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November 30, 2021

Beechcraft Denali Enters Flight Test Phase with Landmark First Flight

Business Wire -- The Beechcraft Denali made its first flight Tuesday, beginning the important flight test program for this clean-sheet design aircraft.

November 30, 2021 07:40 PM

November 23, 2021

New Mac malware raises more questions about Apple's security patching

Infosec -- Malwarebytes Unpacked - Apple's reputation on security has been taking a beating lately. As mentioned in some of our previous coverage, security researcher Joshua Long recently shone a light on problems with Apple's security patching strategy. His findings...

November 23, 2021 05:09 AM

November 22, 2021

This Made-for-iPad accessory can transform lives

Enterprise -- Computerworld - In a boost to accessible technology, people with disabilities such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Motor neurone disease (MND), cerebral palsy, or spinal cord injury can now control their iPads using only their eyes and a newly...

November 22, 2021 03:26 AM

What Space Missions Can Teach Us About Remote Work

Think -- MIT Sloan Management Review - After almost two years of working from home, the writing is on the wall for office arrangements: Remote work in some permutation is here to stay.

But the home-work environment continues to be muddled with challenges. It...

November 22, 2021 02:02 AM

China's burned-out tech workers are fighting back against long hours

Think -- MIT Technology Review - The draining 996 work schedule-named for the expectation that employees work 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week-has persisted in Chinese companies for years despite ongoing public outcry. Even Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma once called...

November 22, 2021 01:26 AM

November 21, 2021

Chrome 96 rolls out with a slew of security updates

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - We're only two weeks away from the landmark release of Chrome OS 96 that will bring the Chrome browser and the Chrome operating system back into parity of release schedules. After the release of Chrome OS 96 in late November, the browser...

November 21, 2021 11:41 PM

How to control your Apple Watch hands-free

Tech -- The Verge - Starting with watchOS 8, Apple introduced a new accessibility feature called Assistive Touch. The cool thing about this feature...

November 21, 2021 11:31 PM

Chrome OS 97 adds custom virtual desk templates for saving apps and workspaces

Tech -- About Chromebooks - Earlier this month, Chrome Story reported a new Chrome OS experimental flag would add custom virtual desk templates. The idea is for Chromebook users to save virtual desk workspaces with apps and browser tabs of their choosing. This...

November 21, 2021 11:23 PM

How to Avoid the Next Batch of Malware-Infected Android Apps

Life -- Lifehacker - Malware is no fun (some would say it bytes, if they were very funny). If installed on your Android device, malware can steal data, mess with functionality, and, on top of it all, trick your phone into installing more malware. Nobody intentionally...

November 21, 2021 03:17 AM

The Ultimate Guide to Picking the Right iPad as a Gift

Life -- Lifehacker - So, someone in your life wants an iPad. Sounds simple enough, until you take a look at Apple's website and realize the company currently sells five different iPads, one of which is just called "iPad." With iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro, and...

November 21, 2021 03:01 AM

November 19, 2021

Cavallo Extends E-Commerce Footprint and Encourages Omnichannel Accessibility for Mid-Market Distributors

Business Wire -- Cavallo, the only technology provider to deliver on-premises and cloud solutions specifically for mid-market distributors, today announced its integration with Magento, a platform offering omnichannel solutions including in-store, retail-associate, and...

November 19, 2021 12:21 AM

Blue Canyon Technologies Selected by Ball Aerospace to Provide Spacecraft Bus for NASA Solar Cruiser Program

Business Wire -- Ball Aerospace selected Blue Canyon, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies Corporation, to build a X-SAT Venus microsatellite bus.

November 19, 2021 12:04 AM

November 15, 2021

Seven email management tips for organizing your inbox and boosting productivity

Infosec -- ProtonMail - With so much of your life spent on the internet, an organized inbox isn't just a matter of being tidy - it's about being productive and focusing your attention on tasks that really matter. The average office worker receives around 121 emails...

November 15, 2021 03:01 AM

Paging the plagiarism police - AI is getting better at writing students' essays

Media -- The Next Web - The dramatic rise of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has spotlit concerns about the role of technology in exam surveillance - and also in student cheating. Some universities have reported more cheating during the pandemic,...

November 15, 2021 02:38 AM

November 14, 2021

International Space Station fires rockets to dodge chunk of destroyed Chinese satellite

Enterprise -- The Register - Meanwhile, next crew of astronauts all set to launch on Thursday

The International Space Station performed a short engine burn on Wednesday to avoid potentially hitting a chunk of space junk....

November 14, 2021 11:18 PM

Second analyst figures show declines in Chromebook and tablet shipments

Enterprise -- Channel Partner Insight - After five quarters of growth driven by accelerated buying for remote work and learning, global shipments of Chromebooks and tablets recorded their first decline since the onset of the pandemic in 2020.

Chromebook...

November 14, 2021 08:43 PM

AmateurLogic 162: SDRPlay HD Radio, Android Pi, LiFePO4 Battery

Tech -- AmateurLogic.TV - AmateurLogic.TV Episode 162 is now available for download.

George explains AM & FM Broadcast Signals and decodes HD Radio on an SDRPlay receiver. Mike cooks up some tasty Android Pi. Is this the Pi OS we've been waiting for? Tommy builds...

November 14, 2021 07:31 AM

Lilbits: CutiePi Linux tablet, NXP i.MX 93 chips, Twitter Blue, and YouTube's Dislike button

Tech -- Liliputing - The CutiePi tablet with a built-in handle, a Raspberry Pi for brains, and Linux-based software is nearing release. Twitter is charging people willing to pay for an Undo Tweet button (and a few other perks). Google hopes YouTube might be a...

November 14, 2021 07:21 AM

This Raspberry Pi clone has an Intel Celeron N3350 Apollo Lake processor

Tech -- Liliputing - It would be easy to mistake Axiomtek's KIWI310 for a Raspberry Pi Model B. Both devices are single-board computers that measure 85mm x 56mm and both have built-in USB, HDMI, and Ethernet ports plus onboard memory and a 40-pin GPIO interface.

But...

November 14, 2021 07:20 AM

Microsoft announces Windows 11 SE, a new Chrome OS competitor

Tech -- The Verge - Microsoft has created a new edition of Windows 11 designed for students and schools. Windows 11 SE will ship exclusively on low-cost laptops that are built for...

November 14, 2021 07:10 AM

Salesforce CEO Benioff Invests in Search Engine Startup You.com

U.S. News -- You.com, a startup looking to challenge Alphabet Inc's Google by developing a more customizable search engine, announced...

November 14, 2021 06:34 AM

NASA Deputy Administrator Among US Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees

PR Newswire -- NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, along with fellow veteran astronauts Michael Lopez-Alegria and Scott Kelly, were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame class of 2021 on Saturday, Nov. 13. Their induction ceremony, held at NASA's...

November 14, 2021 06:13 AM

SpaceX launches 53 Starlink satellites into orbit

Life -- Phys.org - SpaceX expanded its constellation of low Earth orbit satellites on Saturday with the launch of 53 Starlink satellites from Florida.

November 14, 2021 06:07 AM

RadCube extends its magnetometer boom

Life -- Phys.org - ESA's latest CubeSat-RadCube, for surveying space weather in low-Earth orbit-has completed its rigorous commissioning phase, culminating in the extension of a magnetometer boom longer than the miniature satellite itself.

November 14, 2021 05:49 AM

WISeKey announced its IoT Picosatellites WISeSat-1 and WISeSat-2 are tested and ready to launch onboard of SpaceX Falcon 9 in January 2022

Globe Newswire -- Technology - WISeKey announced its IoT Picosatellites WISeSat-1 and WISeSat-2 are tested and ready to launch onboard of SpaceX Falcon 9 in January 2022

November 14, 2021 05:45 AM

November 11, 2021

Ahead of First Hover Flight, Maker Aircraft Receives FAA COA and Relocates from Development Lab to Flight Test Facility

Business Wire -- Ahead of First Hover Flight, Maker Aircraft Receives FAA COA and Relocates from Development Lab to Flight Test Facility.

November 11, 2021 11:51 PM

UiPath TOGETHER World Tour Launches in The Netherlands with Largest Automation Conference in the Benelux

Business Wire -- UiPath is launching a worldwide series of automation conferences with TOGETHER Amsterdam, the largest automation gathering in the Benelux region.

November 11, 2021 11:50 PM

November 08, 2021

NASA's Hubble Telescope in safe mode again

Media -- Fox - Science - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Hubble Space Telescope is in safe mode yet again.

November 08, 2021 03:25 AM

Waterfox: A Firefox fork that could teach Mozilla a lesson

Enterprise -- The Register - Why are some of Moz's axed projects bigger than its flagship?

Comment As Firefox's share of the browser market continues to slide, the Waterfox Project shows some of the ways that Mozilla is failing to listen to its users - and it's far...

November 08, 2021 02:10 AM

50 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity

Enterprise -- Computerworld - Chromebooks may be all about simplicity, but don't be fooled: Beneath their intuitive outer layer lies a web of advanced options. And you don't have to be a power user to embrace it.Make your way through this massive collection of next-level...

November 08, 2021 02:04 AM

Managing Linux containers is about to get a lot easier on Chrome OS

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Earlier this year, after roughly three years, Google finally lifted the "Beta" label from the Crostini project that brought a Linux development environment to Chromebooks. While many may feel that the Linux side of Chrome OS is only...

November 08, 2021 01:26 AM

You'll soon be able to easily run multiple Linux containers on Chromebooks

Tech -- About Chromebooks - I've been running Linux containers on Chromebooks since the feature first appeared in beta about 3 years ago and it has changed the way I use my Chromebook. With this feature, I was able to use a Chromebook for undergraduate Computer...

November 08, 2021 12:47 AM

November 07, 2021

Chromebook Linux comes of age

Enterprise -- ZDNet Blogs - Linux is officially no longer a beta on Chromebooks, and more functionality is coming.

November 07, 2021 09:39 PM

Ecobee acquired by generator company Generac for $770 million

Tech -- The Verge - Toronto-based smart home thermostat startup Ecobee is being acquired by Generac Holdings for $770 million, the companies announced Monday.

The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter....

November 07, 2021 04:42 AM

China smartphone brands see strong overseas demand, but weak domestic shipments in 2H21

Media -- DIGITIMES - Global smartphone shipments delivered by Chinese brands grew 9.8% sequentially, but slipped 7.8% on year to come to 175 million units in the third quarter of 2021, according to the latest figures from Digitimes Research's Smartphone Tracker.

November 07, 2021 03:14 AM

Ham College episode 82

Tech -- AmateurLogic.TV - Ham College episode 82 is now available for download.

Extra Class Exam Questions - Part 20.

E5A Resonance and Q: characteristics of resonant circuits: series and parallel resonance, definitions and effects of Q, half-power bandwidth,...

November 07, 2021 02:42 AM

Ubuntu Brought My Ancient Chromebook Back from the Dead

Enterprise -- OMG! Ubuntu! - "It's alive! It's aliiiiiive!" Alright, I'm not exactly Dr Frankenstein, but I did exhume the corpse of a forgotten Chromebook from its eternal resting place (my bookcase) to enact a macabre ritual. My goal? To bring it back to life. Thankfully...

November 07, 2021 02:28 AM

November 06, 2021

Microsoft Is Pushing the PC Health Check App to Windows 10 Machines

Tech -- ExtremeTech - Microsoft is no stranger to frustrating OS updates after years of rolling out unblockable OTAs for Windows 10. Now there's a new update rolling out, and this one adds a new app to your machine. Don't want it? Tough, you're getting the Microsoft...

November 06, 2021 03:06 AM

November 05, 2021

Pi's The Limit: Eben Upton on Raspberry Pi's Exciting Year - and Their New Pi Zero 2 W

Media -- Makezine - Raspberry Pi's CEO talks with Make: about custom silicon, the Pico microcontroller, their new Pi Zero 2 W, and lots more.

November 05, 2021 11:00 PM

November 03, 2021

Raspberry Pi Zero gets quad-core upgrade

Aspencore -- EDN - Built on the same form factor as all of its Raspberry Pi Zero predecessors, the Zero 2 W is up to five times as fast as the original Zero. The Zero 2 W boasts a quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A53 processor running at 1 GHz accompanied by 512 Mbytes...

November 03, 2021 05:15 AM

NASA selects CubeSat to assess the origins of hot plasma in the Sun's corona

Life -- Phys.org - NASA has selected the CubeSat Imaging X-Ray Solar Spectrometer (CubIXSS), led by Southwest Research Institute, to measure the elemental composition of hot, multimillion-degree plasmas in the Sun's corona-its outermost atmosphere. The nanosatellite...

November 03, 2021 05:06 AM

November 01, 2021

42 Technology helps develop smarter monitoring for remote farms

Media -- New Electronics - 42 Technology (42T) has helped the Australian IoT company, Titan Class, to develop a faster and easier way to roll-out its smart agricultural monitoring systems.

November 01, 2021 11:21 PM

GM will start making Chevy Bolts again on November 1st

Tech -- The Verge - General Motors will start making Chevy Bolts again on November 1st, after shutting down production in late August following a global recall of the electric vehicle due to battery fire...

November 01, 2021 05:31 AM

Smartphone sensing platform provides early warning for lung cancer and ketosis/diabetes

Life -- Phys.org - A latest platform, developed by Prof. Jiang Changlong's research team from the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has realized visual detection analysis for lung cancer and ketosis/diabetes via different...

November 01, 2021 04:59 AM

Fly through the space station in this awesome 360-degree video

Tech -- Digital Trends - If you've ever wondered what it's like to float through the International Space Station, then check out this 360-degree video from astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

November 01, 2021 04:05 AM

Chromebook gaining ground beyond education segment

Media -- DIGITIMES - Demand for education-use Chromebooks has waned significantly in most markets except for the US, but overall Chromebook shipments are expected to maintain a stronger momentum than the entire PC industry as such notebooks are being shifted to...

November 01, 2021 03:54 AM

Best Maker Schools: University of Maryland

Media -- Makezine - Makerspaces are becoming a fixture on college and university campuses. In fact, there are often multiple makerspaces on campus. At the University of Maryland, College Park, the growth of makerspaces followed a pattern I've seen elsewhere....

November 01, 2021 03:10 AM

3 Steps for an Effective B2B Digital Commerce Website Experience

Think -- Gartner Blog Network - B2B marketing leaders indicate that digital commerce is a critical go-to-market channel for the future performance of their business. In fact, 71% of B2B CMOs expect to increase total marketing expense budget allocated to digital...

November 01, 2021 02:53 AM

Raspberry Pi temporarily increases Pi 4 price in response to chip shortages

Tech -- The Verge - In response to supply chain issues, particularly around semiconductors, Raspberry Pi is increasing the price of the version of the Raspberry Pi 4 sold with 2GB of RAM. The increase,...

November 01, 2021 12:00 AM

October 31, 2021

Ham, CB, Amateur Radios - What is The Difference?

TMCnet -- Radio is a broadcast medium that we take for granted. In the home or the car, we tune in to our favorite station and enjoy the show. But that's professional radio. In this article, we're looking at amateur radio, ham radio, and CB radio. We'll talk about...

October 31, 2021 08:53 PM