computing

Harvard breakthrough may usher in era of optical computing

Harvard breakthrough may usher in era of optical computing

The chips inside our computers today rely on electricity to operate and one of the ways that computers of the future might be significantly faster is by replacing those electrical impulses with light. Light travels much faster than electricity through a copper wire or even a carbon nanotube. Before optical computing can be used in computers and other systems researches have to find a way to make light easier to manipulate at the nanoscale and Harvard scientists think they may have done that.

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Microsoft Research tech autocompletes animation, not text

Microsoft Research tech autocompletes animation, not text

Autocomplete. That seemingly magical yet sometimes also illogical feature that has saved our fingers and our brains from some of the more tedious parts of typing out a long exposition on a small screen. It has become part and parcel of our smartphone-centric modern lives but some researchers are trying put a whole new spin on the concept. Instead of trying to guess what you will type next, Microsoft Research has an autocomplete system that tries to predict how a hand-drawn image will be animated.

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Surface Pro 4 Review

Surface Pro 4 Review

It's probably fair to describe the Surface Pro 4 as an evolutionary update over its predecessor. That's not to say the improvements, collectively, aren't impressive: more of the same, or similar, is no bad thing when you're talking about a tablet that in its several generations has built a loyal following.

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Microsoft Surface Book Review

Microsoft Surface Book Review

Microsoft told us everything we thought we needed to know about the Surface Book as a laptop, and then turned that on its head with its detachable tablet. It was showmanship worthy of an Apple event, instantly overshadowing the Surface Pro 4 and causing a few MacBook Pro owners to glance at their notebooks with new eyes. Now, though, with the secret out, does the reality of Microsoft's first laptop live up to the initial surprise?

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Lenovo YOGA 900 hands-on

Lenovo YOGA 900 hands-on

Clever hinges are in fashion this month, but Lenovo is more confident than most that it has the right way to flip a convertible notebook 360-degrees with the YOGA 900. The latest iteration of the form-factor switching ultraportable, as well as an Intel Skylake upgrade the 1.29kg convertible promises more touchscreen stability as well as greater runtime.

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USB Killer 2.0 is a flash drive that kills PCs

USB Killer 2.0 is a flash drive that kills PCs

One of the ways that hackers and nefarious sorts trick people into putting strange USB drives into their computers is by simply leaving them lying around. Curious folks plug the drives into their USB ports out of curiosity of what is on the machine or a desire to try to help return the drive to the owner. Anyone who plugs a drive with USB Killer 2.0 into their USB port will end up with a dead computer.

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New 21.5-inch Retina iMac gets iFixit teardown, revealing non-upgradeable RAM

New 21.5-inch Retina iMac gets iFixit teardown, revealing non-upgradeable RAM

Another new Apple product has been released, and that means the repair specialists iFixit have conducted another one of their detailed teardowns. This week it's the new 21.5-inch Retina iMac that was just announced, complete with 4K display. As usual, iFixit spares nothing when it comes to revealing the particulars, but unfortunately due to non-upgradeable parts, the new iMac was given only a 1 out of 10 on their "repairability score."

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