Steam is coming to China and fans are not happy
Steam, the popular online video game mall, is launching a China-only version, but the news has not been greeted with much enthusiasm from Chinese fans.  China tightly regulates the games that get published, and last year the government required all publishers to obtain a special license.  These tight rules left Steam as the only avenue for its 30 million users to access games that have not been approved in China. Gamers are worried that an official Chinese version will spell the doom of the international Steam site, which is likely to have far more games.  Daniel Ahmad, a senior analyst at market research firm Niko Partners, says the international version of Steam operates in a legal grey a
China claims a quantum breakthrough to build the world’s fastest supercomputer
Just over a year ago, Google declared it had conquered quantum supremacy, building a supercomputer that could perform an elaborate operation in 200 seconds.  But just as the race for quantum computing looked set to be potentially sealed by the United States, China last week claimed its new prototype had achieved an even bigger breakthrough – and could process a calculation 10 billion times faster than Google’s “Sycamore” machine. Using a process called “Gaussian boson sampling,” researchers said their Jiuzhang prototype quantum computer took a little over three minutes to complete a task that the world’s fastest conventional machine would not be able to complete in 600 million years. “This a
Cheaters get cheated by Chinese cryptojackers
Chinese gamers trying to cheat their way to success have been scammed out of more than just a few loot boxes. Chinese authorities have arrested 20 people on suspicion of cryptojacking, in a case said to have affected more than a million computers and generated some $2.3 million in profits over two years. In cryptojacking, hackers use the processing power of unwitting participants’ computers to mine for cryptocurrency. Mining involves solving complex mathematical questions to earn currency, a process that is increasingly power- and processor-intensive. By piggybacking on others’ computers, cryptojackers are able to turn an easy – and free – profit. Chinese newspaper the Legal Daily reported