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HTC is launching a blockchain-powered phone

HTC is developing a new Android phone that will be powered by blockchain technology.<p>The phone, named Exodus, will feature a universal wallet and a built-in secure hardware enclave to support cryptocurrencies and decentralized applications.<p>HTC has roped back the creator of its virtual reality …

Blockchain

This 27-year-old ex-Facebook engineer invented a super popular way to protect Mac PCs from hackers without Apple's help

A tiny security startup called Kolide is starting to make waves within the computer security world.<p>It helps businesses dive into the guts of their employees' Macintosh computers to find all the sketchy things a hacker could use to break into a corporate network.<p>Kolide is on the radar because its …

Workstations

Ethereum researcher explains why sharding is the only true blockchain scaling solution

Binary District spoke exclusively with Vlad Zamfir, a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation; and Sergey Gorkov, chairman of the government-owned Russian development bank Vnesheconombank. Both discussed some of the most pertinent topics in Ethereum – scalability, lack of incentives for core …

All power to the proton: Researchers make battery breakthrough

Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable "proton battery" that could …

Clean Energy

Team develops new surface design inspired by snake skin

Assistant Professor Seok Kim and graduate students Zining Yang and Jun Kyu Park have developed a design construct inspired in part by the surface of …

Nanotech

Two ex-Google engineers built an entirely different kind of self-driving car

Nuro is focused on last-mile deliveries with its completely driverless prototype<p>A new startup that proposes a different spin on autonomous transportation came out of stealth today. The company, called Nuro, was founded by two former lead Google engineers who worked on the famed self-driving car …

Brazilian startup Creditas is revolutionizing credit in the world’s third largest lending market

After 12 years working for banks and consulting firms on the digital transformation of financial services, Creditas founder Sergio Furio finally found a problem he felt he could build a business around.<p>Over dinner with his Brazilian wife in their New York apartment one night in 2011, she casually …

Asset management startups using blockchain get their own trade body: MAMA

An international consortium of leading asset management companies, investors, technology and service providers in the Blockchain ecosystem have formed a new industry organisation (if you consider blockchain tech to be an industry…) to “work towards a new vision for asset management using blockchain …

Uranium to replace plastic? Chemistry breakthrough could pave the way for new materials

Uranium can perform reactions that previously no one thought possible, which could transform the way industry makes bulk chemicals, polymers, and the …

Chemistry

The UN is using ethereum’s technology to fund food for thousands of refugees

Cancún, Mexico<p>The United Nations agency in charge of food aid—often billed as the largest aid organization in the world—is betting that an ethereum-based blockchain technology could be the key to delivering aid efficiently to refugees while slashing the costs of doing so.<p>The agency, known as the …

Blockchain

Carpenter who cut off his fingers makes 'Robohand' with 3-D printer

<i>Vital Signs</i> is a monthly program bringing viewers health stories from around the world.<p><b>Gauteng, South Africa (CNN) —</b> "I was in a position to see exactly what happens in the human hand. I got the basics of what it's all about and thought yeah, I'll make my own."<p>Richard van As is recalling the moment …

The Best Facebook Marketing Tips, Tried and Tested

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>As we work together to figure out the Facebook News Feed and to find organic ways to boost reach and engagement, we’re bound to come across a flood of tips on how to get more out of our pages and updates. There’s a ton of advice out there. Where …

Modern ocean acidification is outpacing ancient upheaval, study suggests

"We are dumping carbon in the atmosphere and ocean at a much higher rate today—within centuries," said study coauthor Richard Zeebe, a …

Apple launches new program to repair faulty iPhone 5 sleep buttons

Apple today launched a new program that will allow iPhone 5 owners to have devices with fautly sleep buttons repaired at no cost. Apple says it has identified an issue with some devices that can cause the button to fail on a “small percentage” of these devices. iPhone owners can use a new page on …

30-second smartphone charge demonstrated using biological semiconductors

I’d find this video hard to believe were it not for its credentials. The <i>WSJ</i> reports that StoreDot, the start-up behind the technology, has its background in the Nanotechnology department of Tel Aviv University, and it’s been demonstrated at Microsoft’s <i>Think Next</i> conference.<p>Ultra-fast battery …

Appmethod: a New Platform for Creating “Truly Native” Apps

Embarcadero, the database and dev tools maker, has launched Appmethod today, a new single code base platform for creating native apps for different operating systems with minimal effort.<p>The company says that its platform provides a complete set of tools to help developers create apps “from tooling …

Methane-producing microbe blooms in permafrost thaw

In time with the climate warming up, parts of the permafrost in northern Sweden and elsewhere in the world are thawing. An international study …

Tiny Lenses That'll Turn Your Phone Into a Pro-Level Shooter

There's no shortage of external lenses for your smartphone. Today, you can buy a variety of low-quality optics that add distortion to your photos or …

Powerful artificial muscles made from ... fishing line?

Artificial muscles could find use in a wide range of applications, including prosthetic limbs, robotics, exoskeletons, or pretty much any situation …

Muscle

A new laser for a faster internet

At the time, this unprecedented spectral purity was a direct consequence of the incorporation of a nanoscale corrugation within the multilayered …

Researchers create powerful muscles from fishing line and sewing thread

An international team led by The University of Texas at Dallas has discovered that ordinary fishing line and sewing thread can be cheaply converted …

13 Best Weather Apps to Take Your Day by Storm

13 Best Weather Apps<p>1. Weatherbug<p>2. AccuWeather<p>3. Yahoo! Weather<p>4. Solar<p>5. Living Earth<p>6. Weathertron<p>7. Forecast.io<p>8. Today<p>9. Weather 2x<p>10. Dark …

Technologue: Harnessing the Beautiful Physics of the Opal

Suddenly, you’re making solar electricity in the dark.<p>Do you know what makes an amorphous blob of hydrated silicon dioxide — more commonly marketed as an opal gemstone — flash those pretty colors? It is made of glass beads spaced at about the wavelength of visible light, causing certain frequencies …

Researchers bring extensive world temperature records to Google Earth

Talking about the weather is a pastime as old as language, but climate researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK have just given …

Climate Change

3D-printed hip implant lets teenager walk again

Much of the fanfare surrounding 3D printing has centered on its enabling consumers to create objects themselves, potentially circumventing …

Dentistry

World's first 3D-printed titanium bicycle frame could lead to cheaper, lighter bikes

When it comes to a high strength-to-weight ratio, titanium is just about the best material out there for manufacturing bicycle frames. Unfortunately, …

Oculus Rift at Sundance: games are just the beginning

Beck’s Sound and Vision takes you to a virtual concert<p>Sundance describes the New Frontier portion of its annual film festival as a "creative space" for "multimedia performances, transmedia experiences," and other interactive art forms. This year that translated into a room of pure sensory overload: …