Tag Archives: computers

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 »

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 »

The Golden Age of Dell Computers

In 1984, 19-year-old college student Michael Dell founded his own IBM PC-compatible computer business called PC’s Limited in Austin, Texas. His breakthrough approach involved selling high-quality, custom-configured systems through mail order and telephone at a low price with customer support. Dell’s prices undercut those of its fiercest competitor at the time, Compaq, and drastically undercut IBM, whose premium PCs commanded a great deal ... Read More »

Microsoft’s Surface Computers Lose Consumer Reports Backing

Consumer Reports is withdrawing its recommendation for four new Microsoft Corp.laptops and tablets after a survey showed that a quarter of older Surface devices posed problems for their owners after only two years, a black mark against the company during the key back-to-school buying season. The report, which pulls recommendations for two versions each of the Surface Laptop and Surface Book, ... Read More »

Do Schools Just Want the Cheapest Computers?

Students using Apple iPads in a middle school classroom in Wellsville, New York.  Photo credit: Education Images UIG via Getty Images Aaron in for a vacationing Adam on this muggy Wednesday in Boston. Applereported quarterly results last night and buried in all the iPhone excitement was an interesting statistic that caught my eye: iPad sales to schools jumped 32% from last year. ... Read More »

Computers: Best computer? It depends

TALKING TECH WITH KIM KOMANDOHow to tell if your phone or tablet has a virus | 1:38 These days, smartphones and tablets are just as vulnerable as regular computers, and malware is often used to subvert your private accounts. This video will tell you if your phone or tablet has a virus. Kim Komando Question: Hi Nick. I purchased a ... Read More »

IBM beefs up its powerful cognitive computers with Google’s AI tools

Google has cool technology to recognize images and speech, and IBM’s hardware can diagnose diseases and beat humans in Jeopardy. Combine the two, and you get a powerful computer with serious brains. IBM is merging Google’s artificial intelligence tools with its own cognitive computing technologies, allowing deep-learning systems to more accurately find answers to complex questions or recognize images or ... Read More »

Stop of an generation: Linux distributions will soon stop helping 32-bit Computers

AMD and Intel released the first 64-bit CPUs for customers back in 2003 and 2004. Now, more than a decade later, Linux distributions are looking at winding down aid for 32-bit hardware. Google already took this soar again in 2015, dumping 32-bit variations of Chrome for Linux. Ubuntu is simply the cutting-edge distro to plot for this Ubuntu’s Dimitri John ... Read More »

IBM’s brain-mimicking computers are getting bigger brains

IBM says it wants to make intelligent computers that can make decisions like humans. This week, it shipped the NS16e, its largest brain-inspired computer yet, and has big goals ahead. The company plans to create bigger versions of the NS16e—which was purchased by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory—to come closer to matching the scale of a human brain. “Perhaps one day ... Read More »