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Pioneer BDR-2207 Blu-ray burner supports 3D

Pioneer BDR-2207 Blu-ray burner supports 3D

If you're working on building a new computer for gaming or other uses, and you want a Blu-ray drive inside, Pioneer has a new offering you might want to check out. The new drive is called the BDR-2207, and it uses internal SATA connectivity. Pioneer says that the drive can read and write to all BDXL disc formats.

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Six-year-old boy may set world computer expert record

Six-year-old boy may set world computer expert record

There are a lot of computer whiz kids out there. We've all seen the local news stories about the teenager who's created an awesome app, or the high school student working on an ambitious robotics project. We've all met those guys. But how often do you see a six-year-old kid who's been creating video game emulators since he was four and knows computers better than most adults?

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Raspberry Pi sees ZX Spectrum emulator port

Raspberry Pi sees ZX Spectrum emulator port

So far, everyone scrambling to get their hands on the much sought after Raspberry Pi seem to be hoping to use it as a media player. The cheap Linux computer is capable of decoding 1080p video, and its low profile makes it ideal for the living room. Clearly, everyone needs to think a little bigger. One enterprising user has managed to port a ZX Spectrum emulator to the computer for some retrotastic gaming.

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Dr. Fill crossword-solving computer loses to humans

Dr. Fill crossword-solving computer loses to humans

It was a bit of a man versus machine competition at the recent American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in New York City, and this time around, man won. More precisely, 140 humans did better than a computer program designed specifically to solve the mind-bending puzzles. It sped through some, but others, like one where competitors had to spell given words backward, threw it for a loop.

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Computer will compete at annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Computer will compete at annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Its presence will be more symbolic than anything else, but it will nevertheless be interesting to watch how well a computer program can compete against the best humans when it comes to solving crossword puzzles - something that one would used to think would absolutely need a human element to solve. The program in question was developed by a developer named Matt Ginsberg.

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iPad 3 redefines PCs, not kills them

iPad 3 redefines PCs, not kills them

Apple's iPad 3 launch later this week has dragged the "PC killer" speculation back out into the open, with the third-gen iOS tablet expected to further trounce traditional computing as shoppers vote for fingers not mice. It arrives to an increasingly crowded market, however, with not only Android tablets mustering for a second wave, but Windows 8 waiting in the wings. Both platforms will bring potent hardware to take on the iPad, too. As PC manufacturers - especially those of Windows-based tablets - have discovered, though, there's more to challenging the iPad than throwing specs at it.

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Raspberry Pi $35 computer goes on sale: Sells out in 2hrs

Raspberry Pi $35 computer goes on sale: Sells out in 2hrs

The Raspberry Pi $35 open-source computer has gone on sale, and early demand for the incredibly capable mini-PC has already seen retail partner sites melt down under the stress. Announced back in 2011, as part of the $25 computer project, the $35 version is the more advanced "Model B" unit which has seemingly grabbed the attention of developers and tinkerers. Meanwhile, the $25 "Model A" version is going into production now.

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Neuroscientists say computers can reverse schizophrenia

Neuroscientists say computers can reverse schizophrenia

One of the most fascinating subjects in all of medical science is neuroscience. The study of the brain has made a lot of advancements throughout the years, especially with the help of increasingly sophisticated computer research. One of the area of most interest is in mental illness, where there is still a flurry of questions about what the best treatment is, if it's curable, and how to approach patients with various diseases. Today, computers are part of that.

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