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Run Android TV 13 on Your Raspberry Pi with This Unofficial Port

The Chromecast with Google TV gained its Android 12 upgrade last month. But funnily enough, your Raspberry Pi 4 can run an even newer version of Google’s smart TV software—Android TV 13. All you need is an unofficial port. If you’re a big fan of the Raspberry Pi, these next few sentences may give you a sense of déjà vu. The Android 13 and Android TV 13 operating systems were ported to the Raspberry Pi 4 by KonstaT, a Senior…

1Password Users Can Now Test the “Passwordless Experience” of 2023

In early 2023, the 1Password manager will gain a password-free login feature called “Passkeys.” It’s an interesting concept that could increase users’ security and convenience, and customers can test a live demo at the 1Password website. While passwordless login may seem like a futuristic idea, it already exists through the FIDO security standard (which is most commonly used in hardware security keys). Major players like Microsoft, Apple, and Google are all working with the FIDO alliance to advance this technology, which relies…

Synology’s New DiskStation Is an Exciting Plex Storage Solution

Synology’s latest home business NAS could make an amazing Plex upgrade. Available today, the four-bay Synology DiskStation DS923+ offers excellent PCIe Gen 3 support, up to 10Gb Ethernet connectivity (with an upgrade), and compatibility with Synology’s DX517 expansion unit for up to 120TB of storage. To be clear, this isn’t a single-device solution for Plex. The Synology DiskStation DS923+ is primarily intended for businesses, and the hardware isn’t suited for media conversion (there isn’t even an integrated GPU). But the DS923+’s excellent networking and storage capabilities (plus its…

What’s the Difference Between Laptops and Chromebooks?

Before anyone gets upset, let me clarify: a Chromebook is a laptop. By definition, a laptop is a portable computer. So, whether it runs Windows OS, macOS, or Chrome OS, it’s a laptop. However, there are some unique differences between Chromebooks and other laptops. If you’ve ever been standing in a store’s laptop section—or worse, trying to browse online—you know that there are seemingly endless options to choose from. There are different brands, spec combinations, and even laptop styles within a…

Hey, It Looks Like You Need a Microsoft Ugly Sweater

The holidays are a time for tradition, and one of the more recent and fun ones involves slapping on a hideous seasonal sweater. This year, Microsoft’s famously annoying paperclip has popped up again to help you out. Microsoft’s now retired mascot, who was annoying at the time but is coated in a thick layer of nostalgia these days, features on the front of the garment. The speech bubble protruding from where his mouth would be if he wasn’t a paperclip…

Google Chrome Takes a Colorful Cue from Android

The latest build of Google Chrome for desktops hides a neat new feature that takes a colorful cue from Android. We’re talking about Material You styling, which pulls colors from your new tab wallpaper and integrates it into the browser toolbar. Google introduced its Material design concept back at Google I/O 2014. Since then, we’ve slowly seen it expand to more aspects of our phones with the release of Material You in Android 12, Google Discover, and more. The entire…

GitHub’s Copilot Takes the Keyboard Out of Coding

It seems that Microsoft’s love for accessibility is trickling down to GitHub. In a surprise announcement, GitHub says that it’s testing a hands-free coding feature for its Copilot software. In time, a simple “Hey, GitHub” voice command will let you write, edit, and navigate code without a keyboard. This experimental feature is exclusive to Copilot, an AI-assisted coding software that costs $10 a month. Copilot is an ambitious project—it can suggest or write code for you, or even predict your…

This Long-Lost 1950s Computer Is the Subject of a 40-Year-Old Copypasta

Last week, Reddit user c-wizz posted several pictures of what he called “ancient computers” in the vintage computing subreddit. Among the images were several PDP-8/es and one LGP-30. Both models date back to the 1950s. However, the LGP-30 stands out because of its connection to “The Story of Mel.” “The Story of Mel” is a computer programming legend written by Ed Nather and posted to Usenet in 1983. The tale details the travails of Mel Kaye, a computer programmer with…

Google’s VPN Finally Arrives on Windows and macOS

After a long wait, Google’s VPN is now available on Windows and macOS. All Google One subscribers who pay for 2TB of cloud storage (or more) can install the company’s desktop VPN client through the Google One web portal. The Google One VPN originally launched as an Android-exclusive perk, though it arrived on iOS devices in early 2022. We’re not sure why Google waiting so long to launch a desktop app, as VPN clients aren’t very complex or difficult to…

Corsair K100 AIR Wireless Keyboard Review: Paper-Thin and Packed With Features

Rating: 7/10 ? 1 - Absolute Hot Garbage 2 - Sorta Lukewarm Garbage 3 - Strongly Flawed Design 4 - Some Pros, Lots Of Cons 5 - Acceptably Imperfect 6 - Good Enough to Buy On Sale 7 - Great, But Not Best-In-Class 8 - Fantastic, with Some Footnotes 9 - Shut Up And Take My Money 10 - Absolute Design Nirvana Price: $280 Amazon Best Buy Corsair is undoubtedly a household name when it comes to PC parts and…

Lenovo Slim 7i Pro X Laptop Review: A Speedy Performer, Sans Battery Life

Rating: 7/10 ? 1 - Absolute Hot Garbage 2 - Sorta Lukewarm Garbage 3 - Strongly Flawed Design 4 - Some Pros, Lots Of Cons 5 - Acceptably Imperfect 6 - Good Enough to Buy On Sale 7 - Great, But Not Best-In-Class 8 - Fantastic, with Some Footnotes 9 - Shut Up And Take My Money 10 - Absolute Design Nirvana Price: Starting At $1,595 Lenovo Lenovo’s formidable Slim laptop line brings yet another heavy hitter to the forefront:…

What Internet Speeds Do You Really Need?

Businesses thrive by selling people things they don’t need, and if you have an internet connection, there’s a good chance your provider has tried to upsell you a high-tech-sounding package. But is it something that can make a difference in your life, or will you just be wasting money? We live in a time where ultra-fast internet is available almost everywhere. Cities have cheap fiber packages where gigabit speeds cost around the same as a few cups of coffee. Smaller…