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Netbook reborn (and that’s a good thing!)

As someone who loves large, sharp displays, powerful processors, and oodles of storage I have to admit that I miss the days of netbooks. If you are too young to remember, netbooks came out in the late 2000s which were more or less low-powered mini laptops. They were popular on college campuses for their portability and ease of use. Alas, they’ve long since died out with the rise of smartphones, tablets, and ultrabooks taking their place.

Does this mean there isn’t a place for a smaller computing device with a keyboard and trackpad? Hardly! Lenovo does its best to revive

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AI can now write its own computer code. That’s good news for humans

As soon as Tom Smith got his hands on Codex — a new artificial intelligence technology that writes its own computer programs — he gave it a job interview.

He asked if it could tackle the “coding challenges” that programmers often face when interviewing for big-money jobs at Silicon Valley companies like Google and Facebook. Could it write a program that replaces all the spaces in a sentence with dashes? Even better, could it write one that identifies invalid ZIP codes?

It did both instantly, before completing several other tasks. “These are problems that would be tough for a lot

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A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That’s Good News for Humans.

As soon as Tom Smith got his hands on Codex — a new artificial intelligence technology that writes its own computer programs — he gave it a job interview.

He asked if it could tackle the “coding challenges” that programmers often face when interviewing for big-money jobs at Silicon Valley companies like Google and Facebook. Could it write a program that replaces all the spaces in a sentence with dashes? Even better, could it write one that identifies invalid ZIP codes?

It did both instantly, before completing several other tasks. “These are problems that would be tough for a lot

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This device could stop USB cyberattacks for good

Although USB devices such as flash drives are convenient and make moving data between devices easier, they can also be abused by cybercriminals to infect computers with malware and other viruses.

This is why a team of scientists and professors from Liverpool Hope University in the UK have created a sophisticated new device capable of countering the threats posed by malicious USB devices.

The project, led by Dr Shishir Kumar Shandilya alongside Professor Atulya Nagar, is aimed at removing one of the most common paths through which malicious files and programs can be injected by attackers and cybercriminals.

Dr Shandilya

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Review: First Good Android Smartwatch

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I admit I’ve begun to give up hope that Android smartwatches would ever improve. Until recently, the market was messy and fragmented with so many issues that it seemed certain no one company could solve them. Over the years, Samsung’s smartwatches tended to be the best of the lot, but its watches, which ran on Samsung’s own Tizen operating system, also forced non-Samsung smartphone owners to make compromises with no good alternatives.

But I have good news. Samsung’s new Wear OS-based Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are here, and while they’re not

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Supreme Court hands down very good news for everyone who uses a computer

A case that the Supreme Court handed down on Thursday, Van Buren v. United States, centers on the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) — a law so old it’s practically antediluvian by the standards of the tech industry.

Enacted in 1986, the law is intended to prevent individuals from accessing computer systems or individual files that they are not permitted to see — think of it as an anti-hacking law. But the law was also enacted more than three decades ago, long before the internet shifted much of human society to the virtual world. As such, many

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PC Sales Are Strong. That’s Good News for Chip Giants Intel and AMD.

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Intel and Advanced Micro Devices each received roughly half of last year’s revenue are derived from PCs, and Lenovo, HP, and Dell noted continued strong demand for them.


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Three large personal-computer companies reported powerful results Thursday. The chips that power such machines are also selling at record levels, which is likely to be a positive sign for the rest of the year, according to a Citi Research analyst.

Together Lenovo (ticker: LNVGY),

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(HPQ), and Dell Technologies (DELL), represent 63% of PC-market share, according to Citi Research analyst Christopher Danely. In a Friday client note, Danely

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Google’s Mysterious “Guacamole” Feature Is Good News for Android Auto Users

Google is currently working on a new Google Assistant feature that would make the way we use voice commands much more seamless and convenient, both on the phone and in the car.
Codenamed “Guacamole,” the update was first spotted nearly two months ago, but more evidence was discovered earlier this week, most likely as the development phase has reached the point where Google started testing the feature with the help of company employees.

So what is Guacamole supposed to do? In just a few words, this new feature makes the interaction with Google Assistant more straightforward by eliminating

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Note to Junior Wall Street Bankers: Stress Can Be Good

An HSBC Holdings Plc contractor named Jonathan Frostick recently wrote an introspective post on LinkedIn about surviving a heart attack. What was striking about the item is that upon experiencing chest pains, Frostick immediately thought not of his wife and family, but how inconvenient it was given all the outstanding projects he had left to finish for HSBC.

The post struck a nerve – – receiving, at last count, 240,000 reactions on the social media platform – because it spoke to the hard-charging culture of Wall Street at a time when Wall Street is doing a lot of soul-searching about

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