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Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be released in a couple of months and here's what you can expect

Whether you love it or hate it, Windows 8 keeps moving forward. Windows 8.1 added a lot of features and interface improvements to the first iteration. Now another improvement is coming, which Microsoft is calling Windows 8.1 Update 1. It's like a service pack that improves security and stability under the hood. But what's most notable is how it makes the Start screen and modern interface easier to use with keyboard and mouse on traditional computers.  Read More

Keepod is a portable OS

Mathare is 500,000-resident slum in Nairobi Kenya, where basic sanitation is non-existent, there’s no adequate water supply and no school system, except for so-called street schools that try to fill that gap. Only 10 percent of local youth will reach college education. Most of the locals are part of the five billion people in the world who are digitally excluded. Now, a new UK-based initiative called Keepod Unite aims to reduce the digital gap in Mathare by providing an OS that can be loaded onto a USB drive and plugged into just about any shared PC.  Read More

Colossus was the world's first programmable digital electronic computer and gave the Allie...

Sometimes the most important victories in a war don’t occur on battlefields and don’t involve weaponry. On Wednesday, a very unusual group of veterans gathered at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire to commemorate an event that shortened the Second World War and saved countless lives. They were the men and women who built Colossus, the world's first programmable electronic digital computer, and they and their families were at the National Museum of Computing for a re-enactment of the day the famous machine began its code-breaking operations against the Axis forces.  Read More

The 11e series features rubberized bumpers on the outside and strengthened hinges and corn...

Knowing that there are few places that pose more of a hazard to laptops than a schoolbag, Lenovo has announced its Thinkpad 11e series, consisting of four new ruggedized laptops designed specifically to endure the rigors of the school day.  Read More

Rest Devices' Mimo Baby product line incorporates Intel Edison

Intel used its keynote presentation at CES to focus on wearable technology, with Chief Executive Brian Krzanich providing a whistlestop tour of wearable devices that the company will be rolling out. Products touched on included a wearable baby monitor, some smart earbuds and an always-on headset.  Read More

Benjamin Caldwell resting in the Binary Furniture display room (Photo: BRC Designs)

Benjamin Rollins Caldwell exults in materials, designing entire lines of furniture from a wide range of castoffs. His latest creations form his remarkable Binary collection of living room furniture, in which all components come from old PCs and defunct electronics.  Read More

LG's Chromebase is the world's first all-in-one PC powered by Google's Chrome OS

We've already seen a multitude of Chromebooks and a Chromebox, and now LG's Chromebase joins the list of Chrome-based computers. Set to be officially unveiled at CES next month, the Chromebase is the world's first all-in-one PC powered by Google's Linux-based Chrome operating system.  Read More

IBM has released its latest list of technologies that will most affect our lives over the ...

For eight years now, IBM has annually released what it calls the IBM 5 in 5 – "a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years." All five items on this year's list center around the concept of computers and other systems learning about individuals in order to best meet their needs.  Read More

Computer scientists have successfully transmitted data between laptop computers using only...

It could be assumed that the most effective way to safeguard your computer against the threat of cyber attacks would be to disconnect it from all networks: wireless, LAN, network cards or the internet. However, research from the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE) has demonstrated a malware prototype with the ability to jump the "air gap" – meaning even that once surefire security measure might not be enough to ensure the protection of your computer.  Read More

The Kano computer kit makes learning programming concepts painless (Photo: Kano)

Billed as "the computer anyone can make," the US$99 Kano kit supplies a Raspberry Pi computer board with the various accouterments (save for a display) required to make it into a complete computer. The Kano programming language uses graphic code blocks to implement a simple but powerful language reminiscent of BASIC.  Read More

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