HI-TECH NEWS with #computers hashtag

by JASELINEte
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For the past few years, Dell’s XPS 13 has widely been considered one of, if not the best Windows laptop for most people.

It looks good, its keyboard is comfortable, its battery life is superb, and, most notably, its bezels are super thin, which effectively lets it pack a 13-inch display into the body of an 11-inch machine.

We liked the most recent model enough to include it in our roundup of last year’s top laptops.

Lenovo is looking to break new ground with the ThinkPad 13, a laptop that looks and feels like a classic ThinkPad but comes with a much cheaper price tag than we’re used to. With a starting price of £379.99 (around $480), it’s the second-most affordable model in Lenovo’s current ThinkPad line-up, positioned just behind the company’s rugged ThinkPad 11e Series that’s aimed at students.

by CrinetJanet
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You may have noticed some new Nvidia drivers have just popped up, but it would seem like the best course of action is not to update right now, as the company has acknowledged a number of problems including an issue which seriously messes with memory clock speeds on certain graphics cards.

Connectivity has been something of a sore point with the new MacBook Pro – from complaints about dropping the SD card slot, to the fact that you only get a pair of Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports on the base 13-inch model – and now we’re hearing that to heap misery on top of the latter, some existing Thunderbolt 3 devices aren’t compatible with Apple’s freshly revealed notebooks.

by Tom-Link
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The only place I like seeing a beach ball is at a beach or in a stadium during a baseball game or concert. The one place I least like to see a beach ball is on my aging MacBook Pro, where the spinning beach ball has become an altogether too familiar a sight. If your Mac has become frustratingly slow, there are a number of ways you can speed it up again.

Before you engage in any maintenance, I would urge you to take caution and back up your data. For Macs, it's easy: grab an external drive and run Time Machine. With your Mac's drive freshly backed up, you may proceed.

Researchers including one of Indian-origin have engineered a material that could lead to a new generation of computing devices, packing in more computing power while consuming nearly 100 times less energy thant today's electronics require.

Self-driving cars are the future, and Nvidia wants in. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced today at the inaugural GPU Technology Conference Europe that the company is developing a simplified supercomputer that can power self-driving cars.

The supercomputer, called Xavier, is a system-on-chip (SoC) design that features both CPU and GPU on a single chip. Nvidia worked hard to shrink the silicon down to minimize space and maximize efficiency.

Quantum computing is the area of study focused on developing computer technology based on the principles of quantum theory. The quantum computer, following the laws of quantum physics, would gain enormous processing powerthrough the ability to be in multiple states, and to perform tasks using all possible permutations simultaneously.

by Smartmon
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Most of us don’t have much use for the capabilities of a supercomputer — but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t keep a handle on how these systems are progressing. The bi-annual list of the top 500 supercomputers in the world is a good way of tracking the trends, and the latest edition of the ranking suggests that China is leading the pack.