quantum-circuitsRace to Build First Practical Quantum Computer Heats Up

Move over, IBM and Google. Robert Schoelkopf, a Yale University professor, is racing to build the world's first practical quantum computer - and he's got a head start.

Schoelkopf's earlier work in quantum computing has been used by subsequent researchers, so it seems natural that he should have his own horse in the race. Schoelkopf and two other Yale professors have launched Quantum Circuits to compete with Google, IBM and Rigetti Computing in the quest to develop practical quantum computing.

"Based just down the road from Yale in New Haven, Conn., and backed by $18 million in funding from the venture capital firm Sequoia Capital and others, the start-up is another sign that quantum computing - for decades a distant dream of the world's computer scientists - is edging closer to reality," writes Cade Metz in the New York Times.


apple-iphoneApple Already Working on Enhancements for Next iPhone

The spirit of Steve Jobs seems alive and well at Apple, where they're already working on improving the 3-D sensors on the iPhone. The company is apparently testing enhanced versions of the iPhone's rear-facing camera, which would enable a greater number of augmented-reality (AR) applications.

"Apple Inc. is working on a rear-facing 3-D sensor system for the iPhone in 2019, another step toward turning the handset into a leading augmented-reality device," write Alex Webb and Yuji Nakamura of Bloomberg Technology. "The planned rear-facing sensor would ... use a time-of-flight approach that calculates the time it takes for a laser to bounce off surrounding objects to create a three-dimensional picture of the environment."

Apple is also making it easier for developers to create AR apps for the iPhone, a sure sign that CEO Tim Cook sees a strong future for augmented reality and related features.


tech-targetReport: AVGater Could Manipulate Antivirus Software, Leading to Full System Takeover

A security researcher in Vienna, Austria has identified a new vulnerability that could result in full system takeover. The researcher, Florian Bogner, named the vulnerability "AVGater," and wrote that it works by abusing the restore process from a virus quarantine.

"According to Bogner, he disclosed the AVGater vulnerability to Trend Micro, Emsisoft, Kaspersky Lab, Malwarebytes, Check Point and Ikarus Security Software, and all of those vendors have released patches for affected products," writes Michael Heller of TechTarget. "Bogner suggested that keeping software up-to-date is a good way to mitigate the risk of AVGater."

Overall, it's "another nail in the coffin for conventional signature-based antivirus solutions," which depend on known vulnerabilities.