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The blocking, color banding and aliasing artifacts of heavily compressed JPEG (left), whil...

French programmer Fabrice Bellard has come up with a graphics file format he believes can "replace the JPEG image format." Bellard’s BPG (Better Portable Graphics) format boasts a compelling quality advantage over JPG, particularly when images are heavily compressed. Take a look through the gallery to see a few comparison shots – the left hand side of each image shows the JPEG compressed format, the right side shows BPG at a similar file size.  Read More

The 500K features a membrane design with full anti-ghosting – a rarity among gaming keyboa...

The Cougar 500K gaming keyboard may look a lot like the company’s high-end, mechanical 700K offering, but it actually makes use of lower-cost membrane tech. However, this won’t impact functionality as you might expect, with the 500K offering full N-Key Rollover – also known as anti-ghosting.  Read More

Bitcoins can now be exchanged to buy Microsoft apps and games (Photo: Shutterstock)

Microsoft has quietly announced that its customers can now use bitcoin to purchase certain products through third party payment processor BitPay, which also supports tech sales site TigerDirect and Virgin’s space flight offshoot Virgin Galactic.  Read More

The Hemingwrite does away with the distractions of laptop computers and tablets

For more than a century typewriters were the weapon of choice for professional writers, office workers and those of us with messy handwriting. Then came the age of personal computers complete with the internet and its infinite reel of comical cat videos. A pair of US entrepreneurs believe this has been to the detriment of productivity and are looking to reign things in a little. The Hemingwrite typewriter offers the bare essentials for a writer in the digital age, no email alerts or Youtube recommendations in sight.  Read More

Intel has worked with Stephen Hawking for three years to create a new communications syste...

With exception of a new voice in 2004, Stephen Hawking's input interface has remained much the same for decades. Now Intel has created a new system called the Assistive Context Aware Toolkit (ACAT) that allows him to carry out tasks much faster than before.  Read More

Flow aims to change the way users interact with their devices

When it comes to interacting with our devices, the mouse and the touchscreen are the predominant methods. Senic, the team behind a new device called Flow, is aiming to change that by adding quite a few new ways for users to interact with their computers, smartphones, and tablets.  Read More

Here's a look at notable new features in the latest build of Windows 10

As Microsoft continues development of its new desktop operating system, it recently released a new build of Windows 10 for members of the Windows Insider program. We previously showed you how to become a Windows 10 Technical Preview tester and looked at some of its features. Now we move on and take a look at the new features in the latest build of Windows 10.  Read More

The Tesla K80 offers twice the power of its K40 predecessor

Nvidia has unveiled its latest graphics offering in the form of the Tesla K80 dual-GPU. The new card, which is designed for professional applications, doubles the performance of its K40 predecessor, and packs some impressive specs including a full 24 GB graphics memory.  Read More

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