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For the First Time an AI Machine Identified Galaxies All on Its Own

Researchers in the UK have developed a computer that can scan outer space and classify galaxy types on its own, without any human help. This image recognition AI could help develop robots that can “see” better on their own, possibly helping doctors spot tumors or airport security spot firearms. » 7/08/15 2:00pm 7/08/15 2:00pm

Why Facebook Is Evil, According To Mindblowing New Series Mr. Robot

The dark, psychological hacker drama Mr. Robot slayed audiences at South by Southwest, and now it’s become a series on USA. It’s one of those rare shows that actually seems to understand what’s corrupt and rotten at the heart of the tech industry — and wants to burn it all down. We talked to the show creator. » 6/04/15 3:43pm 6/04/15 3:43pm

Mystery Woman Casually Recycled a $200,000 Vintage Apple-1 Computer

One woman’s trash is literally everyone else’s super-expensive, rare $200,000 piece of computer history. Most of the time, recycled electronics are too crappy to sell on Craigslist. But one California e-recycling center recently received one of the most coveted gadgets ever: A genuine Apple-1 computer. » 6/01/15 1:00am 6/01/15 1:00am

Why Is It Called "Rebooting"?

You hear the phrase all the time when you’re working with computers, especially on customer service calls: “Please reboot your computer.” Why do we use the word reboot to mean “turn it off and on again”? It all goes back to tech history — and to one of the most revolutionary aspects of these computing machines. » 4/24/15 12:01pm 4/24/15 12:01pm

Hilarious TV Ads From The Dawn Of The Home Computer Era

The computer revolution didn't come into people's homes overnight. There was a long period when the public was still discovering all the things they could do if they owned a computer — and this led to some truly outrageous TV ads. Check out the most hilarious and creative classic home computer ads ever made. » 3/26/15 3:29pm 3/26/15 3:29pm

Is the DIY Drone Movement About to Launch a Billion-Dollar Industry?

Back in the 1970s, hobbyists like Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak built homebrew computers that eventually fueled the lucrative PC revolution. Now, a new movement of hobbyists is trying to imitate this DIY strategy to jumpstart the drone industry. But can today's calculated drone entrepreneurialism really be considered… » 2/10/15 12:37pm 2/10/15 12:37pm

In 1976, Arthur C. Clarke Knew A Lot About Cell Phones And The Internet…

Vintage interviews of Arthur C. Clarke predicting the future of computing continue to surface. Here's one from 1976, just released by the AT&T Tech Channel, which contains even more spot-on description of what communications will look like in the future. As in, today. As in, internet and smartphones and maybe even… » 2/04/15 11:58am 2/04/15 11:58am

New Yorker Reminds You To Keep Installing The Patches For Your Bible

If the Bible was a piece of software, the constant version updates and theological revisions would probably result in something as buggy as heck. The New Yorker's Megan Amram gives a pretty hilarious look at the version-control challenges in the Good Book, and it's enough to make Windows 8 look good. » 11/21/14 7:12pm 11/21/14 7:12pm

The True Story of the Computer Worm that Took Down a Nuclear Facility

The Stuxnet worm was the first known example of a digital weapon developed by the U.S. government — and it actually worked. Discovered in 2010, it had already destroyed several nuclear centrifuges in Iran. Now, veteran computer security reporter Kim Zetter has an action-packed book about it. We've got an excerpt. » 11/07/14 2:36pm 11/07/14 2:36pm

The BBC Is Teaching Kids How To Program Their Own Dalek

A Doctor Who game being released by the BBC this week requires much more than a game controller or a computer mouse. Instead, players must solve puzzles through a series of commands that teach the basics of programming and coding skills. The fate of the universe depends on your ability to help a rogue Dalek survive. » 10/21/14 6:40am 10/21/14 6:40am