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17-qubit chips have officially arrived, and so begins the quantum revolution

The Road to Quantum Computing<p>Scientists have been working for years to make quantum computing a reality, and if progress made in 2017 is anything to …

German mayor resigns after dispute over 'Hitler bell'

BERLIN (AP) — A small-town mayor in Germany is resigning following outrage over comments he made suggesting that the Nazi period wasn't all …

Huawei is officially the 2nd largest smartphone brand on the planet as it surpasses Apple

At the beginning of August, a report from <i>Canalys</i> indicated that Huawei was on its way to take Apple’s title as the second largest smartphone brand in the world. Q2 of this year saw Huawei at 38 million shipments and Apple at 41 million, and just a little more than a month after those numbers came …

Massive Earth-buzzing asteroid found to have two moons

Last week, Earth was buzzed by asteroid 3122 Florence, the largest space rock NASA has seen come this close since it began tracking near-Earth …

Astronomy

Two Of Uranus' Moons Are On A Collision Course

This is what happens when you have 27 moons orbiting a single planet.<p>Uranus will play host to a major astronomical bust-up as two of its moons are …

Astronomy

Sun Unleashes Monster Solar Flare, Strongest in a Decade

<i>This article was updated at 5:44 p.m. EDT to indicate that a coronal mass ejection was observed coming from the site of the solar flare.</i><p>Early this …

Astronomy

Jupiter's vividly glowing auroras have a mysterious power source

Electrons fired at up to 400,000 volts<p>For the first time ever, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has spotted electrons being fired down into Jupiter’s atmosphere at up to 400,000 volts. That’s an enormous amount of energy that gives rise to the planet’s glowing auroras. These incredibly high voltages, …

Astronomy

When Will Voyager Stop Calling Home?

The twin spacecraft still send data back to the planet they left 40 years ago.<p>Forty years after they left Earth, the Voyager twin spacecraft are still chugging along, logging 35,000 miles an hour as they zoom farther and farther into the cosmos.<p>“I’ve had people ask me, you mean the mission is still …

How Udacity’s Self-Driving Car Students Approach Behavioral Cloning

Udacity believes in project-based education. Our founder, Sebastian Thrun, likes to say that you don’t lose weight by watching other people exercise. …

Deep Learning

NASA is helping Stephen Hawking get a tiny ship to Alpha Centauri

NASA is helping Stephen Hawking and Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner with the monumental task of getting a tiny probe to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to Earth. Project Starshot aims to propel a lightweight silicon "StarChip" to one-fifth the speed of light by hitting it with lasers …

The ExoMars spacecraft will separate this morning, to prepare for a harrowing Mars landing

Spacecraft

New Gear VR headsets no longer work with Samsung's Galaxy Note7

The message on the Samsung Galaxy Note7 is clear: The device should not be used by anyone, regardless of when it was bought.<p>The recommendation now …

Samsung Galaxy

After 9 years, the smartphone boom is finally over

Now, just over nine years since the introduction of the iPhone, it looks like the boom is over.<p>Data from analyst firm IDC released this week suggests that smartphone market growth will only be up 1.6% in 2016 versus 2015, with 1.46 billion phones sold. In 2015, it was up a solid 10.6% versus 2014. …

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Apple is killing off the Thunderbolt display

Apple is officially discontinuing its Thunderbolt display, and is actually pointing consumers to other monitors that may suit their needs.<p>If you’re really enamored with Apple’s own display, an Apple spokesperson tells The Next Web that you can still pick one up directly from Apple or via stores …

Apple Issues New Version Of iOS 9.3.2, Which Fixes The Awful 'Error 56' Bug

Apple released iOS 9.3.2 a couple of weeks ago, which fixed several bugs found in previous versions of iOS — but it also inadvertently caused a major 9.7-inch iPad Pro disruption. Many 9.7-inch iPad Pro users reported that the software update “bricked” their devices. The iOS 9.3.2 bug affecting …

IPad Pro

Finding overdose killed Prince just the beginning of probe

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Word from authorities that Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid that is up to 50 times more potent than …

Anthem offers $47 billion to buy Cigna

— By Caroline Humer<p>NEW YORK, June 20 (Reuters) – U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc. said on Saturday it had offered $47 billion in cash and stock for …

Cybersecurity firm accused of staging data breaches to extort clients

Have you ever heard of a cybersecurity firm called Tiversa? No? Well, you'll likely be hearing about it a lot in the coming weeks, because an ex-employee is accusing it of fraud. Richard Wallace, one of its former investigators, has recently testified against the firm in a Washington DC courtroom. …

Washington D.C.

How Steve Jobs reacted when a top Apple executive left for a competing company

He just couldn't process the idea of it, as Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli explain in their book, "Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader," which launches on March 24.<p>Jon Rubinstein had been at Apple since its early days, first starting at NeXT in the …

Judge says police can create fake Instagram accounts to see photos

Many would argue that cops cross the line when they impersonate people on social networks to catch suspects, but that doesn't mean that fake accounts are always off the table. In a recent opinion, New Jersey district judge William Martini contends that police don't need search warrants to create …

Sony: No online service has 'stepped forward' to distribute The Interview

Comedians in Tanks Getting Controversy<p>A number of people — <i>The Verge</i> included — have called on Sony to release <i>The Interview</i> online, be it streaming à la Netflix / Hulu or for sale on a service like iTunes / Google Play. In an interview with <i>CNN</i>'s Fareed Zakaria (which will air in its entirety …

Live Map Shows Thousands Of Cyber Attacks As They Happen

Sony got nuked, said one security expert. But it’s hardly the only attack aimed at a major corporation. Tens of thousands of cyber attacks are launched every second – a majority of which are directed at the United States – but few have the impact that can force a Hollywood studio to cancel a …

Philae lander enters deep sleep after sending last transmissions from comet surface

The Philae lander has gone into hibernation on the surface of a comet roughly 300 million miles from earth. After its bouncy (and unprecedented) landing earlier this week, the lander has run out of power, and signals from the unit have ceased.<p>But just before the last bits of Philae's power ran out, …

Nvidia Shield Tablet is perfect for everything but gaming

Nvidia Shield Tablet Review<p>A Powerful Android<p>Eye Catcher<p>Magnetic Case<p>Stylus and Cameras<p>Some Gaming Issues<p>Shield vs. Shield<p>Shield Tablet vs. iPad …

Tesla wanted $500M from states to build Gigafactory

Just when Nevada thought it had a lock on Tesla Motor's battery Gigafactory, CEO Elon Musk wanted $500 million in cash from the state instead of tax abatements, a demand that nearly broke the deal, according to a new report on how negotations played out between the electric car maker and several …