A potential breakthrough in computing has been made by Australian researchers, as they have managed to use photons to process data (rather than electrons) in a microchip - using acoustic waves from their interaction to store data for short periods.


TechSpot have a more detailed explanation:
https://www.techspot.com/news/71026-scientists-can-now-store-light-sound-waves-computer.html


If you'd like to read the research paper, follow this link:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-00717-y
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Read the full story at Bleeping Computer.


Official Statement from Piriform:
http://www.piriform.com/news/releas...eaner-cloud-v1073191-for-32-bit-windows-users
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A new type of exploit has been discovered which can spread to many different devices via Bluetooth, without connecting or having any interaction from the user. This exploit could spread very quickly now that details have been made public, as it would only take a few seed devices for a virus to spread en-mass.

Ars Technica have a detailed article which includes some example videos of the exploit in action:
https://arstechnica.com/information...s-of-devices-to-attacks-no-clicking-required/

Microsoft and Apple devices have already been patched, as long as you're using the latest versions (and up to date with security patches). However, Android and Linux devices are particularly vulnerably - especially if you're using a non-Google Android phone (i.e. Samsung S7/S8).

You could download the Blueborne scanner for your Android phone and it'll tell you if you're vulnerable - plus it will scan for other BT devices in range that are also susceptible:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.armis.blueborne_detector&hl=en_GB
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It's not a surprise to hear that Google are appealing their €2.42 billion fine from the EU, with regard to anti-competitive behaviour via their price comparison tools:

Read more at TechCrunch:
https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/11/google-files-to-appeal-2-73bn-eu-antitrust-fine/
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MadShrimps have a review of the Shuttle XPC nano NC03U Barebone, a tiny Kaby-Lake based PC that may be a good fit for HTPCs or minimalist users. It uses less than 20W of power at full load, which is extremely impressive:

NC03U.jpg

Read the rest here:
http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1001026/Shuttle-XPC-nano-NC03U-Barebone-Review/
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Microsoft and Amazon have announced that their voice assistants (Cortana and Alexa, respectively), will work together in the near future. If you've got a Windows 10 PC and use Amazon Echo, this could be good news.

Read the rest here:
https://arstechnica.co.uk/gadgets/2...er-in-surprising-microsoftamazon-partnership/
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[H]ardOCP have published an article which aims to chart the five best CPUs of all time, of course this isn't about current raw performance, it's about their impact on the market at the time:

What are you thoughts? Did you have any of the processors on this list?

Read the rest here:
https://www.hardocp.com/article/2017/08/25/top_5_best_cpus_all_time
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Bit-Tech are reporting that HTC are considering selling off Vive division - aka the makers of the popular Virtual Reality headset. Could this be a good thing or a bad thing? Who knows. There is growing interest in the VR headset market and Vive is arguably the current leader (outselling the nearest rival, Oculus Rift).

Read the rest at Bit-Tech:
http://bit-tech.net/news/tech/peripherals/htc-may-sell-its-vive-arm-report-claims/1/
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