Once upon a time, a guy named Dom had his Macbook laptop and his iPad stolen in London. He never found the iPad, but his laptop had tracking software installed that would alert him of its whereabouts when it connected to the internet.
At SXSW earlier this week, Dell introduced the XPS 18, a “desktop” computer that’s really more of a convertible desktop/tablet hybrid. It’s an 18” full Windows 8 tablet with a stand and a keyboard, so you can work on your work and then detach the screen to work on your not-work.
There are good reasons for buying a Chromebook, mainly because they’re super cheap. For someone who needs just the basics like web surfing, watching internet videos and using office document programs and wants an attached physical keyboard, the $200 Chromebook is nice. So why does Google think anyone’s going to buy a pimped out HD touchscreen Chromebook for $1300 when for that price you could get a real computer that runs more than web apps?
Stanford has grabbed the supercomputer crown with Sequoia, a million-core computer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories that is being used to simulate jet turbulence in real time. This isn’t the fastest supercomputer per se, but it is the first to use one million cores simultaneously which is an amazing feat for big iron.
Just ahead of CES, Lenovo held a presser today to show off some of its new gadgets. One that stands alone is the IdeaCentre Horizon 27 Tablet PC. It could be just a normal touchscreen PC, but it’s also a multitouch tablet you can throw down on your coffee table for some serious web surfing, board games or other multi-player games.
Anyone who’s anyone these days have their own app store, so why not Raspberry Pi? The tiny, low power open source computer has its own set of technical limitations for gaming, so the Raspberry Pi store will help simplify the process of finding games and apps that can run on your Raspberry Pi model.
Computers and electronics don’t really age well. Once small components get damaged, it’s not like you can give them a spit shine and shove them back in. But scientists in Britiain have managed to restore a computer called the WITCH (Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computation) from 1951, back to perfect working order. Not an easy feat at all.
Everyone knew that Apple would be announcing the iPad mini today, but it was the real computer side of things that was most exciting. Specifically, the insanely thin new iMac, which suddenly makes any other desktop computer look like some 1970s monster box.
Samsung has just released a brand new shiny Chromebook, and the good news is that the computer is available for purchase for just $249 through the Google Play store.