Dropbox can help find your stolen PC (and other stuff you missed)
Last week, I told you to go and call a loved one. This week I want you to send an email to a friend. After all, Gmail recently celebrated its ninth birthday. Once you’ve done that, come back to read your mid-week GeekBytes roundup, featuring thieves, eyeballs, and the BeeGees. Yup.
Cloud storage service Dropbox can be used to help locate your stolen laptop, thanks to a quick and easy trick shared by HackCollege. If you have Dropbox installed on your machine, then you’re already good to go, as the simple security measure just requires you to log onto on to the Dropbox website. Once logged in, you can easily see where your stolen machine was last used.
When Samsung introduced the Galaxy S4 in New York last month. it was keen to point out its Smart Pause feature, which will, as you may have guessed, pause video when you look away from your smartphone screen. The Galaxy S4 doesn’t launch until the end of April, so if you want to try out the new feature, you'll have to wait—unless you own an iPhone. A new free iPhone app called LookAway claims to replicate the automatic pausing feature, using facial-recognition to stop video when you turn away. The app currently only works with YouTube videos, but as an added bonus ,if you tell your phone to “shush,” the app will also try to mute your phone's audio. [via BGR]
PETMAN, the anthropomorphic robot designed to test a range of protective clothing, has a bit of a thing for 1970’s funk music. Honest. The robot's latest test in the Boston Dynamics lab just so happens to match pretty perfectly with the sound of 1977 BeeGees disco hit "Staying Alive."