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    After N.H. computer recycling and refurbishing company closes, Maine group steps up

    A Maine non-profit will take over a long-running Manchester-based program that recycles electronics and turns some into low-cost computers to help the underserved, and has hopes to expand the program here. “Philanthropic urban mining, that’s the best way I can describe it,” said Chris Martin, co-founder with partner Jodi Martin of GiveIT GetIT, a firm based in Waterville, Maine. For more than a decade it has accepted old equipment from companies, refurbished what it can, given computers and systems to lower-income families, along with technology training and support, and resold the rest to pay for staff, buildings and transportation. What  

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    Don’t plug this USB drive into your computer

    If you run a small business, you know it’s essential to bring in new clientele constantly. Tap or click here for three small business tips that will save you time and money. One trick companies use for outreach is to give out company-branded gifts. These can include a company-branded pen and notepad, a water bottle or the ever-present company keychain. Another item companies will send is a USB drive. It is usually branded with its logo and might contain some sales pitch files or a product catalog. These might seem harmless, but they aren’t always. Read on to see how  

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    Razer’s Project Sophia concept turns your desk into a modular computer

    Razer is no stranger to wild CES prototypes, and CES 2022 is no exception: the company revealed its new Project Sophia concept, which aims to build an entire modular desktop computer into a desk that looks like a Star Trek LCARS console come to life. Razer has had modular computer aspirations before. There was 2014’s Project Christine, a precursor to Project Sophia that imagined a desktop tower that was built out of easily swappable Jenga-like bricks. 2020’s Tomahawk took a more practical approach to that concept, based on Intel’s Element NUC designs. But Project Sophia feels like Razer’s conceptual tendencies  

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    Opal C1 Webcam Review: A Smartphone Style Camera For Your Computer

    Since they plug into a computer, even the best webcams don’t think to include a hefty processor of their own onboard. Not so with the Opal C1. Armed with the Intel Myriad X, a VPU specializing in on-device neural networks, the Opal C1 aims to help webcams catch up to the quality you might find on an iPhone or a Google Pixel.  The Opal C1 uses computational photography, a fairly common smartphone camera technique where the device combines developer tricks with details it’s learned about your face from past photos to touch up and adjust your video feed in real-time.  

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    Does Tesla’s Centralized Computer Architecture Require Fewer Chips?

    Tesla has navigated the global automotive chip shortage better than most. It also pioneered using a unified computer architecture. How are those things related? What are the broader lessons here? Originally posted on EVANNEX.By Charles Morris Of all the innovations Tesla has brought to the auto industry, not the least significant is the unified computer architecture used in its vehicles. This has enabled many of the wonderful Tesla-only features that owners rave about, and it’s not too much to say that it’s been one of the company’s greatest competitive advantages. Now current events are highlighting what could be  

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    How to Rescue Your Photos From an Old Computer

    Globally, we take more than 1 trillion photos a year, according to Rise Above Research, with the average American snapping about 1,000 photos a year. Although most of these photos are rarely viewed again, they can still hold special memories. I recently told my cousin about a candid photo of our parents awkwardly caught mid-action, standing in front of my Christmas tree, unaware their photo was being taken. Once I described it, my cousin wanted to see it, and so did I— I realized it had been years since I’d laid eyes on it. I had assumed it was  

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