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Chinese company to sue Qualcomm for $100 billion

A China-based company wants Qualcomm to fork over $100 billion for trademark infringement. Genitop Research said Qualcomm deliberately used the trademarked phrase “Gaotong” in its Chinese company name and product brand.  The phrase, which means “high communication”, was purportedly registered to Shanghai-based Genitop Research in 1992.  The company sought $16

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Alibaba wants people to use selfies to pay for goods

The massive online merchant Alibaba has its sight set on making money through facial recognition. Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba, took the stage at this year’s CeBIT in Hanover, Germany and debut his company’s plan on using selfies as a form of digital signature. Facial recognition

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Steam-like engine could help man colonize Mars

A steam engine derivative could possibly enable human beings to colonize other planets. Researchers from Northumbria Unversity in Newcastle are looking at the possibility of leveraging what’s known as the Leidenfrost effect to create engines that work a bit like a steam engine, but much cooler. The Leidenfrost effect is

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Physicists on the cusp of making quantum computer breakthrough

Physicists from the University of California at Santa Barbara have developed as scheme to help quantum computers correct themselves. The team from UC Santa Barbara will reportedly create self-correcting circuitries that leverage next-gen quantum computing technology.  Quantum bits (or qubits, as they’re called) don't like to retain their states.  Qubits’

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