Students taking an online course at Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing were duped into thinking one of their teaching assistants, named Jill Watson, was an actual human. And how can you blame them—the virtual TA managed to answer many of their questions with 97 percent certainty.
Cheap, easy-to-control Arduino boards are the bread and butter of garage inventors the world over. Regular Arduinos are already pretty small, but the AAduino design shrinks things down to the size of—you guessed it—an AA battery.
With three USB ports, it’s easy to expand the original Kangaroo Mobile Desktop’s 32GB of onboard storage with external drives. But the new Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro goes one step further, by adding a 2.5-inch bay that lets you install terabytes of extra dedicated storage.
If you’re the owner of a Toshiba laptop, there’s a chance its battery could overheat and go kaboom and melt your machine—which is why the Japanese electronics giant recalled a bunch of Panasonic battery packs this week.
A Canadian company has come up with an algorithm that can read texts, and then accurately answer questions about them. The software is meant to help people by scanning and responding to their questions about boring technical texts—but there could be so many other great ways to use it.
You often hear people say things like, “no science fiction writer could have predicted the Internet,” when they’re talking about science fiction’s lack of predictive power. But actually, writer Murray Leinster did get a lot right about the Internet, in the 1946 story “A Logic Named Joe.”
A university research team recently developed a new method for real-time facial reenactment that works with a regular web camera, overcoming several challenges in computer vision technology. It’s also creepy as hell.
When I bought my Macbook Pro a year ago, I was feeling so internally guilty about spending $1500 on a laptop that I only paid for 128GB of storage, a decision I’ve regretted about three times per day ever since. This solution isn’t cheap, but at least it will stop me whining.
Holy moly, this $70 stick of gum is actually a full-fledged Chrome OS computer that plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port. Needless to say, it’s not the most powerful computer out there, but it’ll get the job done for video playback and basic computing tasks. Today’s discount is the best we’ve ever seen by $10. […
Back in 1999 President Bill Clinton held an “internet town hall” hosted by a company called Excite@Home. Clinton answered questions submitted from the 50,000 people watching along. And despite the fact that Clinton admitted he was “technologically impaired,” it was essentially the first presidential Ask Me Anything…
The personal computer revolutionized the American home in the 1980s and 90s. And by the mid-90s mainstream America was getting online. But with Donald Trump now the presumptive nominee of the Republican party, there’s an interesting question that must be asked: Has Trump ever used a computer?
The Raspberry Pi is a fantastic, cheap, and surprisingly powerful little computer, but it’s rather lacking in the connectivity department. With the Pi 3, that’s all changing
It’s not often that Amazon features a laptop as one of its deals of the day, so anyone who uses a desktop at home or work should definitely check out this $270 Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga for their portable computing needs.
Razer somehow managed to fit a powerful gaming rig into a laptop that’s as thin and well-built as a MacBook Pro, and you can save $200 on yours during this rare sale.
Ransomware is one of the nastiest forms of malware around: once it’s downloaded onto a computer network, it runs around encrypting all your files, before charging a Bitcoin ransom to give up the encryption key: bad if it’s your holiday photos at stake, disastrous for hospitals and patient data.
The Sony spin-off Vaio has announced that it plans to merge with the computer divisions of its rivals Toshiba and Fujitsu as early as next month to form a Japanese “PC giant.”