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IBM: We’re on the cusp of the Quantum Computing revolution (video)

Posted by Ry on Feb 27 2012 | Technology

Technology's holy grail is the development of a "perfect" Quantum Computer. Traditional computers recognize information as bits: binary information that represent "On" or "Off" states. A Quantum Computer uses qubits; operating in superposition, it exists in all states simultaneously -- not just "On" or "Off," but every possible state in-between. It would theoretically be able to instantly access every piece of information at the same time, meaning that a 250 qubit computer would contain more data than there are particles in the universe. IBM thinks it's closer than ever to realizing this dream and if you want to know more, we have the full details after the break.

Gallery: IBM Superconducting QBit Setup

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IBM: We're on the cusp of the Quantum Computing revolution (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony announces quartet of Cyber-shot cams, boasts of slim profiles and tough skin

Posted by Ry on Feb 27 2012 | Technology

Sony announces new cyber-shot cameras
The Cyber-shot family just keeps growing and growing, with its latest litter focused on keeping slim and staying active. The quartet's most rugged machine, the $330 16.2 megapixel DSC-TX20, promises to be tough as nails by tolerating water up to 16 feet under, bouncing back from five foot falls and braving freezing tundras as cold as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The $350 DSC-TX66, on the other hand, forgoes the armor in favor of a 18.2 megapixel sensor, a 3.3-inch "Xtra Fine" OLED touch screen and 1920 x 1080 video recording. The outfits 18.2 MP DSC-WX150 and 16.1 MP DSC-W690 claim the titles of "world's thinnest 10x optical zoom cameras," (excluding the lens) according to Sony, and are priced at $250 and $180, respectively. Read on for Sony's official press release and all of the rough, tough and svelte details, as well as Sony's own hands-on look at the new Cyber-shot lineup.

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Sony announces quartet of Cyber-shot cams, boasts of slim profiles and tough skin originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 27 Feb 2012 23:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chrome now easily opens email links in Gmail, thanks to some HTML5 magic

Posted by Ry on Feb 27 2012 | Technology

The next time you open up Gmail in Chrome keep an eye out for the prompt above, which uses HTML5 to finally close the gap between the way Google's browser handles mailto: links and its popular email service. Our only question about the change is what took them so long? Third party add-ons or simply copying and pasting email addresses as Gmail blogger and software developer Michael Davidson has been doing were available workarounds, but they won't be needed any longer -- no DRM necessary. Hit the source link for more info on what it's doing and how Chrome allows site handler requests.

Chrome now easily opens email links in Gmail, thanks to some HTML5 magic originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 27 Feb 2012 23:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook shipping now, starts at $999

Posted by Ry on Feb 27 2012 | Technology

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook shipping now, starts at $999
If you were speedy enough to grab those spilled docs for Dell's new ultra machine, we've got great news -- you won't have to wait much longer to put 'em to good use. Just as promised, the Round Rock, Texas crew's taken the locks off the virtual shelves in which its slim XPS 13 sits. Weighing in at just under three pounds, this mighty 13.3-inch Ultrabook will set you back $999 for the entry level model, which packs Intel's Core i5-2467M CPU and HD 3000 graphics, along with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. If you do, however, decide to take the pricier ($1,499), better-specced road, you'll be walking out with a Core i7-2637M processor as well as a 256GB Solid State Drive. Regardless of which route you end up taking, be sure to check out our hands-on before you add it to your cart.

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook shipping now, starts at $999 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 27 Feb 2012 22:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Restaurant Says 1% Tip Receipt Is A Fake

Posted by Ry on Feb 27 2012 | Consumer Interest

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Aakash put on notice as BSNL and Pantel pair up to produce T-Pad

Posted by Ry on Feb 27 2012 | Technology

The last thing that the Aakash project needed was a more handsome, similarly priced commercial rival swooping in and stealing all of its thunder. Sadly that's what's happened: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), itself currently under investigation for corruption allegations, has announced a similarly low priced tablet in partnership with Pantel International. The T-Pad IS701R costs Rs 3,250 ($66) compared to the Aakash's Rs 2,999 ($60) but this device has a faster 1GHz processor and runs Gingerbread on a 7-inch 800 x 600 resistive display. However it's not all sunshine and roses, unlike the Government-sponsored slate, there is no GPRS modem in this edition. If you want freedom from WiFi, it'll cost you Rs 10,999 (or $223). So how do the two tablets stack up? Head on past the break and we'll show you in a little more detail.

[Thanks, Syed]

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Aakash put on notice as BSNL and Pantel pair up to produce T-Pad originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Vimeo outs new iOS app at MWC, now sporting iPad compatibility

Posted by Ry on Feb 27 2012 | Technology

Back at CES, we first got wind of Vimeo's impending plans to welcome the iPad to its iOS party. Today at MWC, the outfit has announced that the new version of its app for iDevices is now available -- and it'll play nice with your Apple slate. If you're in need of a refresher, the update features browse-while-watching, a watch later queue, access to the Vimeo Music Store and a built-in video editor for managing those clips while you're on the move. Looking to take the leap? The free app is just a few clicks away via the source link and a bit more info waits in the PR below.

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Vimeo outs new iOS app at MWC, now sporting iPad compatibility originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Infiniti Emerg-E concept gets unveiled before Geneva, is it the ‘green’ supercar you’ve been waiting for?

Posted by Ry on Feb 27 2012 | Technology

Infiniti Emerg-E concept gets unveiled before Geneva, is it the 'green' supercar you've been waiting for?
Despite parent company Nissan's penchant for forward-thinking electric mobility, its luxury division, Infiniti, hasn't gotten much love from us thus far, chiefly due to its reluctance to play in the EV and plug-in hybrid spaces that we cover. That friends, will change at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show with the unveiling of the absolutely gorgeous Emerg-E concept. We don't have much more info on offer other than a bevy of official shots, but with looks like that, how could we not keep a watchful eye out for its March debut? You'll find another snap of its interior after the break, and those with more time (and privacy) ought to peep the upcoming E-tron and i8 competitor over at Autoblog.

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Infiniti Emerg-E concept gets unveiled before Geneva, is it the 'green' supercar you've been waiting for? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Discount LEDs, Cable Ties as Collar Stays, and Repurposed Video Cables [From The Tips Box]

Posted by Ry on Feb 27 2012 | Uncategorized

Readers offer their best tips for catching a bargain when swapping out your energy-sucking bulbs for LEDs, looking sharp on your next date, repurposing some old video cables, and yet another use for Google+. More »


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Grace Digital’s Eco Terra boombox now available for $149.99, ready to rock the beaches

Posted by Ry on Feb 27 2012 | Technology

We're not sure what took Grace Digital this long to release the Eco Terra, but hey, you can now grab one well ahead of the summer season. Priced at $149.99, this IPX7-certified boombox works just fine even when dunked in water -- the two 3-inch speakers will always float upwards to annoy fellow swimmers. There's no iPod dock connector here as the job's done using a 3.5mm jack inside the watertight compartment, but much like many iPhone headsets these days, you can use the buttons at the top to control music playback and volume on supported iPods or iPhones; whereas with other MP3 players you can only change the volume after flipping a switch.

Additionally, the Eco Terra comes with an air pressure release valve to allow easy compartment access across different altitudes. We assume this means someone somewhere has a habit of blasting out music while trekking. Of course, you'll need to install four C Celll batteries to get things started, and that'll keep you partying in the wild for around 25 hours -- long enough to play the Baywatch soundtrack CD about 23 times. And no, there's nothing wrong with that. Hit the source link if you're ready to spend some cash.

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