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Microsoft Launches Webcam Without Windows Hello Support

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Microsoft announced a new line of “Modern” PC accessories, including the company’s first desktop webcam since 2011’s LifeCam HD 3000. Meet the $70 Microsoft Modern Webcam, a versatile device with HDR support, True Look retouching, a privacy shutter, and … wait, where’s the Windows Hello support?

Windows Hello uses your webcam to verify your identity, saving you the trouble of typing in a password every time you log in to your Windows account. Anyone who uses a Microsoft Surface device should be familiar with Windows Hello, and several laptops and third-party webcams support the protocol. Given the new “Modern” accessories slant toward productivity and Teams, the lack of Windows Hello is a bit odd.

That said, the lack of Windows Hello is likely a cost-cutting measure (along with the use of USB-A instead of USB-C). With HDR and True Look support, the Modern Webcam should capture higher quality video than similarly-priced alternatives, like the Logitech C920. That said, if Windows Hello is your priority, it’s featured in several webcams at this price.

The Microsoft Modern USB-C Speaker and Headset.The Microsoft Modern USB-C Speaker and Headset. Microsoft

Other new devices in Microsoft’s “Modern” lineup include a USB-C speaker, a wireless headset, and a USB headset. All three of these audio devices feature built-in Teams controls, making it easy to join meetings or mute your microphone without using your mouse.

All of these devices, including the Microsoft Modern Webcam, are relatively affordable. They seem like stellar options for students, or for schools and businesses who need to buy a ton of Teams-compatible video chat equipment. The new Modern accessories go on sale this June, according to Microsoft’s product page.

Source: Microsoft via Engadget

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/77850/microsoft-launches-webcam-without-windows-hello-support/
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Google Photos’ Revamped Video Editor Arrives on Android

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Back in February, Google announced that the revamped video editor for its Photos app would arrive on Android devices after months of being iOS-exclusive. Now, Google Photos users on Android finally have access to the powerful new video editor through a server-side rollout.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/77628/google-photos-revamped-video-editor-arrives-on-android/
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Twitch and Facebook Gaming Are Having One Hell of a Year. YouTube Gaming? Eh, Not so Much

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As the world descended into lockdown last year, people overwhelming tuned into livestreams to connect with others and stave off boredom while stuck in their homes. And that pandemic-fueled growth shows no signs of slowing down even as the world attempts to return to business as usual, with both Twitch and Facebook…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/twitch-and-facebook-gaming-are-already-having-one-hell-1846658990
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Israel appears to confirm it carried out cyberattack on Iran nuclear facility

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Shutdown happened hours after Natanz reactor’s new centrifuges were started

Israel appeared to confirm claims that it was behind a cyber-attack on Iran’s main nuclear facility on Sunday, which Tehran’s nuclear energy chief described as an act of terrorism that warranted a response against its perpetrators.

The apparent attack took place hours after officials at the Natanz reactor restarted spinning advanced centrifuges that could speed up the production of enriched uranium, in what had been billed as a pivotal moment in the country’s nuclear programme.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/11/israel-appears-confirm-cyberattack-iran-nuclear-facility
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The 11 Best Apps to Help You Get Stuff Done This Spring

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It’s spring, which means it’s time to shake off winter and start chipping away at your spring cleaning to-do list. There’s a lot to do and it can feel overwhelming, but with the help of these clever apps, you have a clean and organized house, and even an adorable backyard garden, in no time!

We found a variety of apps that’ll help you list out your chores and keep track of larger projects, as well as some that’ll help you with specific tasks like gardening and cleaning. With them, your smartphone can take care of all the organizing and planning for you.

For Getting Organized

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When it comes to spring cleaning, half the battle is listing out everything that needs to be addressed. With these handy apps, you can easily map out and manage everything from small to-do lists to large DIY projects and everything in between.

  • Evernote (iOS, Android, macOSWindows, Chrome): Evernote (Free, with paid options) is a wonderful app for creating to-do lists and making quick notes. It lets you scan and store documents (like receipts), save web pages, and keep your files updated and synced across all of your devices. You can type in notes or write them in manually if you’re using a tablet, and it can even search your handwriting for a specific keyword. It even works if you’re offline.
  • Any.do (iOS, Android, macOS, WindowsChrome): The beauty of Any.do (Free, with paid options) is that it combines the functionality of a to-do list with a planner and calendar. It also lets you customize reminders, so you can opt for one-time reminders, recurring reminders, location-based reminders, or voice reminders. The app has a widget option and integrations with tons of apps like Google Calendar, Gmail, Slack, Evernote, OneNote, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and more. It even lets you share your lists and tasks with friends and family so everyone can stay on track.
  • Trello (iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Chrome): If your spring cleaning needs something more substantial than a to-do list to prop it up, let Trello (Free, with enterprise plans) help. It’s a dynamic visual bulletin board meant for larger-scale project management, and it offers boards, cards, checklists, and real-time collaboration. You can assign things like members, descriptions, locations, due dates, labels, and custom fields to each task, and view all activity associated with it, too.
  • Pocket (iOS, Android, macOSChrome): We all spend lots of time online, and Pocket (Free, with paid plans) makes it easy to save important links to read or reference later. You can save links from any website on any device, and Pocket keeps things synced between them so you can read on any device. It strips away ads and other clutter from articles for easy reading and it even gives you the option to listen to articles or find new articles based on personalized recommendations.
  • Time Timer (iOS, Android, macOS, Windows): Need a little help completing your tasks in a timely manner? Time Timer (Free on mobile, $19.95 for desktop) is here to help. With it, you can set time limits for specific tasks (like cleaning, cooking, yard work, or even for interval training while you’re working out) and keep an eye on your progress with the large red timer display.

For Cleaning Up Around the House

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Cleaning your house can feel like the most daunting part of spring cleaning. With so many rooms and dusty corners, it’s easy to find a new mess for every area you get clean. However, with these apps, you can see a list of everything you need to clean, sell old stuff you don’t want anymore, and even hire a local professional if you need help cleaning from an expert.

  • OurHome (iOS, Android): Whether you just need to list out your home’s cleaning tasks for yourself or you want to create a list your entire family can see, OurHome (Free) is the task system that can help. It lets you assign and schedule tasks, set goals and rewards, add events to your family calendar, send messages, set reminders, and view your progress on unlimited devices.
  • OfferUp (iOS, Android, Chrome): If you’re looking to sell stuff you no longer want or pick up something new that you need, OfferUp (Free, with in-app purchases) is the perfect app for the job. With it, you can sell and buy used stuff from other folks in your area. You can sell all types of items—from clothing and jewelry to furniture and electronics—then set your own price and set up a time and place to meet with your buyers. It also recently absorbed LetGo, a similar service.
  • Handy (iOS, Android): Need a little help handling tough cleaning tasks? Find and hire a local expert on Handy (Free) to help you tackle tasks like cleaning, painting, furniture assembly, repairs, and so on. All of Handy’s experts are vetted through background checks and insured, so they’re trustworthy. You can book a pro for virtually any time of day, and Handy backs everything with a money-back guarantee.

For Gardening

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Spring is the time of year we can finally go outside and start taking care of our yards again (and enjoy them, too, of course). And even if you don’t exactly have a green thumb, these apps will help you identify and care for plants, learn how to choose the best plants and garden vegetables to choose for your climate, and hire an expert if you need a little extra help.

  • Gardenate (iOS, Android): Gardenate ($1.99/iOS, $0.99/Android) is an expansive and rich resource for novice gardeners. It’s packed with how-to articles, climate-appropriate picks for your garden, local planting calendars, and detailed scientific information for nearly 100 of the most popular herbs and vegetables common to backyard gardens. It even provides calibrated harvest date estimates for your region.
  • Garden Answers (iOS, Android): If you’ve ever seen an interesting plant and wondered what it was, Garden Answers (Free, with in-app purchases) can tell you what it is. The app works off of a database of over 20,000 plants and can tell you everything you need to know about a plant, including if it’s poisonous. All you have to do is take a photo of the plant in question and submit it; from there, the app’s image recognition technology shows you instant results. You can also search the database using keywords and learn how to take care of a plant, if needed.
  • LawnStarter (iOS, Android): Let’s be honest—lawn care and landscaping can be tough if you’ve never had to do either before or don’t have a green thumb. If you’d rather leave things to experts, LawnStarter (Free) can connect you with experts in lawn maintenance, aeration, fertilizing, and landscaping. All you need to do is enter your address and you’ll see pricing from local experts. LawnStarter is strict about who it recommends, too: Any company with a rating below 4.3 out of 5 stars is dropped off the list of recommended services.

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/76683/the-11-best-apps-to-help-you-get-stuff-done-this-spring/
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The 7 Best Linux Laptops

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If you’ve been thinking about switching to a laptop powered by a Linux OS, you’re not alone. There are so many reasons to switch to this powerful OS. It’s less prone to virtual attacks and viruses, more customizable, and it’s completely free! Here are the best Linux laptops you can buy right now.

What to Look for in a Linux Laptop

Although Linux laptops are still far more niche to purchase than Windows or Mac laptops, they’re slowly becoming more mainstream. If you want to purchase a laptop that runs a Linux distro, here’s what you need to consider:

  • Whether Linux OS is Preinstalled: Most laptops that are available through large retailers either come with Windows OS or macOS. Although Linux operating systems are becoming more popular, it’s still fairly niche to purchase a laptop with a Linux OS already installed on it. Unless you feel comfortable purchasing a laptop and installing a Linux OS on it yourself, it’s best to buy a laptop with Linux OS preinstalled.
  • Chrome OS vs. other Linux OS: Chrome OS is based on Linux, so all modern Chromebooks will be able to run Linux apps, but they’re still different than traditional Linux computers. If you mainly just want to be able to run Linux apps but not spend a ton of money, consider purchasing a Chromebook.
  • General Laptop Parameters: Just like with any other laptop purchase, you’ll also want to consider what you want the internals to look like. How much storage do you want? Do you want the graphics card to be a priority? Do you intend to use the laptop for work, school, gaming, or something else? Make sure you think about what your laptop needs internally to be able to use it how you want to.

Best Overall: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

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Although this laptop from Dell has a version with Windows, the XPS 13 Developer Edition comes with the Ubuntu 20.04 Linux OS installed. If you mainly just want a great laptop for everyday use with a Linux OS, this is the best option for most people.

It’s super lightweight and looks really sleek. It’s pretty great internally as well. If you purchase this laptop from Dell with the default options, you’ll get an Intel Core i5 CPU, a 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD, and 8GB of RAM. If you want to spend a little more on your laptop to beef up the internals, you have some customization options. You can bump up the CPU to an Intel Core i7, increase the size of your SSD and memory, and even customize your display, too.

Best Overall

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition


If you mainly just want a great laptop for everyday use with a Linux OS, this is the best option for most people.

Best Budget: ASUS Chromebook Flip C434

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If you want to experience Linux apps but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, a great budget option is a Chromebook. And this Chromebook from ASUS provides some pretty awesome features and internals for a lot less money than some of the other options on this list. But again, remember that even though Chromebooks can run Linux apps, they’re still different than traditional Linux laptops.

This specific option that we’ve listed here comes with a Core m3 CPU, 8GB of memory, and 64GB of storage, which is plenty to comfortably run any demanding Linux apps. There are different options available—you could spend more to get an i5 CPU, more memory, or more storage if any of these things are important to you.

One of the awesome features of this Chromebook is its 360 degree hinge that allows you to use it as a laptop or a tablet. The 14″ display is touchscreen, and there are ultra-narrow bezels around all sides, making it a really thin and lightweight laptop.

Best Budget

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If you want to experience Linux apps but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, a great budget option is a Chromebook.

Best Premium: System76 Oryx Pro

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The System76 Oryx Pro is the best Linux laptop for you if you want all the works. It’s highly customizable so you can get exactly what you need out of your build. And it comes with System76 Open Firmware with coreboot, giving you super short boot times.

You can choose between three different versions of Linux OS: Pop!_OS 20.10, Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS, or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. You can get up to 64GB of memory or choose a lower option for a lower price. Then, you can also customize the size of your M.2 SSD and add an additional custom M.2 SSD for even more storage space.

You can also customize your graphics card, too. You can choose between an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 3070, or 3080. The Oryx Pro is also a hybrid graphics laptop, meaning it switches between Intel and NVIDIA graphics, depending on when you want the best graphics and when you want to save battery life.

Pretty much the only thing you can’t customize in this laptop is the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU. All this power is packed into an impressively thin body and presented on a glare-resistant matte display.

Best Premium

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The System76 Oryx Pro is the best Linux laptop for you if you want all the works. It’s highly customizable so you can get exactly what you need out of your build.

Best for Privacy: Purism Librem 14

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If privacy is your main reason for investing in a laptop with a Linux OS, go for the Purism Librem 14. It uses GNU/Linux PureOS, and the company detects software and hardware tampering with PureBoot and the Librem Key.

With this laptop, the Intel Management Engine has been disabled to reduce risk and bloat in the system. Purism uses BIOS and EC chips that are protected through hardware kill switches. If you’re one who’s always worried about someone seeing through your camera or listening through your microphone, Purism takes that fear away with their security promise. Their hardware kill switches will physically disconnect the camera and mic if your laptop detects anything suspicious.

Plus, like many of the other laptops on this list, you have some great customization options. You can customize the battery, memory, storage, and installed firmware. With the default options, you’ll get 8GB of DDR4, a 250GB M.2 SSD, and coreboot + SeaBIOS firmware.

Best for Privacy

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If privacy is your main reason for investing in a laptop with a Linux OS, go for the Purism Librem 14.

Best for Gamers: Juno Neptune 15-inch

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When most people think of a gaming laptop, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t one with a Linux OS. Over the past few years especially, gaming has become more accessible to computers with Linux operating systems. Multiple games through Steam are available to download directly for a Linux OS. The Neptune laptop from Juno is an awesome option for anyone looking to mainly game on their new Linux laptop.

It’s a bit more expensive, but it comes with a quality CPU and GPU. You’ll get an Intel eight-core i7 CPU and three different options when it comes to your GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR6), 2070 (8GB GDDR6), or 2080 (8GB GDDR6). Then, you’ll be able to customize your memory, starting at 16GB of DDR4, and the size of your M.2 NVME SSD, starting at 512GB. You can add an optional SSD as well if you feel you need more storage.

The default build for Juno’s Neptune laptop comes with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB SSD. And everything is powered by an Ubuntu 20.04 OS.

Best for Gamers

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The Neptune laptop from Juno is an awesome option for anyone looking to mainly game on their new Linux laptop.

Best for Work: System76 Lemur Pro

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The System76 Lemur laptop is another great option from System76 that’s a bit more affordable than the Onyx Pro and better for the everyday worker. You can get a whopping 14 hours of battery life out of this laptop, making it a great option if you frequently work outside of your home.

The Lemur model still uses System76’s Open Firmware with Coreboot for security and fast boot times. For your CPU, you can choose between an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7. For your Linux OS, you can choose between Pop!_OS 20.10, Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS, or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Then, just like the Oryx Pro, you can also customize your amount of memory, SSD size, and whether you want an additional SSD.

Plus, this laptop has a nifty 180 degree hinge that’s great if you want to adjust your workspace throughout your hours worked. And at only 2.4lbs, it’s incredibly lightweight.

Best for Work

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The System76 Lemur laptop is another great option from System76 that’s a bit more affordable than the Onyx Pro and better for the everyday worker.

Also Great for Work: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (8th Gen)

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If the System76 Lemur doesn’t suit your needs for work, this Lenovo ThinkPad is another great option and maybe more familiar for some people. Lenovo is a well-known and reputable brand. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is probably being used by many with Windows, but you can custom order it to come with a Linux OS. Most of the builds on Lenovo’s website come with Windows OS, but under the “Build Your Own” tab, you’ll see an option for Linux OS.

Because the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is already such a great work laptop with Windows, swapping it to Linux just adds privacy and security to whatever you’re working on. This laptop comes with a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and a 256GB PCle SSD.

Also Great for Work

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (8th Gen)


If the System76 Lemur doesn’t suit your needs for work, this Lenovo ThinkPad is another great option and maybe more familiar for some people.

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/76501/the-7-best-linux-laptops/
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Scientists Dive Into Axolotl Genome, Looking for Secrets to Regeneration

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Its adorableness aside, the Mexican axolotl is a salamander of particular interest to scientists. On the molecular level, the animal seems to have a cheat code for life: It can regenerate its limbs and vital organs, an ability researchers are desperate to better understand for medical applications.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/geneticists-get-closer-to-a-complete-axolotl-genome-1846651148
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