Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Computers

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

WatsonPaths uses natural language and the ability to process unstructured data to aid diag...

When IBM’s Watson supercomputer took on two human champions of the television quiz show Jeopardy and won, it was hailed as a breakthrough in machine intelligence. Now in an effort to expand the practical applications for the "world’s smartest computer," IBM Research and has taken the wraps off two new projects aimed at the medical community.  Read More

Valve has announced the specs of its prototype Steam Machine

The internet has been positively buzzing with all things Valve over the last week. The PC gaming company has opted for a slow trickle of information, and now it has revealed the specifications for its prototype Steam Machine PC that will be sent to 300 lucky beta testers. It has gone with some moderately high-end specifications, contrary to original reports of these machines coming with mid-range specs.  Read More

Valve announces third-party Steam Machines, which will land in 2014

Hot on the heels of the announcement of its own Linux-based operating system, SteamOS, computer game developer and distributor Valve has announced a range of SteamOS gaming computers called Steam Machines. The machines will be built by other companies with the aim of bringing PC gaming firmly into the living room.  Read More

Jobs involving cognitive tasks are among those under threat, according to the study (Photo...

Almost 47 percent of US jobs could be computerized within one or two decades according to a recent study that attempts to gauge the growing impact of computers on the job market. It isn't only manual labor jobs that could be affected: The study reveals a trend of computers taking over many cognitive tasks thanks to the availability of big data. It suggests two waves of computerization, with the first substituting computers for people in logistics, transportation, administrative and office support and the second affecting jobs depending on how well engineers crack computing problems associated with human perception, creative and social intelligence.

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The Nymi bracelet uses the wearers EKG for identification

If someone says that they want to steal your heart, be careful. They may be trying to get into your computer files. The Toronto-based biometrics company Bionym wants to replace old-fashioned passwords with Nymi; a bracelet that uses the wearer’s heartbeat in place of passwords. According to the developers, the system delivers a secure and convenient means of identification that also provides the potential to control devices using gestures.  Read More

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