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Researchers at Urbana- Champaign and Texas, Dallas say crystals made from boron arsenide could be more effective at cooling down electronics. This is what the boron arsenide crystal looks like under an electron microscope. (Photo via the University of Texas at Dallas)   It’s normal for electronics like computers and smartphones to get hot after hours of use. The device is just doing its job. But with companies rushing to release more powerful, faster, and smaller electronics, heat ma ...
The WebUSB API was designed for USB devices to safely connect to the web without the need for a dedicated platform. (Image credit: Pixabay)   The WebUSB platform has been out for a while now and uses an API for connecting USB devices directly to different web pages depending on the task. It was created with the vision for use as an internet connectivity platform for hardware developers and manufacturers of non-standardized USB devices, effectively eliminating the need to code native driver ...
Meltdown melts security boundaries enforced by hardware while Spectre breaks the isolation between different applications- giving hackers the ability to steal sensitive data. (Image credit: Pexels)   Researchers have discovered a pair of flaws in computer chips that could leave billions of mobile devices and computers vulnerable to security risks. Known as the Meltdown and Spectre, these exploits target critical vulnerabilities in nearly all modern processors, allowing hackers to steal dat ...
(Image credit: Qualcomm)   Earlier this month Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 845 premium mobile CPU, which is destined to power future flagship smartphones. The 10nm chip is impressive, to say the least, and features an octo-core Qualcomm Kryo 385 (ARM Cortex tech) processor, Adreno 630 GPU and an Aqstic audio chip with aptX codec technology.   Perhaps the most noticeable upgrade over Qualcomm’s last flagship chip (the 835 mobile platform) is their new Hexagon 685 DSP, which h ...
Samsung San Jose headquarters. (Image credit Samsung)   AI has crept into nearly every industry over the last few years- manufacturing, retail/commerce, medical, tech, to name just a few. Looking to keep pace with everyone else, Samsung has recently announced that it will be building an AI research center aligned with the company’s mobile and consumer electronics businesses, although they did not say where the research center would be located.   Of course, Samsung let their AI ...
SLAC’s accelerator on a chip could match the power of conventional accelerators in a tabletop package. (Image credit SLAC)   When it comes to particle accelerators, the first image that comes to mind is Cern’s Large Hedron Collider, which just happens to be the largest, most powerful accelerator on the planet. Alternatively, perhaps you might envision the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) or the now-defunct Tevatron (both in the same area in Illinois). Regardless ...
Meet AT&T’s new drone Flying COW, which is helping to provide temporary connectivity to people in Puerto Rico. AT&T’s new drone the Flying COW (Photo from AT&T)   It’s always heartening when major events spur innovation. Or maybe it’s how rapidly that innovation gets to where it needs to be. I’m glad so many are helping, Puerto Rico needs all the help it can get. (Here is another such innovation)   Hurricane Maria is one of the most devastati ...
DeepMind’s AlphaGo Zero can now beat the best Go players without any training or help from human players. This AI program is on top of its game. (Photo from DeepMind)   Google’s AlphaGo turned heads last years when the DeepMind AI beat Go world champion Ke Jie making it the world’s best Go player. It previously beat two of Game’s biggest champions in under a year. Now, the AI is more advanced with its latest iteration, AlphaGo Zero. So, what makes this version diffe ...
The Kano Computer Complete Kit is a “laptop” kids build along with learning how to program popular games. Kano gives you everything you need to start programming. (Photo via Kano)   Adding to the saturated market of devices, games, and sites devoted to teaching kids how to program comes the Computer Kit Complete, from Kano. The company’s latest device is similar to a portable computer with the screen and keyboard separated from each other. The components are housed inside ...
A team of faculty members and students at the University of Washington have developed the first phone that can operate without a battery to power its functions. The phone is made with commercially available components on a printed circuit board. (Photo via University of Washington, you can read the research paper here)   Communication is an essential part of life, and the telephone has likely been the greatest innovation in enabling communication between two remote locations, but ever sinc ...
Google creates a neural network that’s capable of multitasking called Multimodal. A diagram of how Google’s new neural network works (Photo via Google)   My immediate thought… Neural Network Raspberry Pi?   Multitasking is something we do every day whether or not we realize it. While some of us are better at it than others, we all still have this capability. Neural networks don’t, however. Normally, they’re trained to do one task, whether that’s a ...
Verizon and Korea Telecom demoed the first ever hologram call using their 5G networks. (Image credit Korea Telecom)   Earlier this month, Verizon and Korea Telecom tested the first international hologram-based video call over their respective 5G networks. The call was demoed during a meeting between Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam and KT CEO Hwang Chang-kyu who discussed expanding their partnership to advance the 5th generation infrastructure.   Both companies have been gobbling up spectru ...
In it for the G- AT&T buys Straight Path for the increase in wave spectrum it needs to unleash 5G. (Image credit AT&T)   AT&T announced recently that it’s buying out Straight Path Communications to the tune of $1.6-billion in stocks to grab the airwaves it needs to advance their 5G endeavor. Chief strategy officer (Technology and Operations) John Donovan made a rather bold statement earlier this year about AT&T’s roadmap to the 5G horizon saying, “Our 5G E ...
Researchers from MIT and Chicago making denser chips with wires that partially build themselves. Faster technology requires better and faster microchips (Image via MIT)   As technology, such as computers, get faster and better, they require microchips that can keep up. The only problem is it’s becoming more difficult to create denser chips. Not only does it make the chips more fragile, but manufacturers also run into several limitations, like wavelengths of light used to create wire ...
SIG says the new spec can deliver robust and reliable IoT connections, making full-home and outdoor use a lot easier to implement.   Almost every new mobile device features it but most of us really never think about it until there becomes a connection issue. I am, of course, talking about Bluetooth- the wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances. It’s been in its current form, version 4.2 since December of 2014 and has since been officially replaced by versi ...

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