Google Enabling Boot OS from USB on Chromebooks

If you use a Chromebook and feel somewhat limited and tied down to Google's cloud, things are getting a little easier here in the near future. It looks like Google is allowing the ability to boot into a sort of debugging mode where you'll be able to boot an image - or a different OS from a USB stick and even be able to install that OS. Of course, you'll be on your own if you happen to hose the system, but if you're brave, it will be a little bit easier.

The chromium team is currently adding the ability to easily enable Debugging Features¹ when the device is booted in Developer Mode. These features will allow enthusiastic developers like you to:

  • Remove rootfs verification² so you can modify OS files
  • Enable SSH access to the device using the standard test keys so you can use tools such as cros flash
  • Enable booting from USB so you can install an OS image from a USB drive
  • Set both the dev and the system root login password to a custom value so you can manually SSH into the device

Source: François Beaufort (Google+)

Apple vs. GoPro

Looks like Apple's next target might just be GoPro as Apple has successfully received a patent for a mounted camera designed for outdoor sporting equipment. Much like GoPro, Apple's patent will be for a camera that can record sounds and take pictures underwater but Apple's will be controlled via smartwatch. There are other mountable camera products on the market, but when Apple starts getting patents people take notice and GoPro's investors did just that and GoPro has watched their stock drop from ~$60 earlier this week to around $45 on Friday. OutsideOnline has the full story.

GoPro shares dropped 12 percent on Wednesday after Apple received a patent for a mountable camera designed for outdoor sporting equipment.

In its patent filing, Apple cited weaknesses in GoPro’s camera design, such as “excessive wind resistance” and being “susceptible to damage from vibrations.” Similar to GoPro’s cams, Apple’s version will be capable of recording sounds and taking underwater pictures. But it can be controlled via smartwatch.

Top Games of 2014

If you're a gamer, you may have bought one or more of these titles that make up the top selling games of 2014. Toipping the list is (surprising to me) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. With all of the negative hype around this game, I figured it would not be at the top of the list - but I was wrong. What is good to see is that Nintendo had a game on the list as well.

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Madden NFL 15
  • Destiny
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Minecraft
  • Super Smash Bros (for 3DS and Wii U)
  • NBA 2K15
  • Watch Dogs
  • FIFA 15
  • Call of Duty Ghosts


Note: If you're tired of sequel after sequel, STOP buying Call of Duty! It made the list twice. Wow.

Source: Polygon

Lian Li @ CES 2013

Lian Li was at CES once again this year and they brought a few interesting chassis to the show.  By interesting, I mean a beast, a thermal guru and a train.  Let's start with the beast.  The PC-D8000.  This case supposts the largest motherboards possible and complies to the HPTX standard.  Even with a motherboard as large as 15" x 13.6", you still will have room for 20 (that's right, twenty) 3.5" HDDs.  In addition to that, it has four USB 3.0 ports on the front and all of the other awesome features we've come to expect from the all-aluminum case manufacturer, Lian Li.

PC-D8000 Big Front


The PC-V850 is a case that is coming in the near future (hopefully) and it offers the standard Lian Li quality with a bit of a different way to manage thermal issues.  Once the side panel is on, the air intake comes from the rear and the deflector ensures that you are not sucking in hot air from the rear exhaust.  The chassis is sectioned off into several areas that are compartmentalized so that different components don't heat up each other.


The last and oddest thing that we've seen from Lian Li is the train PC case.  We've seen some pretty odd cases, that included sea shells, horses and a yeti, but we've never seen a moving train PC.  There is not much else to be said about this.

Lian Li Train

Please check out the gallery for more pictures from the Lian Li booth.

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