computers

A Nest Of Copper Foam Lets This Tiny PC Run Silently Without Fans

You eventually tune it out, but the constant whir of a desktop computer’s cooling fans can take a toll on your psyche. It’s like a buzzing mosquito that never strikes, and never stops. So the folks at a German company called Silent Power have created a compact desktop PC that trades noisy fans for a block of exposed copper foam that dissipates heat so effectively no fans are required.


Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Has One Of The Best Displays Yet

The key element for a great tablet has always been a truly innovative and top performing display, and the best leading edge tablets have always flaunted their beautiful high tech displays.


This Is Microsoft's New Raspberry Pi-Style Tiny Windows PC

The Raspberry Pi has proved a massive success with developers and students alike — and now Microsoft has decided to get in on the act with an Atom-powered Windows board. But it fails to compete on one of the most important features: price.


New Super Software Tracks Every Cell In An Organism As It Develops

Imagine if we could track every single cell in an organism as it develops. The sheer volume of information about how life forms and works would be invaluable for scientific research. The only problem is the startling amount to computational power it would take to crunch that much data. At least until now it was.


Three Problems That Computers Will Never Be Able To Solve

Computers have advanced terrifically over the decades — but they’re not perfect. Here are three problems that, no matter how good they get, they will never be able to figure out.


This Vintage Typewriter Is Actually A Keyboard For Your Tablet

For some of us who type all day for a living, the world is too quiet. We pine for the whir of the Xerox machine, the rattle of rotary telephones, the clackety-clack of the typewriter. A slightly romantic vision, maybe, but no longer completely impossible, thanks to this keyboard modelled to look exactly like a vintage typewriter.


Raspberry Pi Has A Tiny $45 PC Competitor

The Hummingboard, a personal ARM computer the size of a mouse, is available for pre-order today, starting at $US45 from SolidRun. It looks like a toy for a child with small, delicate hands, but it’s really a toy for adults of all hand sizes who like to rig up their own media centres. Finally, Raspberry Pi has some competition.


Carbon Nanotube Transistors That Will Save Moore's Law Are Coming In 2020

Our world of amazingly tiny electronics is about to get even tinier. After a decade of research, IBM says it will bring carbon nanotube transistors to market by 2020. The company is now readying the technology to take over from silicon transistors, and that opens up a lot of exciting doors.


The First Non-Sony Vaio Computers Look Very, Very Familiar

Sony sold off its PC business earlier this year, but Vaio is rising from the flames like a phoenix. And, err, it looks quite a lot like it did before.


How Computer Memory Really Works

We talk about memory a lot when we discuss gadgets, and it’s no surprise: it’s one of the biggest indicators of performance in the gadgets we all use. But rarely do we stop and think about how it works at the very basic level.