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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 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 »

CONVERTING AN ATARI 2600 INTO A HOME COMPUTER; DID THAT EVER WORK?

[Tony] posted an interesting video where he looks at the Atari 2600 and the way many companies tried to convert it into a real home computer. This reminded us of the ColecoVision, which started out as a video game but could expand to a pretty reasonable computer. It might seem silly to convert a relatively anemic Atari video game into a computer, ... Read More »

Why your brain is not a computer

We are living through one of the greatest of scientific endeavours – the attempt to understand the most complex object in the universe, the brain. Scientists are accumulating vast amounts of data about structure and function in a huge array of brains, from the tiniest to our own. Tens of thousands of researchers are devoting massive amounts of time and ... Read More »

‘Education deserts’ are a ‘staggering’ problem, and for-profit colleges are taking advantage

It’s one thing to not be able to afford a college education. It’s an entirely different issue altogether when you don’t even have a college around you. A recent report from Jain Family Institute (JFI) reveals that access to college isn’t just about the cost of college. Physical access to public higher education institutions across America has also been highly unequal. Specifically, as detailed ... Read More »

Instead of a task force, delaying marriage needs more education

Among the surprise announcements in the Union budget 2020-21 was the formation of a task force to review the minium age of marriage for women. The announcement refocused attention on identifying whether there is an issue and what that issue really is. Since 1978, the legal age for marriage in India has been 18 years for women and 21 years ... Read More »

Finance ministry makes a budget case for small investors

Mumbai: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Indian industry on Friday that proposed changes in dividend distribution tax (DDT) rules were aimed at putting more money in the hands of small shareholders, declaring, “let them decide what they want to do with it”. While admitting that promoters and high net-worth individuals (HNIs) will face a higher tax rate, she justified the move on the ... Read More »