Reuben Chircop

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NASA Satellites Detect Seriously Weird Changes in Earth's Freshwater

A fascinating new study from NASA reveals how the amount of freshwater in certain regions changed over the years due to various factors, including …

Climate Change

I asked Apple for all my data. Here's what was sent back

Apple gave me all the data it collected on me since I bought my first iPhone — in 2010.<p>Last week, I asked Apple to give me all the data it's …

Mark Zuckerberg Quietly Moves 1.5 Billion Users’ Rights Out of Europe’s Reach

Facebook is putting up a covert fight against new privacy rules.<p>In 2008, Facebook followed the lead of countless companies before it, establishing an international headquarters in Ireland in order to skirt relatively higher U.S. corporate tax rates. In doing so, the company also ensured that …

5 questions Mark Zuckerberg dodged on Capitol Hill

Mark Zuckerberg's team has a lot of following up to do.<p>The Facebook CEO has endured two days of questions before Congress amid a data scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a UK-based political data firm that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The firm improperly accessed data on 87 …

Social Media

The 5 biggest takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before the Senate

Waymo CEO: Our self-driving cars are safe

The CEO of Waymo, the driverless car division of Google parent company Alphabet, said his company's driverless cars are safe.<p>After a fatal accident involving an Uber driverless car in Arizona last week, several companies have suspended testing on public roads, including Toyota, Nvidia and Uber …

People are downloading their Facebook data and posting it to Twitter, and the results will terrify you

The Cambridge Analytica scandal continues to roll on. As it does, people are becoming more and more aware of just how much data Facebook has on them.<p>One easy (yet slightly horrifying) way to see it all in one place is to request all of your Facebook data as a zip file. A lot of people have been …

Hackers learn to hurdle two-factor authentication

For years, cyber security experts have been urging users to add a second layer of authentication to their accounts, often a code sent by text message …

Nest's long-awaited temperature sensor is here at last

Nest now has a temperature sensor to accompany its Learning Thermostat and Thermostat E.<p>Nest just introduced a temperature sensor accessory to accompany its Learning Thermostat and Thermostat E. The new Nest Temperature Sensor is available for pre-order starting today on Nest's online store -- a …

Why Do All The Planets Orbit In The Same Plane?

Our Solar System is an orderly place, with the four inner planets, the asteroid belt, and the gas giant worlds all orbiting in the same plane around the Sun. Even as you go farther out, the Kuiper belt objects appear to line up with that same exact plane. Given that the Sun is spherical and that …

Universe

Energy storage breakthrough could boost EV range and slash charge time

Electric cars could soon have as much range as petrol and diesel cars -- and recharge in a matter of minutes -- thanks to what researchers are calling a "breakthrough" in energy storage technology. Teams from Bristol University and Surrey University have created a new material for supercapacitors, …

Clean Energy

The Clever Ways Your Phone Can Spy On You Even When You Tell It Not To

Despite protections, your devices are vulnerable to side-channel attacks that can threaten your privacy, as our recent research demonstrates.<p>U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that service members’ digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their …

Mobile Devices

World’s first space sports car now flying toward asteroid belt beyond Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The world’s first space sports car is cruising toward the asteroid belt, well beyond Mars.SpaceX chief Elon Musk confirmed the …

Could an updated Feynman experiment finally lead to a Theory of Everything?

Measuring quantum gravity has proven extremely challenging, stymying some of the greatest minds in physics for generations.<br>Read More

Bank-based blockchain projects are going to transform the financial services industry

Hugh Harsono Contributor<p>Hugh Harsono is a former financial analyst currently serving as a U.S. Army Officer.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>How two countries helped drive the recent rise in cryptocurrency prices<br>• Indonesia will be Asia’s next biggest e-commerce market<p>Cryptocurrencies are constantly …

Huawei’s new whole-home Wi-Fi system combines Powerline and mesh networking

Huawei today announced a new whole-home Wi-Fi system, the WiFi Q2. Wi-Fi mesh network systems are quickly becoming the standard, with companies like Qualcomm estimating that they now account for 40 percent of new Wi-Fi router sales. Huawei is going a different route, though. In addition to a Wi-Fi …

Thousands of major sites are taking silent anti-ad-blocking measures

It’s no secret that ad blockers are putting a dent in advertising-based business models on the web. This has produced a range of reactions, from relatively polite whitelisting asks (TechCrunch does this) to dynamic redeployment of ads to avoid blocking. A new study finds that nearly a third of the …

Meet the Newest Cryptocurrency Trend: Privacy Coins

Privacy and anonymity are all the rage, and these coins are benefiting big time.<p>2017 has turned out to be a pretty good year for cryptocurrencies. In …

Physicists Have Created a Set of Conditions in Which Time Seems to Run in Reverse

Nobody panic.<p>While we all take for granted the fact that time's arrow forever points towards the future, physicists have always had trouble showing …

Israel is looking to launch a national cryptocurrency

Israel might be launching its own private Bitcoin in a few years.<p>The Bank of Israel is looking to issue a digital currency to create a faster …

'Nobody Knows the Ultimate Value.' Bitcoin's Price Flops Back to $15,000

Bitcoin fell toward $15,000 after the cryptocurrency’s biggest rally in two weeks ended a rout that wiped more than $9,000 off the price.<p>The largest …

Edward Snowden's new app turns your old Android device into a stealthy security monitor

If you happen to have an old Android device lying around and a reason to worry about people messing with your business, Edward Snowden has an app for …

Coinbase may have given away its own Bitcoin Cash surprise

On Tuesday, when Bitcoin Cash hit Coinbase, the popular user-friendly U.S.-based exchange, cryptocurrency’s reputation as the financial wild west was on full display.<p>While anyone following along was well aware that Coinbase planned to add Bitcoin Cash, the currency created in August’s Bitcoin hard …

Cryptocurrencies have an everything problem

A mom from Arkansas, a major donor to Republican causes with very little experience in technology, wants to invest $50,000 in bitcoin. A man from Switzerland curses during a Skype call because his Korean over-the-counter exchange went down during a massive trade. An entrepreneur placed a Trezor …

ProtonMail Bridge offers encryption for your go-to email client

ProtonMail's encrypted email app went live for everyone a year or so ago. The company offered a free VPN service just this past June and an encrypted contacts system just before Thanksgiving of this year. Now ProtonMail is enabling mainstream email app users safely send and receive email, …

5 Bitcoin Rivals That Are Rapidly on the Rise

Bitcoin prices peaked at an all-time high of over $11,800 Sunday in one of the most dramatic value surges of any asset in living memory.<p>Today’s …

Android Oreo for low-powered phones launches today

Google is finally releasing the bare bones version of Android it showed off at I/O 2017 back in May. The tech titan is making Android Oreo Go available to manufacturers with Android 8.1, which is scheduled to drop anytime within the next 24 hours. This optimized version of Google's mobile OS was …

Apps

Parity CEO is confident that $150M in frozen Ethereum isn’t lost forever

Earlier this year, Parity Technologies seemingly lost about $150 million worth of Ethereum (513,774.16 Ether) when a user of its wallet accidentally deleted a code library that made Parity’s wallets work. At least 1 million in ETH became frozen — and about $90 million of those were actually from …

Cryptocurrency fundraising 'scam' frozen out by US

Startup PlexCorps is a fraud, the SEC says. It's trying to retrieve $15 million people invested in digital 'PlexCoins.' PlexCorps says it's legit.<p>The US government has cracked down on a company it says is running a "full-fledged cyber scam," bilking as much as $15 million out of investors excited …

Anger and confusion as crypto traders lose thousands in 'flash crash' on $54 billion exchange

A "flash crash" on the world's biggest cryptocurrency exchange has left customers demanding answers and refunds, with many claiming to have lost thousands of dollars.<p>The price of cryptocurrencies NEO, OMG, and ETP crashed as much as 90% in minutes on the Bitfinex exchange on Wednesday before …