Anna Washenko

Anna Washenko

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Anna is a professional writer living in Chicago. She covers everything from social media to digital entertainment, from tech news to scientific breakthroughs. By night she's also a dance teacher and DJ. You can follow her quest to become the ultimate generalist on Twitter at @AnnaGetsPithy or on Tumblr at annawashenko.com.

Forget that password, Google wants to replace it with USB keys and ‘smart rings’

Nobody likes trying to remember a dozen different passwords, but would you trust your personal information to a tiny USB key? Google is hoping yes.

Computing

VIA announces Rock and Paper sub-$100 ARM PCs

More and more companies are pushing to make pint-sized, ARM-powered mobile computers. Thanks to VIA, it looks like Raspberry Pi has some definite competition.

Computing

Samsung amps up Chromebox with Intel Core i5 processor

One of the top choices for compact mini desktop PCs is getting a serious boost in power, but the extra processing could cost you extra.

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Oracle releases security patch to fix Java vulnerabilities

Oracle responded to the Java security breach identified last week with a patch to fix two vulnerabilities. Here's where you can get the update.

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New security vulnerability found in Java; experts recommend disabling the app

Considering how common Java is across work and home computers, this has the potential to be a huge security breach. Here's what you need to know.

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Dell announces Project Ophelia, a USB stick that uses the cloud to make any monitor a PC

The new device from Dell's cloud computing arm lets you have a computer from the cloud on any screen with a USB port.

CES

LaCie’s fin-studded Blade Runner hard drive is functional art for your desktop

LaCie and French designer Philippe Starck throw traditional industrial design out the window yet again with the Blade Runner external drive.

Computing

Asus puts a geometric spin on Google TV with the Qube set-top box

Asus takes a design cue from Boxee with the strikingly square Qube set-top box, which dresses Google TV in a unique cube-based interface to match its look.

CES

Former Windows head Steven Sinofsky launches new tech product development blog

If you thought the Microsoft exec was out of the tech limelight, think again. He's still has a lot to say and has launched a brand new blog for to share his thoughts.

Computing

Samsung introduces two new Series 7 computers in advance of CES

Prior to the big showdown in Las Vegas, Samsung has announced the release of the Series 7 Chronos and the Series 7 Ultra laptops.

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Tobii Rex lets you control Windows 8 computers with your eyes

With sci-fi developments like Tobii's Rex camera becoming more common, it could be just a matter of time before the mouse and trackpad are consigned to the trashcan.

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Microsoft confirms unpatched bug in early versions of Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer users who think there's no reason to update to the latest version might want to reconsider. A zero-day loophole is affecting older versions of the browser.

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Windows Store zips past 35,000 apps, now adding 415 Windows 8 apps a day

Starting out with 10,000 Windows 8 apps at its October launch, Microsoft heads into the new year with over 35,000 apps in its Windows Store.

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Steve Jobs’ dream yacht impounded over unpaid design bills

Steve Jobs' super yacht, the Venus, cost more than 100 million euros to make. But the designer has not received his full commission.

Apple

Apple switches iTunes to HTTPS to bypass Chinese censors

Apple moves iTunes to HTTPS in an early attempt to sidestep the government's crackdown on VPNs.

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