Researchers on two continents are reporting two big breakthroughs in quantum computing today — a quantum system built on the familiar von Neumann processor-memory architecture, and a working digital quantum simulator built on a quantum-computer platform. Although these developments are still constrained to the lab, they’re yet another sign that a quantum leap in computing may be just around the corner.
Living in the average dorm room costs students around $5,500 a year, but that only buys you drab cinderblock walls and bad furniture. To make your digs stand out, you'll need some serious gear. We've put together a list of five dorm-room...well, certainly not essentials, but they're definitely gadgets that'll help your room stand out.
See them all in our gallery.
There are a lot of people out there dealing with some degree of hearing disability--one in six, by some estimates--and that audience is typically underserved when it comes to cinematic experience. Some films are screened with subtitles, but often at odd times. But Sony is working up a fix in its UK lab: a pair of glasses that places subtitles right in the user’s field of view.
Dual-core processors have been a computing mainstay for more than six years, allowing machines to handle two tasks at once without sacrificing speed in either. This year, dual-core chips have begun popping up in app-hungry phones. The next step: cameras. The Olympus PEN E-P3 is the first digital camera running on a dual-core chip, which lets it capture, retouch, and save shots nearly twice as fast as most competitors.
Home theater PCs (HTPCs) have kind of fallen out of favor as simpler, more efficient media gadgets have sprung up. But as we found with the Apple TV, sometimes simpler doesn't mean better. Our friends at Sound+Vision took a second look at the HTPC, and found some distinct benefits for the DIY-minded: a cheap price, endless possible upgrades, and lots of flexibility and power. Check it out here.
Since 2007, IBM has been working with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to construct the world's fastest academic supercomputer. This week we learn that work has been mysteriously halted by IBM, which is taking back the parts it recently delivered to the school, giving U. of Illinois its money back, and ceasing work on the project just months before the massive computer is slated to be completed.
The biggest hack ever discovered has been exposed by McAfee, and the breadth and depth would be impressive it wasn't so disconcerting: five years, at least 72 different governments, NGOs, and other organizations (including the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee) and reams and reams of secret data. Of course, McAfee believes there is a single "state actor" behind the attacks, but the company has declined to name it.
MIT engineers have a reputation for applying their vast intellectual resources and physical energies toward solving some of mankind's greatest challenges. And it's fair to say this morning that at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, researchers have lived up to that expectation.
A little more than a year ago, we wrote about an Australian hobbyist named Bruce Dell who was claiming--with video evidence to back it up--that he'd created a new graphics technology that could deliver unlimited power. That is, rather than working with a limited number of polygon shapes (restricted, of course, by computing power), a graphic environment could be built from an infinite number of 3-D virtual atoms, much like the physical world.