Your iPhone 50 could have atomic storage (The 3:59, Ep. 192)

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by Ben Fox Rubin March 9, 2017 10:16 AM PST @benfoxrubin

by Iyaz Akhtar March 9, 2017 10:16 AM PST @iyaz

by Xiomara Blanco March 9, 2017 10:16 AM PST @zeeohmara

The dawn of atomic-storage computing is upon us. Well, sort of.

IBM researchers managed to squeeze a bit of data into a single holmium atom, providing a hint at a future of supertiny storage for massive reams of data. Still, these researchers warn that commercializing this kind of technology could be decades away.

Also on the show, we discuss the CIA's response to WikiLeaks' disclosure of alleged CIA hacking tools. We also talk about some of the new camera tech coming to phones that's designed to spark interest from Instagram and Snapchat lovers, such as making it easier to take group selfies, or so-called "groufies" (or "wefies").

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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