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12 futuristic technologies that could become reality in 2018

In the last year, the business and consumer markets alike have seen the release of advanced technologies that were once considered the stuff of science fiction. Smart gadgets that control every facet of your home, self-driving vehicles, facial and biometric identification systems and more have …

Geniuses aren't born, they're made — and 3 of their daily habits can make you smarter

The word "genius" is one of the most misused terms in history.<p>While it's often referenced accurately, the connotation that we commonly associate with it diverges away from the truth.<p>We correctly label intellectual brilliance and creative power as genius — and we should — but it's about time we …

Cryptocurrency mining marketplace loses $64 million to hackers

A cryptocurrency marketplace called NiceHash has suffered a security breach that left its bitcoin wallet tens of millions of dollars lighter. Slovenia-based NiceHash connects miners, or people selling their hashing/computer power, with people willing to pay for that power. Andrej P. Škraba, the …

Lyrebird can clone anyone's voice in 60 seconds

Yesterday an artificial intelligence firm in Canada called Lyrebird announced that it had developed algorithms that can mimic anyone’s voice using …

This Major Change Is Coming to Computer Design, Says Head of Amazon Alexa

Every few years, a big shift in how we interact with computers arrives. In the 1970s we swapped out punch cards for terminals, and then moved on to …

LendingRobot launches hedge fund that uses blockchain and machine learning — with no human intervention

LendingRobot, an automated online investment-management service that calls itself a “robo-advisor,” is launching a hedge fund that the company says …

Machine Learning

Samsung reveals a curved, quantum dot monitor aimed at gamers

Samsung has revealed the CH711, a curved quantum dot monitor built "with gamers in mind." It also appears to be targeting Mac users and designers with the model, judging by the sharp-looking white color scheme and marketing shots (above). The displays, in 27- and 31.5-inch sizes, feature 2,560 x …

Uber is making changes to eliminate the fear factor for drivers

The ride-hailing company has faced widely publicized driver protests over fair pay and treatment, and its recent efforts building self-driving car technology has created more distrust.<p>But Uber, which is valued at $68 billion in private markets and which is a closely watched IPO candidate, says that …

Siri can now send money via PayPal

PayPal users can now send and request payments using simple voice commands via Siri on iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad. The online payments company is making the new feature available to users in 30 countries, and in a number of languages, and it requires only that the iOS app be installed with a logged …

iOS Apps

Kitt.ai’s ChatFlow helps you build better chatbots

The current generation of chatbots is, at best, disappointing. Kitt.ai, which is launching its private beta today, hopes to change that. The team of three AI PhDs that founded the company believes that its ChatFlow framework will make it easier for developers to build useful chatbots that can work …

Chatbots

A German savings startup backed by Peter Thiel just passed €1 billion in deposits

Deposit Solutions announced on Tuesday that it had reached the milestone in just 13 months through its customer-facing operation ZINSPILOT. Savers are investing €100 million a month over its platform, the company says in a press release. 35,000 customers have registered for ZINSPILOT since it …

This digital-only bank promises high returns

Although the US still trails far behind Europe in its number of digital challenger banks, more are starting to join the ranks.<p>The latest is MemoryBank, a national, digital-only subdivision of incumbent Republic Bank & Trust Company, that launched on Tuesday.<p>MemoryBank's first product is a …

Interest Rates

Facebook crushes Q2 earnings, hits 1.71B users and record share price

Coming off an all-time high stock price of $123.34, Facebook in Q2 2016 smashed earnings again. The social network continued steady growth just slightly slower at 3.63% compared to last quarter’s 3.77%, adding 60 million monthly users this quarter to reach 1.71 billion. It scored $6.44 billion in …

Design Thinking Comes of Age

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.<p>This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of …

Ex-Google engineers have spent 2 years secretly trying to solve 'the hardest problem in banking'

London-based Thought Machine has been working on its VaultOS platform behind closed doors for two years, with over 50 engineers dedicated to the project.<p>The project is one of the first bottom-up attempts to built a modern computer system for banks, which can be used out of the box by any bank and …

Computer Science

Graphene batteries may cut your phone recharge time to 15 minutes

Revealed by Chinese company Dongxu Optoelectronics, the battery pack is called the G-King. It has a 4,800mAh capacity, which is considerably more than what we see in a smartphone, and more inline with small tablets, or compact laptops like the 11-inch MacBook Air. Dongxu claims the battery regains …

Microsoft officially launches Planner, its Trello competitor

The Microsoft Office lineup is getting a new addition today: Microsoft Planner, team collaboration software that lets you visually organize plans, assign tasks, share files, chat and more. The new app, first introduced into testing last fall, enters a competitive space which includes pro software …

Project Management

A Dyson engineer explains why the company spent $71 million and four years developing a high-tech hair dryer

Hair dryers are everywhere. Bathrooms. Gym locker rooms. Open a drawer in your hotel room — boom, free hair dryer. It usually requires a lot to get me to really notice a hair dryer. But Dyson has succeeded, and all it took was $71 million and four years of development.<p>It’s a logical progression, …

Hair

CloudMagic can now tell you everything about the person who just emailed you

CloudMagic, an email application that has grown to 4 million users, has just added a useful feature that can aid those who receive a lot of email from people they don’t know: Sender Profile. Similar to services like LinkedIn’s Rapportive or newly launched Connect from Clearbit for desktop email, …

How GE used science to make a hot sauce so spicy, it's bottled in jet engine materials

GE is not typically a name you’d associate with food, but with its big data brisket party back at SXSW 2015 and now a new scientifically-developed hot sauce, the company might soon be more than just an appliance supplier for your household.<p>The company today launched 10^32 Kelvin, a sauce created in …

Mobile messaging giant Viber announces end-to-end encryption and PIN-protected hidden chats

Viber is the latest tech company to tout its security credentials, as the mobile messaging giant today announces end-to-end encryption and a new PIN-protected hidden chat feature.<p>Founded out of Israel in 2010, Viber today claims more than 700 million users globally across iOS, Android, Windows …

Privacy

Convoy of self-driving trucks completes first European cross-border trip

‘Platoon’ of wireless-linked trucks arrives in Netherlands port city of Rotterdam, giving a glimpse of the future of road haulage<p>Six convoys of semi-automated “smart” trucks arrived in Rotterdam’s harbour on Wednesday after an experiment its organisers say will revolutionise future road transport …

Trucks

A computer has made a Rembrandt painting and it's perfect

Rembrandt may have died in 1669 but his artistic legacy lives on thanks in part to a new piece of work created with computer data, instead of the artist’s hands.<p>Revealed in the Netherlands, ‘The Next Rembrandt‘ is the result of an 18-month project undertaken by a group of art historians, along with …

Art

Uber rival promises a nicer ride through happier drivers

Numerous transportation outfits pitch themselves as anti-Ubers that aren't as relentlessly profit-minded as Travis Kalanick and crew, but Juno is trying something a little different: it's hoping that a mix of kindness and self-interest will win the day. The startup is launching a ride-hailing …

Blockchain-Powered Trading and Investment Platforms

<b>Blockchain-powered trading</b><p>Coinigy provides a unified, all-encompassing access point for cryptocurrency-related data. With real-time feeds of market …

Batman v Superman takes $424m at global box office

<b>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has taken $424m (£300m) at the box office worldwide in its first five days despite poor reviews.</b><p>The global total - the fourth-highest ever - included $170.1m in the United States, a record for a March debut and the sixth-highest US opening weekend.<p>Dawn of Justice …

Comic Books

17 charts that show just how scary Amazon's $275 billion business really is

Most people think of Amazon as an online shopping store, but it's actually much more than that.<p>Over the past 22 years, Amazon has turned itself into a $275 billion juggernaut that sells everything from cloud-computing services to its own hardware gadgets.<p>These 17 charts show just how scary its …

'Flash crash trader' can be extradited to US, judge rules

Ruling means Navinder Singh Sarao’s alleged actions to ‘spoof’ financial markets constitutes a crime in the UK<p>Navinder Singh Sarao faces extradition to the US over claims he caused an $800bn (£565bn) “flash crash” in the US stock market from his parents’ house in west London.<p>District judge Quentin …

Stock Markets

Fighter Jet Heads-Up Display For Cycling Eyewear

Fighter jet technology on the bike? A new product puts data like speed, direction, and elevation right into your field of view through a projection …