Walmart will deliver groceries to your fridge while you're out

Hate putting away groceries?

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Sony Shears PS4's Price


Sony last week knocked $50 off the price of the PlayStation 4, putting the console on par with the $349 Xbox from rival Microsoft. A cost cut also went into effect in Canada, where the price dropped from Sony’s recommended price point of CA$449.99 to CA$429.99. Touting upcoming multiplatform games Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Star Wars: Battlefront, SCEA CEO Shawn Layden asserted that there never has been a better time to pick up the PS4. Sony is delivering on its commitment to make the PS4 the “best place to play,” he said.

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Apple Pay now boasts more than 500 US banks thanks to latest round of additions

Apple on Tuesday added 46 US banks to its list of Apple Pay backers, putting the total over 500 for the first time as it prepares to roll out a series of further improvements to its mobile payment platform.

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When Data Breaks the News


Google is putting a new spin on the news. Instead of relying on journalists to gather facts and report events the old-fashioned way, the company’s News Lab, launched earlier this year, aims to deliver news stories through data. Case in point: Who needs polls to reveal that Donald Trump is the most popular candidate in the Republican primary free-for-all? By tracking search requests for each candidate, Google Trends, part of the News Lab, came up with an interactive county-by-county map showing the volume of searches for each candidate.

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T-Mobile's War on Data Hogs Is Everyone's Fight


Thank you to John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, for declaring war on wireless data hogs. Putting this burning issue on the front page is great. Everyone should know the problems caused by wireless data thieves. Data hogs are threatening to spoil things for everyone. Yes, that means for you and your business.
Data hogs threaten T-Mobile’s growth because they spoil things for regular wireless data users. However this is also a larger problem for the entire industry, and it needs to be solved before it affects other carriers as well.

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Large Apple logo goes up at Bill Graham Auditorium ahead of iPhone event

Apple is putting a legion of carpenters, electricians, security personnel and other contractors to work this Labor Day weekend as it readies San Francisco’s Bill Graham Auditorium for what is expected to be a massive iPhone event next week.

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JetBlue mechanics choose iPad mini 3 for digital aircraft maintenance toolbox

After putting iPad 4 into operation as an electronic flight bag in 2013, then iPad mini 3 for in-flight cabin services this year, U.S. airline JetBlue is turning to Apple’s tablet platform to aid aircraft maintenance technicians.

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Apple Music to reportedly stream at 256kbps, below Beats Music and industry rivals

Apple is putting a 256kbps cap on Apple Music streaming, a report said Tuesday, a bitrate lower than competing top-tier offerings from Spotify and the service’s own Beats Music forebear.



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Next-generation Vulkan API could be Valve’s killer advantage in battling Microsoft

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Valve is putting a hefty push behind the new Vulkan API, but the stakes are higher than they’ve been in past years. This time, the premiere PC game distribution platform is gearing up to take on Microsoft and its Windows Store.

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Dell puts Apple’s MacBook Air on notice at CES

At the Consumer Electronics Show, Dell is putting the revered MacBook Air to shame. Dell rolled out its new XPS 13 laptop today, claiming it’s the most compact 13-inch laptop on the planet.  True or not, it’s definitely a contender for that title. 

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Is IBM Making Plans For The End Of Silicon?

IBM is putting $3 billion towards new chip research.
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Since the computer age began, microchips have consistently been shrunk to smaller and smaller sizes. Moore’s Law, articulated in 1965 by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, predicts, fairly accurately to date, that the number of transistors we can fit on a microchip will double every 18 to 24 months, constantly increasing computer speed and efficiency. Many computer scientists and engineers, however, believe we will soon reach a point where the traditional chip circuitry made of silicon will be too microscopic to work reliably.

So what’s going to happen? No one is sure yet, but chipmakers are already making moves to safeguard the future of hardware development. This week, IBM announced plans to allocate $3 billion over five years to chip research. While the company’s overall R&D expenditures will remain the same, there is a new focus not only on miniaturizing circuitry to 7 nanometers, but also on replacing silicon chips with alternative technologies.

Georgia Tech computer scientist Tom Conte tells Popular Science that 7-nanometer transistors are “basically the size of large atoms. There are a lot of unknown quantum effects” that can’t be controlled, so chipmakers can’t guarantee reliable function.

Intel can currently make transistors at 22 nanometers wide, and plans to offer 14 nanometers next year. Moore’s Law has generally held true — we’ve been increasing the number of transistors on chips for decades now. But according to Conte, “there’s been no big benefit for a while now.” From 1994 to 1998, maximum CPU clock speeds rose by 300 percent. Between 2007 to 2011, those speeds increased by a mere 33 percent.

Conte predicts “silicon’s days are numbered. We’ve hit a place where we need to step back and rethink how we design computers.” IBM seems to agree. Their recent announcement cited several different burgeoning technologies that could lead to breakthroughs in chip development, making them not only smaller, but also more efficient and more reliable.

One is quantum computing, where the goal is to increase a computer’s operational capabilities. Tradidtional bits of information have values of only 0 or 1, but quantum bits can hold values of 0, 1, or both at the same time, enabling a system to process millions of calculations at the same time.

Another option is to pursue neurosynaptic computing, which uses circuitry that is “based on the structures we see in the brain,” says Conte. The idea is to make computers emulate certain processes that neurological systems excel at, like pattern detection.

Nanophotonics (also known as silicon photonics) process information using pulses of light rather than electrical signals. In their announcement, IBM expressed hopes that nanophotonics could provide “a super highway for large volumes of data to move at rapid speeds between computer chips in servers.”

The current structure of microchips might also remain the same, save for silicon. Carbon nanotubes – single atomic sheets of carbon rolled up into tubes – reportedly perform better 10 times faster than silicon, and could act a simple replacement for transistor material.

None of these technologies, however, have had enough testing. Furthermore, some experts remain ardently skeptical that silicon is even on its way out. “I wouldn’t bet a dollar on of this stuff,” says MIT computer scientist Srini Devadas. “The quantum stuff is just so far out,” he says, and he doesn’t believe carbon nanotubes or nanophotonics could feasibly compete with silicon in the near future. Transistor miniaturization will probably still slow down considerably once we reach 7 nanometers, but Devadas believes there’s still a lot of room for innovation using existing materials. “Why not just develop a variant of silicon that works?” he asks.

Devadas also points out that the $3 billion IBM has pledged is “small peanuts” compared to the hundreds of billions chipmakers like IBM and Intel are already putting into research for silicon innovation. He believes that as silicon transistors continue to shrink, people are anxious to see other technologies usher in a “post-silicon” era, making IBM’s announcement seem more significant than it actually is.

Regardless of how promising other technologies turn out to be, it’s pretty clear that silicon is here to stay for at least the next few years. “It’s the incumbent,” says Devadas. “Nothing else can compete.”

The original article can be found here: http://www.popsci.com/article/gadgets/ibm-making-plans-end-silicon

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