Moreover, 95% of carmakers plan to make "moderate to significant" blockchain investments over the next three years, according to a report by the IBM Institute for Business Value, a business-research group. In its executive report entitled "Daring to Be First," the IBM Institute says blockchain can revolutionize the auto industry by bringing transparency to supply chain management and financial transactions. Auto executives are counting on the blockchain promise of secure, traceable transactions and improved transparency of information to streamline supply chain...
It appeared to be the result of outside parties gaming Google’s search results, a well-known tactic known as "Google bombing." In this case, it’s convincing Google that a Trump picture is what most people want when they search for "idiot," by upvoting or linking to posts with that combination of words and images. Then there was the moment that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) asked Pichai — the CEO, we repeat, of Google — to explain why his daughter’s iPhone was...
IOHK, a leading blockchain research and development firm, announced two tools developed by a world-leading team for writing smart contracts for the Cardano blockchain. These powerful tools will enable start-ups, the financial services and fintech industries, and academia to prepare blockchain contracts that will run on Cardano (ADA). IOHK has provided an easy-to-use exploratory development and testing environment for Plutus contracts based on a novel blockchain emulator, called Plutus Playground. "As an example: The escrow mechanism allows Party 1 to...
When Apple introduced the fourth iteration of its smartwatch, the big new selling point wasn't a feature we typically associate with a watch or any sort of smart device. Instead, the company added a feature that had only recently arrived in the form of specialized consumer devices: an electrocardiograph (ECG), a device made for monitoring the heart's electrical activity. But the watch was ready before the software was, meaning an examination of the technology wasn't possible in our comprehensive review...
In the summer of 2012, I had just learned of a new service where a driver would pick you up in their own car, not a taxi or licensed town car. I quickly downloaded the new app called Lyft and, intrigued, started to share it with others around the Airbnb offices. I said, "Wait a minute, you are comfortable allowing others into your home and staying in others’ homes while you travel, but you don’t want to get into someone...
Taylor Swift held a concert at California’s Rose Bowl this past May that was monitored by a facial recognition system. Swift’s facial recognition system was built into a kiosk that displayed highlights of her rehearsals, which would secretly record onlookers’ faces. Surveillance at a concert — a private event — is legalUS artists haven’t previously been publicized for using facial recognition tech at their concerts. The security measures taken for Swift’s event could be considered extreme, but it’s not the...
Oracle is suing the U.S. government over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract filed suit in federal court last week alleging yet again that the decade-long $10 billion Pentagon JEDI contract with its single-vendor award is unfair and illegal. If all of this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same argument the company used when it filed a similar complaint with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) last August. The GAO ruled against Oracle last month stating, "…the Defense Department’s decision to pursue a...
Waymo, a Google sister-company, found the perfect testing ground for its self-driving taxi program in Arizona. One Arizonan, from the city of Chandler, became so fed up with the sight of Waymo’s vans in his neighborhood that he stood on his lawn pointing a pistol at the human safety driver inside of one as it passed his home. In both of those cases the drivers then exited their vehicles and screamed at the driverless cars in an apparent fit of...
OrCam co-founder Amnon Shashua describes the MyMe as a "FitBit for social," or a very specific kind of augmented reality. But unlike that camera, it’s aimed at everybody — or at least, enough people to fulfill the Kickstarter’s $39,800 goal and serve as early adopters. Like lifelogging, but usefulThe MyMe is a thumb-sized black plastic rod with a wide-angle camera embedded into it. If there’s a face in the picture, it cross-references that face with your social media contacts or...
Apple could make its 2019 iPhone thinner and lighter than the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max thanks to new screen technology, according to a report today. Laminating the touch sensitivity to the OLED screen could save a fraction of a millimeter of space, potentially making the next iPhone thinner than before. That said, Apple is said to also be sourcing current iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max displays from both Samsung Display and LG Display.
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