Right now, the only way malware or any other chunk of computer code can get from one machine to the other is through wires of some sort. But scientists in Germany have discovered they could transmit small amounts of data small distances through empty air using high pitched inaudible sound waves. This experiment can be used to get a step ahead of future hackers who might be able to exploit your computer’s built-in microphone and speakers to receive and transmit data without plugging anything up to anything else.
39 minutes. It may not seem like a lot, and obviously compared to the computer you’re reading this on, working for 39 minutes sounds kinda lousy. But in terms of quantum computing, it’s a big, big, big deal. That’s how long scientists were able to hold a qubit’s memory state for, which is way longer than anyone had previously been able to accomplish.
Want to harness the power of the supercomputer that made Jeopardy its bitch? IBM will soon start renting out bits of the new and upgraded Watson to developers who want to take advantage of some seriously bitching computing power. According to the PC World, the company is working on a Watson-based cloud service that developers can use to build richer, more interactive applications. The project uses a smaller, more scaleable version of Watson to build cognitive supercomputers as needed — potentially leaving a smaller footprint.
Scientists have been talking about how carbon nanotubes could be the future replacement of silicon based computer processors, but as much promise as carbon nanotubes hold, they’re apparently really quirky to work with, and imprecision is something that doesn’t jive well with building reliable computers.
As if PayPal weren’t enough, or building private rockets to outer space, or putting forth a plan to completely revolutionize mass transit… now Elon Musk has a plan to try and create the 3D holographic UI that’s used so often in the Iron Man movies. That UI that lets Tony Stark grab data out of thin air, crumple it up and toss it in a virtual trashcan? Yeah that one.
Spending too much time in front of a computer isn’t good for you in a number of ways, but new research suggests that too much of the blue light emitted from computers and tablets late at night can not only disrupt your sleep schedule, but cause depression.
If you’re reading this in Florida right now, you’re committing a crime. In an attempt to crack down on slot machines and internet gambling, Florida legislators passed a bill to make internet cafes illegal. However, thanks to some poorly worded descriptions in the bill, they got more than they bargained for and have technically made any system of network of devices that can connect to the internet illegal. Not surprisingly, lawsuits are on their way.
As far as gaming laptops, it’s hard to beat the Razer Blade. But if you want a slightly cheaper and slightly smaller version than the 17” beast that’s already out, Razer recently released a 14” version that packs just as much power into an insanely thin and wonderfully gorgeous laptop. It’s pretty, it’s sturdy and it’s got an Intel Core i7-4702HQ quad core processor running at 2.2GHz (3.2 when Turbo Boosted) and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory.
You remember Matthew Broderick’s home computer when he was in the movie WarGames? Of course you do. The one his character used to try and hack into a local video game company that ended up pinging the military’s WOPR supercomputer? Yes that one. It’s for sale. If I could get this, Ally Sheedy would so fuck me.
Android is in your phone and in your tablet, but what about on your desktop? Taking up the market space that was supposed to have been occupied by Linux— a desktop computer at a lower cost by using an open source OS— here is the HP Slate 21, a 21 inch desktop/tablet hybrid with Android built in.
The Slate 21 was just announced this morning in Beijing, so there aren’t a whole lot of details yet available. It’s a 21.5-inch, 1920×1080 kickstand-toting all-in-one equipped with Nvidia’s Tegra 4 SoC and running Android 4.2.2, and that’s all we’ve got for now.