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This is the best scientific argument that your brain isn't a computer

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. The central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

Chinese Consumers Are Purchasing More Smartphones, Just Not iPhones

To Yang Guangyu, ditching his iPhone is a natural decision. The 29-year-old hotel manager switched from iPhone 5s to Huawei’s Mate 8 in February because the Huawei device he got for $548 has dual Sim card slots, allowing the frequent business traveler to use both his Hong Kong and Shenzhen phone …

Mobile

Learn How to Code on your iPad with Swift Playgrounds

During WWDC last month, Apple introduced an amazing new App that will be available to iPad owners running iOS 10 this fall. The App is called Swift Playgrounds, and it presents a unique way for users of every age and experience level to easily learn how to code in Apple’s Swift coding language at …

App Store

4 tips to make your app's user interface shine

Your app’s user interface is your most direct connection to the user, so you’ll want to make sure it’s perfect. While there’s loads of best practices out there on how to create the kind of UI that people will love using, in this article we’re going to look at four tips you might not have heard …

Microsoft Pix is a better iPhone camera than Apple's

Microsoft might have just made the best <i>and</i> easiest camera app for the iPhone and iPad.<p>That’s a fairly bold claim, but there’s real some substance behind it, and we’ve been able to try it out briefly beforehand. It’s called Microsoft Pix.<p>Here’s the gist of it: You take an image, and Microsoft uses …

Xiaomi's $750 laptop is like a MacBook Air with gaming hardware inside

The Chinese phone maker ventures into the laptop biz with two sleek new machines, the more powerful of which should be able to offer enough power for gaming.<p><b>Sept 1, 2016 update:</b> Xiaomi's Mi Notebook Air isn't quite as novel as the company's hoverboard or latest drone, but it does have one thing …

Uh oh, Apple is about to 'invent' augmented reality

Following Apple’s earnings call on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple would be “invest[ing] in AR in the long run” following the massive success of Pokémon Go. While everyone is now teasing Cook for mispronouncing the name of the game, Apple’s wholehearted support will help propel augmented …

Augmented Reality

The Best Laptops for Engineering and Computer Science Students

Looking for the right laptop to use while you get your engineering or CS degree? Here's a guide to help.<p>It's easy to feel as though you need an …