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Could We Have Built A Computer In The 18th Century?

So you want to build a computer in the 18th century. Is it even possible? Probably not. Most people don’t think about the actual amount of money and tools needed to produce exactly one transistor-based computer, power it and program it, to say nothing of the social challenges you’d face trying to build this high-tech machine centuries ago.


The New Raspberry Pi: Smaller And Somehow Cheaper

Raspberry Pi has just managed to do what every technology manufacturer should strive to achieve: it made its basic product both smaller and cheaper at the same time.


Smaller Chips Make More Mistakes -- But That Could Be A Good Thing

When you shrink electronics and their transistors with them, they become more error-prone. Usually, that’s compensated for by a boost in voltage — but researchers at MIT think we should embrace the mistakes instead.


ARM's Next-Gen Mobile Graphics Chips Will Save Your Battery

The English-based chip design company ARM has announced its new silicon. As well as churning the pixels, its new graphics chips will play nicely with your battery too.


I Built A Keyboard From Scratch

I made a keyboard — let me tell you about it! I’m even typing this post using the keyboard I built. How meta. This has been a fairly involved process so there is a lot to discuss. The main goal of this post is to talk people through the things I went through and what I wish I knew before I had started this project.


So Where's That Retina MacBook Air?

The MacBook Air is a positively wonderful computer. One of the best! Its design and build-quality are unrivalled and oft-imitated. It pioneered the ultra-super-slim space. But by today’s standards its screen is seriously lacking. And there doesn’t seem to be much relief in sight.


The Galaxy Note 4's Screen Compared To Its Toughest Competition

The Galaxy Note 4 has a bonkers screen. That 518 PPI Super AMOLED stunner is one of the best parts of a great phone. But how does it hold up to the other big, high-res phone screens out there?


Report: Samsung Has Made Rollable Batteries That Bend Into A Hoop

Wearables: great, apart from the fact that batteries last about five minutes. Samsung, though, may have a solution: it’s just announced a new type of battery that is so flexible that it can be rolled up into a hoop.


How Computer Chips Work

A modern microprocessor is a tremendously complicated entity, and it has taken decades of work by thousands of people to get it where it is today. It’s nearly impossible to cover all the bases, but I’m going to try anyway. And get a bucket of popcorn ready — because this is going to be long.


This Tiny 3G Chip Will Pump The Internet Into Anything

It might not look much, but this is the world’s smallest 3G chip — and it could help bring internet connectivity to even the tiniest of devices.


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