Tired of waiting, seemingly without end, for your computer to boot up? Software called Presto could make your life a lot more pleasant. A handful of products already make it possible to start a computer in seconds, but unlike the competition, Presto doesn’t need to be integrated into a computer’s hardware by the manufacturer. Simply download Presto–essentially a stripped-down Linux operating system–and within 10 seconds of booting up the system, you can get online to do simple things like check e-mail, use Skype, and send instant messages. Presto became available in April.
img src=”http://www.technologyreview.com/files/26083/0509-Presto_x600.jpg” alt=”” width=”600” height=”360”>
Courtesy of Xandros
Other products in this section:
Forget viruses or spyware—your biggest cyberthreat is greedy currency miners
Software that hijacks your computer to mine has become the most popular malware on the planet.
Google’s self-training AI turns coders into machine-learning masters
Automating the training of machine-learning systems could make AI much more accessible.
And the award for most nauseating self-driving car goes to …
I rode in a bunch of autonomous cars so you don’t have to.