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Now You Can Buy A Chromebook For Just $US150 (And They're Getting Better)

Five years ago, Google CEO Eric Schmidt proclaimed that laptops would become disposable. We’re nearly there. Starting today, you can buy a new Chromebook for just $US150 — the cheapest price ever. And this spring, there’s a $US250 Chromebook coming that looks pretty incredible.


Google's Chromebit Turns Any TV Into A Chrome PC For Under $US100

Google just introduced a whole new kind of Chrome OS computer — a dongle that plugs into any HDMI-equipped display. It’s called a Chromebit, and it isn’t your run-of-the-mill streaming stick. For under $US100, you’re looking at a full computer that plugs right into your TV.


Microsoft Surface 3: A Smaller, Lighter, Better Surface

The Surface Pro 3 was a slam dunk for Microsoft. It was so good we almost forgot to ask the follow-up question: where’s the non-Pro Surface? Now that the light of the Surface Pro 3 has faded from our eyes, something equally dazzling can come into view: the Surface 3. It’s the smaller, lighter and I’d argue better Surface.


The Worst Mac Feature You Can't Turn Off

Bluetooth is an incredible invention. iTunes is a mediocre media player. But if you use a Mac, you can’t have one without the other. Any time you connect a Bluetooth Audio device, OS X opens iTunes. This is a feature that you can’t turn off, and it’s annoying as hell.


This Soviet Computer Mouse Was Almost Three Hundred Dollars

There you have it — the pinnacle of modern technology, in 1989 Soviet Russia, at least. Recently, someone decided to unearth this gem and share the nostalgic find with the internet. Craziest thing about it? This bad boy was almost three hundred US dollars.


WIN! 2x Synology DiskStation DS415play Media Centres + Review It For Gizmodo!

We’re excited to give you another chance to win some great Synology gear — one of two DiskStation DS415play units — and review it for Gizmodo! Valued at $639, the DS416play is network storage for media fanatics, letting you enjoy the HD quality of your video and movie collections on multiple screens, from TVs to mobile devices. The DS415play features 1080p full HD video transcoding and also supports Plex, DLNA and Chromecast. Entering is easy!


Create An Ultra-Secure, Easy-To-Remember Passphrase Using Dice

So you replaced the letter “e” with “3” and capitalised a random letter, and now you think your password is secure? Nope. Hackers (and the NSA) know those tricks, too. That’s why you should use this crazy dice technique to create a practically unbreakable passphrase.


Almost All Of The World's Top Hotel Chains Use Easily Hackable Hardware

Hotel internet is so far from secure — it’s downright scary. You should know this by now. However, a new report from cyber security researchers suggests that issues with shitty security at hotels extend far beyond hackable Wi-Fi networks. Entire systems at some of the world’s top hotel chains are very, very vulnerable.


A Beginner's Guide To Setting Up Netgear's New Arlo Home Security Cameras

Security cameras are, for the most part, a hassle to install — lots of wires running through walls, fiddly networking procedures, expensive and bulky storage systems. The Netgear Arlo, though, is completely wire-free, which means you can have it up and running in a fraction of the time. Here’s what you get, and how to set it up.


How Did You Prepare For Y2K?

We live in a world obsessed with the threat of terrorism. But fifteen years ago, the media was in constant hysterics over Y2K, or “the Millennium bug”. A real coding error that required many a fix, Y2K also provoked outsize paranoia and survivalist tactics that anticipated the end of the world. What were you up to?