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How the “Navy SEALs” of trading are taking on Wall Street’s predatory robots

<i>Editors’ note: This article was originally published on October 25, 2013. It explains how IEX—the firm profiled in</i> Flash Boys<i>, Michael Lewis’s book about high-frequency trading published today—works to neutralize the advantages high-frequency traders enjoy in the markets.</i><p>A plague of predators are …

Investing

Researchers figure out how to grow uniform batches of carbon nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes, tiny tubes of rolled up graphene that measure just 1 nanometer across, are super-strong structures that could someday be used in …

Apple Buys Another Small Company, This Time A Swedish Company Doing Mobile Data Compression

Rapidus says, "AlgoTrim has developed algorithms for lossless compression of processing instructions in operating systems and applications. Apart from speeding up processing, the compression reduces the use of flash memory in for example RISC-processors."<p>This is the exact sort of company Apple …

Toshiba has invented a quantum cryptography network that even the NSA can’t hack

If you’ve got communications that absolutely cannot be intercepted—whether you’re a NSA whistleblower, the president of Mexico, or Coca-Cola—quantum cryptography is the way to go.<p>It harnesses the bizarro-world properties of quantum physics to ensure that information sent from point A to point B …

Quantum Mechanics

Xiaomi Co-Founder Talks About What Will Propel Its Global Efforts

As Chinese smartphone firm Xiaomi starts to be known worldwide, many are wondering what strategy the firm has for making its devices available worldwide. TNW caught up with co-founder and president Bin Lin recently, who revealed that the key to the answer behind this is: Hugo Barra.<p>Xiaomi needs a …

New open source tech Marathon wants to make your data center run like Google’s

There’s a new open source project called Marathon that’s designed to let users intelligently run a wide variety of their applications and services — …

How algorithms rule the world

The NSA revelations highlight the role sophisticated algorithms play in sifting through masses of data. But more surprising is their widespread use in our everyday lives. So should we be more wary of their power?<p>On 4 August 2005, the police department of Memphis, Tennessee, made so many arrests …

Sold, The App That Sells Your Stuff For You, Arrives On Android

Too<p>lazybusy to handle selling your stuff on eBay or Craigslist, or having a yard sale? Yep, same here. That’s why a startup called Sold, launched earlier this year, had me intrigued. Its big idea is to take the whole e-commerce process out of your hands by pricing your items for you, finding a …

Your future ultra-fast internet connection just launched into space

Elon Musk’s commercial space company, SpaceX, has just launched a Falcon 9 rocket into orbit carrying a Canadian Space Agency satellite, CASSIOPE. Part of the satellite’s payload is Cascade, a prototype for a super-fast space-borne file-transfer system—a kind of digital courier service.<p>The idea …

Space Exploration

Ruh-roh: Adobe breach is just the beginning, researcher says

The Adobe source code breach disclosed last week was scary. Perhaps scarier still is that the perpetrators have hit other as-yet unnamed …

This is the first interesting search engine since Google

It’s hard to build a really new search engine. Microsoft has spent enormous resources trying to convince people that Bing’s search results are just as good as Google’s. Bing has won market share, but not at Google’s expense. Other Google alternatives like DuckDuckGo are growing rapidly because they …

SEO

Creativity Is Really Just Persistence, And Science Can Prove It

We already knew that, as Woody Allen has pointed out, success is overwhelmingly about showing up. Now fresh studies help us understand why that is.<p>If we want to be super creative, we have to learn to be super dedicated. It’s a hardworking thing, as <i>War of Art</i> scribe Steven Pressfield has …

Creativity

Forget Terabit networks; new multicore fibers could signal the Petabit age

Some interesting experiments in fiber optics could dramatically improve the data rates of our backbone internet networks. Researchers at the …

Google Releases Dart SDK 1.0, Its JavaScript Alternative

At the Devoxx conference in Belgium today, Google launched version 1.0 of its Dart SDK, the company’s cross-browser and open-source toolkit for structured Web applications. You can download the first stable release of Dart now from dartlang.org.<p>Google considers version 1.0 as the mark of Dart’s …

Have at it, programmers: IBM makes Watson available via API

IBM didn’t have to flaunt its debatable cloud dominance over Amazon Web Services on the sides of public buses if it wanted to upstage the cloud …

You Built What?! A Homemade Scanning Electron Microscope

The hardest DIY project ever<p>Ben Krasnow has built his share of odd contraptions, including a liquid nitrogen generator made from an air conditioner, and the "thirst extinguisher," a commercial-grade fire extinguisher that cools, carbonates, and dispenses his homemade beer. Now, for no other reason …

BriTek's Brilliant Airless Bicycle Tire Reinvents the Wheel

Flat bicycle tires could be a thing of the past thanks to BriTek‘s amazin Energy Return Wheel. Whereas most bike tires regulate tire firmness with …

PrimeSense demonstrates Capri 3D sensor on Nexus 10 (hands-on)

Take the 3D sensor inside the Microsoft Kinect, shrink it down to a tenth of its original size and add a bunch of mobile capabilities, and you have yourself PrimeSense's latest conquest, better known as Capri. The company, which is the brains behind the Kinect, has been openly working on bringing a …

New ultra-thin glass is just two atoms thick, earns Guinness World Record

A new record for the world's thinnest sheet of glass has been set, and it comes in at just two atoms thick. The ultra-thin glass, now recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, was an accidental discovery by scientists at Cornell University and Germany’s University of Ulm. As they were …

Oracle and Freescale push Java for the internet of things

When it comes to connected devices, there’s still plenty of debate over the right operating system, the correct protocols for sending data and even …

Man and machine unite to explore the impossible depths of projection art

Projection mapping, where ordinary objects become surfaces for moving images, is an increasingly common video technique in applications like music videos, phone commercials, and architectural light shows — and now a new film shows what can happen when you add robots to the mix. In <i>Box</i><i>,</i> a performance …

LG Chem has curved batteries in production, ready for 'phones, watches and glasses'

Similar to LG's run up to the Optimus G last year, it's again demonstrating how each of its various units participate in building the next LG smartphone. Now that LG Display has confirmed production of "bendable and unbreakable" smartphone displays, it's LG Chem's turn to show off what it's doing. …

Adobe's Project Mighty and Project Napoleon to Launch in 2014

At its MAX event in May this year, Adobe revealed that it was experimenting with hardware in the form of ‘Project Mighty’ – an Internet-connected stylus, and ‘Project Napoleon’, an accompanying digital ruler. Now the firm has announced that these two devices have graduated from experiments to …

New shape-shifting metals discovered

<b>A new shape-changing metal crystal is reported in the journal Nature, by scientists at University of Minnesota.</b><p>It is the prototype of a new family of smart materials that could be used in applications ranging from space vehicles to electronics to jet engines.<p>Called a "martensite", the crystal has …

Meet Looking Glass: The 2-D Tech That Could Crush 3-D Printing

It looks like a miniature shark is sitting in that clear cube. But it’s all an illusion–an illusion that could have a big future.<p>If you think 3-D printing will change the world, you probably imagine yourself printing objects that work, like organs and furniture. But today’s desktop printers are …

Google Science Fair Winner Makes Flashlight Powered by Body Heat

Many of us stash a flashlight for emergencies, only to find that when the time comes to use it, the batteries have run out. The problem of how to achieve efficient, lightweight energy storage plagues everything from flashlights to electric cars. But what if you could bypass it altogether? That’s …

Teach Kids to Daydream

Mental downtime makes people more creative and less anxious.<p>Today’s children are exhausted, and not just because one in three kids is not getting sufficient sleep. Sleep deprivation in kids (who require at least nine hours a night, depending on age) has been found to significantly decrease academic …

Stamp-size thrusters could propel small satellites into space

Remember that Lego spaceship you once built? What if it could have a working thruster the size and weight of a Lego brick?<p>MIT professor Paulo Lozano is designing prototype "microthrusters" that would propel pint-size satellites in orbit and into deep space.<p>The director of MIT's Space Propulsion …