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 Thursday, 21-December-2017  17:55:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The University of NSW has unveiled a new quantum computer. Researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have come up with a new kind of architecture that uses standard semiconductors common to modern processors to perform quantum calculations. Details aside, it basically means the power of quantum computing can be unlocked using the same kinds of technology that forms the foundation of desktop computers and smart phones.

A man has been jailed for hacking Perth's airport. Although he was keen to stress that the public was not put at risk by the activities of the hacker, Mr MacGibbon described the attack as “a near miss”, that could have been a lot worse. What is perhaps most interesting to us is just how the hacker managed to breach sensitive computer systems at the international airport. The answer is sadly predictable. The hacker simply used the login credentials of a third-party contractor to gain unauthorised access to what should have been a well-secured network.

HWInfo have a 69-drive SSD comparo. You can consider yourself very lucky if you bought an SSD last year. Since September 2016 we have been warning you about a possible price increase and nowadays the price of SSDs is at least a quarter more than we were used to. Which SSD should you purchase and what can you save on, especially now? You can read this in our test of no less than 69 sata SSDs.

TheSSDReview walk us through building a 5GHz machine with instant startup thanks to an Intel Optane drive. So I originally started this upgrade on the advise of a peer who sold me on the fact that new Z370 PC builds were a natural for the Intel Optane SSD, displaying significantly faster startups, shutdowns and typical PC tasks. He never lied. The difference is not just visible; it is significant.

Here's yet another bizarre aspect to the cryptocurrency boom: people trading virtual cats. CryptoKitties, a game where users breed and trade digital kitties using Ethereum-based smart contracts, has emerged as the latest mark of society’s obsession with rising cryptocurrency values. In some ways, the popularity of the game reflects the skyrocketing values of digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ether. Total sales on the platform created by Canadian startup Axiom Zen have reportedly hit $12 million, according to Coin Telegraph, as some cats with rare attributes have been sold for upwards of $80,000.

Another damaged undersea cable may affect Australia's internet performance. Australian internet users will continue to experience inter-Asia latency for at least the next three weeks as the operator of the SEA-ME-WE3 subsea internet cable works to repair a cut. SEA-ME-WE3, which connects Perth to Singapore, has been down for over two weeks thanks to a cable cut that occurred on December 3.



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