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BBC reveals the micro:bit computer — free for all UK children

The BBC has revealed the details of its new pocket-sized computer that will be given away free of charge to all 11- and 12-year-olds in the UK as part of the organisation's initiative to get more children interested in computers and coding.

$99 Windows 10 PC will live in your pocket and connect to your TV

French technology firm Archos has announced that it is getting in on the new "computer stick" market with its own dongle. It will run Windows 10, connect to your television as its monitor and cost just $99, making it a great option for those on the go.

Apple starts free replacement program for iMac 3TB hard drives

Apple has launched a replacement program for defective 3TB hard drives used in its flagship 27-inch iMacs for the 2013 season. The offer is being made across the world as Apple has found that the hard drives can fail under specific circumstances.

Injectable brain electronics aid health and potential immortality

Major advances in the treatment of brain disorders and the future possibility of computerized immortality have now got one step closer, after scientists successfully used a syringe to inject "flexible" electronics into the brains of mice.

Unused mobile phones are wasting £100 million of gold says report

A study has found that over £100 million worth of gold is being wasted inside unused or broken mobile phones in the UK alone. It suggests that mobile operators should be doing much more to encourage the recycling of old devices.

Computer solves 120-year-old mystery of worms in three days

A computer has solved a mystery that has been puzzling scientists for over 120 years in just three days. Using complex predictive simulation software, the system managed to explain how sliced-up worms turn into independent organisms.

Windows 10 launching July 29th, reserve your upgrade now

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has announced that Windows 10 will be made available on July 29th for free and on new devices. You can reserve a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 computers right now with a dialog that is appearing in the Windows system tray.

Woman who left an Apple-1 computer worth $200k at a dump sought

Authorities are searching for a woman who left an Apple-1 computer worth over $200,000 at a recycling depot in Silicon Valley. One of only around 200 units ever made, the ultra-rare computer dates from 1976 and is exceptionally collectible today.

Windows 10 will hurt PC sales, says analyst

A key analyst firm has said that Microsoft's release of Windows 10 in the next few months is actually going to harm the declining PC market rather than help it because the key home consumers will be able to get a free upgrade, leading to less new sales.

Memristor circuit recreates the brain and carries out human tasks

Researchers have developed a new kind of neural circuit that uses memristor technology to replicate the complex human brain. The "intelligent" circuit was able to perform some human tasks that computers usually struggle at, such as image classification.

This $9 computer wants to 'work, play and everything in between'

A $9 computer seeking crowd-funding right now is making waves in the technology world because of its promise of being able to do anything an ordinary computer could do, while still fitting with ease into the palm of your hand and carrying that low price.

Windows 10 is the 'last version of Windows', says Microsoft

A Microsoft developer has revealed that the company is viewing Windows 10 as the last major version of the renowned operating system, confirming many previous rumours of how Microsoft will update Windows over-the-air with incremental feature additions.

New self-destructing virus kills computers when detected

A new form of self-destructing virus has been discovered with a unique agenda. The malware can work out when anti-virus programs have detected it and then renders the computer unusable so that it can keep on operating.

Huge security flaw found in Lenovo laptops and computers

Just months after Lenovo was found to be installing adware on its computers, it has now been revealed that the company has left "massive security risks" in its own software supplied with its machines leaving users vulnerable to attack and exploit.

Review: The Inateck HB4009 'Magic Hub' is one unique USB expansion

Most USB hubs have a very simple purpose. They allow you to add more USB ports to your computer by connecting a dongle to one of the existing ports. The Inateck HB4009 has some rather different functionality though including clipboard and mouse sharing.

Microsoft Build keynote: Everything you need to know about Windows and more

The keynote of Microsoft Build yesterday was filled with announcements detailing the future and evolution of Microsoft's core services including Windows and Office, as well how the company intends to stock its app store. Here's everything you should know.

London Metropolitan Police still uses 35,000 Windows XP computers

A freedom of information request has revealed how prevalent the 14-year old Windows XP still is at key public businesses. The London Metropolitan Police force announced today that officers still use 35,000 XP machines, despite support ending a year ago.

Problem solved -- Starbucks stores reopen in U.S. and Canada

Seattle - More than 8,000 Starbucks cafes in the U.S. and Canada reopened Saturday after being shut down the day before because of a computer failure.

IBM develops computer tape capable of storing 220TB of data

IT giant IBM has developed a new form of magnetic tape for computer storage that can hold 220TB of data on a reel of tape that could fit in the palm of your hand. The development will make it much easier to store vast amounts of data.

Universe's evolution recreated by mindblowing computer simulation

Described as a "time machine," scientists have recreated the history of the universe from near its birth to the present day, using a stunning computer simulation.

Microsoft unveils the Surface 3 — A low-cost Windows tablet

As previously rumoured, Microsoft has today launched the Surface 3 as a low-cost addition to its line-up of Windows tablets. Sporting a 10.8-inch display and Intel Atom processing power, the new Surface is tasked with bringing entry-level consumers in.

Microsoft could be building a new budget Surface for Windows 10

Microsoft is reporting to be building a new variant of its popular Surface Pro 3 tablet that will be a lower-end replacement to the Windows RT Surface 2 of September 2013. The new tablet will run full Windows though and is designed to fill a range gap.

Researchers hack computers by firing blasts of hot air

Researchers have found a way to hack into secure computer systems by firing blasts of hot air, tricking the computer's thermal sensor and allowing the researchers access to the computer even when not connected to the internet.

Panda antivirus update causes software to flag itself

An update to Panda's antivirus software programs has led to the software recognising some of its own core files as malicious malware. It then quarantined them, leaving itself unable to run and preventing computers from starting up.

'Komodia' software behind Superfish found in 12 more programs

The dangerous code that allowed the Superfish adware preinstalled on Lenovo laptops to spoof secure SSL certificates has now been found inside another twelve programs online. All are capable of getting around the security mechanisms in the HTTPS protocol.

The new Raspberry Pi is 'camera shy'; reboots after flash shot

Users of the new Raspberry Pi 2 credit-card sized computer launched earlier this week are discovering that the device appears to be "camera shy" with several owners noting that using flash to take a photo of the device causes it to freeze and then reboot.

Raspberry Pi 2 unveiled; updated minicomputer now runs Windows 10

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched an updated version of its acclaimed credit-card sized computer featuring upgraded hardware and much more power than its predecessor, giving it the ability to run a version of Windows 10 later this year.

The Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2014 is here; '123456' still top

SplashData has released its updated list of the Top 25 Worst Passwords for 2014, continuing the new tradition since 2011. As might be expected, "123456" still tops the chart, followed in second place by the decidedly simple "password."

New algorithm advances 3D printing

Burnaby - Professor Richard Zhang, of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, has developed a new algorithm for 3D printing. To demonstrate this, with seasonal flair, he has produced some remarkable Christmas trees.

Apple 1 sells for $365,000

New York - A fully operational Apple 1 computer has been sold at auction for $365,000. The computer was sold at auction house Christie's in New York.
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