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Planet Computers’ Astro Slide is a smartphone and PDA in one – Engadget

Planet Computers’ Astro Slide is a smartphone and PDA in one – Engadget

As shown below, the hinge allows you to slide the screen off of the keyboard, then flip it up so you can use it like a mini-laptop. A full (albeit tiny) physical QWERTY keyboard is then revealed so you can tap messages or do productivity chores. Once finished, you can slide the screen back and…
Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

Computers can now drive cars, beat world champions at board games like chess and Go, and even write prose. The revolution in artificial intelligence stems in large part from the power of one particular kind of artificial neural network, whose design is inspired by the connected layers of neurons in the mammalian visual cortex. These…

Why computers suck and how learning from OpenBSD can make them marginally less horrible

Arthur Rasmusson (Co-Founder, Arc Compute) & Louis Castricato (Computer Scientist, University of Waterloo)The following document is an attempt to consolidate down a number of threads spanning separate discussions from around the 'net I have been having on the subject of operating system development models and OpenBSD. I will break up this document into several sections…
What Happens When Computers Learn to Read Our Emotions?

What Happens When Computers Learn to Read Our Emotions?

Computers are slowly but surely learning to read our emotions. Will this mean a future without privacy, or perhaps a golden age of more compassionate and helpful machines?This edition of the Sleepwalkers podcast looks at AI’s growing power to “read” us—and investigates the sinister and the positive uses of the technology.Poppy Crum, chief scientist at…
Quantum computers learn to mark their own work – Phys.org

Quantum computers learn to mark their own work – Phys.org

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new test to check if a quantum computer is giving correct answers to questions beyond the scope of traditional computing could help the first quantum computer that can outperform a classical computer to be realized. By creating a protocol that allows a quantum computer to check its own answers to…
Microsoft has a new way to keep your computer’s firmware from being hacked

Microsoft has a new way to keep your computer’s firmware from being hacked

Now Microsoft thinks it has a solution to the problem. As part of a new partnership with PC manufacturers, the company is launching an initiative called Secured-core PC. With Secured-core PC, Microsoft is rethinking Windows's relationship with firmware and how it handles booting up a device.Under this new system, a processor's firmware will power up…
Computers Are Learning to Read—But They’re Still Not So Smart

Computers Are Learning to Read—But They’re Still Not So Smart

In the fall of 2017, Sam Bowman, a computational linguist at New York University, figured that computers still weren’t very good at understanding the written word. Sure, they had become decent at simulating that understanding in certain narrow domains, like automatic translation or sentiment analysis (for example, determining if a sentence sounds “mean or nice,”…

Uptime 15,364 days – The Computers of Voyager [video]

Published on Sep 14, 2019The Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes, both launched in 1977, each had a primary objective to explore Jupiter and Saturn. This goal was achieved by 1981. Yet Voyager, NASA's longest running mission, has continued to this day. Both Voyager probes are still operating, and returning scientific data from outside…
Quantum Computers Could Be True Randomness Generators

Quantum Computers Could Be True Randomness Generators

Say the words “quantum supremacy” at a gathering of computer scientists, and eyes will likely roll. The phrase refers to the idea that quantum computers will soon cross a threshold where they’ll perform with relative ease tasks that are extremely hard for classical computers. Until recently, these tasks were thought to have little real-world use,…
Why can’t computers boot instantly?

Why can’t computers boot instantly?

Computers have been around for quite some time. So what is stopping us from making computers boot instantly like regular home appliances and other devices? Is it even possible? I know there is hibernate and sleep but those aren't really real boot asked Dec 27 '13 at 5:36 kosinixkosinix15211 silver badge66 bronze badges Computers are…

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Fortnite’s next tournament will also be its most controversial, thanks to...

The future of competitive Fortnite kicks off tomorrow with the Champion Series, and it’s proving to be the most controversial e-sports contest developer Epic Games has ever embarked on. The issue is not prize money or who’s allowed to participate. Instead, the furor is over an in-game mech suit, ripped straight from the pages of…

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