because it apparently has been doing its level best to scare gamers away from the Xbox One ever since it was announced.
IBM Creates Software Ecosystem for Thinking Chip
August 09, 2013
IBM on Thursday announced a software ecosystem tailored for what in essence amounts to a computing architecture that works like the human brain. It supports the programming cycle from design through development, debugging and deployment. The software ecosystem is the fourth phase of the Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics, or SyNAPSE, project.
Hulu Hankers for a Piece of Chromecast Real Estate
August 02, 2013
Google's Chromecast device has only been out about a week or so, but the ranks of participating content providers continue to expand. In addition to the Netflix support that launched with the streaming adapter, both Hulu and HBO now appear to be getting involved. "We are actively working with Google to bring Hulu Plus to the platform, said Hulu spokesperson Meredith Kendall.
Compromise Puts Victory Within Michael Dell's Reach
August 02, 2013
Just two days after a key part of Michael Dell's last offer was roundly rejected, the attempted buyout of his company on Friday took an unexpected turn. Specifically, Dell secured a significant voting concession from the special committee set up by the board of directors in exchange for increasing the purchase price from $13.65 to $13.75 per share.
Google Changes Net Neutrality Tune in Fiber Spat
July 31, 2013
The FCC is looking into a complaint that Google Fiber's ban on hosting computer servers on its network violates its Open Internet Order and Rules. Google Fiber told the FCC, among other things, that its policy was fully consistent with the Order and Rules, but critics contend the company has done an about-face on its previously vociferous support for Net neutrality.
It's Do or Die for Dell as Committee Rejects Bid
July 31, 2013
Following the revised buyout offer from Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake last week, a special committee of Dell's board of directors announced on Wednesday that it has rejected a key part of it. Specifically, the committee refused to accept the part of the new offer by which only shares that are actually voted would be counted in the final decision.

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