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Windows 10 kills the Start Screen, runs on wide variety of devices

By - September 30, 2014 3 Pictures
It’s no secret that Windows 8 was not a particularly successful release, as Microsoft struggled to convince both consumers and businesses of the virtues of its split nature. Fast forward to today, and the company has announced its successor, known as Windows 10. The next version of Microsoft’s operating system makes some big changes, perhaps most notably the removal of the much-hated tile UI. Read More
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Artificial intelligence program that learns like a child

By - September 25, 2014 1 Picture
Artificial intelligence programs may already be capable of specialized tasks like flying planes, winning Jeopardy, and giving you a hard time in your favorite video games, but even the most advanced offerings are no smarter than a typical four-year-old child when it comes to broader insights and comprehension. It makes sense, then, that researchers at the University of Gothenburg have developed a program that imitates a child's cognitive development. Read More
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ZEBRA system uses a bracelet to thwart data snoopers

By - September 24, 2014 1 Picture
There are already a variety of technologies for verifying a computer user's identity when they attempt to access sensitive data ... data such as patients' health records on hospital computer systems. The problem is, those users may sometimes forget to log off when they're done, or they may temporarily leave their computer unguarded when leaving their desk. That's why Dartmouth College computer science student Shrirang Mare is developing ZEBRA. It utilizes a sensor-equipped bracelet to continuously authenticate a user's identity. Read More
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Toshiba adds 1080p IPS display and Skullcandy audio to its Chromebook 2

By - September 7, 2014 12 Pictures
Having joined the Chromebook party earlier this year with the first Chromebook to feature a 13-inch HD display, Toshiba has followed it up with its Chromebook 2. On display it IFA, Toshiba's second-generation Chromebook will come in two versions that continue the 13-inch display tradition and bring branded audio to Chromebooks with speakers tuned by Skullcandy. Read More
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Super-secure quantum-based data encryption for everyone

By - September 5, 2014 1 Picture
With a new device set to make unbreakable, quantum-based cryptographic security available for everyone for the very first time, ordinary people will be able to use cryptographic systems that – until recently – only existed as experiments in the most advanced physics laboratories. Developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) the device incorporates the quantum mechanics of random photon polarization to generate random numbers and create cryptographic keys. Read More
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Lenovo expands all-in-one tabletop PC line with Horizon 2s and 2e

By - September 4, 2014 2 Pictures
Having debuted its original 27-inch IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC at CES in 2013 and following that up with the Horizon 2 earlier this year, Lenovo has used IFA 2014 to unveil the latest additions to the series, the Horizon 2s and Horizon 2e. Packing 19.5- and 21.5-in displays respectively, the new devices bring a thinner lighter form factor to tabletop computing. Read More

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