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IBM reveals 50 qubit quantum computer prototype

IBM reveals 50 qubit quantum computer prototype

The researchers at the IBM Q lab have been busy this year; back in May they revealed a quantum computing platform with a 17 qubit processor, and now they've already topped that by a huge margin. The company has announced that they've developed an operational 50 qubit prototype processor, as well as a 20 qubit quantum system that will be available to its clients as a cloud service.

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Nintendo said to double Switch production to 30M in 2018

Nintendo said to double Switch production to 30M in 2018

Since the Nintendo Switch was release earlier this year, it's turned into one of the company's biggest hardware hits in quite some time. The console/handheld hybrid is already well on its way to topping the total lifetime sales of the Wii U within its first year. The Switch has been in such demand that Nintendo has had to increase production more than once so far, and a new report indicates that as many as 25 to 30 million units could be coming in 2018.

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HTC says a dual-camera phone coming in 2018

HTC says a dual-camera phone coming in 2018

In an interesting twist, HTC has revealed that it will release a dual-camera smartphone sometime next year. This is puzzling because HTC was one of the first phone makers to release a dual-camera device, releasing phones with the technology for several years before any of its biggest rivals, only to drop the feature after 2015. This news was shared by HTC itself at the U11+ debut in Taiwan last week.

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Microsoft says last free Windows 10 upgrades will end soon

Microsoft says last free Windows 10 upgrades will end soon

If you're still a Window 7 or 8 user that's been putting off the eventual upgrade to Windows 10, your chance to do so for free will soon be over. Microsoft has stated that there is now an end date for its last remaining offer to upgrade to its newest operating system at no cost. After offering Windows 10 for free to Windows 7/8 users for over a year, followed by a loophole that extended the timeframe from last July until now, a cut-off date has been set: December 31st, 2017.

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BMW, Ford, Daimler, and VW form Ionity for European EV charging network

BMW, Ford, Daimler, and VW form Ionity for European EV charging network

When it comes to the future of the electric car market and its growth, one of the biggest difficulties is the need for a wide range of charging stations that will support vehicles from different manufacturers. Well, four of the biggest automakers are now working together to form a solution — for Europe, at least. BMW, Daimler, Ford, and the Volkswagen Group have announced a joint partnership in Ionity, a venture that aims to build a huge network of fast chargers across Europe.

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Best Buy now lets you shop with Amazon Alexa

Best Buy now lets you shop with Amazon Alexa

It seems that Amazon has become such a dominant force in the online shopping market that even big box retail stores are bending over backwards to cooperate with the company. Best Buy is the latest to add support for Alexa, the Echo speaker's digital assistant, allowing users to both shop and place orders using a simple voice command.

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Sprint and T-Mobile officially call off merger plans

Sprint and T-Mobile officially call off merger plans

It looks one of the largest mergers between US mobile carriers in recent history just wasn't meant to be. Both T-Mobile and Sprint have announced that they won't be moving forward with their plans, and have finally called off negotiations following months of back-and-forth discussions. The two companies have jointly stated that they were "unable to find mutually agreeable terms."

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Netflix fires Kevin Spacey, actor no longer involved with House of Cards

Netflix fires Kevin Spacey, actor no longer involved with House of Cards

It's starting look more and more like House of Cards' sixth and final season isn't going to see the light of day. After announcing earlier this week that the show's production had been indefinitely halted, Netflix has stated that it's cutting all ties with Kevin Spacey and will not be involved with the actor in any way. This includes Spacey's immediate suspension from production of House of Cards.

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Amazon in talks to develop Lord of the Rings TV adaptation

Amazon in talks to develop Lord of the Rings TV adaptation

If you thought a full trilogy of Lord of the Rings movies, followed by a Hobbit trilogy, was enough page-to-screen adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's universe, you were wrong. Get ready for even more Frodo Baggins. Amazon Studios is reportedly in talks to land the rights to adapt Lord of the Rings into a new TV series, with a goal of replicating the success of HBO's immensely popular Game of Thrones.

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Broadcom exploring purchase of Qualcomm for $100B

Broadcom exploring purchase of Qualcomm for $100B

We could soon be looking at the largest ever technology acquisition, in addition to an even smaller number of mobile chip suppliers in the market. Broadcom is reportedly in talks to buy Qualcomm — both huge chipmakers in their own right — for an estimated $100 billion. While the two companies have faced off in various patent battles over the last few years, it appears their overlapping businesses, not to mention a potentially rough future for Qualcomm, have prompted acquisition discussions.

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Apple warns of iPhone X OLED burn-in

Apple warns of iPhone X OLED burn-in

The iPhone X has finally been released, and those lucky enough to get their hands on the expensive device are now enjoying features like Face ID, Animoji, and its Super Retina OLED display. But as this is the first iPhone to feature OLED technology, Apple has released a new support document that advises users of its differences from previous iPhone models, as well as issues they might experience over time.

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Razer debuts new Overwatch accessories inspired by D.Va

Razer debuts new Overwatch accessories inspired by D.Va

Now in full swing, Blizzard's BlizzCon 2017 has been packed with new announcements about the developer's biggest games, including the beloved Overwatch. To coincide with this, Razer has announced a set of new official PC accessories for the team-based shooter, this time styled specifically after the mech-weilding character D.Va. Even better is that the new headset is a dream come true for cosplayers.

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