Emil Protalinski
Emil Protalinski
Emil Protalinski writes breaking tech news. He has previously written for The Next Web, CNET, ZDNet, Techspot, Ars Technica, and Neowin.Source
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IonQ’s roadmap: Quantum machine learning by 2023, broad quantum advantage by 2025

IonQ’s roadmap: Quantum machine learning by 2023, broad quantum advantage by 2025

Log OutLearn how to accelerate customer service, optimize costs, and improve self-service in a digital-first world.today laid out its five-year roadmap for trapped ion quantum computers. The company plans to deploy rack-mounted modular quantum computers small enough to be networked together in a datacenter by 2023. That will result in a quantum advantage in building for machine learning, the company expects. IonQ then plans to achieve broad quantum advantage by 2025.In October, IonQ announced a new 32-qubit quantum computer available in private beta and promised two next-gen computers were...

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Zapata raises $38 million for quantum machine learning

Zapata raises $38 million for quantum machine learning

Log OutLearn how to accelerate customer service, optimize costs, and improve self-service in a digital-first world.has raised $38 million for its quantum computing enterprise software platform. The figure, which brings its total funding to over $64 million, will be put toward Zapata’s core mission: “Delivering quantum advantage for customers through real business use cases.”Quantum computing leverages qubits (unlike bits that can only be in a state of 0 or 1, qubits can also be in a superposition of the two) to perform computations that would be much more difficult, or simply not feasible,...

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Amazon reports $96.1 billion in Q3 2020 revenue: AWS up 29%, subscriptions up 33%, and ‘other’ up 51%

Amazon reports $96.1 billion in Q3 2020 revenue: AWS up 29%, subscriptions up 33%, and ‘other’ up 51%

Amazon today reported earnings for its third fiscal quarter of 2020, including revenue up 37% to $96.1 billion, net income of $6.3 billion, and earnings per share of $12.37 (compared to revenue of $70.0 billion, net income of $2.1 billion, and earnings per share of $4.23 in Q3 2019). North American sales were up 39% to $59.4 billion, while international sales grew 37% to $25.2 billion. This is Amazon’s second full quarter during the coronavirus pandemic. Given the company’s leadership position in online retail and the cloud, its results are a bellwether for the industry. In Q2, Amazon set...

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D-Wave’s 5,000-qubit quantum computing platform handles 1 million variables

D-Wave’s 5,000-qubit quantum computing platform handles 1 million variables

Log OutRead our latest special issue.D-Wave today launched its next-generation quantum computing platform available via . The company calls Advantage “the first quantum computer built for business.” In that vein, D-Wave today also debuted Launch, a jump-start program for businesses that want to begin building hybrid quantum applications.“The Advantage quantum computer is the first quantum computer designed and developed from the ground up to support business applications,” D-Wave CEO Alan Baratz told VentureBeat. “We engineered it to be able to deal with large, complex commercial...

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Boston Dynamics CEO talks profitability and the company’s next robots

Boston Dynamics CEO talks profitability and the company’s next robots

Log OutRead our latest special issue.Founded in 1992, Boston Dynamics is arguably the best-known robot company around, in part because its demonstration videos tend to go viral. Now it is attempting to transform from an R&D company to a robotics business, with an eye on profitability for the first time.When we interviewed Boston Dynamics founder and former CEO Marc Raibert in November 2019, we discussed the company’s . But it turns out Raibert was transitioning out of the CEO role at the time — current CEO Robert Playter told us in an interview this month that he took the helm in November....

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Boston Dynamics expands Spot sales to Canada and Europe, robot arm coming in January

Boston Dynamics expands Spot sales to Canada and Europe, robot arm coming in January

Log OutRead our latest special issue.Boston Dynamics today opened commercial sales of Spot, its quadruped robot that can climb stairs and traverse rough terrain, in Canada, the EU, and the U.K. CEO Robert Playter told VentureBeat in an interview that Spot sales have doubled in the past few months. Additionally, Spot is getting more payloads next year, including a recharging station and a robot arm.Boston Dynamics started selling in June. Spot Explorer includes the robot, two batteries, the battery charger, the tablet controller, a robot case, a power case, and Python client packages for...

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Google launches Android 11, rolling out not just to Pixel phones first

Google launches Android 11, rolling out not just to Pixel phones first

Log OutRead our latest special issue.Google today launched Android 11, the latest version of its mobile OS, and pushed the source code to the Android Open Source Project (). Unlike previous major versions, Android 11 is not only arriving as an first, but also on OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Realme phones “with more partners launching and upgrading devices over the coming months.” Update at 1:30 PM Pacific: Some of the phone makers caused some confusion today by releasing their own “Android 11 beta.” All the betas are for their custom UIs, however, based on the final build of Android 11, a...

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Boston Dynamics starts selling its Spot robot — for $74,500

Boston Dynamics starts selling its Spot robot — for $74,500

Boston Dynamics today opened commercial sales of Spot, its quadruped robot that can climb stairs and traverse rough terrain. Businesses can purchase the Spot Explorer developer kit for $74,500 at . Spot Explorer includes the robot, two batteries, the battery charger, the tablet controller, a robot case, a power case, and Python client packages for Spot APIs. Boston Dynamics will also be selling Spot payloads, and customers will get software updates “when available.” The company is offering free shipping for a limited time — the website currently states that Spot Explorer ships in six to...

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Chrome will start blocking resource-heavy ads in August

Chrome will start blocking resource-heavy ads in August

Google Chrome LogoGoogle today announced that Chrome will start blocking resource-heavy ads. Examples include ads that mine cryptocurrency, are poorly programmed, or are unoptimized for network usage. Chrome will block these ads because they “drain battery life, saturate already strained networks, and cost money.” There are three possible thresholds an ad can hit to be blocked: 4MB of network data, 15 seconds of CPU usage in any 30-second period, or 60 seconds of total CPU usage. Google will be experimenting with this change “over the next several months” and will roll it out on Chrome...

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IonQ CEO Peter Chapman on how quantum computing will change the future of AI

IonQ CEO Peter Chapman on how quantum computing will change the future of AI

Businesses eager to embrace cutting-edge technology are exploring quantum computing, which depends on qubits to perform computations that would be much more difficult, or simply not feasible, on classical computers. The ultimate goals are quantum advantage, the inflection point when quantum computers begin to solve useful problems. While that is a long way off (if it can even be achieved), the potential is massive. Applications include everything from cryptography and optimization to machine learning and materials science.As quantum computing startup IonQ has described it, . We had the...

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Microsoft acquires virtualized mobile network startup Affirmed Networks

Microsoft acquires virtualized mobile network startup Affirmed Networks

Microsoft today announced it is acquiring Affirmed Networks, a startup that offers fully virtualized, cloud-native mobile network solutions, for an undisclosed amount. The company wants to integrate Affirmed Networks’ technology into Microsoft Azure to let the telecommunications industry deploy and maintain 5G networks via the cloud rather than just hardware and software. Affirmed Networks offers a virtualized cloud-native network called Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) that lets communication service providers scale with the demands of mobile services. The startup also offers a cloud-native...

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Firefox 74 arrives with stricter add-on rules, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 disabled

Firefox 74 arrives with stricter add-on rules, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 disabled

Firefox logoMozilla today launched Firefox 74 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Firefox 74 includes stricter rules for add-ons, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 disabled by default, and a handful of developer features.You can download Firefox 74 for desktop now from , and all existing users should be able to upgrade to it automatically. According to Mozilla, Firefox has , making it a major platform for web developers to consider.How Firefox manages add-ons (also known as extensions), a concept for browsers that Mozilla first pioneered, is changing with this release. Any add-ons that have been installed by...

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Mozilla debuts its new Firefox logos

Mozilla debuts its new Firefox logos

Mozilla today introduced a new Firefox family of logos, a rebranding effort it kicked off more than 18 months ago. For most people, Firefox refers to a browser, but the company now wants the brand to encompass the entire Firefox family of apps and services.“The ‘Firefox’ you’ve always known as a browser is stretching to cover a family of products and services united by putting you and your privacy first,” Mozilla explained. “Firefox is a browser AND an encrypted service to send huge files. It’s an easy way to protect your passwords on every device AND an early warning if your email has been...

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