Author Archives: Loknath Das

Apple finally decides the iPad Pro is a computer (and isn’t)

I just want you to be happy and, it seems, Apple is finally coming around to that way of thinking. For the longest time, Cupertino insisted the iPad Pro is a computer. Then it seemed to back off, as its EVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller admitted it wasn’t a PC replacement. But now that Apple has found the magic to attach a keyboard ... Read More »

Intel’s new neuron-based computer matches brain of a small mammal

An array of Intel Loihi neuromorphic research chips. Tim Herman/Intel Corporation As impressive as computers are becoming, they still pale in comparison to nature’s version – the brain. As such scientists have started designing computer chips that work in a similar way to the brain, using artificial neurons and synapses. Now Intel has unveiled its most powerful “neuromorphic” computing system ... Read More »

The Internet Was Built To Withstand A Nuclear Bomb. It Will Survive The Coronavirus.

As people around the world quarantine en masse, the internet is being tested. Internet traffic surged by 30% by Wednesday in a locked-down Italy. It’s up 8% to 10% in South Korea and parts of the US, like Seattle, that were hit early by COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Peak usage, typically on Sunday nights, is now ... Read More »

This 1976 Apple computer still works and it could sell for at least $300,000 — take a look

In 1976, Apple co-founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs sold their first pre-assembled computer, called the Apple-1. It cost them $250 to build and retailed for $666.66. (“As a mathematician I like repeating digits and that was what I thought it should be,” Wozniak told Bloomberg in 2014.) The dream team only built 200 Apple-1s. Tuesday, a fully functioning Apple-1 computer went up ... Read More »

How you can use your computer to help fight COVID-19 coronavirus

The other day, news came out that the distributed-computing search for extraterrestrial life [email protected] project was coming to an end after 21 years. But if you like participating in distributed-computing, you can now put your computer’s unused time to work looking for cures to coronavirus/COVID-19. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert — you just download and install the client ... Read More »

Google’s trick will help you play Holi with your smartphone or computer, here’s how

It is not new for Google to come up with fresh ideas. The festival of colours is here and Google is here with yet another one of its creative and fun stint. Other than the Google doodle which is unique for every occasion, what you can play around with is Google’s tricks. For Holi, Google has come up with a ... Read More »

How to install a CPU: Putting the brain into your computer

You’ve just got the best processor you could muster and you’re ready to toss that bad boy into your first PC build. But, how do you install a processor? Fortunately, like many other aspects of building a PC, installing a CPU is a very simple process. So, no need to stress about getting it wrong, as we’ll guide you through each step. 1. ... Read More »

This tiny $29 computer lets you build DIY synths, pedals, and more

Audio electronics company Electrosmith has launched a Kickstarter for a little audio development board called Daisy. It’s a physical board computer designed for use in DIY instruments and sound processors — think of Daisy like a Raspberry Pi but just for music gear. Shaped like (and about the size of) a stick of gum, Daisy is both for professionals and for beginners who ... Read More »

‘Access to internet in India is plainly non-negotiable’: RS Prasad

Right to access internet in the context of net neutrality is non-negotiable in India and it flows from right to information, Union law minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said on Monday. Prasad was speaking at the book launch of the fourth edition of ‘Commentary on the Law of Arbitration’ authored by Supreme Court judge, justice Indu Malhotra. “On the issue of net neutrality, ... Read More »

Coronavirus: Microsoft warns of hit to computer sales

Microsoft is the latest major company to warn of a disruption as China grapples with the coronavirus outbreak. The tech giant said because its Chinese suppliers were shutdown, manufacturing operations have been affected. This delay could hit sales of its personal computing business including Surface tablets, Microsoft warned. Microsoft said factories are re-opening across China, but this is happening slower ... Read More »