Gokul B. Alex

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GOLDMAN SACHS: 5 practical uses for blockchain — from Airbnb to stock markets

The financial world has been going crazy for blockchain technology for the last year or so, hypothesising how it could rip out huge amounts of costs for big banks and streamline operations. Goldman itself was one of the key hype men, declaring in December that the technology "can change... well …

Bitcoin is surging thanks to Trump's victory

Today is a strange day for the US — even though you might not have seen it coming, Donald Trump is now president-elect. And that’s doing some interesting things to the cryptocurrency markets.<p>According to CoinDesk, Bitcoin prices have been steadily rising as Trump’s victory was looking more and more …

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INTERNET: Countries should address disruptive effects of the digital economy

OECD countries are making increased efforts to develop their digital economies in a way that will maximise social and economic benefits, but now need …

The Future Of Marketing Combines Big Data With Human Intuition

Great marketers have great guts. Leo Burnett didn’t need a legion of focus groups to come up with the Marlboro Man. Steve Jobs, arguably the greatest marketing mind ever, famously eschewed market research because he didn’t think customers knew what they wanted until he showed it to them.<p>Yet big …

Smarter algorithms will power our future digital lives

Researchers are working on a new version of an algorithm that will power better search, autonomous cars, smarter smartphones and the Internet of …

IBM goes all consumer-y in its bid for continued relevance

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: IBM<p>IBM’s partnership with Twitter (Twitter!) is all about making the company’s Watson and other tools more aware of …

Samsung invests in internet of things identity management platform Evrythng

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Evrythng<p>Samsung and Evrythng, the U.K.-based outfit that is trying to build an identity management layer for the …

Volcanic Eruptions Slow Down Global Warming: Study

<b>London:</b> Volcanic eruptions may have slowed down global warming by injecting particulates into the atmosphere, according to a study.<p>Volcanic aerosols …

Climate Change

How an oil engineer created Auto-Tune & changed the music industry

Before inventing Auto-Tune, the software that would change the music industry forever, Andy Hildebrand was a research scientist in the oil industry.<p>Working for Exxon Production Research and then Landmark Graphics, a company he co-founded, Hildebrand developed software for processing data from …

10 Apps That Will Make Your Android Phone A Whole Lot Better

Android launchers allow you to make your phone even more personal and catered to your specific tastes.<p>A launcher is essentially a home screen replacement for your Android phone.<p>You can turn them on or off whenever you like, which means you can change the look and feel of your phone's software at …

Nokia tinkers with the idea of turning LTE into a TV broadcast network

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock / michele piacquadio<p>Nokia’s(s nok) network division is conducting an interesting experiment in Munich. It’s …

BlaBlaCar Is Building a Global Rideshare Network That's Already Taking Over Europe

It even aims to match riders with similar tendencies to blah blah blah.<p>Call it the 21st-century version of hitchhiking: BlaBlaCar is a peer-to-peer marketplace for open spots in cars across Europe. Unlike American ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft, BlaBlaCar caps the price of the ride based on …

The Information: Nexus phablet is happening, Android Silver's future uncertain

Over the weekend we reported on a new rumor claiming that the next Nexus handset would not only be built by Motorola, it would be a massive 5.9-inch device with the codename Shamu. Lending a little extra weight to the rumor, <i>the Information</i> says that they have now verified with “three people with …

Android News

On The Importance Of Forgetting

The ongoing debate about Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten‘ ruling on search engines has shone a light onto a key pressure point between technology and society. Simply put the ability of digital technology to remember clashes with the human societal need to forgive and forget.<p>Our technology …

China's Baidu Is Working On A Self-Driving Car Concept That Sounds Less Terrifying Than Google's

Baidu, a Chinese search giant, revealed to The Next Web that it's working on its own concept that sounds like it will make a lot more sense than Google's version.<p>Baidu's car would be highly autonomous, instead of fully driverless. The idea is that it could operate by itself, but that the driver …

Why DARPA Wants An Experimental Spaceplane

An ambitious DARPA project seeks to get satellites into space cheaper and on demand.<p>So DARPA wants a reusable spaceplane. I mean, who doesn't? For decades, space experts have tried to design quick-turnover, reusable launch systems. So far, however, no one has made one that works. "There really …

The battle for virtual reality: Google, Samsung, Sony and Oculus VR

Back in June, Google revealed Cardboard: an open-source attempt at mobile virtual reality. Heck, even the "hardware" is open source -- here are instructions to make your own, right now!<p>But the concept is more than a low-tech solution to mobile VR. It's emblematic of Google's approach to virtual …

The Fabulous Life Of Sir Jony Ive, The Genius Behind Apple's Design

Ive has worked at Apple for 22 years. In that time he has received countless awards and accolades for his ingenuity and commitment to Apple's minimalist design aesthetic.<p>He has also become quite famous. The London native is frequently spotted at clubs and lives in California, near Apple's …

BEYOND THE NUMBERS: HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS EVOLVING FOR BRANDS

<b>UNMETRIC BLOG</b><p><b>-------</b><p>In this week’s “Beyond the Numbers,” we continue our jetsetting to chat with Zaheer Nooruddin in Singapore. Zaheer is the Vice …

Saudis Kiss Their Camels In Defiance Of MERS Warning

Saudi Arabians are brazenly engaging in public displays of affection in defiance of the authorities. But this proud show of love is not between people, but man and his camel.<p>Saudi Arabia's government issued a public health warning last week asking people to wear face masks and gloves around camels …