IBM Is Now Letting Anyone Play With Its Quantum Computer

Quantum computing is computing at its most esoteric. But by sharing its prototype with the world at large, IBM hopes to change that. The post IBM Is Now Letting Anyone Play With Its Quantum Computer appeared first on WIRED.

IBM Is Now Letting Anyone Play With Its Quantum Computer

Quantum computing is computing at its most esoteric. But by sharing its prototype with the world at large, IBM hopes to change that. The post IBM Is Now Letting Anyone Play With Its Quantum Computer appeared first on WIRED.

Google, Fiat Chrysler Plan Partnership On Self-Driving Minivans

An anonymous reader writes: Google and Fiat Chrysler were in “late stage talks” last week about working out a partnership where the two could build some self-driving cars together. Google has the tech available — it just needs to partner with a car ma…

An anonymous reader writes: Google and Fiat Chrysler were in “late stage talks” last week about working out a partnership where the two could build some self-driving cars together. Google has the tech available — it just needs to partner with a car manufacturer, as Google hasn’t mass-produced a car before, and could use the experience. A report coming out of Bloomberg says the two companies could be putting Google’s autonomous driving technology into some prototypes of the upcoming Pacifica minivan. The report says Fiat Chrysler is looking to equip their upcoming plug-in hybrid Pacifica with Google’s autonomous technology. Google could still work out a deal with Ford, which was rumored a few months ago, and they have been reportedly in talks with General Motors, but the deal with Chrysler could be signed as soon as today.

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What Happened to Google Maps?

Google Maps has reduced the number of cities it shows by up to 83% over the past few years, according to Justin O’Beirne. Maps, in addition, has increased the number of roads it showcases. O’Beirne, who writes about digital maps, in a blog post outline…

Google Maps has reduced the number of cities it shows by up to 83% over the past few years, according to Justin O’Beirne. Maps, in addition, has increased the number of roads it showcases. O’Beirne, who writes about digital maps, in a blog post outlines the changes Google has made to its mapping and navigation service over the years. The side-by-side screenshots comparison on his blog post shows that Google has largely abandoned labelling towns and cities in favor of showing as many roads as it can. He has also looked into several elements of Maps from the design standpoint, and questioned Google’s decision. He writes: If these roads were so important that they deserved to be upgraded in appearance, why weren’t they also given shield icons? After all, an unlabeled road is only half as useful as a labeled one. […] [Comparing Google Maps to a paper map] Even though it’s from the early 1960s, the old print map has so much more information than the Google Map. So many more cities. So many more road labels. And the text size is comparable between the two. O’Beirne believes that Google has made these changes to better serve mobile users. “Unfortunately, these ‘optimizations’ only served to exacerbate the longstanding imbalances already in the maps,” he writes. “As is often the case with cartography: less isn’t more. Less is just less.”

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In the New Wireless Universe, You’re Finally at the Center

In the New Wireless Universe, You’re Finally at the Center

We’re gradually moving towards a world where you—yes, you—are the center of the wireless universe, not the big carriers. The post In the New Wireless Universe, You’re Finally at the Center appeared first on WIRED.

In the New Wireless Universe, You’re Finally at the Center

We’re gradually moving towards a world where you—yes, you—are the center of the wireless universe, not the big carriers. The post In the New Wireless Universe, You’re Finally at the Center appeared first on WIRED.

Google Files Patent For Injecting A Device Directly Into Your Eyeball

An anonymous reader writes: It’s no secret Google and their parent company Alphabet are interested in developing smart contact lenses for monitoring diabetes. Well, Google-parent Alphabet has filed a patent which takes their development to another leve…

An anonymous reader writes: It’s no secret Google and their parent company Alphabet are interested in developing smart contact lenses for monitoring diabetes. Well, Google-parent Alphabet has filed a patent which takes their development to another level. The patent specifically covers a method for “injecting a fluid into a lens capsule of an eye, wherein a natural lens of the eye has been removed from the lens capsule.” It’s powered by “radio frequency energy” received by a small antenna inside. The gadget even has its own data storage. Forbes reports, it is designed to help the focusing of light onto the retina, resulting in the correction of poor vision. Samsung is one of the most recent companies to receive a patent for smart contact lenses. Their lenses are for experimenting with new methods of delivering augmented reality interfaces and data.

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Larry and Sergey Have Passed the Crown to Google’s New King

Bucking tradition, Larry Page and Sergey Brin have let new Google CEO Sundar Pichai write the company’s annual Founders’ Letter. The post Larry and Sergey Have Passed the Crown to Google’s New King appeared first on WIRED.

Larry and Sergey Have Passed the Crown to Google’s New King

Bucking tradition, Larry Page and Sergey Brin have let new Google CEO Sundar Pichai write the company’s annual Founders’ Letter. The post Larry and Sergey Have Passed the Crown to Google’s New King appeared first on WIRED.

Google CEO Predicts AI-Fueled Future

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the next big evolution for technology is AI. “Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the ‘device’ to fade away,” Pichai wrote in Google’s annual founders’ letter. USA Today writes: His vis…

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the next big evolution for technology is AI. “Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the ‘device’ to fade away,” Pichai wrote in Google’s annual founders’ letter. USA Today writes: His vision: Over time, computers, whatever shape they take, a mobile device in your hand or a mini computer on your wrist, “will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day.” This marks the first time anyone other than founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have penned the annual letter outlining Google’s mission. “For us, technology is not about the devices or the products we build. Those aren’t the end-goals,” Pichai wrote in the letter posted Thursday. “Technology is a democratizing force, empowering people through information. Google is an information company. It was when it was founded, and it is today.”

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HP Announces All-Metal Chromebook 13: Thinner Than MacBook Pro, Costs $800 Less

On Thursday, HP unveiled a new Chromebook 13. Designed in collaboration with Google, the Chromebook 13 sports an all-metal body and is merely 13mm thick while weighing 1.29kg. It sports a 13-inch display with 3200×1800 pixels resolution and is powered …

On Thursday, HP unveiled a new Chromebook 13. Designed in collaboration with Google, the Chromebook 13 sports an all-metal body and is merely 13mm thick while weighing 1.29kg. It sports a 13-inch display with 3200×1800 pixels resolution and is powered by Intel’s sixth-gen Core M processor, which comes coupled with up to 16GB of RAM. There’s a USB Type-C port as well, and the company is also promising up to 11.5 hours of battery life on a single charge. The retail price of the HP Chromebook starts at $499, and will launch in the US later this month.

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You Can Finally Control Your Android TV With Your iPhone

If you use Android TV, now you can use your iPhone as a remote control for it. The post You Can Finally Control Your Android TV With Your iPhone appeared first on WIRED.

You Can Finally Control Your Android TV With Your iPhone

If you use Android TV, now you can use your iPhone as a remote control for it. The post You Can Finally Control Your Android TV With Your iPhone appeared first on WIRED.

Google, Ford, Volvo, Lyft and Uber Join Coalition To Further Self-Driving Cars

Google, Ford, Volvo, Uber, and Lyft are forming a coalition to help speed self-driving cars to the market. Until now, these five companies have all been working on their own driverless car initiatives. According to a statement, the new effort, dubbed t…

Google, Ford, Volvo, Uber, and Lyft are forming a coalition to help speed self-driving cars to the market. Until now, these five companies have all been working on their own driverless car initiatives. According to a statement, the new effort, dubbed the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, “will work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles.” David Strickland, a former top official of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is coalition’s counsel and spokesman.

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