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BBC micro:bit provided free to educators

London - The technology site element14.com has begun a giveaway project for educators. This is to help push the popular BBC micro:bit coding device into schools and colleges, and into the hands of students.

Novel architecture for brain-inspired computing

Computer scientists have developed novel synaptic architecture to construct brain-inspired computing, drawing on the interconnections in the brain to construct neural networks.

Nvidia system fuses AI for high-performance computing

Nvidia have introduced a cloud server platform which is described as the first unified computing platform that can tackle artificial intelligence together with high-performance computing.

Physicists seeking to create cooler computing

Santa Fe - Computers require a huge energy demand, not only from the power required to run the devices, but also in terms of keeping them cool. Physicists have come up with a theory, based on the thermodynamics of computation, which could help to cool down devices.

Audio IoT? Video is set to dominate: Interview Special

A visual aspect to IoT gadgets is imminent, based on industry developments. This means the days of just a smart speaker assistant will be over. Aaron Emigh, CEO of Brilliant looks into the new trends for Digital Journal.

The terahertz computer chip is within reach

The terahertz computer chip is now within reach offering far faster computing power than is possible today. This is according to a new research study based on three years of extensive research.

Microsoft's quantum computing dev kit is now up to 5x faster

Microsoft's announced the first set of updates for its Quantum Development Kit, an early version of a software suite that lets developers write apps for quantum computers. The new release improves performance by up to 5x, accelerating development.

New methods for solar cell screening

Boston - A new computer technique enables the rapid screening for new types of solar cells, seeking increased efficiencies and materials for next generation solar power.

Investment in Swedish quantum computing

A Swedish university has received a large grant to continue its research into developing a quantum computer. This could place Sweden and the Chalmers University of Technology at the forefront of this future technology.

The Grover algorithm: Fine tuning for quantum computing

Another step along the path towards quantum computers has been completed. This is a database search mechanism. The system has recently been tested for future quantum computers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

New software speeds big-data analysis 100-fold

A new system developed for performing 'tensor algebra' can offer a 100-fold speedup over previous software packages for performing big data analysis.

Improving electrical switches with a pinch of salt

Scientists have developed an atypical means to make electrical switches more effective. This process involves the application of salt. The reason is to improve electronics at the nano-scale.

Photonic microchips will process information like the human brain

Exeter - University of Exeter scientists have made an important step towards unlocking a mystery of computing: constructing microchips that can mimic the way the human brain works to store and process information.

Microsoft creates a quantum programming language

Microsoft has announced it's ready to put its full support behind quantum computing and wants to encourage developers to follow its lead. The company has created a new programming language so coders can write their first quantum programs.

Step towards building the quantum Internet

Scientists have made a step forward in developing the building blocks of a quantum Internet. This is with significantly improving the storage time of a telecom-compatible quantum memory.

It's now possible to hack a computer using DNA

Washington - As University of Washington laboratory uses strands of DNA to hack into a computer. What does this mean for companies developing DNA data storage solutions?

Will you be able to trust a quantum computer?

Quantum computers promise many things, including faster processing speed and the ability to perform complex calculations. Such devices can also be trusted with sensitive information, even over a cloud.

HP unveils 'The Machine': a big data computer with 160TB of RAM

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced the largest single memory computer ever created. "The Machine" has 160TB of memory within a single bank, allowing it to scale far beyond previous computers. It could help to enable the "big data" age.

Highly magnetic material improves computer performance

Computer technologists have created a highly magnetic material; the material could provide significant improvements to the performance of current computer technologies.

Faster computers from ultrashort light pulses

Computers of the future may be able to operate at speeds 100,000 times faster than those of today if the promises of ultrashort light pulses are realized.

IBM to start building 'universal' quantum computers this decade

IBM has announced it will begin manufacturing mainstream quantum computers within the next few years. The commercial first will see 50-qubit machines go on sale this decade with performance millions of times greater than current desktops.

Computer operating system and movie stored on DNA

San Fransisco - An algorithm built for streaming video on a cellphone has been used to unlock DNA's storage potential. This was achieved by squeezing information into its four base nucleotides. In a study, researchers show the reliability of DNA computing technology.

New data transfer efficiency record set

Computer technologists have set a new record for the transfer of information via superdense coding. This is a process where the properties of particles are used to store as much information as possible.

'Megaprocessor' lets you watch a processor compute in real time

A unique processor has been put on public display. Created from a desire to learn how transistors work, the "megaprocessor" has been hand-built to help people visualise a computer's operation. It allows viewers to watch a machine compute in real time.

VAIO unveils 'fashionable' laptop range with striking colours

VAIO has announced a new range of mid-range laptops that differentiate themselves by being "fashionable." Finished in bright two-tone colour matches and available in several different configurations, VAIO is straying from its typical business audience.

New processing chip makes computations up to 18x faster

MIT has unveiled a new processing chip design that could allow future devices to operate as much as 18 times faster as today's PCs. The chip relies heavily on multi-core technology and parallel processing to dramatically speed up programs.

Google working on 'the thinking' computer

Zurich - Goggle, operating from a new base in Zurich, are investigating how to advance the technology of artificial intelligence.

You can now buy the BBC's palm-sized computer to get kids coding

The BBC micro:bit, a £13 computer handed out for free to schoolchildren in the UK, is now available to buy online. The hackable device was created by the media organisation to get kids coding, following the spirit of the BBC Micro in the 80s.

Iran denies supporting U.S. bank hacking

Tehran - Iran on Saturday denied supporting cyber attacks against the United States after a New York court indicted seven Iranians over hacking dozens of American banks and a major dam.

Seagate's new 10TB hard drive is filled with helium gas

Seagate has announced its first hard drive filled with pure helium instead of usual air. Helium is billed as the next big thing for hard drives due to its low density. The drive has 10 terabytes of capacity and will cost around $800.
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