computers

Microsoft Surface 3 Review: The Tablet I Want At The Price I Don't

I’m dancing on the grave of Microsoft’s original Surface tablet, and I feel no remorse. It’s hard to feel sad — it was a beautifully crafted ten-inch tablet that ran a crippled version of Windows. It was awful. Now it’s dead, and I’ve got a way better tablet. I’m so happy.


Why 'C' Is The Default Hard Drive Letter In So Many Computers

For nearly as long as hard disk drives have been placed in personal computers running certain popular operating systems (notably MS-DOS/Windows), the primary hard disk has been designated with the letter “C”. But why?


John Deere Thinks People Will Pirate Music With In-Car Computers

Did you know that in the US, it’s illegal to tinker with the code in your in-car computer? Thanks to the nuances and Stateside applications of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), you’re not even supposed to inspect the inner workings of your vehicle’s circuitry. This is absurd, which is why the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is fighting for a better policy.


Google's Chromebit Turns Any TV Into A Chrome PC For Under $US100

Google just introduced a whole new kind of Chrome OS computer — a dongle that plugs into any HDMI-equipped display. It’s called a Chromebit, and it isn’t your run-of-the-mill streaming stick. For under $US100, you’re looking at a full computer that plugs right into your TV.


The Last Time Apple Sold An Obscenely Overpriced Gadget

Now that the collective eye roll around Apple’s $14,000 watch has turned into a blank stare, it’s time for a little bit of nostalgia. Apple is not new to this game of selling seemingly everyday gadgets for ridiculous dollar amounts. The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM) wrote the rules nearly 20 years ago.


Police Nab Thieves That Stole $500K Of Computers From Aussie Schools

After a three month operation, police have nabbed two men allegedly responsible for stealing hundreds of MacBooks and iPads from private schools across New South Wales. The haul was worth over $500,000, and over 20 different schools were targeted.


Two New VAIO Hybrid Laptops That Rise From Sony's Ashes

Remember Sony decided to sell off its entire PC business? Well, VAIO prototypes first shown off last year are now a reality; say hello to the VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas, two hybrid laptops that resurrect the flagship range in the post-Sony world.


This Is How The Trinity Supercomputer Will Keep Its Cool

Dayshot: We love it when things are organised neatly. This tidy pile of warm-water cooling components is at the Strategic Computing Center of Los Alamos National Laboratory, where installation of an energy-saving cooling infrastructure to support the Trinity Platform is well underway.


Is The DIY Drone Movement About To Launch A Billion-Dollar Industry?

Back in the 1970s, hobbyists like Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak built homebrew computers that eventually fuelled the lucrative PC revolution. Now, a new movement of hobbyists is trying to imitate this DIY strategy to jumpstart the drone industry. But can today’s calculated drone entrepreneurialism really be considered “DIY” at all?


Can A Cheap Windows Tablet Replace Your Desktop?

It started as an offhand brag, but turned into a dare. I was telling my Gizmodo colleagues why I loved my Windows 8 tablet: it’s fast, it’s cheap, it’s a fully fledged PC. Hell, I said, I could probably hook it up to a monitor and use it as my workhorse for a week.