Scientists just broke the record for the fastest fibre optic data transfer ever

Scientists just broke the record for the fastest fibre optic data transfer ever

No matter how fast our broadband connections get, it seems like we’re always wanting more – and the good news is that more is on the way. A team of engineers has just used a new type of laser-based transmission technology to smash data transfer records, achieving an incredibly speedy 57 gigabits per second at room temperature.

That room temperature factor is important, because it shows that the technology could eventually be applied to our homes and offices (typically, the warmer the temperature, the slower the data transfer). Plus the bits and bytes were beamed without any errors – another significant factor in assessing the technology’s mass market viability.

To put it in perspective, 57 Gbps is enough to download a whole Blu-ray in just a few seconds. That’s the fastest ever data transmission speed over a new type of laser called a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL), which is used across fibre optic lines – the type of cabling that underpins much of the broadband infrastructure that’s already in place in our homes and offices.

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How augmented reality will change gaming, according to a HoloLens developer

How augmented reality will change gaming, according to a HoloLens developer

What’s it like playing an augmented-reality game on the Microsoft HoloLens? Expect it to be a much more physical experience than virtual reality, a HoloLens developer says—and possibly a bit hotter, too.

Microsoft has already unveiled some of the first games and apps arriving on the HoloLens, and the developer edition has begun shipping. While Microsoft didn’t allow us to test the HoloLens ourselves, David Dedeine, who oversaw the development of the HoloLens games Young Conker and Fragments for Asobo Studios provided some insight. He says gamers should expect exploration and activity when playing Microsoft’s holographic peripheral.

Young Conker, for example, has users essentially leading a smartass squirrel via one’s gaze, collecting coins and evading enemies. The HoloLens will scan and construct the level based on the your room you’re playing in and the objects inside it. The kicker: With a different room, there’s a different layout. In Fragments, a crime investigation game, you’re asked to poke around the room, manipulate virtual objects, and talk to virtual characters.

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7 million jobs lost due to robots

7 million jobs lost due to robots

Numerous scientists and technology experts have expressed their concern over the increasing automation in our industries. While it has resulted in an unprecedented rise in the production, numerous people have lost their jobs. Based upon its research, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has made a map that shows the extent of robotic invasion in major economies.

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How Industrial Revolution 4.0 will Prove far more Divisive

How Industrial Revolution 4.0 will Prove far more Divisive

The “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” as described by the founder and executive chairman of World Economic Forum, will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. Here’s how…

The world has undergone three industrial revolutions that caused a lot of disruption, but also dramatically changed our lives. The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second Industrial Revolution used electric power to create mass production. The Third Industrial Revolution used electronics, digital and information technology to automate production.

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Google Cloud Speech API — You Can Power Any App With Google’s Speech Recognition Software

Google Cloud Speech API — You Can Power Any App With Google’s Speech Recognition Software

Google has announced its Cloud Speech API, the Google’s new machine learning service bundled with big data, data analytics and many other exciting features. Moreover, some of these services have been open-sourced. To get started you can visit cloud.google.com.

Data and data analytics are becoming one of the most innovative and fertile areas of IT industry because they offer deep insight into the consumer behavioral changes and thus suggesting a way for the company to increase sales and productivity.
Free Bitdefender tool protects against ransomware infections

Free Bitdefender tool protects against ransomware infections

Antivirus firm Bitdefender has released a free tool that can prevent computers from being infected with some of the most widespread file-encrypting ransomware programs: Locky, TeslaCrypt and CTB-Locker.

The new Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware vaccine is built on the same principle as a previous tool that the company designed to prevent CryptoWall infections. CryptoWall later changed the way in which it operates, rendering that tool ineffective, but the same defense concept still works for other ransomware families.

While security experts generally advise against paying ransomware authors for decryption keys, this is based more on ethical grounds than on a perceived risk that the keys won’t be delivered.

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