Microsoft Window's 10 users can begin to expect pop-up advertisements on their File Explorer. 

Tech Tuesday: Why students might see advertisements on their Windows 10 computers

Users of the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system may have noticed some advertising content on their File Explorer, and it is expected that these ads will soon roll out to general users of the world’s third-most-popular OS. While Microsoft has provided informational tips for its various services, notably OneDrive and the Edge Web Browser, in pop-ups on its platform before, the new versions specifically advertise Microsoft Office 365 for $6.99 per month. File Explorer is a critical component in Windows — like the MacOS Finder, the program allows users to locate and organize any documents, media, programs, shortcuts or other information on their computer. File Explorer is traditionally thought of as being an offline component for Windows.

Neural networks are created by researchers to learn and process information by themselves. Unlike traditional algorithms, they are not programmed to find create one specific output for a given input.

Can neural networks actually simulate human minds?

From "Iron Man’s" Just a Rather Very Intelligent System (J.A.R.V.I.S). to "Portal's" GLaDOS to "2001: A Space Odyssey's" HAL 9000, the idea of having a fully sentient digital assistant is one that people hope to see jump from science fiction into reality sooner rather than later. Google, Apple and Windows have all begun this process with their own digital assistants, which allow users to control their phones or computers with voice commands.


Tech Tuesday: Computer science legend discusses digital humanities

On Friday, Feb. 19, the Rutgers Undergraduate Student Alliance of Computer Scientists (USACS) hosted Brian Kernighan, a Princeton professor and co-author of “The C Programming Language,” at the Computing Research & Education (CoRE) Building auditorium on Busch campus. He is well known for his book, his contribution to the Unix operating and writing the very first “Hello, world” program, as stated in the event’s online description.  Kernighan spoke to a packed room about digital humanities, a way for scholars in the humanities to present information about their field using digital representations.

Rutgers is currently working to implement virtual reality technology into its curriculums, online courses and museum exhibits. The technology is being engineered specifically for the University.

Tech Tuesday: Integrating augmented reality into university life

For years, people have been studying augmented and virtual reality. Now, Rutgers’ faculty is working towards integrating augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) into a learning environment so that the technology can help individuals study other subjects. The Rutgers Cyberlearning Innovation and Research Center (CIRC) aims to assimilate contemporary technology into the learning environment at the university.

Photo Illustration | Nearly half of all sales on the nation’s largest shopping day occurred online, with 6 million more shopping in 2016 than 2015.

Tech Tuesday: Online Shopping

This year, Black Friday saw an estimated 154 million shoppers nationwide, according to the  National Broadcasting Company. This number shows an increase from previous years. These shoppers spent an average of $289, with about 44 percent buying their products online.

Kitchen technology has been progressing over the last several decades, to the point where highly advanced tools can help people cook their turkeys on Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Tech Tuesday: How do your kitchen appliances work?

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it a slew of food preparation. The holiday has both consumers and producers working to feed many people. An estimated 243 million turkeys will be raised in 2016, along with an estimated 859 million pounds of cranberries produced.


Tech Tuesday: How do TV services work?

As video streaming services gain more popularity, people are switching away from traditional cable TV subscriptions, with more than 20 percent of American households “cutting the cord” last year.

The Distributed Denial of Service attack against Dyn Inc. disrupted internet access to various parts of the United States. While it began on the East Coast, it impacted a much larger area of the world later in the day.

TECH: What exactly happened with the Internet blackout last week?

Internet users were unable to access some of the world’s busiest websites, including Twitter, reddit, Github, Spotify, the New York Times, several Amazon Web Services clients and many others last Friday after a massive Distributed Denial of Service attack that interrupted service to Dyn Inc., a managed DNS service provider.

Oil companies, like the one trying to build a pipeline in North Dakota, use a variety of technologies to discover oil, including mechanical sniffers to detect certain hydrocarbons.

TECH TUESDAY: How do we get our oil?

Protests against a new oil pipeline in North Dakota have garnered much attention in recent days, with hundreds of people making their way to the junction of the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers.

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