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Google's Chrome browser has lots of useful functionality

According to StatCounter, the most widely used browser during 2014 was Google Chrome, which promises speed, simplicity and security for its users. You can do a lot more with Chrome than just visit your favorite websites though. This article takes a look at some of its clever functionality.  Read More

Combining passwords with biometrics authentication could raise the security of our sensiti...

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed an innovative keyboard that can accurately identify users based on their typing patterns. On top of that, the dirt- and water-resistant device can power itself by harvesting the static electricity on your fingertips.  Read More

SciNet combines a conventional search interface with a radar-like interactive cloud of rel...

Google may be dominant in the battle of the search engines, but its ever-evolving page rank algorithm and straightforward list of results don't always get you the information you want – especially when you're not sure precisely what keywords to use. Now researchers at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT) have developed a new alternative called SciNet that uses information visualization to help you dig through related terms in narrowing down a search. Its creators claim that it outperforms conventional search user interfaces in finding information in an academic database.  Read More

BitFury has purchased Allied Control to deal with the excess heat that is a byproduct of b...

As part of a move to expand into supercomputing and deal with the excess heat that is a byproduct of bitcoin mining, BitFury Group, a bitcoin infrastructure provider and transaction processing company, has purchased Allied Control, which makes cooling systems for supercomputing and data centers.  Read More

Cortana, Action Center, revamped Start menu and more feature in this month's build of Wind...

Microsoft is continuing development of its latest desktop and mobile operating system, Windows 10, and revealed some more details at a media briefing last week. Here's a look at some notable new features and design changes in the latest build of the desktop OS.  Read More

Could artificial intelligence render composers obsolete, or will it usher in a new era of ...

You've probably heard music composed by a computer algorithm, though you may not realize it. Artificial intelligence researchers have made huge gains in computational – or algorithmic – creativity over the past decade or two, and in music especially these advances are now filtering through to the real world. AI programs have produced albums in multiple genres. They've scored films and advertisements. And they've also generated mood music in games and smartphone apps. But what does computer-authored music sound like? Why do it? And how is it changing music creation? Join us, in this first entry in a series of features on creative AI, as we find out.  Read More

Nvidia claims that its latest Maxwell GPU is capable of 1080p 60 fps performance, even on ...

Nvidia has pulled back the curtain on its latest Maxwell graphics card, the GeForce GTX 960. Unlike previous cards packing the company’s latest GPU architecture, this is an entry level offering, coming in at just US$199.  Read More

 MIT researchers are developing algorithms that factor risk into planning to help get user...

Researchers at MIT are building a sophisticated algorithm to help with time-sensitive planning, estimating your chances of success and even suggesting alternate approaches that are more likely to succeed. The software, described by its creators as "a better Siri," could help plan projects on all scales, from long drives to air travel to multi-billion dollar NASA missions.  Read More

Microsoft previewed Windows 10 at its Washington campus (Credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft has unveiled an early version of Windows 10, the company's latest attempt to bridge the gap between desktop and mobile operating systems with a new platform for phones, tablets and PCs that will be available for free for its first year for those upgrading from Windows 8.1 and for those still using Windows 7 a year later.  Read More

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