Computing

AMD Radeon R7 SSD: Australian Review

AMD is getting into the SSD game. Its Radeon SSDs join Radeon graphics cards, RAM and AMD’s own performance and mainstream CPUs and APUs, making it possible to build an all-AMD scratch-built PC. The new mid-range Radeon R7 SSDs are aimed at the mainstream gamer — one without a huge amount of cash to throw away, but just enough to upgrade to new components on a semi-regular basis.


How To Print From Anywhere

We just aren’t printing as much as we used to. Where once we’d churn out driving directions, movie tickets, or school reports, these documents almost always stay in the digital domain. But for those occasions that you do need to print something, here’s how to make sure you can do it from anywhere, without a single cord.


How Much Is This 1958 Microchip Prototype Worth? Hint: It's Not $1 Million

Integrated circuits have come a long way in the last 50 years and like all technology, started from humble beginnings. Take the first prototype of the microchip from Texas Instruments, the work of Tom Yeargan and Jack Kilby back in 1958. This piece of electronic memorabilia is still kicking around today, in fact, it just went to auction via Christie’s, together with a letter from Yeargan on its history. Sadly, the chip failed to sell, though the highest bid was high, to put it lightly.


A Software Update Could Make Existing SSDs 300% Faster

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are already fast, in fact, a little too fast. That doesn’t mean we’re going to say no to even more performance, even if data transport protocols need to catch up. While flash memory itself continues to improve in durability, speed and density, there’s also work ongoing on the software side, with a team of researchers in Japan reportedly boosting existing drive speeds with a simple middleware change.


How To Set Up A Remote Desktop And Control Your Computer From Anywhere

Desktop computers aren’t just antiquated behemoths quietly gathering dust in your parent’s house. They also offer an often overlooked processing resource for mobile users and a viable alternative to cloud-based storage. All you need is a means of accessing it remotely.


Where The Progress Bar Came From

We’ve all spent hours — maybe even days — of our lives cursing the slow crawl of the dreaded progress bar. But did you ever stop to think about how much worse it might be if the bar wasn’t there in the first place. Fortunately, thanks to one grad student’s genius idea back in the 80s, we’ll never have to find out.


46-Inch Touchscreen Coffee Table Anyone? Would You Like That With Windows Or Android?

The day we can all afford — and easily access — tables with built-in touchscreens, the world will be a happier place. Sure, you’ll have to take extra special care of it, lest a wayward coffee spill brings your dreams of touch-based, living room nirvana to a wet, caffeinated end, but think of the board games! One option that brings us closer to a consumer-practical option is Ideum’s tables, powered by Windows 8 (and soon Android).


6 Tips To Make Yourself A Chromebook Master

Chromebooks may be budget-priced, but that doesn’t mean you should have to endure cut-rate performance. Here are five simple ways to boost your Chromebook’s capabilities without breaking the bank.


What If Operating Systems Were Religions?

Yesterday, after writing my way past the notional halfway point (both of the current novel manuscript, and of the trilogy it’s the middle volume of), I went and overindulged in food and drink with friends.


What's Wrong With Quantum Computing

You’ve heard plenty of people by now — including us — banging on about quantum computers, and how they’re the future of high-performance computing. Quantum computing, we’re meant to understand, is set to change the world. But despite its promise, it’s neither widely available nor particularly useful yet. Here’s why not.