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The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London based think-tank releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.<p>The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considered more than …

Geography

Kangaroo is an amazing $99 Windows 10 portable PC

InFocus today debuted the Kangaroo, a $99 Windows 10 portable PC that “goes anywhere and works with any screen.” The term “mobile desktop” may seem like an oxymoron, but that really is the best description: Picture your typical desktop PC tower shrunk down to the size of a phablet sans screen; just …

Gear & Gadgets

Enthusiasts and Skeptics Debate Artificial Intelligence

Kurt Andersen wonders: If the Singularity is near, will it bring about global techno-Nirvana or civilizational ruin?<p><b>THE GREAT SCHISM</b><p>Artificial intelligence is suddenly everywhere. It’s still what the experts call “soft A.I.,” but it is proliferating like mad. We’re now accustomed to having …

26 Pictures That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

The universe, man... THE UNIVERSE.

Lenovo's new 13-inch 'Yoga' tablet is as big as its Windows Ultrabooks

Lenovo seems to be coming full circle. After knocking our socks off with the original Yoga, a 13-inch Ultrabook whose screen could fold all the way back, the company followed up with a spinoff product called the Yoga Tablet. Today, the lineup includes both Android and Windows tablets, mostly in the …

Mysterious moons and alien life: the 42 best space movies ever made

Lenovo Unveils New Android and Windows Devices

Lenovo has announced a trio of new devices today as it looks to differentiate and gain inroads in the competitive PC and mobile computing space.<p>The Next Web is at a launch event in London, where the Chinese electronics giant unveiled a new convertible PC and two new Yoga Tablet models, with some …

Minix Neo Z64 Windows 8.1 And Android Mini PC Unveiled For $129

Minix has this week added a new addition to their range of mini PC systems, in the form of the newly launched Minix Neo Z64 which is capable of …

Raspberry Pi

The Shkadov Thruster, or: How to Move an Entire Solar System

In our cosmic megastructures series, PM explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in building gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: the Shkadov Thruster, a mirror potentially larger than the sun.<p><b>Name</b>: Shkadov Thruster<p><b>Named for</b>: Russian physicist Leonid Shkadov, …

Practical Jetpacks (Finally) Take Off

Jetpacks have been a staple of science fiction and movies for decades. Remember James Bond’s flight in Thunderball? However, these older designs had a number of drawbacks: they couldn’t fly very far or very long and they were difficult to control. If you wanted a jetpack, you’d be better be a …

Why Solid State Drives Are Your Best Performance Upgrade And They're Getting Cheaper Too

Nothing and I mean literally nothing, has done more for general computing performance in the past 3 – 5 years, than the SSD or Solid State Drive. Faster processors, more memory, and even faster graphics cards don’t offer the kind of instantaneous and observable boost in system responsiveness, …

After nine years of research, Numenta finally has apps that mimic the way the brain works (interview)

Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky started Numenta nine years ago to create software that was modeled after the way the human brain processes information. It has taken longer than expected, but the Redwood City, Calif.-based startup recently held an open house to show how much progress it has …

The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work

Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores.<p>Google's self-driving cars can tour you around the streets of Mountain View, California.<p>I know this. I rode in one this week. I saw the car's human operator take his hands …

Opinion

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