Bitcoin, Blockchain, and ICOs: What You Need to Know

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While Bitcoin has grabbed most of the attention, permanent advances in computing due to the invention of blockchain technology are likely to come from other innovative solutions. We’ll take you through the differences.

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Intel Unveils ‘Breakthrough’ Quantum Computer

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Intel has announced a new milestone in quantum computing, with 49 qubits now available. That’s a huge step forward for the company compared with the 17-qubit system it showed just months ago.

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Buyer beware: Think twice about pricey iPhone X, MacBook Pro models

In the age of cloud computing, consumers should reconsider the old rule of thumb – always go for the bigger hard drive.

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750 Raspberry Pis Turned Into Supercomputer for Los Alamos National Laboratory

A new project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s High Performance Computing Division seeks to make supercomputers more accessible with a little help from some Raspberry Pi clusters.

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Intel Announces ‘Nervana’ Neural Network Processor

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The Nervana NNP is designed from the ground up with this type of computing in mind.

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Microsoft Set to Release Quantum Computer Programming Language

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Microsoft looks to the future with the upcoming release of its own quantum computing programming language.

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It's a Whole New World With Alexa


Voice computing is replacing the graphical user interface, Shawn DuBravac, chief economist of the Consumer Technology Association, said early this year at CES. Digital assistants will be integrated into many household objects, he noted. About 5 million voice-activated digital voice products had been sold as of January, and Bravac estimated 5 million more would be sold this year. Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant software captured 88 percent of the global intelligent home speaker market in the last quarter of 2016, according to Strategy Analytics.

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Microsoft Aims to School Google With Education Onslaught


Microsoft on Tuesday launched a major effort to bulldoze its way into the educational computing space carved out by Google, with the introduction of a streamlined operating system called “Windows 10 S,” a range of new collaborative programs for K-12 schools, and two new Surface laptops aimed at the college student market. The Surface laptop runs on the Windows 10 S operating system, featuring an Intel Core 7th generation processor, 14.5 hours of battery life, a 13.5 inch PixelSense display, optically bonded Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and a keyboard covered in Alcantara material.

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IBM plans to build the first commercially available universal quantum computer

IBM has announced IBM Q, a major initiative to develop quantum computing that ranges from improvements to the IBM Experience, to the first commercially available universal quantum computer.

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Cloud Enters Mainstream in Federal IT Investment Plans


U.S. government agencies will continue to invest hefty sums in cloud computing technology over the next five years. After that period, spending on cloud is likely to moderate, but the amount of investing will remain at impressive levels. Cloud computing is far from mature within the federal government, but it has reached a point at which it is a mainstream component of government IT resources. Government agencies finally have arrived at a place of “real, concrete adoption,” said Chris Wiedemann, a market analyst at immixGroup.

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Microsoft is developing its own quantum computer hardware

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Microsoft has been working on quantum computing for years, but the company is coming out of stealth mode now and taking a more active role in quantum computer development. It wants to build a theoretical type of machine known as a topological quantum computer, despite the difficulty of doing so.

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Specialized processors might reignite performance scaling, but they’ll also change the nature of computing forever

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The advent of cloud computing could restart system performance scaling — but that scaling won’t be delivered the way it used to be. Instead of continuously more-powerful devices, we may use relatively static hardware to connect to consistently more powerful cloud compute services.

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Why Amazon's Echo is better to talk to than Siri

Artificial intelligence and voice-based computing are likely two of the main components of the smart devices of the future, and Amazon’s surprisingly popular Echo is certainly one device to beat.

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Qualcomm announces new deep learning SDK with support for Snapdragon 820, heterogeneous compute

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Deep learning is increasingly critical to the future of computing, and Qualcomm is leaping into the fray with new software tools of its own. The Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK will help developers leverage the strengths of the Snapdragon 820 platform in cutting-edge applications.

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App Dev Today


Last year, I researched the impact of the proliferation of cloud computing on business. I know it sounds like a dry topic, but if you are a CIO or an application development manager, the results can have serious meaning. Cloud computing has deeply penetrated the enterprise and SMB ranks, and 46.3 percent of respondents said they had four or more cloud applications in use, my partner, Esteban Kolsky, and I discovered. The cloud is just a better way to deliver application functionality at a reasonable price to a growing universe of companies.

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SleepHealth debuts as first ResearchKit app & study to support IBM Watson Health Cloud

Article Image Almost one year after IBM announced Watson Health Cloud, a cognitive computing platform built in partnership with Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic, the computing giant on Tuesday debuted SleepHealth, an app and ResearchKit study investigating the connection between sleep habits and health.

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