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Global chat platform Kik to launch digital currency – Reuters

Thursday, May 25, 2017

NEW YORK Kik Interactive, which created the chat platform Kik, said on Thursday it was launching a crypto-currency or token called Kin that would enable customers to use a whole range of digital services. Kik is a free chat and messaging application founded in 2009 and built for teenagers, with about 300 million registered users. The Kin token will be created on the Ethereum blockchain, another online public ledger much…

How to choose the right laptop for you – Popular Science

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Go browsing through the laptops in your local retailer, and you’ll see a whole host of specifications. The good news: When it comes to specs, you don’t have to get overly worried about the small print. As a useful shortcut, just look at the prices, which will often tell you which computers are more powerful than others. But it still helps to know a little bit about what you’re dealing…

Digital wallet services gain rising acceptance – The Mercury News

Thursday, May 25, 2017

SAN JOSE — Money and wallets simply aren’t what they used to be. Tech giants’ card-less payment services — including Apple Pay, Android Pay from Google and Samsung Pay — aim to ease the path to the truly digital wallet, and researchers project huge growth in adoption by retailers and consumers. Even staid financial giants such as Wells Fargo and Bank of America are behind a push to encourage and enable…

Nine Days With an Absurd $9000 Gaming Laptop – Gizmodo

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

All photos: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo There may exist inside of you a desire that burns white hot for the Acer Predator 21 X, but you will never buy this laptop. It is not for you, because if you want this laptop, you probably can’t afford it, and if you can afford it, you are probably old enough to not want to spend $9,000 on a laptop that weighs as much as…

DHS officials have met with Europeans over likely "laptop ban" on flights bound for US – CBS News

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Homeland Security (DHS) officials held a staff-level “technical meeting” Tuesday with European officials over the so-called “laptop ban” the U.S. is likely to institute soon, CBS News’ Andres Triay reports. According to DHS spokesman Dave Lapan, the meeting dealt with “information sharing” and “alignment of technical standards.”  A final decision has not been made, but what’s taking shape is an expanded ban that is “likely” to contain a “substantial increase…

The Vaio Z Mercedes-Benz special edition laptop makes a car noise when it boots up – The Verge

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

“Vroom vroom” is a special sound only cars make, but now you can hear it every time your laptop boots up if you buy this new Mercedes-Benz special edition Vaio Z for the Japanese market. To make sure you grabbed the correct Vaio Z, the one that’s only for car lovers and makes car noises, there’s a picture of a car on the lid, a Mercedes logo on the trackpad,…

Surface Pro is advertised as a laptop but sold as a tablet – BGR

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled a new laptop, just as we expected. The company calls it simply the Surface Pro, as there’s no need for numbers to identify this particular piece of hardware anymore. That’s not the only thing that changed when it comes to marketing. The Surface Pro is no longer a tablet. Instead, it’s “the most versatile laptop.” Microsoft calls it that in the first promo for the Surface…

How to protect your laptop in cargo when you fly – ZDNet

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images Flying is not as simple as it used to be. The threat of terrorism in the West and further afield has made security in many aspects of life more difficult to ensure. The 9/11 attacks on the US World Trade centers in 2011 in which four planes were hijacked by members of al-Qaeda prompted tighter controls at airports and restrictions on carry-on luggage, and since then,…

Flying without your laptop? Don’t worry. It can be done – Chicago Tribune

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The list of air travel restrictions could get longer and more annoying as the Trump administration this week considers banning large electronic devices, including laptops and tablets, on board flights from Europe to the U.S. For flyers on United and American, the two biggest global carriers out of O’Hare International Airport, this probably will be seen as another unwelcome, meddlesome and onerous show of government authority over air travelers’ lives….

Microsoft Just Announced the Perfect Small Business Laptop – Inc.com

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This one really goes below the surface. At an event in China today, Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro, which will become available on June 15 for $799. (You can already pre-order one.) The new model looks exactly like the Surface Pro 4 in almost every way, but it has a wealth of new features under the hood. One of the most interesting upgrades has to do with the internal…

Google’s huge 4K touchscreen whiteboard is now on sale for $5K – TechCrunch

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Google’s Jamboard is not a kitchen app for curating PB&J recipes – it’s a 55-inch digital whiteboard, with pen and touch input, companion iOS and Android apps, an Nvidia Jetson TX1 processor on board and 4K resolution. The behemoth is an enterprise-focused collaboration tool, that comes in three fun colors and has a stand that looks ripped from a Herman Miller catalog, and if you’re in the U.S. you can…

Microsoft Just Announced the Best Laptop They Have Ever Made – Inc.com

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This one really goes below the surface. At an event in China today, Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro, which will become available on June 15 for $799. (You can already pre-order one.) The new model looks exactly like the Surface Pro 4 in almost every way, but it has a wealth of new features under the hood. One of the most interesting upgrades has to do with the internal…

Flying without your laptop? Don’t worry. It can be done – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The list of air travel restrictions could get longer and more annoying as the Trump administration this week considers banning large electronic devices, including laptops and tablets, on board flights from Europe to the U.S. For flyers on United and American, the two biggest global carriers out of O’Hare International Airport, this probably will be seen as another unwelcome, meddlesome and onerous show of government authority over air travelers’ lives….

Google’s huge 4K touchscreen whiteboard is now on sale for $5K – TechCrunch

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Google’s Jamboard is not a kitchen app for curating PB&J recipes – it’s a 55-inch digital whiteboard, with pen and touch input, companion iOS and Android apps, an Nvidia Jetson TX1 processor on board and 4K resolution. The behemoth is an enterprise-focused collaboration tool, that comes in three fun colors and has a stand that looks ripped from a Herman Miller catalog, and if you’re in the U.S. you can…

This gadget turns iPhones into photo printers – CNNMoney

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

In 2017, people around the world will take an estimated 1.2 trillion digital photos, according to digital imaging research firm InfoTrends. But how many of those photos will be printed out? Probably not many. Prynt, a startup founded in 2014, is trying to revamp the way digital content is shared — with photo-printing, augmented-reality-powered devices for smartphones. Prynt first launched a photo-printing phone case in 2015 on Kickstarter and now…

Huawei just announced a really, really good-looking laptop – CNET – CNET

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The most beautiful phone ever has one wildly annoying issue The Samsung Galaxy S8’s fast speeds and fantastic curved screen make it a top phone for 2017, but the annoying fingerprint reader could sour your experience.

Windows 10 and 10 S options are coming for the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro – TechCrunch

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Three weeks to the day after launching the Surface Laptop, Microsoft is back with the latest version of its laptop replacement, the Surface Pro. The company says it eliminated the numbering scheme to streamline things — but sometimes simplification has the exact opposite effect. Things are kind of confusing here for a number of reasons — not the least of which is the recent addition of Windows 10 S. The…

Flying without your laptop? Don’t worry. It can be done – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The list of air travel restrictions could get longer and more annoying as the Trump administration this week considers banning large electronic devices, including laptops and tablets, on board flights from Europe to the U.S. For flyers on United and American, the two biggest global carriers out of O’Hare International Airport, this probably will be seen as another unwelcome, meddlesome and onerous show of government authority over air travelers’ lives….

Why Digital Is Not a Threat to the USPS – eMarketer

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Report in eMarketer PRO This Week Facebook Advertising 2017 As Facebook looks to new formats such as mid-roll video ads and messaging ads, concerns remain over video ad engagement, measurement and more. This report, based on extensive interviews with marketers and ad agency executives, digs into five factors that could impact future growth—and what marketers need to know about them. Preview Report Not a PRO subscriber? Find out how…

BART Police Accused of Illegally Collecting Private Cell Phone Data … – East Bay Express

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

click to enlarge BART.gov A federal class-action lawsuit filed today in San Francisco by an Albany resident alleges that BART police have been secretly collecting data that can identify private cell phones and track the mobile…