Woodstock Wire: Tech Tickler

February 15, 2019

Here's what Linux backup and restore for Chromebooks looks like, expected in Chrome OS 74

Tech -- About Chromebooks - With a feature freeze date of next week for Chrome OS 74, there's been a slew of activity by developers to implement the...

February 15, 2019 07:41 PM

Smartphones will get a lot more interesting next week

Tech -- Mashable - This time next week, there will be dozens of new Android smartphones to choose from, and many of them will be unlike any other smartphone...

February 15, 2019 07:35 PM

Berkshire trims Apple stake, adds Suncor and Red Hat, exits Oracle

Media -- Reuters - Technology - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc said it trimmed its stake in iPhone maker Apple Inc, its largest stock investment,...

February 15, 2019 06:31 PM

Richard Branson: Virgin Orbit could replace satellites for the Air Force in 24 hours

Media -- CNBC - Business - Branson touted on Thursday the quick turnaround capability that rocket launcher Virgin Orbit may soon be able to provide the...

February 15, 2019 06:31 PM

Workforce data collection risks damaging employee trust: Accenture survey

Enterprise -- IT World Canada - In a typical day in the office in 2019, your employer might be collecting a lot of data about you. Perhaps you use a time tracking...

February 15, 2019 06:11 PM

Mozilla to harden Firefox defenses with site isolation, a la Chrome

Enterprise -- Computerworld - Mozilla plans to boost Firefox's defensive skills by mimicking the "Site Isolation" technology introduced to Google's Chrome...

February 15, 2019 06:08 PM

Rethinking how Microsoft employees get to work

Enterprise -- Microsoft IT Showcase - The goal at Microsoft is ambitious-to get most company employees to stop driving to work by themselves.

"Our vision is...

February 15, 2019 06:06 PM

Superfast Raspberry Pi rival: Odroid N2 promises blistering speed for only 2x price

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - Hardkernel's Odroid N2 promises great performance for its price.

February 15, 2019 06:02 PM

Google's 2019 hardware plans? New Pixel 3 Lite to undercut iPhone XR

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - Google is thought to be planning a major push on hardware, with new phones, a watch, a security camera, and a refreshed smart speaker.

February 15, 2019 06:02 PM

How Amazon and Eero could bring enterprise-grade threat management to the masses

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - What if every Amazon customer could benefit from the power of AWS and machine learning to thwart malware and other security threats?

February 15, 2019 06:02 PM

NASA wants to jump-start development of landers to take humans to the Moon

Tech -- The Verge - After more than a year of talk about returning humans to the Moon, NASA is asking the aerospace community to come up with designs...

February 15, 2019 05:42 PM

Walmart tech incubator Store No. 8 launches VR startup Spatial&

Tech -- TechCrunch - Walmart's tech incubator Store N 8 today launched its next startup, a VR merchandising company called Spatial&. The company offers...

February 15, 2019 05:31 PM

Opera teases new desktop browser design

Tech -- TechCrunch - Browser maker Opera has been teasing a new project called R3 or 'Reborn3'. The new project is now available as a beta version -...

February 15, 2019 05:30 PM

Smartwatch sales soared in 2018, with Apple leading the charge

Tech -- Digital Trends - The NPD Group, a market research organization, has reported smartwatch sales soared in 2018. Apple is leading the charge, but...

February 15, 2019 05:30 PM

Stunning iOS 13 concept video may give us a glimpse of the iPhone's future

Tech -- BGR - When it comes to Apple's product cycle, it's no great surprise that new iPhone releases always garner more attention than new iOS updates....

February 15, 2019 05:21 PM

February 14, 2019

Astronauts Train for the Boeing Crew Flight Test

Life -- NASA Image of the day - This preflight image from Feb. 6, 2019, shows NASA astronauts Mike Fincke and Nicole Mann and Boeing astronaut Chris...

February 14, 2019 08:18 PM

NASA's Record-Setting Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End

Military -- NASA - One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost...

February 14, 2019 08:03 PM

Malt raises $28.6 million for its freelancer platform

Tech -- TechCrunch - French startup Malt is raising a $28.6 million funding round (€25 million) with Idinvest Partners leading the round and existing...

February 14, 2019 07:57 PM

NASA's deputy chief echoes JFK in a pitch for commercial space ventures

Tech -- GeekWire - NASA Deputy Administrator James Morhard, at left, receives congratulations from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine after a swearing-in...

February 14, 2019 07:57 PM

The Apple Watch continues to dominate the booming smartwatch market

Tech -- BGR - Apple has never disclosed unit sales for the Apple Watch and it's entirely possible it never will. Especially now that Apple recently decided...

February 14, 2019 07:56 PM

More than 1 million people cut the cord during the most recent quarter

Tech -- BGR - Dish Network announced today that it shed 334,000 subscribers during the fourth quarter, with a substantial portion of the departures being...

February 14, 2019 07:56 PM

Is Your Chromebook On Chrome OS 72? Here's the official update list.

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Chrome OS 72 has officially been pushed to the Stable channel but as many of you have discovered, not every Chromebook has received...

February 14, 2019 07:54 PM

Slack adds app building tools as productivity arms race with Microsoft Teams continues

Tech -- GeekWire - Outside Slack's office in San Francisco.

Slack wants to make it easier to build apps and integrations...

February 14, 2019 07:30 PM

Google reportedly launching Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel Watch later this year

Tech -- The Verge - What's next for Google's Pixel range? A non-premium handset and a smartwatch, says a recent report from Nikkei Asian Review.


February 14, 2019 07:29 PM

How to set up Apple's HomeKit for your smart home

Tech -- The Verge - Apple's HomeKit may not be the most popular of the major smart home systems, especially when compared to competitors like Amazon's...

February 14, 2019 07:29 PM

Eight Sleep unveils The Pod, a bed that's smarter about temperature

Tech -- TechCrunch - Smart mattress company Eight Sleep is announcing its newest product today, The Pod. Co-founder and CEO Matteo Franceschetti described...

February 14, 2019 07:26 PM

February 13, 2019

7 of the Best Semiconductor Stocks to Buy for 2019

U.S. News -- Stock selection is critical in a difficult semiconductor market.

February 13, 2019 06:44 PM

Xiaomi Electric Scooters Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Remote Hacks

Infosec -- The Hacker News - Smart devices definitely make our lives easier, faster, and more efficient, but unfortunately, an insecure smart device can...

February 13, 2019 06:13 PM

Robert Curbeam: Building the Space Station, Making History

Life -- NASA Image of the day - Robert Curbeam currently holds the record for the most spacewalks during a single spaceflight.

February 13, 2019 06:12 PM

NASA to Share Results of Effort to Recover Mars Opportunity Rover

Military -- NASA - NASA will discuss the status of its Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity in a media briefing at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) Wednesday,...

February 13, 2019 05:35 PM

Welp, we now know almost everything about Samsung's Galaxy S10 lineup

Tech -- Mashable - Samsung's Galaxy S10 lineup won't officially launch until next week so, naturally, the phones' entire spec sheets have already leaked.


February 13, 2019 05:27 PM

Sixteen percent of U.S. adults own a smartwatch

Tech -- TechCrunch - The latest figures out of NPD show a continued uptick in smartwatch sales, here in the States. The category has been a rare bright...

February 13, 2019 05:22 PM

DARPA wants smart bandages for wounded warriors

Tech -- TechCrunch - Nowhere is prompt and effective medical treatment more important than on the battlefield, where injuries are severe and conditions...

February 13, 2019 05:20 PM

Spruce up your Chromebook experience with these 14 new Chrome themes from Google

Tech -- About Chromebooks - Tired of the same old look and feel of Chrome OS? Check out these 14 new themes made by the Google Chrome team to give a...

February 13, 2019 05:19 PM

February 12, 2019

UiPath's Chris Morgan Recognized as 2019 CRN Channel Chief

Business Wire -- UiPath's Chris Morgan has been named a 2019 CRN Channel Chief

February 12, 2019 08:04 PM

The Red Planet's Layered History

Life -- NASA Image of the day - Erosion of the surface reveals several shades of light toned layers, likely sedimentary deposits, as shown in this image...

February 12, 2019 06:31 PM

Stratolaunch will perform about 15 test flights under FAA's experimental airworthiness certificate

Tech -- GeekWire - Stratolaunch's giant airplane sits on the tarmac at California's Mojave Air and Space Port.

The Federal Aviation...

February 12, 2019 05:38 PM

Amazon acquiring mesh WiFi startup eero, doubling down on smart home

Tech -- GeekWire - Amazon says it will acquire eero, the San Francisco-based maker of mesh home WiFi routers.

The deal strengthens Amazon...

February 12, 2019 05:30 PM

What to do if you forget your Android PIN, password, or pattern

Tech -- Digital Trends - It's a horrible feeling when you forget your Android password, PIN, or pattern and can't access your smartphone. Thankfully,...

February 12, 2019 05:25 PM

February 11, 2019

The Jeff Bezos privacy nightmare could happen to anyone - here's how to prevent it

MarketWatch.com - Top Stories -- Amazon founder has accused the National Enquirer tabloid of extortion after it acquired compromising photos.

February 11, 2019 07:53 PM

10 Tech Trends to Watch for in 2019

Life -- Kiplinger - If you're going to invest for growth, it's almost impossible to avoid technology stocks. After all, technology is seeping into every...

February 11, 2019 07:49 PM

The Pixel 4 is several months away, but one new feature has already been confirmed

Tech -- BGR - Google is already working on the fourth-generation Pixel handset, which is likely launching this October. That means it's simply to early...

February 11, 2019 07:37 PM

Everything We Know About the Raspberry Pi 4

ExtremeTech -- When will we see a Raspberry Pi 4? Here's everything we know so far.

February 11, 2019 06:28 PM

Pence Promises Missions to the Moon and Mars During Ceremony

U.S. News -- Vice President Mike Pence leads the honoring of the nation's fallen astronauts during a NASA day of remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery.

February 11, 2019 06:11 PM

Risk of Consumers Going Off-Grid Increasing Significantly in Next Two Years

Media -- PowerPulse.net - According to a study from Accenture, 95% of the 150 Utility Executives surveyed agree that the risk of electricity consumers...

February 11, 2019 05:57 PM

New easy-to-use platform created to accelerate the democratization of IoT development

Media -- eeNews Europe - Open-source hardware and software platform provider Arduino has introduced an IoT Cloud as part of its professional IoT...

February 11, 2019 05:52 PM

Trump to launch 'American AI Initiative' later today

Tech -- The Verge - America may be the current world leader in artificial intelligence, but its place is anything but assured. While nations around the...

February 11, 2019 05:35 PM

Fitbit launches new wearable, but your employer has to sign you up

Media -- USATODAY - Tech Top Stories - Fitbit has recently made available a new fitness and sleep tracker. But you can&apost just order one on its website.

February 11, 2019 06:11 AM

How to stop robocalls, block numbers on your iPhone, Android and even landline

Media -- USATODAY - News Top Stories - You have a whole arsenal of smartphone tools at your disposal: Block numbers, Do Not Disturb mode, and apps can...

February 11, 2019 06:09 AM