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Apple's latest machine provides the same premium design at a more wallet-friendly price po...

Apple has announced a new, lower cost version of its leading all-in-one desktop PC. While this latest addition to the iMac line might cut a couple of hundred dollars off the asking price, it also scales back some of the specs. Still, the prospect of obtaining the product’s high-end build and design for not much over US$1,000 is an enticing one.  Read More

LEVAN learns by associating words with images

Word-picture association is one of the basic mechanisms of human memory. As children, it helps us to learn language by verbalizing what we see, as adults it is an invaluable aid to visualizing broader concepts or perhaps helping those with an LBLD (Language-Based Learning Disability). Now researchers from the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence have created the first fully automated computer program named LEVAN that teaches itself everything there is to know about a visual concept by associating words with images.  Read More

Here's some tricks and tips every Chromebook owner needs to know

The Google Chromebook is gaining in popularity and market share, due in large part to their affordability and simplicity. This makes them perfect for students and people that don't need a complex operating system to do light work online, such as email, browsing the Web, and the occasional bit of word processing. Although Chromebooks are generally easy to set up and use, we've got a few tips that can help you get the most out of your new Chromebook.  Read More

Philips Two-in-One display combines two 19-inch monitors

Philips Monitors has created a two-in-one computer display that puts a new angle on multitasking. Instead of splitting your workspace between two separate displays, this unit packs two screens onto one base to create a single, space-saving dual-screen experience.  Read More

Kidpost is the work of former Design Director of The New York Times Online, Khoi Vinh

Though websites like Facebook have made sharing baby photos with friends and family as easy as a few clicks of a mouse, this tends to leave people who are less computer-savvy (and those who just don't want a social networking presence) out of the loop. Enter Kidpost, a service that automatically scans your Instagram and Facebook feeds for your kid-related images, then compiles and sends them out in a daily email to a subscription list of your own making.  Read More

The Eugene Goostman chatbot, which simulates a 13-year old boy, has passed the Turing Test

It might be time to start being nicer to your laptop, because researchers at the University of Reading are claiming that a supercomputer program has passed the Turing Test for the first time in history. On Saturday, at the Turing Test 2014 organized by the University of Reading’s School of Systems Engineering, the chatbot Eugene Goostman reportedly convinced the judges 33 percent of the time that it was a human being and not a computer.  Read More

Here's how to use Taskbar features in Windows 8.1 update to get the most from the desktop ...

Microsoft took a gamble when it launched Windows 8 and making the Modern interface so prominent. Users reacted, and Microsoft has made three major revisions to Windows 8. Each update has made it easier to use with traditional computers that aren't touch-enabled, while still adding more functionality to 2-in-1 devices. Here's some Taskbar tips for getting the most from both environments on a traditional PC running Windows 8.1.  Read More

At Apple's WWDC, the company revealed the latest version of its Mac operating system, OS X...

The world may not be flat, but Apple's entire world now is. After last year's iOS 7 brought a flatter and cleaner design aesthetic to Apple's mobile operating system, the just-announced OS X Yosemite completes the transition, bringing Jony Ive's software sensibilities to the Mac's software.  Read More

With dedicated graphics and a 4K display, the new NX500 Ultrabook from Asus has a lot goin...

Asus has announced the latest iteration of its respected Zenbook line of high-end Ultrabooks. Know as the NX500, the new machine features a range of top shelf specs including dedicated graphics, advanced storage configurations and an impressive 4K display.  Read More

MSI's new machines provide rare gaming performance in the AiO form factor

MSI has revealed its full line-up of gaming focused all-in-one PCs, showing off brand new 22 and 24-inch models, as well as an update to its already-available 27-inch offering. The three size categories all feature Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M graphics solutions, making them a potent option for anyone looking for a more compact desktop gaming system.  Read More

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