The PC is voted greatest piece of hardware of all time; Gabe Newell accepts award

What just happened? The Golden Joystick Awards took place yesterday, where some of this year’s best games were honored. We also saw the winners of two very interesting categories revealed: the greatest ever piece of hardware and game of all time. It should come as little surprise to learn that the former was won by the PC, and none other than Gabe Newell himself accepted the award. In the case of the latter, Dark Souls was declared the Ultimate Game of All Time.

This year’s Golden Joystick Awards—the world’s longest-running game awards ceremony, having started in 1983—celebrated ’50 years of

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Time crystal in a quantum computer

There is a huge global effort to engineer a computer capable of harnessing the power of quantum physics to carry out computations of unprecedented complexity. While formidable technological obstacles still stand in the way of creating such a quantum computer, today’s early prototypes are still capable of remarkable feats.

The Google Sycamore chip used in the creation of a time crystal. (Image credit: Google Quantum AI)

For example, the creation of a new phase of matter called a “time crystal.” Just as a crystal’s structure repeats in space, a time crystal repeats in time and, importantly, does so infinitely and

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PC wins Golden Joystick Award for ‘Ultimate Hardware of All Time,’ accepted by Gabe Newell

It’s good to remind ourselves now and then that video gaming of any form has only been around for about 50 years. The explosion of home electronics over the past half-century has featured some amazing platforms along the way, from the Atari VCS and Colecovision through the NES, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo Switch. But one towers above them all as the Ultimate Hardware of All Time, revealed during today’s Golden Joystick Awards as the venerable, immortal PC.

The other platforms in the top five—the PlayStation, PS4, Super NES, and PlayStation 2—are all worthy contenders, but let’s face it, the PC

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It’s time to dump Chrome as your default browser on Android

Jack Wallen makes his case for Android users to switch from Chrome as their default browsers. He also shows you how.

I’m going to be honest here, I don’t use a web browser very often on Android. Most often I stick with specific applications. Now, I get that some of those applications are Single Page Web apps that are probably using bits of Chrome under the hood. But as far as using a full-fledged web browser, it’s only sporadic on my phone. 

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Until probably a year ago, I didn’t mind using Chrome on Android.

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Learning How to Speak IT’s Language, One Course At a Time

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Written by Dan Seitz

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When I started working my side hustle in the early 2000s, it was just me, a netbook, and an Ethernet cord. Since then, though, I’ve had to learn IT on the fly. Data, code, and networking are becoming more and more important to even the smallest business, and I’ve found the best way to stay on top

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Google’s quantum computer generates new phase of matter: Time crystals

In a paper published last month on the research-sharing platform Arxiv.org, a team of more than 100 scientists describes setting up an array of 20 quantum particles, or qubits, to serve as a time crystal. During experiments, they applied algorithms that spun the qubits upward and downward, generating a controllable reaction that could be sustained “for infinitely long times,” according to the paper.

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Google researchers made a time crystal inside a quantum computer

A processor for Google’s Sycamore quantum computer

Erik Lucero

A unique phase of matter called a time crystal, which can in theory flip between two configurations forever with no energy input necessary, has been created inside a quantum computer built by Google. It is one of the first real-world problems solved by a quantum computer, and could also be harnessed to improve them.

A crystal can form out of a material when its components form stable, repeating patterns. At this point it is said to have lost spatial symmetry – it no longer …

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That time Louis Vuitton made a netbook

I occasionally chance across the Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Handheld PC, released in 2003 and a rare find on eBay, Tradesey, Yahoo Japan, etc. You’ll pay through the nose for what is, in essence, an NEC MobilePro in LVMC livery: a low-end but surprisingly snappy instant-on clamshell device running Windows CE.

Isn’t it handsome? Rapper Travis Scott is known to own one and his posting of it to Instagram about doubled the price it fetches at auction a few years ago.

If you want one of the weirdest and most distinctive laptops of all time, it’s a solid pick

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