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It’s now easier to get Purism’s security-focused laptops

Purism is nowhere near as well-known as other PC makers, but you may want to keep it on your radar if you're becoming increasingly concerned about security and privacy. The company, which only used to sell made-to-order machines, has just announced the general availability of its security-focused Librem 13 and Librem 15 laptops. That means you don't have to wait months in a waiting list just to be able to buy one -- you'll now get your computer within "a few weeks after purchase."

The company says it works with hardware manufacturers to make sure its components can't be used to infiltrate your system. For instance, its laptops have a kill switch that turns off their mic and camera, so you can make sure nobody's spying on you through your webcam, which unfortunately can happen to anyone. Another kill switch disables their WiFi and Bluetooth in an instant to prevent unauthorized connection to your computer in public. Librem 13, 15 and the brand's other computers also run the company's own PureOS that's a derivative of Debian GNU/Linux.

Purism might have decided it's high time to make their computers more accessible now that people are becoming more conscious about the security of their devices. It specifically mentioned the WannaCry ransomware attacks in its announcement post as one of the more recent large-scale security scares. By eliminating the need to wait for months, the buying process becomes much less intimidating for ordinary people or non-security researchers. Take note that the Librem laptops aren't cheap, though: based on what we've seen from the manufacturer's website, the 13-inch laptop will set you back at least $1,699, while the cheapest 15-inch configuration costs $1,999.

Source: Purism

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Houzz raises a huge $400M round at a $4B valuation

 If you ask investors in Silicon Valley about Houzz — an app where you browse ridiculously nice homes and check out interesting interior design ideas — they’ll probably quietly mutter that they’re just growing their business. We really don’t hear about Houzz’s business that often. Except now the company says it has raised $400 million led by Iconiq Capital,… Read More Comments closed

Malika Haqq Claims Ex-Jersey Shore Boyfriend Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Was Too ‘Aggressive’ In Love!

Malika Haqq Ronnie Ortiz Magro Jersey Shore Split Agressive

They did not speak the language of love.

Malika Haqq has revealed that former Jersey Shore star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was too ‘aggressive’ for her.

In an interview with People Kim Kardashian‘s BFF explained why the pair were not compatible enough.

“Ronnie and I are really, truly opposites,’ Haqq, 34, said.

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“His love language is very aggressive. It’s verbally aggressive, it’s physically aggressive. It’s just the way he expresses himself.”

The couple split up after only two months of dating back in February.

She called time on the relationship and now she’s looking for love once again after the pair hooked up on the reality show Famously Single.

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She added: “My love language is communication – I’m a big communicator and I’m affectionate.

“We show our love language in two very different ways, so the way we were trying to communicate with each other was often misconstrued because we don’t speak the same language.”

After the relationship ended Ronnie, 31, said he felt that they had ‘a connection’ but it obviously wasn’t enough to sustain their relationship.

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Taking a ride in MIT’s self-driving wheelchair

 Over the past few months, CSAIL’s (MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) self-driving wheelchair has become a familiar sight around the MIT halls. It’s a nice little rolling advertisement for the lab’s work — and more importantly, it’s a great opportunity to test the mobility device in a real world setting. As students wander by in groups,… Read More
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