Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Computers

The new portable external hard drives are the first to carry USB-C connectors

With Apple announcing its brand new, USB-C-equipped MacBook yesterday, we knew it wouldn’t be long before compatible accessories started turning up. LaCie’s new Porsche Design Mobile Drives are some of the first out of the gate, offering up to 2 TB of USB-C-friendly storage.  Read More

Samsung's Ativ One 7 Curved launches on March 8

Last week Samsung launched its ultra light and thin MacBook Air rival, the 2015 Ativ Book 9. This week it's launching the PC that sat next to it at CES 2015, the first All-in-One with a curved screen.  Read More

You can log into Paperspace from any computer connected to the web

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

Gizmag rounds up some tips to make Gmail on the web work better for you (Image: Ajayptp / ...

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

Can computers truly be creative, and if so should we fear them or embrace them? And just w...

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

Google's new machine learning algorithm was put to the test in 49 classic Atari 2600 games...

In an old school gaming party to end all parties, Google's new deep Q-network (DQN) algorithm is likely to mop the floor with you at Breakout or Space Invaders, but maybe take a licking at Centipede. Provided with only the same inputs as a human player and no previous real-world knowledge, DQN uses reinforcement learning to learn new games, and in some cases, develop new strategies. Its designers argue that this kind of general learning algorithm can crossover into discovery making in other fields.  Read More

Microsoft has killed several annoying Windows 8 features in Windows 10, here's a look at a...

Windows 8 was a nightmare for many consumers from day one, and largely still is. Microsoft took a risk by releasing Windows 8 hoping to lead the touch-based device market into the future. However, it was met with resistance from most users, even after the release of three major updates for the OS. Here's a look at the annoyances of Windows 8 that are gone and won't be missed in Windows 10.  Read More

DARPA's Communicating with Computers (CwC) program is aimed at improving human/machine com...

DARPA’s new initiative, known as the Communicating with Computers (CwC) program, aims to improve the ability of machines to communicate effectively with their human counterparts. The agency has two initial experiments planned, focusing on the somewhat differing fields of improved conversational skills and better cancer detection.  Read More

The Meteor M2 multimedia stereo speaker system from Samson Technologies (Photo: Paul Ridde...

Among the raft of new consumer audio products that Samson Technologies took to CES last month was a desktop speaker system for computers, laptops and tablets. The company says that the Meteor M2 stereo speakers promise studio quality sound that breaks barriers in desktop audio at volumes that go "well beyond its compact size." We got our hands on a review system and have spent much of this month putting those claims to the test.  Read More

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