Don’t miss TechRepublic’s CES 2021 coverage, which includes product announcements from Lenovo, Samsung, LG, and Dell about PCs, laptops, software, robots, monitors, and TVs.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CES 2021 is all-digital for the first time ever. The event runs from Monday, January 11 to Thursday, January 14. CES has always been one of the leading tech events each year and, despite being an online-only event in 2021, thousands of products are expected to be announced.
There are six top trends to watch for at CES 2021, according to TechRepublic’s Editor-in-Chief Bill Detwiler, Associate Managing Editor Teena Maddox, and UK Editor-in-Chief Steve Ranger. Several visionary tech and industry leaders are expected to deliver keynote speeches at CES 2021 including Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg, General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, Best Buy CEO Corie Barry, Mastercard CEO Michael Miebach, and more.
TechRepublic will be reporting on all of the CES 2021 tech news that business pros need to know. Keep checking this article for our latest CES 2021 coverage.
SEE: CES 2021: The big trends for business (ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature)
Must-read CES 2021 articles
At CES 2021, Intel announces 50 new processors for business users, gamers, and students
The hardware maker plans to release more than 500 new designs for laptops and desktops in 2021.
Lenovo drops a detachable ThinkPad, a versatile 2-1 laptop, and more at CES 2021
The new offerings include the X1 Titanium Yoga, a 2-in-1 device the company is touting as its thinnest ThinkPad to date.
Our 10 favorite CES 2021 Best of Innovation Honorees
A virus risk indicator, hydropower shower speaker, robot companion, and water bottle that glows when it’s time to drink are among the products that caught our attention.
CES 2021: Targus introduces new products for remote or hybrid work
A new UV-C LED disinfection light, an antimicrobial backpack, a tablet cradle workstation and a universal phone dock are among the work from anywhere solutions at CES 2021.
Best of the best: Our 10 favorite CES 2021 Best of Innovation award winners
From a smart faucet to a robotic harvester to a medical-grade wearable device that can detect early COVID-19 symptoms, this year’s winners proved innovation remains resilient during a pandemic.
Panasonic puts digital transformation tech center stage at CES 2021
Behind the new products and innovations Panasonic showcased at CES 2021 is a digital transformation story of how the company helped its customers quickly adapt to the COVID pandemic.
Fossil fuels interest at CES 2021 with new smartwatch additions to three product lines
New Wear OS by Google smartwatches from Michael Kors, Skagen Denmark, and Fossil offer an array of new features.
CES 2021: Lenovo’s ThinkReality A3 smart glasses offer AR experiences across industries
The AR capabilities allow companies to deploy “customized virtual monitors,” assist with training, and provide video-enabled “remote expert use cases,” according to the company.
CES 2021: New Kohler bathtub brings forest bathing to your bathroom with scent, fog, and mood lighting
Innate Intelligent Toilet and Touchless Bathroom Faucet collection join the company’s smart home product portfolio.
CES 2021: Lenovo unveils Tab P11, IdeaPad 5G, IdeaPad 5i Pro, and more
At CES 2021, Lenovo will introduce a slew of new IdeaPads and the new versatile Tab P11 to assist remote business professionals in the telecommuter age.
CES 2021: Samsung introduces the Galaxy Chromebook 2 with a $550 starting price
Samsung’s new 2-in-1 Galaxy laptop includes a 13.3-inch QLED display and a significantly lower price than the original Galaxy Chromebook last year.
CES 2021: New TV from LG Display reduces blue light exposure
Eyesafe technology blocks portions of the visible blue light spectrum and gives products a Retina Protection Factor.
CES 2021: Dell unveils PCs, laptops, software and monitors for the new normal of work
Collaboration and new work experiences are the driving force behind Dell’s big push into the new portfolio it’s introducing at CES 2021.
LG Display: Your next gaming monitor could have a 48-inch bendable OLED screen that produces sound without speakers
During CES 2021, LG Display will showcase a 48-inch bendable cinematic sound OLED (CSO) display designed to be curved for gaming and flat for TV viewing.
LG Display wants to put a 55-inch transparent TV at the foot of your bed
LG Display will demonstrate novel uses for its transparent OLED screens at CES 2021 with applications for food service, transportation, and smart home.
Germ-killing robot is LG’s latest product: It could help prevent COVID-19 spread in offices
A new autonomous robot outfitted with UV-C lights can disinfect entire rooms in about half an hour, and LG wants it to be a B2B safety solution.
How to check if someone else accessed your Google account
Review your recent Gmail access, browser sign-in history, and Google account activity to make sure no one other than you has used your account.
Whenever a computer is out of your direct view and control, there’s always a chance that someone other than you can gain access. A person who returns from a trip might wonder if their computer and accounts have been accessed during their absence. A person might notice odd activity in Gmail, not aware that their password has been made public (or “pwned“). Or, in some cases, a person might be surveilled by a partner, a family member, a colleague, or even an unknown party.
To secure an account, you might first change your password, enable two-factor authentication, or even enroll in Google’s Advanced Protection Program. Those steps will help you secure your account. However, in cases where people are unsafe because of domestic abuse, these steps will likely not be encouraged by an abuser–help is available.
The following steps can help you figure out if someone, other than you, is accessing your Gmail or Google account.
SEE: Google Sheets: Tips and tricks (TechRepublic download)
Did someone access my Gmail account?
In a desktop web browser, Gmail allows you to review recent email access activity. Select Details in the lower-right area below displayed emails, below Last Account Activity (Figure A).
The system will show you information about the most recent 10 times your Gmail account has been accessed, along with the access type (browser, POP, mobile, etc.), location (IP address), and the date and time of access. This can help you identify if any of this access is from an unexpected device, place, or time.
Note: If you use a virtual private network or a hosted desktop, the location data may reflect information related to your service provider, instead of your physical address.
In a few cases, I’ve had clients concerned about access in an expected location, but at an unexpected time. Sometimes, this was simply because they’d left a computer on, with their browser or mail client open: The system could be configured to auto-check mail periodically. In one case, access occurred after a power outage. They’d configure the system to automatically power on after an outage, so it signed in and downloaded new mail shortly after power was restored.
Did someone access my browser?
In the Chrome browser–and on any Chromebook or Chrome OS device–press Ctrl+H to display browser history. Alternatively, type chrome://history in the omnibox, or select the three-vertical dot menu in the upper-right, then choose History | History. On macOS, press Command+Y. You may scroll through all available sites visited. Review these to see if any sites displayed are unexpected.
Additionally, you may enter search terms in the box displayed above the historical URLs listed. For example, search for “sign in,” or copy and paste this link into your browser omnibox: chrome://history/?q=sign%20in to display most site login pages (Figure B). Again, review the results for any sites you don’t expect. You might search for “gmail.com” as well.
Did someone access my Google account?
Go to https://myactivity.google.com/ to access your Google account history across all devices and Google services, such as YouTube, Google Maps, Google Play, and more (Figure C). Depending on your security settings, you may need to re-authenticate when you attempt to access this information. Again, review any recorded data to make sure it corresponds with your usage.
Similarly, go to https://myaccount.google.com/device-activity to review a list of devices to which you’ve signed in with your Google account (Figure D). You may select the three-vertical dots in the upper-right of any displayed devices, then choose Sign Out to prevent any future access without re-authentication on a device.
Go through Google’s Security Checkup (https://myaccount.google.com/security-checkup) for a step-by-step review of every item Google’s system identifies as a potential security issue (Figure E).
Use Google Workspace (formerly G Suite)? Ask an administrator for help.
If you use Gmail and Google Workspace as part of an organization (e.g., work or school), an administrator may be able to do additional review of your account access data. To do this, the administrator will need to sign in to the admin console at https://admin.google.com. From the Admin console, they might go to https://admin.google.com/ac/, select your account, then review security settings as well as connected apps and devices. Next, they might review all login information by going to the login report at https://admin.google.com/ac/reporting/audit/login, then filtering for your account (Figure F). Since this information is centrally logged by the system, access records will remain, even if the person accessing your account attempts to cover their tracks (e.g., by locally deleting browser history).
What’s your experience?
If you’ve wondered whether someone else has accessed your Google account, what steps have you taken? What did you learn when you completed the above access review of your Google account? Let me know any additional steps you suggest, either in the comments below or on Twitter (@awolber).
New computational method detects disrupted pathways in cancer
Cancer is a notoriously complex disease, in part because it may be caused by mutations among hundreds or even thousands of genes. In addition, most cancers exhibit an extraordinary amount of variation among genetic mutations, even between patients with the same types of cancers.
Consequently, cancer researchers have chosen to study interactions among groups of genes in certain biological pathways that are disrupted.
When genes in certain pathways are frequently mutated or disrupted, that pathway may play a critical role in the initiation or development of cancer. But unravelling the molecular mechanisms underlying those disruptions is extremely complex.
Nw, University at Buffalo researchers have developed a new, statistically more powerful method called FDRnet that can more effectively detect key functional pathways in cancer using genomics data generated by next-generation sequencing technology.
Published in Nature Computational Science, the new method has the potential to give biologists more precise data with which to zero in on therapeutic targets.
“Using the new method, we can find biological pathways in which genes are significantly mutated or disrupted,” explained Yijun Sun, PhD, associate professor of bioinformatics in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB and the corresponding author. “It addresses some key challenges in molecular pathway analysis in cancer studies. Once the tumor biologists obtain this information, they can use it to verify our findings, and from there develop new cancer treatments,” he said.
“By overcoming the limitations of existing approaches, FDRnet can facilitate the detection of key functional pathways in cancer and other genetic diseases,” said Sun.
When Sun and his co-authors tested FDRnet on simulation data and on breast cancer and B-cell lymphoma data, they found that FDRnet was able to detect which subnetworks or pathways are significantly perturbed in these cancers, potentially leading tumour biologists to identify new therapeutic targets.
Tom & Jerry Release Date in India Set for February 19, a Week Before the US
Tom & Jerry will now release February 19 in cinemas in India, a full week earlier than originally announced. Warner Bros. India revealed the new release date on Thursday via its social media channels. That puts the Indian release date a week prior to the US, where Tom & Jerry releases February 26 on (US-exclusive streaming service) HBO Max and in cinemas. In India, the hybrid live-action/ animated Tom and Jerry movie will be available in English (the original language), in addition to three local-language dubs: Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.
However, India won’t be the first market to catch the big-screen return of the iconic cat and mouse duo. Tom & Jerry premieres February 10 in Netherlands, followed by Brazil and Singapore on February 11. India is among the next wave of markets on February 19, alongside Iceland and Lithuania. Russia and Slovakia will follow on February 25, before Tom & Jerry arrives in the US on February 26. Argentina, Czechia, Croatia, and Portugal follow on March 4, with Spain and France release set for March 5. In the UK, Ireland, and Japan, Tom & Jerry is due March 19.
Of course, whether any of this goes according to plan depends on how the COVID-19 situation fares locally. For instance, around 65 percent of theatres remain closed in the US (including the major metropolitan hubs of New York and Los Angeles). Theatres are indefinitely shut across the UK where a third stringent nationwide lockdown is in effect. That is also the case in France, at least until the end of January. In Spain, cinemas are operating at 30–50 percent capacity. But while Americans have the option to watch Tom & Jerry at home (on HBO Max), others do not.
Tom & Jerry Hindi trailer
Tom & Jerry Tamil trailer
Tom & Jerry Telugu trailer
Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) is the human lead as event planner Kayla opposite Tom and Jerry in the new movie, alongside the likes of Michael Peña (Ant-Man and the Wasp) the hotel’s deputy general manager Terrance, Rob Delaney (Catastrophe) as the hotel manager Mr. DuBros, Ken Jeong (Community) as the hotel chef Jackie, Colin Jost (Saturday Night Live) as wedding groom Ben, and Pallavi Sharda (Besharam) as the bride Preeta.
William Hanna, Mel Blanc, and June Foray provide vocal effects for Tom and Jerry through archival audio recordings. Hanna is the co-creator of Tom and Jerry along with Joseph Barbera. Tim Story (Ride Along) is directing Tom & Jerry off a script by Kevin Costello (Brigsby Bear). Tom & Jerry is a production of Warner Animation Group, Turner Entertainment Company, and The Story Company.
Here’s the official synopsis of Tom & Jerry, from Warner Bros.:
One of the most beloved rivalries in history is reignited when Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner to hire Tom to get rid of him, in director Tim Story’s “Tom & Jerry.” The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them. An eye-popping blend of classic animation and live action, Tom and Jerry’s new big-screen adventure stakes new ground for the iconic characters and forces them to do the unthinkable… work together to save the day.
Tom & Jerry is out February 19 in India in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.
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