Elementary OS is a simple, modern style Linux based Operating System. It is designed to target users who like the feel of Windows and macOS, with a similar feel and interface. It has a big version bump coming up soon, 5.0 'Juno'.
VLC media player has added experimental Chromecast streaming support in the latest beta version, v2.9. You can get the beta release in the Google Play store to get instant access to the new feature. Some minor bugs persist, as expected in a beta.
DIY enthusiasts have been creating their own massive batteries, similar to the $3,000 Tesla Powerwall. Some of these creations can store up to 10 times as much electricity as the Powerwall, making them extremely capable solutions.
Cake Browser is a new mobile browser developed for iOS and Android devices. It's available to download via AppStore and GooglePlay Store for free today. The app allows users to 'swipe' through top results, either through Google or Bing search.
A Bitcoin exchange was jeopardized when three armed men entered their offices in Canada. They failed to obtain any cryptocurrency, and one of the suspects has been captured. Cryptocurrency value has been surging, becoming attractive to criminals.
Lenovo says there is a major security issue with their fingerprint scanner that allows hackers to bypass fingerprint authentication. This doesn't have an impact on Windows 10, and is limited to devices that utilize the Lenovo Fingerprint Manager.
Dell announces a new Chromebook 5000 series which includes an 11-inch clamshell model as well as a 2-in-1 configuration. The 5000 series is designed to be super durable to withstand school environments and the accidents that can occur there.
Stripe, the popular payment processing company, stated that they will be discontinuing Bitcoin support on April 23rd, 2018. This is following some insanely high fees and long processing times, making it unreasonable to use bitcoin as a "currency".
Nokia has released an Android Oreo Beta version for both the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 devices that totally revamps the camera app. It increases the aesthetics as well as the actual photo quality in low-light situations.
Developer francisfranco released a new version of the FrancoKernel for Android 8.0.0 OxygenOS Open Beta 2, and Android 8.1.0 Custom ROMs. This brings support for OnePlus 5T and includes a lot of fixes.
Acer is releasing two new Chromebooks in the United States starting in March of this year. There will be two memory and storage configurations, and pricing will start at $299.9 for the Chromebook 11 C732, and $349 for the Chromebook Spin 11.
Nvidia has responded to GPU shortage concerns by saying that "gamers come first". The shortage is primarily being driven by cryptocurrency miners, who need intensive GPU power to mine the cryptocurrencies of their choice.
Qualcomm announced two new 'Home Hub Platforms' at CES 2018. They are designed to make affordable home hubs with Google Assistant support, and possibly other Google services. Qualcomm's platforms will be available in the first quarter of this year.
The Libratone TRACK+ in-ear headphones were just announced with adaptive noise cancellation technology, as well as a long 8-hours battery life. On top of this, they are designed to be sweat proof, as well as motion detection to preserve battery life.
Miners using CPU have had concern with the performance impact of 'Meltdown' patches. Fortunately Coinhive has stated that they have noticed virtually no impact, so miners should be able to carry on as usual.
A recent malicious script was injected into the payment page on the OnePlus website to steal credit card information as it was used by customers to make purchases. OnePlus says the issue affects as many as 40,000 of it's users.