Scientists have found a way to connect quantum electronics together

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Scientists have found a way to connect quantum devices together, transmitting entanglement — and crucially the quantum properties that could deliver the next-generation of electronics. Sounds boring and complicated (it’s not too complicated), but it’s important, we promise. It all involves the interconnect, the part of electronics that links one component to another. As explained by Technology Review, this can often take up most of the space on silicon chip and the limits of the interconnect often form the limits of a computing system’s performance. At least, for now. A team of scientists of around the world have managed to build and test a quantum interconnect that links two chips and carries both photons (and that entanglement) between them. Entanglement is where quantum particles share the same existence, even while apart: preserving this state is the hard part, and the scientists managed it using optical fiver and a quantum quirk where photons traveling along two channels overlap, entangling, and then carrying on. (Keep with us…) The science involved is a sort of polarization where those entangled photons affect newly created photons, entangling them on their way to a second silicon chip , which then reverses the trick. At the moment, the system isn’t all that efficient, but that there’s plenty left to optimize within the design. The real takeaway is that it’s at least possible to transmit these photons, which, as the rest of quantum computing develops, will likely lead to more powerful, tinier electronics. And The Future.

Source: Technology Review

Marshmallow is the official nickname for Android 6.0

Google has confirmed that the next iteration of Android will be called Marshmallow. Fittingly, a large statue of the Android mascot holding a marshmallow was unveiled at the company’s Mountain View headquarters earlier today.

Google unveiled Android M during its annual I/O conference this past May. Despite sharing many of the operating system’s goals and features, the search giant was mum on what the “M” stood for. Many believed it to be Macadamia but we now know that is not the case.

Following the first two versions of Android (Alpha and Beta), Google has nicknamed each Android release after a sugary treat. The complete list includes Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich,Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop and now, Marshmallow.

Today’s announcement isn’t all fluff (no pun intended) as the final Android 6.0 SDK is now available to download via the SDK Manager in Android Studio. Developer preview system images have also been updated for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player to facilitate testing.

Google notes that although the Android 6.0 SDK is final, the aforementioned system images are still developer preview versions and thus, aren’t yet intended for consumer use. Additional technical details for developers can be found on the Android Developers Blog.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow will launch to the public this fall with a focus on core improvements.

Source: Techspot

Google’s new project helps people to install solar panels using Google Earth data

Google announced the launch of an initiative to help people make solar power work for them, aptly named Project Sunroof. The project takes advantage of existing Google Earth data to show people how much sunlight their roof actually gets and locates the hotspots on their roof. Project Sunroof will also calculate how much each household could save after installing solar panels and provides a connection with local companies that install solar panels.

If you’re wondering how it works, first you type in your home address and then Project Sunroof provides information on how much sunlight reaches your roof in a year and gives recommendations for how many solar panels you should install. The analysis takes into account 3D modeling of your roof, nearby trees and buildings that cast a shadow over your roof, the possible sun positions, and historical cloud and temperature patterns.

This all started when Google noticed people were searching for how to install and use solar panels. Google decided to use the information they had about how many panels to install, where to put them, how financially beneficial the installation would be (some of the frequently asked questions) to help people get started. The aim of the project is to simplify the process and encourage more people to install solar panels.

Source: Techspot

Russian Government Threatens To Block Reddit

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

The Russian government isn’t too happy with Reddit these days. But it’s not even over critical comments made about the government’s handling of Ukraine, it’s about a single thread on the site regarding how to grow “narcotics.”

Roskomnadzor, essentially Russia’s FCC, announced on Vkontakte, the Russian Facebook, that it has asked Reddit to remove a single thread related to growing cannabis, and that it hasn’t so much as gotten a reply, reports IBTimes.

Image posted on Roskomnadzor's Vkontakte page Image posted on Roskomnadzor’s Vkontakte page

The request for the removal of the thread was made at the behest of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service. The post ends by saying that if Reddit chooses not to reply to the request, the government may shut down access to the site in the country completely.

“Those who have contacts with the [Reddit] administration – ask them to check their email for messages from Roskomnadzor, otherwise… a number of operators may block the entire…

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