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By Ann Bradley | Technology, products, start ups, and hot tech news.

The Marshall Islands replaces the US dollar with its own cryptocurrency

The Marshall Islands made its own cryptocurrency, doing away with the US dollar. The government has signed the change into law, making the “sovereign” its new official cryptocurrency, as spotted by CNBC Africa cryptocurrency trader host Ran Neuner on Twitter yesterday.<p>The bill was signed into …

Cryptocurrency

Model 3 has a pedestrian warning speaker that is not yet installed under the front area of the car, confirmed

When I lent out the car to the audio system designers for the Model 3 for a couple days, they showed me the overall package for both premium and …

Tesla

Apple Screen Wizards Flock to L.A. to Find Future iPhone Displays

Apple Inc. screen engineers and executives crowded an industry conference in Los Angeles this week to check out new display technology that may be …

Augmented Reality

A Foolish Take: The World's 5 Biggest Video Game Companies

The world's top 25 gaming companies generated $94.1 billion in combined software revenue last year, according to Newzoo, marking a 29% jump from …

Investing

Apple’s $539 Million in Damages Is a ‘Big Win’ Over Samsung

Samsung Electronics Co. took a gamble when it appealed a finding it infringed Apple Inc.’s smartphone design patents, and a friendly subsequent …

Tim Cook

San Francisco says goodbye to electric scooters, for now

To get an operating permit from the city, Bird, Lime and Spin must first clear the streets of their vehicles.<p>San Francisco gave the three electric scooter companies that have descended on the city an ultimatum: get your vehicles off city streets until you're issued a permit, or else.<p>The warning …

San Francisco

Apple Changing Gears Yet Again on Autonomous Driving

The Mac maker is partnering with VW for self-driving employee shuttles.<p>It's been a while since investors have heard anything regarding <b>Apple</b>'s …

Tim Cook

Coinbase is getting ready to expand its cryptocurrency offering after a new acquisition

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is looking to circumvent regulatory hurdles and add new coins to its portfolio with the acquisition of Paradex, a …

Cryptocurrency

Weiss Rating Agency: Cryptocurrency is More Trustworthy than Banks

Martin D. Weiss and Juan M. Villaverde, writing in <i>Weiss Cryptocurrency Ratings</i>, argue that legislative changes being made by the current US …

Electronic Trading

Using TensorFlow To Recognize Your Own Objects

When the time comes to add an object recognizer to your hack, all you need do is choose from many of the available ones and retrain it for your …

Deep Learning

Oculus Brings ‘Boggle’ to Social VR App ‘Rooms’, More Hasbro Games ‘coming soon’

Oculus first announced that Boggle and other Hasbro board games would be coming to Oculus’ mobile VR platform back at F8, Facebook’s developer …

Ready Player One

5 Organizations Using Cool Tech Solutions and Research to Clean Up the Oceans

The Earth is an ocean world. From space, this fact is obvious, whether the planet appears as a bluish dust mote at the edge of the solar system, a …

Pollution

How controversial Theranos founder borrowed Steve Jobs’ look

Apple and particularly its iconic co-founder Steve Jobs have inspired some great people, ideas and companies over the years. But Apple’s beloved former leader and highly regarded products were also singled out as an inspiration for controversial health tech Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.<p>In a …

Silicon Valley

Facebook is full of could-be CEOs — but no one ever leaves

“The stakes are more intense than ever.”<p>This month was the perfect month to leave Facebook.<p>The social giant, which has been under fire over the past 18 months because of Russia or Cambridge Analytica or Myanmar or one of numerous other company oversights, shuffled its executive deck in a major way. …

Social Media

Tesla will update Model 3 firmware to fix braking calibration in ‘coming days’

In response to Consumer Reports’ first review of the Model 3, and our article about issues they had in their braking tests, Tesla CEO Elon Musk swiftly promised that if an issue is found with Model 3 braking, it would be fixed at no cost to owners, even if a physical upgrade is required.<p>Just a few …

Tesla

The reporter who broke the Theranos saga wide open pinpoints the moment he knew he had a big story on his hands

John Carreyrou knew he had a story on his hands the moment his first phone call ended with Alan Beam, a former laboratory director at Theranos.<p>Carreyrou in early 2015 had just finished the story "Medicare Unmasked" for The Wall Street Journal and was looking for a new project to work on. Theranos …

Silicon Valley

How One Company Scammed Silicon Valley. And How It Got Caught.

<b>BAD BLOOD</b> <b><br>Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup</b><br>By John Carreyrou<br>352 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $27.95.<p>In 2015, Vice President Joe Biden visited the Newark, Calif. laboratory of a hot new start-up making medical devices: Theranos. Biden saw rows of impressive-looking equipment — the company’s …

Silicon Valley

A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture

Alan Beam was sitting in his office reviewing lab reports when Theranos CEO and founder Elizabeth Holmes poked her head in and asked him to follow …

Genetic Engineering

Google quietly removes its famous “don’t be evil” phrase from its code of conduct

• Google has quietly removed its unofficial “don’t be evil” motto from its code of conduct’s preface.<br>• The phrase can still be found at the bottom, but it only appears once.<br>• “Don’t be evil” was part of Google’s code of conduct for almost two decades.<p>“Don’t be evil” is a good phrase to live by, but it …

Codes of Conduct

Clustering Cryptocurrencies with Affinity Propagation and the RAD 30 Crypto Composite

We apply Affinity Propagation clustering to the Rad 30 Crypto Composite and find that some sectors of the crypto economy are systematically different …

Machine Learning

How John Chambers Taught Me 'The Magic Of Silicon Valley'

As I think about the influences that have been most important to me in my career and my life, quite a few come to mind. I really believe you can learn something from anybody, but there are a few people who stand out. There’s my father of course—there are plenty of stories about rocky father/son …

Silicon Valley

Puff, Puff, Passed: The Progress Toward Legal Weed in All 50 States

Red states, blue states, purple states... the one thing most of us who are not Jeff Sessions can agree on in 2018 is the need for more green states …

Cannabis

3 Ways Blockchain Is Already Delivering on the Hype

<i>Balaji S. Srinivasan is the CTO of Coinbase, a Board Partner at Andreessen Horowitz and a member of CoinDesk's advisory board.</i><p><i>The following article</i> …

Blockchain

18 iPhone Tips That'll Make You Seem Like A Phone Wizard

Holy shit! These are legit.

IPhone 8

PayPal Alum: How Blockchain Will Change Investing and Why Real Estate Will Be First

There’s a lot of hype about turning property into digital tokens and trading it on a blockchain—but so far no one is actually doing it. That’s going …

Real Estate

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News: Target Taps YouCam for Augmented Reality Cosmetics Web App

Department store chain Target is the latest retailer to offer an augmented reality cosmetics app for customers to virtually try on lipstick.<p>For its …

Augmented Reality

19-Year-Old Engineer Builds Autonomous Window Cleaner for Commercial Buildings

Oliver Nicholls of Sydney, Australia, Wins $75,000 Top Prize at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair<p>PITTSBURGH, May 18, 2018 – Oliver …

Intel Corporation

Caffeine Causes Widespread "Brain Entropy" — and That's Actually a Good Thing

It's just common sense: the most orderly minds are the most brilliant ones. How else could a scientist memorize a complete taxonomy of the various …

The Brain