Would you rather have a power-hungry cellphone that could software-decode hundreds of video codecs, or a hyper-efficient system-on-chip that only processes H.264? These are the tough decisions mobile designers have to make, but perhaps not for much longer. MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has developed a solution that could spell the end for inefficient devices.
Researchers at MIT think that we should make computers of the future faster by letting them make more mistakes. The reason? Quantum physics.Historically, making the transistors that make up the processors in our computers smaller has been one of the most reliable ways to make our devices faster and use less power.
A decade ago, AMD brought us the first dual-core x86 processor. Then, starting in 2008, the company came out with tri-core and quad-core designs in quick succession, leading up to octa-core chips in 2011'sFX rangeas well as in the latest AMD-poweredgame consoles.
The newMac Pro'shighly customized design may look like it's a pain to fix, but don't be fooled -- it's friendlier than you think. An iFixitteardownof the workstation has revealed that it's easy to take apart, and that several components can be replaced without going through Apple. It's also more upgradeable than you'd expect.
It's 2014, and while some of you have already upgraded to an IntelHaswelllaptop, many still have to carry a bulky power adapter for the more demanding machines. Luckily, MIT spin-off FINsix has come up with a breakthrough technology that dramatically reduces both the size and weight of laptop adapters.
The Wikimedia Foundation is considering the use of H.264 video, in spite of its patent and license encumbrances, in an attempt to increase the amount of free educational video content it can offer. The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to "collect and develop the world's knowledge and to make it available to everyone for free, for any purpose.
It's tough to buildsolar cellsthat capture both heat and light -- most of these multi-talented devices can't trap more than one percent of the energy they receive. However, MIT has just blown past that limitation with aprototype chipthat absorbs warmth through an outer layer ofcarbon nanotubes.
Transparent screens just aren't very practical these days -- bigger models are frequentlyexpensive and bulky, while smallerheads-up displaystend to have very narrow viewing angles. However, MIT may have solved all those problems at once with its prototypenanoparticle display.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chip is still pretty dang new, but the company's already churned out a follow-up: theSnapdragon 805, a so-called Ultra HD processor. Like the 800, this version is a Krait-based, quad-core chip, and its biggest selling point is support for 4K video playback on your mobile devices as well as your smart TV.
A near handful of years ago, some students from MIT revealed a bicycle attachment that converts a bike into a hybrid with electric rear-wheel power, something that is now known as the Copenhagen Wheel.
At $800, the price of Bitcoin is now so great that it threatens to shut out some mainstream users.You may be wondering whether there were ever any mainstream users in the first place. But Charlie Lee, a former Googler and MIT grad, recognized such an audience did exist. In 2011, two years after the birth of Bitcoin, the former Googler and MIT grad decided to create a version of Bitcoin that would make it more accessible."I think Satoshi [Nakamoto, Bitcoin's pseudonymous creator] is great, and Bitcoin is awesome," Lee said in a recent interview with BI. "I didn't fix Bitcoin.
Qualcomm announced and offered some details on their next-generation Snapdragon, the 805 and it looks like MediaTek has some news of their own. In the case of MediaTek, they have unveiled the MT6592 which they are touting as the “world’s first true octa-core mobile platform.
Of all the phone manufacturers out there, Samsung seems to have a particular talent for creating an anticlimax. Our first thought when holding the Galaxy S5 was that we'd been through all this before a year ago, with the equally underwhelming launch of theGS4.
Image of authoring interface by natematias ] Machine-learning as a technology is, without doubt, the force that will be shaping our digital world for years and years to come, making it smarter and more autonomous, and sometimes taking our breath away in the process with its apparent agency.
While the NSA can inflitratemany secure systemswithout breaking a sweat, there are still some encryption methods that it just can't crack. That may not be a problem in the long term, however. The Washington Posthas publisheddocumentsfrom Edward Snowden which reveal that the agency is researching a "cryptologically useful"quantum computer.
Coding the Curriculum: How High Schools Are Reprogramming Their Classes There are no lockers in the hallways at Beaver Country Day School. Instead, backpacks and tote bags line either side of the floor while students step over them during the mid-morning rush to class. Nearly everyone is carrying a laptop.
It would be an understatement to say that Apple's Mac Pro workstation was getting a little long in the tooth. As of summer 2012, it wasmissingApple's own Thunderbolt ports, not to mention 802.11n WiFi. Finally, though, Applereleasedan updated version, and it addresses a little more than just the wireless card and I/O options.