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Breakthrough research to revolutionize internet communication

April 27th, 2019 at 3:18 am » Comments Off

Breakthrough research to revolutionize internet communication A team of University of Otago/Dodd-Walls Centre scientists have created a novel device that could enable the next generation of faster, more energy efficient internet. Their breakthrough results have been published in the world’s premiere scientific journal Nature this morning. The internet is one of the single biggest consumers […]



The Weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum

April 20th, 2019 at 10:53 am » Comments Off

The information age is evolving the very nature of warfare. Today, each nation increasingly depends on closely integrated, high-speed electronic systems across cyberspace, geospace, and space (CGS). But, it’s a cause of great concern if an enemy can easily use a weapon like a small, inexpensive EMP device. An EMP weapon can deny any individual […]



Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas.

April 12th, 2019 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

Mark Zuckerberg is founder and chief executive of Facebook. Technology is a major part of our lives, and companies such as Facebook have immense responsibilities. Every day, we make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political advertising, and how to prevent sophisticated cyberattacks. These are important for keeping our community safe. But if […]



Two-thirds of all Android antivirus apps are frauds

March 21st, 2019 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

Only 23 Android antivirus apps had a 100 percent detection rate with no false positives. An organization specialized in testing antivirus products concluded in a report published this week that roughly two-thirds of all Android antivirus apps are a sham and don’t work as advertised. The report, published by Austrian antivirus testing outfit AV-Comparatives, was […]



More than a game, Fortnite is emerging as the best new social network

March 17th, 2019 at 11:52 am » Comments Off

The wild popularity of the shooter game is a reminder that socializing is way more fun when you’re actually doing something with your friends. It has more than 200 million users, up to 8 million of whom are online at any one time. Most spend six to 10 hours a week on the platform. And […]



5G is coming fast and it’s a game-changer

March 15th, 2019 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

The blistering speed and versatility of the coming 5G network herald a quantum leap for mobile technology – here are the fast facts. What is 5G? 5G is the fifth generation of mobile networks, following on from 2G, 3G and 4G. But while the move from 3G to 4G was all about speeds, 5G is […]



What the hell is a blockchain phone—and do I need one?

March 12th, 2019 at 8:59 am » Comments Off

The first wave of crypto-focused smartphones from big players like Samsung is a small step toward a decentralized web. The crypto world is full of buzzwords, but if you can peel away the marketing fluff, you sometimes find innovation beneath the surface. You are often also reminded just how early it is in the history […]



Ex-con app developers are disrupting price-gouging prison phones

February 18th, 2019 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

 Bloomberg reports that inmate messaging apps like Pigeonly, InmateAid, and Flikshop now have millions of users — and are poised to disrupt prison phone companies’ decades-old monopoly. All started by ex-inmates, these apps aim to give inmates and their families a more affordable way to stay in contact –and bring prisons out of the digital […]



The big deal about an AI model that can talk like you

February 6th, 2019 at 12:57 pm » Comments Off

  Meryl Streep is pitch perfect as the narrator of the Norah Ephron novel Heartburn. In the audiobook version, Streep’s classic delivery brings alive the emotional turmoil as well as the self-deprecating wit of Rachel Samstat, who has just found out about her husband’s affair. In the Harry Potter audiobooks, it’s singer-actor Jim Dale who […]



Kakao Pay passes 20 trillion won transaction mark for 2018

January 29th, 2019 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

Chat giant Kakao’s mobile payment app surpassed 20 trillion won, or $17.7 billion, in transactions during 2018, cementing itself as the undisputed sector leader in South Korea.



Google Brain built a translator so AI can explain itself

January 22nd, 2019 at 12:29 pm » Comments Off

A Google Brain scientist built a tool that can help artificial intelligence systems explain how they arrived at their conclusions — a notoriously tricky task for machine learning algorithms. The tool, called Testing with Concept Activation Vectors or TCAV for short, can be plugged into machine learning algorithms to suss out how much they weighted […]



Zanco pen phone hits Kickstarter from $49

December 13th, 2018 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

A new pen phone has been created by Zanco in the form of the S-Pen to provide a portable yet versatile combination of phone, stylus, pen and Bluetooth headset. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the pen phone which has launched via Kickstarter this week and is now available to back with […]



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