The Happy Hour virus is the computer ‘virus’ you’ve always wanted

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Friday 22 November 2013

Work. It makes you want to drink. But most companies don’t allow mid-afternoon drinkathons, so the next best thing is leaving work early for one. The Happy Hour Virus is your little slice of sanity, corporate workers. This website has been designed to change your computer screen to “broken” mode in kernel panic, broken monitor […]

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Meet the most sexist computer ever invented

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Tech on Monday 9 September 2013

This poor computer just doesn’t have a filter when it comes to telling jokes. Programmed to tell sexist jokes by scientists at University of Edinburgh, it hasn’t yet been programmed to be “socially aware”, so some of the jokes come out better than other. The scientists taught the computer to combine two unlikely words and […]

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Siebren Versteeg creates art using ever-evolving algorithms

Mareike Muller Contributor

By Mareike Muller in New Art on Thursday 11 July 2013

Ever since the computer began to conquer our private space, there’s very few areas which have remained untouched. Even the arts got fascinated by these little machines and the possibilities they offer, experimenting with binary codes, algorithms and randomly generated patterns. These abstract pieces by Siebren Versteeg seem different, though, because his ever-evolving algorithm considers […]

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New technology lets you Email using eye movement

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Tech on Thursday 28 March 2013

Guess what? Society has finally advanced beyond the need to physically move a mouse in order to operate a computer. This amazing new invention by the Not Impossible Foundation allows those limited by paralyses or any other neuromuscular disorder to type, email, and surf the web. How is this possible? It’s just as simple as […]

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Infographic: Computers are more stressful than relationships

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Design on Thursday 21 February 2013

I’m going to be honest: there was a point in the last year when opening my computer was more stress than I could deal with. So I left it closed for quite a while. Between not understanding the machine, sorting though social media, software crashes, updates, and the rest, computers seem to add a significant […]

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Leap Motion: a computer input device

Phil Groman Reader Find

By Phil Groman in Tech on Tuesday 13 November 2012

This could very well become the next generation of computer input devices, in an age beyond keyboards and mice. Essentially the Leap is a sophisticated sensor that allows the user to control a computer in three dimensions using natural natural hand and finger movements.

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Raspberry Pi: powerful credit card-sized computers for $35

Jilli Rose Reader Find

By Jilli Rose in Tech on Friday 19 October 2012

A powerful credit-card-sized computer for $35, developed by eggheads at Cambridge University specifically to remove the don’t-mess-with-my-expensive-machine preciousness of computers, encourage kids to tinker, and thus improve the calibre of their computer science applicants. As you would expect, kids are doing mind-bending projects with them, like brain-controlling their Lego robots.

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