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Hackers are using Microsoft Word to infiltrate computers

There are so many scams lurking in emails these days that it can feel dangerous to even check your messages. Between phishing links, viruses, and spam, the flow of junk hitting your inbox can seem endless at times. Fortunately, if you’re savvy enough, you can avoid any issues by ignoring these fake emails and moving on with your life. Not everyone is ... Read More »

The lure of computers means Americans are sitting more than before

Despite the growing alarm about the harmful effects of sitting too much, Americans are sitting more than in the past — in part because people are spending more leisure time in front of the computers. The association between lots of sitting and bad health is now well-established, but there hasn’t been a lot of data on how sedentary Americans actually are, says Yin Cao, ... Read More »

How Sony Sped Up A Factory With These Tiny, $35 Computers

Raspberry Pi’s like this one have helped make Sony’s manufacturing facility in Wales 30% more efficient, according to its general manager. IMAGE VIA SONY Open a box with a Raspberry Pi and it can seem like the rest of the computer is missing. Costing just $35, it’s a stripped-down circuit board covered with metal pins and squares, just enough hardware to power games ... 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 »

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 »