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The Raspberry Pi is now the third best-selling computer of all time
The Raspberry Pi is now the third best-selling general purpose computer of all time, MagPi magazine says, edging out the Commodore 64 in the all-time rankings. Over 12.5 million DIY boards have been shifted...
This computer model can predict when you want your phone to interrupt you
Sometimes you don't want to be distracted by your phone. Other times it's perfectly okay. But unless you take the trouble to manually switch on and off your notifications, your device doesn't know the...
First hint of how DNA calculators could supercharge computing
DNA might hold the secret of computing as well as lifealengo/GettyBy Matt ReynoldsBy making DNA endlessly change, researchers have shown how a biological computer might one day solve problems much faster...
Best online backup services for business in 2017
Price: $50 (£40, AU$65) per computer per yearBackblaze has been delivering easy, low-cost backup services to consumers for years, so it's no surprise that its business products have the same focus on...
US programmers may have made more money had there been less tech work visas: Report
The salaries of US-born computer scientists might be higher were it not for the influx of high-skilled immigrants into the tech industry, a new report suggests. According to a working paper published...
“Take your sweet time”—how I scammed a tech support scammer for nearly two hours
Tech support scammers in India got trapped on the phone with me for nearly two hours, and all they got was a revocation of their remote access software ID.Aurich Lawson reader comments Share this story...
Gallery: MAGFest offers up four wild nights of gaming-themed parties and passion
Enlarge / A number of us watching this huge Snorlax walk the halls wondered how he got into elevators or through doors. reader comments 0 Share this story Of all the gaming conventions I go to every year,...
Sprout Pro All-in-One, EliteBook x360 Top HP Computer Lineup at CES
HP made a splash at this year’s Computer Electronic Show 2017 with help from a bevy of new computers. The vendor unveiled desktops, notebooks and hybrids that should hold appeal for both consumers and...
Vensmile K8 Mini PC
Geekbuying sent us the Vensmile K8, an entire computer that is about the size of a standard keyboard which is foldable and costs just over £137 (around $170, AU$230) – not a bad price for what you get...
Safer, less vulnerable software is the goal of new computer publication
We can create software with 100 times fewer vulnerabilities than we do today, according to computer scientists. To get there, they recommend that coders adopt the approaches they have compiled in a new...
"Extreme" downpours could become much more common
Extreme downpours — like those that flooded Louisiana, Houston and West Virginia earlier this year — will happen nearly three times as often in the United States by the end of the century, and six times...
Japan is about to build the world's fastest computer
Japan has announced its intention to climb to the top of the international supercomputer rankings by building the fastest computer in the world by 2018.At the moment there are two main players when it...
Japan creating world's fastest computer
The country will spend 19.5 billion yen (£139m) on the computer, which should make 130 quadrillion calculations per second.That is 130 petaflops in scientific parlance. Image Caption: Shinzo Abe wants...
Presidential Medal of Freedom awards go to top computer scientists
Margaret H. Hamilton led the team that created the on-board flight software for NASA's Apollo command modules and lunar modules. A mathematician and computer scientist who started her own software company,...
Computer Software Reads, Translates Brain Signals Into Speech
Degenerative diseases like ALS can rob victims of their ability to move and communicate. But Stephen Hawking is proof that inside an immobile body, there can be a beautiful mind. Now a computer technology,...
PoisonTap Hacking Tool Compromises Computers via USB Stick
If you step away from your computer, an attacker could quickly insert a USB stick and take control using a series of vulnerabilities. The device costs only $5. While most people know not to leave their...
Mouse-maker Logitech finds success by moving beyond PC legacy
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Pioneering computer mouse maker Logitech isn't ready to walk away from the personal computer business just yet, even though its chief executive spends all his time these days thinking...
Meet PoisonTap, the $5 tool that ransacks password-protected computers
EnlargeSamy Kamkar reader comments 0 Share this story The perils of leaving computers unattended just got worse, thanks to a newly released exploit tool that takes only 30 seconds to install a privacy-invading...
Facebook shows off a feature it says is a big breakthrough in artificial intelligence
But Facebook has managed to pack AI into its app, which allows people to add filters to their videos in real-time, meaning that computing tasks that once required large data centers can now be done on...
Why the New Apple MacBook Pro Might Disappoint Prospective Buyers
Apple is scheduled to release the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar mid-November. The computer, which Apple introduced at a media briefing in October, offers several improvements over the previous model, including...
Dell just showed off its crazy vision for desktops
It looks like Microsoft isn't the only one looking to turn your desktop into an all-in-one studio.Dell appears to be working on its own take of a computer for creatives called the Smart Desk, which features...
British parliament members urge Obama to halt hacking suspect’s US extradition
EnlargeThe Courage Foundation reader comments 13 Share this story Further ReadingLauri Love to be extradited to the US to face hacking charges, court rulesThis week, culture minister Matt Hancock and more...
Fiber optic racetrack makes for an excellent computer
Enlarge / The future of computing?DOE reader comments 5 Share this story Many Ars readers love to argue the details of different computer architectures. Cache implementations, pipelines, and other minutiae...
Micro Bit has mega-plans as mini-computer goes global
The Micro Bit compact computer board is going global, and will be available throughout Europe in the next few months, and will subsequently arrive in the US and other countries next year.The BBC's Raspberry...
Latest Tech Support Scams Integrate Ransomware, Malvertising
Fraudsters are branching out into ransomware and malvertising with the goal of installing scareware on computers and then charging victims for fake services. Tech support scams used to involve cold-calling...
First-ever computer music recording restored
The huge computer, which filled most of the floor at a laboratory in Manchester, is said to have paved the way for modern electronica and synthesisers.God Save The King, as the national anthem was back...
In depth: Can an uploaded brain live forever?
Will we ever be able to map the brain?As speedy as today's supercomputers are, they're still nowhere near the complexity and power of the brains sitting inside of our heads. But the rapid rise of computing...
Yahoo hackers may seek intelligence, not riches
If a foreign government is behind the computer attack that compromised a half-billion user accounts at Yahoo, as the company says, the breach could be part of a long-term strategy designed to gather intelligence...
Police warn of shady USB drives appearing in mailboxes
Some people just want to watch the world burn.A person or a group of people have been dropping malicious USB sticks in mailboxes around Victoria, Australia. The State Police on Wednesday issued a warning,...
How Microsoft plans to ‘solve’ cancer
Microsoft has revealed a series of healthcare initiatives designed to solve cancer. MICROSOFT says cancer is like a computer virus and can be solved by cracking the code. The tech giant has revealed details...
How do we create a Quantum Internet?
Introduction and quantum computingIs life analogue or digital? We live in a digital age, so the answer might seem obvious. Think again. Reality is not digital – it's quantum. Modern computers are only...
Chatterbots bid to show their human side
A series of chatterbots will attempt to fool judges - including me - into thinking they are also human.No computer has ever triumphed at the Loebner Prize - a version of the Turing Test, first proposed...
Computer program beats physicians at brain cancer diagnoses
A computer program has been developed that uses radiomic features found in routine MRI scans to distinguish between radiation necrosis and recurrent brain cancer. In a comparison, the program was nearly...
Raspberry Pi sells over 10 million computers
Wired reader comments 24 Share this story Four years since it first went on sale to eager developers, the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer has sold an impressive 10 million units. It remains the...
Raspberry Pi has now shifted 10 million units
The Raspberry Pi has now shipped 10 million units in total across the various incarnations of the tiny computer.That's not too shabby to say the least, and in fact RS Components and the Pi Foundation –...
HP Pavilion Wave Takes Home PC Design Beyond the Boring Old Box
HP Inc. on Aug. 31 unveiled a new computer called the Pavilion Wave. The desktop PC, which will launch later in September, comes in a small triangular package that's designed to deliver immersive audio...
Revealed: Google’s plan for quantum computer supremacy
Superconducting qubits are topsUCSBBy Jacob AronSOMEWHERE in California, Google is building a device that will usher in a new era for computing. It’s a quantum computer, the largest ever made, designed...
The tech support scam that could kill your computer
Stacia Gates was on her computer one day when something strange happened.“This pop-up came up and it said it was from Microsoft,” she described. Stacia Gates fell victim to an old phishing scam that’s...
Silicon Week: 10 biggest moments in computing history
Then and nowThere have been huge advancements in computing technologies since the early 1900s, when calculators and typewriters were 'new-fangled' contraptions. And, in the 70 some-odd years since the...
Artificial Intelligence Can Spot, Map Poverty, Researchers Say
A new technique using artificial intelligence to read satellite images could aid efforts to eradicate global poverty by indicating where help is needed most, a team of U.S. researchers said Thursday. The...
Ivorian Children Join Digital Revolution
Lined up along the wall of what used to be a living room, a dozen children — some as young as 10 — are focused on their computer screen, trying to make an animated cat come alive electronically. "How will...
This tiny computer is a quarter the size of Raspberry Pi
Hackers and tinkerers rejoice! There's another single-board computer for you to build your next project with. The Onion Omega2 is a full-fledged Linux computer that you can buy for $5. But what would you...
Bleeping Computer countersues maker of SpyHunter
Wired UK/Shuttershock reader comments 1 Share this story Further Reading6 months on, Bleeping Computer will continue to have to defend libel lawsuitBleeping Computer, a longstanding popular discussion...
Clerk printed lottery tickets she didn’t pay for but didn’t break hacking law
Google Street View reader comments 15 Share this story The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that while a convenience store clerk was guilty of stealing lottery tickets through the store’s computer system,...
The perils of scientific prophecy
Steve Jobs is responsible for a number of inventions that have shaped the world. Picture: Paul Sakuma/AP “IT ALWAYS seems impossible until it’s done.” It’s a quote often attributed to Nelson Mandela, but...
New device steps us towards quantum computing
If biochemists had access to a quantum computer, they could perfectly simulate the properties of new molecules to develop drugs in ways that would take today’s fastest computers decades. A new device takes...
Interview: This is how to go dark, by an ex-MI5 agent who's done it
How to go dark, by an ex-MI5 agent who's done itWe live in a time when it's never been easier for people to get detailed information about us. We don't think twice about adding endless nuggets of facts...
How to buy the perfect Back to School PC for any student
Back to school: the early school yearsTechnology now forms a cornerstone of education, and children of all ages are expected to use computers for their work, whether it's in primary, secondary or further...
Black bear links real objects to computer images
American black bears may be able to recognize things they know in real life, such as pieces of food or humans, when looking at a photograph of the same thing. This is one of the findings of a study which...
Microsoft could be mulling an all-in-one Surface PC
Microsoft is preparing to launch its very own all-in-one PC, similar to Apple's iMac, according to two separate sources in tech land. The sources say it would use the same Surface name as Microsoft's Surface...
Scientists develop computer models to unravel the complexities of TB infection
Scientists used computers to model the formation of tuberculosis granulomas in the lung -- the non-active (latent) form of infection found in 2 billion individuals worldwide (11 million in the U.S.) that...
Hear! Here! Headphones will now help you navigate the world
Hearing is believingDoppler LabsBy Frank SwainYOU heard it here first. When it comes to navigating information, headphones may be about to put screens in the shade. A handful of start-ups are creating...
Home Computers Connected to the Internet Aren't Private, Court Rules
A judge in Virginia rules that people should have no expectation of privacy on their home PCs because no connected computer "is immune from invasion." A federal judge for the Eastern District of Virginia...
Y Combinator’s Xerox Alto: restoring the legendary 1970s GUI computer
Michael HicksThis article originally appeared on the blog of author Ken Shirriff and is reprinted here with his permission. Alan Kay recently gave his 1970s Xerox Alto to Y Combinator, and I'm helping...
My journey from small-town hick to Mac user
Kris Connor/ Getty ImagesI grew up in a low-tech household. My dad only replaced something if it caught fire. We owned about 15 cars (mostly Humber 80s), and 13 of them were used to keep the other two...
Computer sketches set to make online shopping much easier
A computer program that recognizes sketches could help consumers shop more efficiently. Fine-grained sketch-based image retrieval (SBIR) overcomes problems with using words to describe visual objects in...
FBI’s use of Tor exploit is like peering through “broken blinds”
BillieFurther ReadingFBI: Exploit that revealed Tor-enabled child porn users wasn’t malwareEdward Matish, one of 135 defendants, is set to go to trial in Virginia soon.Law enforcement does not need a...
How to teach human interaction to robots? Lots of TV
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Remember the Jetsons' robot maid, Rosie? Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers think her future real-life incarnations can learn a thing or two from Steve Carell and other...
Why some people are getting computer chip implants
June 22, 2016, 3:00 PM|Lots of pets have them, and now some people do, too -- tiny, implantable computer chips. Enthusiasts say the chips offer convenience and security. But is it safe? CBS News' Hena...
Computer repair shops take advantage of customers with insurance
EnlargeFlickr user PlonqYou might not guess that economists spend a whole lot of time thinking about auto mechanics, but they actually have a technical term for the service that the mechanics provide:...
Apple just made a deal that could reinvent the App Store for a new generation
Workflow is somewhat of a visual programming tool that's easier than writing an app but probably too wonkish for the average consumer. Gillett said Apple might get under the hood, making it easier for...
Chinese Court Rules in Favor of Apple in Patent Disputes
A Chinese court has ruled in favor of Apple in design patent disputes between the Cupertino, California company and a domestic phone-maker, overturning a ban on selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones...
New iPad 9.7 deals: where to pre-order Apple's new tablet
We've been waiting for some time for a new iPad, and Apple surprised us all a few days ago by announcing just that. So, if you're looking for somewhere to pre-order your new iPad 9.7, you're in the right...
New iPad: everything you need to know
Update: The new iPad from Apple is out today. You'll be able to order from around the world by the end of the day, and we expect to see if appear on the Apple website at 8AM PT (11AM ET, 3PM GMT) .Apple...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark