Forget about building a better mouse trap, what about a better mouse? Or to take it a step further, a mouse that doubles as a full fledged PC? While not yet a shipping product, the idea of integrating an entire PC into a mouse has been achieved -- Meet the Mouse-Box, a mouse and computer rolled into one. You can use it as a standard mouse or as a working PC (just add a monitor), or both.
Acer today added to its Chromebook family with the launch of two new models, the 15.6-inch Acer Chromebook C910 and 11.6-inch Acer Chromebook C740. Though they differ in size, both new Chromebooks feature durable design qualities that make them better suited for school environments. It starts with using reinforced covers that can withstand up to 60kg of force, Acer says.
Rumor has it the Radeon R9 380X will feature 4,096 GCN cores
Keeping in mind that nothing is ever official until it's official (one of the many mottos of Captain Obvious), purported details of AMD's forthcoming Radeon R9 380X have started to emerge. If they turn out to be accurate, you can expect the Radeon R9 380X to arrive sometime between April and June of this year with 4,096 GCN cores in tow, along with 4GB of 3D stacked High Bandwidth Memory (HDM).
In the early days of solid state drives, prices were sky high for small amounts of storage, and speeds weren't all that impressive compared to today's models. But why live in the past? These days, you can build a budget rig and still opt for an SSD. To prove it, check out today's top deal for a Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB SSD for $85 with free shippping. No coupon code or mail in rebate required, just an awesome price for an SSD rated for up to 450MB/s for both sequential reads and writes -- not too shabby!
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Fixes for vulnerabilities in 48 different products
Oracle today rolled out a Critical Patch Update for the month of January 2015, which contains fixes for 167 vulnerabilities found in hundreds of the company's products. The most severe of these received a score of 10.0 on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), the highest score available -- they pertain to Fujitsu M10-1 of Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite, Java SE of Oracle Java SE, M10-4 of Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite, and M10-4S Servers of Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite.
It's been rumored that Apple is going to come out with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet, but while iOS fans wait for that day, Android users have another large size option in the new HP Pro Slate 12, one of many mobile devices the company officially launched today. There's also a smaller 8-inch version (HP Pro Slate 8), both of which are powered by an Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series processor and 2GB of RAM.
User a super hard password to guess, not a superhero
Dark Helmit warned viewers way back in 1987 that 1-2-3-4-5 is the kind of combination only an idiot would have on his luggage, yet nearly three decades later, it ranks number three on SplashData's list of the 25 worst passwords of 2014, which takes into account the most commonly used combinations from 3.3 million leaked passwords last year. In 2013, it ranked number 20.
With the US still lagging behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to the availability of high-speed Internet, there's still a lot of need for high-capacity external storage. It's also a good idea to have local system backups. A few years ago, your choices were mostly clunky 3.5-inch drive enclosures that needed external power. We've since graduated to sleek 2.5-inch units that get their juice straight from USB 3.0 cables that shuttle bits between the drive and your PC. Today, Samsung is taking it a step further with the Portable T1, which is an external SSD that can operate in the neighborhood of SATA III speeds.
In case you need any added incentive to hop on Steam and play games, there's a Steam client update available that adds a few new features and a bunch of bug fixes. One of the big additions is that of Steam Broadcasting, support for which was first introduced to beta client users last month -- now it's available to the general public, allowing you to broadcast your gameplay for others to watch.
Our hats are off to anyone who has stuck around with World of Warcraft since the beginning. That takes some serious commitment, and as a token of its appreciation, Blizzard is giving away a rather neat looking statue to its most loyal WoW players, the ones who have been around for 10 years. Not just off and on players, either -- eligible recipients will have maintained an active subscription for a decade.