computing
How to Rediscover the Windows Start Menu’s Utility

The Start menu is your way into Windows and the web—it’s where you find your apps and start your searches, where you go to customise the system and organise your digital life. It’s the hub of everything you do on your Windows computer, so don’t settle for the default configuration: Make the Start menu your own. Read More >>

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How to Partition Your Hard Drive and Why You Would Want To

Partitioning your hard drive sounds like a technically involved task that most people don’t need to bother with – but it’s actually relatively simple to do, doesn’t have to cost you any money, and can make your computing life easier and more productive. Here are the advantages of a partitioned hard drive, and why you might want to do it. Read More >>

laptops
MSI’s Latest Laptops Are Smaller, Sturdier, and Some Even Vibrate

When MSI released the GS65 last year, it took a risk. Instead of making something massively powerful like the GT75, MSI swapped out its typical red-and-black colour scheme and focused on a thin-and-light to create a more portable, but still fast all-rounder. And as a result, the GS65 became the company’s best selling laptop of 2018. But for 2019, MSI is leaning heavily on a refreshingly old school information source to help improve its systems: feedback from users...and feedback in the laptops themselves. Read More >>

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Samsung’s Latest Laptops Want to Win You Over With Style

When it comes to mainstream laptops, they all sort of have the same specs. You get a CPU from Intel (or maybe AMD), memory and storage from Micron, Kingston, WD, or Samsung, and maybe a graphics card from Nvidia. So how else are computer makers supposed to entice potential buyers? Well on Samsung’s latest laptops at CES 2019, it thinks superior styling is the answer. Read More >>

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Kids of the 1980s Imagined the Year 2020 With Robot Butlers, Bubble-top Cities, and Nuclear War

Earlier this month we looked at predictions from kids at the turn of the 20th century. But what about more recently? Say, from the 1980s? Well, you’re in luck, because today we have predictions about the future from kids in 1984. And some of them are as dark and terrifying as you might guess for kids who were experiencing ever-present anxiety about the Cold War. Read More >>

science
The Unlikely Origins of the First Quantum Computer

Within days of each other back in 1998, two teams published the results of the first real-world quantum computations. But the first quantum computers weren’t computers at all. They were biochemistry equipment, relying on the same science as MRI machines. Read More >>

security
Nearly a Quarter of NHS Trusts Have No Qualified Cybersecurity Staff

Freedom of Information requests filed with the UK's network of NHS trusts appears to show that many are woefully unprepared for a future in which they rely on computers more than fax machines, with 24 of the 108 NHS trusts asked for staff data saying they have literally no one on the payroll vaguely qualified in technical cybersecurity matters. Read More >>

technology
I Bought This Custom 18-Million Pixel Workstation on Craigslist, and It Very Nearly Ruined Me

I have determined the precise upper boundary of how many monitors it is okay to have hooked up to the same computer. I do not know, exactly, how many monitors is the ideal number. But I do know it is no more than eight. Read More >>

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Samsung’s Galaxy Book 2 Tries to Do Everything, Fails

Using the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 I’m reminded of the time I tried to install curtain rods in an old flat using just a tiny Philips-head screwdriver. I got the job done, but it was a real pain in the arse. Read More >>

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Rejoice! The New MacBook Air Is Repair-Friendly… Kind Of

If you’ve ever listened to an Apple hater rant about why Macs suck, chances are you’ve heard those “You can’t repair or upgrade it yourself!” arguments. But with the new MacBook Air and Mac mini, Apple seems like it’s ready to toss Mac diehards a smal but welcome bone. Read More >>

quantum computing
There’s Now a Proven Way for Quantum Computers to Beat Classical Computers – With a Catch

Entrepreneurs and physicists are pursuing a new kind of computer—one based on the physics of the subatomic particles—that promises to revolutionise various fields. Presumably, such a quantum computer should offer some advantage over the classical computers we already use, right? The trouble is, it’s unclear what tasks quantum computers can definitively perform better than regular computers. Read More >>

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Microsoft Says It’s Fixed That Windows 10 October Update Bug That Mass-Deleted Entire Directories

Over the weekend, Microsoft pulled the latest update build of Windows 10 (version 1809) after a bug that flew past its Feedback Hub without the company’s notice resulted in mass file deletion for some users. Now, the company’s director of program management for Windows servicing and delivery, John Cable, says that the bug has been resolved. Read More >>

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What to Expect From Google’s Pixel 3 Hardware Event

In less than a week’s time Google will be holding court in New York to reveal some less-than-mysterious new hardware offerings. Those Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones might have been thoroughly leaked ahead of next week’s gathering, but what other surprises has Google managed to keep under wraps? Read More >>

science
How Quantum Memory Could Change Computing

In a hot tub in 2012, physicist Seth Lloyd pitched a quantum internet application to Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page. He called it Quoogle: a search engine that, using mathematics based on the physics of subatomic particles, returns results without ever actually knowing the query. Such an advance would require an entirely new kind of memory, called qRAM, or quantum random access memory. Read More >>

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20 Tips And Tricks for Managing Files on macOS

You no doubt know how to copy, move, rename and otherwise manipulate files on your Mac, but with the right power tricks, you can get through all this digital admin much more quickly. Here’s our pick of the best expert tips for Finder and macOS file management that you might not have come across yet. Read More >>