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UPS bets on blockchain as the future of the trillion-dollar shipping industry

The world is run by trade. Freight and logistics in the U.S. alone account for nearly $1.5 trillion annually (2015 data). As the world’s economies scale up, that number is only expected to increase as we become more dependent on the international supply chain for our goods and services.<p>The …

Bitcoin

The FCC just repealed net neutrality. What happens next?

The FCC voted this morning to nullify 2015’s Open Internet Order and its strong net neutrality rules, substituting a flimsy replacement with a deeply (and deliberately) incorrect technical justification.<p>The battle is lost. What of the war? Here’s what happens next, and what you can do to …

Net Neutrality

The State Of Solar: Startups Working On Rooftop Solar, Energy Storage, Thin Solar Films, And More

Startups focused on solar cell technology received the most deals. Community solar, which picked up in 2013, is still an area of low deal saturation. …

Venture Capital

Apple’s iMac Pro is a love letter to developers

The iMac Pro exists because it turns out that there is a lot of air underneath the aging Mac Pro and above the incredibly popular MacBook Pro. A single-digit percentage of Mac customers buy the Mac Pro and, in recent years, Apple had been seeing a major rise in “pro” customers of all shades …

IMac Pro

Why We Need an I-Rate to Counter the Demise of Net Neutrality

Sigh. It looks as if Net Neutrality is about to be dismantled by the FCC. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is espousing a program that would allow Internet service providers to charge varying rates for access to varying speeds of Internet delivery. It would eliminate the notion of equal access to the Internet …

Net Neutrality

AT&T begins testing high-speed internet over power lines

NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc has started trials in Georgia state and a non-U.S. location to deliver high-speed internet over power lines, the No. 2 wireless carrier said on Wednesday, marking its latest push to offer faster broadband service to more customers.<p>AT&T aims to eventually deliver speeds …

Internet

Fingerprint sensors under the display are going to be a real thing in 2018

Synaptics announces mass production of optical in-display fingerprint sensors<p>Synaptics, the company responsible for handling the touch input on millions of laptop trackpads and smartphone screens, has announced this week that it’s entered mass production with its first optical in-display …

Samsung

Move over, bitcoin. Here comes litecoin

Bitcoin has been on amazing ride for the past few weeks. But there is actually another cryptocurrency that's enjoyed an even bigger spike lately.<p>It's called litecoin, and it has nearly doubled in just the past 24 hours and has surged more than 250% in the past week according to digital currency …

Cryptocurrency

Trying to understand blockchain by making one!

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies made a lot of noise lately. I have been rather disappointed by the turn the cryptocurrencies took, from an amazing …

Bitcoin

Here’s What the World’s Central Banks Are Saying About Bitcoin

More than eight years since the birth of bitcoin, central banks around the world are increasingly recognizing the potential upsides and downsides of …

Bitcoin

As the Winklevoss Twins Hit a Billion, Bitcoin's Weaknesses Become Even More Evident

Last Monday the <i>New York Post</i> reported that Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss became the world’s first Bitcoin billionaires. After winning $65 million from Mark Zuckerberg in a dispute over who came up with the idea for Facebook, the twins subsequently purchased $11 million worth of Bitcoins with their …

Economics

Staying Human-Centered in a Technology-Focused World

When<p>Procter & Gamble was looking for ways to innovate and grow its business in the late 1990s, it found the answers not in technology but in human …

Advertising

Deloitte: 5 Trends That Will Drive Machine Learning Adoption

Machine learning isn't as widely adopted as some may think, mainly because there are serious barriers to adoption. Researchers are making progress in …

Big Data

5 Artificial Intelligence Predictions For 2018

In the original <i>Blade Runner</i>—set in 2019—technologists had already developed replicant humans and flying cars. Although I’m doubtful we’ll hit that mark in real life, I’d venture we’re not too far off. Indeed, artificial intelligence (AI) has already become an everyday part of life for most humans …

Artificial Intelligence

1 Figure That Sums Up Why Bitcoin Is So Dangerous

Ignorance is bliss, until it becomes downright dangerous.<p>Over the long term, there's been no more consistent creator of wealth than the stock market. …

Bitcoin

Descript gets $5M to make sound editing like a word document

Right before jumping on the phone Friday afternoon, Andrew Mason, who then ran a walking tour startup called Detour and ran Groupon, was hand-correcting a transcription of a speech by John F. Kennedy — which was transcribed by some new software he and his team built in-house.<p>But Descript, Mason’s …

John F. Kennedy

Bitcoin Rival Litecoin Has Rocketed 95% Since Bitcoin Futures Started Trading

It's already a good week for litecoin.<p>The digital currency, which has long stood in the shadow of more preeminent crypto assets such as bitcoin and …

Cryptocurrency

The 10 Design Trends Of 2017 That Need To Die

Do better in 2018–do away with these design crimes.<p>In many respects, 2017 was an incredible year for design. Brands such as Nike took a powerful stance on inclusion. Virtual reality enabled exciting new experiences. Inventors solved some of the longstanding problems mainstream design has ignored, …

Angela Ahrendts

Fruit of an acquisition: Apple AI software goes open

Apple's joined other juggernauts of the tech sector by releasing an open source AI framework.<p>Turi Create 4.0, which landed at GitHub recently, is a …

Machine Learning

Walmart strikes a 'Tasty' deal with BuzzFeed

Dive Brief:<p>Walmart has partnered with BuzzFeed’s Tasty, the world's biggest social food network, to allow shoppers to purchase kitchenware and …

eCommerce

Bitcoin Futures Aren't a Big Hit, and That's Good

Comparatively thin trading volume in the new instruments shows bitcoin may not be made for mainstream investors.<p>The "normal" financial world on Monday got access to the biggest investing craze of the year, bitcoin -- and didn't immediately bet the farm on it or against it. It's possible that …

Bitcoin

Bitcoin’s Price Has Been Going Crazy And Twitter Can’t Stop Joking About It

Over the weekend, the CBOE began issuing bitcoin futures contracts, meaning investors can buy options predicting the price of bitcoin will either rise or fall by a certain date, making money if they guess correctly. Before now, it was very difficult to short (or put) bitcoin in order to make money …

Cryptocurrency

Best of Android 2017 – Which smartphone really is the best?

Every year, smartphones become more homogenous, the differences smaller and the risk (associated with the ever-increasing cost) higher. 2017 was no different — with every manufacturer bringing their best to the table, and with mainstream smartphones hitting the $1,000 mark for the first time, the …

Phones

How and When I Knew that It Was Time to Upgrade Cameras and Lenses

<i>This is the story of how I knew when it was time to upgrade cameras</i><p>I grew up in a household where unlike many others in the neighborhood, had digital …

Cameras

OpenCV Never Forgets a Face

All the cool phones now are doing facial recognition. While that sounds like a big job, you can add face detection and recognition easily to your …

Machine Learning

5 Big Advantages of Blockchain, and 1 Reason to Be Very Worried

Blockchain technology might be the future, but it carries a major intermediate-term risk.<p>In less than three weeks we'll turn the calendar on 2017, …

Bitcoin

The hottest cryptocurrency in China is not bitcoin

China’s cryptocurrency enthusiasts have been left out of bitcoin’s historic rally in recent months, thanks to the Chinese government banning initial coin offerings in September and then shutting down all major domestic exchanges. But it didn’t take long for them to find something new to pour their …

Bitcoin

Bitcoin futures race higher in volatile launch, dollar steady

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Futures in bitcoin, which has taken global financial markets by storm, got off to a volatile start at its launch, while the dollar kept gains in Monday's Asian session on expectations the Federal Reserve will stick to its tightening path.<p>The most-traded contract on the …

Markets

Net neutrality: 'father of internet' joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan

Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and other industry luminaries tell US lawmakers proposal to end safeguards is based on misunderstanding of internet<p>More than 20 internet pioneers and leaders including the “father of the internet”, Vint Cerf; the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee; and the …

Net Neutrality