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What's new in the latest Windows 10 tech preview (build 10041)

This latest build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview released last week to members of the Windows Insiders program doesn't offer many notable new features compared to the previous release, build 9926. But it does introduce a handful of UI changes, and some new features, like improved virtual desktops, Start menu tweaks, and Cortana for desktop finally comes to the UK, China, Spain, and more. Here's a look at where Microsoft is with its future OS.Read More

How to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 tech preview via Windows Update

If you have a spare Windows 7 PC sitting around, why not put it to use to see what's in store for the future of Windows? Using Windows Update to upgrade to Windows 10 is much easier than doing a clean install and allows you to keep your settings, personal files, and most apps. It is worth noting that you can do this with Windows 8.1 too – just don't do it on your primary machine as Windows 10 is still in the technical preview, or beta stage, and it will be buggy. Here's a look at the steps involved.Read More

BBC to give away a million micro computers to coders of tomorrow

By today's standards, early 1980s home computing was a very BASIC affair (excuse the pun). But for those who lived through it, it was an enlightening period of simple wonder and creative experimentation. In the UK, the odds are pretty good that students of code performed their programming magic using a big beige box connected to a chunky monitor known as the BBC Microcomputer. Many of those early digital tinkerers went on to careers in computing and it's this pioneering spirit that the BBC is hoping to recapture with the launch of a new education initiative named Make it Digital. At its center is a new micro computing platform called, for the moment, the Micro Bit.Read More

Paperspace wants to run your computer in the cloud

The idea of connecting a basic computer to a more powerful one over a network isn't new – the first modern computer networks began as dumb terminals that accessed smart mainframes – but improvements in hardware technology, internet speeds and online software are now making the concept genuinely viable for consumers. Enter new startup Paperspace, which wants you to run your computer from the cloud.Read More

12 tips & tricks to get more from Gmail on the web

Since it appeared in April 2004, Gmail has become the email client of choice for hundreds of millions of users. You're probably very familiar with it – but are you making the most out of the software? We've put together 12 of the most helpful tips for boosting your productivity inside Gmail and powering through your inbox.Read More

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Creative AI: Software writing software and the broader challenges of computational creativity

We've covered a lot of ground in this series. We went from algorithmic music to procedurally-generated games (and an AI game developer), then onto computers writing stories and robots painting portraits and abstract art or constructing buildings like the craftsmen of old. Now, in this final part of our deep dive into the world of computational creativity, we turn to the underlying ideas and the future challenges that face the field as a whole.Read More

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