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Apple forks over another $184M to UK tax authorities after 'extensive audit'

posted onJanuary 10, 2018
by l33tdawg

HMRC extracted the extra payment from Apple Europe after what the department called an "extensive audit" of the company's pre-2015 tax filings, according to the Financial Times. Apple Europe is a London-based subsidiary of Apple which, among other activities, handles European marketing operations.

The audit is believed to have found that Apple Europe was not paid fair value for the services it provided to other Apple subsidiaries, leading to artificially lower taxable revenue.

This is what a 50-qubit quantum computer looks like

posted onJanuary 10, 2018
by l33tdawg

From afar, it looks like a steampunk chandelier. Or an intricate collection of tubes and wires that culminate in a small steel cylinder at the bottom. It is, in fact, one of the most sophisticated quantum computers ever built. The processor inside has 50 quantum bits, or qubits, that process tasks in a (potentially) revolutionary way. Normally, information is created and stored as a series of ones and zeroes. Qubits can represent both values at the same time (known as superposition), which means a quantum computer can theoretically test the two simultaneously.

Meltdown and Spectre Fixes Arrive—But Don't Solve Everything

posted onJanuary 8, 2018
by l33tdawg

This week, a pair of vulnerabilities broke basic security for practically all computers. That's not an overstatement. Revelations about Meltdown and Spectre have wreaked digital havoc and left a critical mass of confusion in their wake. Not only are they terrifically complex vulnerabilities, the fixes that do exist have come in patchwork fashion. With most computing devices made in the last two decades at risk, it's worth taking stock of how the clean-up efforts are going.

Charring, melting laptop batteries cause HP to issue voluntary recall

posted onJanuary 5, 2018
by l33tdawg

Those who have purchased a new HP laptop in the past two years should take note of the company's latest voluntary recall. HP announced that it's recalling batteries for select laptop models, including some in the ProBook, Envy, and ZBook families. The company received eight reports of these lithium-ion batteries overheating, melting, or charring, as well as one report of a minor injury caused by the malfunctioning batteries.