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Outdoor Computing with a Deck Desk

mgsloan2019-12-08In the last couple years, I’ve been experimenting with some approaches for outdoor computer use. For way too long, I’d felt compelled to stay indoors to use the computer for any substantial chunk of time. Happily, I’ve found some ways to use my computer outside which work quite well for me, and I hope they…

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2019 was a huge year for quantum computing

2019 was the biggest year for quantum computing since, well, ever. It’s the year IBM put a quantum computer in a box and Google claimed its Bristlecone system reached quantum supremacy. But perhaps most exciting was the incredible research happening in universities and think-tanks around the globe. From warp drives to time travel, scientists around…

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Unique Brain Signal Just Discovered. And It Might Just Make Us ‘Human’

Home News (Image: © Shutterstock) Cells nestled in the outermost layers of the human brain generate a special kind of electrical signal that might grant them an extra boost of computing power, new research suggests. What’s more, this signal may be unique to humans — and may explain our unique intelligence, according to the study…

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The Startup That Aims to Decrypt Blockchain for Business

Nikil Viswanathan is a hyper-connected, fast-talking 32-year-old with a record of turning simple consumer apps into viral success. So why is his new company, Alchemy, in the business of blockchain developer tools? He’d like to draw me a chart.Viswanathan grabs a dry-erase marker from his cofounder, Joseph Lau, who has just doodled a rocket ship…

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Gift Guide: Gifts that weave together tech, science and textile crafts

Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’re here to help! We’ll be rolling out gift guides from now through the end of December. You can find our other guides right here. The history of textiles and computing are closely intertwined, with the punch cards used for Jacquard looms inspiring…

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All the high-tech, powerful vehicles TechCrunch reviewed in 2019

From sports cars to crossovers, we tested a lot this year TechCrunch occasionally reviews cars. Why? Vehicles are some of the most complex, technical consumer electronics available. It’s always been that way. Vehicles, especially those available for the consumer, are the culmination of bleeding-edge advancements in computing, manufacturing and material sciences. And some can go…