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With 1M Sold In The Last Quarter, Google’s Chromebooks Are A Hit With Schools

black-white-chromebook During its earnings call this week, Google announced that it — and its partners — sold a million Chromebooks to schools in the last quarter. Overall PC sales worldwide were about 76 million in the last quarter, according to Gartner’s latest numbers, so a million Chromebook sales just to the education market is a pretty good number. Read More

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With 1M Sold In The Last Quarter, Google’s Chromebooks Are A Hit With Schools

black-white-chromebook During its earnings call this week, Google announced that it — and its partners — sold a million Chromebooks to schools in the last quarter. Overall PC sales worldwide were about 76 million in the last quarter, according to Gartner’s latest numbers, so a million Chromebook sales just to the education market is a pretty good number. Read More

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Four states were responsible for half of US wiretaps last year

Half of the phone wiretaps set up in the United States in 2013 were authorized in only four states, according to a report released this month that details last year’s intercepted wire, oral, and electronic communications. California accounted for more than a quarter of the total and New York made up 12 percent, while both Florida and Nevada contributed six percent of the 3,576 requests authorized by federal and state government.

The same report shows that while the number of US wiretaps only increased five percent from 2012, the figure has more than doubled since 2003, when the total amount of authorized wiretaps was 1,442. 3,455 of 2013′s authorizations — 97 percent of the total — were targeted at portable devices such as cell phones,…

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My Thoughts on Xbox One Kinect-less Bundle (Last Titan Standing Gameplay with Arc Cannon)

My Thoughts on Xbox One Kinect-less Bundle (Last Titan Standing Gameplay with Arc Cannon)

So, Microsoft have announced a Kinect-less Xbox One from June 9th. In this video BHC Bluez n 2z shares his thoughts. Is this a win or a loss for Xbox One?

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Sony’s turning The Last of Us into a movie with help from the game’s creators

The Last of Us made its debut last year to critical (and commercial) acclaim from the gaming community, and it appears that the film industry’s just as smitten with the story it tells. Deadline Hollywood reports that Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems…

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How the last members of a species were stuffed, archived, and forgotten

When an entire species dies out there is, inevitably, mathematically, a last one. Over at the Krulwich Wonders blog on NPR, the host of Radio Lab, Robert Krulwich, examines three stories of the final, solitary living example of an extinct species. The very last auk, passenger pigeon, and Tasmanian tiger had sorry deaths and even sorrier afterlives — none of which should be particularly surprising. The Tasmanian tiger, in particular, suffered from poor treatment in the end, and the two birds were briefly displayed in museums before waning public interest relegated them to cold storage. There may be hope yet, however, as some geneticists are pursuing plans to bring some species back to life. Until then, you can find the stories of the…

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Necessary violence: The creators of The Last of Us defend its reliance on combat

PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us was the most successful game of 2013. That’s not just sales (it sold extremely well, to the tune of 3.4 million in its first three weeks), but also critical reception (an average Metacritic score of 95/100 and…

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‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ is coming to HBO on April 27th

Last fall, HBO announced that it would be giving comedian John Oliver his own show, and now we know when it’ll arrive. The weekly satirical news program Last Week Tonight with John Oliver will make its debut on Sunday, April 27th at 11PM ET, marking Oliver’s first real role as the lead of his own program. Last Week Tonight sounds like it’ll stick closely to what Oliver did while writing and appearing on on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart — HBO’s announcement says Oliver’s show will be “satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events.” Given Oliver’s successful stint last year hosting The Daily Show while Stewart took a leave of absence, it’s not surprising to see him getting his shot at his own show — but we’ll have…

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Pebble Steel review: at last, a stylish smartwatch

Smartwatches are supposed to be pieces of jewelry that are just as personal as the smartphones they’re attached to, yet rarely are they thought of as fashionable. We’ve seen a handful (or is it wristful?) that are hip, ornate and sporty, but we’ve …

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Apple Patents Sapphire Display Tech After Last Year’s $578M Deal With Sapphire Maker

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Apple has had a patent approved today (via AppleInsider) that could make it a leader in a new kind of display material technology: Sapphire glass. The patent describes various methods for attaching sapphire crystal to electronic devices, and includes a description of how it does this with the sapphire glass covering the iPhone camera lens introduced with the iPhone 5, as well as a means for attaching sapphire as a cover for the whole display.

In the past, the iPhone has used Gorilla Glass to protect its screen (though some believe it may have stopped recently); Apple championed this tech and basically made its maker Corning the default choice for smartphone OEMs looking for a tough, scratch-resistant material to use to protect their screens. But last year, Apple made a $ 578 million bet on sapphire (which is used often in good watches) with GT Advanced Technologies to have it build a manufacturing plant for the material in Arizona.

When the deal was announced, our own Matthew Panzarino took a closer look at the investment, and at what sapphire glass could provide Apple. Sapphire, including the lab grown variety, is much tougher, more resistant to scratches, and more resistant to breakage after scratches than even Gorilla Glass, which has a strong reputation in all those arenas. It’s heavier, too, but would potentially allow Apple to use thinner pieces for both space and weight savings.

Of course, there are also existing needs at Apple for sapphire glass, including the iPhone camera lens and the new Touch ID-compatible home button, which many expect to make its way to other Apple devices including the iPad eventually. But the patent uses an iPhone-type device as its illustrative example, and specifically states that while the gadget depicted is a “smart phone,” the techniques described could be used on any number of devices. A smartwatch might be a good target case, for example, given that Apple has been rumored to have been working on one for some time, and that sapphire is a very common case material used in the manufacture of watches from most leading brands.

The patent itself details ways in which the sapphire material could be attached to the shell or casing of an electronic device, with examples in illustrations detailing jigsaw-type and tounge-and-groove mechanics for keeping the glass firmly in place.

At this stage, it’s more likely that Apple is simply laying the groundwork for a potential shift to sapphire in its phones and other devices a considerable way down the road, rather than tipping its hand for any immediately upcoming change in how its devices are made, but this patent demonstrates that it is indeed thinking in terms of smartphone displays and other applications that go beyond its current uses of the material.

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