computing

Happy 50th Birthday, Moore’s Law

Happy 50th Birthday, Moore’s Law

In an industry which sees the latest and greatest outdated within months or even weeks, sticking around for fifty years is impressive indeed. Then again, Moore's Law - the infamous observation on how computer chip density increases exponentially over time - is anything but a constant, instead more a ticking metronome that has variously haunted and chivied the electronics world into constant movement.

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Turns out, the gold MacBook is what people really want

Turns out, the gold MacBook is what people really want

It might no longer be unusual to find a gold Apple gadget, but it turns out the color is still in high demand, with the new MacBook Retina seeing very specific shipping delays depending on your taste in case. The 12-inch ultraportable - with its contentious single USB-C port - went on sale overnight alongside the Apple Watch, though where just about every variation of Apple's new smartwatch is showing long delays, the same isn't true for the MacBook. Turns out, people really, really wanted a gold notebook.

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 is here, and Photos has finally killed iPhoto

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 is here, and Photos has finally killed iPhoto

Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, the latest version of its software for Mac, complete with the full release of the new Photos app that replaces iPhoto. Available as a free update through the Mac App Store, 10.10.3 has been floating around in beta form since March for those who wanted an early taste, but today is the day that Apple believes the software is ready to graduate. Functionally, it's the biggest change we've seen in Yosemite since day one, on the surface at least.

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Intel HDMI Compute Stick can soon be yours, pre-orders are up

Intel HDMI Compute Stick can soon be yours, pre-orders are up

Consumer computers are getting smaller and smaller, and we're not just referring to the powerful computers that you already have in your pockets for playing Clash of Clans. PC and chip makers seem to be riding on a trend to put a usable PC inside a device the size of a USB dongle, or a bit larger, ala the Chromecast. One of the more recent attempts is Intel, who is trying to spread its Atom chips everywhere it can. And while it may not be as "cool" as the Mouse Computer m-Stick that comes with a fan, it at least comes from a more reputable brand.

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LEGO Computer combination is like Peanut Butter & Jelly

LEGO Computer combination is like Peanut Butter & Jelly

There are just some things that are not only great in themselves but are also great when taken together with something just as great. For some, that would PB & J. For Mike Schropp of Total Geekdom, that would be LEGO and computers. Building on his years of experience housing computing power inside the popular bricks, Schropp has finally decided to get his hands dirty and build what is probably a geek's biggest dream come true. But while this box made of LEGO from the outside might seem unassuming, make no mistake as this computer could be just as powerful as your laptop, or maybe even more.

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Mouse Computer m-Stick PC on a stick keeps cool with a fan

Mouse Computer m-Stick PC on a stick keeps cool with a fan

The launch of Google Chromecast started a trend of putting lightweight but very functional computing systems on a device the size of an HDMI dongle. We've seen the likes of Dell's Wyse Cloud Connect, Intel's HDMI Compute, and more recently, the Acer Chromebit and Microsoft's Windows 8.1 PC stick from Lucoms. These small computers, however, because of their compact size, run the risk of running hot. Japanese outfit Mouse Computer thinks it has the solution to that common problem, which involves nothing hi-tech or sophisticated. All it needs is a fan.

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Chrome OS blurs lines as Android app porting opens to all

Chrome OS blurs lines as Android app porting opens to all

Google is upgrading Chrome OS to better suit touchscreens and convertibles, as well as throwing open the doors to Android developers wanting their apps to run on Chromebooks. The new version, Chrome OS v.42, is currently in beta, with the most noticeable change being a revamped launcher that integrates Google Now. Promising faster access not only to your most frequently-used apps courtesy of a new shortcut row, the new launcher also includes all the same proactive prompts that you can get on Android phones and Android Wear smartwatches. That's not the only sign of the gap narrowing between Android and Chrome OS, however.

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Hail the $149 Chromebook: Haier and Hisense go cheap

Hail the $149 Chromebook: Haier and Hisense go cheap

Chrome OS has arguably always been best at its very cheapest, and now Hisense and Haier are looking to drive the cost of cloud-centric computing even lower, with a pair of $149 Chromebooks. Targeting not only budget-conscious families, schools, and businesses, but developing markets keen to get online, the two laptops each run Chrome OS on Rockchip's 3288 quadcore chipset. And, while they may be a world away from the Pixel in price, Google insists the recently-updated premium Chromebook had a hand in the design of the budget duo.

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‘Spooky action’ quantum superpositioning may disprove Einstein

‘Spooky action’ quantum superpositioning may disprove Einstein

A team of scientists may have disproven Einstein by proving quantum superposition. Physics can be difficult to understand, quantum mechanics is even more so. Even Einstein took a "why not both?" approach to tackling the wave and particle behaviors of light. One thing Einstein did not reconcile was particle superposition. Quantum superpositioning is the theory that subatomic particles have the ability to be in more than one state at the same time. Einstein actually didn't give any credence to the theory and dubbed it "spooky action at a distance."

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You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

Now that Apple is rumored to be releasing a new Apple TV box later this year, citizens of the mobile smart device universe have their respective TV-loving ears perked up once again. Do I need a new Apple TV? Maybe an Amazon Fire TV Stick instead? Perhaps I need to get something like a Roku, or maybe a Chromecast! Or - better yet - I could just use the old laptop that's sitting in, on, or under my desk. The one I replaced years ago, but still works just fine.

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