• COMPUTERS
    Quantum computers could crack Bitcoin, but fixes are available now

    An international group of quantum boffins reckons Bitcoin could be broken by the year 2027. The researchers from Singapore, Australia and France say that scenario represents the worst case, and would see a quantum computer able to run Shor’s algorithm against the cryptocurrency’s protective elliptic curve signature quicker than the 10 minutes Bitcoin needs to […]

  • COMPUTERS
    Your computer could be being used to mine for cryptocurrency

    Your computer may be harvesting cryptocurrencies without your permission thanks to a large number of popular websites reportedly being infected with malware that uses visitor’s computers to mine cryptocurrencies. According to a BBC report, a scan of some of the most popular websites on the web found hundreds to be harbouring malicious mining code. Mining cryptocurrencies require […]

  • COMPUTERS
    ARTIFICIAL SYNAPSES COULD LEAD TO BRAINIER, SUPER-EFFICIENT COMPUTERS

    BRAINS, BEYOND THEIR signature achievements in thinking and problem solving, are paragons of energy efficiency. The human brain’s power consumption resembles that of a 20-watt incandescent lightbulb. In contrast, one of the world’s largest and fastest supercomputers, the K computer in Kobe, Japan, consumes as much as 9.89 megawatts of energy—an amount roughly equivalent to the […]

  • COMPUTERS
    Exactly what could quantum computers do?

    They picked a knotty problem – understanding how the enzyme nitrogenase allows plants to use nitrogen from the atmosphere to make their own fertilizer – something that is unknown. Computers available today, said EHT chemistry professor Markus Reiher can calculate the behaviour of simple molecules quite precisely, but not nitrogenase , which is too complex. […]

  • COUPONS
    Amazon-Whole Foods deal could speed the decline of paper coupons

    Dive Brief: Under Amazon’s ownership, Whole Foods will likely offer price matching, digital coupons and guaranteed low pricing rather than traditional paper coupons and circulars, according to experts interviewed by CNBC. Coupon redemption dropped 4% last year, while the average value and overall volume of coupons fell as well, according to coupon processing company Inmar. Last […]

  • COUPONS
    Amazon’s Whole Foods deal could spell the end for coupons

    Amazon’s proposed purchase of Whole Foods Market may impact how many Americans shop, and for die-hard coupon clippers, it may signal the beginning of the end. Amazon’s aggressive price-matching strategies have served the company well, winning loyal fans even among dedicated bargain hunters. However, extreme couponers are a different breed. For the average American household, grocery costs […]

  • NEWS
    North Korea’s mystery islands: Man-made keys could be new nuclear launch sites

    North Korea is at it again. Or rather, it is continuing what it started five years ago. Artificial islands have been discovered surrounding Sohae Satellite Launching Station, a missile development and testing site roughly 70 miles northwest of Pyongyang. Satellite images suggest the islands are home to military installations and have been under development for […]

  • COMPUTERS
    Nanofridge could keep quantum computers cool enough to calculate

    Even quantum computers need to keep their cool. Now, researchers have built a tiny nanoscale refrigerator to keep qubits cold enough to function. Classical computers require built-in fans and other ways to dissipate heat, and quantum computers are no different. Instead of working with bits of information that can be either 0 or 1, as […]

  • CLOTHING
    Wearable cloud could be less expensive more powerful form of mobile computing

    Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are exploring the concept of a wearable personal cloud — a fully functioning, yet compact and lightweight cloud computing system embedded into clothing. Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer and information sciences in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences, and Rasib Khan, Ph.D., a recent […]

  • CLOTHING
    Unused clothes could stretch to L.A.

    People in Northern Ireland including Ballymoney, could be hoarding more than 17 million articles of clothing they no longer wear, according to a study by Barnardo’s. Placed end to end these items would stretch from Belfast to Los Angeles, analysis based on YouGov polling data reveals. Forty per cent of people from Northern Ireland admitted […]

  • COMPUTERS
    Computers could get 100,000 times faster thanks to laser light pulses

    Computers could in future run up to 100,000 times faster than today’s electronics after a team of researchers made a breakthrough in so-called ‘lightwave electronics’. The discovery by an international team that electrons in ultrafast laser pulses can be steered through a semiconductor, and at incredibly fast speeds, could even pave the way for quantum […]