‘Secret’ iPhone App Is Silicon Valley’s Newest Obsession

Shhhh….

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On the Internet, there are several kinds of communities. There are the ones where everybody goes by real identities — in theory, at least — such as Facebook. There are ones where you can choose to participate using either your real identity or a manufactured one, such as Twitter.

And then there are communities where anonymity is kind of the whole point. Such as Secret, a new iPhone app which debuted just last week. At the moment, it seems, half of Silicon Valley is fixated on it — though it’s hard to say just who, since it’s a community with no names, profiles or photographs.

The overarching purpose of Secret, say its creators, “is to not build only an app, but a platform that will bring more authenticity, self-awareness and empathy to the world.” People, in other words, are more likely to speak their mind in an…

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Chromebox: Here Come Google’s Desktop Computers

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Google is attacking the desktop PC with renewed purpose, announcing a wave of new Chromeboxes and a suite of meeting tools for businesses.

Unless you’re running an IT department, the most interesting Chromebox will be the $179 model from Asus. It has an Intel Celeron processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, four USB ports and an SD card slot, along with an HDMI output for connecting to an external monitor. Essentially, it’s a low-end Chromebook minus the screen and keyboard.

While this isn’t the first attempt at putting Chrome OS on a desktop PC, Asus’ Chromebox is far cheaper than the $329 Samsung model that preceded it. The price alone makes it interesting if you’re in need of a secondary desktop computer but, as always, the browser-based operating system can be limiting. For a primary PC you’re probably better off with a Mac or Windows-based machine…

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