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Bitcoin Mining Scheme Discovered

Bitcoins are a hot commodity for traders, speculators and economists–and now they’re fertile territory for virtual mining. A new form of malware discovered by Kaspersky Labs last week turns computers into bitcoin generator machines. Bitcoins, for those unaware, are a virtual form of currency that …

Bitcoin

When blockchain meets big data, the payoff will be huge

If there is a “sweet spot” for blockchain, it will likely be the ability to turn insights and questions into assets. Blockchains will give you greater confidence in the integrity of the data you see. Immutable entries, consensus-driven timestamping, audit trails, and certainty about the origin of …

Blockchain

I Am Blown Away By How This Genius CEO Is Growing Her Business

A technical genius is trying her hand at starting a company. It's off to a great start because its technical innovations are solving a major pain point for large companies. It's sales are taking off but can its CEO sustain that growth?<p>Liz Maida -- who I interviewed this month after being contacted …

Why Element.AI’s $102 million round is just the beginning

The venture capital community was shocked last week with Element AI’s fundraise. How can a Canadian startup founded in late 2016 raise a Series-A in June 2017 for a cool $102 million?<p>Microsoft, NVIDIA, and Intel Capital were among the illustrious group of VCs who put in this sum into a round that …

Cloud Foundry makes its mark on the enterprise

Today, more than ever, it’s open source projects that are leading the charge in how modern software is developed, deployed and managed. There’s Kubernetes for containers and OpenStack for running enterprise-grade infrastructure, for example. But over the course of the last few years, another …

Cloud Foundry

How Harley-Davidson Used Artificial Intelligence to Increase New York Sales Leads by 2,930%

It was winter in New York City and Asaf Jacobi’s Harley-Davidson dealership was selling one or two motorcycles a week. It wasn’t enough.<p>Jacobi went for a long walk in Riverside Park and happened to bump into Or Shani, CEO of an AI firm, Adgorithms. After discussing Jacobi’s sales woes, Shani, …

Revenge Porn Could Become Thing Of The Past If App Developer Has His Way

Revenge porn is a phenomenon that most in the pre-internet age did not have to worry about, and now an app developer is hoping his creation will end …

UC San Diego Breakthrough

One of the most difficult roadblocks in the quest to 3D print functional, transplantable human organs isn’t the printing of the organ itself – it’s …

UC San Diego

Flipagram acquired by China's Toutiao

Los Angeles startup Flipagram developed a cheap and popular tool to turn photos and videos into slick slideshows of memories. But it struggled to take the app to the next level.<p>In recent months of trans-Pacific travel, Chief Executive Farhad Mohit laid out the issues to his counterpart at Toutiao, …

Social Media

European mobile payments company iZettle raises $63 million

European mobile payments processor iZettle has raised €60 million ($63.3 million) in equity funding from existing investors, which include Intel Capital and Zouk Capital, and debt funding from Victory Park Capital.<p>Founded out of Sweden in 2010, iZettle is a similar proposition to Jack Dorsey’s …

Mobile Payments

ODG’s Next Smart Glasses Bring Powerful Augmented Reality To New Markets

The R-8 and R-9, priced at under $1,000 and $1,800 respectively, aim to make high-end AR affordable.<p>With the arrival of consumer virtual reality, get used to seeing a lot more people wearing headsets that transport them to different worlds. Today, San Francisco-based Osterhaut Design Group (ODG) …

Snapchat buying Israeli augmented reality start-up Cimagine: report

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Messaging app Snapchat is buying Israeli augmented reality startup Cimagine Media for an estimated $30-$40 million, marking Snapchat’s first acquisition in Israel, the Calcalist financial daily reported on Sunday.<p>A portrait of the Snapchat logo in Ventura, California December …

Augmented Reality

This Is The $1.4B Indian Chat App Challenging WhatsApp In India

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, recently stated that rather than just being used for personal communication, WhatsApp is a “great channel” to have interaction with businesses. As the Mountain View, California headquartered company took a decision to launch video calls on Whatsapp, it took …

Apps

Twist, a Smart Light Bulb that Combines AirPlay Audio and Transitional LED Lighting in a Refreshingly Compact Package; Now Available

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 30, 2016–<p>Twist Home, a New York based company that set out to make the smart home simple, today announces the availability of the Twist Light, a biologically-correct LED light bulb that mimics the sun’s natural patterns, and the Twist Speaker, the first AirPlay® …

Light Bulbs

Novartis backs off from 2016 date for testing Google’s smart contact lens

<i>(Reuters) –</i> Novartis has abandoned a 2016 goal to start testing its autofocus contact lens on people, though it said the groundbreaking product it is making with internet giant Google is “progressing steadily.”<p>“It is too early to say when exactly human clinical trials for these lenses will begin,” …

Contact Lenses

Snap's youthful founders show no fear in race to IPO

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Snap Inc, the red-hot messaging company, is seen by many tech investors as the next Facebook or Google, but its youthful founders are pushing far more aggressively than its predecessors in moving from scrappy startup to public company.<p>A billboard displays the logo of …

Venture Capital

Is Samsung far ahead of Apple? Marc Benioff appears to think so

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I rather thought that tech CEOs all go around being nice to each other in public and only offering criticisms of other CEOs' companies through Masonic-like winks, nods and code words.<p>I was moved, therefore, …

Uber focuses on services as it begins to see profits in Southeast Asia

Uber has abandoned its ‘land grab’ approach to Southeast Asia and instead switched its focus to new products and services as it begins to see profitability in key markets in the region.<p>A source at the U.S. company told TechCrunch that its operations are now profitable in Singapore and the …

Asia

Sony wants you to put down your phone and pick up one of these devices -- eventually

Sony was on the scene at the Shape AT&T Expo in San Francisco with an impressive quartet of concept devices. If high-tech gadgets that make you feel like you're in an episode of "The Jetsons" are up your alley, you'll like what Sony has in store for the future.<p>Sony Xperia Agent<p>If you've ever wanted …

Scientists Have Developed Solar Cells 100 Times Thinner Than a Human Hair

Solar will eat the world.<p>Solar power is totally peaking right now, smashing through cost barriers that previously held the technology back, to the …

This vitamin stops the aging process in organs, say Swiss researchers

Improved muscle stem cell numbers and muscle function in NR-treated aged mice: Newly regenerated muscle fibers 7 days after muscle damage in aged …

Medicine

Lillium: The Private VTOL Plane Of A Quieter Future

The Jetsons? No, they're our loud neighbors. We're the Ducted Fandersens.<p>The European Space Agency is incubating a new kind of aircraft. Revealed today, the glossy, white, egg-like form of the craft resembles nothing so much as an airplane designed by Apple. The planned two-seater will be …

European Space Agency

This Smartwatch Turns Your Skin Into A Touchscreen

Touch yourself<p>Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have used electrodes to turn your skin into a touchpad extension for wearables like smartwatches. The SkinTrack system uses four pairs of electrodes embedded in the watchband, while a ring on your finger generates an electrical signal when you touch your …

Wearable Tech

How A Dutch Startup Made The File-Sharing Business Cool

WeTransfer’s simple user experience and creative clientele are transforming a commodity service into a bona fide brand.<p>In the Netherlands, where the file-transfer company WeTransfer is headquartered, “even the highway and airport signage is beautiful,” says cofounder Ronald “Nalden” Hans. …

Elon Musk Is On Track to Collect $1.6 Billion From Tesla

Elon Musk has made good on about half of his 2022 goals as CEO of Tesla Motors (tsla)—and in short order.<p>In just five years, Musk has achieved 12 of …

This Startup Will Let Couples Sell Tickets To Their Weddings So That They Can Pay For It!

Amol Bhojne is a businessman and his to-be wife Megha a chartered accountant. They're getting married in Devrukh in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district …

This new app brings Tinder-style swiping to movie and TV viewing

Many of us have encountered the paralysis of indecision that can occur when reviewing the vast library of content available across the equally vast …

Google and Microsoft are making gigantic artificial brains

Computers have long been good at carrying out assigned tasks but terrible at learning things on their own.<p>Thus all the excitement around "neural …

Artificial Intelligence