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Chinese citizens will soon need to scan their face before they can access internet services or get a new phone number

October 17th, 2019 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

: A display shows a facial recognition system during the 1st Digital China Summit at Strait International Conference and Exhibition Center on April 22, 2018 in Fuzhou, China. The summit is held from April 22 to 24, with the theme of ‘Let Informatization Drive Modernization, Speed Up the Construction of Digital China’. Visual China Group […]



What can we learn from Sweden, the ultimate cashless society?

October 16th, 2019 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

Demand for notes and coins in Sweden is so limp that cash is literally disappearing: the amount in circulation has fallen 27.5pc in the last four year The collapse of cash in Britain has been dramatic. There were 11.5 billion fewer cash transactions in 2018 than in 2008 – a decline of 51pc. It’s a […]



How selling citizenship is now big business

October 16th, 2019 at 12:20 pm » Comments Off

Buying and selling citizenship is now a global industry worth an estimated $25bn a year You can be born into it, you can earn it, and you can lose it. Increasingly, you can also invest your way into it. The “it” is citizenship of a particular country, and it is a more fluid concept than […]



China plans to kill most of the world’s bitcoin mining operations

September 25th, 2019 at 12:21 pm » Comments Off

  The price could spike again. The Chinese government will end bitcoin mining operations in the coming months, Bloomberg reported over this January, a move that could have a massive impact on the price of the world’s biggest digital currency. China has been a central player in the development of bitcoin in recent years, but […]



Self-driving carmakers urge regulators to toss the steering wheel out the window

September 23rd, 2019 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

Waymo, Cruise, and others call on the NHTSA to take action on human controls The federal government should rewrite the safety rules for automobile manufacturing so self-driving carmakers can deploy vehicles without traditional controls like steering wheels and pedals, according to public comments submitted by top car and tech companies. And they should be quick […]



Major cities are introducing noise radars that automatically issue fines to loud vehicles to combat noise pollution

September 13th, 2019 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

The measuring devices will be able to precisely measure and locate sounds from moving vehicles, as well as register their licence plates. Noise pollution is one of the leading health problems in cities after environmental pollution. In France, a noise radar has been installed to fine the noisiest vehicles, according to Reuters. The radar isn’t […]



Coming soon to a battlefield: Robots that can kill

September 12th, 2019 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

  Tomorrow’s wars will be faster, more high-tech, and less human than ever before. Welcome to a new era of machine-driven warfare. Wallops island—a remote, marshy spit of land along the eastern shore of Virginia, near a famed national refuge for horses—is mostly known as a launch site for government and private rockets. But it […]



Bitcoin And Cryptocurrencies are a hedge for bad government

September 5th, 2019 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

World leaders and delegates depart a family photo session at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Osaka, Japan, on Friday, June 28, 2019. There’s been a lot of news recently, especially with the advent of a news cycle focused on a potential recession, on the role of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies from a short-term investment […]



The U.S. Air Force’s shadowy X-37B space plane has broken a space flight record

September 3rd, 2019 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

  At 6:43 am US eastern time today, the Air Force’s mysterious X-37B space plane broke a new spaceflight record, surpassing the 717 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes its predecessor spent in orbit just a couple years prior. The X-37B, explained: The Air Force is notoriously tightlipped about the X-37B program. The space plane […]



The fashion line designed to trick surveillance cameras

August 26th, 2019 at 11:18 am » Comments Off

Adversarial Fashion garments are covered in license plates, aimed at bamboozling a device’s databases An Adversarial Fashion dress, modeled by the designer, Kate Rose. Automatic license plate readers, which use networked surveillance cameras and simple image recognition to track the movements of cars around a city, may have met their match, in the form of […]



Automakers run into collision with Centre’s electric vehicle plan

August 15th, 2019 at 11:35 am » Comments Off

Two- and three-wheeler manufacturers are stoutly resisting the government’s e-mobility plan. The government wants to ban internal combustion engine (ICE)-powered three- and two-wheelers (with an engine capacity of less than 150cc) by 2023 and 2025, respectively, and replace them with electric vehicles (EVs). With the meeting between the NITI Aayog and auto industry executives ending […]



IRS says it’s sending warning letter to US cryptocurrency owners

August 10th, 2019 at 1:20 am » Comments Off

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Friday that it has begun sending letters to taxpayers who own cryptocurrency, advising them to pay any back taxes they may owe or to file amended tax returns regarding their holdings. In a news bulletin, the agency said that it began mailing what it called “educational letters” last […]



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