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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Monday, July 27

IDG News Service staff | July 28, 2015
Facebook prevails in IPO lawsuit... Jeep hack prompts recall of 1.4 million vehicles... Kill switch isn't killing phone theft... and more tech news

Where Moore's law could end: The single-molecule transistor

The semiconductor industry has been racing to keep up with Moore's Law, a prediction about the pace at which the number of transistors on a chip will double, for decades, but recent moves at Intel suggest things may be slowing down. Now German researchers have shown where the prediction could come to a grinding halt: IEEE Spectrum reports on their transistor gate composed of a single molecule.

Facebook invites operators to open its free surfing service to all, the Facebook-backed service that helps network operators link impoverished Internet users with low-bandwidth mobile apps for free, is opening its doors to all comers. Reuters reports. The organization estimates there are 4.5 billion unconnected people, mainly in Latin America, Asia and Africa, but in its first year of operation has connected just 9 million in 17 countries.

Best Buy to sell Apple Watch from Aug. 7

If you haven't been able to make an appointment to try on an Apple Watch at one of the company's own stores, perhaps you'll find it easier to try and buy at a Best Buy? The retailer will begin selling the wearable in 100 of its stores on Aug. 7, and in 200 more in time for the holiday season. That's a big boost, as Apple only has 680 outlets for the Watch so far.

Watch now

Yaskawa's Motoman robots are still on the cutting edge, 31 years after one terminated the original Terminator. Watch them in action.

One last thing

The squeaky Greece that has the will: The New York Times reports on entrepreneurs determined to build a start-up culture in the country's broken-down economy.


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