California's biggest wildfire has burned through at least 362 square miles and has destroyed at least 683 homes. Thousands of homes are threatened as strong wind pushes the blaze through bone-dry land. (Dec. 12)
Microsoft has been working on a language for a computer that doesn't exist. The company unveiled the language -- as yet unnamed -- at its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida. Part of its Visual Studio product, it will run on a quantum simulator and quantum computer. "Quantum computing is the next phase in computing," said Jack E. Gold, principal analyst at J.Gold Associates.