Google Home Devices Bricked By Software Update

If your Google Home or Google Home Mini Device has recently died unexpectedly, good news: Google will likely replace it.

This year, there has been a wide reports of bricked Google Homes and Home Minis on Google’s support forums (via 9to5Google) and on Reddit (via Android Police), the reports had been steady until mid-September when google received many more reports of bricked Google devices than previously in the year. For months the issue was unclear, and Google finally acknowledged that there was a problem in September.

It seems Google’s had an unexpected discovery. Issuing in a statement that the problem was caused by Automatic firmware updates. If your device has been affected, and is unusable, Google will replace it regardless of it’s warranty status.

The Statement Reads: “We are aware that a small number of Google Home and Google Home Mini devices are affected by an issue that causes the device to stop working. We have a fix that will prevent the issue from happening and will be rolling it out soon. We are replacing affected devices”

It’s Scary to think that our devices can be rendered completely unusable, by something as simple as an update.

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Google’s “Quantum Supremacy”

In a recent paper, Quantum researchers at Google describe how they used a quantum computer to perform, in 200 seconds, a series of calculations that would take the world’s most powerful supercomputer about 10,000 years to replicate, so they claimed. As Cade Metz from the NYT wrote, “this is the first example of what researchers have called “quantum supremacy” — the point where a quantum computer can perform a task that would take traditional computers a very, very long time.”

However, This achievement won’t turn traditional computer hardware on its head anytime soon. The Device is A large array of heavy and expensive lab equipment. Known by the name Sycamore, it is probably rivaled by only one or two similar devices around the globe. In addition to it’s size, The calculations were odd and of little practical application.

Quantum Computers are also fundamentally different from traditional machines. As traditional machines store either a 1 or 0 (Binary). Quantum computers can store both bits. This makes them extremely powerful and appealing to research but; they can not perform traditional computer tasks, only specific functions. Atleast, not yet 😉

As it Seems, we are still years away from such devices doing something practical. (Breaking encryption by Quantum Computer would render all traditional algorithms obsolete)

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