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April 2017

Lyft’s opt-in automatic rider donation program goes live May 1

Lyft previously announced that it would be introducing “Round Up & Donate,” a program that would allow its riders to automatically top-off their fare to the nearest dollar and donate the excess to a worthy cause. The program is now all set to go live for the first time on Monday, May 1, and the first organization that Lyft is supporting is United Services Organizations (USO),… Read More

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10 tips for getting the most out of Google’s G Suite apps

More than 3 million businesses are using Google’s set tools for collaboration. Here is how to get the most out of the productivity platform. – Source

Tech Tip: Sharing More Than 140 Characters on Twitter

Posting an image of a web page with highlighted text lets you make your point and share bigger thoughts than the standard character limit allows. – Source

Google had more than 90k government requests for data in 2016, calls for new data framework

According to Google’s latest transparency report, countries and courts around the world continue to ask for more and more data. As such, Google is calling for a new methods to process these requests. – Source

NerdWallet just laid off over 40 people, including its VP of growth

Personal finance startup NerdWallet recently let go of more than 40 employees, TechCrunch has learned. As part of the changes, NerdWallet VP of growth Henry Hsu left the company and NerdWallet COO Dan Yoo is moving into an advisory role. Read More

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Object storage services emerge as new cloud pricing battleground, claims 451 Research

IBM, Amazon, Google and others have all cut the price of their object storage services in recent months, suggesting the cloud price wars are entering a new phase, says 451 Research – Source

Best SD Cards For Chromebooks

Expanding your Chromebook’s storage.

If you want to expand your Chromebook’s storage, you can use an SD or microSD card and boom, you’ve got more space.

Whether you use a full-size SD card, a microSD card or a half-height SD card depends on your particular model of Chromebook.

Updated, April 2017: This post has been updated with the latest recommendations.

Full-size SD cards
MicroSD cards
Half-height SD cards
An alternative

Full-size SD cards

Full-size SD cards are the largest SD cards in terms of physical size. Whether or not your Chromebook will fit a full-size SD card depends on the model and manufacturer.

Even then, a full-sized SD card may stick out of the SD card slot on your Chromebook and if this is the case, we don’t recommend that you use a full-sized SD card in your Chromebook all the time, since it could catch on something. Instead, insert it when you need to transfer files over or access files you’ve stored on it previously, then remove it again.

SanDisk Extreme Pro 512GB SDXC

The highly-rated SanDisk Extreme Pro SD card is fast and has a large capacity, so it makes a good choice to expand the storage of your Chromebook.

It has data transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s, so you can transfer those Blu-ray movies you’ve got sitting on your Chromebook’s hard drive without a problem. Even games with gigabytes of data can be moved over with ease.

Additionally, this SD card features write protection, which prevents you from accidentally erasing or overwriting your important files. No more worrying about accidentally erasing those old family pictures.

If you’re looking for a fast, reliable SD card, this may be the one for you.

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MicroSD cards

MicroSD cards are much smaller in physical size than their larger SD card cousins — about as large as a fingernail whereas SD cards are about the size of a postage stamp.

Their smaller size doesn’t mean that they have smaller capacities than their larger brethren, however; they simply have a smaller form factor, and that means they’re typically used in smaller devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

For the most part, if your Chromebook can fit an SD card, it’ll take a microSD card. You’d just need an adapter, such as the Raspberry PI Shortening MicroSD Adapter.

SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSDXC

The SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSD card is about as fast as they come, and with a 200GB capacity, it provides a lot of space for your files.

Transferring large files won’t be a problem with its rated 90MB/s transfer rate and with all of that space available, it can hold up to 20 hours of HD video. That’s right, 20 hours.

If you’re looking for an expandable storage option for your Chromebook that’s fast and has a large capacity, check out the SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSD card.

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Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSDXC

Slightly slower than the SanDisk Ultra – Source

Tributes pour in for Spotify’s Chris Bevington, victim of Stockholm terror attack

Spotify CEO and cofounder Daniel Ek has paid a moving tribute to Chris Bevington, 41, who was among the four people killed in the Stockholm truck attack on Saturday. Bevington was a director of global partnerships at the music streaming service, which has an office in central Stockholm.
Ek said he was “devastated” by the news. “It is with shock and a heavy heart that I can… Read More

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Gritty 1939 photos capture the roughnecks of the East Texas Oil Field

Image: Library of Congress

On Oct. 3, 1930, Columbus Marion Joiner, an exploratory oil driller or “wildcatter,” discovered what would turn out to be one of the largest oil fields in the United States.

The East Texas Oil Field, stretching some 45 miles long and five miles across, quickly attracted thousands of drillers and sprouted forests of oil derricks.

The town of Kilgore had more than a thousand wells drilled into its downtown area alone, and struggled to accommodate the sudden influx of “roughnecks” and “roustabouts” who worked the drilling rigs.

In 1939, Farm Security Administration photographer Russell Lee passed through Kilgore and spent a day on a drilling rig. There he photographed the sun-baked and mud-splattered roughnecks as they worked to keep their machinery smoothly boring thousands of feet into the earth. …

More about Oil Industry, Oil, Texas, History, and Retronaut

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Runtastic’s video recipe app feeds your fitness regime

It makes sense that the folks behind a running app would launch a new video recipe app. Cooking clips from Tasty and Delish seem to be taking over everyone’s Facebook feed lately, so now is the time to hop onboard. Runtastic has already filled its Yo… – Source

Uber sued by car-share stab victim

Jennifer Camacho was slashed in the face with a knife while in an Uber car. – Source

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