Google dramatically reduced idle times in Microsoft Windows to make its Chrome browser seem "peppier" but the real result was shorter battery life on laptops, and the waste of unknown megawatts of power.
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Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....
Microsoft is working on a wearable 'Alice band' that helps blind people to navigate the urban environment, but it's a research project for a UK government-backed Future Cities Catapult, not a commercial development.
Businesses beware — Avast says vast amounts of personal data and photos can be recovered from second-hand Android smartphones even if users have re-set them to factory condition.
Google Plus has just celebrated its third birthday, but the service was virtually ignored in Google's I/O conference, and it's still not clear whether it has much of a future. The service may be less than the sum of its parts....
Containerization is cheaper than virtualization. Cloud customers could save money by running programs in auto-scaling containers instead of fixed-size virtual machines, according to ElasticHosts.
Malwarebytes has launched a lightweight exploit shield designed to prevent zero-day attacks and other unknown threats to Windows, including Windows XP. And the basic version is free….
A computer program that pretends to be a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy passed a Turing test at the Royal Society in London yesterday on the 60th anniversary of Turing's death.
The EU has launched "the world's largest civilian research and innovation programme in robotics", which it expects to create more than 240,000 jobs.
A paper on smartphone patent claims reports that royalties could cost more than $120 on a hypothetical $400 smartphone.
The UK's National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) held a competition for child visitors to build LEGO models of some of the computers in its display. This was the result...