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Mapping the blockchain project ecosystem

Blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and token sales are all the rage right now. In the 5+ years I’ve been working in the VC industry, this is by and large the fastest I’ve seen any area of technology take off in terms of new company (or project) formation.<p>It wasn’t too long ago that founders …

Bitcoin

Wi-Fi security has been breached, say researchers

This is your Wi-Fi on KRACK<p>At about 7AM ET this morning, researchers revealed details of a new exploit called KRACK that takes advantage of vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi security to let attackers eavesdrop on traffic between computers and wireless access points. The exploit, as first reported by <i>Ars</i> …

Wi-Fi

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak launches Woz U institute to train people for tech jobs

Steve Wozniak, one of Apple’s three original founders, has launched a new training initiative designed to get people ready for “high-paying technology” jobs.<p>The Woz U digital institute is initially launching as an online-only affair and promises to deliver a “new approach” to education for tech …

Steve Wozniak

The next version of the iPad might borrow one of the iPhone X's best features

The 2018 models of the iPad Pro may come equipped with Face ID, according to the latest note to investors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (we first saw the news reported by MacRumors).<p>Apple announced three iPhones earlier this year, and one of them, the higher-end iPhone X, uses a new …

Touch ID

Google's new browser experiment lets you learn about basic AI

Just how does machine learning work? You’ve probably read a primer or two on the subject, but often the best way to understand a thing is to try it out for yourself. With that in mind, check out this little in-browser experiment from Google named Teachable Machine. It’s a perfect two-minute summary …

Machine Learning

Apple's Face ID Turns Android Makers Away From Under-Screen Fingerprint Recognition

With its iPhone X debut and the introduction of Face ID, Apple has now tilted interest in the mobile industry away from under-display fingerprint recognition, and instead towards camera-based 3D sensing technologies as the ideal user authentication solution. That's according to the latest research …

IPhone X

BlackBerry has a new flagship phone — and it doesn't have a keyboard

BlackBerry has a new flagship phone called the "Motion," and for the first time since Chinese electronics giant TCL took over the firm's smartphone business late last year, it doesn't have a physical keyboard (we first saw the news via AndroidPolice).<p>The company announced the phone at Dubai's GITEX …

Mobile Technology

Facebook quietly launches Mac and PC Workplace Chat apps with screen share

TechCrunch has discovered that Facebook has stealthily launched official desktop PC and Mac chat apps with screen sharing — two features users have been begging for. Right now, they’re only available for Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise collaboration software that competes with Slack and other …

Facebook

New research shows that apps can help combat screen addictions

Any human advancement has been fraught with the opportunity for misuse and abuse, and the internet, with its avenues for diversion and entertainment, is no different.<p>In recent years, psychologists and society at large have begun wrestling with the problems of screen addiction and its corollaries in …

Addiction

Transit aggregates bike-share bike locations from multiple services in Seattle and Washington, DC

With multiple bike-share services to choose from, it can be a pain to open up two or three apps just to see which has the bike closest to you. Transit, an app that shows (you guessed it) transit options nearby and recently raised $5 million, now tracks multiple services on its maps of Seattle and …

Cycling

Nintendo bumps Switch production to meet holiday demand

If you were worried you might not be able to pick up a Switch for your loved one (i.e. yourself) in the forthcoming holiday festival of consumerism, worry not. Or a little less, anyway. Nintendo is looking to up its production to 2 million units per month, reports Digitimes.<p>Up from what, you ask? …

Nintendo

Apple is looking into reports of iPhone 8 batteries swelling

Reports from a few iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus buyers have suggested there could be an issue with the battery inside some of the devices swelling, causing the case of Apple’s new iPhone to split open and expose the smartphone’s internals.<p>Apple has now confirmed it is looking into it, although a …

IPhone 8

Sourcegraph raises $20M to bring more live collaboration to coding

Quinn Slack thinks we’re close to the future that <i>Back to the Future II</i> promised back in the ’80s — flying cars, artificial intelligence, sending rockets into space and the rest of the whole suite — but there’s a way to get there even faster.<p>That’s why he and his co-founder Beyang Liu started …

Startups

This smart bandage releases meds on command for better healing

Taking care of a cut or scrape usually means swapping out the bandage a few times, and maybe putting a little healing cream or hydrogel on there. But what if the dressing could dispense that stuff on its own? That’s the idea behind a smart bandage now being tested by engineers from the University …

Pain

Puerto Rico governor says ‘Let’s talk’ after Elon Musk offers to solve the island’s power crisis

Puerto Rico’s power grid has been practically demolished in the wake of hurricane Maria. It now has a once in a lifetime opportunity to rebuild and the island’s governor Ricardo Rossello wants to have a chat with Elon Musk about his recent offer to use Tesla batteries and solar power for the the …

Elon Musk

Spiro raises $3M to build CRM tools for businesses that don’t like CRM

Spiro aims to sell CRM software to businesses that have been avoiding traditional CRM products.<p>CEO Adam Honig told me that he and his co-founders Andy Levi (CTO) and Justin Kao (vice president of growth) originally set out to build artificial intelligence products that could assist with CRM (i.e. …

Startups

AOL Instant Messenger Is Shutting Down

<b>Today’s Stories</b><p>AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down after 20 years<br>• Apple is looking into reports of iPhone 8 batteries swelling<br>• This smart bandage releases meds on command for better healing<p><b>Credits</b><p><b>Written by:</b> Tito Hamze, John Mannes <b><br>Hosted by:</b> Tito Hamze <b><br>Filmed by:</b> Tito Hamze <b><br>Edited by:</b> Tito</b> …

Advertising

How “anonymous” wifi data can still be a privacy risk

The thorny issue of tracking of location data without risking individual privacy is very neatly illustrated via a Freedom of Information (FOI) request asking London’s transport regulator to release the “anonymized” data-set it generated from a four week trial last year when it tracked metro users …

Privacy

Google parent Alphabet looks to restore cell service in Puerto Rico with Project Loon balloons

The FCC has given approval for Google parent company, Alphabet, to help Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands regain wireless service. The company will attempt to enable LTE connectivity using its high-flying Project Loon balloons.<p>Hurricane Maria hit the islands last month, destroying access to basic …

Google

Google will beat Apple at its own game with superior AI

<i>AI is radically re-thinking how computing should work…We’re really excited by this shift, and that’s why we’re here today. We’ve been working on</i> …

UX Design

Design thinking, explained

Solve any business problem with this approach.<p>By Rebecca Linke | September 14, 2017<p>Graphic design by Mimi Phan<p>Why It Matters<p>Coming up with an idea is …

Design Thinking

Microsoft Made a Calculated Decision Not to Focus on VR This Year

October 7, 2017<p>Share This<p>Microsoft Learned Their Lesson From The Kinect<p>If you were under the impression that Microsoft didn’t have a real virtual …

Virtual Reality

Take awesome VR tours with Apple Map's Flyover feature

You now have a very good reason to use Apple Maps in iOS 11.<p>Google Maps has long had a spot on my iPhone's and iPad's home screen. Apple Maps has not. With iOS 11, however, I have moved Apple Maps up, not to my primary home screen, but to my second home screen. The reason? The new VR goodies added …

iOS

Microsoft Reveals How It Made The Xbox One X

Microsoft’s E3 2017 briefing gave us out first real look at the power behind the X iteration, and now we’ve got more insight into how Microsoft have …

Xbox One X

New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Neural Networks

Even as machines known as “deep neural networks” have learned to converse, drive cars, beat video games and Go champions, dream, paint pictures and …

Deep Learning

Apple's design chief thinks its about time you put down the iPhone

Speaking at <i>The New Yorker’s</i> annual tech shindig,TechFest, Apple design guru Jony Ive hit us with some hard truth: we’re using our phones too much. Granted, we didn’t need Ive to tell us this: multiple studies have come to the same conclusion, and that conclusion is that smartphones are basically …

Jony Ive

This AI blockchain could be the most disruptive tech of the year

AI ICO<p>The idea of an Initial Coin Offering has entered the public parlance as part of the rise of cryptocurrency. Now, an ambitious artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Woman films her internet-connected camera whispering ‘Hola señorita’

This is not an episode of <i>Black Mirror</i>. A couple of months ago, Rilana Hamer from the Netherlands bought a small internet-connected camera from a local convenience store. She wanted to use the device to keep an eye on her puppy while away from the house. But it wasn’t only the puppy that was being …

Internet