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Microsoft to Open Source Chakra JavaScript Engine

Microsoft last week revealed that it will release the core components of its Chakra JavaScript engine to open source as ChakraCore. It will be available next month on GitHub under the MIT license. ChakraCore offers best-in-class JavaScript execution with the broadest set of ES2015 feature coverage and dependable performance, reliability and scalability, Microsoft said. It will target cloud-based services, the ... Read More »

Gadget Gives Passwords Pocket Protectors

As much as many Web travelers and security experts would like usernames and passwords to disappear from use, the pesky credentials aren’t going away anytime soon. That’s why password managers are seen as a way to make the best of a bad situation. They allow you to store scads of usernames and passwords in the cloud where they can be ... Read More »

27 Highly Desirable Gifts for Apple-Loving Fanatics – and 1 to Skip

Chances are, you know an Apple fanatic — someone whose iPhone, Mac or iPad is a prized possession. If you don’t know a true fanatic, you probably know a fan — or barring that, someone who might appreciate an Apple-made gift this holiday season. To help you cut through the chaff, from one Apple fanatic to… someone else entirely, I’ve ... Read More »

GeckoLinux: This Baby Knows What It’s Doing

GeckoLinux is a custom spin of the openSuse project. It offers an impressive variety of options and easier operation than typical Suse-based Linux distros provide. GeckoLinux is a newcomer. I mean very new. Its first release was last week. You shouldn’t view this distro as a wailing infant, however. It’s based on openSuse Leap 42.1 and was leapfrogged into near-instant ... Read More »

Gadget Ogling: Unappetizing Apple Juice, a Fistful of Virtual Reality, and Considerate Drones

Welcome, dear friends, to another edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that plunges into the muddy waters of the latest gadget announcements in the hopes of plucking a pearl or two. In our pool of enlightenment this week are the first official Apple iPhone battery case, a palm-sized 360-degree camera, and possibly the safest drone around. As ever, ... Read More »

Scientists discover transparent, high-performance LED displays

The finding opens the door to the practical application of monolayer materials, such as MoS2, in devices like LEDs and high-performance transistors. “One could develop high-performance LED displays that are transparent when powered off and flexible using the ‘perfect’ optoelectronic monolayers produced in this study,” the researchers said. Monolayer semiconductors have generated a great deal of buzz as they hold ... Read More »

Google Pixel C tablet makes it to the UK, yours from £399

  After having become available to purchase in the US yesterday, Google’s Pixel C tablet is now also up for grabs in the UK. As is always the case with these things, the pricing is different across the pond. In the UK, the 32GB version of the tablet can be yours for £399, while the 64GB model goes for £479. ... Read More »

Apple Holiday Smartphone And Tablet Deals: iPhone 6s/6s Plus $100 Off, iPad Air 2 $125 Off Sale At Best Buy

Just in time for the holidays, Best Buy has announced discounts on many popular Apple products. Customers can pick up an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 6 or 6 Plus for $100 off their normal prices; the price of the iPad Air 2 has been cut by $125 and the iPad Air and iPad mini 4 are available for $100 off. ... Read More »

Red Unveils The Scarlet-W And Scarlet-W Monochrome, Offering 5K Cinema Quality At An Affordable Price

Shooting video in 5K RAW video and/or 2K ProRes can be a pretty expensive undertaking, however, thankfully, Red just made it cheaper. The company has announced the new $9,950 Scarlet-W and Scarlet-W Monochrome, two cameras that are able to shoot in 5K RAW and 2K ProRes using the Dragon sensor found in other Red cameras. The cameras can also handle ... Read More »

Researchers Have Developed Socks That Generate Electricity Using Urine

What were we thinking getting rid of our urine all those years, when we could be using it to power electric socks? A team of researchers from the University of West England has developed a pair of socks that use urine to generate electricity. The new socks are able to store as much as 648 milliliters of urine, almost 22 ... Read More »