Nigel Wong

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How to Make Battery Power More Powerful

The lithium-ion batteries powering our lives are in need of a major innovation—or a full-on replacement. But decades of research have produced few viable solutions. Until now.<p><b>At first Amy Prieto didn't know what she was</b> looking at. The video on the laptop screen showed a pair of hands attaching a …

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Bitcoin Momentum Grows in Emerging Markets

By Min-Si Wang<p>[Image via Shutterstock]<p>Bitcoin is gradually making progress as a medium of exchange in developing countries. While it can be volatile as an investment asset, it has real utility as an instrument for payment and money transfer, especially in places where conventional payment systems …

Hacker makes $84k hijacking Bitcoin mining pool

A hacker generated $84,000 worth of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency by gaining access to a Canadian internet provider and diverting the computing power of private Bitcoin “mines”.<p>The malicious activity was discovered by researchers at Dell SecureWorks, a cyber intelligence company, after noticing that …

Singapore Is Planning The World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm

A tiny country with little space to spare looks to its water reservoirs to expand its use of renewable energy.<p>There isn’t much extra space in Singapore, since the entire country is smaller than New York City and fully developed. So when the government decided to install more solar power to help …

A Laptop Charger The Size Of A Smartphone Charger

Using MIT Tech, the Dart is a laptop charger that is four times smaller than the bulky power brick you’re carrying with you now.<p>Thanks to solid state storage technology and super-efficient chips, our laptops are thinner than ever before. Why can’t the same be said for the enormous laptop chargers …

This Old Factory–Now Full Of Fish And Kale–Is Revitalizing A Neighborhood

Urban Organics uses aquaponics to grow tilapia and vegetables in an old industrial space with no dirt and sun. It’s bringing jobs and production back to a downtrodden neighborhood in St. Paul Minnesota–and local food, as well.<p>What’s most striking when you enter the brick bunker formerly known as …

SAY Media-Owned Blogging Platform Typepad Enters Day 5 Of On-And-Off DDoS Attacks

You can now add Typepad, the blogging service owned by SAY Media, to the growing list of technology companies that have undergone DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks, which crash websites and other online services for what are now days a time. In Typepad’s case, the company is entering its …

Newsweek stands by Bitcoin story as Reddit offers alleged creator money and model trains

The short, strange saga of a controversial scoop<p>Since its publication yesterday, <i>Newsweek's</i> huge Bitcoin scoop has proved unsurprisingly explosive both online and offline. A cover story by reporter Leah McGrath Goodman strongly stated that a man who went by the name Dorian Nakamoto was in fact …

Japan's response to Mt. Gox Bitcoin mess: Taxes, report says

Japan has plans to step in now that the Mt. Gox mess has affected Bitcoin owners all over the world, a new report claims.<p>The Japanese government by the end of this week will outline policies on regulating Bitcoin, Reuters reported, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. A key …

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The world's largest photo service just made its pictures free to use

Getty Images is betting its business on embeddable photos<p>If you go to the Getty Images website, you'll see millions of images, all watermarked. There are more than a hundred years of photography here, from FDR on the campaign trail to last Sunday's Oscars, all stamped with the same transparent …

Arrested Bitcoin Mogul Charlie Shrem Defiant In First Public Appearance Since Criminal Charges

Before he was charged with money laundering in January, Charlie Shrem was a board member of the government-friendly Bitcoin Foundation and the public face of the New York Bitcoin startup community. Now, he sounds like a revolutionary.<p>In a speech to the Texas Bitcoin conference in Austin Wednesday, …

Facebook shelves controversial email feature

Facebook quietly closes controversial email service, introduced just three years ago, because "people haven't been using it"<p>Facebook has quietly shelved its controversial email feature, introduced three years ago, because "people haven't been using it".<p>Founder <b>Mark Zuckerberg launched the service in</b> …

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How CivicScience is massively disrupting consumer research, 400 million opinions a year

Free is a really attractive business model if you want to grow fast. Which is probably why CivicScience has found a way to give free research to journalists and free visitor information to websites … and a way to make money selling something else to an entirely different market.<p>The site has …

How Pandora’s 40 Engineers Nabbed 70 Million Monthly Users

The Pandora Prioritization System brought users to their company in droves. How can their approach apply to your company?<p>When it went public in 2011, over a decade after the company’s founding, Pandora employed fewer than 40 engineers. With this skeleton crew, the company built products for 70 …

How to win followers and thinkfluence people

For many, Twitter has become a useful tool for increasing the scope and impact of their work. For others, it can be something of a mystery, with users feeling clueless as to how they might transition from one of the followers to one of the followed. Here are tips on how to maximize your Twitter …

How to Analyze and Leverage Google’s Guest Blogging Warning

So considering the fact that Google’s Web spam team is working ‘round the clock to be able to identify and penalize unnatural link building methods, and that their leader has just declared war against low-quality guest blogging – it doesn’t take a genius to know what the nearest Google penalty is …

Hackers Are Attacking Millions Of Computers And Demanding Ransom In Bitcoins

The National Crime Agency in the U.K. issued an alert last month saying that hackers have targeted "tens of millions" of computers.<p>CryptoLocker is a form of a virus called "ransomware," meaning hackers do something bad to your computer and then demand money to reverse what they've done. In this …

Bitcoin Is At A Crossroads

Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer currency with no central bank, based on digital tokens with no intrinsic value, appears to be headed where no other virtual currencies has gone to date.<p>First mentioned in a research paper written under a pseudonym 5 years ago Bitcoin has, in the last year, moved from the …

Aussie Startups Looking Up To Brighter Future

Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder of enterprise software company Atlassian, is a role model for future Australian entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses and expand internationally. Not too many new businesses raise their first round of funding after eight years of starting up, and at $60 …

Google vs. Facebook in the Battle of Affinity

Every month, people click the “Like” button on Facebook more than 80 billion times. They post more than 10 billion updates on Twitter, and they write …

AddThis Launches Smart Layers, Giving Websites Social And Personalization Tools That Adapt To Mobile

AddThis has released a new platform called Smart Layers, which it says can improve traffic and engagement by just adding a single line of code.<p>President and CEO Ramsey McGrory told me that Smart Layers both improves on the publisher tools that AddThis was already offering and introduces some new …

Crowdsourcing Startup CrowdFlower Says Its Contributors Have Completed 1 Billion ‘Judgments’

CrowdFlower, which helps businesses manage crowdsourced tasks, announced that contributors have completed 1 billion “judgments,” which is the basic unit of work on the platform.<p>The company says those judgments are “the crux of microtasking,” with businesses asking CrowdFlower contributors to do …

IFTTT launches iPhone app: 'Mobile has always been in our plans'

Quietly, IFTTT has become an indispensable tool for a growing number of internet users, making connections between web services including Facebook, …