One downside to portable PCs is the thieves who sometimes enjoy that portability. Samsung is making it difficult for them to steal data, using a fingerprint sensor to provide security. AuthenTec's AES1610 fingerprint sensor is a standard feature on Samsung's X360, a fully featured 13.3-inch PC that weighs only 2.8 lb. In addition to keeping unauthorized users from accessing data on the PC, the sensor can also be used for password authentication on websites. The sensor reads the live layer below the skin's surface so it has fewer errors than alternative sensing.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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