In a stunning scientific achievement that could open the way for Moore’s Law to continue indefinitely, Australian scientists have created the first working quantum bit out of a single atom in silicon. The next step is to put two of these quantum bits together to form a logic gate, which opens the path for supercomputers to operate on a quantum processor.
In a paper published today in Nature, the team details how it was able to control both the spin of a single electron. The electron in question was bound to a phosphorus atom. The scientists used a microwave field to control the electron, which was implanted next to a silicon transistor. The atom was precisely placed by Dr. David Jamieson through a process that makes even high-precision electronics like smartphones seem like they were put together with wood glue.
As team leader Dr. Andrea Morello noted, “This is the quantum equivalent of typing a number on your keyboard… Our technology is fundamentally the same as is already being used in countless everyday electronic devices, and that’s a trillion-dollar industry.” Whoa. Can’t wait until the iPhone 36 comes out with a quantum processor emitting microwaves.
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As laptops have gotten faster, desktops have taken a back seat in the gadget lust sweepstakes. But for performance per dollar, there’s still nothing better than an old-fashioned desktop tower. But how powerful a computer can you build if you’re not optimizing for price? The tweakers over at MaximumPC recently built a dream desktop, sparing no costs, and created a $16000 machine that’s definitely something worth drooling over.
The dream desktop starts with a 3.1Ghz Intel Xeon server processor that costs about $2000 retail, adds 64GB of DDR3 memory, and tops it off with the fastest graphics card NVidia makes–two of them, actually. The excesses don’t stop there–the mad geniuses put six separate hard drives in the case, two 512GB SSDs and four old fashioned spinning disks in a RAID array. After fitting all these components and some liquid cooling into a Silverstone TJ11, they topped off the rig with two Dell IPS panels running at 2560×1600 resolution each.Ubergizmo. Related articles: Lian Li PC-TU200 chassis looks like a suitcase, Maingear updates Vybe desktop series,
Smartphone vendors try to up the ante on the security of their devices every time they release a new one. However, skilled hackers nearly always outdo these vendors by somehow finding an exploit in these devices.
Pwn2Own is a hacking contest that has been an annual gathering of the best hacking minds from around the world. It has been happening for the last six years. This year’s Pwn2Own was just days ahead of Apple’s iPhone 5 launch event. And at the contest, hackers were able to find an important exploit in iOS 6. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: First iPhone 5 unboxing shows a new bonus extra, The LIFX LED Lightbulb is controlled over WIFI via an iPhone,
A clean home is a happy home, but your feng shei still won’t be right if all your appliances are eyesores. So if you’re a person of taste and in the market for a vacuum, you should consider the Vorwerk Kobold handheld vacuum cleaner, which marries modern design with househould appliances. It’s powered by a rechargeable battery, which should offer 20 minutes of vaccuming suckage–more than enough to clean your couch or car. It has two settings, and a illuminated light that tells you how much more sucking you can do before you have to return the vacuum to its cradle. You’ll have to fork over $170 for the whole package with accessories, but look at it this way: you’re getting both a functional vacuum and a German design tour de force all in one. [Vorwerk]Ubergizmo. Related articles: Apple makes $90 extra when someone buys a 32GB iPhone, Leaked Zuckerberg IMs: "but it's not like i took the idea [for Facebook] from you",
Just like you, the wizards at iSupply have been poring over iPhone pictures and schematics, and they’ve worked out an estimated cost for the iPhone 5. After tallying up the value of all the guts, a 16GB iPhone costs $199, which is $11 more than the 4S cost to build when it came out.
iSupply adds $8 per phone to account for labor, which seems like a pretty good rate for backbreaking, repetitive work. After adding in the labor cost, the 16GB iPhone comes out to $207, a 32GB iPhone may cost Apple $217 and the 64GB model is estimated to cost $328. So when you decide that 16GB isn’t enough for you, you’re paying a 900% premium for that extra space. Hope your high bitrate mp3s are worth it!
It’s important to stress that these estimates are from a visual teardown, which isn’t actually a teardown at all, but a bunch of dedicated nerds studying images until they identify all the components in the picture. The actual teardown should be coming as soon as somebody (like iFixit) gets a retail unit and takes a pentalobe screwdriver to it. So, probably Friday.
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Twitter recently made a whole host of changes to its API. Many of these changes have been meant to limit the access to its API, a move which has irked a lot of developers. The developer community took to the web to protest over the new changes which resulted in completely eliminating some apps, given the restrictions they introduced.
The micro-blogging network’s CEO has now stated in a recent talk that the API changes were meant to help Twitter become a ‘deeper platform.’ (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Twitter apps for iPad, iPhone and Android undergo major overhaul, Apple hacker becomes a part of Twitter security team,
In the verdict handed down by a Californian court recently, Apple was awarded $1 billion in damages against Samsung. The jury ruled that Samsung had indeed infringed on Apple’s patents. It was speculated that Apple may push the jury further to have a number of Samsung products banned and increase the amount of fine.
Now, The Korea Times has reported that Apple indeed has plans of seeking damages to the tune of $3 billion, effectively tripling the sum that it has already been awarded by the jury. The publication says that it has been informed of this decision through ‘multiple legal sources.’ (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Samsung to sue Apple over LTE, Apple slashes Samsung memory chip order for new iPhone, says source,
It’s amazing how many people come out of the woodwork when you’re billion-dollar cool and have a major motion picture made about your life. Today, Aaron Greenspan, who was an Zuckerberg collaborator at Harvard and is currently promoting his book about–you guessed it, Facebook at Harvard–released a cache of alleged emails and IM conversations spanning the early days of Facebook. There’s nothing close to a smoking gun or anything that would change the Winklevoss trial, but the alleged conversations document Zuckerberg’s early struggles with claiming his idea.
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zberg02 (Mark Zuckerberg): i guess basically it’s a souped of version of one thing housesystem does
zberg02: which i think didn’t do as well as it could have as a stand-alone site
ThinkComp (Aaron Greenspan): ok
zberg02: but it’s not like i took the idea from you
ThinkComp: sure, i understand
zberg02: so i guess the basic jist is that i feel as if it may compete with the facebook you’re trying