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$99 Linux stick turns any HDMI display into a virtual desktop

Hard on the heels of the news that Dell's “Project Ophelia” thumb PC is expected to ship this summer, thin client vendor Devon IT on Tuesday rolled out a similar contender of its own called the Ceptor.<p>Like Dell's device, the $99 Ceptor is designed to plug into any HDMI-compatible display or …

Linux

Indiegogo project to turn Android devices into full Linux desktop

Zac Powell, the lead developer of the Complete Linux Installer app which allows you to install Linux alongside Android on your smartphone or tablet, has launched a new indiegogo project to turn your Android device into a full Linux desktop computer. The current Complete Linux Installer allows users …

Linux

Valve's SteamOS is ready to download -- only Linux vets are encouraged to apply

Just as promised, Valve has made its first release of SteamOS available for downloads at the same time it ships out prototype Steam Machines to 300 beta testers. Based on the Debian 7.1 flavor of Linux, SteamOS is a platform purpose built for playing PC games on the TV. Cutting out the cruft of …

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Entrepreneur finds remedy for water-damaged phones

Ever dropped your smartphone down the loo? Last year, 900,000 people did just that, according to gadget site Gizmodo. But water-damaged phones will soon be a thing of the past.<p>Oliver Murphy, a 20-year-old inventor turned entrepreneur has devised an ingenious system for bringing phones that have …

EarthSky’s 2018 meteor shower guide

Plan ahead now for an awesome year of meteor-watching. Good news! In 2018, the year’s 2 most reliable showers – August Perseids and December Geminids …

Astronomy

Chromecast gets Plex, Vevo, RealPlayer, Viki and more with massive app update

Advertisement<p>18 Comments<p>Credit: Google<p>A few months ago, a developer source told me that Google (s GOOG) planned to release apps for its Chromecast …

Simulated Gophers Explain Mysterious Mima Mounds

The first European explorers thought they were American Indian burial mounds, but found only dirt and pebbles inside when they sliced one of the mounds in half.<p>It’s one of those things that teachers in Washington state use to hook kids on science, alongside salmon runs, hydropower plants and those …

Cassini Spies Mysterious Object Named 'Peggy' at Edge of Saturn's Rings

SAN FRANCISCO — NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted an object located right at the edge of Saturn's A ring that is confounding scientists. Its …

What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario

We all know the story, or think we do.<p>Let me tell it the old way, then the new way. See which worries you most.<p>First version: Easter Island is a small 63-square-mile patch of land — more than a thousand miles from the next inhabited spot in the Pacific Ocean. In A.D. 1200 (or thereabouts), a small …

8 Movies Came Out On Christmas Day — Here Are The Ones You Should See

December is a BIG movie month.<p>For those heading out to theaters on Christmas, there are eight movies coming out. Of those, four are big wide releases.<p>Not sure what to see? We've broken down which films are worth watching for everyone.<p><b>1. Skip: "47 Ronin"</b><p><b>The only reason to see it:</b> Keanu Reeves.<p>It's …

Movies

Races to watch: Will Obamacare sink Democrats in 2014?

Three years after President Barack Obama admitted that his party took a “shellacking” in the midterm elections, Republicans are setting their sights on another political wave in 2014. It’s a new battle, but the GOP is using the same weapon: public skepticism over Obamacare.<p>In 2010, Republicans rode …