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What to look for when buying a new computer, laptop or hybrid

Buying a new computer is a lot like ordering a pizza: You think it’s a fairly simple task until you realize how many choices you need to make. But if your existing machine is so old it could barely run solitaire, you’re probably due for an upgrade. The good news is two-fold: there are many new exciting developments in the ... Read More »

This free app lets you play incredible-looking PC games on any Mac computer

This PC setup is a far-off dream for me, a lowly MacBook user. People like me who love playing video games but have Mac computers at home often have a case of PC envy. Almost all the best games debut on PCs and only show up on Macs years later – if at all. With recent PC-exclusive games including “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” ... Read More »

Computer back-ups: needed or not?

When disaster strikes, a good insurance company can help you put your life back together by paying to repair damage or replace anything that has been completely destroyed.  But there’s one thing no insurance company can help you replace: treasured family pictures.  Fires, floods, mudslides, and even tornadoes will destroy pictures, all too often leaving victims with nothing. Fortunately, you ... Read More »

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 »