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Windows 8 no longer supports playback of DVDs natively, but there are a number of powerful...

If you get a new Windows 8 computer, you might be surprised to find out that it won't play your DVDs as Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, omitted this feature in the new version of the OS. Although optical media is going the way of the VHS tape, there's a lot of content out there that's not available for streaming or in compatible video formats. Hare are five free apps to get around the lack of native Windows DVD playback and let you enjoy your DVD collection.  Read More

The new Samsung 840 EVO 1 TB SSD is the highest capacity drive in Samsung's new EVO line

We've already seen 1 TB-plus capacity solid state drives (SSDs) from the likes of Smart and OCZ, and today Samsung announced it was joining the club with the addition of a new EVO line to its popular 840 SSD lineup. Samsung says the consumer-oriented 840 EVO models will offer up to 1 TB of storage and boast write times up to three times faster than previous 840 Series SSDs.  Read More

Gizmag review the Celluon Epic, a projection keyboard for your smartphone, tablet, or PC

Today more and more people use smartphones and tablets as their main computing devices. But these devices typically don't have physical keyboards, and that leaves the door open for innovation and creative alternatives. Take, for example, the Celluon Epic projection keyboard. Read on, as Gizmag goes hands-on with a device that will turn any flat surface into a full QWERTY keyboard.  Read More

Patrick Lincoln, director of SRI’s Computer Science Laboratory, demonstrates bRight with b...

bRight from SRI International has been designed to make life a little easier for folks who need to make snap decisions in time critical situations, but are faced with an overwhelming amount of information flowing in all at once. In addition to offering task automation and data filtering, the system can predict the actions, behavior and needs of a user or group based on previous activity and active monitoring systems.  Read More

Researchers have found that an AI system has an average IQ of a four-year-old child (Image...

Those who saw IBM’s Watson defeat former winners on Jeopardy! in 2011 might be forgiven for thinking that artificially intelligent computer systems are a lot brighter than they are. While Watson was able to cope with the highly stylized questions posed during the quiz, AI systems are still left wanting when it comes to commonsense. This was one of the factors that led researchers to find that one of the best available AI systems has the average IQ of a four-year-old  Read More

CompuLab has unveiled the next generation of its Trim-Slice miniature computer, which is n...

Mini-PC maker CompuLab has unveiled the next generation of its teeny, Tegra 2-powered Trim-Slice computer. Now called the Utilite, Nvidia's processing heart has been swapped for a Freescale i.MX6 system-on-chip that's available with single, dual or quad cores. The system can run either a desktop-grade Ubuntu or a fully-featured Android operating system, but probably the best news is a starting price of just US$99.  Read More

The LittleBox

Gregory Holloway's LittleBox PC is a build-it-yourself kit designed to turn the Raspberry Pi into a complete touchscreen desktop computer. LittleBox, which includes a screen and comes with 61 pieces of plywood held together by over 100 nuts, bolts and screws, is designed to be easy enough for almost anyone to put together with only a few tools. And wouldn't you know, Holloway has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring LittleBox to the people.  Read More

The Skymouse puts cursor control on your fingertips

Los Angeles-based Eliott Ephrati is bringing a new product to the masses through Kickstarter called Skymouse, which is designed to let users control their computers using only their fingers. Mice of this sort are starting to gain more traction, with products like The Mycestro 3D wearable mouse and the Genius wireless Ring Mouse coming before this one. While those have you wearing the mouse, the pitch for Skymouse is that your finger actually is the mouse.  Read More

Global PC shipments dropped to 76 million units in the second quarter, which marks the fif...

Here's one trend that's showing no signs of slowing down. The global PC market, which had already been in decline for four straight quarters, has now dropped for a fifth consecutive quarter. Will the bleeding stop? Or are we permanently shifting to an iPad-centric world of computing?  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Lenovo Yoga 11S, the flexible PC that now comes in a smaller package

It's no secret that Windows 8 hasn't exactly struck a chord with every desktop user. It makes sense, though, that the dual-natured operating system would be much more at home on dual-natured devices. You know, the kind that sit at the intersection of the desktop and mobile, like the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga. Join Gizmag as we put the new 11-inch model, the Yoga 11S, through its paces.  Read More

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