What would you do with 128 programmable quantum bits? If you're not certain, perfect, that's just what it's designed for. Just for heaven's sake don't look at it or it'll stop working. Welcome to the wonderful world of quantum mechanics.
In our never-ending quest to make the technology we use smaller — I mean, the iPod Nano should really be nanoscopic, right? — we need to keep producing denser and more powerful component parts. One such part? The microchip. Despite the name, they're just not small enough, but they could be soon.
Starting next year, every single PC made by HP will dual-boot Windows and WebOS. Can a mobile OS save HP?
Today, it's hard to think of computers as more than a collection of advanced microchips and the like — processors, RAM, flash storage and graphics cards, for example. Like a river, the flow of technology that has led us to the modern computing architecture we use today came from some several often overlooked sources — the proverbial "stones that divert the river." These are the unsung heroes of our technological past, with a few predictions sprinkled in there for good measure. Click on the gallery below to get this journey started.
Now that wireless keyboards and mice are the norm, there's just one cable left that tethers us to desktop computers: the display cable. With a wireless graphics card, you can finally cut that last cord and get all your desktop power anywhere you want it.
In this age of laptops and tablets and smartphones, there's a good chance a lot of folks wouldn't know where to stick something like NZXT's USB Bunker. Ten years ago, though, I would have loved something like this when I went to a LAN party where I didn't know everyone.
Intel's big announcement at CES is their new Sandy Bridge architecture. Without getting too far into the technical side, the important thing about this is the addition of graphics processing onto the main CPU itself. It may sound like a simple upgrade, but it could change the way we all do a lot of things with our computers.
We generally expect computers to give us precise and accurate answers every time, all the time. After all, that's why computers are computers. But as it turns out, if we cut them a little bit of slack in the accuracy department, we can easily make them a thousand times faster.
I'll bet you think your fancy new quad-core processor is pretty cool, but it's 996 cores short of this prototype thousand core processor that could potentially increase the speed of your computer by a factor of 20.
Swiss researchers have developed a new type of 'Racetrack' memory that's 100,000 times faster than even the fastest of today's hard drives. It's efficient and durable, but the best news is that it could be in your computer by 2015.