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5 fun facts about the ATM, in honor of its 50th birthday
VISIT CNBC.COMX Money Money5 fun facts about the ATM, in honor of its 50th birthday Ester Bloom 10 Mins Ago CNBC.com show chapters The history of the ATM 11 Mins Ago | 00:54 SHARES They're as common...
This smart vending machine knows how you snack
If you get your morning coffee from a vending machine, it might soon be able to recognize your face and prepare your brew without you pressing a single button. You could also get loyalty rewards for using...
How e-cigarettes can be used to hack computers
With only minor modifications, the vape pen can be used by attackers to compromise the computers they are connected to - even if it seems just like they are charging.Giving a presentation at BSides London,...
NZXT will now build you a PC just for the games you like
NZXT is famous for its PC cases and related accessories (such as cooling solutions), but the US-based manufacturer has just kicked off a new project offering custom-built gaming PCs with a newbie-friendly...
Almanac: The Dishwasher
And now a page from our "Sunday Morning" Almanac: May 14th, 1850, 167 years ago today … the day Joel Houghton, of Ogden, N.Y., received a patent for what he oddly dubbed an "Improvement in Machines for...
AMD vs Intel showdown: what’s the best gaming CPU?
When it comes to choosing a processor for PC gaming, there are only two contenders: Intel and AMD.As part of TechRadar’s PC Gaming Week, we’ve pitted the two titans of the CPU world against each other....
If you’ve spent any amount of time around gaming PCs then you’re probably familiar with Corsair, but its newest product, the Corsair One Webstore Edition, is a little different from what’s come before....
Virtual machine escape fetches $105,000 at Pwn2Own hacking contest
EnlargeHeather Katsoulis reader comments 6 Share this story Contestants at this year's Pwn2Own hacking competition in Vancouver just pulled off an unusually impressive feat: They compromised Microsoft's...
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...
Google's latest project lets you play piano alongside an AI
Whether its testing social scenarios or operating a millionaire's abode, the potential of artificial intelligence seems it's only being scratched at the surface.With that in mind, Google's latest trick...
Insert coin, drive home car
reader comments 2 Share this story Video produced by Nathan Mattise. AUSTIN, Texas—"Vending machines" don't usually conjure up excitement. At most, we've all fist-pumped when a second Hershey's bar falls...
Dell Latitude 13 7370 Delivers Robust Functionality in a Slender Case
REVIEW: Dell’s Latitude 13 ultrabook is minimalist in size and looks but not in functions, bringing together new features and security in a very thin computer. Dell has the competition beat in terms of...
The worst Christmas gift money can buy
Here's how to make the perfect cappuccino with Nescaf�'s red mug machine. Courtesy: YouTube/NESCAF� Australia & New Zealand This product is made specifically for instant coffee, hmmmmmm. OPINION: IT’S...
AMD has jumped on AI bandwagon with new GPUs
AMD has unveiled a trio of new GPUs aimed at the machine learning and AI arena to rival Nvidia’s Tesla range, backed up with a suite of open source software offerings for an all-round solution.The Radeon...
XMG’s upcoming U727 is one of several SLI gaming laptops on the horizon, but how will it measure up to the competition? Acer’s ridiculous Predator 21 X will feature the new Kaby Lake CPU, but that’s not...
The best Cyber Monday home and kitchen tech deals
We’ve come to see Cyber Monday as being all about great deals on technology, but there are also a number of great offers on home and kitchen equipment. That’s right, retailers such as John Lewis, Argos,...
The best Argos Cyber Monday deals 2016
The Argos Black Friday sale went live over a week ago now and similar to last year, Argos went a bit early with some great deals on toys and more.Now it's almost Cyber Monday 2016 where we expect to see...
The best home and kitchen deals for Black Friday 2016
We’ve come to see Black Friday as being all about great deals on technology, but there are also a number of great offers on home and kitchen equipment. That’s right, retailers such as John Lewis, Argos,...
German firm XMG is better known for its laptops, but the Sector2 marks a fresh foray into desktop PCs. With competitive gaming on the rise, it makes sense – but is this machine perfect for League of Legends...
Google has put a bunch of AI experiments on the web
Want to play around with Google’s AI projects? Well, now you can thanks to a website which makes the company’s tinkering with artificial intelligence available for the public to sample.If you head over...
GE acquires two artificial intelligence startups
SEATTLE General Electric said on Tuesday it has acquired two tech startups to build its artificial intelligence capability, a move that helps it compete with IBM's Watson product.GE said the acquisitions...
Biggest physics experiment ever
The impacts Lockheed Martin's new compact fusion reactor could have on the world. Viable energy from nuclear fusion is one of science’s biggest propositions. Picture: Randy Montoya IT’S known as the Z...
Robot solves Rubik's Cube in record time
Solving a Rubik’s Cube is an impressive feat by itself, but now, a robot can do it in record time, cracking the 3D puzzle about 10 times faster than the human who holds the world record.In just over half...
US e-voting machines are (still) woefully antiquated and subject to fraud
Enlarge reader comments 13 Share this story With fewer than 24 hours before polls open for the 2016 US presidential election, consider this your periodic reminder that e-voting machines expected to tally...
Are you on Chrome? Then watch out for this nasty tech support scam
Tech support scams are becoming more prevalent, and another new one is doing the rounds which uses an exploit in the Chrome browser to slow the user’s machine down severely, followed up by an offer of...
Ports in a storm: why is Apple making it so hard to choose a new MacBook Pro?
There are three things I want from a new Apple laptop. I want it to be thin and light. I want it to have a lovely high-resolution display. I want it to connect to the other devices I own. I don't think...
Print stuff on the go with just your phone and a pen
Parts when you really need themB Christopher / Alamy Stock PhotoBy Aviva RutkinYOU know the feeling: you look around and the one thing you urgently need seems to have vanished. Maybe it’s a key, or an...
Rose gold Dell XPS 13 shows itself early, thanks to international slip up
We've known that Dell is looking to push out an XPS 13 refresh featuring a Kaby Lake processor for a little while now, and a new leak on some Dell websites has confirmed the machine – and its color schemes.The...
Ken Block shreds up Buffalo in a Focus RS RX: Gymkhana 9 is out
The Hoonigan is at it again. reader comments 10 Share this story Well folks, one of the car world's craziest characters is at it again. That's right, Ken Block—the Hoonigan—has a new Gymkhana video out,...
Review: Lenovo Ideacenter Y710 Cube
Gaming PCs that are both crazy powerful and portable enough to carry to LAN parties are growing in numbers. And no, we're not counting luxuries like the 8pack Asteroid, which come with their own flight...
Apple Gives a Peek at Its AI, Machine Learning Efforts
Constant news about Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Google's advances in AI and machine learning perhaps gave Apple pause. Because it invited in a reporter. Apple takes artificial intelligence (AI) and...
Apple Buys Artificial Intelligence Vendor Turi for $200M
Turi, which specializes in machine learning and artificial intelligence, will add to Apple's holdings in that market. Apple has acquired artificial intelligence and machine learning startup Turi for about...
Computers will be able to assess humans' state of mind
Machines are taking over more and more tasks. Ideally, they should also be capable to support the human in case of poor performance. To intervene appropriately, the machine should understand what is going...
Splice Machine Creates Open Source, Enterprise Split
Splice Machine has open sourced its Spark-powered relational SQL database system. The company has set up a cloud-based sandbox for developers to put its new open source Splice Machine 2.0 Community Edition...
Will AI’s bubble pop? Deep learning’s hype machine in overdrive
Speak & SpellSSPL/Getty ImagesBy Sally AdeeIN FROM three to eight years, we will have a machine with the general intelligence of an average human being. I mean a machine that will be able to read Shakespeare,...
Cybersecurity start-up Darktrace raises $64 million backed by KKR
The start-up has been developing its machine learning capabilities – advanced algorithms that can adapt and learn. Darktrace says that its machine learning techniques are based on the "biological principles...
HPE Puts Focus on The Machine
CTO Martin Fink, who as head of HP Labs has led the development of the revolutionary system architecture, will leave at the end of the year. The latest major changes at Hewlett Packard Enterprise this...
Person of Interest left us with a fascinating new way of looking at AI
CBS Reese and Finch puzzle out a problem, with help from the Machine. CBS Reese and Finch puzzle out a problem, with help from the Machine. CBS Shaw and Root fight the bad guys. A cochlear implant in...
This 10-million core machine makes other supercomputers look slow
There's a new fastest supercomputer in the world, and unsurprisingly it's a machine from China – although what is surprising is just how much faster the new top system is.According to the freshly issued...
HPE Wants Open Source Devs to Kick The Machine Into Gear
Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Tuesday announced it was open-sourcing The Machine to spur development of the infant computer design project. HPE has invited the open source community to collaborate on its...
HPE Gives Open-Source Developers Early Access to the Machine
The tech vendor is wants developers to start developing code for the Machine, a system officials say will fundamentally change data center computing. Hewlett Packard Enterprise officials want to get open-source...
Splice Machine Moving Its Database to Open Source
Splice Machine is seeking contributors, mentors and sponsors to help support its move to take its dual-engine RDBMS open source. Splice Machine, which makes and markets a Hadoop and Spark powered database,...
Star Trek Beyond will be one extended HPE commercial, according to HPE
Enlarge / Star Trek Beyond might be good or it might be bad, but either way it belongs in the canon.Paramount PicturesHewlett-Packard Enterprises (HPE) gleefully announced on Monday that it has been working...
Hands-on review: Computex: Gigabyte Aero 14
Gigabyte is no stranger to thin gaming laptops, but the Taiwan-based electronics firm has outdone itself with the ultra slim Aero 14. Measuring in at only 0.78-inches (19.9mm) thick, this 14-inch gaming...
Museum volunteer realizes 'telegram machine' in eBay ad is Nazi relic
You never know what you’ll find on eBay. Case in point: A volunteer with the UK’s National Museum of Computing spotted a rare machine used by the Nazis to send encrypted messages during WWII on the auction...
Xiaomi's first drone lets you shoot in 4K for not that much money
We knew that Xiaomi was getting into drones, but now the tease has turned into a full-blown announcement as the Chinese phone maker unveiled the Mi Drone - a fully featured unmanned aircraft for an entry-level...
Businesses Lack Confidence in Data Anayltics
The Blazent study indicated the pace of adoption for more sophisticated algorithmic analysis is accelerating more quickly than originally anticipated. Despite the strong appetite for advanced analytics...
Person of Interest remains one of the smartest shows about AI on television
Our season 5 cast, including Shaw (Sarah Shahi), Finch (Michael Emerson), Fusco (Kevin Chapman), Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Root (Amy Acker). CBSPerson of Interest begins its fifth and final season tonight...
Bacteria and big data: Food waste meets its high-tech match
Food waste is one seriously smelly dilemma for anyone serving a large amount of people on a daily basis. But the creative minds at Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.-based BioHiTech have come up with a modern-day solution...
Why AI won't wipe out humanity ... yet
The moment that humanity is forced to take the threat of artificial intelligence seriously might be fast approaching, according to futurist and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. In an interview with...
Machine learning is fuelling a cyber arms race
This article was first published in the April 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content...
Shutterstock unveils search function powered by computer vision
More robotics Build this Raspberry Pi guardian robot and stave off intrusions! A new DIY build, courtesy of the good folks at Dexter Industries. Read More Advances in machine vision may soon allow you...
The ultimate guide to backing up your Mac
Backup basicsWhen we've spent hours, days, months working on our Macs the last thing we want to do is redo it all because it's been lost.Neither do we want to put our photos at risk, see our music go up...
Containerized PHP Development Environments with Vagga
It happens to all of us once in a while. We clone a project, and then we try to run it. However, something doesn’t work. It may be our version of NGINX or Apache. It might be that npm isn’t doing something...
This is the future of sustainable tech
This machine is an actual beast. ESPON has developed a solid reputation when it comes to printing products and its latest offering is a prime example of why the company is still an industry leader. Dubbed...
PredictionIO: Bootstrapping a Movie Recommendation App
In this tutorial, I’m going to walk you through PredictionIO, an open-source machine learning server, which allows you to create applications that could do the following: recommend items (e.g. movies,...
In depth: Forgotten genius: the man who made a working VR machine in 1957
Virtual reality: older than you thinkWhen we talk about the history of virtual reality, we usually refer to the promise of the eighties: the sci-fi movies and experimental products that first made us believe...
Massive, mind-blowing marble machine has ski jump, roller coaster - CNET
I would like to peek inside Ben Tardif's dreams. I suspect everything's in motion, spheres rocket through strange landscapes and marbles are the currency of imagination. Tardif is the creator of an epic...
How to migrate from an old Mac using Migration Assistant
Migrating to OS X El CapitanYou can upgrade to OS X El Capitan on Macs from as far back as 2007. In terms of software, you'll need to be running at least OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard – if you're still running...
Build 2016: How Microsoft's other machine learning tricks could make its bots even smarter
As someone on Twitter said, if "bots" was on your Build 2016 drinking game card, you'd be long dead. But while Microsoft is all about getting developers to create intelligent app companions to...
Cramer finds 'old dog' stocks teaching the market new tricks
Five recent upside surprises from formerly struggling stocks made Jim Cramer more open to the idea that maybe old dogs can, indeed, learn new tricks. "Every day in this market it seems like some old-line...
PayPal gains after earnings beat, raising guidance
PayPal shares gained in after-hours trade after the company reported earnings that topped expectations and raised its guidance on Wednesday. Here's how the company did compared to what Wall Street expected:...
Nintendo's turnaround is underway. Here's how it could still screw it up
After a high-profile stumble with the Wii U, Nintendo is quickly regaining some of its glory with the Nintendo Switch. The Kyoto, Japan-based company sold 1.97 million of the new hybrid home/portable...
AMD shares jump 8% after saying sales this quarter will top Street by $100 million
Shares of Advanced Micro Devices leaped 8 percent in premarket trade Wednesday after reporting strong guidance and better-than-expected earnings. The chipmaker said late Tuesday it expects third-quarter...
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