Scientists Store Light as Sound on a Microchip for the First Time

On Monday, a team of scientists in Australia announced an exciting breakthrough: For the first time, researchers were able to turn light into sound on a microchip. But—as crazy-sounding new physics applications tend to be—it’s probably going to be a long time before you see one of these chips on a computer you can buy. More importantly, what the heck does “turn light into sound” even mean? Read More >>

Scientists Propose a New Kind of Quantum Computer, But What Does That Mean?

There are weeks where it seems like every piece of physics news mentions quantum computing—but we are nowhere near a quantum iPhone. You probably remember that computers can consist of billions of nanometer-scale transistors etched into silicon. Those chips used to be enormous, room-sized setups where instead of transistors, there were tubes the size of light bulbs. Physicists in the quantum computing world are still trying to pick out the best vacuum tubes. Read More >>

The Anatomy of a Motherboard

It’s a crucial component in any laptop or desktop computer, but very few computer owners actually know what a motherboard is or what it does. There’s a motherboard (often called a logic board in smaller more mobile devices) sitting in every computer system: the processor, RAM, hard drives, graphics card, and other bits and pieces all plug straight into it. Read More >>

Apple Is Reportedly Working On Built-in AI Chips For Future IPhones And Other Devices

Back in 2011, Apple was right at the forefront of implementing artificial intelligence software in its products. Six years on though, Siri no longer seems like a technological marvel, while rival giants Amazon have skipped ahead of the Cupertino colossus with AI-driven devices like Amazon Echo. Yet if reports from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman are accurate, it looks like Apple could be about to implement dedicated AI chips in future devices. Read More >>

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CES 2017: The Best of the Show So Far (Day 2 Update)

Just as soon as the New Year kicked things off, CES has hit Las Vegas to shower the world with all sorts of fancy and extravagant gadgets. Read More >>

Acer’s Crazy 21-inch Curved Screen Gaming Laptop Makes a Mockery of Your Desktop Rig

There must come a time in every product designer's life, brow-beaten by countless concept rejections, when they just go "fuck it, I'm doing it my way", throw caution to the wind and submit the barmiest idea for a product they can muster. Perhaps one in a thousand blue-sky-thinking designs get cleared for production. Today's miracle? The Acer Predator 21 X. Read More >>

You’ll Need an Extra Pair of Eyes for LG’s Massive New Monitors

You can splash out for a Pascal-powered Nvidia GTX 1080 all you want, but if you haven't got a decent monitor to go with it, all that pixel-pushing power is going to waste. LG's rolling start to its IFA 2016 showcase kicks off with a duo of new monitors, each ticking what are likely to be expensive boxes for demanding gamers. Read More >>

Nvidia’s New Titan X Is the New Most-Insane Graphics Card Ever

And you thought the Nvidia GTX 1080 looked powerful. If you splashed the cash on Nvidia's most recent flagship GPU, then I've got some maddening news for you – Nvidia has just revealed this years Titan X card, and it's so insanely powerful to make even the GTX 1080 look puny. Read More >>

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How to Unlock Secret Settings in Windows 10

The Windows registry is a sprawling, usually impenetrable settings file covering just about every aspect of the operating system and applications running on a computer. A lot of these settings are hidden from the user, but if you know what you’re doing, you can don your tweaking cap and customise Windows in a variety of ways. Here’s how to get started. Read More >>

Nazi Teleprinter From WW2 Bought on eBay by Museum for a Tenner

Sometimes you can find a real gem on eBay. The UK National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park certainly did: it spotted a Nazi teleprinter used during the war for sale on the site and bought it for just £10. Read More >>

Leaked Benchmark Points to Nvidia GTX 1080 Specs

If you want every irradiated blade of grass in Fallout 4 to look so beautifully decrepit that they'd trigger a real-life Geiger counter through your monitor, you're going to want a fancy-pants high-end graphics card sucking the watts into your gaming PC. Nvidia's expected to launch its next line of GTX graphics cards in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, hopefully triggering the first comfortable 4K / 60fps experience from a single GPU. And, if this leaked benchmark proves to reveal the real specs, that holy grail of PC gaming may be within reach. Read More >>

Think of the Things You Could Do With This AA-Sized Genuino Board

Cheap, easy-to-control Genuino boards (known as Arduino in the States) are the bread and butter of garage inventors the world over. Regular Genuinos are already pretty small, but the AAduino design shrinks things down to the size of — you guessed it — an AA battery. Read More >>

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Could Be Revealed Next Week

Ready to get your 4K or VR game on? If you're holding out for a new top-spec graphics card from Nvidia, the wait may finally be over. Almost a year and a half since the launch of Nvidia's GTX 9xx graphics card series, the company is now expected to announce the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti next week during the Nvidia GPU Technology Conference Keynote on April 4th. Read More >>

Why It’s So Hard for AI to Play Some Games

When Google’s AI beat a world champion at Go, scientists and technologists around the globe held it up as a watershed moment for AI. But why, exactly, is it so hard for a computer to play some games well? Read More >>