May 2012 Archives
Thursday, 31st May 2012
Perhaps the most visible change to the Windows 8 Desktop (the "old" half of Microsoft's new operating system) will come from live performance graphs. Improved heuristics in the new Task Manager and all-new graphs in Windows Explorer, of all places, will tell you when "burst mode" kicks in and when your hard drive is slowing down.
[Video] Q&A About the New Chromebook & Chromebox
Jon has been testing the new Google Chromebook and Chromebox for a couple weeks. He and Dan discussed whether these things are ready for prime time. Then Dan's audio cut out, so he continued to mime comments while Jon answered reader questions. There were lots of them! We hope this video answers all your Chrome OS questions, and if not…
Gamifying the Executive Suite
It’s easy to think of gaming as kids stuff, and the behavior-driving techniques honed by the gaming industry limited to getting the unwashed Internet masses to play Farmville or boost engagement in marketing campaigns. But it turns out that the same motivators that get the adrenaline pumping in a 15-year-old gamer also drive executives. So…
MIT Brain Who Beat the Casinos Launches Service to Quantify Developer Performance
Jeff Ma, the MIT blackjack team member who served as the inspiration for Ben Mezrich’s book Bringing Down the House and the film 21, gave developers at the Atlassian Summit a glimpse of his new stealth startup: TenXer.
Read/Write Daily: Tractor Beams & Smelly People
Today's theme is mad scientists. In covering tech, we tend to focus on the products, the problems and the money. But arguably the most important parts of the story are the people themselves. It's their personal obsessions that take dreamy ideas and make them real. Here are a few science and tech stories focused on fascinating people.