Quantum Computing Chip; Robot Rethink; and more [Weekly Computing Newsletter]

April 30, 2015

Weekly Computing Newsletter

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IBM’s Latest Quantum Computing Advance

A new superconducting chip made by IBM demonstrates a technique crucial to the development of quantum computers.

 

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A Robot Rethought to Appeal to Manufacturers

A company that makes robots designed to work closely with humans has a new version that addresses the limitations of its first effort.

 

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Here Are a Few Apple Watch Apps Worth Using

The 3,500 apps available for the Apple Watch show the device’s promise and pitfalls.

 

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Using Smartphone Activity for Authentication

Researchers are investigating whether recalling text messages, calls, and Facebook likes could be a useful log-in strategy.

 

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Robots Aim to Be Warehouse Worker’s Best Friend—or Replacement

Robots that work alongside warehouse workers could make online shopping even more efficient and eventually replace human employees altogether.

 

 

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Humanitarian Groups Combat Misinformation in Nepal with Web Tool

An organization crowdsources the verification of rumors on social media in the Nepal disaster zone.

 

 

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Criminals Use Routers and Printers to Attack Websites

Home and office routers and printers are being hijacked by criminals to help them overwhelm websites with traffic.

 

 

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Google and Facebook Say Weak Encryption Makes Law Enforcement Less Accountable

Privacy bosses at Google and Facebook say letting the U.S. government unlock encrypted customer data would make law enforcement less accountable.

 

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Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem

Separating a singer’s voice from background music has always been a uniquely human ability. Not anymore.

 

 

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Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending April 25, 2015)

A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.

 

 

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Seven Stories You Shouldn’t Miss (Week Ending April 25, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.

 

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