AMD Investigating Report Detailing Critical Chip Vulnerabilities

A white paper published by an Israeli security firm on Tuesday describes 13 vulnerabilities allegedly affecting AMD chips currently being shipped to customers. Read More >>

Intel Invented the SSD Killer of the Future, and It’s So Fast and So Expensive

This thing flies. The machine I’ve I installed it in is already positively loaded: It’s got Intel’s latest 6-core i7 processor, an Nvidia 1080 graphics card, and a whole mess of RAM. But this little stick of storage makes everything even faster. Intel’s Optane 800P storage is likely some of the fastest storage you can buy. It’s also incredibly expensive—think three-and-a-half-times more expensive than an SSD. Yet the Intel Optane 800P is hardly just another storage drive. Computing on the bleeding edge will cost you. Read More >>

Google Unveils Largest Quantum Computer Yet, but So What?

Google announced its newest 72-qubit quantum computer, called Bristlecone, at a conference and in a blog post yesterday. That’s a big step over the competition—but how big a deal is it? Read More >>

A Collector Is Trying to Bring a Rare, “Previously Unknown” Apple-1 Back to Life

The Apple-1 is the very first product from the minds of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and when one of the 50 or so boards known to still exist sells at auction it’s a big deal. These fragile pieces of computing history regularly fetch upwards of $300,000 (£215,472). Read More >>

This Handcrafted Commodore PET 2001 Is the Most Elite Retro Device that Money (Probably) Can’t Buy

The Commodore PET 2001 was already one of the better-looking dinosaurs from the early desktop days, but this one-of-a-kind retro rebuild, handmade from American walnut, takes it to another level. Read More >>

Someone Made A 3D Game Engine In Microsoft Excel Using Nothing But Formulas

Why bother with Unity, Unreal or even Game Maker, when you can fire up Excel and whip up a game made up of formulas? Sure, you're spending sanity instead of money, but being sound of mind is overrated! Now, stare into this void of green with me... and see what stares back at you. Read More >>

The One Way Your Laptop Is Actually Slower Than a 30-Year-Old Apple IIe

Have you ever had that nagging sensation that your computer was slower than it used to be? Or that your brand new laptop seemed much more sluggish than an old tower PC you once had? Dan Luu, a computer engineer who has previously worked at Google and Microsoft, had the same sensation, so he did what the rest of us would not: He decided to test a whole slew of computational devices ranging from desktops built in 1977 to computers and tablets built this year. And he learned that that nagging sensation was spot on—over the last 30 years, computers have actually gotten slower in one particular way. Read More >>

10 Really Useful macOS Features That You Never Noticed

Much as we love all the new features that roll out with a fresh macOS update every year, we’re also rather partial to those long-standing tools and functions that have been around for longer—and which you might have forgotten about or never used in the first place. Here are a few of our favourites you should try on for size. Read More >>

Create Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts to Do Anything on Windows and macOS

Keyboard shortcuts are your not-so-secret weapon in the quest to maximise your productivity and blitz through applications and webpages at top speed. With keyboard shortcuts you can instantly drop your favourite GIF into any chat or email, or search Wikipedia without first opening a browser. You can launch apps or instantly perform a traceroute on a website. Don’t just settle for the standard list of shortcuts you get with Windows or macOS—create your own too. Here’s how to do it. Read More >>

Apple’s Legendary Lisa Operating System Is Coming to Your Desktop for Free 

Apple’s Lisa project might be the most loaded chapter in the company’s lore, and thanks to the Computer History Museum, you’ll soon be able to play around with one of the first graphical user interfaces in history right there on your shiny state of the art screen. And you won’t have to pay the $10,000 (£7,456) that the original Lisa computer cost in 1983. Read More >>

How to Set Up Your New Laptop in the Quickest Time Possible

Congratulations on your brand new Windows or macOS laptop—we hope you enjoy it! You’ll want to dive in and start using it as soon as you can, of course, but there are just a few housekeeping chores to take care of first. Here’s how to get up and running as quickly as possible while ensuring your new computer stays secure and stable. Read More >>

Apple’s Long-Awaited iMac Pro Finally Goes on Sale in Two Days

Back at WWDC 2017 in June, Apple teased us with the iMac Pro, its most powerful desktop yet. But for months, there was barely a peep about when it might available. Now we know it’s definitely going to be available before the end of the year (unlike the HomePod), when the 8 and 10 core models go on sale later this week on Thursday, 14th December. (The high-end 14 and 18-core models probably won’t go on sale until sometime in early 2018.) Read More >>

Why Google Is Poised to Hit the Next Critical Milestone in Quantum Computing

Earlier this week, representatives from automotive and airline companies, big banks, software companies, and the military met to learn the basics of quantum mechanics at NASA. And that was only a small part of it. Read More >>

Intel Is Finally Working on Proper Graphics Cards

AMD has been going hard at Intel this year thanks to its new Ryzen chips, but Intel may get the last laugh now that it’s poached AMD’s lead GPU architect, Raja Koduri, to become Intel’s new senior vice president, and head of its newly formed Core and Visual Computing Group. The biggest CPU-maker in PCs is finally properly investing in GPUs. Read More >>

What the Hell Is a Quantum Computer and How Excited Should I Be?

They will never sit on your desk, and they will most certainly never fit in your pocket. Today, they’re fragile, and need to be kept at temperatures close to absolute zero. Quantum computers aren’t much like the desktop PCs we’re all so familiar with—they’re whole new kind of machine, capable of calculations so complex, it’s like upgrading from black-and-white to a full colour spectrum. Read More >>