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January 18, 2021

Artificial intelligence helps in the search for new antibiotics

Life -- Phys.org - With the search for new antibiotics becoming increasingly urgent, artificial intelligence offers valuable help. Smart software developed by Leiden Ph.D. candidate Alexander Kloosterman searched genomes of bacteria and found clusters of DNA...

January 18, 2021 09:03 PM

Virgin Orbit sends 10 satellites to orbit, building on Paul Allen's air-launch legacy

Tech -- GeekWire - Virgin Orbit's modified Boeing 747 jet, nicknamed Cosmic Girl, takes off from Mojave Air and Space Port with its LauncherOne rocket slung beneath its wing. (Virgin Orbit Photo)Eight months after an unsuccessful first attempt, Virgin Orbit finally...

January 18, 2021 08:16 PM

3 low-code and no-code trends in the year ahead

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - What's ahead for low-code: merging with collaboration platforms, pushing automation to new levels.

January 18, 2021 08:06 PM

Raspberry Pi 400: The inside story of how the $70 Pi-powered PC was made

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - The four-year journey to take the Raspberry Pi 4 from a sketch to a full product.

January 18, 2021 07:36 PM

Microsoft launches virtual STEM supports for teachers and parents

Enterprise -- Silicon Republic - Due to Government restrictions to help minimise the spread of Covid-19, many students are starting back in school remotely this week. To help teachers and parents manage their education from home, Microsoft Ireland has announced a number...

January 18, 2021 07:11 PM

Under that pile of spare keys and obsolete cables is an IoT device: Samsung pushes useful retirement project for older phones

Enterprise -- The Register - Er, we mean 'distinguished', 'seasoned', 'battle-tested'

Smartphones have a finite usefulness before they're stuffed in a drawer, or shipped to a recycling facility where they're disassembled and melted down for raw materials. Hoping to...

January 18, 2021 07:04 PM

5 new Chrome OS features you should find right now

Enterprise -- Computerworld - Android may be Google's highest profile platform, but Chrome OS is the arguably the place where the fastest and most exciting progress tends to go down these days.Every year as of late, we see leaps and bounds being made in how Chromebooks...

January 18, 2021 06:49 PM

No-code workflow automation startup airSlate raises $40M

Enterprise -- SiliconANGLE - Workflow automation startup airSlate Inc., which sells a "no-code" platform that helps office workers automate various business processes, said today it has closed on $40 million in additional investment. The funding, which comes from...

January 18, 2021 06:08 PM

Apple HomeKit: Going all-in with Apple's smart home platform

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - Apple's HomeKit has seen its share of updates over the years, and I recently decided that it's going to be my smart home platform of choice. Here's what I've done, what I need to do, and what the experience has been like so far.

January 18, 2021 05:53 PM

Raspberry Pi 400 for working and learning at home

EE -- Raspberry Pi Blog - Did you get Raspberry Pi 400 as a home learning or working device? We hope you've been getting on well with our affordable all-in-one computing solution.



If you're a new user, here are some tips for you to get the most out of your...

January 18, 2021 03:40 AM

1Password vs. LastPass

U.S. News -- Are you considering a password manager from 1Password or LastPass? Read our comparison to find out which one would best suite your needs and your budget.

January 18, 2021 03:34 AM

Dashlane vs. LastPass

U.S. News -- Are you considering a password manager from Dashlane or LastPass? Read our comparison to find out which one would best suite your needs and your budget.

January 18, 2021 03:34 AM

Keyfob Sized Sensor Claims Clinically Accurate Blood Pressure Measurement

Aspencore -- EETimes Europe - At CES 2021, Lausanne, Switzerland based Leman Micro Devices (LMD) announced a standalone pocket keyfob sized device that claims to deliver clinically accurate personal blood pressure measurements, as well as other vital signs, displayed...

January 18, 2021 03:17 AM

Mercedes-Benz: In-Cabin AI First; Software-Defined Car Next

Aspencore -- EETimes - CES 2021 has clarified an emerging theme among automakers: first comes in-cabin AI, followed by software-defined cars. Mercedes-Benz is typifying that trend by integrating in-cabin AI into its upcoming EV model with a user interface that qualifies...

January 18, 2021 03:15 AM

Sensel Unveils Haptic Touchpad

Mark Mosher -- My good friend Dino J.A. Deane just give me a heads up on this video from Sensel on their new haptic touchpad they revealed at CES 2021. Here is the press release Sensel Unveils Groundbreaking Haptic Touchpad At CES 2021 (prnewswire.com). Sensel's Haptic...

January 18, 2021 02:13 AM

Here's the view from humanity's furthest spacecraft

Think -- Big Think - Jimmy Carter was U.S. president and Elvis Presley was still alive in 1977, the year Voyager 1 was launched.Back in 1990, Voyager 1's last picture showed Earth as nothing more than a 'Pale Blue Dot'.Voyager 1 is now traversing interstellar...

January 18, 2021 01:58 AM

New partnership could put University of Minnesota at center of biomanufacturing industry

Life -- Phys.org - The University of Minnesota aims to become a hub of bioindustrial manufacturing through a new multimillion dollar partnership partially funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

January 18, 2021 12:21 AM

Bright, Blue Stars

Life -- NASA Image of the day - Inside star cluster NGC 602, a star-forming region in the Small Magellanic Cloud, bright, blue, newly formed stars are blowing a cavity in this nebula.

January 18, 2021 12:20 AM

Is iCloud Safe? Everything You Need to Know

Life -- Reader's Digest - Do you know all the privacy and security features the iCloud has? If you haven't paid much attention, you may want to rethink how you use the iCloud. Understanding how this digital storage space works will give you a better idea of what...

January 18, 2021 12:09 AM

Wearable electronics for continuous cardiac, respiratory monitoring

Life -- Phys.org - A highly sensitive wearable sensor for cardiorespiratory monitoring could potentially be worn continuously by cardiac patients or others who require constant monitoring.

January 18, 2021 12:02 AM

January 17, 2021

How to Find the Missing 'System' Control Panel in Windows 10

Life -- Lifehacker - If you've been keeping up on your Windows updates, odds are good that you installed Microsoft's October 2020 series of tweaks and fixes-assuming you weren't blocked from doing so. One big change that power users likely noticed is the removal...

January 17, 2021 11:59 PM

AmateurLogic 152: Hands On Raspberry Pi 400

Tech -- AmateurLogic.TV - AmateurLogic.TV Episode 152 is now available for download.

This month we've got three great topics to start 2021 out right. George give his first impressions of the Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer Kit and it's a keeper. Mike introduces...

January 17, 2021 11:11 PM

New Beagle Board Offers Dual-Core RISC-V, Targets AI Applications

Tech -- ExtremeTech - We've been tracking the rise of RISC-V since the ISA debuted nearly a decade ago. While the highest-performing RISC-V CPUs are still far behind their x86 or ARM equivalents, the absolute level of performance you can get from a RISC-V core...

January 17, 2021 09:21 PM

Amazon's newest product lets companies build their own Alexa assistant

Tech -- TechCrunch - Amazon is selling access to the underlying technology stack of Alexa to let companies - starting with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - build their own intelligent assistants with unique voices, skills and wake words.

The new Alexa Custom Assistant...

January 17, 2021 09:14 PM

2021 MacBook Pro will ditch the Touch Bar and bring back MagSafe, says Kuo

Tech -- The Verge - Apple is planning a major MacBook Pro redesign for the third quarter of 2021, according to a research note written by TF International Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo and reported on by...

January 17, 2021 09:11 PM

January 16, 2021

How to install the newest version of Firefox on your Chromebook (2021)

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Consumers love options. It's just a fact and it's what makes our buying decisions as unique and diverse as we are. For Chromebook users, the Google ecosystem is likely the first stop when it comes to finding and using applications on...

January 16, 2021 02:11 AM

Intel NUC mini PCs with Tiger Lake-U are official (Panther Canyon, Tiger Canyon, and Phantom Canyon)

Tech -- Liliputing - As expected, the newest members of Intel's NUC line of small form-factor computers are powered by 11th-gen Intel Core U-series "Tiger Lake" processors. The new Intel NUC 11 Performance and NUC 11 Pro are compact desktop PCs that measure as...

January 16, 2021 02:07 AM

BeagleV is a RISC-V single board PC for $150 or less

Tech -- Liliputing - Since the first Raspberry Pi launched almost a decade ago, there's been an explosion of small, inexpensive single-board computers with ARM-based processors and support for Linux-based operating systems. The new BeagleV is a little different....

January 16, 2021 01:49 AM

International Space Station has a major upgrade task coming

Tech -- Digital Trends - The ISS will soon take delivery of new solar arrays after NASA discovered the existing ones are starting to degrade.

January 16, 2021 01:37 AM

Signal is having 'technical difficulties' amid new popularity

Infosec -- CyberScoop - 2021 has so far been a chaotic year, and now Signal is bearing the brunt of it.



Signal users around the world began reporting issues sending messages in the mobile application Friday morning. Some users, including the author of this article,...

January 16, 2021 01:05 AM

January 15, 2021

Installing Signal for Desktop on your Chromebook (2021 Edition)

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Well, it seems that 2021 is shaping up to be the year of "mass exodus" to and from various tech platforms. I'll save the politics for other websites but we are here to help users get the most out of Chromebooks and that has spurred this...

January 15, 2021 08:57 PM

Run a variety of virtual machines on your Chromebook with Gnome Boxes

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Now that Chrome OS is offering an official Windows Desktop via Parallels, Enterprise customers have a fully-supported and very viable way to access legacy applications while still embracing the cloud. That's all fine and well for companies...

January 15, 2021 08:47 PM

Raspberry Pi(r) Voltage Measurement HAT from Measurement Computing

Business Wire -- Raspberry Pi(r) Voltage Measurement HAT from Measurement Computing

January 15, 2021 08:19 PM

Ring adds encryption tool as other security questions surface

Infosec -- CyberScoop - Ring will begin protecting the data that travels through its cameras with end-to-end encryption.



The Amazon-owned home security firm announced its intentions to roll out end-to-end encryption, which will protect videos from being seen...

January 15, 2021 08:13 PM

After Parler's troubles, Donald Trump Jr. wants Elon Musk to build a social network

Media -- The Next Web - After big tech firms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, and YouTube, banned Donald Trump, the outgoing president and his supporters flocked Parler, a social network favored by the alt-right. However, that network ran into...

January 15, 2021 06:09 PM

January 14, 2021

CES 2021: Router swarms invade your home (and know where you are)

Infosec -- WeLiveSecurity - New mesh Wi-Fi routers may be the answer to your wireless signal woes, but how about your privacy and security?

January 14, 2021 07:23 PM

January 13, 2021

Global smartphone shipments dip 8.8% in 2020, says Digitimes Research

Media -- DIGITIMES - Global smartphone shipments suffered an annual 8.8% decline to 1.24 billion units in 2020, as the rampage of the coronavirus pandemic crippled handset demand and shipments, Digitimes Research has found.

January 13, 2021 08:05 PM

January 12, 2021

Asus introduces fanless Chromebox with Intel Comet Lake

Tech -- Liliputing - Asus has quietly added a new Chromebox to its line of small form-factor desktop computers powered by Google's Chrome OS operating system. The new Asus Fanless Chromebox is a 8.14″ x 5.83″ x 1.26″ computer with an extruded...

January 12, 2021 07:50 PM

Hudson Advances Digital Growth Strategy With Plans to Open Stores Using Amazon's Just Walk Out Technology

Business Wire -- Hudson, a travel experience leader with more than 1,000 stores in airports, commuter hubs, landmarks and tourist destinations across North America, today announced the next phase in its digital transformation journey with an agreement to use Amazon's...

January 12, 2021 07:40 PM

Indy Autonomous Challenge Unveils Racecar for World's First Head-to-head, High-speed Autonomous Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Business Wire -- "The Dallara-built IAC racecar, unveiled at CES 2021, is the most advanced, fastest autonomous vehicle ever developed," Paul Mitchell, ESN CEO

January 12, 2021 07:36 PM

TP-Link Introduces New Suite of Kasa Smart Products Designed to Make Life Simpler and Safer Inside and Outside the Home

Business Wire -- TP-Link(r), a leading global provider of networking and smart home products, today unveiled a new suite of TP- Link Kasa products designed to make the smart home more convenient, accessible and secure. TP-Link will showcase its newest Kasa solutions during...

January 12, 2021 07:34 PM

Look out for slick auto tech in coming vehicles using AI

Media -- FierceElectronics - Look out for slick auto tech in coming vehicles using AI

January 12, 2021 07:02 PM

CES 2021: MaskFone helps keep users safe and connected

Media -- Electronics360 - The device includes a built-in microphone and medical grade N95 filter.

January 12, 2021 06:52 PM

Networking giant Ubiquiti alerts customers of potential data breach

Infosec -- Office of Inadequate Security - Lawrence Abrams reports: Networking device maker Ubiquiti has announced a security incident that may have exposed its customers' data. Ubiquiti is a very popular networking device manufacturer best known for its UniFi line...

January 12, 2021 06:44 PM

January 11, 2021

Smartphone Shipments in China Fell 20.4% in 2020: Government Data

U.S. News -- Domestic smartphone shipments in China in 2020 fell 20.4% from the previous year, government data released on Monday showed,as...

January 11, 2021 06:54 PM

NASA extends exploration for two planetary science missions

Life -- Phys.org - As NASA prepares to send astronauts back to the Moon and on to Mars, the agency's quest to seek answers about our solar system and beyond continues to inform those efforts and generate new discoveries. The agency has extended the missions of...

January 11, 2021 06:47 PM

How Facial Recognition Technology Is Helping Identify the U.S. Capitol Attackers

Electronics -- IEEE Spectrum - The FBI is still trying to identify some of the hundreds of people who launched a deadly attack on the U.S. Congress last week. "We have deployed our full investigative resources and are working closely with our federal, state, and local...

January 11, 2021 06:47 PM

Western Digital Delivers Unmatched Line Up of High-Capacity Portable SSDs Across Its Renowned Consumer Brand Portfolio

Business Wire -- Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced it's now delivering 4TB* portable SSDs across its consumer brand portfolio. Giving consumers and professionals more space to create, the new drives are built to keep up with today's high-quality content...

January 11, 2021 06:42 PM

Easier Android profiling with Arm Mobile Studio 2020.3

Electronics -- ARM Graphics - Arm Mobile Studio 2020.3, our suite of application profiling tools for Android development, delivers the final piece in a set of quality-of-life improvements we have been talking about since launching at GDC 2019.(read more)

January 11, 2021 06:36 PM