Neighbors pirating your Wi-Fi? Comcast’s new alerts will tell you – CNET

Comcast is now giving Xfinity xFi customers push notifications that will alert them to changes on their home network, like password updates or new devices joining.

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Is China seeking “quantum surprise?” – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Is China seeking “quantum surprise?”Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsMeanwhile, a “second quantum revolution” is under way. The first such revolution in physics unlocked secrets of reality and enabled an initial round of technologies based on principles of quantum mechanics, including lasers, semiconductors, and …

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Google AI now can give YouTube videos a wacky background – CNET

Machine learning proves its worth for new video effects tech: distinguishing between faces and backgrounds at 100 frames per second.

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WW2-based Battlefield game reportedly coming this year – CNET

The next chapter of the Battlefield series will arrive in 2018, according to a report citing inside sources.

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Elac Debut 2.0 updates the best value speakers around – CNET

The new range of budget speakers promise better build quality and improved drivers.

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D’oh! The Simpsons look freaky when they face forward – CNET

Maybe the nuclear mutations in Springfield aren’t limited to Blinky, the three-eyed fish, because what is up with this?

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Research shows AI is the key to understanding quantum systems – TNW

TNWResearch shows AI is the key to understanding quantum systemsTNWWe could see a major boost in quantum computer power carry us from the precipice of 100-qubit systems on to much faster ones in a relatively short time. This could create a slew of new use cases for the technology. As Giuseppe Carleo, a researcher for …

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Practical spin wave transistor one step closer

Physicists have managed to alter the flow of spin waves through a magnet, using only an electrical current. This is a huge step towards the spin transistor that is needed to construct spintronic devices. These promise to be much more energy efficient than conventional electronics.

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Durable wood ‘sponges’ act as green sensors of mechanical strain

Striking just the right balance between softness and sturdiness, balsa wood is a choice material for crafting anything from model airplanes to full-size wind turbine blades. Scientists have opened up a new realm of possibilities for balsa by hijacking its natural structure with chemical and physical treatments to transform it into a ‘wood carbon sponge’ capable of enduring repeated compression and other extreme mechanical conditions.

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Enigma: Up close with a Nazi cipher machine – CNET

It wasn’t a computer, but it created encryption so advanced that humans needed machines to the code. CNET takes a look inside.

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