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By Christine Calo | Articles generally about Technology and Innovation.

Should you trust Bitcoin? It depends on what you think the virtual currency is for

Risking money with an unknown, unregulated technology might seem mad. But that's exactly what the growing community of virtual currency Bitcoin users are doing<p>There is a future when the City of London <i>really</i> doesn't sleep:<p>Trading still stops on the Stock Exchange at five sharp, but the banker …

Bitcoin

What Bitcoin's History Means For Its Future: Q&A With Nathaniel Popper, Author Of 'Digital Gold'

Many are describing Bitcoin as the Internet of money. But digital currency’s development is in such an early stage, it’s currently similar to the Internet in 1994.<p>The new technology’s short, turbulent history makes for a riveting book, “Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and …

Bitcoin

New bitcoin technology can tell banks where coins come from with incredible accuracy

Elliptic, a bitcoin analytics and storage startup based in London, thinks it's just made a huge breakthrough that could make banks way more interested in bitcoin.<p>The company has created a sophisticated bit of software that it says can identify where a bitcoin has come from. That's a big deal for …

Bitcoin

Should You Put Your Bitcoin in...a Bank?

Hacks and the irreversible nature of transactions stand in the way of broader acceptance<p>As Bitfinex, the digital-currency exchange that suffered a hack this past week, struggles to reopen, a wider question is again being asked about bitcoin: Is it really a better mousetrap?<p>On Tuesday, cyberthieves …

Cryptocurrency

Why SA businesses are more likely to use Ethereum and not Bitcoin

Despite being underwritten by the same technology, Ethereum has a far lower profile than the more popular Bitcoin – and this could help the new …

Bitcoin

Florida Programmer Sentenced To 16 Months For Bitcoin Exchange Scheme

Details<p>NEW YORK - A Florida software engineer was sentenced to 16 months in prison on Friday after being found guilty of scheming to help an illegal …

JPMorgan Chase & Co

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, Litecoin: Price Analysis, October 21

<i>The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of authors/contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every</i> …

Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin surges to a new record high of more than $6,000

<b>Bitcoin</b> surged to a record high of more than $6,000 on 20 October, pushing its market capitalization to $100 billion at one point, as investors …

Bitcoin

Bitcoin is making fortunes for investors, but how long will it last

The price of Bitcoin rose by another $US500 this week after breaching $US5000 last week, making investors huge fortunes. But market experts who've …

Bitcoin

The US, Blockchain, And Cryptocurrency

It’s taken a decade for the world to catch up with Satoshi Nakamoto and the revolutionary ideas held within the bitcoin whitepaper. The blockchain …

Bitcoin

The woman who took down Uber gives her first interview since speaking up

Eight months ago, engineer Susan Fowler published a blog post describing a culture of sexism and sexual harassment throughout Uber.<p>Her words set off …

Uber

Diary of a first home buyer, week 5: The hidden costs of homeownership exposed

We could be so good together.<p>It was all I could do to stop myself from signing a contract, right then and there, on the renovated kitchen bench, with …

Mortgages

Researchers warn of new botnet that could take down the internet

Security group Check Point Research claims to have discovered a rapidly growing and evolving botnet which they believe could eventually take down the …

Information Security

The science of how much sleep you actually need

Getting plenty of sleep each night is important to maintaining a healthy and productive life. But how much sleep do you actually need?<p>Joe Avella and Jessica Orwig tackle this question on the Facebook series "Science the $#!* out of it."<p>For the average adult, the National Sleep Foundation recommends …

Sleep

One Belt, One Road: Australian 'strategic' concerns over Beijing's bid for global trade dominance

A controversial trillion-dollar push by China to dominate global trade is being resisted by senior national security figures who warn of serious …

China

Euthanasia: How ageism warps the debate

An elderly friend of mine (she is in her late 80s) has put together a very thorough suicide plan.<p>When she feels she has had enough or if she receives …

Euthanasia

'Star Wars'-Style Police Hoverbikes Will Soon Be on Patrol

Battery-powered 'Hoversurf' craft will let officers in Dubai fly over traffic jams at speeds of almost 45 miles per hour.<p>First Sergeant Ali Ahmad Mohammad told Gulf News the Scorpion can take an officer over heavy traffic in emergencies. “The bike can also fly without a passenger and can go up to …

Drones

Tesla employees bite back, calling recent firings a cost-cutting measure

After <i>San Jose Mercury News</i> first reported Friday that Tesla was firing 400 to 700 employees of the motors division, speculation swirled. The Model 3 was behind schedule, and terminating workers in the division seemed a less-than-ideal way to solve its current production issues.<p>A CNBC report today …

Automotive Industry

Tim Cook geeks out on AR during Oxford demo

Apple CEO Tim Cook is a full-on geek when it comes to augmented reality.<p>Cook has raved about AR’s potential in a number of interviews the last year, but according to a PhD student at the University of Oxford, Tim actually has a great understanding of the technology. In a story shared on Reddit, the …

Augmented Reality

Voice and facial recognition could help AI surpass humans in emotional intelligence

I’ve spent a number of years studying artificial intelligence, and, until recently, I believed emotional intelligence would remain one of the core advantages left to humans after AI takes over most tasks requiring memorization and logic.<p>The more I have looked into this area, however, the more …

Emotional Intelligence

Marawi: Rodrigo Duterte declares Philippines city liberated of Islamic State influence

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the southern city of Marawi liberated from pro-Islamic State (IS) militants, although a military …

Islamic State (ISIS)

New Car Buyers Increasingly Interested in Apple CarPlay

CarPlay is becoming an increasingly important feature that consumers look for when purchasing a vehicle, according to a new report released today by Strategy Analytics.<p>In a survey querying future car buyers about their interest in Android Auto, CarPlay, and Baidu CarLife in the United States, …

Android Auto

Five Ways To Unleash The Potential of IoT Data

With the rise of low-cost sensors, ubiquitous connectivity, and massive data volumes, the "Internet of Things" promises to change the world. Don't …

Big Data

China will track its citizens' every move with a facial recognition system

After leading the charge globally in manufacturing hardware, China has its sights set on a major technological achievement: developing a facial recognition system to visually identify all 1.3 billion citizens nationwide.<p>South China Morning Post noted that the project has been in the works since …

Surveillance

You Could Become an AI Master Before You Know It. Here’s How. - MIT Technology Review

At first blush, Scot Barton might not seem like an AI pioneer. He isn’t building self-driving cars or teaching computers to thrash humans at computer …

Machine Learning

Google Maps Stopped Showing Distance As Calories And Cupcakes Because People Haaaated It

UPDATE: Google Maps is removing a feature that told you how many "mini cupcakes" you'd burn if you walked.<p>The calorie count shows up on the map if the driving directions you've requested cover a short distance. If you already have walking selected, the calories are shown in the step-by-step …

Google Maps

Singapore central bank, bank association, Accenture in blockchain tie-up

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consulting company Accenture (ACN.N) said on Thursday it has been appointed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) to manage and develop a blockchain-based platform for interbank payments.<p>Blockchain, a digital ledger of …

FinTech

Elon Musk might have another $50 billion company on his hands (TSLA)

If you haven't watched one of SpaceX's live rocket launches, and subsequent landings, you are really missing out.<p>Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, started the company in 2002 with the eventual mission of colonizing Mars. It's a lofty goal, and one that's hard to totally comprehend. But, as SpaceX …

SpaceX

11 cities around the world where crime is low, hospitals are plentiful, and families can feel safe

Big cities aren't necessarily unsafe.<p>In fact, some of the safest cities in the world are urban hubs that boast low crime rates and high levels of safety.<p>The Economist's 2017 safe cities index, sponsored by NEC, ranked 60 cities based on the factors of personal security, digital security, health …

Cities