Brian F. Tankersley

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Intel Reportedly Halts Development of 5G Modem After Losing Orders for 2020 iPhones

Apple has informed Intel that it will not use the chipmaker's 5G mobile modem in its 2020 iPhones, according to a new report.<p>Israeli website <i>CTech by Calcalist</i> reported on Wednesday that it had reviewed internal communications from Intel and spoken to "people familiar with the matter", leading it to …

A beginner's guide to AI: Neural networks

One of the more complex and misunderstood topics making headlines lately is artificial intelligence. People like Elon Musk warn that robots could one day destroy us all, while other experts claim that we’re on the brink of an AI winter and the technology is going nowhere. Making heads or tails of …

Deep Learning

Cambridge Analytica and the Coming Data Bust

The queasy truth at the heart of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, which is so far the company’s defining disgrace of 2018, is that its genesis became scandalous only in retrospect. The series of events that now implicate Facebook began in 2014, in plain view, with a listing on Amazon’s …

7-Eleven is bringing facial-recognition technology pioneered in China to its 11,000 stores in Thailand

The convenience store 7-Eleven is rolling out artificial intelligence at its 11,000 stores across Thailand, as the technology becomes more prevalent in Asia.<p>7-Eleven will use facial-recognition and behavior-analysis technologies to identify loyalty members, analyze in-store traffic, monitor product …

Artificial Intelligence

Bitcoin is one of the most traceable currencies, digital forensics expert says

In an exclusive interview with Binary District, Michael Perklin, an expert in digital forensic examination and head of information security architecture at ShapeShift, discussed the lack of privacy in bitcoin, security issues in storing sensitive user information, and the rapid growth of the …

Bitcoin heist: 600 powerful computers stolen in Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Some 600 computers used to "mine" bitcoin and other virtual currencies have been stolen from data centers in Iceland in …

North Atlantic

Research shows when your Apple product is likely to bite the dust

If you want to know how much life you’ll get out of your new Apple product, an analyst for Asymco has estimated the average life of your next device.<p>Researcher Horace Dedlu determined lifespan by using the number of active devices and the cumulative total of products sold. The former number, …

Apple Watch

A blockchain without cryptocurrency is just a database innovation — and that's great

While in Davos, Business Insider's Sara Silverstein interviewed Adam Ludwin, co-founder and CEO of Chain, for a special edition of Crypto Insider. The following is a transcript of the interview.<p><b>Sara Silverstein:</b> So how does — but your blockchain, many blockchains exist without a cryptocurrency.<p><b>Adam</b> …

Blockchain

Google begins replacing Android Pay and Google Wallet with new app

Now one app called Google Pay<p>Google Pay — Google’s new unified payments service, which combines Google Wallet and Android Pay — is finally rolling out today with a new app for Android devices.<p>The app is sorted into two halves: a “Home” tab, which shows recent payment activity, nearby local offers …

Android News

Nuance ends development of the Swype keyboard apps

The party is over for third party keyboards. But hey, it was fun while it lasted. Nuance, the company that acquired veteran swipe-to-type keyboard maker Swype — all the way back in 2011, shelling out a cool $100M — has ended development of its Swype+Dragon dictation Android and iOS apps.<p>The news …

What Mark Zuckerberg didn’t tell Congress: You’re risking more than your data on Facebook

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress about the social media giant’s recent privacy violations. On day two of answering …

Social Media

Microsoft has a master plan to change the world with a new line of super-thin, super-light PCs with cell service

When Microsoft released a new version of the Surface Pro with an LTE cellular modem late last year, it seemed like a routine, if much-anticipated, upgrade to Microsoft's flagship PC.<p>But at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year, Microsoft executives tell me that …

Batteries

Avoiding the ML hipster trap

Source: PexelsMachine Learning hipster effectMachine Learning is very in vogue at the moment. I feel that a pressure some junior data scientists and …

This live-stream of AI learning to play Super Mario Bros is awesome

Einfach nerdig, a Youtuber with currently only one video up, started a livestream of an AI learning to play “Super Mario Bros.” 4 days ago. It’s still running, and watching it is amazing.<p>The AI, MarI/O, comes courtesy of creator SethBling, who despite his own huge following, isn’t the one streaming …

Machine Learning

ARM security update suggests some iPhones, iPads, iPods and Apple TVs may be affected by CPU bug [U: Apple confirms]

<i>Update: Apple later confirmed that all iOS devices were affected, and that the problem had been patched in iOS 11.2.</i><p>Following clarification that what was initially reported as an Intel chip bug also affects AMD processors and ARM-based chips, Intel’s CEO has said that ‘phones and everything’ will …

iPhone 5

Microsoft drops plans to integrate Cortana with Dynamics 365

Microsoft won't be integrating Cortana with its Dynamics 365 ERP/CRM services, after all. So far, at least, officials aren't saying why.<p>Microsoft has …

Former Rutgers Student, Two Others Plead Guilty to Operating Mirai Botnet

Trio faces up to five years in federal prison and fines of up to $250,000<p>Two co-founders of a DDoS mitigation firm in the New York City area and …

2017: Going all in with AI

Last year, we stated 2016 was the year of artificial intelligence as tools and solutions became smarter and more advanced. This past year, artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

The inventor of Linux is furious at Intel

Linus Torvalds, the inventor and founder of the Linux operating system, is not known for holding back strong opinions he has about computers, and he is now one of the loudest voices critical of Intel's handling of "Meltdown," the flaw revealed Wednesday that could enable an attacker to steal …

Linux

Rauner vetoes geolocation privacy bill aimed at protecting smartphone users

Groundbreaking Illinois legislation meant to protect mobile phone users from having their location information trafficked by companies without their permission is going nowhere, at least for now.<p>Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the proposed Geolocation Privacy Protection Act on Friday, leaving it to the …

The iPhone 8 has a gigabit LTE modem (updated)

At first blush, iFixit's tech autopsy on the iPhone 8 didn't reveal anything particularly notable, besides some different screws and a way to remove the glass backing. So far, so meh. But then when it came to the laundry list of chips and modems all crammed inside Apple's latest smartphones, we …

Fighting financial fraud at Danske Bank with artificial intelligence

Danske Bank, the leader in mobile payments in Denmark, is innovating with AI. Danske Bank’s existing fraud detection engine is being enhanced with deep learning algorithms that can analyze potentially tens of thousands of latent features. Danske Bank’s current system is largely based on handcrafted …

For the U.S. to stay on top, we can’t just keep funding innovation in Silicon Valley and New York

Steve Case says we need to spread our bets across the country — or else things will keep getting worse.<p>The digital boom has helped the United States maintain its status — for now — as the world’s political and economic leader. But it has also increasingly created a divide within the U.S. — one of …

North Korea might have hacked the South's cyber command

South Korea's cyber command, which was established back in January 2010 to fight off cyberattacks deployed against the country's military, wasn't able to protect itself from digital infiltrators. A Ministry of National Defense official told <i>Yonhap News</i> that hackers got into the command's computers …

New device would use electricity to plug gushing wounds

Zapping your nerves to jumpstart the blood clotting process<p>For centuries, if a doctor wanted to stop a bleeding wound, he would use the tourniquet method: Tightly wrap a piece of cloth around the area, which would essentially cut off blood flow to and from the wound. That ancient practice is still …

Medicine

Fitbit formally announces that it is buying smartwatch maker Pebble

The acquisition excludes Pebble’s hardware products<p>Digital health and fitness-tracking company Fitbit has just officially announced that it is buying key assets from smartwatch startup Pebble, after reports emerged last week that a deal between the two was close to being completed.<p>Fitbit co-founder …