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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Now Rolling Out: How to Download

HIGHLIGHTS Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rollout has begun The update revamps the experience with Fluent Design System It is compatible with all devices presently running on Windows 10 Microsoft on Tuesday, October 17 announced the start of the rollout of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709). Alongside, Microsoft announced the first mixed reality headsets are now available to buy, and introduced the Surface Book ... Read More »

Will The The Next Generation Of Computers Celebrate Humanity Or Strip It Away?

The original CTO Design Challenge team before volunteers joined, plus at far left judges Ty Carlson, Larry Smarr, and Mark Anderson (l to r). I went into this week’s Future in Review (FiRe) conference worried that today’s bias towards big data and data-driven decisions would ultimately make the world a less humane place. The good news is, I may be wrong. FiRe has a recent ... Read More »

What would happen if I ate my computer? Asking for a friend.

The Guinness book of world records states that Michel Lotito died at age 57, of natural causes. But not before this competitive eater had consumed 18 bicycles, 15 supermarket carts, seven TV sets, six chandeliers, two beds, a pair of skis, a low-calorie Cessna light aircraft, and a computer. It’s unclear what compelled Lotito to do this, and whether he was aware ... Read More »

The Computer That Predicted the U.S. Would Win the Vietnam War

Want to receive exclusive insights from The Atlantic—while supporting a sustainable future for independent journalism?  Join our new membership program, The Masthead. At just about the halfway point of Lynn Novick and Ken Burns’s monumental documentary on the Vietnam War, an army advisor tells an anecdote that seems to sum up the relationship between the military and computers during the mid-1960s. ... Read More »

Which Computer Is the Best for Architects and Architecture Students?

Buying “the perfect computer” comes with equal parts indecision and excitement—we put in hours of research, weigh brands, compare specs, read product reviews, and ask around for advice and suggestions. For the uninitiated, it often means wading through lots of technical jargon. i7? Intel? SSD? Quad-core? For others, it may mean being spoilt for choice and finding it difficult to ... Read More »

Atlanta man’s code on Army computer cost taxpayers $2.6M

An Atlanta man was convicted of a crime involving U.S. Army computers. An Atlanta man was convicted Wednesday of placing malicious code on a U.S. Army computer that eventually cost taxpayers about $2.6 million, a federal prosecutor’s office said. Mittesh Das, 48, was found guilty of knowingly transmitting malicious code with the intent to cause damage to an Army computer, ... Read More »

Computers Get Emotional

Shutterstock This week’s milestones in the history of technology include the birth of emoticons, ICANN, the hearing aid, the punched card tabulating machine, computer-based consumer information services, and the first set of specifications for digital computers. September 18, 1998 The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is formed as a California non-profit corporation to oversee a number of Internet-related tasks previously performed directly ... Read More »

Computer insecurity affects us all

We depend on computers to run our world but our current infrastructure for linking our machines is poorly designed and lacks basic protections. This comes down to three things: The physical ‘stuff’ that makes up the internet, including computers, WiFi equipment and all the bits and pieces that your data pass through to get to their destination; The software that ... Read More »

The Roots of Computer Code Lie in Telegraph Code

Famously, the first long-distance message Samuel Morse sent on the telegraph was “What hath God wrought?” When it comes to digital progress, it’s a question that’s still being answered. The telegraph was a revolutionary means of communication in itself, but it’s also connected to the development of modern computer languages. Like any new technology, its creation had a ripple effect, provoking a ... Read More »

How to Wipe a Computer Clean of Personal Data

Many families have welcomed new PCs into their homes, thanks to back-to-school and Labor Day sales, leaving older computers to be donated, recycled, or sold. That makes this a good time to learn how to perform a factory reset. What is a factory reset? That’s when you wipe your computer’s hard drive and reinstall its operating system. Doing this reverts your ... Read More »