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Intel Invests in Quantum Computing

Intel Invests in Quantum Computing
September 4, 2015 No Comments »

With Moore’s Law approaching its end in terms of “classical” semiconductor-based devices, the focus on quantum computing will likely increase in coming years. Intel, for instance, intends to invest $50 million in the QuTech research unit at a Netherlands university. ... Read More »

Do IT Certifications Have Value?

Do IT Certifications Have Value?
September 3, 2015 No Comments »

One of the challenges for employers seeking to fill vacancies is assessment of candidates. College degrees are increasingly useless owing to their ubiquity (which is why so many low-level jobs now require a degree), and their value is increasingly sketchy ... Read More »

Intel Tries to Restart Upgrade Cycle With Skylake

Intel Tries to Restart Upgrade Cycle With Skylake
September 2, 2015 No Comments »

Intel is hoping to entice businesses and consumers with older PCs to upgrade by offering its latest Core (“Skylake”) processors. David Shamah notes at ZDNet, “According to Intel, ‘more than 600 million computers in use today are five years or ... Read More »

The Color That Twitter Apparently Forgot

The Color That Twitter Apparently Forgot
August 31, 2015 No Comments »

Continuing on the tech-giant bandwagon of diversity, Twitter has delivered its most recent confession and proposed penance by publicly issuing its hiring goals. According to Rachel King and Terry Collins at CNet, “Like many other tech giants in Silicon Valley ... Read More »

Wearables Decline a Harbinger for IoT?

Wearables Decline a Harbinger for IoT?
August 28, 2015 No Comments »

The wearables and IoT markets have a certain air of desperation—that is, many products in these categories smack of solutions in search of a problem. Citing an Argus Insights report, Junko Yoshida said at EE Times, “Consumer wearable devices are ... Read More »

Biometrics Violates Exemplar of Security

Biometrics Violates Exemplar of Security
August 26, 2015 No Comments »

We’ve all heard the admonitions: don’t use the same password for multiple accounts. Those who do, particularly if it’s a weak password, risk hackers gaining access to swaths of bank accounts and more. But as Aimee Chanthadavong points out at ... Read More »

Virtualization Makes Security Troubles More Expensive

Virtualization Makes Security Troubles More Expensive
August 25, 2015 No Comments »

The security benefits of isolating processes through virtualization may be illusory—at least when one considers the cost of recovering from a breach. Citing a Kaspersky Lab report, Maria Korolov notes at InfoWorld, “In a survey of 5,500 companies that the ... Read More »

Tech Bubble Bursting?

Tech Bubble Bursting?
August 24, 2015 No Comments »

The Data Center Journal noted recently that the ostensible tech bubble may be in danger of bursting—if for no other reason than the fact that almost all markets are in bubble conditions thanks to Federal Reserve tampering with interest rates. ... Read More »

Data Center Tax Breaks: Do Localities Benefit?

Data Center Tax Breaks: Do Localities Benefit?
August 21, 2015 No Comments »

Tax breaks for companies looking to build data centers are all the rage. But do governments and the localities they supposedly serve reap any real benefits? David Chernicoff asked at DatacenterDynamics, “If—as many politicians and community leaders justifying these deals ... Read More »

Researchers Create Solid-State Battery

Researchers Create Solid-State Battery
August 20, 2015 No Comments »

Researchers from IT and Samsung have developed a battery that uses solid-state materials in place of the liquid electrolytes that many batteries currently use. Among the potential benefits of the new battery are longer life and improved safety. “The new ... Read More »