Week in Tech (9 – 15 Apr 2021)

Weekly Tech News related to A Molecule That Responds to Light, Putting Quantum Correlations to The Test, Trusting Computers More Than Humans, Slowing Down Future Pandemics, Wearable Biofuel Cells, TCL’s Fold ‘n Roll Concept, Running Windows 10 - Apple’s M1 Macs, Facebook’s Climate Goal, Core - YouTube Of Game Development, Amazon - $250 Million for Indian Startups

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1. A Molecule That Responds to Light

Source: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) 12 Apr 2021

Light can be used to operate quantum information processing systems, e.g. quantum computers, quickly and efficiently. Researchers have now significantly advanced the development of molecule-based materials suitable for use as light-addressable fundamental quantum units. They have demonstrated for the first time the possibility of addressing nuclear spin levels of a molecular complex of europium(III) rare-earth ions with light.

2. Researchers Develop New Method for Putting Quantum Correlations to The Test

Source: Swansea University 12 Apr 2021

Quantum computers run their algorithms on large quantum systems by creating quantum correlations across all of them. It is important to verify that the actual computation procedures lead to quantum correlations of desired quality. However, carrying out these checks is resource-intensive as the number of tests required grows exponentially with the number of qubits involved. Researchers have now proposed a new technique that helps to overcome this problem by significantly reducing the number of measurements while increasing the resilience against noise.

3. People May Trust Computers More Than Humans

Source: University of Georgia 13 Apr 2021

Despite increasing concern over the intrusion of algorithms in daily life, people may be more willing to trust a computer program than their fellow humans, especially if a task becomes too challenging, according to new research from data scientists.

Original written by: J. Merritt Melancon

4. Machine Learning Can Help Slow Down Future Pandemics

Source: University of Gothenburg 13 Apr 2021

Artificial intelligence could be one of the keys for limiting the spread of infection in future pandemics. In a new study, researchers have investigated how machine learning can be used to find effective testing methods during epidemic outbreaks, thereby helping to better control the outbreaks.

5. Wearable Biofuel Cells Now Produce Electricity from Lactate

Source: Tokyo University of Science 13 Apr 2021

Wearable electronic devices and biosensors are great tools for health monitoring, but it has been difficult to find convenient power sources for them. Now, a group of scientists has successfully developed and tested a wearable biofuel cell array that generates electric power from the lactate in the wearer's sweat, opening doors to electronic health monitoring powered by nothing but bodily fluids.

6. TCL’s Fold ‘n Roll Concept

Source: The Verge 14 Apr 2021

TCL is once again teasing a foldable phone concept. Called Fold ‘n Roll, it combines the company’s “dragonhinge” technology with an extendable display panel. The result is a 6.87-inch phone that can expand to an 8.85-inch phablet size or fully extend to a 10-inch tablet. Outside of that, the company isn’t offering any other detailed information.

Original written by: Allison Johnson

7. Running Windows 10 On Arm on Apple’s M1 Macs

Source: The Verge 14 Apr 2021

Parallels is releasing an update to its Desktop virtual machine software that allows M1 Mac owners to install Windows 10 on Arm. Parallels Desktop 16.5 now includes the necessary native support to run the Arm version of Windows on M1 chips, following Apple’s decision not to support Boot Camp on M1 Macs.

Original written by: Tom Warren

8. Facebook Hit A Key Climate Goal

Source: The Verge 15 Apr 2021

Facebook announced on Thursday that it exceeded one of its biggest environmental goals: it managed to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 94 percent in 2020. It had previously pledged to cut planet-heating emissions by 75 percent. The company said that it had also achieved its goal of “net zero emissions” — not putting any more emissions into the atmosphere than it can take out.

Original written by: Justine Calma

9. Core Wants to Be the YouTube Of Game Development

Source: The Verge 15 Apr 2021

Core, the platform that hopes to help creators build games and players experience them, was launched for free in early access on Thursday. It’s available exclusively on the Epic Games Store and already includes over 20,000 free playable games across a wide variety of genres including team-based multiplayer shooters, RPGs, and side-scrollers. Core’s developer, Manticore Games, says that over a million players and creators have used the platform while it’s been in alpha over the past year.

Original written by: Jon Porter

10. Amazon Announces $250 Million Venture Fund for Indian Startups

Source: TechCrunch 15 Apr 2021

Amazon on Thursday announced a $250 million venture fund to invest in Indian startups and entrepreneurs focusing on digitization of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the key overseas market. The announcement comes at a time when the American e-commerce group, which has previously invested more than $6.5 billion in its India business, faces heat from government bodies, and the small and medium-sized businesses that it purports to serve.

Original written by: Manish Singh

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