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Legatum Prosperity Index 2017 :: Legatum Prosperity Index 2017

The Legatum Prosperity Index offers a unique insight into how prosperity is forming and changing across the world.

Disarming Corruptor distorts 3D printing files for sharing of banned items | Ars Technica

Algorithm scrambles, unscrambles vertex positions of STL files.<p>Designer Matthew Plummer-Fernandez likes to toy with our perceptions of media, …

Google’s Alternate-Reality Game Ingress Opens to All Android Devices

Google’s Niantic Labs plans to take its year-old mobile alternate-reality game Ingress out of beta on Dec. 14, the company announced today. The game …

You can now buy a car with Bitcoin in Australia

The good news is that you can now buy a car with Bitcoin. The bad news is that the only ones available are commercial off-road vehicles built in Australia and sold online.<p>The vehicle manufacturer is Tomcar, and the vehicles are sort of a cross between a 1970s dune buggy and something out of Mad …

Mercedes-Benz teaming up with Tesla, challenging BMW’s i3

Look closely enough at the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, and there’s probably a little ‘Tesla Motors’ sticker hiding within its drivetrain.<p>Likewise, eagle-eyed car-buyers may spot the occasional Mercedes-Benz interior component in the Tesla Model S. This curious cross-pollination is a result of …

Android 4.4 Improves Photo Spheres with 'Optimal Seam Finding'

360-degree ‘Photo Spheres‘ shot on an Android smartphone or tablet should look far more impressive thanks to some under-the-hood changes being implemented in Android version 4.4 (KitKat).<p>Evan Rapoport, a product manager at Google for Photo Spheres, Street View and Panoramio, said the firmware …

World's first bitcoin ATM to launch this week

A Robocoin ATM that trades hard cash for digital bitcoins launches in Canada<p>The world's first bitcoin ATM will go live in Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday.<p>Built by company Robocoin, the ATM will trade the digital currency for cash and vice versa.<p>Bitcoin is the world's most popular electronic currency …

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Aereo comes to Android: Watch TV anywhere, Android 4.2 and up | Ars Technica

TV service expands platform support while winning legal battles.<p>Aereo, the broadcast-over-IP startup, has released an Android app for its service. …

Why The Trend For Misspelled or -ly Startup Names Won't Go Away

As if bootstrapped startups already didn’t have enough on their plates, they face an additional, major challenge that no amount of engineering or business acumen can adequately overcome: Naming their company.<p>In an age where strong online presence and clear differentiation from the competition are …

Google and Abandoned NYC uncover the city's secrets with Field Trip app

Starting today, users of Field Trip for iOS, Android and Glass will be able to experience some of New York City's forgotten -- and occasionally creepy -- locations as Google's Niantic Labs brings Abandoned NYC's content to the app. Normally, Field Trip functions as a convenient mobile tour guide, …

Coho Data says it can scale out storage big time

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Coho<p>Coho Data, which began life in 2010 as Convergent.io, is coming out of stealth with a storage solution that pairs …

Offensive e-book controversy highlights issues with self-publishing

Just as e-books mean anyone with an internet connection has the world's biggest library to hand, they also mean anyone with a word processor can be an author. Some of the big e-book outlets have self-publishing programs that circumvent the traditional channels, so you can simply share your story …

SigSense is building connected sensors to bring the internet of things to the cable guy

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: SigSense<p>Many of the companies building the manifold devices of the internet of things are squarely targeting the …

Brazil releases more details on private e-mail meant to keep the U.S. out

Brazil is building its own private e-mail service because it just doesn’t trust the U.S.<p>President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil released further details on the e-mail service, which is supposed to protect her government and the people of Brazil from foreign, peeping eyes. She made the announcement …

Interoperability and Openness: Why an Open Cloud Is the Only Cloud for the Future

Image copyright Ivo Pregelj<p>Enterprise attitudes toward the cloud are changing; there is no doubt about that. Taking a look at Gartner’s recent cloud …

The Rented Business: The Shareconomy Hits IT Infrastructure

Image copyright Andy Dean Photography<p>We’ve entered a multi-tenant economy. People are renting everything from cars through ZipCar, designer dresses …

Before surveillance leaks, CIA supervisor warned Snowden could be a security risk (update)

Years before Edward Snowden gained notoriety by leaking classified intel on the US government's broad surveillance programs, a supervisor at the CIA warned that he could be a potential liability. <i>The New York Times</i> reports that in 2009, as Snowden was preparing to depart Geneva after a three-year …

Mark Zuckerberg spends $30 million on four homes to ensure privacy

It's not uncommon for celebrities to buy the properties next to their homes to ensure privacy, but usually when they do this, the neighboring homes are already on the market.<p>But when you're Mark Zuckerberg and worth $19 billion, you can usually find a price that your neighbors would be willing to …

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ICANN, W3C Call For End Of US Internet Ascendancy Following NSA Revelations

Key Internet stakeholders, including the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have released a statement condemning pervasive government surveillance and calling for an internationalization of the Internet’s underlying framework.<p>The …

Hybrid Memory Cube 160GB/sec RAM starts shipping: Is this the technology that finally kills DDR RAM? - ExtremeTech

By on September 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Micron announced today that …

Scientists build the first carbon nanotube computer, change computing world forever - ExtremeTech

By on September 26, 2013 at 9:21 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Stanford scientist Max Shulaker …

Making sense of Valve's Steam Box: Windows vs. Linux, OpenGL vs. DirectX, and the impact of support from AMD & Nvidia - ExtremeTech

Making sense of Valve’s Steam Box: Windows vs. Linux, OpenGL vs. DirectX, and the impact of support from AMD & Nvidia<p>By on September 27, 2013 at 1:31 …

Bike+ is a security alarm and fitness computer for bicycles (hands-on)

Bike thieves are a resourceful lot. No matter what form of lock is used, given the time and the inclination, such n'ere-do-wells will snatch up your two-wheeled transportation. Wi-MM, a start-up based in Santa Clara, CA, aims to make it harder for them to steal your cycle with its new product …

The Scientific Publishing Sting: a Missed Opportunity?

The Science of Science's scientific publishing sting: don't shoot the messenger, or you might shoot yourself in the foot<p>Last week I received an email asking me if I wanted to apply to be an editor for a chemistry journal. This might seem a bit odd because I'm not a chemist (although I did do a …

Limping BlackBerry makes buyout overtures to Google, others -- report

The beleaguered smartphone maker is seeking "preliminary expressions of interest" for all or part of the company from Google, Samsung, LG, and others, according to news agency Reuters.<p>Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry is in touch with Google, Samsung, Intel, and other tech heavyweights about a …

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The lab pushing petrol car engines to new extremes

Some say the future of cars is electric, but the humble internal combustion engine may have some life left in it yet, if a set of outlandish tests succeed.<p>As anyone who has accidentally put petrol into their diesel vehicle knows, it’s usually an experience to be avoided at all costs. Yet at a …

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