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D-Wave claims massive quantum computing boost

D-Wave Systems in British Columbia, Canada, is the only company in the world selling quantum computers, and it counts Google and NASA among its customers. But after four years on the market there is still no clear evidence its machines can solve problems faster than ordinary computers. Now the…

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IBM makes biggest ever commitment to Linux

Open source software is set to dominate the enterprise server market, says IBM. Fifteen years after first running Linux on a mainframe, IBM said it is now ready to contribute “the single largest amount of mainframe code to open source community.” “We are betting big on open source in the…

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IET calls for new "mobile data-centric" 999 service

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is calling for an “urgent” reform of the 999 emergency call service in the UK. The change is needed, said the IET, because of users increasingly moving away from landline phones to smartphones and to devices they enable like wearables, and from voice…

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Low cost biometric device to replace passwords

Log-on password replacement is one of the Holy Grails of the IT security world. Now a German start-up has come up with a personal biometric crypto-key which it says is practical and adds little cost. Called Jar, it is a true biometric device which uses the user…

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Sinclair ZX Spectrum in production again after 30 years

A UK company has started production of a ‘new’ Sinclair ZX Spectrum hand-held games console, more than 30 years after the original ZX Spectrum was inspiring the young of Britain. The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega is compatible with all ZX Spectrum software. It plugs into the composite video and…

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Sheffield-based firm liquid cools HPC networks

Sheffield-based firm Iceotope, which specialises in the liquid cooling of electronic systems, says it has developed a fan-less Mellanox-based InfiniBand and Ethernet network and interconnect switch for supercomputer (HPC) systems. Mellanox’s low latency switches can be cooled with hot water (of up to 45 deg C…

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Bloodhound SSC to run this year in Cornwall

Bloodhound SSC, the UK-built car bidding to break the 1,000 mph land speed record, will make its world debut on November 17th 2015 with a 200 mph trial at Newquay Aerohub, Cornwall. The car will then be fitted with airbrakes and winglets ready to commence high-speed testing…

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Tech companies compete in Discovering Start-Ups Competition

Cambridge Wireless (CW) and SETsquared are inviting emerging UK and international early-stage technology companies and digital entrepreneurs to win the chance to pitch their technology and business ideas at the Discovering Start-Ups Competition. To be  held at Deloitte’s London offices on 21 October 2015, the free to…

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