Computers

A Huge Step Forward in Quantum Computing Was Just Announced: The First-Ever Quantum Circuit

Australian scientists have created the world’s first-ever quantum computer circuit – one that contains all the essential components found on a classical computer chip but at the quantum scale. The landmark discovery, published in Nature today, was nine years in the making. “This is the most exciting discovery of my career,” senior author and quantum …

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Apple Patent Explores Phone Charging Touch Keyboard

MacBook Pro 14Photo: Caitlin McGarry/Gizmodo Apple’s MacBooks haven’t changed much over the past decade or so. Some of the latest models were recently redesigned with modern features, but their form remains that of traditional laptops. That isn’t due to a lack of ideas. Between each model refresh is a flood of patents conjured up by …

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Nanoparticles that control flow of light could mean faster and cheaper internet

Imagine a window with an image etched on its surface, but when you walk around to the other side, the image is entirely different. Key points: Nanoengineering manipulates the path light travels through a material This allows for two distinct images to be seen when viewed from opposite sides “Nonlinear optics” could have applications in …

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Nanoparticles that control flow of light could mean faster and cheaper internet

Imagine a window with an image etched on its surface, but when you walk around to the other side, the image is entirely different. Key points: Nanoengineering manipulates the path light travels through a material This allows for two distinct images to be seen when viewed from opposite sides “Nonlinear optics” could have applications in …

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Meta takes another subtle step toward a much-hyped metaverse

Meta Platforms Inc. took another took subtle step toward its reinvention when it changed its stock ticker symbol this week to “META” from “FB.” The Facebook parent company META, -4.69% has spent the last few months shifting investors’ focus onto its long-term strategy, notably its push toward the metaverse, a much-hyped network of virtual reality …

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Facebook and Apple are at war, with the biggest battle still on the horizon

Apple Inc. debuted a national advertising campaign on data privacy last week, a day after Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc. shared a quarterly update on how it has ratcheted up security for its members. Admittedly, not headline-screaming stuff for two companies that releaselessly discuss privacy and security. But there is an underlying message to …

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Trump-Russia tale began with simple ‘Internet phone book’ search

WASHINGTON, DC — They let their cyber fingers do the walking. Opposition research that found a since-debunked back channel between Donald Trump and Russia got started with a simple search of the name Trump in the “phone book of the internet.” The misguided origin of the purported Russia-Trump cyber connection was revealed in a document …

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How Citizens Financial used an iPhone plan to create a nationwide digital bank

Citizens Financial Group Inc. launched its Citizens Pay iPhone upgrade plan in 2015 as an early form of the buy-now-pay-later concept that’s in vogue in the payments space. The idea was to take the Citizens CFG, -1.64% brand as a credit provider and combine it with Apple’s AAPL, +2.06% iPhone to help customers avoid waiting …

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Intel HX Gaming Laptop CPUs Impress with 16 Cores, PCIe Gen 5.0

Image: Intel Intel released its 12th Gen processors earlier this year in three flavors: H-series for high-performance laptops, P-series for premium ultra-slim devices, and U-series for the most portable laptops and tablets. Those chips accounted for the majority of mainstream products entering the market, but there is one more niche segment that hasn’t been addressed: …

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Facial-recognition startup Clearview AI agrees to restrictions in court settlement

CHICAGO — Facial recognition startup Clearview AI has agreed to restrict the use of its massive collection of face images to settle claims that it collected people’s photos without their consent. The company in a legal filing Monday agreed to permanently stop selling access to its face database to private businesses or individuals around the …

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