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There are also $1,399 and $1,999 preconfigured models, as well as a DIY Edition. The San Francisco-based startup plans to start shipping by the end of July.

By Michael Kan

The fully upgradable Windows laptop from Framework is now up for pre-order for US customers, starting at $999.

Customers can place orders on the Framework website. The 13.5-inch laptop is made up entirely of modular parts, including the motherboard, which you can easily swap out and replace.

“We made repairs and upgrades incredibly straightforward. The only tool you need is the screwdriver we include in the box,” the company says…


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Among other things, Biden’s executive order creates a pilot program to create an ‘Energy Star’ type of label so the feds and the public can quickly determine whether software was developed securely, the White House says.

By Chloe Albanesius

In the wake of several high-profile cyberattacks, President Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order that, among other things, calls for tighter IT security across federal agencies, labels on software that give consumers a better idea of built-in security features, and a review board that admin officials likened to a National Transportation Safety Board for cybersecurity.

The executive order “reflects a…


Vaccines are being distributed, restrictions are being lifted — and you’re still Zooming into daily meetings from the couch in your sweats. Here’s what’s working with remote work (and what’s not), and what the future might hold.

By Chloe Albanesius & Chandra Steele

The shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic has been transformative for those who have said goodbye to soul-crushing commutes and embraced the flexibility of working from their own space. In some cases, that’s meant being able to relocate from expensive cities to regions closer to friends and loved ones, with lower costs of living.

But…


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Although Tesla is suspending Bitcoin as a payment option, company CEO Elon Musk said his company is looking at other cryptocurrencies as an alternative.

By Michael Kan

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is hitting the brakes on accepting Bitcoin to buy the company’s electric cars. The reason: Bitcoin mining is too reliant on using energy from fossil fuels.

Musk announced the news today, almost two months after Tesla began accepting the cryptocurrency as a payment option. Although he’s still a supporter of Bitcoin, he decided to hit pause on accepting it until the mining migrates to clean energy sources.

“We are…


Ray tracing, a rising technique for how exquisite, realistic gaming graphics are drawn, is coming to a gaming PC or game console near you. You’ll need the right hardware to make it happen: Should you wait for it to mature, or should you jump in now?

By Charles Jefferies

Noticed your eyes widening a lot more when you game lately? If so, that may be because of a new technique that’s spreading, slowly, across the game-o-sphere. …


Is your Mac about to crash? Here’s how to create a bootable USB flash drive with a working version of macOS, so you can access your hard drive in the event of a glitch.

By Lance Whitney

Your Mac is failing to boot up properly due to some unknown glitch, so there’s no way to access the operating system or even get your data off the hard drive. A bootable USB drive, which contains a copy of the operating system, can save the day. …


Design flaws in the Wi-Fi standard combined with programming mistakes in Wi-Fi products have created a perfect storm of vulnerability.

By Matthew Humphries

Wi-Fi connections are now commonplace at home, at work, and even out in public—but unfortunately, they are all vulnerable to newly discovered FragAttacks (fragmentation and aggregation attacks).

As The Record reports, FragAttacks are a collection of vulnerabilities discovered by well-known Belgian security researcher Mathy Vanhoef who has gone into detail about how they work on his FragAttacks website. …


Here’s how to customize the social network to your needs.

By Eric Griffith

Despite its issues, and there are many, Facebook remains today’s main digital public square. Politicians and journalists gravitate toward Twitter, Gen Z loves Snapchat and TikTok, and Facebook fills in the gaps everywhere else.

A few years of scandals have yet to make much of an impact on Facebook’s bottom line. In the US and Canada, it had its best-ever quarter for ad revenue in Q4 2020, according to Statista. Monthly active users on the platform in the US/Canada continue to go up. Facebook is not synonymous…


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The company is testing the program for a small group of Xbox Insider members who own the older Xbox One console and are likely to upgrade.

By Michael Kan

The great chip shortage has many consumers on the hunt for top products, like game consoles, so Microsoft is testing out a pseudo-reservation system for the Xbox Series X/S.

For now, the pilot program will only be open to a small number of US consumers. It’s currently targeting owners of the last-generation Xbox One console—or people who are likely looking to upgrade. The other requirement is membership as an Xbox Insider


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The data shows third-party Amazon vendors working with customers to reward fake, positive reviews.

By Matthew Humphries

Can you trust the reviews that appear for products offered by third-party vendors on Amazon? An open database discovered on Amazon’s servers reveals you can’t, and it poses a big problem for the company.

The cybersecurity experts at SafetyDetectives recently discovered an open AWS ElasticSearch database that contained a “treasure trove” of data related to organized fake reviews on Amazon. The database consisted of over 13 million records and 7GB of data, including direct messages between Amazon vendors and customers who provided fake…

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