Kevin Lieber of Vsauce2 got his hands on a vintage 1980s Telcon Zorba, an early “portable” CP/M-based PC, and demonstrates just how far we’ve come in the last 30 years, along with a little round of ZORK, still considered to be one of the greatest adventure games of all time.
Simone Giertz and William Osman teamed up to do something stupid and silly. They took Simone’s goofy Citicar and turned it into a giant computer mouse. Driving and steering controls the cursor, while honking the horn is a click. It totally sucks, but that’s what we expected.
Computer vision algorithms keep getting better and better at recognizing objects, people, and locations. In this demonstration video from Deep Python, using the Faster R-CNN framework, we get to see how good machine learning has become at identifying stuff.
It’s a key sequence PC users dread having to use, but the old “CTRL-ALT-DELETE” is still in use today. Nostalgia Nerd looks back at the origin of this key combo which dates back to the 1980s. We’re sure Jony Ive will profess that Apple’s “Command-Option-Esc” is far superior.
A versatile and affordable gaming laptop. The Nitro 5 Spin has a 15″ 1080p touchscreen and a 360º hinge so you can set it up in various ways, including as a simple tablet. But unlike most hybrids it can run most modern games thanks to its GTX 1050 GPU. Drops 10/2017 for $999.
The HP Omen X laptop can be equipped with a Core i7-7820HK CPU, up to 32GB RAM and GTX 1070/1080 GPU that can all be overclocked. It also has tons of cooling and vents, a 1080p or 4K G-Sync display and a programmable backlit mechanical keyboard. Drops 11/2017 for $1200+.
Chase Cobb’s prototype handheld PC only has a Core i3 6300 U with Intel HD 520 integrated graphics (the same CPU in these laptops), but it’s good enough to play many modern games such as Overwatch and Rocket League, and handles Xbox One streaming really well.
David Hoffman released this footage from a 1979 documentary he worked on called The Information Society. In it, privacy expert Alan Westin provided a remarkable view of what future computing might be like. Among his predictions – online review services like Yelp.
The Gaming Box is an external GPU case that’s pre-installed with a mini ITX GTX 1070. It also has HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, and 3 USB 3 ports. It will work with computers that have a Thunderbolt 3 port, including the new MacBook Pros and the Intel NUC. Drops soon for $599.
Razer’s ultrabook now comes in two screen sizes: the original 12.5″ and a new 13.3″ screen with thin bezels. It also has a new second color scheme – dark gray with a non-glowing Razer logo on the lid and only a white backlight for its keyboard. It also works with the Razer Core.