This Browser Upgrade Could Block Users in Developing Nations from Most of the Web

This Browser Upgrade Could Block Users in Developing Nations from Most of the Web

A more secure type of encryption will soon be required to protect Internet users’ data, but older devices don’t support it.

Fearing the loss of Internet users in some of the world’s poorest and most oppressed regions, technology providers Facebook and CloudFlare are calling for a gentler shift to a new Web encryption standard that will protect everything from social media websites to online transactions.


This Browser Upgrade Could Block Users in Developing Nations from Most of the Web

Four Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016

Four Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016

Expect a banner year for virtual reality. Here are some of the biggest things to look forward to in the months ahead.

Virtual reality has grown immensely over the past few years, but 2016 looks like the most important year yet: it will be the first time that consumers can get their hands on a number of powerful headsets for viewing alternate realities in immersive 3-D.


Four Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016

Best of 2015: Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level

Best of 2015: Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level

In a world first, a machine plays chess by evaluating the board rather than using brute force to work out every possible move. From September 2015…

It’s been almost 20 years since IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer beat the reigning world chess champion, Gary Kasparov, for the first time under standard tournament rules.  Since then, chess-playing computers have become significantly stronger, leaving the best humans little chance even against a modern chess engine running on a smartphone.


Best of 2015: Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level

Light Chips Could Mean More Energy-Efficient Data Centers

Light Chips Could Mean More Energy-Efficient Data Centers

For the first time, researchers have used existing manufacturing technology to make a complex processor that uses energy-efficient optical connections.

A microprocessor that uses optical connections instead of electrical wires to shuttle data around has long been the dream of chip designers, but the attempt to fabricate one has frustrated them for years.


Light Chips Could Mean More Energy-Efficient Data Centers