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Source: Tech Crunch 7 Dec 2020
Apple is reportedly developing a number of Apple Silicon chip variants with significantly higher core counts relative to the M1 chips that it uses in today’s MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini computers based on its own ARM processor designs.
Original written by: Darrell Etherington
Source: Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf 7 Dec 2020
Experts are working on the “neuromorphic computer” in which the brain’s switching points – the neurons – are not simulated by software but reconstructed in hardware components. Researchers have demonstrated a new approach to such hardware – targeted magnetic waves that are generated and divided in micrometer-sized wafers. Looking to the future, this could mean that optimization tasks and pattern recognition could be completed faster and more energy efficient.
Source: Institute of Science and Technology Austria 7 Dec 2020
Computer scientists develop a design tool that opens up the use of a cost-efficient technology for curved glass panels. The tool is based on a deep neural network and allows for the free-form design of beautiful glass façades.
Source: University of California - San Diego 7 Dec 2020
A team of researchers has developed a flexible, rechargeable silver oxide-zinc battery with a five to 10 times greater areal energy density than state of the art. The battery also is easier to manufacture; while most flexible batteries need to be manufactured in sterile conditions, under vacuum, this one can be screen printed in normal lab conditions. The device can be used in flexible, stretchable electronics for wearables as well as soft robotics.
Original written by: Ioana Patringenaru
Source: Tampere University 7 Dec 2020
According to a new study, making eye contact with a robot may have the same effect on people as eye contact with another person. The results predict that interaction between humans and humanoid robots will be surprisingly smooth. Researchers investigated the matter by studying the physiological reactions that eye contact with a social robot evokes.
Source: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 7 Dec 2020
Scientists have developed the world’s first mobile genome sequence analyzer, a new iPhone app called iGenomics. By pairing an iPhone with a handheld DNA sequencer, users can create a mobile genetics laboratory. The iGenomics app runs entirely on the iOS device, reducing the need for laptops or large equipment in the field, which is useful for pandemic and ecology workers.
Original written by: Luis Sandoval
Source: Tech Crunch 8 Dec 2020
Reliance’s Jio Platforms, the largest telecom operator in India, plans to roll out a 5G network in the country in the second half of 2021, top executive Mukesh Ambani announced on Tuesday. The announcement comes as a surprise as India has yet to grant spectrum for 5G network to telecom networks in the country. At this moment, it is also unclear when India will begin auctioning the 5G spectrum.
Original written by: Manish Singh
Source: Purdue University 7 Dec 2020
A hacker can reproduce a circuit on a chip by discovering what key transistors are doing in a circuit – but not if the transistor “type” is undetectable. Engineers have demonstrated a way to disguise which transistor is which by building them out of a sheet-like material called black phosphorus. This built-in security measure would prevent hackers from getting enough information about the circuit to reverse engineer it.
Original written by: Kayla Wiles
Source: The Verge 8 Dec 2020
A new experimental application on Android aims to make communication easier for people with speech and motor impairments, Google announced. The Look to Speak app lets users choose preselected phrases on their phone screen with their eyes. It’s available to everyone and is compatible with Android 9.0 and above, including Android One.
Original written by: Kim Lyons
Source: The Verge 8 Dec 2020
Gaming remains one of the most dominant pillars of online entertainment, and nowhere is that more apparent than in YouTube’s 2020 statistics. According to YouTube Gaming head Ryan Wyatt, users of the video-sharing site watched 100 billion hours of gaming content on the platform this past year, double the number of hours watched in 2018.
Original written by: Nick Statt
Source: The Verge 9 Dec 2020
Google announced Wednesday that it is launching a new research app for Android phones, which would allow anyone with a device to participate in medical studies. The first study run through the app, called Google Health Studies, will look at respiratory illnesses like the flu and COVID-19.
Original written by: Nicole Wetsman
Source: University of Cambridge 9 Dec 2020
Researchers have found a way to protect highly fragile quantum systems from noise, which could aid in the design and development of new quantum devices, such as ultra-powerful quantum computers. The researchers have shown that microscopic particles can remain intrinsically linked, or entangled, over long distances even if there are random disruptions between them.
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