Day: September 29, 2020

The Need For Speed-Is Quantum Computing A Good Space For Startups?

Even if you’re not totally up to speed with the “weird” science that kicks in at the level of atoms and electrons, you may well be aware that computing is on the cusp of a quantum revolution.   

And if you do know that, it may well be because tech giants such as Google and IBM have been keen to tell you they’re spending a lot of money on developing quantum computers that crunch information at speeds conventional PCs and even super-computers can’t match. To take an example, in 2019, Google announced that its Sycamore chip had completed a calculation that would take a “classical” computer 10,000 years to execute.

Now clearly this is exciting for computer scientists, but the arrival of quantum computing also promises to have a profound impact on the world that the rest of

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Micron Shares Fall After Chipmaker Halts Shipments to Huawei

(Bloomberg) — Micron Technology Inc. shares fell after the largest U.S. chipmaker said it recently halted shipments to China’s Huawei Technologies Co.

Micron also cut capital spending plans, warned about weaker demand from some corporate customers and forecast possible oversupply in a key market next year.

Shares of the company dropped 3.6% in extended trading on Tuesday. The stock is down almost 6% for the year, while the benchmark Philadelphia Semiconductor Index is up more than 20%.

In a presentation, Micron said it halted shipments to Huawei on Sept 14. The Chinese tech giant has been hit recently by more U.S. government action designed to cut it off from suppliers.

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Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Mehrotra said Huawei is Micron’s biggest customer and it will take time to make up for lost orders. The company’s

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Earth May Soon Get Another Mini-Moon, but It’s Probably Just a Piece of Space Trash | Smart News

For the most part, Earth and its single moon are locked in a two-body dance as our planet circles the sun. But every so often, a bit of space stuff—otherwise known as a mini-moon—will get caught up in Earth’s gravitational orbit and stick around for a while.

The last mini-moon to visit Earth was 2020 CD3, which circled Earth for a few months before it flew off to orbit the sun in March. Now, Deborah Byrd and Eddie Irizarry write for that scientists have identified another piece of space stuff that is expected to join Earth’s orbit, known as 2020 SO.

Astronomers first spotted 2020 SO on September 17 with the Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Hawaii, reports It’s predicted to enter Earth’s orbit in October or November and might stick around until May next year.

However, as Allen Kim reports for CNN, 2020 SO might not be your typical

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University Offers Data Science Scholarships with $1M Grant

(TNS) — A $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to Chaminade University will fund scholar- ­ships for students majoring in data science, a thriving career field.

“Hawaii and the Pacific region face unique challenges, and we need local students who can use local data to help us understand and address those challenges,” said Helen Turner, Chaminade’s vice president for strategy and innovation.

The five-year grant starts Thursday. Talented students with financial need are the priority for the scholarships, part of the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The scholarships are for $10,000 per year, up to four years, and will be awarded to 20 freshmen and transfer students. Chaminade’s tuition is nearly $30,000 annually.

“Every business sector in Hawaii, from health care to finance to energy and nonprofits, needs professionals in data analytics to provide decision support,” said Turner, who is the grant’s principal

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Data Center IT Infrastructure Market | Technology Refresh Cycles to Boost the Market Growth

Technavio has been monitoring the data center IT infrastructure market and it is poised to grow by USD 270.51 bn during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of about 18% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Data Center IT Infrastructure Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. Download a Free

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BYU Football Reveals Uniforms Against Louisiana Tech

On Tuesday morning, BYU equipment teased BYU’s uniform combination against Louisiana Tech – royal tops and white pants. This will be the first time BYU has worn this combination in 2020 and the third time that BYU has worn royal this season.

Earlier this Summer, I ranked the 10 uniforms BYU in the independence era. My list is below, give me your list in the comments!

10. Navy classic home


Ok, I’ll say it. I wish BYU would have worn different uniforms against USC. It’s fun to watch the highlights from that game, but the highlights would be much better in royal blue. With that off my chest, we should all be grateful for these uniforms. If it weren’t for these, BYU might be sporting gold on their jerseys in 2020.

9. Navy all white


Ranking these uniforms at #9 says more about the uniforms to come than this uniform

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Disney confirms new ‘Lion King’ film with ‘Moonlight’ director

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‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts Look On in Horror as Rudy Giuliani Blurts Out Biden Dementia Conspiracy Theory

Everyone knows that live television isn’t easy. Anything can go wrong—from a faulty connection, a verbal slip-up, or, as was the case on Tuesday morning’s Fox & Friends, Rudy Giuliani bellowing insane conspiracy theories at the nation with no obvious way to stop him.It’s always a risk to allow Giuliani to share his wildly unpredictable stream of consciousness live. The man who was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2001 has long since been reduced to sharing the latest Trumpist conspiracy theories on any cable news channel that has the budget to cover any possible subsequent defamation lawsuits.This time, his F&F hosts looked on with visible horror in their eyes as Giuliani shared his completely baseless belief that Joe Biden is suffering from dementia. If you have the

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SpO2 tracking is still in its early stages

The Apple Watch Series 6 feels like it has perfected many of the features I liked about its predecessor. It has a brighter always-on display, a more powerful processor, faster charging and two new colorful options to choose from. But the feature I was most excited to try out was its new sensor that measures oxygen saturation in the blood (aka SpO2) with the tap of a screen. As someone who panic-bought a pulse oximeter at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and still checks her levels at the first sign of a cough, the thought of having one strapped to my wrist at all times was enough to pique my interest.

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But unlike the ECG feature on the Apple Watch, which has been tried, tested and cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration, along with the irregular heart rhythm notifications, SpO2 on the Apple

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Sonos Smacks Google With Another Lawsuit Over Its Speaker Tech

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Thanks to an accidental leak from Walmart, we’re pretty sure a new Google Nest speaker is on the docket for tomorrow’s Launch Night In event. You know who’s not too happy about that? Sonos.

Earlier today, Sonos filed a lawsuit in the Western District of Texas alleging that Google had infringed on five of its patents. In particular, the patents in question all involve features that we’ve come to expect from smart speakers: for instance, the ability to transfer music playback from your phone to a speaker, control music in different rooms of your house, and tune speakers based on a room’s specific acoustics.

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If this sounds familiar, it should. This is already the second lawsuit Sonos has filed against Google over patent infringement. The first was back in January. In it, Sonos accused Google of “blatantly and knowingly” cribbing its speaker technology.

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Irish schools are harnessing solar power and smart tech to measure energy use

  • The deployment of renewable energy technologies on educational buildings is not unique to the Republic of Ireland.
  • In other countries, authorities are turning to a range of innovations and ideas to boost the sustainability of school and college buildings. 

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Microsoft’s Irish unit is working with a utility firm on a renewable energy scheme that will involve the installation of internet-connected solar panels on the rooftops of schools in the country. 


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The project, with SSE Airtricity — a green energy provider and subsidiary of Scotland’s SSE — encompasses 27 schools spread across the Irish provinces of Leinster, Munster and Connaught.

In an announcement Monday, SSE Airtricity said internet of things technology would be harnessed to connect the panels to a cloud computing platform from Microsoft. Within the schools, digitally connected screens have been set up to let pupils follow energy usage information in real time.   

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