Tech Triumphs and Tragedies
A monthly snapshot of what’s good and bad in tech
COMPUTER IN DUST MOTE
Researchers at the University of Michigan have built a “computer” that’s 0.3mm per side. The Michigan Micro Mote measures temperature.
VIRGIN GALACTIC IN “SPACE”
A test flight achieved 1,832mph and an altitude of 170,800 feet, reaching into the mesosphere, or near space.
WINDOWS SMART REBOOTS
Machine learning will be used in the next Win 10 update to control when your machine updates and reboots; it’ll learn when you use it the least.
HACKER STEALS $5M
A student hijacked 40 phones using a SIM swapping scam to steal cryptocurrencies and sell social media accounts.
GOOGLE BOWS TO CHINESE
Google is developing a search engine for China that can be censored by the state.
VIRUS STOPS PRODUCTION
TSMC had to halt production for more than a day after a virus attack on its machines; it makes silicon for Apple and Qualcomm.