News 

Twenty years after Steve Jobs released the iMac, Apple’s famous line of computers account for only a tenth its business

“Since 2000, sales revenue from Macs almost quadrupled but Apple’s total sales revenue multiplied by tens of thousands, as the company released device after device and grew its app store” writes Finanzen Net Gmbh for businessinsider.com. When Steve Jobs released the iMac in 1998, the bright-colored computer was a lifesaver for Apple, whose business was almost entirely based on Mac sales.As this chart from Statista shows, the percentage of Apple’s revenue attributable to Mac computer sales has steadily decline over the last two decades, shrinking to roughly one tenth of total sales…

Read More
News 

Facebook Used 3.5 Billion Instagram Photos to Improve Its Artificial Intelligence

“Facebook has improved the capabilities of its computers to better categorize objects in photos by studying 3.5 billion Instagram photos” writes Jonathan Vanian for fortune.com. One of the biggest problems is not having enough properly labeled photos to train the computers to understand what is in them.Paluri said that with the improved ability to understand images, Facebook would be able to create more accurate audio descriptions of photos to its blind users.Facebook (fb) chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer explained to an audience of coders the challenges of improving the accuracy…

Read More
News 

Computer-based tests are another challenge for low-income students, teachers say

“Nationally, researchers have found that low-income households continue to lag in technology adoption and that the majority of teachers in poor schools say their students are not prepared to take computerized tests” reports washingtonpost.com. Some had access to a computer only once a week, Taylor said, making it difficult for them to develop the skills needed to succeed on an online test.Proponents say online testing is an important way to prepare students for a workplace reliant on technological skills. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

Read More
Crypto News 

Police in Chinese city seize 600 computers used to mine bitcoin

“BEIJING (Reuters) – Police in the north China city of Tianjin confiscated 600 computers used to mine bitcoin cryptocurrency after the local power grid operator reported abnormal electricity usage, Xinhua reported Wednesday” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “Eight high-power fans were also seized,” Xinhua said, quoting local police and added that it was the “largest power theft case in recent years.”. Miners use high-powered machines to generate the massive computing power to produce cryptocurrencies, which is done by solving mathematical equations.The activity is also highly energy intensive, leading miners…

Read More
News 

Apple To Give Intel Chips The Boot In 2020

“Sources are saying that Apple could begin using its own chips in Mac computers as early as 2020, which would mean cutting ties with current chipmaker Intel” reports pymnts.com. Apple has used Intel chips in its computers since 2005, and if this change happens, it would be a blow to the computer chipmaker.In addition, other analysts said that even if Apple did proceed with its plans, the company would likely phase Intel’s chips out over time. “While it’s possible that Apple may replace Intel in some of its lower-end product…

Read More
News 

Apple plans to replace Intel chips on its Mac lineup with its own chips starting 2020

“Apple, which has used Intel chips in its computers since 2005, and the computer chipmaker both declined to comment” reports firstpost.com. But while the laptop and desktop computer market has been in a years-long slump amid the rise of smartphones and tablet computers, Mac sales rose 4 percent in 2017.Apple is planning to use its own chips in Mac computers beginning as early as 2020, replacing processors from Intel Corp, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Source: firstpost.com Share This:

Read More
Crypto News 

Hackers demanding bitcoin ransom attack Atlanta city computers…

“City officials said they learned of the attack before dawn Thursday when they detected unusual activity on their servers” reports yahoo.com. The ransomware assault on the Atlanta city government shut down multiple internal and external applications for city, including apps that people use to pay bills (AFP Photo/AFP-IOPP/Michael JUNG) Washington (AFP) – Hackers demanding ransom payable in bitcoin have attacked computers of the Atlanta city government in the southern US state of Georgia, officials say.Investigators say the total ransom being demanded was around $51,000 payable in bitcoin, local news media…

Read More
News 

SKorea to turn computers off in evening; Force people to STOP working…

“The country has some of the longest working hours in the world with government employees clocking up an average of 2,739 hours a year” writes Image Tetra Images for mirror.co.uk. The government has announced a new initiative that shuts down its employee’s computers at 8pm on Fridays to force them to leave work on time. Source: mirror.co.uk Share This:

Read More
Crypto News 

Cryptojacking rates increased by 85 times in Q4 2017 as bitcoin prices spiked: report

“When targeted by cryptojackings on a larger-scale, corporate networks face the possibility of getting shut down by coin mining apps, says Symantec” writes Mar Edt for theverge.com. Instances of computers hijacked to mine cryptocurrency, a practice known as cryptojacking, rose 8500 percent in the final quarter of 2017, according to a new report by Symantec. If the prices of cryptocurrencies dip back down to become virtually worthless again, as they were when bitcoin was first created in 2009, coin mining could naturally disappear as a means of making money.Last year,…

Read More
News 

Weird vibrations poised to control quantum computers

“First, physicists must learn to control quantum vibrations” writes Adrian Cho for sciencemag.org. The budding discipline of quantum acoustics could shake up embryonic quantum computers by miniaturizing technologies and producing longer-lasting quantum memories.However, that simple quantum state persisted for just 5 nanoseconds, too little time to put the device into more complex quantum states of motion.Los Angeles, California—For the moment, microwave photons are the keys to many quantum computers: Physicists use them to program, read out, and otherwise manipulate the machines’ quantum bits.And by connecting the transducer to a superconducting…

Read More