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IBM claims advance in quantum computing

IBM has unveiled an advanced “quantum” processor that is part of an effort to build super-fast computers. These machines could revolutionise computing, harnessing the strange world of quantum physics to solve problems beyond reach for even the most advanced “classical” ones. But the hurdles in building practical, large-scale versions have kept quantum computers confined to …

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UK and US join forces to strike back in cyber-space

The US and UK are joining forces to “impose consequences” on their shared adversaries who conduct malicious cyber-activities. The combined action would address “evolving threats with a full range of capabilities”, they said. The shared adversaries were not named but the announcement follows increasing concern over Russia-based ransomware. The plan was discussed last week at …

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China’s ‘midnight patrol’ cracks down on young gamers

Chinese gaming giant Tencent is rolling out facial recognition to stop children playing between 22:00 and 08:00. The “midnight-patrol” technology will stop “tricks” circumventing the government curfew, introduced in 2019 with a cap on what young gamers could spend on in-game transactions, it says. The bans require gamers to register with their official IDs, linked to a …

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Newport Wafer Fab: Chip plant’s purchase by Chinese company reviewed

The prime minister’s national security adviser is examining the purchase of the UK’s largest computer chip plant by a Chinese-backed company. Boris Johnson said he had asked Sir Stephen Lovegrove to look at Nexperia’s takeover of Newport Wafer Fab. The prime minister told MPs: “We are looking into it. I have asked the national security adviser …

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