Samir Bhowmik

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MP3 is dead, long live AAC

MP3, the format that revolutionized the way we consume (and steal) music since the 90s, has been officially retired -- in a manner of speaking. The German research institution that created the format, The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, announced that it had terminated licensing for …

How computing will change amid challenges to Moore’s Law

Mark Papermaster Contributor<p>Mark Papermaster is the chief technology officer and senior vice president of technology at AMD.<p>We are in the midst of a true inflection point in computing, and the very way we interface with technology daily is changing.<p>The rapid inclusion of embedded sensors and …

Machine Learning

The endgame for cameras is having no camera at all

April 12th, 2017<p>I've been reading about Gcam, the Google X project that was first sparked by the need for a tiny camera to fit inside Google Glass, before evolving to power the world-beating camera of the Google Pixel. Gcam embodies an atypical approach to photography in seeking to find software …

Artificial Intelligence

Keep your data safe from the apocalypse in an Arctic mineshaft

The World Data Archive promises clients their data will be safe from nuclear blasts in a converted mine<p>Norway’s famous doomsday seed vault is getting a new neighbor. It’s called the Arctic World Archive, and it aims to do for data what the Svalbard Global Seed Vault has done for crop samples — …

QR codes

From Wristwatches To Radio, How World War I Ushered In The Modern World

Imagine you're a military officer in World War I. Armies have grown so large, you can no longer communicate just by the sound of your voice or the wave of your hand. You need to synchronize movements of troops and artillery, far and wide.<p>You need a wristwatch.<p>"The entire process of using artillery …

History

You're screwed if you want to repair the new iPad

Apple's new iPad is thin, powerful—and a nightmare to fix when things go wrong.<p>iFixit, a website and store famous for its detailed repair guides, …

Over half of the world's internet traffic isn't coming from humans

When you think of the web, you often imagine people on the other end of a power button. Mobile phones, laptop computers, and large pipes bridge us with each of the corner globe, but humans aren’t all that the internet serves to connect.<p>According to a new report from Imperva, more than half of all …

Bots

The Continent That Contributes The Most To E-Waste Is ...

While the world becomes more wired through laptops, tablets and mobile phones, a mountain of electronic waste — or e-waste — is also growing. The greatest contributor to that stock of e-waste is Asia, according to a report published last week from United Nations University.<p>The report, which studied …

Pollution

5 ways museums are using technology for new experiences

NEW YORK (AP) — Museums are always looking for ways to make their exhibitions more exciting. Now, new technologies are making that easier.<p>From 3-D scanning and 3-D printing, to virtual reality and special apps, these technologies are being applied in a multitude of ways. Still other technologies …

Museums

Czechs open production of batteries based on nanotechnology

PRAGUE (AP) — A Czech company opened on Monday a production line for batteries based on nanotechnology, which uses tiny parts invisible to human eyes. The batteries are touted as potentially more efficient, longer-lasting, cheaper, lighter and above all safer.<p>The automatic line will operate for …

Clean Energy

US engineers unveil Passive Wi-Fi, consumes less power

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, your smartphone’s Wi-Fi antenna is only of the biggest drains on your battery, especially when you’re constantly streaming large chunks of data from the web, such as a video. It would be great to cut down that power consumption and researchers from the University of …

Wi-Fi

Designing a Safer Battery for Smartphones (That Won’t Catch Fire)

SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Zimmerman likes to shock his guests by using a hammer to drive a nail through a solid polymer lithium metal battery.<p>Nothing happens — and that’s a good thing.<p>Mr. Zimmerman’s battery is a new spin on lithium-ion batteries, which are widely used in products from smartphones to …

Clean Energy

5 unexpected sources of bias in artificial intelligence

We tend to think of machines, in particular smart machines, as somehow cold, calculating and unbiased. We believe that self-driving cars will have no preference during life or death decisions between the driver and a random pedestrian. We trust that smart systems performing credit assessments will …

Artificial Intelligence

How Solar Software Can Save The World

VCs have avoided solar deals ever since Solyndra became a four-letter word. But while their attention has strayed, the industry has been on a tear. In 2010, U.S. solar installers hit a milestone of 1 GW per year. Five years later, they’re installing more than 1 GW per month.<p>This tremendous growth …

Renewable Energy

Li-Fi Probably Won’t Be The New Wi-Fi For Most People

Long restricted to the academic domain, Li-Fi, a light-based data delivery method is suddenly getting all sorts of attention. An Estonian startup Velmenni recently tested an commercial implementation and found it to be superior to Wi-Fi in almost every way – except as something you and I will …

Wi-Fi

Who needs faster computers?

Following Moore’s law, chip manufacturers assume that computing capacity will double every two years – so what happens when that becomes impossible?<p>Fifty years ago, Gordon Moore, the co-founder of the chip manufacturer Intel described a regularity he had observed that would one day make him a …

Quantum Computing

Water, Not Electrical Outlet, Charges Phone

A fuel cell charger uses saltwater and oxygen to convert chemical energy into electricity.<p>A sleek new device could help you charge your phone without …

The Connected Yard is about to make gardening a whole lot smarter

The ‘connected home’ is a concept we’ve heard a lot about over the past few years, but how about the connected yard?<p>At SXSW, Scotts – the company behind gardening brands like Miracle-Gro and Weedol – has been showing off its Gro ‘Connected Yard’ offering that is set to launch in the USA next …

Gardening

Building a brand-new Internet

We do not possess the ability to read the future, and yet we can predict with a high level of certainty that we will see more major cybersecurity incidents in 2016 and 2017.<p>The world’s cybersecurity capability is not able to advance in line with the growing vulnerabilities. We are faced by more and …

Internet of Things

Verdigris takes $9M to power its AI energy consumption analytics b2b startup

We hear a lot about the Internet of Things on the consumer side. The oft trotted out example of the ‘smart’ refrigerator that tells consumers when they’ve run out of the milk, and so on. But more serious potential for IoT — and potentially seriously big wins — are likely to be on the enterprise …

Internet of Things

This Digital Loom is More Than Just a Desktop Fabric Printer—It's the Future of DIY Fashion

An artist is developing a desktop loom to make fabric production hands on.<p>What if, instead of going shopping for new clothes, you can just download fabric patterns and weave clothing from your home computer? That’s one of the possibilities suggested by the open-source desktop, Jacquard loom that …

Textile Industry

Google uses AI to cut data centre energy use by 15%

Technology firm hailed success of machine-learning trial and said efficiencies will be applied to all its centres by end of year<p>Google says it has cut its vast data centres’ energy use by 15% by applying artificial intelligence to manage them more efficiently than humans.<p>The servers that power …

Machine Learning

This breakthrough could help double the battery life of future phones

SolidEnergy, a company that started out life at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, is developing a lithium metal battery which can offer double the capacity of a lithium-ion battery, the standard used to power many devices today.<p>While lithium-ion batteries have improved, they …

Clean Energy

A new wearable generator creates electricity from body heat

Now your sweaty body can power your phone. Like Neo in the Matrix, a new system created by researchers at North Carolina State University lets you generate electricity with a wearable device. Previous systems used massive, rigid heat sinks. This system uses a body-conforming patch that can generate …

Wearable Tech

Apple aims to clean up its supply chain with new renewable energy goals

Apple says it is fixing a big hole in its clean energy strategy by partnering with its far-flung manufacturers to reduce carbon emissions from …

Amazon Building Huge New Wind Farm in Texas

Amazon has announced that it will develop its largest wind farm yet: a 100 turbine, 253 Megawatt facility in Texas. It is slated to open in late 2017.<p>…

Renewable Energy

This famous Ford plant could be inspiring Elon Musk's ideas about how to re-imagine factories

The company formed a partnership with Panasonic to get the facility up and running, and CEO Elon Musk has also said that other sites, in other states, for additional Gigafactories, may be in the picture.<p>In fact, the Nevada Gigafactory is called "Gigafactory 1." Future Gigafactories may even be …

Tesla

Nutanix CEO: Cloud Computing Will Become A 'Regular' Utility, But It's Complicated

In the not too distant future, cloud computing will become a ‘dispersed utility’ and we will come to regard it in much the same way that we view our other core utilities such as gas, water and electricity. This is the view of Dheeraj Pandey is his role as CEO and founder of Nutanix, a firm known …

Computer Science
Renewable Energy