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A test of a D-Wave Two quantum computer gives disappointing results

According to a study published in the journal “Science”, the quantum computer model D-Wave Two doesn’t seem to bring real benefits in terms of performance compared to classical computers. The article rekindled the controversy started since the introduction of this quantum computer by its manufacturer D-Wave Systems.
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Hewlett-Packard unveils The Machine, the computer of the future

In Las Vegas, Hewlett-Packard’s CEO Meg Whitman, together with the company’s CTO Martin Fink, unveiled a new computer architecture that aims to revolutionize the sector. The Machine, as at the moment is called the new HP computer, uses hardware of type very different from the current such as photonics instead of copper and memristors instead of the current RAM and storage memories.
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A fundraising for VoCore, a coin-sized computer

In recent years we’ve been seeing an extraordinary proliferation of very small computers that have low costs but really interesting potential. A project that is raising funds via the crowdfunding method on the IndieGoGo website is VoCore, which has the purpose of producing large quantities of a coin-sized computer, less than one square inch (25 mm x 25 mm).
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IBM acquired the artificial intelligence company Cognea for its Watson system

IBM has acquired for its Watson group, the business unit that develops the eponymous artificial intelligence system, the startup Cognea, which works in just that field. The figure paid for the acquisition hasn’t been disclosed. Cognea develops software for artificial intellegenza to create virtual employees that can work as a personal assistant, coach or as an employee of other types. For IBM, this is another step towards the use of Watson in companies.
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Neurogrid is an electronic circuit board that works like the human brain

A group of bioengineers at Stanford University has created Neurogrid, a circuit card containing microchips that work like the human brain. They’re 9,000 times faster and use a much smaller amount of electricity compared to a standard PC. This research can lead to advances in electronics but also in the understanding of brain function combining such different fields.
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A success for the fundraiser for the open source retro videogame console Gamebuino

Gamebuino is a project to create a retro videogame console, like the old-fashioned 8-bit ones such as the Nintendo Game Boy, based on Arduino, an electronic platform with circuit diagrams that are distributed as free hardware with a software kit too free as well. The fundraiser with the crowdfunding method on the Indiegogo website, which started on March 12, 2014, is having a great success and will continue until April 28, 2014.
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