• COMPUTERS
    Computers are getting more expensive, and here’s why

    Prices for memory chips have jumped during the past year, and those increases are starting to make their way to consumers. The world-wide personal computer industry saw another quarterly decline in sales during the second quarter, as price hikes caused by memory chip scarcity scared some consumers away. According to data for the second quarter […]

  • CLOTHING
    Wearable cloud could be less expensive more powerful form of mobile computing

    Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are exploring the concept of a wearable personal cloud — a fully functioning, yet compact and lightweight cloud computing system embedded into clothing. Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer and information sciences in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences, and Rasib Khan, Ph.D., a recent […]

  • ELECTRONICS
    How to Experience Virtual Reality Without an Expensive Headset

    Hollywood studios, news outlets and consumer brands are all dabbling with virtual reality. Many everyday folks will soon join them using 360-degree cameras coming soon from Samsung and LG. But headsets to view VR video can cost more than $1,000 once you include a high-end personal computer with fast-enough graphics. And while smartphone makers are […]