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6 Facial-Recognition Technologies That Will Creep You Out

posted onJune 24, 2015
by l33tdawg

Facebook knows who you are even if you're not showing your face. Using artificial intelligence (just to make things extra dystopian), Facebook can identify and tag you by things like the way you stand, the type of clothing you wear, and your hair.

Facebook isn't putting the algorithm into practice yet, but its mere existence is worrisome to many, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the various people who have filed lawsuits over the years.

Toshiba Develops Chip Authentication Technology Using Transistor Noise

posted onJune 19, 2015
by l33tdawg

Toshiba has developed a new method of utilizing random telegraph noise (RTN) originating from insulating material faults to implement a physical unclonable function (PUF), an important security technology.

The method, which will contribute to the creation of safe and secure cloud services for smart communities, was announced at the VLSI Technology Symposium, a conference on semiconductor devices that was held on June 16 in Kyoto, Japan.

Tesla's New Battery Doesn't Work That Well With Solar

posted onMay 7, 2015
by l33tdawg

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk introduced a new family of batteries designed to stretch the solar-power revolution into its next phase. There's just one problem: Tesla's new battery doesn't work well with rooftop solar—at least not yet. Even Solar City, the supplier led by Musk, isn't ready to offer Tesla's battery for daily use.

Chipmakers face big challenges at 10nm and beyond

posted onFebruary 26, 2015
by l33tdawg

Fifty years after Gordon Moore first described the trend that has driven technology, Intel says scaling is same as it ever was. But other chipmakers, who are struggling to realize the same benefits from good old-fashioned scaling, are increasingly looking for less-expensive alternatives.

​How HTTP/2 will speed up your web browsing

posted onFebruary 24, 2015
by l33tdawg

When the last version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol 1.1 (HTTP/1.1) was approved in 1999, fast computers were running 500MHz Pentium III chips, Bill Clinton was president of the United States, and software engineers were working hard at fixing the Y2K bug. As for the internet, the US Federal Communications Commission defined broadband as 200 kilobits per second (Kbps), and most users connected to it with 56Kbps modems. Things have changed, and HTTP, the web's fundamental protocol, is finally changing with the times, too.

Startup Bringing the Smart Home to Apartment Renters

posted onFebruary 10, 2015
by l33tdawg

Smart homes are here.

You can use motion sensors to trigger smart light switches. You can program smart thermostats to warm only the rooms that people are actually using. You can even control smart power outlets with your mobile phone, setting appliances to turn on and off at certain times of day.

Moore’s Law and Moving Beyond Silicon: The Rise of Diamond Technology

posted onJanuary 30, 2015
by l33tdawg

My “aha” moment occurred in 2004 when, as a junior at the University of Illinois at Chicago, double majoring in physics and engineering, a research paper seized my interest. It was about the role that diamond could play as an electronics material — vastly uncharted territory at the time. I recognized then that diamond technology could spark a seismic change in the electronics industry and I knew I wanted to play a role in making diamond semiconductor a reality.