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Dell tempts Pixelbook lovers with premium, $599 Inspiron Chromebook 14

The new Inspiron Chromebook is the first premium Chrome OS device from Dell. Valentina Palladino It’s a convertible with an 14-inch FHD touchscreen. Valentina Palladino The Chromebook’s full-sized keyboard and trackpad. Valentina Palladino The chassis hides an included active pen. Valentina Palladino Dell’s Inspiron Chromebook starts at $ 599. Valentina Palladino Dell added a new […]

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Intel launches Whiskey and Amber Lakes: Kaby Lake with better Wi-Fi, USB

Enlarge / A Kaby Lake refresh die. Intel Intel has launched its latest mobile processors: six new chips designed for Ultrabooks and other thin-and-light systems. Three 15W U-series chips are codenamed Whiskey Lake, and another three 5W Y-series parts are codenamed Amber Lake. Model Cores/Threads Clock base/boost​/GHz Level 3 cache/MB TDP/W DDR4​/MHz LPDDR3​/MHz Whiskey Lake i7-8565U […]

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The adventures of lab ED011—“Nobody would be able to duplicate what happened there”

Enlarge / The University Politehnica building that hosts the Automatic Control and Computer Science (ACCS) program. Adi Dabu BUCHAREST, Romania—At the edge of Europe, Romania’s University Politehnica of Bucharest has long been the most prestigious engineering school in the region. Here, a terracotta-tiled building looms large over the campus, hosting the faculty of the Automatic […]

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Running Windows 95 in an “app” is a dumb stunt that makes a good point

Enlarge Felix Rieseberg A silly new app has been doing the rounds this week: Windows 95 as a standalone application. Running on Windows, macOS, and Linux, the Windows 95 “app” combines Electron (a framework for building desktop applications using JavaScript and other Web technology) with an existing x86 emulator written in JavaScript. The emulator can […]

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New electrolyte recipe keeps lithium-ion batteries from catching fire

Enlarge / Adding powdered silica to the electrolyte used in lithium-ion batteries keeps them from catching fire. Gabriel Veith Exploding lithium-ion batteries can wreak havoc on airline flights or in waste facilities after people toss their old electronics into the trash. Now, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have come up with a new chemical […]

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Facebook violates Apple’s data-gathering rules, pulls VPN from App Store

Enlarge Getty Images | NurPhoto Facebook is the latest company to violate Apple’s new app guidelines surrounding data collection. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Facebook pulled Onavo Protect, a VPN app, from Apple’s App Store after the iPhone maker determined that Onavo violated its data-collection rules. Facebook purchased the Israeli company […]

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Parallels Desktop 14 is available now for Mac, and it includes Mojave support

Enlarge / Parallels Desktop 14 running Windows 10 in macOS High Sierra. Samuel Axon A new version of Mac-based virtualization software Parallels Desktop was released today. Parallels Desktop 14 offers disk space efficiency improvements, faster application-launch speeds, macOS Mojave support, expanded Touch Bar support, better OpenGL graphics performance, and several other improvements. Most people who […]