Tuesday , 27 June 2017

Tech

The founder and chairman of Alibaba Jack Ma highlights importance of creativity (video)

Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Alibaba, stressed the importance of creativity in the digital era. Ma said sports are not about muscles, but brain and creation. “We want to get more young people involved and make sports more creative,” he said, noting that three Qs –namely IQ, EQ and the Q of Love – are the way to …

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Southeast Asia’s first blockchain startup incubator launched in Delhi

A FIRST-of-its-kind blockchain incubator providing a three-month intensive program and US$50,000 in investment for startups is launched in Southeast Asia. The programme, called Satoshi Studios, is named after the creator of bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto. Blockchain was invented for bitcoin in 2008 by Satoshi. Through the use of a peer-to-peer network and a distributed timestamping server, a blockchain database is managed …

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The End of Internet Privacy? (video)

A new exposé based on the leaks of Edward Snowden have revealed the National Security Agency has developed methods to crack online encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records. “Encryption is really the system that lets the internet function as an important commercial instrument all around the world,” says Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian, which collaborated with The …

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Intel proposes new standard to light up data transfers

Intel is looking to use light and lasers to shuffle data faster among servers, and is proposing a new optical interconnect, MXC, that could change the way servers are implemented in data centers. The chip maker is pitching MXC as a “next-generation optical connector” that could be a big step in standardizing optical technology and ultimately help bring it to …

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Tracking devices hidden in London’s recycling bins

The unique identifying numbers of over half a million smartphones have been recorded by a network of recycling bins in central London. Hundreds of thousands of pedestrians walking past 12 locations unknowingly had the unique MAC address of their smartphones recorded by Renew London. Data including the “movement, type, direction, and speed of unique devices” was recorded from smartphones that had …

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World changing technology enables crops to take nitrogen from the air

A major new technology has been developed by The University of Nottingham, which enables all of the world’s crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilisers. Nitrogen fixation, the process by which nitrogen is converted to ammonia, is vital for plants to survive and grow. However, only a very small number of plants, most notably …

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Google Launches City Experts Program To Encourage Higher Quality Google+ Local Reviews

Google has quietly launched a new program called Google City Experts to encourage more high-quality local business ratings and reviews on Google+. The program is currently limited to select cities in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Japan, and will reward users who have left at least 50 reviews to date, and who produce at least five new reviews each month. Those who …

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Yahoo’s Mayer to Rebuild Research Group With 50 PhD Hires

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO)’s Marissa Mayer is boosting the company’s research unit, which was downsized under her predecessor, as the chief executive officer bets on emerging technologies from big data to artificial intelligence. Yahoo Labs has hired 30 researchers with PhDs in 2013 and plans to add another 20 by year-end, Mayer said in an interview at the company’s Sunnyvale, California …

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Starbucks to Partner With Google to Upgrade Wi-Fi

Starbucks says it’s reached a deal to partner with Google that will allow it to offer its customers dramatically faster Wi-Fi service. Financial terms were not disclosed. Starting in August, new U.S. company-operated Starbucks stores will begin to receive up to 10 times faster network and Wi-Fi speeds. And over the next 18 months, Starbucks will convert more than 7,000 …

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