Rikus Botha

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No reason to fear bitcoin split

<b>Over the last week,</b> the price of bitcoin crashed from around US$2 400 to $1 800 on fears of a so-called hard fork, which is to say the digital …

Cryptocurrency

You Should Update Your Apple Devices Immediately to Fix a Major Security Flaw

Apple has released a new software update for iOS and MacOS. For users of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers, downloading the patch is critical to …

Microsoft gets rid of passwords with phone sign-in

Passwords are the worst, and Microsoft feels your pain.<p>Redmond has a new way to sign into your Microsoft accounts with just your phone—no password necessary.<p>"With phone sign-in, we're shifting the security burden from your <i>memory</i> to your <i>device</i>," Alex Simons, director of program management for …

Fintech investor: 'Anything that has machine learning or blockchain in it, the valuation goes up, 2, 3, 4, 5x'

Andy Stewart, a managing partner at Motive Partners, said at the International Fintech conference in London last week: "I would call valuations right now frothy in general... tech generally is frothy."<p>A frothy market is one where valuations become detached from the underlining performance of a …

Machine Learning

Elon Musk wants to connect brains to computers with new company

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is launching a new company called Neuralink with the intention of connecting computers directly to human brains, according to a report.<p>The Wall Street Journal reported that the billionaire entrepreneur, whose other interests include sending humans to Mars, is …

Singularity

More big brands pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt Google's ability to prevent marketing …

Advertising

Technology will destroy millions of American jobs

Bill Pugliano/Getty A significant part of Trump's campaign centered on the angst of the white middle class and the ongoing loss of jobs in the Rust Belt. And that focus gave him his margin of victory.<p>Trump promised to bring those jobs back, a sentiment that resonated powerfully with the electorate. …

Airbnb raises $1B, no IPO plans 'anytime soon'

SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb has raised more than $1 billion at a valuation of about $31 billion, helping the home-rental company put off an initial public offering.<p>The San Francisco-based home-rental company disclosed the funding in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.<p>The large …

Venture Capital

This Engineering Firm Just Took a $100 Million Hit from a ‘Sophisticated Criminal Scheme’

Swiss engineering group ABB (abb) on Wednesday said it fell victim to a “sophisticated criminal scheme” at its South Korean subsidiary, with the …

Corruption

Fitbit bought Pebble for much less than originally reported

Sad Pebble<p>Fitbit paid $23 million for smartwatch maker Pebble, according to Fitbit’s fourth quarter earnings report, released earlier today. This buyout price is less than what was reported earlier, with some publications having reported that Fitbit paid somewhere between $34 and $40 million for …

New details emerge about Palantir’s custom software for spy agencies

A new report by The Intercept provides some compelling specifics on collaboration between Palo Alto’s secretive big data shop Palantir and the intelligence agencies that it keeps on its client roster.<p>While some broad strokes are known about Palantir’s relationship with spy agencies, the finer …

Apple: You share iCloud data, and we'll make iPhones smarter

The company believes privacy is important, but services like Siri work better when a company can analyze real-world data.<p>Apple long has argued in favor of customer privacy, but the company wants to do more with your personal data so services like Siri voice recognition can get smarter.<p>A new option …

Artificial Intelligence

Tesla sues ex-Autopilot chief for stealing company secrets

Tesla is suing its former Autopilot director, claiming he took confidential, proprietary information about its self-driving technology and destroyed evidence to cover his tracks, according to a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara Superior Court. It alleges Sterling Anderson also attempted to recruit at …

HP recalls 101,000 laptop batteries that could catch fire

Another day, another battery recall.<p>HP's expanding on a battery recall issued last June to include batteries in several HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP …

App Store’s walled garden could bring antitrust suit

Apple may find itself at the center of a new antitrust lawsuit after the U.S. appeals court ruled that the App Store’s “walled garden” could be monopolizing the market for iOS apps.<p>What the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling takes issue with is the fact that iOS apps can only be downloaded …

Apps

Europe prepares cyber defenses to protect elections from Russian interference

Nations in Europe, where Germany and France this year hold elections, are erecting defenses to counter possible Russian cyber attacks and disinformation to sway Western politics, but intelligence experts say this might be too little and too late.<p>The issue of Russian “influence operations” has taken …

Russia

SpaceX launches first Falcon 9 rocket since September explosion

SpaceX successfully launched its first unmanned rocket into low earth orbit, after a fiery failed launch attempt in September 2016.<p>SpaceX launched on …

Resurgence of iOS continues on back of iPhone 7: Kantar

Apple's regular end-of-year bounce in market share is going much better than it was 12 months ago, Kantar has said.<p>The year-long mobile share …

All electric trains in the Netherlands now run on wind energy

The Netherlands has been harnessing the power of the wind to drain bodies of water, saw timber and to produce oil for centuries. Now, the country is also using it to run all its electric trains. The Dutch railways network (NS) started using wind energy generated by the turbines owned by electric …

Google Kills Another Mysterious “Moonshot”

Titan, which aimed to beam Internet from drones, is the latest project to become a casualty of Google’s new fiscal discipline.<p>In the Mountain View offices of X, Google’s factory for creating its “moonshot” projects, there’s a picture of a burning $100 bill on a poster board. “Investors think we do …

Moon

DJI reportedly acquires majority stake in historic camera company Hasselblad

Dronemaker DJI has reportedly acquired a majority stake in historic Swedish camera company Hasselblad. The news was first reported by photography site <i>The Luminous Landscape</i>, with <i>TechCrunch</i> confirming the story based on testimonies from “multiple industry insiders.” DJI first bought a minority stake …

Focalcrest announces Mixtile Hub to bridge existing ZigBee and Z-Wave smart home products into HomeKit + Siri control

The Mixtile Hub is the first smart home hub that can bridge existing smart accessories from other popular home automation protocols, like ZigBee and Z-Wave, and bring them into the HomeKit ecosystem. This means customers will be able to view various accessories in the Home app and control them with …

Home Automation

Robots are now really stealing jobs as Japanese firm replaces staff with AI

Though we’ve always assumed certain crafts will forever remain immune to automation, it seems nowadays nobody is safe from the looming artificial intelligence invasion.<p>While a few years back the prospect of robots snatching jobs from humans might have seemed like a hackneyed plot twist from a cheap …

Artificial Intelligence

A drone just collided with a passenger jet in Mozambique

The Aviation Herald is reporting that a passenger jet in Mozambique has collided with a drone, causing significant damage to the plane’s nose cone.<p>The <i>Linhas Aereas de Mocambique</i> (LAM) Boeing 737-700, which was en-route from Maputo to Tete, encountered the drone as it was on final approach. As it …

Drones

Bendable and foldable phones are coming. Are you ready?

Commentary: These envelope-pushing phones will move everyone forward, but it may be years before they're fully embraced.<p>She pushed down hard on the rectangular phone and, like a slap bracelet, it cinched around her wrist. The audience gasped; the internet went wild.<p>This articulated wraparound phone …

Mobile

Mark Carney: 'Every technological revolution mercilessly destroys jobs well before the new ones emerge'

In a wide-ranging speech on the economy in Liverpool on Monday, the governor said the world is "in the midst of a technological revolution that is once again changing the nature of work." He highlighted a past speech from the Bank of England's Andy Haldane in which he said 15 million British jobs …

Samsung Galaxy S8 may be losing the headphone jack too

Following in the footsteps of Apple, Samsung might also be ditching the headphone jack on its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone.<p>According to SamMobile, the South Korean manufacturer is prepping the release of its flashy new flagship device – but without the standard audio port. Instead, the headset …

Samsung Galaxy

This hidden Apple Watch feature helps find a lost iPhone in the dark

It's the perfect way to find a dropped iPhone in a dark parking lot, or under your couch.<p>You probably already know that you can use your Apple Watch to ping your iPhone as long as they're close to each other. (Open Control Center on your Watch and tap on the Ping icon, the button with the iPhone …

Apple Watch

Letter suggests Apple and Google will also compete in the self-driving vehicle market

Google and Apple are now long-time enemies. They continue to fight in the smartphone, tablet, smart TV and wearable markets (among others), but recent rumors suggest they are also taking this fight to the road, where self-driving cars are said to rule in the near future. Today we are getting more …

Roads

Samsung Knew Note 7 Had A Dangerous Design, But Took The Risk Anyway, Say Analysts

The mainstream media news cycle has moved on to other inflammatory matters recently (like: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his controversial cabinet picks), but within the smartphone industry, people are still wondering, “just what the hell went wrong with the Galaxy Note 7?”<p>After all, …

Galaxy Note