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A Microsoft exec says that keyboards will soon be replaced by voice, gestures or a.i. bots that communicate for us, but it's our written words that make us human.
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Now I'm just waiting for Apple to make another 'courageous' decision and remove the virtual keyboard from the iDevices!...};-)
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The head of the FBI suggests we should all apply a piece of opaque tape to laptop webcams to ensure privacy.
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The FINSix Dart is the smallest laptop charger out there, but it doesn't have as much flexibility as similarly sized alternatives.
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Hit the road, jack!
The 3.5mm headphone jack is just the latest in a long line of standards that Apple has sounded the death knell for.
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Intel says it's helping customers by eliminating m5 and m7 CPUs, but the result is confusing and bad for consumers.
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Sigh. They are pulling an AMD...
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Webcam covers, RFID-blocking wallets, PC 'cleaners' – there are lots of supposedly essential security products you really don't need.
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From parallel ports to USB Type-A, your new laptop may be missing ports you need. Here's how you can connect to all your legacy devices.
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for instance, IF there were a express card or even PCMCIA card adapter that was active, I would just buy the adapter and a firewire express card and call it good. They DO (did) make PCMCIA active adapter but they are usually made specifically for wifi card to make them USB (1.1) for (back in the day wisps)
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If anyone here has the time and inclination to help me beta test a side project of mine, I have posted my new Chrome Extension to the Chrome Web store as "unlisted" so my friends can help me find bugs before I give it listed status, where anyone on the Internet can get it.

The extension is called Silent Site Sound Blocker and it allows you to create a white list of sites that are allowed to play audio. Sites not on that list will give you an alert, asking for your permission when they want to play sounds. You can also create a black list of sites that can't even prompt you or switch into silent mode where all sound is blocked.

Anyway, lots of issues to find but I thought I'd ask if anyone wants to have a look.

Known issues: The CSS of the audio prompt can look different (fonts too big, etc) based on interference from the host page. 
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Apparently, Adblock Plus is now selling ads.
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It's a conspiracy. Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone, because it's in league with "Big Dongle," and trying to get you to buy more adapters.

Case in point: Belkin has come out with a Lightning port splitter so you can charge your iPhone and plug in headphones at the same time. It really should be Lightning to 3.5mm + charging, but go figure.
News Feed Item. Belkin Introduces Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar™ For iPhone 7 And iPhone 7 Plus. Belkin works with Apple to develop the Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus; Enables simultaneous charging and listening using Lightning Audio. By PR Newswire.
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this adapter would be useful beyond audio if one can charge the other can be a USB host..
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Tune in right now to see a live video hands on with the Lenovo Yoga Book.
Getting up close & personal w/ new Yoga Book & Michael Grimsley of Lenovo #IFA2016
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Tune in to F5 Live tonight at 9:15 PM ET to hear Scott Ertz and I talking tech. http://plughitzlive.com/joinus/
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