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Quantum computing : Solving problems beyond the power of classical computing

January 2nd, 2020 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

Quantum computers will lead to vast improvements in drug discovery, weather forecasting and supply chain optimisation. Weather forecasting today is good. Can it get better? Sure, it can, if computers can be better. This is where quantum computers come into the picture. They possess computing capacity beyond anything that today’s classical computers can ever achieve. […]



Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands

December 30th, 2019 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

Syracuse University is among the dozens of schools in the United States that use tracking systems to monitor students’ academic performance, analyze their conduct or assess their mental health. When Syracuse University freshmen walk into professor Jeff Rubin’s Introduction to Information Technologies class, seven small Bluetooth beacons hidden around the Grant Auditorium lecture hall connect […]



Successful deployment of CQC’s Iron Bridge Quantum Photonic Cryptography Device into IBM Key Protect

December 20th, 2019 at 2:35 am » Comments Off

The IronBridge 4 qubit cryptographic device, which can generate quantum secure keys for your applications, successfully integrates with IBM Key Protect for IBM Cloud. Cambridge Quantum Computing has integrated its IronBridge quantum photonic cryptographic device with IBM Key Protect and can demonstrate the generation of post-quantum secure keys. This solution requires minimal changes to existing […]



China introduces mandatory face scans for people buying mobile phones

December 6th, 2019 at 2:02 pm » Comments Off

The rule came into effect on December 1st, to “protect” Chinese citizens’ rights and security in cyberspace. Now people buying new mobile phones and phone contracts in China will have to provide a scan of their faces. The rule came into effect on Sunday, 1 December and is meant to “protect the legitimate rights and […]



Cybercrime booms as scammers hack human nature to steal billions

November 24th, 2019 at 12:28 pm » Comments Off

Cyberscams are getting more sophisticated. The secret to comedy, according to the old joke, is timing. The same is true of cybercrime. Mark learned this the hard way in 2017. He runs a real estate company in Seattle and asked us not to include his last name because of the possible repercussions for his business. […]



Here’s how quantum computer supremacy will impact self-driving cars

November 23rd, 2019 at 1:08 pm » Comments Off

  Quantum supremacy, achieved? The news recently was agog with the claim that the so-called and highly sought “quantum supremacy” had been achieved via an effort undertaken by Google researchers. Not everyone agreed though that the Google effort warranted waving the superlative supremacy flag. That’s not to say that the use of their 54-qubit Sycamore […]



Researchers used a laser to hack Alexa and other voice assistants

November 13th, 2019 at 1:26 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco (CNN Business)Usually you have to talk to voice assistants to get them to do what you want. But a group of researchers determined they can also command them by shining a laser at smart speakers and other gadgets that house virtual helpers such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant. Researchers at […]



‘Quantum Apocalypse’: How ultra-powerful computers could cripple governments and effectively break the internet

October 12th, 2019 at 3:43 pm » Comments Off

  A new era of computing could bring about a ‘quantum apocalypse’ ‘Our modern systems of finance, commerce, communication, transportation, manufacturing, energy, government, and healthcare will for all intents and purposes cease to function,’ cyber security expert warns A new era of unfathomably fast computers is just a few years away, with quantum computers set […]



Political operatives are faking voter outrage with millions of made-up comments to benefit the rich and powerful

October 10th, 2019 at 12:54 pm » Comments Off

  A fierce battle over the regulation of the internet was riddled with millions of fake comments in the most prolific known instance of political impersonation in US history. Sarah Reeves sat on her couch in Eugene, Oregon, staring at her laptop screen in furious disbelief. She was reading the website of a government agency, […]



Here’s what quantum supremacy does—and doesn’t—mean for computing

September 29th, 2019 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

Google has reportedly demonstrated for the first time that a quantum computer is capable of performing a task beyond the reach of even the most powerful conventional supercomputer in any practical time frame—a milestone known in the world of computing as “quantum supremacy.” The ominous-sounding term, which was coined by theoretical physicist John Preskill in […]



IBM’s new 53-qubit quantum ‘mainframe’ is live in the cloud

September 27th, 2019 at 1:44 am » Comments Off

IBM has boosted its growing stable of quantum computers with a new 53-quantum bit (qubit) device, the most powerful ever offered for commercial use. Google announced a more powerful 72-qubit ‘Bristlecone’ model last year, but that was for its internal techies only. IBM’s, by contrast, feels significant because it can be used by absolutely anyone […]



You won’t see quantum internet coming

August 30th, 2019 at 12:22 am » Comments Off

The quantum internet is coming sooner than you think—even sooner than quantum computing itself. When things change over, you might not even notice. But when they do, new rules will protect your data against attacks from computers that don’t even exist yet. Despite the fancy name, the “quantum internet” won’t be some futuristic new way […]



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