Intel and QuTech unveil Horse Ridge cryogenic control chip for quantum computing
Today at the International Solid State Circuits Conference, which runs through this week in San Francisco, Intel and QuTech — a partnership between Delft University of Technology and TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) — are unveiling the technical designs for a first-of-its-kind cryogenic control chip for quantum... Read more
Walmart’s $12 billion in dividends, buybacks give Amazon huge advantage
If there’s one retailer that has a chance to be a legitimate online competitor to Amazon in the United States, it’s Walmart, the dominant retail giant of a past generation and the US leader in online grocery sales today. But Walmart’s past success — and the practices it made... Read more
Apple’s budget iPhone could face delay due to coronavirus
Apple hasn’t sold the iPhone SE for nearly a year and a half.  Angela Lang/CNET Four years after releasing the iPhone SE, Apple is reportedly once again looking to offer a more affordable iPhone — possibly called the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9. The device is rumored to launch in... Read more
Wildfire Photographs Are Constant Reminders of Chaos
Douglas McCulloh was in San Diego for an art exhibit earlier this month when his phone erupted with texts about a wildfire back home in Los Angeles. It broke out that morning in the neighborhood of Riverside, amid the dry brush lining the Santa Ana River. By night, changing... Read more
GamesBeat Decides 139: Hollywood movie star Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog is in theaters, and reviews editor Mike Minotti has seen it. Turns out it’s pretty good even though it features an unfortunate fart joke. Mike and PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb talk about the new record-setting video game movie on this week’s episode of the GamesBeat... Read more
Meet Qualcomm’s X60, the modem that will power 5G phones in 2021
Qualcomm’s X60 modem will power 5G phones next year.  Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET Qualcomm has a new modem for next year’s 5G phones that aims to boost the average speed on devices by aggregating different types of wireless signals.   The company on Tuesday unveiled its Snapdragon X60... Read more
Hundreds of Millions of PC Components Still Have Hackable Firmware
That laptop on your desk or server on a data center rack isn’t so much a computer as a network of them. Its interconnected devices—from hard drives to webcams to trackpads, largely sourced from third parties—have their own dedicated chips and code as well. That represents a serious security... Read more
Industry chief tells Facebook to adapt to EU
(Reuters) — EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton said on Monday it was for Facebook to adapt to Europe’s standards, not the other way round, as he criticized the U.S. social media giant’s proposed internet rules as insufficient. The blunt comments came after a short meeting with Facebook CEO Mark... Read more
Protect yourself from coronavirus with a mask that looks like your face
An N95 mask with flair. Danielle Baskin It’s hard to stand out in a crowd when everyone’s wearing the same bone-white N95 protective facial mask. That could change if one San Francisco designer follows through on her idea to custom-print the respirator masks with images of wearers’ faces. The... Read more
Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano
To celebrate his wife’s birthday last year, Canadian photographer Larry Louie took her to a sulfur mine. That wasn’t the plan—their original itinerary was in Bali. But after a couple of days in that tourist-plagued paradise, they began looking for something a little less commercialized. A bit of online... Read more