Apple May Delay First Mac Computer With Own Silicon Processor

KEY POINTS

  • Apple is working on a Mac that’s powered by in-house silicon
  • The first Mac of this kind will not be launched this month, a report claims
  • The device will be announced during another event in November

It’s not a secret that Apple is working on a Mac that runs on the company’s own silicon. The first device of this kind, however, might not be announced alongside the new iPhones that will be revealed in the Apple event set for Tuesday, a report said.

Apple previously said that it will transition its Macs from Intel chips to in-house silicon. At the time, the company said that it will be able to release the first Mac with Apple silicon by the end of the year. A report from Bloomberg, however, said that those who are looking forward to seeing the device during the upcoming Apple event will have to wait a bit more before it gets launched.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple will not be launching the first Mac with Apple silicon alongside the new iPhone 12 series.

“The first Mac laptop with Apple’s own processor, among other products, will emerge at another launch in November,” he wrote.

13-inch MacBook Pro 13-inch MacBook Pro Photo: Apple

Launching later

Gurman, who has a noteworthy 87.8% accuracy rating in terms of Apple leaks and predictions (per AppleTrack), didn’t provide an explanation as to why the Cupertino tech giant will not unveil the new Apple silicon-powered Mac this month.

He did, however, indicate that the upcoming iPhone 12 series unveiling will be the company’s “most important product launch” this year. This could explain why the new Mac with in-house silicon will not be announced alongside the new iPhones.

New devices

Apple will be unveiling on Tuesday “the widest array of new iPhones that Apple has

Commercially Available Silicon Quantum Computer Moves Forward With Quietest Bits On Record

KEY POINTS

  • Physicists achieve a noise level 10 times lower than the previous record
  • Demonstration proves to take a major step closer to a full-scale silicon quantum processor 
  • Next step could be a 10-qubit prototype quantum integrated processor by 2023

The lowest noise level on record for a semiconductor quantum bit has been demonstrated by a team of quantum physicists, bringing the development of a commercially available silicon quantum computer one step forward to possibility. 

In a study published in Advanced Materials, the physicists said they were able to achieve a noise level 10 times lower than previously recorded for any semiconductor qubit. Specifically, they demonstrated a low-level charge noise of  S0 = 0.0088 ± 0.0004 μeV2 Hz−1. 

As a next step, the team is now looking forward to demonstrating the capability required to produce a reliable 10-qubit prototype quantum integrated processor by 2023. 

“Our team is now working towards delivering all of these key results on a single device – fast, stable, high fidelity and with long coherence times – moving a major step closer to a full-scale quantum processor in silicon,” Michelle Simmons, director for Center for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) and Scientia professor of quantum physics in the Faculty of Science at the University of New South Wales, said in a press release. 

The team explained that, for a silicon quantum computer to perform reliable and applicable solutions, it should generate quantum information close to 100% accuracy. However, achieving such accuracy was impossible due to what physicists call charge noise. 

Imperfections in the material environment that hosts qubits result in charge noise. It impedes the proper encoding of information on qubits, affecting the information accuracy altogether. By separating the qubits from the surface and interface states, the team was able to demonstrate the lowest noise

Silicon Valley is famously liberal. Then, investors and employees started clashing over race.

SAN FRANCISCO — The day after President Donald Trump told the Proud Boys, a far-right group with a history of inciting violence, to “stand back and stand by,” during the first presidential debate last month, tech investor Cyan Banister tweeted that the group had “a few bad apples. “

The open defense of an organization that has been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center is one extreme example of an increasingly public reactionary streak in Silicon Valley that diverges from the tech industry’s image as a bastion of liberalism. Some libertarian, centrist, and right-leaning Silicon Valley investors and executives, who wield outsize influence, power and access to capital, describe tech culture as under siege by activist employees pushing a social justice agenda.

Curtis Yarvin, dubbed a “favorite philosopher of the alt-right” by the Verge, has become a familiar face on the invite-only audio social network Clubhouse, in rooms with investors such as Facebook board member Marc Andreessen, the founder of Andreessen Horowitz, which invested in the app.

Cryptocurrency startup Coinbase recently sought to restrict political speech by employees, a move many interpreted as a return to the company’s more libertarian roots because it came in reaction to internal discussions of Black Lives Matter.

Tensions are running high even at some of the biggest tech companies. The crackdown on employee speech in response to social activism over the past year has spread to Facebook, Google and Pinterest, among others.

In September, Facebook restricted spaces for political discussions after employees protested the company’s moderation policies against hate speech affecting Black users. Pinterest shut down a Slack channel used to submit questions for company meetings and turned another Slack channel read-only, opting to use a different tool for up-voting. Employees, who had used both channels to question leadership about

Blackpool dubbed ‘Silicon Sands’ as connected to one of fastest internet connections in UK

Blackpool has been dubbed the “Silicon Sands” as it was connected to one of the fastest internet connections in the UK, after specialist divers waited six months for the right moment to lay the subsea cable. 

At just after 3pm on Sunday the subsea fibre optical cable was laid under the sand dunes where it officially enabled the internet to travel from mainland Europe to New York in 60 milliseconds.

Tony Doyle, head of IT at Blackpool council, said the next generation cable, now part of the North Atlantic Loop,  was “a game changer”. 

“We need it to cope with the demands of the internet,” he said. 

“Cables from the dot.com era don’t have the capacity whereas this has 40 times the capacity you would have had 20 years ago. This puts Blackpool on the map in terms of international connectivity.”

He said the new cable, which now connects New York, Dublin, the Isle of Man, Blackpool, Newcastle and Denmark, would give Blackpool “a stake in the digital economy and be attractive to companies that want split second connectivity”.

Whilst the fastest internet cable in the UK is in Slough, Berkshire, it does not have the capacity of Blackpool’s latest cable and is deemed too expensive for many traders to use. 

Andy Hudson, Chief Network Officer at Aqua Comms, owner and operator of their North Atlantic Loop fibres, said: “Internet connectivity needs to be secure yet agile, flexible and resilient and nowhere is this more critical than in the transatlantic market, one of the busiest oceanic data routes in the world, linking North America to Northern Europe.

“The combination of the shortest, direct route to the USA, and the newest technological assets and engineering capabilities available on the market, makes this a significant 30 plus year investment which could benefit

Silicon Therapeutics Unveils Refreshed Corporate Branding and Redesigned Website

Silicon Therapeutics, a privately-held, fully integrated drug design, discovery and development company focused on small molecule therapeutics, today introduced an updated corporate website, which reflects the company’s mission, research approach and core values.

The new Silicon Therapeutics site more accurately tells the company’s story and clearly highlights the company’s mission to improve the lives of patients by creating novel, disease-modifying medicines for challenging targets, using its proprietary, quantum physics-driven discovery engine.

“We worked to develop a meaningful brand architecture and visual identity that embodies the company’s strategic approach and core ethos,” said Lanny Sun, co-founder and chief executive officer. “This project has been part of our strategy to more fully engage with investors, potential partners, scientists and future employees while highlighting our differentiated approach and the opportunities that our platform presents for the company.”

The new site is expanded with deeper scientific content and the layout is structured for ease of navigation to provide a seamless user experience.

“While the new brand identity gives Silicon Therapeutics a bright and sophisticated look with distinctive graphics and other visuals, this update was not just cosmetic,” said Woody Sherman, Ph.D., chief scientific officer, who led the initiative. “Visitors to our website can efficiently learn about our proprietary computational physics platform, explore our pipeline, understand our research focus and gain a glimpse into our unique culture.”

The Silicon Therapeutics platform enables the company to perform accurate, atomic-level, quantum physics-based simulations fast enough and at the scale necessary to reveal essential drug design insights and break through the bottlenecks preventing effective discovery of therapeutics for biologically validated but chemically intractable targets. The platform is cohesively integrated with a world-class wet lab including biophysics, chemistry and biology, enabling rapid hypothesis-driven data generation to advance drug discovery projects on targets that have traditionally been considered undruggable.