computing
The Complete Guide to SSDs in 2019

The solid-state drive or SSD has evolved from an expensive luxury available only to the professional power user to standard issue for anyone picking up a laptop. At the same time, many more standards and technologies have developed around SSDs, meaning picking one isn’t as straightforward as it once was—but we’re going to bring you right up to speed here. Read More >>

amd
A Last Minute Price Drop Makes AMD’s New Graphics Cards a Solid Deal

The release of AMD’s latest GPUs should have been exciting. At E3 in June, the company announced the Radeon 5700 and 5700XT, and according to AMD, they would often be faster than Nvidia’s rival RTX 2060 (£299.99) and 2070 (£398.99), but for just £20 to £40 more than Nvidia’s offerings. It was a notable about-face from AMD’s previous pricing strategy of undercutting Nvidia – as if the company felt it could compete on even ground. Read More >>

gaming
A Commodore 64 Clone With a Working Retro Keyboard Will Finally Arrive This Year

The most disappointing thing about the miniature Commodore 64 released last year was that its tiny keyboard didn’t actually work—it was just for show. Those cryptically labelled dirt-brown keys were one of the most iconic features of the C64 back in the ‘80s. But come December, the C64 Mini will be joined by another Commodore 64 replica, this time with a full sized and fully functional keyboard. Read More >>

intel
It’s Been Five Years, But Intel’s Biggest CPU Yet Is Finally Coming

In a briefing a couple of years ago, a representative for a major laptop maker sat across from me with a huge grin on his face. He had a special mock-up in his bag, and he wanted to show it off. It was a super thin Windows 10 laptop – no fans required, and maybe only 10mm thick. According to the rep, it would be one of the company’s first products supporting Ice Lake, the long in development 10nm family of chips from Intel. He assured me that at the same time the following year, he’d be showing me the real thing. Read More >>

computers
What’s the Most Disgusting Way You’ve Treated Your Computer?

Today, I learned that people—namely, the people I work with—do absolutely unthinkable shit to their computers, and that this is seemingly the norm. Read More >>

intel
Intel’s Fastest Laptop Processor Gets a Speed Boost, But It’s Still on Really Old Architecture

The best part about last year’s MacBook Pro was the 8th-Gen H-Series processor Apple elected to put inside. The H-Series is meant for beefy laptops or bulky workstations, so finding it in something as thin and light as a 13-inch MacBook Pro was a welcome change of pace – mainly as it meant the MacBook Pro was leagues faster than competitors like the Dell XPS 13 and HP Spectre 13. Read More >>

security
Friendly Hackers Play-Crack University Computer Systems in Hours

Nice-guy hackers doing a bit of consensual penetration testing claim to have torn into the country's university IT systems in no time at all, gaining access to secure information across the board in a matter of hours. Read More >>

apple
Apple’s Big New iMac Update Makes Me Feel Sad About iMacs

Apple just announced that its iMac lineup will get a meaningful update thanks to 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processors and a Vega graphics option. This is a big deal for iMac power users, but for me, an almost iMac power user, I’m feeling sheepish. Is Apple just going to keep stuffing new chips into its flagship desktop, ignoring innovative design, until I die? Read More >>

computers
Granny’s Premium Bonds are Now Checked by Quantum Tech

ERNIE, the premium bonds computer that people used to talk about in the olden days when computers were still thought to be exciting, is being upgraded. We're now on to ERNIE hardware version 5, thanks to the monthly task of having to process 79bn premium bonds and their unique numbers growing too onerous for the early-2000s tech of the model it replaces. Read More >>

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 >>

computers
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 >>

laptops
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 >>

predictions
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 >>