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You Tell Us: Your Mobile Secretary

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Everyone could use support staff to take a memo or remind us of important events. Jott Networks, based in Seattle, offers an online service that does this and more. The company’s Jott software, which came out of its beta phase late last year, turns your mobile phone into a digital secretary by transforming voice messages up to 30 seconds long to text and sending them as e-mail messages to you or anyone else or as text messages to your contacts’ cellphones.

This is especially useful when you want to share information with more than one person at the same time. Just call Jott’s toll-free phone number, say the name of the group (whose contact details you enter on your personal Jott directory) when prompted, leave a voice message, and everyone on your list will receive an e-mail or text.

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An IBM Quantum Computer Will Soon Pass the 1,000-Qubit Mark

The Condor processor is just one quantum-computing advance slated for 2023

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This photo shows a woman working on a piece of apparatus that is suspended from the ceiling of the laboratory.

A researcher at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center examines some of the quantum hardware being constructed there.

Connie Zhou/IBM

IBM’s Condor, the world’s first universal quantum computer with more than 1,000 qubits, is set to debut in 2023. The year is also expected to see IBM launch Heron, the first of a new flock of modular quantum processors that the company says may help it produce quantum computers with more than 4,000 qubits by 2025.

This article is part of our special report Top Tech 2023.

While quantum computers can, in theory, quickly find answers to problems that classical computers would take eons to solve, today’s quantum hardware is still short on qubits, limiting its usefulness. Entanglement and other quantum states necessary for quantum computation are infamously fragile, being susceptible to heat and other disturbances, which makes scaling up the number of qubits a huge technical challenge.

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