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How The Smithsonian Is Using Crowdsourcing To Transcribe History

“Launched in 2013, the project invites anyone with access to a computer to choose from a buffet of documents supplied by 14 of the Smithsonian’s libraries, archives and museums. Volunteers participate anonymously or create profiles, and each project comes with specific instructions. Participants read scanned pages and type their transcriptions into a field below.”

Latest Windows 10 Update Fixes Edge’s Private Browsing Issue

If you don’t want your browsing history to be stored on the computer you use the private browsing mode of your browser. Those who are on Windows 10 and use Microsoft Edge recently found out that the browser’s InPrivate mode was caching visited URLs which means that anybody could access their history if they just got hold of their hard drive. Show More Summary

How To Clear iPhone & iPad Browser History

Clearing browser history on computers is an activity that we’re sure many of us are already familiar with. However since phones are such personal devices that are rarely ever shared, there is almost no need to clear the browsing history on your phone. Show More Summary

Our 9 Favorite Companies From 500 Startups “Demo-Ween”

2 weeks agoTechnology / Startups : 500

500 Startups today presented its 14th batch of companies at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, with a spooky twist.

Fighting Whitewashed History With MIT's Diversity Hackers

Hackathon participant Nelly Rosaria, making the Wiki-world a more textured place. (Photo: Atlas Obscura) It's a scene no one would look twice at–on a Friday afternoon at the end of January, in a gray-walled MIT computer lab, a dozenShow More Summary

Justin Bieber Flaunts Ripped Body for Calvin Klein

WARNING:  The following Justin Bieber photo may cause your computer screen to catch on fire. Click on it with caution. Indeed, on the heels of one of the biggest snowstorms in U.S. history, Bieber has done his part to make the country...Show More Summary

IBMVoice: Five Ways Cognitive Computing Will Transform Businesses

We are entering a new era in the history of humanity -- the era of cognitive computing.

The History of Duolingo

These Questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answers by Luis Von Ahn, Co-Founder and CEO of Duolingo and reCAPTCHA, computer science professor at CMU, on Quora. Show More Summary

Preparing For The Digital Transformation Tsunami

It’s not your first digital transformation rodeo. Nor is it your last. It may however be your biggest. Never in the history of computing has there been so many monumental changes occurring simultaneously at such a rapid pace. Unlike the move to the Internet, where everyone placed an “e” in front [...]

My best and worst IT lessons #2: The history lesson

What were the elements that made a history lesson (in a computer lab) about JFK so good?

Let's Donate Our Organs and Unused Cloud Cycles to Science

There’s a long history of donating spare compute cycles for worthy causes. Most of those efforts were started in the Desktop Age. Now, in the Cloud Age, how can we donate spare compute capacity? How about through a private spot market? There are cycles to spare. Show More Summary

The guy who wrote Windows Solitaire did it as an intern and never made any royalties on it

One of the most popular computer games of all time, the 25-year-old Windows Solitaire, was written by an intern named Wes Cherry who was never paid for it, or given royalties of any kind. The history of Solitaire has been one of theShow More Summary

Reverse Engineering The iPhone’s Ancestor

By all accounts, the ARM architecture should be a forgotten footnote in the history of computing. What began as a custom coprocessor for a computer developed for the BBC could have easily found the same fate as National Semiconductor’s NS32000 series, HP’s PA-RISC series, or Intel’s iAPX series of microprocessors. Show More Summary

Breaking the DRM on the 1982 Apple ][+ port of Burger Time

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

4AM is a prolific computer historian whose practice involves cracking the copy protection on neglected Apple ][+ floppy disks, producing not just games, but voluminous logs that reveal the secret history of the cat-and-mouse between crackers and publishers. (more…)

A Very Short History of Digitization

Milestones in the story of the adoption and proliferation of today’s most widely spoken language, the computer's binary code.

Ten defining moments in ARM’s history

On November 27th 1990, Advanced RISC Machines was spun out of Acorn Computers with a mission to create a new global microprocessor standard. A lot has happened in these 25 years.

Definitely Got Something to do with chess XIV

The rules of "The Greatest Tournament in Chess History," the USD 20 million Sheldrake Memorial Tournament, a.k.a. Los Voraces 2019, are: no seconds, no agents, no computers, no entourages, no pagers, no power palms, no phone calls -Show More Summary

The Computational Drink Made in Ada Lovelace's Honor

An illustration inspired by the A. E. Chalon portrait created for the Ada Initiative, which supported open technology and women (Illustration: Colin Adams) The story of Ada Lovelace and her contribution to computing history was long forgotten—but, in recent years, she's become something of an icon in the world of coders. Show More Summary

Thursday assorted links

1. The chunkiness of space? 2. Data on affirmative action and enrollments. 3. Claims about quantum computing. 4. Roman history reading list.  And was the Roman world caught in a Malthusian trap?  And all roads lead to Rome. 5. Robin Hanson on Thomas Schelling on climate change. 6. Bill Kristol interviews Larry Summers: “I remember […]

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