Amazon offers quantum computing on its AWS servers

Quantum computing is arguably the next major milestone for tech companies, but unless you're the likes of Google or IBM, it's a fairly costly endeavor. But Amazon -- which up until now has been pretty quiet on the quantum front -- has plans to offer...

The Chocolate Cubes Keyboard Looks Good Enough to Eat

Do you love chocolate? How about computers? Well if you enjoy both, I don’t recommend getting chocolate all over your keyboard, as it’s really hard to clean off. Instead, why not go for this keyboard that looks like chocolate instead?

The Ajazz Chocolate Cubes is a full-size mechanical keyboard that looks absolutely delectable. The two-tone chocolate brown keys really do remind me of the bricks you break off from a chocolate bar… or if you’re like me, you just bite right into the whole thing. That said, I don’t think biting into this tasty looking keyboard is a good idea, despite the fact that it has equally yummy sounding Cherry MX switches. Mmmm. Chocolate-covered cherries.

Now that you’ve cleaned up the drool off your old keyboard, here are some additional specifics: It’s got 104 keys, including numerics and function keys, and is compatible with Windows or OSX. Each key switch is rated for over 50 million lifetime presses, and you’ve got a choice between Cherry MX Black, Brown, Red, or Blue keys. I say you stick with the brown ones to keep the chocolate theme going.

If you’d like a Chocolate Cubes keyboard for your desktop, head over to Drop today, where they have them on special for $95 through 11/17/19 – a savings of $15 off of the regular price.

Google says it’s achieved quantum supremacy

Google is standing by its claim that it's achieved quantum supremacy -- marking a major milestone in computing research. The company first made the claim back in September, and while disputed by competitors, Google's research paper has now been publi...

Recycle Bin Bag Reminds You to Empty Your Purse

Ladies, do you have a ton of junk you carry around in your purse? Well, why not just admit it, and buy a bag that suits its contents? This Recycle Bin Bag should do the trick.

Studio Cult makes all kinds of accessories inspired by the skeuomorphic objects found on our computer desktops, so this fits into the line just perfectly.

The inside of the bag features a drawstring section that overflows its top, so it looks full of trash all of the time. It is kind of small though, measuring in at just 7″ x 4″ x 7″, so you’ll need to empty the trash more often than you might on your PC. The bottom is embroidered with the rather self-deprecating message “A garbage bag, for a garbage person.”

The Recycle Bin Bag is available for pre-order from Studio Cult now for $65, and is expected to start shipping by December 1.

This Rack-Mount Server Is Built from LEGO Bricks

If you’ve ever been to a data center, you know they’re ice cold rooms filled with racks upon racks of computer and networking equipment, and neatly bolted into 19″ wide server racks. Most of those servers are made from steel and/or aluminum components. Despite having spent way more than my share of time amongst said server racks, I can say with 100% certainty that I’ve never seen a server made from LEGO, until now.

This awesome 2U rack-mount server was created by custom computer builder and LEGO expert Mike Schropp of Total Geekdom. Not only does it look exactly like the Silicon Mechanics server that it’s based on, but it contains a fully-functional server inside, using the hardware from the actual server that inspired the design.

It took Mike over 2000 LEGO and Technic parts to replicate the server enclosure, which has a number of overlapping plates in its base in order to support the weight of all of its components. He also used holes in some of the Technic pieces to provide mounting points for screws and mounting hardware to pass through and secure the electronics inside.

It also took some real creativity to replicate the look of the curved faces on the removable hard drive units up front, but the end result is spot on. In fact, I think it looks better than the real server.

For more pictures and info about this amazing build, head on over to Total Geekdom for all the details! While you’re there, be sure to check out his other sweet LEGO computer builds.

[via HackADay]

Origin Big O 2019 Computer Packs a Gaming PC, Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, and Nintendo Switch

We’ve seen some pretty amazing computer builds over the years, but this just might be the most impressive yet. The guys at Origin have created a custom gaming rig that not only is a high-end gaming PC, but has an Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and Nintendo Switch built right in.

The 2019 Big O pays tribute to a gaming rig that Origin built back in 2009. The original machine was impressive for its era, with a couple of 6-core Intel Xeon x5860 CPUs and an Xbox 360 built into it. But 10 years later, everything is just that much faster and more powerful, so the new Big O packs an Intel Core i9-9900K CPU, NVIDIA Titan RTX graphics, 64 GB of super-fast RAM, a pair of 2TB Samsung SSDs for the OS, and a monstrous 14TB Seagate Barracuda HDD for storage.

Along with the PC hardware, Origin stripped down and installed the motherboards from an Xbox One X and PS 4 Pro, connected each to a 2TB Seagate SSD, and added colorful liquid cooling pipes and logo graphics for each system. Since the brains of the Nintendo Switch are in the handheld itself, they simply included a custom docking slot for the system up front.

Everything then gets piped through a 4K HDMI switch and a single Ethernet port on back, so you can connect all of the systems to a single monitor, and quickly switch between then.

Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy was lucky enough to get his hands on this beautiful beast, and shares some up close footage of the system in action:

This is a truly epic build, and I want this thing so badly. I wish Origin would put it into production, but I’m sure I’d have to get a second mortgage on the house in order to afford one.

[via The Awesomer]

Computer password inventor Fernando Corbato dies at 93

Computer security just lost one of its founders. Fernando "Corby" Corbato, credited with inventing the computer password, has died at the age of 93. The MIT researcher devised the concept of password-protected user accounts when establishing his Co...

Love Hulten’s EvoBoxx Plays the Game of Life

Designer Love Hulten has created some truly amazing pieces of retro-inspired technology, from arcade cabinets, to computers, to giant LEGO replicas. Love’s latest build is unlike any that has come before it. The EvoBoxx is a visual synthesizer that’s designed around the classic cellular simulation Game of Life.

The portable wooden box contains a small screen that displays a rudimentary, pixelated simulation of virtual lifeforms based on the classic 1970 computer program by JH Conway. This version of the program was created by Love’s former art school classmate happybits. The EvoBoxx has a monophonic speaker for delivering audio feedback, and provides a series of analog controls – four dials and a trackball – for influencing the world on screen.

You can check out a video of the system in action below, and when you’re done with that, you can play with a cool online version of the Game of Life simulator here.

The Turing Pi Clusterboard Runs Seven Raspberry Pis at Once

Raspberry Pi computers have been quite the revolution for makers, encouraging experimentation and creativity thanks to their low cost and compact size. And while the tiny computers are by no means high-end in their processing power, they continue to get faster with each generation. Now, you can gang together multiple Raspberry Pi boards into one machine.

The Turing Pi is a Mini ITX size motherboard that’s designed to cluster together up to seven Raspberry Pi compute modules to harness their power, and for designing and prototyping applications that run in a clustered environment. It’s specifically designed to support container systems like Kubernetes and Docker, as well as machine learning apps like TensorFlow.

All seven microcomputers connect into slots on the board, which provides power and and a number of shared ports for the system. It’s got a total of eight USB ports, HDMI and Audio out, as well as a Gigabit Ethernet port.

You can pre-order the Turing Pi Clusterboard now for $128. It’s expected to ship in sometime this fall. With Raspberry Pi compute modules starting around $28, you can have a fully-equipped seven system clusterboard for about $325.