This 22-year-old builds chips in his parents’ garage

Enlarge / Sam Zeloof completed this homemade computer chip with 1,200 transistors, seen under a magnifying glass, in August 2021. reader comments 6 with 6 posters participating Share this story In August, chipmaker Intel revealed new details about its plan to build a “mega-fab” on US soil, a $100 billion factory where 10,000 workers will […]

Supply chain attack used legitimate WordPress add-ons to backdoor sites

Getty Images reader comments 9 with 9 posters participating Share this story Dozens of legitimate WordPress add-ons downloaded from their original sources have been found backdoored through a supply chain attack, researchers said. The backdoor has been found on “quite a few” sites running the open source content management system. The backdoor gave the attackers […]

How a Russian cyberwar in Ukraine could ripple out globally

Unintentional consequences? The knock-on effects for the rest of the world might not be limited to  intentional reprisals by Russian operatives. Unlike old-fashioned war, cyberwar is not confined by borders and can more easily spiral out of control. Ukraine has been on the receiving end of aggressive Russian cyber operations for the last decade and […]

600 more tech workers coming soon

Paul Matthews, ITP Chief Executive. 21 January 2022, 5:06 pm . Late last year Minister Clark announced that Cabinet had approved a Class Exception for 600 overseas tech workers to come to New Zealand. This was great news for our industry, with many companies suffering with the border restrictions currently in place. But when will […]

Griffin on Tech: America’s 5G jumbo disaster – what went wrong?

Peter Griffin, Editor. 21 January 2022, 2:39 pm Airlines this week cancelled or rerouted flights heading to certain US airports. Was it due to a surge in Omicron cases, threats of terrorism, or a fault identified in jumbo jets? No, it is because of radio waves from 5G mobile networks. We are now nearly three […]

Meta’s new learning algorithm can teach AI to multi-task

Data2vec is part of a big trend in AI toward models that can learn to understand the world in more than one way. “It’s a clever idea,” says Ani Kembhavi at the Allen Institute for AI in Seattle, who works on vision and language. “It’s a promising advance when it comes to generalized systems for […]

All charges against China Initiative defendant Gang Chen have been dismissed

To support MIT Technology Review’s journalism, please consider becoming a subscriber. The China Initiative Chen was one of the most high profile scientists charged under the China Initiative, a Justice Department program launched under the Trump administration to counter economic espionage and national security threats from the People’s Republic of China. Despite its stated purpose, […]

Russian proposes banning cryptocurrencies, crypto mining

Representations of virtual cryptocurrencies are seen in this illustration taken November 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Russia’s central bank on Thursday proposed banning the use and mining of cryptocurrencies on Russian territory, citing threats to financial stability, citizens’ wellbeing and its monetary policy sovereignty. The move is the latest in a global cryptocurrency crackdown as governments […]

Microsoft-Activision deal gives merger speculators a new darling

Microsoft logo is seen on a smartphone placed on displayed Activision Blizzard logo in this illustration taken January 18, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Hedge funds, which make profits by speculating on precarious takeovers, got a treat this week when Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) agreed to buy “call of duty” maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI.O) for US$68.7 billion dollars […]