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Microsoft explains quantum computing so even you can understand

Microsoft is offering a quick quantum computing primer that makes the esoteric subject almost understandable.<p>Quantum computing promises to solve unimaginably large and complex computer problems that classical computing could never crack. That is, if it can ever be made to work in anything like a …

The Fastest Way To Crack A 4-Digit PIN Number [Infographic]

Good ol' 1234 accounts for about 10 percent of passwords. That's more than the bottom 4,200 combinations put together.<p>We know people default to bad passwords, whether for their computers or banking PINs. But, we have to stress this here, people are <i>really</i> bad at picking passwords. This infographic …

GoTenna Lets You Text Your Friends Even When There's No Signal

Anyone who sends texts (so, that's pretty much everyone) knows that sending messages in big crowds or remote places is often a lot easier said than …

Microsoft Is Shuttering Xbox Entertainment Studios, but Halo TV Series Lives On

This is the kind of day Microsoft’s having: first, the company announced it was laying off 18,000 employees, most of those from the company’s …

IBM to invest $3B in R&D for next-generation chips

IBM is going to pump $3 billion over the next five years into a research and development plan that advances its chip smarts as the company addresses …

With Android One, Google is poised to own the entire world

New hardware rules for low-end phones should have Microsoft on high alert<p>In the developed world, smartphones are ubiquitous. They’re so common, many device makers have given up on selling non-smartphones entirely. But that’s not the case in the developing world, where consumers are still in …

5 Applications For Graphene, The 'Wonder Material,' That Could Change The Way We Live

Graphene, the pure carbon material that's just one atom thick and nearly transparent when laid out in sheets, manages to be roughly 200 times stronger than steel, even though it's 60,000 times thinner than Saran Wrap.<p>Graphene is also an excellent conductor of energy, can be synthesized from unique …

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The million-dollar app that exists to say "Yo"

It's not quite Navi, but the purpose of a new app is similar. Like the name, Yo, suggests, it has one simple function: sending a single message. Yo.<p>No, the idea isn't to be as annoying as Link's fairy friend, but rather to draw your attention.<p>"People think it's just an app that says 'Yo'. But it's …

Yo, you've been hacked

Perhaps because of either its absurdity or its simplicity, a messaging app called Yo, which doesn't do much more than send a contact a voice recording of someone saying "Yo," has gone viral this week.<p>"Yo is a single-tap zero character communication tool," a description for the app reads on its …

Path is back with a new messaging app that can talk to people and places

Morin's message: Path Talk, acquiring TalkTo, and an unlimited friends list<p>Dave Morin is ready to start talking about Path again.<p>After a year of keeping quiet and releasing hardly any product updates, the Path CEO is today unveiling the future of the company: a messaging app, an acquisition, and a …

This smart 'landing page' tech makes first-time app use suck less, reducing app abandonment

First-time app experiences suck.<p>Apps often don’t know where you’ve been, why you downloaded them, or what you’re trying to accomplish. So they give you a generic experience … and users abandon most apps after one or two uses.<p>Mobile app marketing platform Tapstream is launching a new technology to …

Mind the gap: Google Now tells public transit riders when to disembark

Sleeping past your stop on the subway? That could be a thing of the past thanks to Google Now(s goog). The contextual software has long provided …

Samsung Gear 2 review

This is the year of the smartwatch. This is the year when all of our wrist-mounted computer dreams are going to come true. Or at least that’s what’s expected based on the hype surrounding wearables. But for Samsung, it’s actually year two of the smartwatch, a second round to right the wrongs …

Lack of Maps Updates in iOS 8 Said to Be Caused by 'Internal Politics', Developers Leaving

Leading up to last week's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, various reports suggested that Apple would be significantly improving its Maps application in iOS 8, enhancing the underlying infrastructure that powers the application and adding public transit directions from acquired mapping …

Google could flag adjusted search results, report says

When links have been snipped out of your Google search you'll know about it, according to new reports.<p>European lawmakers recently ordered Google to remove links to articles and online posts that contain inaccurate, irrelevant or out-of-date information, granting individuals the "right to be …

Samsung reportedly planning to release folding tablet in early 2015

For years now we’ve been hearing about flexible, bendable and foldable displays. We have been told that these types of displays have the potential to open up the door to new form factors, and there have been all sorts of demos showing displays that twist, bend and turn to extremely tight radii. And …

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