Computing

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The ThinkPad is 25 years old. The first ThinkPad may not have been the first laptop, but it was the first with a colour display. Along the way, there's been a swathe of pioneering innovations -- the first CD and DVD, the first Wi-Fi, the first laptop into space. To celebrate

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There's a new Surface Book -- the Surface Book 2. It has the newest Intel processors under the hood, the newest Nvidia graphics, and a new 15-inch screen size along the original 13.5-inch version. All that comes with up to 17 hours of battery life, which Microsoft says is 70 per cent more than the latest MacBook Pro the Surface Book goes up against.

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We're all generating data faster than storage providers can keep up, and that problem is only going to get worse. On Friday, Western Digital announced a potential game changer that promises to expand the limits of traditional HDDs to up to 40TBs using a microwave-based write head, and the company says it will be available to the public in 2019.

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If you're spending your money to stream from sites like Netflix and Hulu, you deserve to enjoy them no matter where you travel. Sadly geo-restrictions get in the way by censoring content based on your location, and while using a VPN can solve the problem, those tools can potentially tank your streaming quality as a result. That's why Getflix is the smarter choice when it comes to bypassing geo-restrictions, and lifetime plans are on sale for more than 90 percent off.

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From HTML to CSS, there are hundreds of programming languages out there, and companies across every industry are willing to pay top dollar for those skilled in them. While you could go the conventional route and sink four years of study at a university, SitePoint Premium offers an alternative that will get you up to speed with today's top programming tools for a fraction of the time and money.

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Five brilliant STEM professionals make up Girl Geek Academy, enabling and supporting coding and hackathons, 3D printing and wearables, game development, design, entrepreneurship and startups - all with the aim to get more women in tech, women in games, women who make, female designers and female founders.

Girl Geek Academy has been kicking big goals - and career education giant General Assembly noticed. In a new collaboration, they are launching a $15,000 Web Development Immersive Scholarship to kickstart one woman's career as a developer.

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Windows fans can build their own computers when they can't find one in stores to match their needs, but custom-made Macs are much harder to put together, as Apple doesn't like having its software and hardware separated. But if you've got the time, and really need your beefy computer running macOS, than you should build up your own hackintosh -- that's what people call custom build macOS machines.

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As robots and AI start to play an increasing role in our lives, the question of how we want them to behave gets more pressing with each passing breakthrough. In the new book, Robot Ethics 2.0: From Autonomous Cars to Artificial Intelligence, robo-ethicists Will Bridewell and Alistair M. C. Isaac present a surprising argument in which they make the case for deceptive robots. We asked the authors why we'd ever want to do such a crazy thing.

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Time to install those updates! Last week, we warned you that a bug in High Sierra made it possible for an attacker to extract passwords from Apple's Keychain in plaintext. The bug was discovered and reported by Synack head researcher Patrick Wardle in early September, and now Apple has issued a patch for the issue.

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The company responsible for AlphaGo -- the first AI program to defeat a grandmaster at Go -- has launched an ethics group to oversee the responsible development of artificial intelligence. It's a smooth PR move given recent concerns about super-smart technology, but Google, who owns DeepMind, will need to support and listen to its new group if it truly wants to build safe AI.

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eBay is throwing more and more sales into the wind in recent months -- maybe it's worried about Amazon's imminent launch. But sales are a good thing for you, the customer, because they mean discounts. This latest sale slashes 20 per cent off the price of a lot of tech -- you can score yourself a discount of up to $1000, too, and on multiple items.

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Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to be a coding prodigy to build your own website. In fact, with the way DIY web building tools are progressing, you don't need to know a single line of code to create your own page online. Take Blocs 2 for example. Powerful and easy to use, Blocs 2 for Mac is a visual web design tool that lets you create beautiful, modern websites using an intuitive, code-free interface.

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Avid gamers are most likely using the digital marketplace and multiplayer matchmaking app Steam to play their games library on the big screen, even if it's just the battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. But Steam and its TV-friendly streaming console Steam Link (favoured by users who aren't playing on their home computer or a Steam Machine) aren't just useful when it comes to streaming games to other devices in your home. They're perfect for remote desktop streaming, letting you view the desktop of your gaming machine on whatever compatible device you're on at home.

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Apple touts its closed ecosystem as a security advantage. Because it tightly controls its hardware and software, Apple can push security updates much more quickly than an open system such as Android. But researchers at Duo Security say that Apple's security update system hasn't been working exactly as intended, with thousands of Macs not getting proper firmware updates.

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You probably know a bit about the laptops, smartphones, and other devices set in front of you, especially if you bought them after agonizing over the choices for weeks. Even for those devices you did carefully pick and buy yourself, as the years roll by it can be easy to forget exactly how much RAM is installed or what the make and model of the processor actually is. For devices you've been given by someone else, you might have next to no idea about what's inside.