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You can now unlock Chrome OS with nothing more than a PIN

A new developer update lets you unlock your Chrome OS with nothing more than a PIN. "This will definitely come in handy for touch devices," wrote Google employee Francois Beaufort in a Google+ post.
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Why the world’s fastest quantum computer … really isn’t a quantum computer

Over the past six-and-a-half years, Lockheed Martin has made steady upgrades to its Quantum Computation Center — and now the company has a potent 1,152-qubit rig at its disposal. But it's not exactly a quantum computer.
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Google Earth Pro used to cost $400 a year — here’s how to get it for free

Google used to charge $400 a year for Google Earth Pro, but these days, it's free. Here's how to install and use this advanced, 3D-mapping software. You'll be exporting HD video and zooming all over the planet in no time!
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Asus crams the Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series of GPUs into six ROG gaming laptops

Asus has announced that six Republic of Gamers notebooks now offer Nvidia's GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics chips, calling a "world's first" with the GX800. This model packs an 18-inch screen and supports an external liquid-cooling dock.
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Microsoft Kinect camera helps assess symptoms in multiple sclerosis patients

Researchers at McGill University have created a motion-recognition algorithm that lets the Microsoft Kinect camera help evaluate walking abnormalities in patients with multiple sclerosis.
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RIP Chrome apps: Google is killing them off for Windows and Mac

Looks like Chrome apps weren't as popular as Google may have liked them to be, which is why the company will be phasing them out over the next few years. By early 2018, Chrome apps won't be available on Windows or Mac.
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Having problems with your Microsoft Surface 4 Pro? We have 16 solutions

The Surface Pro 4 is a great tablet for professionals, but it's not perfect. Here are some of the issues Pro 4 users are experiencing, and everything we know about how to fix them.
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The SLI Bridge may be ancient history in 2017 due to PCIe 4.0’s huge bandwidth

A device utilizing PCI Express 4.0 was on display during Intel's developer forum this week. An additional slide showed PCI Express 5.0 is also in the works, even though the PCI Express 4.0 spec won't be finalized until 2017.
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Nvidia’s GTX 1080 can crack passwords as easily as it can game

Nvidia’s latest GTX 1080 graphics card is good for more than just gaming. It turns out its new Pascal architecture is excellent for digital forensics and, in particular, cracking passwords.
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Machine learning, satellite data look at nighttime lights to gauge poverty in Africa

Researchers at Stanford University are using machine learning and satellite data to develop a detailed “poverty map” of Africa by looking at areas where there there are few nighttime lights.
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Web consultant says meters don’t measure true strength of passwords

Password meters only offer the illusion of security, according to tests, and often fail to identify really weak passwords that can be cracked in seconds. A web consultant says it’s further reason to use two-step authentication on your…