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You can now get a 12TB hard drive for your desktop PC

Image: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images No matter what anyone tells you, there’s no such thing as too much PC storage — more is always better. Whether you’re a creative professional, gamer, or just a digital hoarder, if you want the world’s largest and fastest desktop hard drive, look no further than Seagate’s new BarraCuda Pro. The 3.5-inch hard drive comes with a whopping 12 terabytes of storage. That’s a lot of porn, er, 4K cat videos you could storage on it. SEE ALSO: I held 400GB on the tip of my finger and felt like god Lots of people have 500GB, or 1TB, and sometimes even 2TB of storage in their desktop computers. Which is a lot of storage for large, high-resolution 4K (or higher) videos and hardcore PC games.  However, 12 terabytes takes it to the next level, for a mechanical platter-based hard drive. The BarraCuda Pro isn’t […]

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Search Google for (free) e-books at your local library

E-read away without ever having to look up. Image: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images You can now keep up with your book club more easily without dropping cash every month, thanks to Google. The company just added a new search feature that lets you look up book titles in your local library’s e-book system straight from your phone. SEE ALSO: The interactive ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ e-book is pure magic In a tweet this week, Google shared the hot tip that searching for e-books is as simple as typing in a book in the search bar on the mobile app or in your desktop web browser. The book name will bring up the “Get book” tab, which offers options of where to buy or borrow the e-book version.

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The 8 best gadgets from Berlin’s IFA 2017 technology show

Image: raymond wong/mashable Europe’s largest technology show, IFA, kicked off early this week in Berlin. Running until Sept. 6, the huge show gives everyone a glimpse into the future of consumer tech. While the biggest tech announcements are reserved for CES in January, big brands like Samsung and LG still debut some pretty sweet products at IFA.  SEE ALSO: What it’s like to have a lightsaber battle with Kylo Ren in augmented reality Like previous years, there’s a boatload of smart (and dumb) home appliances, but we’ll spare you all the new connected stovetops and blenders. Here’s our picks for the best tech products we saw and why you should care about them. 1. LG V30 Image: lili sams/mashable IFA isn’t usually a show for big smartphone announcements (that’s Mobile World Congress), but this year LG introduced its latest flagship Android smartphone the V30. Why you should care: LG’s fooled […]

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The 400GB microSD card is real. I’ve seen it, held it, and it’s godly.

This is not my hand, but I did touch it. Image: raymond wong/mashable An ungodly number of tech gadgets — monster PCs with 18-core processors, a gazillion VR headsets, and more — will be announced at IFA in Berlin this week. But none will match the sheer awesomeness of SanDisk’s 400GB microSD card. None. Period.  Yes, it’s a memory card. And yes, storage isn’t sexy. But dammit, it’s a fingernail-sized memory card with 400 friggin’ gigabytes of storage. That’s three times the amount of storage that comes with an entry-level MacBook Pro. If your head isn’t exploding thinking about how much stuff you can store in something this small, it should be. SEE ALSO: LG wants to turn you into the next Steven Spielberg with the V30’s dual cameras It’s truly mesmerizing how SanDisk was able to cram so much storage into such a small card. I’m sure the breakthrough […]

This Tiny Device Is About To Totally Change The Way You Travel

This Tiny Device Is About To Totally Change The Way You Travel

Knowing only one language can really change the way you see the world, and it’s usually not for the better. While some take the easy approach and just assume that everyone speaks English, others feel a little embarrassed about not being able to understand people from around the world in their mother tongues. After all, there are few things more beautiful than language, the form and function of which reveal so much about the people who speak it. For those in the latter group who want to experience culture as authentically as possible, this device is about to shift your perspective on global travel. Meet the Pilot. It’s a tiny, in-ear device that translates English, Spanish, French, and Italian in real time. Waverly Labs Developers from Waverly Labs hope to bridge cultural gaps by providing people with a program that’s easy to use while still being culturally respectful. They want […]

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The smartphone ‘notch’ is a horrible idea

The Bezel-less screen, except for the part in the middle. Image: Concept Creator/YouTube There’s a horrible trend in smartphones happening right now, and I’m afraid it’s not going away very soon. I’m talking about the smartphone notch. It’s the way the newer, edge-to-edge screens on several upcoming top smartphones are cut to make room for the camera, speaker grille and sensors. Andy Rubin’s Essential phone has it. Sharp’s Aquos S2 has it. And it looks like Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 will have it, too. The notch is an awful idea. SEE ALSO: Leaked image shows what the iPhone 8 might look like in a case The notch is ugly, though your opinion on that will inevitably vary. Sure, it’s going to look great in those iPhone 8 promo pics, but make no mistake in real life it’ll be an eyesore at worst, and a slight distraction at best. For a […]

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China’s forcing citizens in Muslim-majority region to install spyware on their phones

A Uyghur woman in Xinjiang. Image: LightRocket via Getty Images China has ramped up surveillance measures in Xinjiang, home to much of its Muslim minority population, according to reports from Radio Free Asia. Authorities sent out a notice over a week ago instructing citizens to install a “surveillance app” on their phones, and are conducting spot checks in the region to ensure that residents have it. Image: WuTuBuLaGe nursing school/WEChat

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Kindle update lets you flip through the pages of e-books

The original mission of Amazon’s Kindle to make reading e-books as easy as reading print books just took another major step forward with the introduction of a new feature called Page Flip. SEE ALSO: Check your Amazon account for free e-book credits from Apple As its name indicates, the new feature allows you to more easily flip through the pages of an e-book by the presenting the book in a grid layout format. However, while Amazon says “millions” of books on its site are currently Page Flip-enabled, not all e-books on the Amazon website have the Page Flip feature enabled. Only books using Enhanced Typesetting have the feature available.

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The great tablet gold rush is over

The Dell Venue 8 7000 Image: luke leonard/mashable The only two companies in the top five tablet vendors for Q1 2016 that saw growth were Amazon and Huawei. Amazon’s tablet growth was up an incredible 5,421.7% and Huawei up by 82.2% compared to the same period last year. The reasons for those two brands’ growth are very specific (more on them in a bit). When I asked those same people which brands came to mind when they thought of tablets, the top responses I got were, of course, Apple’s iPad, Samsung Galaxy “something” (most couldn’t name a specific model) and Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets. Even iPad sales are hurting When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad as the future of computing in 2010, the world didn’t take to it at first. Many, including myself, brushed it off as just a giant iPod touch. But once iPad-optimized apps started hitting the App […]

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This app grants you access to hundreds of thousands of free books

The Rose Main Reading Room inside The New York Public Library Image: AP E-book nerds, rejoice! More than 300,000 titles are now available for download on your smartphone, for free if you have a New York Public Library card. The Big Apple’s biggest book lender released a new app this summer, SimplyE, that has everything from the classics to A Song of Ice and Fire and even titles in Latin (and most modern languages, too). While many libraries have offered e-books for years, most of them don’t have collections quite as sizable in a single app. SEE ALSO: This book nerd painted her staircase to look like her favorite books Image: new york public library There are a limited amount of digital licenses for each book, so you might have to wait a little for more popular titles (you can check on the availability of e-book titles on the library’s […]

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Kobo launches 7.8-inch, waterproof e-reader for $229

Kobo Aura One has a 7.8-inch, 300dpi screen. Image: Kobo In Sep. 2014, Canada’s Kobo was the first company to launch a waterproof e-reader, the Kobo Aura H2O. Now, the company has followed that up with the Kobo Aura One, which also doesn’t mind getting wet, but has a larger screen encased in a thin and elegant body. The Kobo Aura One has a 7.8-inch screen larger than its predecessor’s 6.8-inch display, as well as Kindle Voyage/Oasis 6-inch screens. With a resolution of 300dpi (that’s 1872×1404 pixels at that screen size), it’s set to be the best-looking e-ink screen out there. SEE ALSO: Kindle update lets you flip through the pages of e-books Despite its size, the Kobo Aura One manages to stay quite slim still with 195.2×138.5×6.9mm dimensions and a weight of 230g. Other specs are up to par: 8GB of memory, Kobo’s ComfortLight PRO front lighting technology, which […]

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The best cheap tech for living in dorms

Image: netflix Well, it’s August. It’s like if Smonday were a month, and worse, it’s the time for the dark void that is college shopping. Everyone will tell you to buy different things, and you will buy these overpriced things and throw a third of them away. Because you can’t afford to do that, we’ve put together a list of things you might actually use this year. They’ll keep your devices charged, they’ll keep you comfortable, fit, or fed; they’ll make your roommate like you and, best of all, they might make it look like you’ve got your life in order. For plugging in Image: iclever, powercube, smartsockets There are always more gadgets to plug in, so you definitely need a multi-outlet device of some sort. For USBs, try out the iClever BoostCube, $10.99, which is a little bulky but works well. There’s also a thousand different regular outlet strips, […]

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Amazon launching bookstore in Chicago in 2017, report says

Image: George Rose/Getty Images Amazon’s quiet march toward direct competition with brick and mortar bookstores will expand with the launch of an additional store in one of the biggest cities in the U.S. The move follows what some had seen as an experiment in the launch in 2015 of a physical bookstore in Amazon’s headquarter city of Seattle. SEE ALSO: People who like Amazon.com may also like Amazon’s new physical bookstore According to a report in the Financial Times on Friday, the online bookseller has confirmed plans to launch a physical bookstore in Chicago. That store joins previously mentioned locations in San Diego and Portland, Oregon. Image: George Rose/Getty Images No details have been released regarding what the stores will look like, but Amazon’s first store may provide a few clues. The Seattle shop features book displays that focus on presenting books that have been highly rated on Amazon’s online […]

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Learn to read 3x faster with this acclaimed software bundle deal

Image: pixabay Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. So many books, so little time. It’s the motto of every voracious reader; the kind who keep long lists of works they cant wait to tackle; the kind who take immense pride in their home libraries, Kindle collections, and Audible lineups; the kind that, if granted one superpower, would want the ability to read at superhuman speed. Well, heres some good news for those hungry bibliophiles: you dont need superpowers in order to read more books. All you need is the Award-Winning Speed Reading Bundle. This one-two punch of acclaimed training programs is designed to elevate your reading speed as well as your comprehension of that surplus of words youre consuming. This bundle comes with a lifetime license, so you can return to your training again and again to refresh your […]

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7 can’t-miss apps: Shelfie, Marvel Tsum Tsum, Within and more

Image: marvel Even with all the amazing gaming consoles out there, mobile games still dominate our attention, and this week we’ve got a couple of games that could make your commute even more of an adventure. But if you’re looking for a more passive experience, we’ve also uncovered a couple of apps that alternately plunge you into a vast sea of virtual reality and allow you to get lost in the imaginary worlds in e-books. Finally, if you’re an aspiring creator, we have just the app designed to hone your storytelling skills. SEE ALSO: 20 free must-have apps for dog lovers Check out the gallery below to see our top picks. If you’re looking for more items to fill up your phone, take a look at ourlast roundup of can’t-miss apps.

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13 awesome tech gifts for everyone on your holiday list

Tis the time of year when the frenzy of holiday shopping hits and you find yourself wracking your brain for good gift ideas. This time, youre trying to plan far enough ahead so you dont end up emailing Amazon e-certificates at the 11th hour. Fear not, theres still plenty of time to get everyone a thoughtful and really cool gift. Heres a handy guide of tech gifts for everyone youre shopping for. Ranging from affordable to splurge-worthy, theres plenty of tech to go around. For the friend who wants to escape reality Image: VIEW-MASTER DELUXE VR VIEWER Youll be a superhero in your gamer giftees eyes when you present him or her with the View-Master Deluxe VR Viewer. It is the perfect and affordable way to introduce anyone to their own virtual reality headset and escape reality, especially when they can dive into practically-limitless VR content and adventures from View-Master […]

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The new iPad is the perfect upgrade if you’re still using… an iPad

The new iPad (2017) looks virtually identical to the iPad Air (2014). Image: lili sams/mashable Apple announced a new iPad a few weeks ago. Did you even notice? I wouldn’t blame you if you missed it. There wasn’t any big event, or a keynote, and people definitely weren’t waiting in line for it. Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad (it’s just called iPad) doesn’t come with any major redesign and it’s not as powerful as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. SEE ALSO: Apples cheap iPad is tailor-made for education The new iPad replaces the nearly three-year-old iPad Air 2, which Apple says was its best-selling iPad ever. In many ways, the new iPad reminds me of the iPhone SE: it’s got an old, but familiar design, with faster components inside to keep up with new iOS updates. But most importantly, the new iPad is more affordable than ever before it starts at just […]

Way Back When: This Is What Facebook Used To Look Like -- Remember That?

Way Back When: This Is What Facebook Used To Look Like — Remember That?

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); It’s hard to believe that just a quarter-century ago, most households were without home computers. Today, however, it’s rare to find someone who isn’t plugged in all day long. Most families have multiple smartphones, laptops, iPads, iPods, and computers and are always directly in touch with loved ones through social media outlets like Facebook. It’s hard to believe that just ten years ago, most of us had never even heard of Facebook, let alone thought we would all have profiles one day. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably familiar with the current layout of your Facebook homepage. Facebook googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); But in 2005, Facebook looked a little something like this: Wayback Machine The original concept of Facebook was to serve as a virtual phonebook of sorts. Wayback Machine googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCI1_BTF’); }); You couldn’t sign up for Facebook unless you were […]

Silicon Shore: How Newcastle Quietly Became A Tech Hub

Silicon Shore: How Newcastle Quietly Became A Tech Hub

Twenty years ago Newcastle was run down and destitute. Now it’s home to the U.K.’s second most vibrant tech sector behind Silicon Roundabout. And those involved see no reason it can’t be one of Europe’s brightest lights too. View this image › Photo illustration by Matt Tucker, Three Lions / London Express / Fox Photos / Stu Forster / Getty / Robert Lucian Crusitu / Chris Lishman / Shutterstock NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, United Kingdom — Newcastle is a good night out. Wednesday is sports night, with skimpily dressed university hockey players making eyes across the dance floor to burly rugby players at any number of clubs across the city. By 3 a.m., they’ll pour into taxis and tip themselves out into beds. But at The Ware Rooms, an industrial-looking bar where around 40 men and women, both young and old, lean up against steel girders and put their pint glasses […]

Jet.com Could Start The Mother Of All Price Wars

Jet.com Could Start The Mother Of All Price Wars

Marc Lore, who sold his company to Amazon for $500 million, is willing to make one big promise about his new site: You won’t find a lower price anywhere. View this image › Jet / Via jet.com Since July of last year, entrepreneur Marc Lore has been posting coy updates to his Tumblr about Jet.com, a mysterious “new shopping experience” that would “empower customers like never before.” Speculation around the secretive project surged as Lore, who sold Diapers.com to Amazon for $550 million five years ago, raised a whopping $80 million in venture capital. He managed to hire more than 100 employees, sign a lease on a 40,000-square-foot headquarters in Hoboken — and still, hardly a hint. Lore finally unveiled Jet.com this month, and it is, as promised, a unique proposition in online retailing. It’s a $50-a-year, members-only online marketplace that promises to save customers 10% to 15% on everything […]