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Diamonds are a Quantum Computer’s Best Friend

August 7, 2014 3:13 pm | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

The Quantum Computer is the Holy Grail of quantum technology. Its computing power would eclipse even the fastest classical computers we have today. A team of researchers from TU Wien the National Institute for Informatics and NTT Basic Research Labs in Japan has now proposed...

Petition: Strapping iPads to Tortoises Is Cruel

August 7, 2014 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado art museum is standing by an upcoming exhibit featuring three tortoises with iPads mounted on their backs, despite calls from animal-rights activists to call off the exhibit as animal abuse. The Aspen Art Museum released a statement Wednesday...

Ion Duet Offers Tunable Module for Quantum Simulator

August 6, 2014 2:24 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Physicists have demonstrated a pas de deux of atomic ions that combines the fine choreography of dance with precise individual control. NIST's ion duet is a component for a flexible quantum simulator that could be scaled up in size and configured to model quantum systems...

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Samsung, Apple Agree to Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 10:23 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung and Apple have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest makers of smartphones. However, Samsung Electronics said ...

HK Court: Tycoon Can Sue Google over Autocomplete

August 6, 2014 10:02 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime. In a judgment released Wednesday, the court dismissed the Internet search giant's objections to tycoon Albert Yeung's defamation lawsuit...

Diamond Defect Interior Design

August 5, 2014 9:03 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

By carefully controlling the position of an atomic-scale diamond defect within a volume smaller than what some viruses would fill, researchers have cleared a path toward better quantum computers and nanoscale sensors. Physicists and his colleagues study a technologically useful diamond defect...

Microsoft Hires Qualcomm Exec to Make More Deals

August 5, 2014 8:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has lured away an executive from smartphone chip maker Qualcomm to hammer out more deals that will expand the software maker's presence in the mobile device market. Margaret "Peggy" Johnson will serve as Microsoft Corp.'s executive vice president of business development...

Thailand's Censors Ban 'Tropico 5' Computer Game

August 4, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Censors under Thailand's military junta have banned a city-building simulation computer game, saying it could hurt the country's security, a video game distributor said Monday. The film and video censorship office blocked sales of "Tropico 5" because they feared...

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A Market for Emotions

July 31, 2014 12:09 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Emotions can be powerful for individuals. But they’re also powerful tools for content creators, such as advertisers, marketers, and filmmakers. By tracking people’s negative or positive feelings toward ads — via traditional surveys and focus groups — agencies can tweak and tailor their content to better satisfy consumers...

Spin-Based Electronics: New Material Successfully Tested

July 31, 2014 9:47 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Spintronics is an emerging field of electronics, where devices work by manipulating the spin of electrons rather than the current generated by their motion. This field can offer significant advantages to computer technology. Controlling electron spin can be achieved with materials...

Amazon to Invest $2B to Expand in India

July 30, 2014 10:39 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion...

Microsoft Spreads Cortana Abroad in Windows Phone

July 30, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognizing app...

Vision-Correcting Display Makes Reading Glasses So Yesterday

July 30, 2014 12:59 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? That concept is not too far afield from technology being developed by UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists. The researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment...

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Escaping Email: Inspired Vision or Hallucination?

July 30, 2014 12:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work...

China Investigating Microsoft in Monopoly Case

July 29, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's anti-monopoly agency has announced an investigation of Microsoft Corp., stepping up pressure on foreign technology companies. The agency said Tuesday it opened a case in June after complaints that Microsoft violated an anti-monopoly law...

Unleashing the Power of Quantum Dot Triplets

July 27, 2014 5:17 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

Quantum computers have yet to materialize. Yet, scientists are making progress in devising suitable means of making such computers faster. One such approach relies on quantum dots—a kind of artificial atom, easily controlled by applying an electric field...

Wireless Home Automation Systems Reveal More Than You Would Think about User Behavior

July 27, 2014 5:09 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Home automation systems that control domestic lighting, heating, window blinds or door locks offer opportunities for third parties to intrude on the privacy of the inhabitants and gain considerable insight into their behavioral patterns. This is the conclusion reached by IT security expert Christoph Sorge...

A New Multi-Bit 'Spin' for MRAM Storage

July 22, 2014 12:59 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Interest in magnetic random access memory (MRAM) is escalating, thanks to demand for fast, low-cost, nonvolatile, low-consumption, secure memory devices. MRAM, which relies on manipulating the magnetization of materials for data storage rather than electronic charges, boasts all of these advantages as an emerging technology...

New Software Provides Accurate, Real-Time Data on Traffic

July 20, 2014 11:29 pm | by University of Granada | News | Comments

Researchers have designed new software that provides real time data on traffic. It is a device that provides information on traffic flow between cities. Drivers can use this information to choose the fastest route as they plan to drive to their destinations. It is a highly reliable...

No-Wait Data Centers

July 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Big websites usually maintain their own "data centers," banks of tens or even hundreds of thousands of servers, all passing data back and forth to field users' requests. Like any big, decentralized network, data centers are prone to congestion: Packets of data arriving at the same router at the same time are put in a queue...

Apple, IBM Team up in Mobile Devices, Applications

July 15, 2014 6:29 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies. The partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries...

The World’s First Photonic Router

July 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

Weizmann Institute scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router – a quantum device based on a single atom that enables routing of single photons by single photons. This achievement, as reported in Science magazine, is another step toward overcoming the difficulties in building quantum computers...

Virtual Finger Enables Scientists to Navigate and Analyze Complex 3D Images

July 15, 2014 12:55 am | by Edelman Public Relations | News | Comments

Researchers have pioneered a revolutionary new way to digitally navigate three-dimensional images. The new technology, called Virtual Finger, allows scientists to move through digital images of small structures like neurons and synapses using the flat surface of their computer screens..

Paint-On Skin for Concrete Structures

July 14, 2014 11:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an art auction where participants bid with their emotions; a blanket that measures plane passengers' brainwaves to help improve flying; an electrically conductive coat of paint that provides an early warning system for concrete strucutures; and determining the age of stars using ultrasound technology...             

Test Solution for USB 3.1 Receivers

July 14, 2014 9:44 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced an accurate test solution for characterizing USB 3.1 receivers. Using the Agilent USB 3.1 receiver test set, design and test engineers in the semiconductor and computer industry can now accurately characterize and verify USB 3.1 receiver ports in ASICs and chipsets...

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