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Intel testing smart grid solutions overseas – PCWorld

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Intel is putting its energy into the development of smart grid standards and monitoring systems in Germany, with company executives announcing a number of initiatives at the Cebit trade show Monday. With Westfalen Weser Energie, it is developing smart monitoring systems for the regional utility’s electrical substations, said Hannes Schwaderer, Intel’s director of energy and industrial applications for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In Germany there are around 1…

Intel bides time on faster Thunderbolt connector – PCWorld

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Intel could soon bring to market a faster version of its Thunderbolt connector technology with a throughput of 50Gbps, but the company is biding its time until there is a need for faster connectors. Thunderbolt technology connects computers to peripherals like external hard drives at much faster speeds than USB 3.0. Thunderbolt ports are found in Macs and select Windows PCs, but are more expensive than USB technology, which is…

Laptop with patient information stolen from Emory clinic – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A laptop stolen from a vehicle at an Emory Healthcare clinic contained limited information for 826 patients, the university said Monday. On Feb. 7, a car belonging to an employee of the Emory Dialysis Clinic was one of several broken into, according to Vince Dollard, spokesman for the university’s health services. An employee of Health Systems Management, which operates the clinic, reported that his work laptop was stolen, Dollard said….

IGEL turns old laptops into thin clients with new software – PCWorld

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Thin-client company IGEL Technology can turn a laptop into a thin client with the latest version of its Universal Desktop Converter software. The growing popularity of wireless networks has given rise to laptop thin clients. But instead of offering its own hardware, IGEL decided to offer software that companies can install on laptops they already have, while also allowing the flexibility to buy ones they want, according to marketing director…

Hands Up! Fujitsu Tests Laptop That Scans Palm Veins for Security – NBCNews.com

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Fingerprint scanners may be all the rage in device security, but Japanese hardware company Fujitsu thinks it has an even better hand to play: yours. The company is working on palm readers for smartphones, tablets and laptops. The readers will scan an entire palm and use the unique network of veins crisscrossing it to identify approved users. MORE: Apple’s Touch ID: How Secure Is It? Fujitsu via Tom’s Guide…

Forget convertibles: Where are the attractive, low-cost, all-day laptops? – Digital Trends

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

As a product reviewer, I’ve seen dozens of convertible laptops since the launch of Windows 8, from the impressively complex to the clunky and woefully underpowered. And yet, news flash: they don’t seem to be selling very well. Why? Well, it’s complicated. Combine the legitimate complaints/confusion/general aversion to change over Windows 8 with what seems to be dozens of different convertible designs, and most consumers are too overwhelmed to know…

Laptops for work and play: the differences that matter – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Laptops come in so many flavors: There are thin-and-lights, convertibles, desktop replacements, 2-in-1s, gaming rigs, and even portable workstations. But all laptops can be lumped into one of two buckets: Consumer or business. I’ll show you what makes them different, and help you decide which is right for your needs. Laptop manufacturers make it easy to tell which machines are built for business use and which are more suited for consumers…

Edward Snowden: ‘They’re setting fire to the future of the Internet’ – Washington Post (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  Edward Snowden on Monday advocated for better online security measures, speaking via Google Hangout at the South By Southwest Interactive conference in Austin. Snowden spoke  as part of an an American Civil Liberties Union panel, along with analysts Chris Soghoian and Ben Wizner. While the video and audio feed was choppy, Snowden’s message was clear. “They’re setting fire to the future of the Internet,” Snowden said of the National…

Microsoft counts on shooter game ‘Titanfall’ to fire up Xbox One sales – Reuters

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is betting on making sci-fi combat game “Titanfall” a hit big enough to boost sales of its Xbox One videogame device, helping it catch up in terms of sales with rival Sony Corp’s PlayStation 4 console. Retailers are gearing up to get in on the buzz that has built up around the release of the game, one of the most anticipated new products for…

Microsoft is using your data to target political ads on Xbox Live – Washington Post (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

(mastermaq) Microsoft is trying to persuade politicians to take out targeted ads on Xbox Live, Skype, MSN and other company platforms as midterm elections begin heating up around the country. To plug the idea, Microsoft officials handed out promotional materials Thursday at CPAC, the annual conference for conservatives. It’s the latest move by tech companies to seize a piece of the lucrative political ad market. The ads, which would appear…

Microsoft’s Surface Power Cover set to ship next week – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Microsoft said Monday that its productivity-enhancing Surface Power Cover will begin shipping in a few days—and the extra battery life will cost you a couple hundred bucks. Specifically, the Power Cover will cost $199 when it begins shipping on March 19, according to a Microsoft Store listing. The keyboard accessory will work with the Surface 2, the Surface Pro, and the Surface Pro 2. Like the name suggests, the Power…

$2400 “Introduction to Linux” course will be free and online this summer – Ars Technica

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Earlier this week, The Linux Foundation announced that it would be working with edX, a non-profit online learning site governed by Harvard and MIT, to make its “Introduction to Linux” course free and open to all. The Linux Foundation has long offered a wide variety of training courses through its website, but those can generally cost upwards of $2,000. This introductory class, which usually costs $2,400, will be the first…

Fujitsu debuts Lifebook TH90/P convertible ultrabook



Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

Fujitsu has debuted a hybrid ultra book designed to function as both a high-end notebook and tablet with support for support finger or digital pen input (1024 levels of pressure sensitivity). The Lifebook TH90/P is equipped with a 13.3 inch high-resolution display that can be rotated and folded down over the keyboard. The device is also loaded with an Core i5-4200U Intel Haswell processor, 2560 x 1440 pixel IGZO display, 8GB of RAM a 500GB…

Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga: A Yoga Dressed For Business

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

It’s a ThinkPad. No, it’s a Yoga! No, it’s…a ThinkPad Yoga. Lenovo has melded two of its popular laptop design approaches together to create a sort of hybrid ultrabook, bringing together elements of its workhorseThinkPad lineup and multi-mode capable Yoga notebooks. It has the work-friendly keyboard design of the new generation of Lenovo ThinkPads, yet it also has that innovative hinge flexibility and multimode configurations of the Yoga series. The result is a laptop that’s…

Sony to step away from personal computer market

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

THIRTY years ago, it was the technology that would transform the world.   Businesses and individuals alike yearned to own a personal computer (PC), on which they could store documents, pictures, games and programs. But now technology giant Sony has announced it is to step away from the personal computer market to focus on small-scale tablets and smartphones amid what it called “drastic” changes in the industry. Experts warn the…

Fujitsu Ultrabook Has Shift Hinge to Enable 4 Orientations

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

Fujitsu’s Lifebook TH90/P will have four modes. Shopping around for a convertible laptop? Fujitsu could have what you’re looking for: the Lifebook TH90/P. This notebook has a special “Shift Hinge” that allows the user to position the notebook’s screen in four ways: Theater for watching movies, Presentation for sharing content, Tablet for pen input and classic Laptop. The device launches later this month for an unknown price. It has been designed…

Sony Said in Talks to Sell Japan PC Unit to Investor Grou

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

Sony Corp. (6758) is in talks to sell its Japanese personal-computer business to buyout firm Japan Industrial (3249)Partners Inc., according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The PC sale is part of a wider restructuring that Sony may announce as soon as tomorrow and could include job cuts, the person said, asking not to be identified before a public announcement. A memorandum of understanding for a sale, which will include…

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