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Announcement: PC Computer Repairs NYC

Computer Repair, Maintenace, Installation, Web Design and Tech Support – New York City, NY

When it comes to servicing your computer, we strive to provide business and home MAC and PC users in NYC Manhattan and Brooklyn with a service oriented experience. All of our service professionals are Microsoft Certified MCPs. We provide small business to medium business, home, house calls, onsite and off site dropoff computer repair NYC.

For small businesses the experts at b4computers can:

  • Setup Microsoft Windows Server domain and workgroup networks
  • Repair Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012 operating systems
  • Setup, upgrade and repair Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo and other servers
  • Provide secure internet access through a VPN LAN
  • Setup a business network with domain configured windows server environment

For business and home the experts at b4computers can:

  • Perform the service and repair at your business, home, or you can come to us
  • Fix problems encountered with all standard hardware and software for server, desktop, tower, laptop, notebook, and netbook.
  • Provide service to install, Windows upgrade and repair for Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
  • We repair and are experienced with all manufacturers such as Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony, IBM, ThinkPad, Vaio, Toshiba, Mac, Macbook, Macbook Pro, iMac and others.
  • Upgrade and repair laptop, desktop and tower computers
  • Repair cracked laptop screen, dim or flickering LCD screens for laptops and LCD monitors
  • Update your operating system with fixes, drivers, and security updates
  • Train you on how to operate your computers and keep them updated so you encounter fewer problems
  • Computer hardware and software upgrade advice
  • Configure the software to enable us to service your computers remotely
  • Setup secure and encrypted wireless networks
  • Extend wireless networks to reach all rooms and spaces
  • Service your computers with privacy and confidentiality in mind
  • Hard drive data recovery

We do not sell any parts directly to the client. Parts can be purchased by the client or we can purchase it for you to perform the repair. What it costs us to acquire the part is what you pay.

Onsite in home PC computer repair service is at $75 per hour plus parking if applicable.
Onsite business workstation and server computer repair service is at $90 per hour plus parking if applicable.

Contact: Peter Coach  631-965-5110


Virus removal NYC, Malware removal  Manhattan, Adware Removal Brooklyn

In the early age of computers viruses would try to display a message on your screen, delete your files and break the operating system. Now most viruses are trying to make money off of you. They do this with

Google ads that either you click on or they get paid simply showing the ad. We can remove the virus and repair your computer so its safe to use and with restored performance. You can get a virus from an email attachment, adobe flash, java, website and programs you download. We provide virus removal services in Manhattan Brooklyn New York. We can provide this service at your business and home or you can drop off your computer in New York City.

There are many types of computer viruses:

Boot sector virus – Infects your hard drive and works in the background.

Browser Hijacker –
Infects Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome redirects the page you want to visit to an advertisement website page. When you search on Google changes the search result with new links that redirects to ads. Changes your home page to a fake search page. It also can display pop ups

Polymorphic Virus – Evades antivirus utilities by changing its own program to prevent detection.

Resident Virus – Loads a side virus that restores the main virus when deleted

Rootkit Virus – Invisible virus that hides and runs in the background

Trojan Virus – Gets installed when loading a program or utility you want

Keylogger Virus – Records your passwords and sends them back to virus creator

Ransomware – Stops you from using your computer until you pay with a green dot MoneyPak. This shows up in many forms like the FBI computer virus

Worm – Is a virus program that copies and multiplies itself by using computer networks

Fake Antivirus – Logos and images look almost like the real thing. They run a fake scan then displays a result page of all the viruses it found. Then asks you to purchase the program to remove them.

Spyware / Adware – tracking and storing Internet users’ movements on the Web and serving up pop-up ads to Internet users.

If you would like more information on all the different types of viruses out there click below.

Terms & Regulations

Our schedule changes daily, depending on other clients, traffic conditions and public transportation. You should allow us a one hour margin from your appointed time. If we schedule for 5:00pm, we might arrive as late as 6:00pm, but we always try our best to be punctual

Time = Money
When your technician comes over, please remember that time is money. Although we work very fast, we are not psychic and can never be 100% sure how much time a certain task could take. The charge is by an hourly rate, even if it takes 4 hours to do something you thought would take only 2 hours.

One Hour Minimum
The first charge is always for arriving/traveling and the first hour of work. Even if your problem is fixed after 9 minutes, you will still have to pay for the entire hour. After the first hour, charges will be made for parts of an hour (for example, 2 hours and 10 minutes).

We accept cash or checks (with a preference for cash). If you are a business, we can invoice you, and set up a time to be paid. For remote/online service, we accept payment through or Google Checkout.

Coverage Area
Since this is New York, most of our traveling takes place on public transportation, which means that if you live too far from the city, there will be an extra charge for the first hour (the hour that includes the traveling fee).

Contact: Peter Coach  631-965-5110




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Computex 2017: Dell debuts new Inspiron AIOs and VR gaming desktop with Windows 10

Available starting today on and at retailers in China including, and worldwide in the coming weeks, Dell’s new lineup includes the Inspiron 27 7000 AIO, the Inspiron 24 5000 AIO and the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop — the first gaming desktop to join Dell’s expanding Inspiron Gaming line-up.

Built with Windows 10, these devices arrive equipped with the Xbox app and Direct X12, and can take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere and have your personal digital assistant Cortana* and comprehensive security with Windows Defender built-in. Let’s take a closer look at these devices:

Inspiron Gaming doubles down with first-ever gaming desktop  

Dell announced today its first-ever Inspiron Gaming desktop with Windows 10, built for gamers seeking a competitive advantage at an affordable price. The new Inspiron Gaming desktop sports the latest AMD multicore Ryzen processors featuring SenseMI, which optimizes power consumption, task routing and clock speeds to deliver exceptional responsiveness and performance whether it’s gaming, Virtual Reality or streaming.

Features of the Inspiron Gaming Desktop include:

  • Gaming-focused design touches with functional venting, thermally-optimized airflow routing, available Polar Blue LED Illumination, and easy component access
  • Power supply options up to 850 watts for supporting dual discrete graphics
  • Ready for VR configurations that support HTC and Oculus
  • High-performance discrete graphics card options including NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 and AMD Radeon RX580 Up to 32GB DDR4 memory
  • Advanced cooling options and Waves MaxxAudio® Pro with Performance 7.1 Channel HD audio
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C™ port and up to six SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports total
  • A wide selection of high-capacity hard drives with responsive SSD and dual-drive options plus up to five bays for future storage upgrades.

Pricing and availability: Available beginning today in China on and at select retailers and worldwide in the coming weeks starting at $599.99.

INSPIRON 27 7000 AIO with Windows 10

Designed from the ground-up as a VR and entertainment system for the home, the Inspiron 27 7000 AIO brings beauty to every single inch of the screen. Its virtually borderless InfinityEdge, 27” IPS display, with resolutions up to 4K UHD, and performance grade audio deliver an amazing visual and audio computing experience. This device ships with the best of Windows 10 – including Windows Hello with one-look login and Cortana with far-field speech recognition – as well as USB Type-C 3.1 and Dual Drive options with SSD storage. It offers the latest multi-core Ryzen AMD processors and AMD Radeon RX500 Series graphics, giving it the performance to power virtual reality, multimedia content and everything in between.

Pricing and availability: Available beginning today in China on and at select retailers and worldwide in the coming weeks starting at $999.99.

INSPIRON 24 5000 AIO with Windows 10

The new Inspiron 24 5000 AIO is engineered for video streaming and multimedia experiences with the new SmartByte technology that helps prevent buffering when streaming content. The software detects critical network streams and prioritizes video ahead of less urgent network traffic, so videos and movies run without interruption.

With a 24” InfinityEdge IPS FHD touch display, the latest 7th Gen AMD processors and AMD Radeon RX560 graphics, this new AIO delivers powerful performance and high-graphics fidelity. It features a beautiful white, sleek design and optional articulating stand making it the ideal PC for the home or dorm. It is also equipped with Windows Hello for logging in quickly and securely, Cortana with far-field speech recognition, USB Type-C 3.1 and Dual Drive options with SSD storage.

Pricing and availability: Available beginning today in China on and at select retailers and worldwide in the coming weeks starting at $699.99.

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Step aboard the USS Kearsarge, the US Navy workhorse that takes Marines into battle

USS Kearsarge amphibious assault ship US Navy

In US Navy history, just four ships have borne the name Kearsarge.

The first, a Civil War sloop, sank the CSS Alabama off the coast of France in 1864.

The next one, a battleship, sailed around the world with Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet.

The third, an aircraft carrier, recovered astronauts from the sea during Project Mercury, the US’s first human-spaceflight program.

The current USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship that docked in New York City for Fleet Week, has a lower profile, but it is no less essential to the fleet.

“We have a very special mission as opposed to your other ships of the Navy,” Lt. J.G. Christian Sedarski, a deck-division officer on the Kearsarge, told Business Insider. “We are strictly landing and bringing back Marines from the beach.”

“So the way I like to explain it is, we are a glorified hotel with a F-150 flatbed,” he added.

It also has extensive medical facilities, capable of taking in wounded troops as well as survivors of natural disasters. Its ability to hold 600 patients makes it second to only the Navy’s ready-reserve hospital ships in medical capacity.

In a display of its versatility, the Kearsarge deployed to provide flood relief in Pakistan in August 2010, steaming west six months later to support operations in Libya as part of Task Force Odyssey Dawn.

Below, you can take a tour of Kearsarge and get an up-close look at a ship that ferries Marines and their gear into battle around the world.

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The Kearsarge stretches 844 feet from bow to stern with a 27-foot draft. Fully loaded, it displaces 44,000 tons and can push through the water at over 24 knots.

Deck-edge elevators, like the one seen here, lift the Kearsarge’s contingent of aircraft to the flight deck, where three cargo elevators lift supplies to meet them.

The ship rises 186 feet from waterline to top of mast. It sails with over 1,100 officers and crew and can carry about 2,000 Marines and their gear.

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The 21 best science movies and shows streaming on Netflix that will make you smarter

Michael Pollan cooked

Sometimes, the best way to spend a long weekend or a hot summer day is to curl up on the couch and enjoy a film.

If you’re looking for something entertaining and beautiful that’ll also make you knowledgeable, there’s an incredible variety of science- and nature-focused documentaries and TV episodes streaming on Netflix right now.

You can find compelling documentaries that’ll captivate you with the beauty of the planet, you can delve into the details of how food arrives on your plate, or you can explore the mysterious and alien world that exists in oceans around the globe.

But there’s a downside to all of that choice: It’s a lot to choose from. So to make it easier, we’ve asked our colleagues to pick out some of their favorites from the Netflix documentary selection.

Here are our favorites, listed in no particular order:

Films come and go from Netflix every month, but as of the date of publication, all these films should be available on Netflix.

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“Cooked” (2016)

What it’s about: Journalist and food expert Michael Pollan explores the evolutionary history of food and its preparation in this four-part docuseries through the lens of the four essential elements — fire, water, air, and earth. 

Why you should see it: Americans as a whole are cooking less, relying more on unhealthy, processed, and expensive and prepared foods. Pollan aims to bring viewers back to the kitchen by forging a meaningful connection to food and the joys of preparation. [Click to watch]

“Blackfish” (2013)

What it’s about: This film highlights abuses in the sea park industry through the tale of Tilikum, an orca in captivity at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. Tilikum has killed or been involved in the deaths of three people while living in the park. 

Why you should see it: This documentary opens your eyes to the troubles of keeping wild animals in captivity through shocking footage and emotional interviews, highlighting potential issues of animal cruelty and abuse when using highly intelligent animals as entertainment. Sea parks make billions of dollars off of keeping animals captive, often at the expense of the health and well-being of its animals. This documentary played a huge role in convincing SeaWorld to stop their theatrical “Shamu” killer whale shows. [Click to watch]

“Particle Fever” (2013)

What it’s about: This documentary follows six scientists as they prepare for one of the biggest and most expensive experiments in history: recreating conditions from the Big Bang with the launch of the Large Hadron Collider in Europe. Their aim is to unravel the mysteries of the universe and the origins of matter.

Why you should see it: Physics is often considered a forbiddingly dense subject, but ‘Particle Fever’ gives you a window into physics without breaking your brain. It documents the discovery of the famous Higgs boson particle that many physicists think holds the key to understanding the universe. Instead of getting bogged down with the complexities of particle physics, the film focuses more on the human drama of the discovery, and how it could change our understanding of the world around us. [Click to watch]

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Tesla’s former Autopilot head is launching a self-driving-car company — and it could have a big advantage

chris Urmson

It’s not particularly shocking to see a new startup pop up at this point in the lucrative race to develop self-driving-car tech.

But it is noteworthy to see one that boasts the star engineers behind Google’s and Tesla’s respective projects as its leaders.

Aurora Innovation is a new startup led by Chris Urmson, the former head of Google’s autonomous car team, and Sterling Anderson, the former director of Tesla Autopilot. Drew Bagnell, Uber’s former autonomy and perception lead, has also joined Aurora as CTO.

Aurora plans to develop the hardware, software, and data services necessary to build an autonomous driving platform — a similar approach to Uber and Waymo, the self-driving venture spun out of Google’s parent company.

Aurora plans to work directly with Tier 1 suppliers to design the best sensors to feed the algorithms that will create the car brain. That involves taking on tech giants when it comes to designing complex hardware like lidar, a key sensor that helps vehicles detect objects, which has become the focal point of a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo.

Aurora is still in early stages, however, and is currently hiring and collecting data with an Audi Q7.

aurora innovation audi q7

At first glance, Aurora seems to be taking the same tactic as most self-driving startups in Silicon Valley.

Automakers have spent millions on relatively unknown ventures as part of an effort to bulk up on artificial intelligence experts. The practice gives engineers the cash cushion to pursue their ideas while carmakers secure the talent necessary to compete with Tesla and Waymo on software.

But Anderson told Business Insider that Aurora is not another Cruise Automation, a driverless car startup snatched by GM for $581 million.

“We’re not for sale,” Anderson said. “We intend to enable the entire industry and we wouldn’t be able to do that if we were owned by a single OEM.”

Aurora plans to work directly with automakers through non-exclusive partnerships, Anderson said.

Aurora was officially formed in January and was operating in stealth mode until a Tesla lawsuit broke news of the venture’s existence. The lawsuit, which alleged Anderson had poached Tesla employees to work at Aurora, was settled in April.

The startup has $6.5 million so far to work with through self-funding and a small financing round. The company plans to launch a Series A at some point this year.

The self-driving-car space is getting crowded as more startups, like AutoX, jump into the ring to build a solution for automakers that desperately need the software talent.

“I think right now the industry is kind of prickly. I think there’s a lot of anxiety right now,” Anderson said.

Although some loose alliances have been formed, like Fiat Chrysler’s work with Waymo, several automakers are still looking to align with Silicon Valley to ramp up their internal autonomous driving efforts. Ford expressed such an interest when it named Jim Hackett, the executive that had been overseeing its self-driving-car efforts, as CEO of the entire company.

“Those who build cars will continue to build cars for a long time. I don’t see that changing,” Anderson said. “At the same time, expertise in software development and self-driving [is] one place where folks like our team are uniquely qualified.”

Correction: Aurora is interested in designing complex sensor systems like lidar and radar.

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Apple can make the iPhone easier to use with a simple fix in iOS 11

Apple iOS control centerApple is likely to unveil the next iteration of iOS soon. That means it’s “wish list” season, a time for iPhone owners to compile all the things they’d like to see on their devices. (And then whine about if they don’t arrive.)

For me, there’s one Android-esque bit I’ve wanted since iOS 8, but remains absent today: a customizable Control Center.

For the most part, the Control Center — the little settings menu you swipe up from the bottom of the display — is a good thing. It makes it very easy to access commonly used functions; three or four button presses become a swipe and a tap. This is something any OS that sells itself on “simplicity” should strive to do.

Apple made the whole thing better-looking and more functional with iOS 10, but also a bit more complicated. One panel became three: one to toggle quick settings like WiFi and Bluetooth, one for music and media playback controls, and one with controls for smart home devices that work with Apple’s HomeKit platform.

Apple also added 3D Touch tricks for a few quick settings. Holding down on the camera icon, for instance, lets you choose if you want to launch the camera app in selfie mode, video mode, or slow-motion video mode.

Those are useful enough (though they don’t apply to everything), but the decision to put media controls in a separate window slowed that process down, and the redesign gave some icons more space than they’re worth. 

This ties into the Control Center’s big problem: its lack of user control.

As it stands now, the functions you can access are limited to the handful Apple chooses itself. Some of these are expendable. I’ll run through what’s there now to give you an idea:

  • Airplane mode: There’s only one instance in which I use Airplane mode, and that’s on an actual airplane. Otherwise, low-power mode would be useful more often.
  • WiFi: Essential.
  • Bluetooth: Ditto. Apple going all-in on wireless headphones only reinforces that.  
  • Do Not Disturb: There are certain situations where it’s crucial for some. Personally, nobody is calling at 1AM, and vibrate is enough, so I typically pass. 
  • Orientation lock: If anything, this is an annoyance if you watch videos regularly. I’ve read enough articles in bed to know it’s a pain when the whole screen flips, but that’s about it. 
  • Flashlight: Sure, why not.img_2400
  • Timer: A shortcut to the alarm clock would make more sense. 
  • Night Shift: It’s surprisingly effective — or at least it feels like it is — but it doesn’t need a spot. 
  • Calculator: It’s good when your receipt doesn’t have suggested tip amounts already, but there are plenty of times when people aren’t in a rush to crunch numbers. 
  • Camera: No complaints.
  • Brightness slider: Auto-brightness can make it a little redundant, but that can be finicky, so it’s fine. The problem is that trying to swipe at it now inadvertently brings you to the media controls panel half the time.
  • AirDrop: Not the best if you use a Windows laptop or Android tablet. 
  • AirPlay: I prefer Roku. Plenty others prefer Amazon or Android.
  • Music playback controls: For sure. Nobody wants to go in and out of Spotify every three minutes. I don’t mind it having its own space, either; the iOS 10 overhaul made it much more robust and spaced out. I’d just like the option to make it the first window I see when music is playing.
  • Home controls: Great if you have a Apple-friendly smart home, thankfully stays out of the way if you don’t.

The point here is that everyone has their preferences. I try to keep my LTE data off when I don’t need it, for instance. But I also have friends who use iMessage. When I’m out, I usually wind up going against my inclinations, because I don’t want to go through the hassle of unlocking the phone and repeatedly tapping through settings menus to get a text. This is annoying, and it happens too often. With Android, it doesn’t.

iphone 7It’s a similar deal if you want to turn on VPN, location data, low-power mode, personal hotspot, and so on. Giving the option to swap these in, or at least to expand the number of toggles there now, or even just to rearrange the existing settings, would seem to be a simple fix.

Adding shortcuts to third-party apps would be even better, though that could open up issues in design (since Apple would need developers to make custom icons) and security (since you may be able to access personal data from the lock screen). Adding shortcuts to Apple’s own apps would at least be a halfway solution. 

Is all of this a bit nitpicky? Sure. Would that make it any less useful? Nope. There are many other things it’d be good for Apple to address with the next iOS — multi-user support, a better Siri, the ability to make non-Apple apps your defaults, a dark mode (!) — but I’ll be happy so long as I don’t have to look at the timer icon again.

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The $2,500 answer to Amazon's Echo could make Japan's sex crisis worse

Japan has a sex problem. The country’s birthrate is shrinking year after year, to the point where deaths are outpacing births.

Simply put, Japan’s population is decreasing.

Japanese birthrate

But let’s be clear: Population change is a complicated subject affected by many factors.

Western media often correlates the decline in Japan’s population size with recent studies of Japanese sexual habits and marriage. A 2016 study by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research in Japan, for instance, found that “almost 70 percent of unmarried men and 60 percent of unmarried women are not in a relationship.”

But just because people aren’t in relationships doesn’t mean they don’t want companionship, of course. And that’s where something like Gatebox comes in.

Gatebox AI

Yes, that is an artificially intelligent character who lives in a glass tube in your home. Her name is Azuma Hikari, and she’s the star of Gatebox — a $2,500 Amazon Echo-esque device that acts as a home assistant and companion.

Here’s what we know:

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A Japanese company named Vinclu created the Gatebox.

It’s about the size of an 8-inch by 11-inch piece of paper, according to Vinclu. And there’s a good reason for that: The device is intended to be “big enough for you to be able to put right beside you.” You’ll understand why you’d want a Gatebox so close soon enough.

The Gatebox is similar to Amazon’s Echo — it’s a voice-powered home assistant.

The Gatebox has a microphone and a camera because you operate it using your voice.

For now, it will respond only to Japanese; the company making Gatebox says it’s exploring other language options. Considering that preorder units were available for both Japan and the US, we’d guess that an English-language option is in the works.

Gatebox does a lot of the same stuff that Echo does — it can automate your home in various ways, including turning on lights and waking you up in the morning.

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Eisenhower’s stellar advice for how to make decisions

Dwight D. Eisenhower served as the US Army general and the 34th president of the United States. The author of “Art of Manliness,” Brett McKay shares some insights of how the former president set his priorities when making decisions. The following is a transcript of the video.

Often times throughout a day, we end up focusing on tasks that seem important but they’re just urgent.

General Eisenhower, he’s the guy that head up the D-Day invasion. Also the president of the United States. He was faced with just constant decisions throughout his military career and also as his career as president. He had this saying “We often confuse the urgent with the important, the important with the urgent.

From that, people have derived this thing called the Eisenhower decision Matrix which helps you figure out what is really really important and what’s just merely urgent. So, there’s this grid that you come up with, and there are some things that are important but not urgent, some things that are not important but urgent. The goal with this is to focus on what’s important and not urgent. What are the tasks that are most important that will provide you the most return on investment?

Often times throughout a day, we end up focusing on tasks that seem important but they’re just urgent. Emails to answer, phone calls to take, meetings that seem important but aren’t important, they’re just meetings you don’t get anything done out of it. So, instead of focusing on those not important but urgent tasks spend more time on the important stuff — the things you know it’s going to advance a project forward, advance your life forward. As you do that you’re going to find a lot more done in life.

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I used software to analyse if my relationship is doomed to failure

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Artificial intelligence can now take a guess at whether you and your partner can go the distance.

An AI firm called DataRobot has built a tool based on Stanford University data that asks you six questions about your relationship, and predicts your chances of staying together for the next couple of years.

I decided to give it a shot.

First, a bit more about how DataRobot’s Labs arm built the tool.

The quiz is based on a 2009 Stanford study of around 4,000 Americans called “How Couples Meet and Stay Together.” Stanford did follow-up surveys to see how many couples were still together after a few years, and made all the data publicly available.

DataRobot’s main business involves predictive modelling, which uses data to predict outcomes. The company’s Labs arm took Stanford’s data to build a model that could predict relationship outcomes.

How did the company decide on just six questions?

Greg Michaelson, DataRobot Labs’ director, told Business Insider it found 150 variables in the data that indicated whether a couple was more likely to stay together. But the company picked six that felt non-intrusive, and that people would feel comfortable answering. For example, the quiz doesn’t ask you if you’re living with your other half, even though that’s a factor in how likely you are to stay together.

“That’s kind of got the icky feel to it,” said Michaelson. “We wanted to stay away from anything too personal and sensitive.”

I decided to try DataRobot’s tool. Obviously, I back my relationship, and wanted to see if DataRobot’s model would do the same.

I did get the permission of my other half, though only one of you needs to take the quiz. His view: “This is basically everything that’s wrong with machine learning! But sure, why not!”

What could go wrong?

The first question asks if you’re married.

DataRobot first question

I’m not married to my boyfriend, and apparently that’s not good. It’s probably a bit much to expect after a year together though. And apparently it’s better than being divorced.

Then you state your education level.

DataRobot 2

Higher education is pretty common in the UK, so this isn’t much of a surprise. But as per DataRobot’s note, this is better news for my relationship than the marriage question.

And then how old you are.

DataRobot 3

Does four years count as a big age gap? I don’t know, but it looks like our chances might be better than Donald and Melania Trump’s.

Being together for a long time helps.

DataRobot 4

DataRobot Labs’ Michaelsen has been with his wife for 19 years, so I’m barely in the race here.

Having kids can be bad for your relationship.

DataRobot 5

Young ones, anyway.

But family is good for your relationship.

DataRobot 6 It’s a peer pressure thing. If all of your friends and family associate you and your partner as a couple, it’s harder to break up.

And finally … the results

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An 80% likelihood of staying together for another two years! I’ll take that. DataRobot’s Michaelson beat me with a 90% chance, but he has 18 years of marriage on me.

Here’s DataRobot’s breakdown

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The summary: Your chances of staying with someone are better if you two have a long marriage, lots of family members, fewer young kids around, and a good level of education.

What would Michaelson say to anyone who hates the idea of machine learning being used to predict personal lives?

“I totally understand,” he said. “We kept that sort of thing in mind as we were picking out the questions. The other thing is — we’re not doing anything fancy, this is letting the data speak. “My perspective is that I’d rather know what the data says, then make an informed decision. Maybe you take this quiz, maybe you say it’s rubbish and that you don’t like it. But at least you know!”

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Computex 2017: ASUS announces ZenBook and VivoBook laptops powered by Windows 10

Today at Computex, ASUS introduced a stunning line-up of thin and light ZenBook and VivoBook laptops powered by Windows 10 built to boost productivity and give you the best-ever computing experience. The new laptop line-up lights up some of the best of Windows 10 — including your digital personal assistant Cortana*, Windows Hello for fast and secure login, Windows Ink for drawing in the Photos app or adding notes to your map, comprehensive protection with Windows Defender and more.

Let’s take a look at these devices:

ZenBook Flip S (UX370) with Windows 10

ASUS ZenBook Flip S combines sophistication with the convenience and versatility of a 360° display at only 10.9 mm thin and 1.1 kg light.

  • Up to a 7th Generation i7-7500U processor and an ultrafast 1TB PCIe SSD to allow you to sail through everyday computing tasks with ease.
  • New cooling system using state-of-the-art components including a liquid-crystal-polymer fan impeller that’s just 0.3 mm thin.
  • The up to 4K UHD multitouch NanoEdge display on ZenBook Flip S supports an active stylus, combining an amazing visual experience with the convenience of effortless and intuitive interactivity.
  • Fingerprint sensor for instant one-touch login via Windows Hello in either laptop or tablet mode

Pricing and Availability: ASUS ZenBook Flip S starts from USD$1,099, and will be available this summer

ZenBook Pro (UX550) with Windows 10

ASUS ZenBook Pro is the thinnest, lightest and most powerful ZenBook Pro ever, offering a winning combination of serious performance and supremely elegant design. ZenBook Pro is incredibly compact, with a precision-crafted all-aluminum unibody that’s just 18.9 mm thin and 1.8 kg light.

  • The latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor, gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 Ti graphics, a 1TB PCIe x4 SSD and 16GB DDR4 RAM for the ultimate computing performance with unrivaled style
  • Battery life of up to 14 hours
  • A stunning 15.6-inch 4K UHD NanoEdge display for an expanded view and quad-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio, creating an incredible visual and audio experience.
  • A fingerprint sensor for quick and secure one-touch login with Windows Hello.
  • Pricing and Availability: ASUS ZenBook Pro starts from USD$1,299, and will be available this summer.


ZenBook 3 Deluxe (UX490) with Windows 10

The stunning, all-aluminum ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe offers the perfect balance between portability and productivity with a 12.9 mm-slim and 1.1 kg-light 13-inch-class chassis that houses a gorgeous 14-inch NanoEdge ultra-narrow-bezel display.

  • The latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor and up to 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM and a blazingly-fast up 1TB PCI Express (PCIe) SSD
  • Unrivaled expansion capabilities are provided by two USB Type-C (USB-C) ports that are Thunderbolt 3-enabled with support for 40Gbps data transfers, dual 4K UHD external displays and power delivery.
  • Equipped with a fingerprint sensor for easy one-touch login with Windows Hello.
  • Pricing and Availability: ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe starts from USD$1,199, and will be available this summer.


VivoBook Pro 15 (N580) with Windows 10

ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 is a slim and lightweight 15.6-in laptop powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor with up to 16GB DDR4 RAM, and gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. VivoBook Pro 15 features hybrid storage and can be specified with up to a 2TB hard disk drive (HDD) and 512GB SSD. A dual-fan cooling system with a dual-copper thermal module and heat pipes ensures the system stays cool during intense gaming sessions or under heavy loads.

VivoBook Pro 15 has a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) display with wide-view technology, anti-glare coating and a wide 100 percent sRGB color gamut. It features Harman Kardon-certified audio, including twin speakers with large 8 cc audio chambers and smart-amplifier technology for 3.2X louder volume. VivoBook Pro 15 has a fingerprint sensor for one-touch login via Windows Hello, and features support for ASUS Pen.

Pricing and Availability: ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 starts from USD$799, and will be available this summer.

VivoBook S15 (S510) with Windows 10

This 15.6-inch slim and lightweight laptop is designed for those constantly on the go, with a 17.9 mm profile and weighing just 1.5 kg. It features a NanoEdge display with a slim 7.8 mm bezel that provides a larger display area for more immersive viewing. This stylish laptop is powered by the latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor with up to 16GB DDR4 memory and features NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics.

Pricing and Availability: ASUS VivoBook S15 starts from USD$499, and will be available this summer.

Designo MZ27AQ with Windows 10

ASUS Designo MZ27AQ features a 27-inch 2560 x 1440 WQHD IPS panel with a wide 100% sRGB color gamut. This ultra-slim display measures just 7 mm slim at its thinnest point, and features a frameless panel design. It features integrated ASUS SonicMaster technology, with 12W stereo speakers and an external 5W subwoofer co-developed with Harman Kardon for 2.1-channel audio, a DisplayPort and two HDMI ports.

Vivo AiO V241 with Windows 10

ASUS Vivo AiO V241 is a stunningly beautiful 23.8-inch all-in-one PC designed for effortless everyday computing and immersive home entertainment.

  • Full HD NanoEdge multitouch display with wide-view technology and a near-invisible physical bezel that gives it an incredible 88 percent screen-to-body ratio.
  • ASUS Splendid and ASUS Tru2Life Video technologies deliver vibrant and vivid visuals with superb detail.
  • Vivo AiO V241 has a powerful ASUS SonicMaster stereo audio system incorporating two advanced bass-reflex speakers for incredibly rich, full and immersive sound.
  • Powered by Windows 10, the latest 7th Generation Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce 930MX discrete graphics.

Zen AiO ZN242 with Windows 10

ASUS Zen AiO ZN242 is a premium high-performance all-in-one PC, featuring a 23.8-inch multi-touch NanoEdge display with an ultra-thin 2 mm physical bezel and an incredible 90 percent screen-to-body ratio for unbounded visuals. Designed to deliver the ultimate all-in-one computing experience, Zen AiO ZN242 is powered by up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor, 32GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, and a 512GB PCIe SSD or a hard disk drive enhanced with the revolutionary Intel Optane memory.

Blue Cave: Smooth Wi-Fi, Smart Protection

ASUS Blue Cave is an elegantly designed AC2600-class dual-band smart Wi-Fi router that combines superb performance, commercial-grade security and family friendly features with stylish good looks. Featuring Intel technology, it delivers ultra-fast AC2600-class concurrent dual-band Wi-Fi speeds throughout the home, ensuring smooth 4K UHD video streaming, lag-free gaming and fast file downloads.

To learn more about the Windows 10 devices ASUS announced today, please visit

*Cortana available in select markets

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