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This startup wants to fight the crypto energy crisis by turning waste into electricity

Questions still abound about the sustainability of cryptocurrency mining and its impact on energy consumption.<p>Per figures from Digiconomist, Bitcoin consumes 53.28TWh annually (about as much as Bangladesh consumes in a year) and about 262KWh per transaction. For some context, that could power more …

Mustafa Suleyman: The liberal activist who cofounded Google's £400 million artificial intelligence lab

Mustafa Suleyman is one of the three cofounders of DeepMind, an artificial intelligence (AI) lab in London that was acquired by Google in 2014 for a reported £400 million — the search giant's largest acquisition in Europe to date.<p>Listen to a few of Suleyman's talks on YouTube and you'll quickly …

Artificial Intelligence

Mastercard opens access to its blockchain tech

The payments giant has opened its blockchain APIs to developers to progress work in cross-border transactions.<p>Mastercard has opened its blockchain …

Blockchain
Electric Vehicles

Every automaker's electrification plans for the next few years explained

Aside from a handful of pioneer models like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S, automakers have largely shied away from electric cars. But that’s …

Autos

A cancer treatment that's part of 'a big new field of medicine' just got approved

The treatment, called Yescarta, treats a type of blood cancer called aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma.<p>The highly personalized cancer treatment called CAR T-cell therapy (CAR is short for chimeric antigen receptor) is made by Kite Pharma, a company that in August was acquired by biotech giant …

Biotechnology

Renewables will be cheaper than coal in the future. Here are the numbers

In a recent Conversation FactCheck I examined the question: “Is coal still cheaper than renewables as an energy source?” In that article, we assessed …

IBM launches cross-border blockchain payments to grease international commerce

IBM is announcing today that it has created a new cross-border blockchain payments solution with KlickEx Group and Stellar.org. The move is designed to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of making global payments for businesses and consumers.<p>For the first time, public blockchain technology — a …

Power prices: Queenslanders turning to batteries in bid to cut bills

Some Queensland homeowners are rewiring parts of their homes and shelling out thousands of dollars for batteries in a bid to cut their power bills …

Clean Energy

The future of tokenization and blockchain is not just ICOs

Blockchain business case variety seems secondary in the conversation around blockchain hype. Tokenization on a blockchain system has received attention around the world with the increasing prevalence of ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings).<p>For those who continue to see “ICO”, but have no firm …

Blockchain

Patent describes clever method allowing an Apple Watch to measure blood pressure

Anyone who’s ever had a blood pressure test will know that it normally involves an inflatable cuff that squeezes your arm until it cuts off circulation, then gradually deflates it, measuring the point at which circulation first resumes and then returns to normal.<p>But an Apple patent published today …

Passenger Drone lives up to its name with manned flight

The company has been quietly working on its tech for the last three years and it has produced a lightweight, car-sized drone that can fly …

Honda’s bipedal disaster-recovery robot could be rescuing you in the future

Honda builds on its ASIMO robot in pursuit of a robot lifesaver<p>Natural disasters are dime-a-dozen for Japan. Its entire history is one of destruction …

Mesosphere Launches Kubernetes on DC/OS 1.10

Mesosphere, the commercial implementation of Apache Mesos, announced that they are offering beta support for Kubernetes on top of their cluster …

Apple releases kernel source code tuned for mobile chips

Ever since the first version of OS X, Apple has regularly released the kernel source code for Macs. In theory, you could learn from it or even build your own projects from it. For iOS, though? Not so simple. Even if you had source code, it wouldn't matter much unless it was optimized for the …

Source Code

Galaxy Note 5 event: start time, live stream, and what to expect from Samsung Unpacked

Samsung is about to unveil two big new phones. Like, literally two large phones. At its Unpacked event in New York this morning, Samsung is expected to introduce the Galaxy Note 5 and a new version of the Galaxy S6 Edge called the S6 Edge Plus. Curious about what we know so far? Want to find out …

Phones

Artist Turns Historical Photos into Colorfully Whimsical Composites

In a continuation of her <i>Dancing with Costica</i> series, Australian artist Jane Long has created more imaginatively surreal compositions by digitally restoring, colorizing, and manipulating black-and-white photos captured over 50 years ago. The series came about when Long was looking for a way to brush …

Art

Tesla Comments On Model S Losses And Announces It's Raising $500 Million (And More)

UPDATE: Tesla Motors said it plans to raise $500 million in cash on Thursday. And upped that on Friday by another $140 million.<p>The Silicon Valley car maker said on Thursday that it plans to sell the stock to raise money for future projects projects such as the mass-market Model 3 vehicle and its …

Tesla

Tesla burns cash, loses more than $4,000 on every car sold

<i>(By Joseph White and Paul Lienert, Reuters) –</i> It’s crunch time for Tesla Motors.<p>The Silicon Valley automaker is losing more than $4,000 on every Model S electric sedan it sells, using its reckoning of operating losses, and it burned $359 million in cash last quarter in a bull market for luxury …

Android vulnerability can lead to stolen fingerprints "in a large scale"

Biometric security is on the rise as more manufacturers adopt advanced security systems. The most popular method is the use of fingerprint sensors, a technique that has proven to be among the most secure and accurate. But is it really the safest authentication technique?<p>According to researchers Tao …

Samsung Galaxy S5

Google, Samsung pushing more frequent Android security updates

In a move to address mounting concerns about security on Android, Google and Samsung are now issuing more frequent updates to devices they make.<p>Nexus …

China-linked hackers reportedly attack American Airlines, Sabre systems

<i>(Reuters)</i> – China-linked hackers attacked the computer systems of travel reservations distributor Sabre and American Airlines Group, Bloomberg reported, although the world’s largest airline said there was no evidence of such a breach.<p>Incidents at the travel companies were consistent with incursions …

Apple may unveil new iPhones on September 9th

To the surprise of almost no one who follows Apple, the company is planning to hold a big event early in September to take the wraps off its next iPhone. According to the well-sourced John Paczkowski of <i>BuzzFeed</i>, that event will happen on Wednesday, September 9th. iPhones are a shoo-in, as they've …

Apple

Seagate launches a 2-terabyte game drive for Xbox consoles

Seagate is announcing today it is launching a 2-terabyte hard disk drive for the Microsoft Xbox One and Xbox 360 video game consoles.<p>Making the announcement at the Gamescom fan show in Cologne, Germany, Seagate said it has created the new storage device specifically in mind for Xbox gamers. The …

Over half of IBM’s 380,000 workers could soon be on MacBooks

Apple doesn't just beat competitors: eventually, it converts them. Case in point is IBM, the former PC juggernaut with which Apple feuded in the '80s, but which is now considering supplying MacBooks to more than half of its staff. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that the 104-year-old company's …

Wall Street

Nokia sells Here maps unit to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes for $3 billion

Nokia might be expanding into areas like VR, but it's no longer in the maps business — it's just sold its Here unit to a consortium of German carmakers including BMW, Audi, and Mercedes' parent company Daimler. The final price was €2.8 billion, or just over $3 billion. Each partner will hold an …

Road Safety

Engineers create world's first white laser beam

Researchers at Arizona State University have created the world's first white laser beam, according to a new study published in <i>Nature</i>. More work needs to be done to perfect this technology, but white lasers could serve as a potential alternative light source — both in people's homes and in the …

Engineering

'Skysphere' will be your dream living space, can be completely controlled with Android app

We all like having our own little space, where we can simply be ourselves and do whatever. This is usually just a little room somewhere in the house, but there’s some people who will not conform with having such an average man cave. Plastic engineer and graphic designer Jono Williams went above and …

Man Caves

Galaxy Note 5 major specs and press image revealed by @evleaks

Gone are the days when Samsung was capable of keeping its wares under covers until the big reveal. The Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus have been leaking profusely and now ongoing inside info purveyor Evan Blass just opened the tap a little more.<p><i>@evleaks</i> published what appear to be press …

Galaxy Note

TPP: Australia on the verge of joining huge new Pacific trade deal

Aside from Australia's long-suffering sugar farmers, who have missed out in previous trade deals, Mr Robb said divisions remain over a US proposal to …

Trans-Pacific Partnership