Computing

LumiNet: The Wearable Computing Network

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LumiNet takes the conventions of a central processing unit, such as an Arduino, handling most of the workload and spreads the responsibility across a series of parallel ‘LumiNet modules’ which only depend on the four modules directly connected to it. This way, if one module goes bad, the rest of the wearable network will stay up and running. It’s programming ...

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IMEC meets Howest: The First Solar Powered Laptop

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We’ve seen solar-powered laptop cases and even a crazy Apple patent that suggested sun powered back lighting, but this is a concept that could change computing as we know it. The “IMEC meets Howest” is claimed to be the first laptop which relies completely on the power of the sun. Energized by two solar panels, no electricity source is needed ...

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Microsoft Cuts the Cord: PCs No Longer Allowed to Come Preloaded with Windows XP

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After the release of the unfinished Windows Vista and its inevitable failures, corporations and end users alike turned their collective cursors back to XP in search of a stable experience. Windows 7, now exactly a year since its release, has garnered stellar critical reception when compared to that of Vista. Nearly a decade following the retail release of Windows XP, ...

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Cyberpunk PC Mod Turns An Office Into a Matrix Jacking-In Device

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Russian computer modders are really on a roll recently. The newest PC mod from the Russian mind is this amazing Cyberpunk PC, which looks more like the device used to jack in to the Matrix than just some piece of hardware you use to surf the web. Completely devoid of a case, the Cyberpunk PC opts to expose all of ...

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Homemade Data Rig Has 90 TB of Storage Cooled By 40 Fans

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A Russian modder has crafted the perfect solution to limited storage space for all of those torrents you’ve been downloading recently. This homemade computer rig rocks out with 90 terabytes of storage. But 90 TB of computing generates a ton of heat, which is why this computer needs 40 fans to keep cool. More than enough space to download pretty ...

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Apple Unveils Two New MacBook Air Models

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After much talk and even more speculation, Apple unveiled their newest line of MacBook Air mini-notebooks at the “Back to the Mac” event today in Cupertino. Steve Jobs announced the launch of two new MacBook Airs, one 13.3 inch, 2.9 lb. model and one 11.6 inch, 2.3 lb. model. These Airs are special though, because they are the first MBAs ...

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WD Unveils Largest SATA Drive in the World

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You know what they say, it’s just more to love. WD unveiled their newest Caviar Green SATA Drive which stores 3.0 TB of data, divided into 750 GB platters. An Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) allows users to skirt the 2.5 TB limitations of PC hardware. Nothing like a little technical trickery to get your juices flowing. Believe it or ...

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The Birth of a Chip: A Tour Through a State-of-the-Art Clean Room

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Applied Materials’ Maydan Technology Center in Santa Clara, California is a 39,000 square foot facility of cleanliness. The contents of these rooms hold our future. The birth of the modern computer begins here, where super machines built by Applied Materials constructs the most modern and powerful pieces of hardware using raw slices of silicon. Wired takes a tour of a ...

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