Each Friday, we share a curated list of articles we found during the past week. Here’s the list of the new and interesting ones we found for the week ending June 25, 2021. If there’s an article you think we should read, let us know in the comments below.

 

Microsoft unveils Windows 11, a more polished OS – We got our first official look at Redmond’s next version of Windows. Here are some of the highlights.

 

The race is on for quantum-safe cryptography – The search is on to find algorithms that could resist new threats posed by quantum computers. A new worldwide effort hopes to have several algorithms identified by the end of the year.

 

Brave’s non-tracking search engine is now in beta – The privacy-focused browser Brave now has its own search engine now open in global beta.

 

Put the Classic PDP-8 Minicomputer on Your Shelf – This Raspberry Pi–powered replica runs all the original PDP-8 software with enough cycles left to double as a media server.

 

A Century Ago, the Optophone Allowed Blind People to Hear the Printed Word – See how this device turned letters into tones and was the proof of concept for optical character recognition.

 

Take a look back at Engadget’s favorite Nintendo 64 games – The last cartridge-based home video game console was released in Japan 25 years ago this week. Which were your favorite games?

 

The chip shortage will likely get worse before it gets better – Cars, video game consoles, and even new appliances are affected by the current microchip shortage. And while new fabs are being built, it can take months or even years to get them up and running.

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