Category Archives: Computer

What makes an image memorable? Ask a computer

From the “Mona Lisa” to the “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” some images linger in the mind long after others have faded. Ask an artist why, and you might hear some generally-accepted principles for making memorable art. Now there’s an easier way to learn: ask an artificial intelligence model to draw an example. A new study using machine learning… Read More »

Computer teachers threaten protest

Members of the Computer Adhiyapak Union raise slogans during a state-level convention in Jalandhar on Sunday. Tribune Photo Jalandhar, September 1 Irate over the apathetic attitude of the state government towards their long-pending demands, computer teachers, under the banner of the Computer Adhiyapak Union, organised a state-level convention at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall here today and decided… Read More »

This hacker’s iPhone charging cable can hijack your computer

Most people don’t think twice about picking up a phone charging cable and plugging it in. But one hacker’s project wants to change that and raise awareness of the dangers of potentially malicious charging cables. A hacker who goes by the online handle MG took an innocent-looking Apple USB Lightning cable and rigged it with a small Wi-Fi-enabled implant, which,… Read More »

Udemy Class Review: How To (Incorrectly) Build a Computer From Scratch, Circa 1999

For people that work in tech like myself, building a computer is second nature. I often build and tear down two full desktops a week, and others that work in PC repair shops or build custom systems for clients may create a dozen or more computers in the same time period. If you have never built a computer… Read More »

The Story of the Apollo Guidance Computer, Part 2

In the late 1950’s, before NASA had any intentions of going to the Moon – or needing a computer to get there — the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory had designed and built a small prototype probe they hoped would one day fly to Mars (read the background in part 1 of this story here).  This little probe used a small,… Read More »

Organelle M is a portable and endlessly hackable music ‘computer’

Critter & Guitari has been pumping out interesting musical devices since at least 2008. But a few years ago the company streamlined its selection of instruments to focus on two products: the ETC video synthesizer and the Organelle music computer. What makes the latter unique is that it isn’t a synthesizer or a sampler; it’s both or neither or… Read More »

Computer Science Legend Alan Turing to Appear on New £50 Note in UK

The Bank of England has announced that legendary British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing will appear on the new £50 note in the UK. Turing was chosen from thousands of names that were submitted by the public for possible inclusion on the British currency. “Why Turing? Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose works had an enormous impact… Read More »

Here’s how to set up your computer to work productively from home

Personally, I love working from home because it means I get to avoid the London Underground during rush hour (aka hell on earth) and it allows me to do my job at my own pace. Having said this, being a remote worker can get a little monotonous and I find myself struggling to remain focused and productive. With this… Read More »

How to program greater diversity among Mississippi’s computer science grads

Makenzie, Mariah and Makayla are triplets who, by the age of 13, have created websites, programmed a handheld Raspberry Picomputer and given orders to a small, white robot called Sphero. The three black girls from Columbus, Mississippi are part of a Mississippi State University program called Bulldog Bytes — an initiative that aims to give girls and teachers hands-on experience with… Read More »

A computer virus has thrown Philadelphia’s court system into chaos

Since May 21st, a virus has shut down Philadelphia’s online court system, bringing network access to a standstill. The problems started unexpectedly: suddenly, no one could seem to access the system to file documents. “It wasn’t working,” says Rachel Gallegos, a senior staff attorney with the civil legal aid organization Community Legal Services. “I thought it was my… Read More »