Saturday, September 10, 2016

Your next laptop could have a fingerprint reader and USB-C

Your next laptop may be a lot thinner and the most important interface on it may not be the keyboard, the touchpad or the screen.

The IFA trade show here shows two welcome and rapidly accelerating trends in the Windows PC market. One is the increasing use of USB-C ports to actually charge laptops, rather than just connect external devices, and the other is the addition of fingerprint readers that work with Microsoft’s Windows Hello software to let you quickly and securely log into your PC.

Does this USB port make my laptop look fat?

USB-C ports are a lot thinner than regular USB connectors and have no up or down there’s no irritating moment when you realize you tried to plug in a cable upside down. But they’ve remained relatively rare in laptops since their high-profile debut in Apple’s 12-inch MacBook last spring.

Monday, September 5, 2016

World pays tribute to 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin on 10th anniversary of his death

People around the world paid tribute to “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the Australian conservationist and television personality’s tragic death.

Irwin died on Sept. 4, 2006, after being stabbed in the heart by a giant stingray while filming on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. The 44-year-old left behind a wife, Terri, and two children.

“You’ll be my hero for my entire existence,” Irwin’s daughter, Bindi, now 18, tweeted. “I love you more than words can describe.”

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