Computing

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For fans of Lenovo's (and before that IBM's) no-nonsense business systems, 2017 marks a momentous occasion as it's the 25th anniversary of the ThinkPad line. And for quite a while, rumours were floating around that Lenovo was going to make a special throwback ThinkPad to celebrate the date, to the point that Lenovo later came out and confirmed it was happening. However, despite that admission, Lenovo's secretive approach had many wondering what its commemorative laptop would actually look like.

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With giant strides being made in machine learning, cloud computing, and web development, it's safe to say that the tech sector is booming. As a result, a myriad of jobs are opening up in the field—you just need some training to get your foot in the door. Now on sale for more than 90 percent off, the Ultimate Computer Science Career Bundle can get you acquainted with the essentials without breaking the bank.

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Creating and delivering applications to the digital market is big money. So, it should come as no surprise that demand is high for those skilled in this field. Known as DevOps, this booming industry leverages tools like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Docker to dramatically streamline the production and delivery process of online products and services, and with the Ultimate DevOps Mastery Bundle, you can make a killing as one of these pros with over 69 hours of training.

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You can stuff your Raspberry Pi into just about anything, but if you want to draw eyes and solicit comments from visitors or, you know, generally geek out, you could carve up a steampunk-themed enclosure, complete with glowing lights, gears and ornate markings. Like uh, this one.

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The astronomical prices printer makers charge for cartridges have long been a favourite subject of internet comedians (with more than one noting that printer ink is now more valuable than gold), so it came as a bit of a surprise when HP actually made some concessions after pushing out an update that bricked unofficial ink cartridges last year. Unfortunately, it seems HP has now returned to its iron-fisted ways, once again locking down the use of third-party ink with a software update.

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There are weeks where it seems like every piece of physics news mentions quantum computing — but we are nowhere near a quantum iPhone. You probably remember that computers can consist of billions of nanometre-scale transistors etched into silicon. Those chips used to be enormous, room-sized setups where instead of transistors, there were tubes the size of light bulbs. Physicists in the quantum computing world are still trying to pick out the best vacuum tubes.

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Users who purchased a Lenovo PC between September 2014 and January 2015 got an extra special surprise in the form of adware that left them wide open to malicious attacks. After two and a half years of legal wrangling, the US Federal Trade Commission settled its lawsuit against the company, and it's hard to imagine that executives learned their lesson.

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There's no debating the handiness of cloud storage, but most services out there can get fairly pricey, even if you're just looking to tuck away some files for safe keeping. That's why Zoolz shines as a smarter way to store your personal data, especially with plans going on sale for more than 90 percent off.

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Nowadays every other goddamn site does it. You're browsing the web, open a tab here, click a link there, and wham: Watchcartoons wants to ????! show notifications. YouTube wants to ????! show notifications. Facebook aches to — it must — ????! show notifications. So what do you do? You block them, that's what you do. God forbid you accidentally click "Allow."

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Just when you thought you could chitchat with authority about USB standards at your next dinner party, a new one comes along to shake everything up again. The latest USB 3.2 standard is going to be confirmed in September, and here's what that means for your laptop, your phone, and those new USB-C cables you just went out and bought.

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Twitter's hashtag just turned 10, and wouldn't you know it, scientists just worked out a far better use for it - at the nanoscale.

See, it turns out that a criss-cross pattern of semiconducting nanowires is the perfect structure to help manipulate a particular type of quasiparticle into quantum bits.

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A popular chess problem known as the Queen's Puzzle has captivated mathematicians and computer scientists for years, yet no one has been able to write a computer program that can solve the conundrum quickly and efficiently. Researchers from the UK now claim that computers will never be up to the task — and they're offering a $US1 million ($1.3 million) to anyone who can prove them wrong.