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Austin test uses blockchain to improve ID for the homeless

Many people take identification for granted, but it's a serious challenge if you're homeless. If you lose what's on your back, you might lose everything -- and recovering that ID is much harder when you have no fixed address or easy transportation to government offices. Austin might have a …

Blockchain

This is how to make close friends: 4 surprising secrets from research

Forget pandas. Close friends are the real endangered species these days.<p>That’s a painful thing. And I don’t mean “sad-painful.” I mean …

Psychology

Lenovo's VR camera with Daydream is now available for pre-order

The virtual reality camera Lenovo created in partnership with Google is now available for pre-order, a few weeks before its release on May 4th. Online inventory monitoring app The Tracker has spotted the Lenovo Mirage Camera with Daydream page on Amazon, where you can now reserve one for $300. The …

Virtual Reality

Ford vending machine begins dispensing cars in China

It is no longer enough simply to test-drive a vehicle by riding around the block while a salesperson gives you their well-rehearsed patter. Now, there needs to be some sort of theater around the purchase, or else how will you trick yourself into thinking that buying a car is fun? It's why Ford and …

Alibaba Group

Alphabet's Outline lets you run your own self-hosted VPN for free

Jigsaw, an incubator that’s part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has launched Outline, an open-source virtual private network (VPN) that you can host on your own server at no charge.<p>As an initiative from the human-rights-focused Jigsaw, Outline is being billed as a tool to help journalists …

VPNs

Bitcoin Could Become Illegal Almost Everywhere, After Shocking Discovery in The Blockchain

There's something hidden inside it.<p>The Bitcoin world is coming to grips with a shocking revelation that could potentially threaten the very existence …

Bitcoin

Psychologists have profiled the kind of person who is willing to confront anti-social behaviour

<i>By</i> Alex Fradera“Lower your music, you’re upsetting other passengers.” Without social sanction, society frays at the edges. But what drives someone to …

Psychology

How Uber ghost rides are linked to online money laundering

Online service marketplaces are relatively new, and there are few ways for their operators to regularly monitor the entirety of services and transactions. Unfortunately, this creates an open environment for electronic money laundering, known as ‘transaction laundering,’ to occur.<p>Last November, we …

These sleek $250 earbuds can translate languages in real time — and it's like something out of 'Star Trek'

The company's first product, the Pilot translating earpiece, started as an Indiegogo campaign in 2016. Now, the Brooklyn-based startup says it has sold 27,000 units and has begun shipping to its early customers.<p>The Pilot looks like a fairly standard pair of wireless earbuds. They fit snugly in your …

Language

Pitching an Investor? This Is Exactly How Many Slides You Should Have in Your Pitch Deck

A killer investor presentation only needs to convey these key things.<p>When I sit down with new startup founders, most ask me about one thing: raising money.<p>This is smart of them, because, as I've stated previously, fundraising needs to be one of the core competencies of any young company. Yet for …

Profit

Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

Carbon-free fusion power could be ‘on the grid in 15 years’<p>The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years.<p>The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private …

Nuclear Energy

Here’s how I’m harvesting credit card data from your site

Of course, when I first wrote this code, back in 2015, it was of no use at all sitting on my computer. I needed to get it out into the world. Out into your site.<p>In some wise words from Google:<p>Looking back on these golden years, I can’t believe that people exert so much effort messing around with …

Down the Quantum Rabbit Hole

Anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff believes tiny structures in our cells called microtubules could explain consciousness. Steve Craft<p>Fellow scientists …

This angel investor got all of his crypto stolen by T-Mobile impersonators

Because I started playing with cryptocurrencies as a hobby years ago, and for a long time they were not worth much of anything (read Some thoughts on cryptocurrencies), it did not occur to me to treat my crypto holdings more securely than other assets I owned.<p>I assumed that by using very complex …

Air Force security hackathon leads to record payout

The US Air Force's second security hackathon has paid dividends... both for the military and the people finding holes in its defenses. HackerOne has revealed the results of the Hack the Air Force 2.0 challenge from the end of 2017, and it led to volunteers discovering 106 vulnerabilities across …

You could be immortal by 2050

Those are the words of esteemed futurologist Dr Ian Pearson, who believes humans are very close to achieving “immortality” — the ability to never …

Finally, AI does something useful: fights hospital-acquired infections

With all the attention given to artificial intelligence (AI) that can do impressive stunts like play chess, name paint colors, and write weird sci-fi …

Quantum computers 'one step closer'

<b>Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the development of a programmable quantum processor made with silicon.</b><p>The team used microwave energy to align two electron particles suspended in silicon, then used them to perform a set of test calculations.<p>By using silicon, the scientists hope that …

Quantum Computing

Here’s how ‘employees’ of platforms like Uber could get proper benefits

Having a same employer for years on end will soon become history — independent contractors could account for half of the workforce in the US in just a decade’s time. The current labor market looks more like a ‘one-night stand’ — workers increasingly value short-term work arrangements, flexible …

Apple Watch Reportedly Can Detect Diabetes With An Accuracy Rate Of 85 Percent, According To Cardiogram Study

Apple Watch doesn’t only make us more physically active, but it can also make us more aware of our health by detecting diseases.<p>According to the …

WhatsApp, Already India's Favorite Chat App, Wants To Be Its Leader In Digital Payments, Too

India’s smartphone users love WhatsApp for sending messages. Now, they can use it to send money, too. In a bid to cash in on the digital payment space, the Facebook-owned global messaging app, which has more than 200 million monthly active users in India, launched a beta payment service in the …

Apps

Phil Libin, the co-founder of Evernote, is backing an AI chat bot to help people report workplace abuse

Three in four workplace harassment incidents go unreported.<p>Three in four workplace harassment incidents go unreported.That’s why Phil Libin, the co-founder of Evernote, is backing a startup that aims to make it easier for people to report inappropriate behavior.<p>But since this is Silicon Valley, the …

Artificial Intelligence

Huawei To Unveil World's First Triple-Camera Smartphone P20 In Paris Next Month

The Chinese smartphone maker confirmed on Wednesday the launch of the next generation of its “flagship devices” set for March 27 in the French capital’s iconic museum and exhibition hall, the Grand Palais.<p>Unlike Samsung the week before who teased the S9 as its new “hero” handset, Huawei did not …

Phones

Greedy, Brittle, Opaque, and Shallow: The Downsides to Deep Learning

Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, has said that AI “is more profound than … electricity or fire.” Andrew Ng, who founded Google Brain and …

How digital business disrupts the five forces of industry competition

Exactly why is digital business so disruptive to traditional business models and traditional notions of industry competition? A useful way to analyze …

Introduction to Functional Programming in Python

Most of us have been introduced to Python as an <b>object-oriented</b> language; a language exclusively using classes to build our programs. While classes, …

Python Programming

New York governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality rules after the FCC’s repeal

In an announcement today, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has signed an executive order that would require internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules, even though the FCC recently voted to repeal those rules.<p>On Monday, Montana’s governor signed essentially …

Net Neutrality

Is Toyota the Latest Threat to Brick-and-Mortar Stores?

The Japanese automaker has plans that could upend how we shop.<p>Just when the brick-and-mortar business world thought it was getting a handle on the …

How to send large files for free

For bigger file transfer, email is a no-go. So what are your options?<p>E-mail is creaking under the demands of the internet, and nowhere is that more …