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January 20 2014

5 Things to Do With Your Computer When Wi-Fi Is Down
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If you’re reading this, congratulations, you are connected to the Internet. However, one day you might flip open your laptop and realize your Wi-Fi has failed

Don't fear! Here are some entertaining ways to have fun on your laptop or computer when you don't have Wi-Fi. (Now, the trouble is, how will you remember all this if your Internet is down?)

1. Explore Your Apps

Image: Flickr, Siddartha Thota

Maybe you downloaded Photoshop awhile ago with a resolution to master it. Instead, you were always too busy to test it out. Now is the time to mess around with the tools and apps your computer has to offer. Get experimental and remember what it's like to learn by trial and error, without being able to Google everything. Read more...

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December 06 2013

Reactive Grip Wants Your Video Game Experience to Get Physical
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A company called Tactical Haptics wants to give video games a sense of touch in a way that could put rumble packs to shame.

Founder and CEO William Provancher told Mashable that his company has built a virtual reality device called Reactive Grip, a combination of software and hardware that lets video game players use a specialized controller to experience physical sensations unlike anything previously seen in gaming. Reactive Grip does a couple of things to create a more lifelike experience for virtual reality users, and he hopes the technology will spark the next step in immersive gaming.

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October 24 2013

'Electronic Blood' Could Power Next-Generation Computers
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It’s often said that a smartphone contains all the computing power NASA used to put people on the moon. But while today’s computer chips are incredibly capable, they’re still not as energy efficient as they could be. The more powerful chips get, the hotter they run and the more energy they require to cool down, so they don’t fry their electronic components inside.

As reported by the BBC, IBM is looking for a solution. One idea is to cool computers the way the human body cools its brain — by using a fluid, i.e. blood. IBM’s Patrick Ruch and Bruno built a proof-of-concept computer chip that contains tiny channels that would circulate a fluid past electronic components, cooling them down. They think an electrolyte similar to what goes inside a battery would work best for the “electronic blood.” As it passed through the channels, it would not only dissipate heat, but would also deliver energy to the chips. It would work because as the fluid traveled through ever-smaller channels, it would pass electrodes that would pick up the electrons from the fluid and use them to create a current. Read more...

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September 27 2013

Gesture Control Software Lets You Click, Type in Midair
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PointGrab wants you to be able to control your computer, TV and more with simple hand gestures.

The company's website says its software enables any 2D camera — already embedded in smartphones and tablets — to read hand gestures up to five meters away. It can also differentiate between movement meant for it and an unintentional flick of the wrist.

SEE ALSO: Watch People Use Leap Motion's Gesture Controller For the First Time

"These days, devices are much smarter, and so we can teach them to understand human body language," Avital Rabani, PointGrab's marketing director, told Mashable in an email. Read more...

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February 10 2012

Breakthrough: Organic Computer Could Change Everything [VIDEO]


Scientists have created a biological computer capable of extracting hidden images on a DNA chip.

There’s nothing new about a computer reading images encrypted on DNA chips, but this is the first computer made only of biomolecules. The scientists behind the research in California and Israel say they don’t expect biological computers to compete with electronic computers.

The biological computer isn’t pretty and doesn’t look like a normal computer since it was created in a test tube by mixing chemicals in a solution that appears clear, said Ehud Keinan, the professor who led the research.

Scientists don’t know what impact their findings will have on technological advancement, but biomolecular computing devices could redefine what a computer is. A computer is defined “as a machine made of four components — hardware, software, input and output,” Keinan said in a statement.

“In contrast to electronic computers, there are computing machines in which all four components are nothing but molecules,” said lead researcher Keinan. “For example, all biological systems and even entire living organisms are such computers. Every one of us is a biomolecular computer, a machine in which all four components are molecules that ‘talk’ to one another logically.”

SEE ALSO: From Fantasy to Reality: Scientists Create Time Invisibility Cloak

Keinan explains how the biological molecules were created: “The molecules start interacting upon one another, and we step back and watch what happens,” Keinian said. “And by tinkering with the type of DNA and enzymes in the mix, scientists can fine-tune the process to a desired result.”

The computing device can extract images similar to the way computer software does. The 100% biological computer may be useful for long-term storage.

Watch the video to see how the biological computer works.

Thumbnail photo courtesy of Flickr, Passive Income Dream.com

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May 14 2011

70+ Essential Resources for the Serious Gadget Lover


Since childhood, Gen Y-ers have been tapping gadgets and gizmos for all sorts of tasks. Epic television show Inspector Gadget taught us that helicopters deployed from a hat, lasso neck ties, and inflatable trench coats were technical feats within our reach.

Mashable has reviewed quite a few advanced gizmos that would have Mr. Gadget dazed and confused. We’ve put together a master list of the hottest mobile devices, computers, tablets, cameras, cases, accessories and other tech gadgets that we’ve reviewed over the past few months.

Of course, if you’re still hungry for more gadget reviews and resources, you can follow Mashable‘s tech & gadgets channel on Twitter and Facebook. Go-Go-Gadget Copter!


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More About: camera, case, computer, gadgets, keyboard, List, Lists, media, Mobile 2.0, music, Review Roundup, tablets

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January 13 2011

Machine Bests Man in “Jeopardy!” Practice Round


File this under “One Day The Machines Will Rise Against Us”: Today, IBM’s Watson supercomputer bested a pair of Jeopardy! champions in a practice round — of Jeopardy!, that is, not mortal combat (yet).

According to ZDNet, whose reps were at the practice round at IBM Research Worldwide Headquarters, the four-year old computing system project beat champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter swiftly and without emotion, which you can see in the video embedded below (courtesy of ZDNet).

This demonstration is just a precursor to the first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition, which will air on February 14, 15 and 16.

Basically, this will be an event to rival IBM’s Deep Blue computer beating World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov in 1996.

Watson was named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson and was built with the aim of producing a computing system that can answer questions in the same way a human can — picking up on all the cues of natural language.

“After four years, our scientific team believes that Watson is ready for this challenge based on its ability to rapidly comprehend what the Jeopardy! clue is asking, analyze the information it has access to, come up with precise answers, and develop an accurate confidence in its response,” says Dr. David Ferrucci, a scientist who leads the IBM Research team that built Watson.

Naturally, Watson was not created for the sole purpose of competing on game shows. According to a release, it could also be used in fields like healthcare, customer support, etc., as it has the ability to sort through tons of data and return answers ranked by its confidence in its conclusions.

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More About: computer, IBM, Jeopardy, tech, television

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October 22 2010

HP Slate Officially Launches for $799


We all but gave up on the Slate, but Hewlett-Packard’s tablet computer was destined to reach the market after all, albeit in a slightly different flavor than it was originally envisioned.

The HP Slate 500, now officially announced by HP, is a Windows 7-based tablet PC with a 8.9 inch, 1024×600 resolution screen, a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, a Crystal HD accelerator that should ensure smooth playback for HD (1080p) videos, 2 gigabytes of RAM (recent rumors predicted 1 GB), and a 64GB SSD.

It has a USB port and two cameras: a 3-megapixel one on the back, and a VGA camera on the front for making video calls. It also has Wi-Fi but, quite disappointingly, no 3G connectivity.

Still, these specifications make the Slate one of the most powerful tablets on the market, but the price of $799 also make it more expensive than its chief rival, the iPad. However, HP has envisioned the Slate as a device aimed at business customers.

“It’s really like a full-function PC, it runs Windows, it will run your office applications, it just so happens to be in a slate form factor,” said Carol Hess-Nickels, director of business notebook marketing at HP.

What do you think about HP’s decision to make the Slate a Windows 7-tablet, aimed at business customers? Is the price right, and is there a place on the market for such a device? Please share your opinions in the comments.


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More About: computer, HP, Slate, Tablet, Windows 7

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July 27 2010

Computer Faceoff: Mac vs. PC


We’ve pitted countless web and tech-related items against each other in our weekly Web Faceoff series. There was Chrome vs. Firefox (Firefox emerged as champ), Facebook vs. Twitter (Facebook eeked out a win), iPhone vs. Android (Android crushed the competition) and Digg vs. StumbleUpon vs. Reddit (Digg secured victory with 14,000 votes), among many other matches.

However, there’s one battle we haven’t had yet on Mashable: Mac vs. PC.

That changes today. This week’s faceoff is the classic battle over the hardware you use every single day. Are you a loyal Windows user, or have you joined the cult of Mac? Do you religiously buy Dells, or have the Get a Mac ads convinced you to stick with Apple’s computers?

Do you prefer Mac or PC? We want to know. Cast your vote in the poll below by Friday, July 30 at 12:00 PM PT. As always, be sure to let us know why you picked Mac or PC in our comments section.




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More About: computer, mac, pc, Snow Leopard, web faceoff, Windows, Windows 7

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May 18 2010

New MacBook Promises 10-Hour Battery

Apple has refreshed its MacBook line, offering Nvidia’s GeForce 320M graphics and Intel’s 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, all for the price of $999.

The price is notable because the 13-inch MacBook Pro with similar specifications costs $1,199. The MacBook seems like a really good deal, but the Pro does bring a lot of goodies for the extra 200 bucks: 4GBs of memory instead of 2GB, a FireWire port, a memory card reader, an audio in jack and the unibody aluminum enclosure.

However, the really interesting bit about the new MacBook is Apple’s promise of a 10-hour battery life — the same as the Pro. So if long, uninterrupted, battery-powered sessions on your laptop are a top priority, the little guy no longer takes the back seat to its aluminum brother.



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