DNA Strands Converted Into Tiniest Fiber Optic Cables For Optical Computing

Future optical computers that use light instead of electricity will need nano-scale pipes to transfer photons—analogues to the individual transistor's in a traditional circuit. And for that, scientists for the first time have used human DNA to build the smallest fiber optics cables yet created. And as is typical with… » 11/14/08 11:45am 11/14/08 11:45am

Computer Nearly Passes Turing Test for Artificial Intelligence

Today, the machines became a little smarter, as a computer named Elbot managed to achieve a 25% success rate when convincing a human being that they were talking to another human. The experiment is called the Turing Test, after mathematician Alan Turing, and Sunday's saw six Artificial Conversational Entities (ACEs)… » 10/12/08 4:00pm 10/12/08 4:00pm

CompUSA "Grand Re-Opens" in Florida, Hopefully With Less Suck

After purchasing out-of-business CompUSA a couple months ago, TigerDirect is reanimating the red, white and blue corpse with "Grand Re-Openings" of fifteen stores in Florida, along with one brand new one. They're promising "Lower prices... New wider selection... And amazing new deals." We hope so, their prices were… » 4/25/08 3:30pm 4/25/08 3:30pm

ControlThink's Vista SideShow and Z-Wave Home Theater/Automation Remote

The Vista feature you pretty much forgot about is back: ControlThink's got a new remote control platform for Windows Media Center and other devices called ThinkRemote that leverages Vista's oft-touted-but-rarely used SideShow. That's right, you can get SideShow information and gadgets anywhere in your house since the… » 9/11/07 1:30pm 9/11/07 1:30pm

Reports of Mac mini's Demise Greatly Exaggerated

Click to viewSteve Jobs said the Mac mini is not dead yet, telling the assembled gathering at today's event he's extending the life of the tiniest 'Tosh. When asked the question, "How is the Mac mini doing? And are you updating it?" he responded, "We are refreshing the Mac mini and making it even faster. It's already… » 8/07/07 2:35pm 8/07/07 2:35pm