Quantum computers are still in an early stage of development but they promise to someday change computing. Here is some information about them.
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- Fake Windows tech support calls continue to plague consumers
More than a year after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) heralded a major crackdown on fraudsters posing as Microsoft technical support personnel, consumers continue to receive calls from scammers—At Computerworld, Gregg Keizer reports on continuing scam
- Privacy Isn’t a Right, It’s a Commodity
At Slate, Josh Klein says we have given up our privacy on the Internet but our personal data is worth something. He suggests ways to get something in return for providing the data.
- Does fixing Microsoft mean ending Microsoft as we know it?
During his quieter moments — assuming they even exist any more — outgoing Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer might be excused for wondering why the company he has led for the last decade, blessed with enormous wealth and so many smart people, has had to struggle so long and hard for its tech cred.
Even if Microsoft’s board lucks into hiring someone to replace Ballmer who combines the managerial genius of an Alfred P. Sloan with the formidable intellectual insights of a Peter Drucker, the new boss still inherits a legacy packed with wince-worthy embarrassments, such as Zune and Vista and the stillborn Kin phones. Just as bad, Microsoft is still trying to escape the consequences of its disastrous stumbling about to move beyond the PC—Charles Cooper at CNET
- Chess-Championship Results Show Powerful Role of Computers
In the world chess championship match that ended Friday in India, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, the cool, charismatic 22-year-old challenger and the highest-rated player in chess history, defeated local hero Viswanathan Anand, the 43-year-old champion. Mr. Carlsen’s winning score of three wins and seven draws will cement his place among the game’s all-time greats. But his success also illustrates a paradoxical development: Chess-playing computers, far from revealing the limits of human ability, have actually pushed it to new heights—Christopher Chabris and David Goodman at the Wall Street Journal
- Can Intel turn Android into Windows?
The chipmaker is ready to turn Android into a full-fledged ‘client’ operating system, much like Windows has been—At CNET, Brooke Crothers reports on Intel plans for the Android operating system.
- How to find free Wi-Fi during your holiday travels
PCWorld tips for finding public Wi-Fi access points
I don’t know what it says about the English-speaking world (OK, in this case probably the United States) that its Wikipedia contributors disagree more about professional wrestlers than nearly any other topic, but it can’t be good.
—Derrick Harris at GigaOm
Source: The New Yorker
Incidentally, “selfie” has been named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.
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- Test and test again: the lesson from Windows 8.1′s bumpy rollout
At PCWorld, Juan Carlos Perez looks at the large number of problems with the Windows 8.1 upgrade.
- You Are Your Data
We are becoming data. Every day, our smartphones, browsers, cars, and even refrigerators generate information about our habits. When we click “I agree” on terms of service, we opt in to systems in which we are known only by our data. So we need to be able to understand ourselves as data, too—Sara M. Watson at Slate
- How Amazon Became a Force in Tablets
With Lab 126 and the new and highly improved Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon has become a major force in tech R&D and tablets. It has shown serious prowess in hardware, software, and services design and when looking at the big vendors in tablets, Amazon has to be considered a top five player—Tim Bajarin at PCMag
- How Apple is playing hardball with Microsoft
Apple’s seemingly innocuous move to free its operating system and business suite software is just the tip of the iceberg—Scot Finnie at Computerworld
- Scientists move closer to ultrafast quantum computing at room temperature
Quantum computers could someday be millions of times more faster than the best supercomputers today because they can work on a huge number of calculations at the same time. An international team of researchers announced Thursday that they are closer to creating a practical quantum computer after creating bits of information that survived at room temperature for 39 minutes; The previous record was 2 seconds—GigaOm
The luxury of continual expansion of computer power can lead to design bloat. Is Microsoft Word today really better than Word in 1995?
—Seth Lloyd at Slate