A good qubit needs to have certain properties: well defined states that , the ability to create superpositions of states, and the ability to different qubits.Now, I don't want to delve into the meaning of any of these particular properties.But suffice to say that phosphorous in silicon does very well at several of these aspects, but it's not very good for coupling multiple qubits.
LinkedIn s desktop interface is getting a fresh coat of paint.The professional social network unveiled Thursday the largest overhaul to the desktop version of its website since the service launched.The redesign is all about bringing changes from the company s mobile app to its desktop experience, according to Chris Pruitt, LinkedIn s director of engineering.The company wants to unify the experience of using its desktop and mobile products, something that Pruett said LinkedIn s most engaged users have been clamoring for.What s more, the changes should make the product more useful and less cluttered.That page will give users the ability to see richer information at a glance, like who has been looking at their profile and job opportunities they might be interested in.
When last we saw Halo Wars 2, it was to take an all-too-brief look at its creative Blitz multiplayer mode—one part deck-building game, one part MOBA, and definitely different than what I ve come to expect from the stagnant real-time strategy genre.The campaign mission I played last week?You ve got miniature Warthogs circling around, chain guns firing at groups of enemy Grunts.A Spartan moves in and leaps on the Wraith s back, hijacking it and using it to blow up its former partner.That decades-long familiarity with the units and the universe is cool, and something most real-time strategy games barring maybe StarCraft, Warcraft, and Command & Conquer don t get to fall back on.The problem, at least for me, is that so far—and keep in mind I only played one mission—it s Halo units doing the same ol RTS mission we ve seen a million times.
This isn't Microsoft's first foray into the electronic book world.Long, long ago it had an app called Reader, which supported a proprietary HTML-based format.Reader was developed for Pocket PC and Windows Mobile, and notably, it was in Reader that Microsoft first used ClearType sub-pixel anti-aliasing.A Reader app was also available for desktop Windows, though not Windows Phone.The company even had its own of e-books using its proprietary format, which linked to third-party sites actually selling the books.
"We're fighting 'free, Apple Music exec and music heavyweight Jimmy Iovine said Saturday at TCA, referencing the free tiers of competitors like Spotify and Pandora.So a simple utility where, 'here's all the songs, here's all the music, give me $10 and we're cool,' is not going to scale."That argument isn t entirely sound.Spotify has over 40 million paying subscribers, as of September, and its future as a business isn t going to hinge on the freeloaders.Same with Pandora, which is set to soon launch a premium on-demand tier.Paying customers will determine who wins and who dies in the music-streaming business, and Apple Music has 20 million of them as of December.But Iovine s broader point is that Apple Music has to set its brand apart.Music is a commodity when every streaming service offers more or less the same catalog of songs and functions.
Among the three major console manufacturers, Sony has had arguably the strongest support from third-party indie developers and major blockbuster publishers this generation.Now, the company is looking to maintain the continuity of those partnerships under a new third-party relations chief.Florian Hunziker, formerly the chief operating officer at Rock Band studio Harmonix Music Systems, is taking over as Sony Interactive Entertainment s vice president of publisher and developer relations.In that role, he will oversee deals that bring games from outside of Sony s internal studios to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation VR platforms.Those agreements may lead to bonus content for PlayStation versions of games or even full retail releases that are not available on competing consoles — like Street Fighter V. Early on, most of my focus will be on two key areas, Hunziker explained to GamesBeat in a message.The first is making sure our partners, whether they re a publisher with millions of dollars invested in a major franchise or a bootstrapped startup led by a team of passionate developers, get support to easily develop for our platforms and get rewarded for creating great experiences for our fans.We want to focus on both huge IPs and smaller developers who are willing to take risks to bring something new and innovative to PlayStation.
What else do you Tx at 20mW somewhere between 868MHz and 900MHz?Amazon has filed an application with the US Federal Communications Commission to conduct what looks like Internet of Things wireless networking tech trials.Described in Jeff Bezos boys and girls application to the FCC PDF, 4 pages , Amazon wants to carry out testing of a temporary radio base station at its HQ in Seattle, putting out a maximum of 20mW, for five months.Similarly, the company wants to trial a 300mW base station at Kennewick, in Washington State, over the same time period.300mW sits in the sort of power output range one would expect to see from a mobile phone handset.The application contains a frequency plan which, curiously given the power levels specified for the Seattle base station, avoids the usual IoT bands of 868MHz and 900MHz but does slip between them, at 869-894MHz.
SEOUL—Prosecutors decision to seek the arrest of Samsung Group heir Lee Jae-yong on suspicion of bribery, embezzlement and perjury linked to South Korea s president threatens to knock one of the world s biggest companies off course—just as its scion was trying to chart a new path for the conglomerate.The move, announced Monday, strikes at the country s corporate champion, a group that includes the world s largest smartphone maker,...
JBL s feature-packed Everest Elite 700, the latest iteration of the company s popular Everest line, are perhaps the perfect set of cans to help the brand celebrate 70 years in business.Packed with features like wireless Bluetooth connection, noise-cancelling, and an extremely customizable sound signature, they are a beautiful and well-designed set of over-ears that aptly showcase the company s many long-term research and development projects.These headphones are a utility knife of audio whose individual tools might not work as well as standalone competitors but, when packaged together, provide an extremely formidable and useable end product for great performance in all situations.Putting the cans aside, accessories inside the box include a grey 2.5mm-3.5 mm headphone cable with a single-button mic piece, a grey microUSB charging cable, and user guides for both the headphones and the My JBL Headphones App designed to work with the Everest lineup.Also in the box is a tweed-patterned soft case with an orange zipper for travel.Even when we switched the Everest Elite 700s back and forth between different users, over winter hats, etc., they adjusted easily and held their form.
The Internet Archive is making it easier for web users to access archived versions of dead web pages with a new official add-on for Google Chrome browser.Once you install the Wayback Machine extension, whenever you land on a once-valid web page that now delivers an error code — such as page not found or a 404 — the extension will query the Wayback Machine to check whether there is anything in the archives.If there is, you ll be asked to click to view the most recently archived version.For the uninitiated, the Internet Archive has been documenting the web s evolution since 1996, crawling millions of websites and documenting changes and edits at intermittent periods.So, for example, anyone wishing to return to the Twitter homepage of 2006, or the FBI homepage in 1996, can do so.The broader Internet Archive is an incredibly useful tool for curious geeks interested in the history of the web.But it also serves a more important purpose as it prevents content publishers, from newspapers to government agencies, from whitewashing their online history.By way of example, an estimated 83 percent of PDF documents on .gov domains disappeared during President Obama s first term in the White House.Such vanishing acts aren t always sinister, however, as there may be any number of legitimate reasons for content disappearing — departments may merge, or projects may become obsolete.But the Internet Archive and its partner organizations have made it their mission to document government website data.As George W. Bush s time in office was coming to an end in 2008, the End of Term Web Archive was launched with one sole purpose: to serve as a permanent record of government-related communications during presidential transitions.
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Did that last email from your friend about this weekend s plans sound suspiciously canned?Hate to break it to you, but that might ve been because … it was.A little over a year after Google debuted its Inbox app, the internet giant has revealed that its Smart Reply feature is responsible for an impressive 10 percent of mobile responses sent in the app.Smart Reply, as its name implies, generates replies to incoming messages based on its contents, using artificial intelligence to send back a response so you don t have to.And apparently, one out of every 10 messages are now being sent not by humans, but by the AI.This latest statistic was brought to light by Jeff Dean, a senior fellow in Google s research group, at Wednesday s AI Frontier conference in Santa Clara, California.More: Google now requires OEMs to leave Android s notification bundling features alone
The publisher of the website TechDirt broke his silence on Wednesday about a $15 million lawsuit filed by the self-proclaimed inventor of email, Shiva Ayyadurai, who is suing the site for questioning his accomplishments.The lawsuit, filed last week, gained attention because Ayyadurai s lawyer is Charles Harder, who directed a series of cases that bankrupt Gawker Media and that were funded in secret by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel.Those cases gave rise to concerns that other wealthy individuals would use litigation to stifle critics in the media—concerns that may be heightened in light of the new TechDirt lawsuit.In a blog post on his site, Mike Masnick said Tech Dirt stands by its claims that email existed long before Ayyadurai wrote an email-related software program, and said the site would fight the lawsuit as baseless.Masnick added that, even if lawsuits like the one filed by Ayyadurai appear frivolous, they can nonetheless force media companies to capitulate, hinting the case could drive TechDirt out of business:The cost of litigation for a small company like TechDirt can be prohibitive, especially in cases like the one by Ayyadurai, which will require the California-based site to travel to Boston to defend the case.For an entrepreneur, the time and stress of such lawsuits can also amount to a significant distraction from running a business.Many states, including Massachusetts, have so-called anti-SLAPP statutes, which offer a quick and cost-efficient means to defeat frivolous lawsuits intended to censor or intimidate defendants.But the anti-SLAPP law will be of no avail to TechDirt because Ayyadurai brought the case in federal court.As such, TechDirt s legal bill could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars or even more if the case is subject to numerous procedural motions and appeals.On Twitter last week, a number of figures from Silicon Valley proposed a crowd-funding scheme to help TechDirt mount a defense, but it s unclear if any such fund has materialized.In his blog post on Wednesday, Masnick pointed readers to advertising opportunities and a Friend of Techdirt page.Harder did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Masnick s comments.This story originally appeared on Fortune.com.
Every electric train on the Dutch railways NS network now gets 100 per cent of its energy from wind energy.NS Dutch Railways has partnered with energy company Eneco to use its wind turbines to generate the energy needed to power all of its electric trains.The pair had hoped to achieve this milestone by 2018 but managed the feat as of January 1 this year.NS annually consumes 1.2 billion kWh of wind electricity, reportedly equivalent to the amount all households consume each year.The 100 per cent wind energy-powered trains transport 600,000 passengers and three strokes of an Eneco wind turbine drives a railway train one kilometre."Trains run exclusively on electricity from new renewable energy sources," said Eneco.
The case centres on whether a Geek Squad worker searched for images of child abuseCourt documents suggest the FBI paid a Geek Squad technician who located images of child abuse on a customer's computer $500 £412 .Companies that carry out computer repairs are legally required to report such images, but a warrant is required for actively searching for material.Defence lawyers claim that the FBI had had eight "confidential human sources" in the Geek Squad, according to the Washington Post, which first reported the story.The case has led online tech publication Network World - which declared the practice "unconstitutional" - to call for users to boycott Best Buy.The case stretches back to November 2011 when an image of a young naked girl was found on the hard drive of Californian doctor, Mark Rettenmaier.
Volkswagen has agreed to plead guilty to three criminal counts related to its use of defeat device software in diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests, the Justice Department announced today.VW agreed to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty, as well as $1.5 billion in civil penalties for environmental, customs, and financial claims.Volkswagen was charged with conspiring to defraud the United States government and its customers, and to violate the Clean Air Act, through its use of defeat device software.The software detected when a car was being emissions tested, and allowed cars to temporarily produce lower levels of emissions to pass said tests.In the real world, some of the affected vehicles produced emissions 35 percent above legal limits.The automaker is also charged with obstruction of justice for destroying documents related to the scheme, according to a Justice Department statement, as well as importing cars into the U.S. using false statements about their compliance with emissions standards.
Back in the old days, gadgets used to be covered in little lumps of plastic which, when you press down on them, caused the gadget to react in some predictable way.This is the gamble being made by Swedish company Shortcut Labs, which has built Flic, a tiny Bluetooth smart button that connects to your phone, and lets you trigger different things on it.Now brace yourself, this might be one of the ultimate first world problems, but when I play videogames, I also like to listen to podcasts - lest my brain go unstimulated for even one second.With a puzzle game, this works great - but with a game like Watch Dogs 2, every so often the game will launch a cut scene, which sent me scrambling for my phone or flailing my fat fingers at my watch in order to pause the pod and not miss any crucial plot dialogue.What if I didn t know the reasons why I was shooting the baddies on screen?The actual device is super simple - it contains a Bluetooth chip, to communicate with your phone and is all powered by a CR2032 watch battery - which, as far as I can tell, is purported to last months.
In San Francisco, where marijuana is newly legal for recreational use, an increasingly popular yoga class invites students to light up before sliding into their Downward Dog.Dee Dussault, a hatha yoga teacher with 22 years of experience and author of the upcoming book, "Ganja Yoga," thinks combining cannabis and the centuries-old workout helps students tune out their racing thoughts and pain points.They can become more mindful and free, she believes, to move in the unique ways their bodies need.The class got its start in Toronto in 2009 and in San Francisco in 2012.Since Californians voted to fully legalize marijuana last November, Dussault's biweekly class has nearly doubled in attendance from 10 to 15 students to the 25-person cap every session.I recently sat in on Ganja Yoga to learn why cannabis-fueled yoga is becoming one of the hottest workout classes in the Bay Area.Here's what it was like.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Fitbit plans to launch a dedicated wearables app store in 2017, according to comments made by CEO James Park during CES 2017 in Las Vegas.While few details were divulged, the app store would focus on providing support for health and wellness apps, aimed at businesses and healthcare companies.The company will likely use Pebble's OS system, which it acquired late last year when it purchased the floundering smartwatch company for $40 million.The announcement supports the theory that Fitbit plans to launch its own smartwatch.App stores unify and define platforms by providing users and developers with a designated location for apps and helps create a community around the brand.While late to the smartwatch race, Fitbit has the opportunity to grab significant market share.For now, the nascent smartwatch market is controlled by Apple and Android, according to BI Intelligence estimates, accounting for roughly 70% of global device shipments in 2016.However, the overall low adoption thus far means that new entrants still have an opportunity to carve out a fair share from these larger companies.
Growth of the market is expected to surpass that of OpenStack.The buzz around the application container market appears to be paying off as predictions point to it growing to $2.7bn by 2020.That would see the market size more than double in the next three years as it grows from $762m in 2016, a CAGR of 40%.On the whole the Cloud-Enabling Technologies market CET , which includes virtualisation, containers, Private PaaS, and other automation and management software, is expected to be worth $23.1bn this year, and is expected to hit $39.6bn by the end of 2016.That would equate to a growth rate of 15% CAGR, according to 451 s Cloud-Enabling Technologies Market Monitor report.Like the OpenStack market, the application container market, which is also based on open source software, is seeing rapid growth over a short period of time in the enterprise.