Internet

Pierce County names potential broadband improvement areas

Slow internet speeds on the Key Peninsula has made the Pierce County Library System’s Key Center branch a magnet for patrons seeking speedier WiFi, supervising librarian Corrine Weatherly said in 2019. “Most people who don’t have great connectivity can get their work done (here ) faster and more efficient.” Drew Perine drew.perine@thenewstribune.com It’s a problem …

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Nothing Phone Lighting Explained, Plus Pre-Orders Hit DropX

A look at the back side of the Nothing Phone (1) in Marques Brownlee’s video. Screenshot: YouTube / MKBHD Nothing, the smartphone brainchild of CEO Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, is once again testing the efficacy of its hype machine. The company is currently known for its economical earbuds, the Ear (1), which offer a …

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Microsoft’s Calling It Quits on Creepy Emotion Recognition Tech

Photo: John MacDougall (Getty Images) Microsoft’s turning its back on its scientifically suspect and ethically dubious emotion recognition technology. For now, at least. In a major win for privacy advocates sounding the alarm on under-tested and invasive biometric technology, Microsoft announced it’s planning to retire its so-called “emotion recognition” detection systems from its Azure Face …

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How to Use Google Password Manager On-Device Encryption

Photo: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP (Getty Images) Eventually, Google and other big tech companies want to dispense with passwords entirely, but until that day comes, a Google Password Manager feature called on-device encryption might be your best bet for protecting your precious codes. Though it quietly came out earlier this springsince you can now easily access Google …

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How to Share a Mouse and Keyboard Across Multiple Computers

For a lot of us, day-to-day computing using more than one computer—and sometimes involves more than one computer operating system too. That can mean a lot of wires and a lot of swapping between keyboards, mice and trackpads, but there are now multiple hardware and software options for sharing one set of input devices between …

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Apple Patent Explores Phone Charging Touch Keyboard

MacBook Pro 14Photo: Caitlin McGarry/Gizmodo Apple’s MacBooks haven’t changed much over the past decade or so. Some of the latest models were recently redesigned with modern features, but their form remains that of traditional laptops. That isn’t due to a lack of ideas. Between each model refresh is a flood of patents conjured up by …

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Nanoparticles that control flow of light could mean faster and cheaper internet

Imagine a window with an image etched on its surface, but when you walk around to the other side, the image is entirely different. Key points: Nanoengineering manipulates the path light travels through a material This allows for two distinct images to be seen when viewed from opposite sides “Nonlinear optics” could have applications in …

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Nanoparticles that control flow of light could mean faster and cheaper internet

Imagine a window with an image etched on its surface, but when you walk around to the other side, the image is entirely different. Key points: Nanoengineering manipulates the path light travels through a material This allows for two distinct images to be seen when viewed from opposite sides “Nonlinear optics” could have applications in …

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