Stories of interest this week include Google’s quantum computer (and bucket-load of patents), an AR-based visual browser, concerns over spying and toys, and more.
- Google proclaims its quantum computer a 100 million times faster than a regular computer chip. (Jordan Novet, VentureBeat)
- MIT introduces a text messaging system that encrypts your metadata, too. (Emma Woollacott, Forbes)
- Blippar looks to augmented reality to build a visual browser, a “Wikipedia of the physical world.” (Matt Burns, TechCrunch)
- Is the creator of bitcoin actually a 44-year-old Australian named Craig Steven Wright? (Andy Greenberg & Gwern Branwen, Wired)
- Twitter experiments with the timeline of your Tweets. (Karissa Bell, Mashable)
- The UK considers whether children’s toys could be used as spying devices. (Brian Wheeler, BBC.com)
- In an earlier roundup, we saw WWE dabble in virtual reality. Now Showtime takes VR to the boxing ring. (Drew Olanoff, TechCrunch)
- Google’s got plenty of patents. (Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review)
In addition to the above news, some Intel-sponsored native advertising in Techworld provides a look at how the Internet of Things is being employed in different sectors.