-Updates 1.2 Computers in Perspective 2.3 The Computer's Core: CPU and Memory

Intel microprocessors add a third dimension

The microprocessors that power today’s computers are running out of space. For decades engineers have found ways to shrink the circuitry that’s etched onto each chip’s surface, but that trend will soon collide with hard laws of physics. Intel engineers may have found a way to continue the relentless march toward ever-faster computers: 3D circuitry containing tiny fins of silicon that rise above the chip’s surface.

-Multimedia 11.5 High-Tech Schools 11.7 The High-Tech Home 5.4 Beyond the Printed Page 6.3 From Hypertext to Interactive Multimedia

A next-generation digital book

Most of the e-books published so far have been on-screen versions of paper books. In this short TED presentation, Mike Matas gives us a peek at the possibilities when digital books combine state-of-the-art interactive multimedia with compelling text.
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-Cross Currents 10.5 Human Questions for a Computer Age 2.3 The Computer's Core: CPU and Memory

The Green IT Movement has lost the plot

The computer industry is trying to green up its act by creating more energy-efficient products. But according to David Moschella in his Computerworld column, computer manufacturers need to take a hard look at what happens to our tech tools and toys when we discard them and move on to newer devices.
-Cross Currents 10.3 Security, Privacy, Freedom, and Ethics 10.5 Human Questions for a Computer Age 13.3 E-Business 2.0: Reinventing Web Commerce 13.4 E-Commerce Ethics 7.3 Database Trends 7.4 No Secrets: Computers and Privacy

Show Us the Data. (It’s Ours, After All.)

Who owns your data? If somebody else collects information about you, should you have the legal right to see and use that information? New York Times Columnist Richard Thaler argues that consumers and businesses alike would benefit from laws ensuring that you have access to your information.
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-Cross Currents 1.3 Computers Today: A Brief Taxonomy

Google’s Chromebook: a Web-only Laptop

Google's Chromebook

In June, 2011, Acer and Samsung will release Web-only laptop computers with interfaces based on Google’s Chrome browser. Unlike other laptops, these inexpensive machines are designed to work only as Web-access devices.
-Multimedia 13.3 E-Business 2.0: Reinventing Web Commerce Chapter 13 E-Commerce and E-Business: The Evolving Internet Economy Chapter 6 Graphics, Digital Media, and Multimedia

The Wilderness Downtown: Arcade Fire’s Groundbreaking Interactive Film

Arcade Fire interactive video screenThis groundbreaking music “video” by Chris Milk combines music, art, and interactive Web technology to create a deeply personal experience. You may need to switch Web browsers to make the experimental HTML 5 technology work, but it’s worth the effort.
-Multimedia 15.6 The Robot Revolution 7.0 The Google Guys Search for Tomorrow Chapter 1 Exploring Our Digital Planet Chapter 15 Is Artificial Intelligence Real? Chapter 7 Database Applications and Privacy Implications

Google’s Driverless Car—A TED Presentation by Sebastian Thrun

Robotic cars aren’t just science fiction fantasies anymore. This short presentation takes you on a road trip in Google’s amazing driverless car as it navigates through crowded city streets and curvy mountain roads. Sebastian Thrun suggests that our roads will be much safer when we let machines do the driving. What do you think?

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-Updates Buses, Ports, and Peripherals Chapter 2 Hardware Basics: Inside the Box Chapter 3 Hardware Basics: Peripherals Ports and Slots Revisited

Thunderbolt: Beyond USB and Firewire?

Thunderbolt logoIntel co-invented USB. Apple invented FireWire. Now the two companies have collaborated to produce Thunderbolt, a fast, flexible technology that may eventually make both of those earlier technologies obsolete. Born in Intel’s research labs, Thunderbolt first appeared earlier this year in Apple’s Macbook Pro. Thunderbolt will provide lightning-fast connection speeds for monitors, hard drives, input devices, and other types of peripherals, once those peripherals are redesigned with Thunderbolt interfaces.

-Multimedia 10.5 Human Questions for a Computer Age 8.7 Social Networks Chapter 1 Exploring Our Digital Planet Chapter 10 Computer Security and Risks Chapter 8 Networking and Digital Communication Chapter 9 The Evolving Internet

Beware of Online Filter Bubbles—A TED Talk by Eli Pariser

Two people sitting next to each other in a coffee house can get wildly different results from the same Google search. Many Facebook users see only posts from friends who agree with them because Facebook is hiding posts from other friends. These two sites, and many others, use filtering software to personalize our Web experience. In this short, thought-provoking talk, Eli Pariser said this software is rapidly creating a world in which “the Internet is showing us what it thinks we want to see, but not necessarily what we need to see.”

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