Monthly Archives : January 2018

Le Slide: Crazy contraption allows you to add two more screens to any laptop!

Crazy contraption allows you to add two more screens to any laptop!

Crazy contraption allows you to add two more screens to any laptop!

What is it? 

A triple monitor solution for your laptop.


Slidenjoy’s “Le Slide” gadget, a computer accessory that adds a screen to each side of a laptop display, is on the floor at CES this year.

  • It comes in 13, 15, and 17 inch (33, 38, 43 cm) models
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 LED display with 60hz refresh rate
  • Runs on a single USB 3.0 /USB-C port or two USB 2.0 ports
  • Uses DisplayLink to power graphics

This gadget is a module that clips on to the back of your laptop screen and plugs in with one cable. Two prototypes have been released thus far.

Why does it matter?

There’s a number of reasons why someone would want an additional two screens on a laptop. And Le Slide looks even more inviting once you realize the screens are adjustable by 180 degrees. This means you can share your screen with someone in a face-to-face meeting without having to awkwardly snuggle up together side-by-side.

Slidenjoy says it’ll use up about 30-50 percent of your battery power, so this isn’t an accessory for those who mostly work without a plug. For the rest of us though, this looks like a pretty sweet solution for people who want the portability of one screen with the option of using two or three.

In the future, the company plans on making a gaming version.

When is it coming?

You can customize and order one now, on the Slidenjoy website starting from around $416.



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Intel Processors, Dubbed Meltdown!

Well 2018 is off to a big start, unfortunately, not the start Intel was hoping for. Intel disclosed that the design of its processors are flawed. However, the company said that this issue will not affect everyday customers.

“The issue is found in how Intel processors work with page tables for handling virtual memory. It is believed that an exploit would be able to observe the content of privileged memory by exploiting a technique called speculative execution. Speculative execution is a part of a methodology called out-of-order execution (OOE), where basically the CPU makes an educated guess on what will happen next based on the data it has. It’s designed to speed up the CPU rather than burn up CPU cycles working its way through a process. It’s all meant to make the CPU as efficient as possible.”  Network World – on Intel Processors

Conflicting statements are being made, stating that the security vulnerabilities in Intel, AMD and ARM processors affect almost every PC, smart phone or tablet. Futher explaining that, “the underlying vulnerability is primarily caused by CPU implementation optimization choices. Fully removing the vulnerability requires replacing vulnerable CPU hardware,” says the bulletin.

A short, but brutal, security update from the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (CERT/CC) lays out exactly how hard these vulnerabilities are going to be to fixed. Stamping out this issue once and for all will require drastic measures,  says CERT.

There are operating system and software patches for Microsoft Windows, Google Android, the Linux operating system, and reportedly Apple MacOS that “mitigate the underlying hardware vulnerability,” and are thus worth installing, as CERT/CC writes in its bulletin.

In order to fix the problem in it entirety, Intel will need to redesign a processor that does not rely on speculative execution. And while we wait for those processors to come around, some of the operating system patches that mitigate the risk of a Meltdown or Spectre attack are reported by researchers to carry a hit to processor performance of as much as 30%. That performance hit has critics like Linux creator Linus Torvalds in a frenzy.


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