Does Safely Ejecting From A USB Port Actually Do Anything?

Is there any harm to be incurred by just pulling a flash drive out? Why do we need safe removal at all?


Hunt Down And Remove Duplicate Files From Your PC

Duplicate files can cause all kinds of problems on your computer, taking up precious storage room, confusing your photo or media manager apps, and generally getting in the way of searches and other operations when you’d rather they didn’t. You don’t have to accept duplicate files as an inevitability of running a PC, though: Here’s how to get rid of them.


Google's Neural Network Chatbot Can Discuss Philosophy And IT Troubles

Chatbots are notoriously difficult to make work well. But now Google’s developed a new conversational AI that uses neural networks to learn from movie dialogue — and it can just about hold down conversations about ethics and VPN problems.


OK, So Maybe You Won't Get Windows 10 On July 29

Are you entitled to a free copy of Windows 10? There’s a flowchart for that. However, there’s no flowchart to tell you when you might actually get Microsoft’s new operating system. Officially, Windows 10 is coming on July 29, but not everyone will get it that day — now, says Microsoft, it will roll out in waves.


AppleCare Now Covers Worn-Out Batteries

Built-in batteries mean a built-in expiry date for gadgets: lithium-ion batteries slowly lose their ability to hold charge over time, eventually dying an ignominious death, and rendering your expensive gizmo useless — unless, that is, you’ve got AppleCare.


How Computers Can Detect The Complexity Of Human Thought In Paintings

There are plenty of ways that experts identify forged artworks — from paint analysis to isotopes left over from nuclear bombs — but each is flawed in its own way. And now a pair of Serbian computer scientists say they have figured out a simpler way.


Would You Buy This Retro ThinkPad Stuffed With Modern Tech?

What goes around comes around, especially when it comes to design aesthetics. Now Lenovo design VP David Hill gas dreamed up a new concept: an old-school ThinkPad stuffed with ultra-modern guts. Would you buy one?


Man, The New Windows 10 Background Is Annoying

We’re just a month away from the release of Windows 10, and to celebrate this momentous occasion for desktop software, Microsoft has released a video showing the ‘hero image’ that will grace your desktop backgrounds for years to come. I kind of hate it already.


How To Disable Notifications By App Or Time In Windows 8.1

We’re a month away from Windows 10, but while you wait for Microsoft’s newest OS to come down the pipe there are still plenty of tricks to learn for Windows 8.1 (and they will stand you in good stead once the next version does appear). Here’s how to take more control over system notifications.


Lenovo's Ideacenter Stick 300 Is A Windows PC On A Stick For $US140

The computer-on-a-stick is not a new — nor always terribly successful — idea. But that hasn’t stopped Lenovo, which has announced its own stab at the concept: the Ideacenter Stick 300.


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