Computers

IBM plans to build the first commercially available universal quantum computer – Fox News

Monday, March 06, 2017

IBM has announced a major new initiative to make universal quantum computers available commercially. IBM Q will offer up the power of quantum computation via the IBM Cloud platform, a first for the industry, and potentially a major step forward for the field. Quantum hardware has already been made available by the likes of D-Wave, but its hardware is limited in the kinds of computation it can achieve. IBM…

Microsoft and Steelcase envision the perfect Surface office – Engadget

Monday, March 06, 2017

While that sounds a bit high-minded, Microsoft and Steelcase have studies to back it up. For instance, Microsoft found that most workers feel career advancement “depends on their ability to be creative,” but few think their workplace fosters that creativity. “Most employees are still working with outdated technology and in places that are rooted in the past, which makes it difficult for them to work in new, creative ways,” said…

Trojan uses a key internet feature to receive marching orders – Engadget

Monday, March 06, 2017

If malware uses a remote command-and-control server to function, it’s relatively easy to cripple it by blocking the internet addresses it uses. It’s not always that easy, however, and researchers at Cisco’s Talos group have found a textbook example of this in action. A recently discovered Windows PowerShell trojan, DNSMessenger, uses the Domain Name Service for communication — you know, one of the cornerstones of the internet. Few computer users…

IBM’s quantum cloud computer goes commercial – Nature.com

Monday, March 06, 2017

Connie Zhou/IBM IBM will expand its quantum computing cloud service later this year. Hoping that if you build it, they will come, IBM plans to roll out the world’s first commercial ‘universal’ quantum-computing service some time this year, the company announced on 6 March. Named IBM Q, the system will be accessible over the Internet for a fee. It will not outperform conventional computers, at least not yet. But the…

IBM’s quantum cloud computer goes commercial – Nature.com

Monday, March 06, 2017

Connie Zhou/IBM IBM will expand its quantum computing cloud service later this year. Hoping that if you build it, they will come, IBM plans to roll out the world’s first commercial ‘universal’ quantum-computing service some time this year, the company announced on 6 March. Named IBM Q, the system will be accessible over the Internet for a fee. It will not outperform conventional computers, at least not yet. But the…

Are We Breaking The Internet? – Fast Company

Monday, March 06, 2017

The packetized technology that underlies most of the internet was created by Paul Baran as part of an effort to protect communications by moving from a centralized model of communication to a distributed one. While the Internet Society questions whether the creation of the internet was in direct response to concerns about nuclear threat, it clearly agrees that “later work on Internetting did emphasize robustness and survivability, including the capability…

Pence chides Associated Press for publishing wife’s email address – Fox News

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Vice President Pence lashed out at the Associated Press on Saturday for listing his wife’s email address in a story about his frequent resistance to public records requests while Indiana’s governor. Pence said in a tweet that by publishing his wife’s personal AOL email address, the Associated Press “violated her privacy and our security.” The vice president posted a letter his counsel sent to Gary Pruitt, the AP’s president…

Vice President Mike Pence blasts the AP for publishing wife’s email address – CBS News

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence criticized the Associated Press for publishing the personal email address of his wife, Karen Pence, in a story on Friday about his efforts to block the release of his emails during his tenure as Indiana governor. On Saturday, Pence said the AP was “violating her privacy and our security” by publishing the second lady’s AOL email address. He tweeted a letter sent by his counsel, Mark…

We’re All Internet Trolls (Sometimes) – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Admit it: At one point or another, you have probably said something unpleasant online that you later regretted—and that you wouldn’t have said in person. It might have seemed justified, but to someone else, it probably felt inappropriate, egregious or like a personal attack. In other words, you were a troll. New research by computer scientists from Stanford and Cornell universities suggests this sort of thing—a generally…

Vice President Mike Pence blasts the AP for publishing wife’s email address – CBS News

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence criticized the Associated Press for publishing the personal email address of his wife, Karen Pence, in a story on Friday about his efforts to block the release of his emails during his tenure as Indiana governor. On Saturday, Pence said the AP was “violating her privacy and our security” by publishing the second lady’s AOL email address. He tweeted a letter sent by his counsel, Mark…

ASK DR. UNIVERSE: Computer coding is simple and complex – San Angelo Standard Times

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Dr. Universe(Photo: Dr. Universe) Dear Dr. Universe: How do I program a computer? — Ammon, 11, Magna, Utah Dear Dr. Universe: I have some really cool game ideas. I want to learn to program and animate web sites. Do you have any ideas on how to get started? — Tyler, 10, Suisun City, California Dear Ammon and Tyler: Everything our computers do, they do because we program them to do…

Why the creator of Microsoft’s craziest bet thinks its already winning the race to create tech that’s a bigger deal … – Yahoo Finance

Sunday, March 05, 2017

(Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman using a HoloLens to virtually “holoport” to Mars.TED) To hear Apple CEO Tim Cook tell it, augmented reality — the hot new technology for projecting digital images into the real world, Pokémon Go-style — is “a big idea like the smartphone.” But to Alex Kipman, Microsoft Technical Fellow and chief inventor of Microsoft’s pioneering augmented reality headset HoloLens, that’s underselling it.  Augmented reality and virtual reality technology will…

China’s internet censorship hampering country’s scientific and economic development, warns government adviser – The Independent

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Internet censorship in China is hampering scientific research and economic development in the country, a senior adviser for the country’s government has warned. In a rare public criticism of the nation’s internet restrictions, Luo Fuhe, vice-chairman of the top advisory body to the country’s parliament, warned that slow access to overseas academic websites have hindered the work of domestic researchers. Speaking to reporters in Beijing, Mr Luo said the lengths…

Vice President Mike Pence blasts the AP for publishing wife’s email address – CBS News

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence criticized the Associated Press for publishing the personal email address of his wife, Karen Pence, in a story on Friday about his efforts to block the release of his emails during his tenure as Indiana governor. On Saturday, Pence said the AP was “violating her privacy and our security” by publishing the second lady’s AOL email address. He tweeted a letter sent by his counsel, Mark…

Why the creator of Microsoft’s craziest bet thinks its already winning the race to create tech that’s a bigger deal … – Yahoo Finance

Sunday, March 05, 2017

(Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman using a HoloLens to virtually “holoport” to Mars.TED) To hear Apple CEO Tim Cook tell it, augmented reality — the hot new technology for projecting digital images into the real world, Pokémon Go-style — is “a big idea like the smartphone.” But to Alex Kipman, Microsoft Technical Fellow and chief inventor of Microsoft’s pioneering augmented reality headset HoloLens, that’s underselling it.  Augmented reality and virtual reality technology will…

The typo that halted the Internet and Snap’s payday: week in tech – USA TODAY

Sunday, March 05, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share As Snap, Inc., the parent company of Snapchat prepares to go public, what’s next for the company? Jefferson Graham explores on #TalkingTech. Arto Nummela, Chief Executive Officer at HMD Global, shows the new re-launched Nokia 3310 phone. (Photo: Emilio Morenatti, AP) LOS ANGELES — Snap’s all grown up, a typo took down part of the Internet, and a dashcam video put Uber’s CEO in the doghouse…

Photo of Hillary reading about Pence’s email goes viral – New York Post

Saturday, March 04, 2017

A photo of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton glancing at a newspaper headline about Vice President Mike Pence using private email has gone viral on social media, with thousands of people commenting on it. Pence and others involved in the Republican presidential campaign last year criticized Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as U.S. Secretary of State. Clinton was on an airplane traveling from Boston to…

The typo that halted the Internet and Snap’s payday: week in tech – USA TODAY

Saturday, March 04, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share As Snap, Inc., the parent company of Snapchat prepares to go public, what’s next for the company? Jefferson Graham explores on #TalkingTech. Arto Nummela, Chief Executive Officer at HMD Global, shows the new re-launched Nokia 3310 phone. (Photo: Emilio Morenatti, AP) LOS ANGELES — Snap’s all grown up, a typo took down part of the Internet, and a dashcam video put Uber’s CEO in the doghouse…