The will be welcome news for cryptocurrency fans in the U.K. and Europe.Coinbase, one of more popular and accessible cryptocurrency exchanges, has been granted an e-money license by the U.K. regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).From a regulatory standpoint, this means that Coinbase is now able to issue e-money and provide payment services in the U.K. and will have passed additional checks in terms of things like the segregation of client funds, which means that customer fiat balances (ie when you deposit funds, such as Sterling) are separated from Coinbase’s own operational funds and kept in separate bank accounts.In other words, if Coinbase goes bust or ceases to operate as a business going forward, the idea is that any fiat currency the company is looking after on your behalf won’t get absorbed with it.Note, it doesn’t mean deposits are protected by the regulator itself — as a full banking license would do — nor does it say anything about how safe your Coinbase cryptocurrency wallet is.But, either way, it is definitely a good and important step for Coinbase’s ability to better serve customers in the U.K. and the EU.
Artifact had a rough reveal at The International 2017, Valve’s largest annual tournament for its MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) Dota 2.Fans in attendance saw its debut via a video.You can hear their excitement build as they understand Valve is about to unveil its first new game since Dota 2 came out in 2013 (not counting The Lab, which was more of a VR experiment).Then you can hear that excitement fade when they learn that the new game, Artifact, is a digital card game based on Dota 2 that’s coming out for PC later in 2018.Valve was once known for strong single-player experiences like Half-Life and Portal along with its multiplayer games.Today, its gaming endeavors focus on live-service titles like Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Of course, there are other climbing apps like SloperClimbing, Rakkup, and ClimbingWeather built to assist climbers with weather conditions, planning routes, and even GPS navigation.These issues limit climbing apps and could spell the difference between life and death.They hit their campaign goal in just 36 hours.Demonstrating complete dedication to the climbing community, climbing safety, and to the protection of the environment, the team personally walked thousands of miles, took thousands of photos, wrote copious field notes, and GPS-tracked every trail to create each map.Digital Trends spoke with Stefani Dawn to find out more about the intense preparation and financial resources that went into creating these navigational maps, as well as the lessons learned using Kickstarter to raise money and why all GPS systems and technology are not created equal.Stefani Dawn: When we were working full-time in other jobs, climbing trips happened on weekends and over limited vacation time.
Mormons miffed by mammary missiveThe Utah State Bar is investigating how a picture of a topless woman appeared in an email sent to all its members earlier this week.There was little to alert lawyers about what they were about to see when the email, titled "2018 Spring Convention Walk-Ins Welcome!Those who did open it were in for a surprise however when, instead of receiving attendance information on the association's convention, they were greeted by a pair of perky private parts.It didn't take long for members to react.At 1432, one recipient, Chase Thomas, tweeted: "If you recently got an email from the Utah Bar, be careful opening it!
If you're an auto industry bigwig, you're spending the week in calm, chocolate-gobbling, yodeling Switzerland.The annual gathering is the venue of choice for supercar manufacturers, and so Europe's bastion of neutrality becomes a battleground where horsepower, luxury features, and dramatic styling win out.Among this year's first-timers is Polestar, the brand Volvo created last year to focus on electric performance.To make its mark, the company—formerly dedicated to gasoline-powered track cars—entered the fray with the Polestar 1 GT, announcing it will start taking $3,000 deposits for the coupe next week.You may associate the h-word with Toyota's Prius, with great mileage but lackluster performance.In a room full of flexing Ferraris and posing Porsches, the Polestar is no weakling, packing 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque.
An electrical engineer at The University of Toledo, who nearly died as a girl in Africa because of a hospital's lack of power, has developed a new energy storage solution to make battery packs in electric vehicles, satellites, planes and grid stations last longer and cost less.The new technology called a bilevel equalizer is the first hybrid that combines the high performance of an active equalizer with the low cost of the passive equalizer."Whenever we are talking about batteries, we are talking about cells connected in a series.With current active equalizers, manufacturers would have to use 120 active equalizers.Experiments have shown that the bilevel equalizer increases the discharge capacity of lithium ion batteries by about 30 percent, and the pack lasts longer because the cells are balanced."Instead of an electric vehicle's battery lasting only four years, it would last much longer," Mubenga said.
Rotten Tomatoes is rolling out an updated logo this week, along with sleeker icons (used by the movie review site to distinguish good reviews, bad reviews and more).The website has been around for 19 years, and while there have been some adjustments to the logo in the past, this is by far the most drastic change for the Rotten Tomatoes brand.The whole mission with the new identity, according to the brand, was to keep the same vibe it’s always had among fans, but create something that can live across digital, social, mobile and more.We know for a lot of fans we are the first place they go when they are trying to make a lot of entertainment decisions.The brand worked closely with design consultancy Pentagram over the last nine months to bring the new visual identity to life.Fans of the site will notice that the logo has a few adjustments including a sharper font and different colors for the logo.
I struggle with NEO — currently the sixth most valuable cryptocurrency.On the other hand, companies touted as the “Google of China,” “Amazon of China,” and “Facebook of China” — Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent — are hugely dominant and profitable.It’s certainly true that the size of the Chinese market can make a success into an enormous success.NEO’s architecture also gives us a lot to like — and a lot to hate.Noam Levenson wrote a brilliant piece called “NEO versus Ethereum: Why NEO might be 2018’s strongest cryptocurrency,” in which he outlines not just how NEO is like Ethereum, but how it is better.Other NEO strengths include developer accessibility and scalability potential.
Jupiter isn't the most colorful spot in the solar system.It looks like a watercolor swirl of white, orange, brown, yellow and bit of dull red like we see in the Great Red Spot.A NASA image released Friday shows Jupiter looking very deep blue, a color we more strongly associate with our own planet.Jupiter isn't actually hanging out in space looking like an Earth doppelganger.The image, which comes from NASA's Juno spacecraft, has been processed to help make the details pop out.NASA titled the image "Jovian 'Twilight Zone'" and says it was part of "an experiment to capture the best results for illuminated parts of Jupiter's polar region."
Social media is a fluid technology — nearly every day, the major social media networks are announcing a big change, coming under fire for the latest controversy or moving forward in smaller ways.YouTube’s new moderation staff accidentally suspended some channelsIn the wake of the Logan Paul fiasco and a fake news video of a Florida school shooting survivor hitting the trending section, YouTube’s moderators got a bit overzealous this week.Facebook Pages tests Broadcast Messenger, a tool for sending out mass chat messagesBusinesses could soon have the ability to send out mass messages on Facebook.The tool allows businesses to send a group of people the same message using the messaging tools in Pages.
The nice thing about smartwatches is that they put information right on your wrist so it’s easy to check.What if that information was right on the back of your hand?That question, I can only assume, is what led to the creation of Haier’s Asu watch, an enormous smartwatch with a built-in projector.The projector allows the watch to display information on the back of your hand, essentially serving as a second screen.So when you’re running, the projection will display distance, time, and progress toward fitness goals, while the watch screen will have controls to pause and finish your workout.The projection actually supports gesture controls, too: you can double tap on your hand to change what’s on the screen.
Alibaba’s 2018 investment spree looks set to continue after it made a push to buy Ele.me, the food delivery startup from China that it has invested in, in full.Bloomberg reported yesterday that Alibaba plans to purchase the roughly-60 percent of Ele.me that it currently doesn’t own from the other investors, which include search giant Baidu.TechCrunch has confirmed that with sources close to Alibaba, who told us that a proposal to buy the remaining stakes was submitted to investors yesterday.Alibaba first invested in Ele.me in 2016 and it doubled down to lead a $1 billion investment last year.Ele.me consolidated its position as one of China’s largest food on-demand platforms when it picked up Baidu’s rival business back in August, which explains how Baidu became an investor.The acquisition could value Ele.me at as much a $9.5 billion, according to Bloomberg, and the deal would be significant since it would once again pit Alibaba against its key rival Tencent.
Steven Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm, attends the Wall Street Journal Digital conference in Laguna Beach, California, U.S. October 17, 2017.Rival computer chip design and manufacturing companies Qualcomm and Broadcom are publicly hashing out the details of a merger deal that could reach a $160 billion (£114 billion) price tag.The prospective deal came about in November when Broadcom made an offer to buy its rival Qualcomm.Qualcomm executives initially resisted the deal, but The Financial Times now reports that the company is open to being acquired — but only for a price tag of $160 billion.That hasn't gone down well at Broadcom, which called Qualcomm's request for negotiations "engagement theater."The company said in a statement that "Broadcom does not believe that the process outlined by Qualcomm today is designed to lead to a prompt agreement."
Apple has confirmed that it uses Google’s public cloud to store data for its iCloud services in its latest version of the iOS Security Guide last month, as spotted by CNBC.Reports that Apple relied on Google’s cloud services surfaced in 2016 but were previously never confirmed.Apple had previously used remote data storage systems provided by Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.Apple’s edition of the iOS Security Guide in March 2017 still listed Microsoft Azure instead of Google Cloud Platform.The new edition describes its iCloud service: “The encrypted chunks of the file are stored, without any user-identifying information, using third-party storage services, such as [Amazon] S3 and Google Cloud Platform.”The report doesn’t clearly state whether Apple uses any Google cloud services outside of storing photos and videos, nor does it give a start date for when Apple first made the switch.
Hey, remember initial coin offerings, the almost totally unregulated form of investment vehicle in which investors trade real cash or assets in exchange for virtual “tokens” in cryptocurrency-backed startups?Those very ICOs that the Securities and Exchange Commission told everyone to be very careful about because of the “greater opportunities for fraud and manipulation”?Turns out most of them failed or are in the process of failing!According to an analysis by Bitcoin.com, of the 902 ICOs from 2017 listed on fairly comprehensive crowdsale site Tokendata, 142 failed at the funding stage and a further 276 have failed, “either due to taking the money and running, or slowly fading into obscurity.”All told, that’s 418 failures or a 46 per cent failure rate.Actually, counting an additional 113 ICOs which have either gone dark on social media or have communities too small to succeed, that’s 531 or an astonishing 59 per cent of 2017's ICOs that either stole, lost, or are on their way to losing $233 million in investors’ money.
At Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona this weekend, LG will be unveiling the LG V30S ThinQ.As the name implies, the new device does not look significantly different than the LG V30 it succeeds.This year, LG is making a point to shun the smartphone industry’s annual release cycles, retaining existing models for longer.Indeed, its next flagship that will succeed the LG G6, codenamed Judy, is not being unveiled at MWC.When LG unveiled the V30, the company called it “the lightest among smartphones in the 6-inch and over category.” LG is meanwhile saying the V30S ThinQ is “still the thinnest and lightest among smartphones with displays of 6 inches or more.”Fans will be happy to hear that RAM has been upgraded from 4GB to 6GB.
Phil Spencer, executive vice president of gaming at Microsoft, spoke from the heart about diversity and being a leader in building a better culture at the company at the opening of the elite game conference, the DICE Summit, this week in Las Vegas.Spencer, who joined Microsoft as an intern a couple of decades ago, delivered this message in a personal way.The man said that the Xbox was his outlet, the truest expression of himself in the world, where he could play as an equal with everyone else on Xbox Live.Spencer also had a moment of failure in 2016 at the Game Developers Conference, when Microsoft sponsored a party that offended many women (and men) because it featured scantily clad go-go dancers.“Internal backlash was even harder.”He said those events, one of inspiration about the accessibility of games, and another about a blind spot that made people feel unwelcome, were both part of learning how to evolve the company’s culture so that it can embrace diversity and find a way to deliver games to more of the world’s population.
One of the most talked about and most expected smartphone of the season, the flagship Galaxy S9 duo is going to be pricier than we think if latest revelation is to be taken seriously.The Galaxy S9 is expected to come equipped the latest chips built on the second generation of its 10nm FinFET process, while its camera capability has been greatly enhanced, both in and out.The device has been enmeshed in a series of leaks and renders in the past couple of months, you can check the full load down here, the latest leak is that of the European prices for the Galaxy S9 duo as shared by industry insider Evan Blass.According to Blass, the plus-sized Galaxy S9 Plus will retail for as much as €997, or $1,229, while the base Galaxy S9 will go for €841, or approximately $1,037 in the EU region.These figures somewhat cement our earlier report on the Galaxy S9 duo prices in the EU, taking into account the 17-percent to 27-percent VAT required on most household electronics in that region.It is worth noting that the quoted figures may not be the general EU average for the Galaxy S9, as a twitter user has pointed out to Mr. Blass that these may not be correct for Germany, so we expect slight variation in some markets within the EU.
Alongside Way of the Passive Fist’s unique twist on the fighting genre, it’s also got a forward-thinking take on accessibility.At Double Fine’s Day of the Devs event last year, I spoke with Household Games founder Jason Canam about how the studio worked with AbleGamers charity and streamer HalfCoordinated to bake in accessibility from the very start.Brennan: I have been very slowly trying to teach myself how to code, but mainly I do animation and illustration work for other studios.GamesBeat: What other games have you illustrated and animated?The first indie game I worked on from the ground up was called Fate Tectonics, which came out in 2015.Sometimes art is definitely the focus and sometimes it’s less so.
IT professionals are even voicing concerns that it’s only a matter of time before the black hats get hold of it.The stories hitting our news feeds each day reveal an increasingly one-sided battle between organisations and their attackers.Multi-billion dollar companies are being breached, crippled by malware, and embarrassed by data leaks on an alarmingly frequent basis.Uber should have switched to Multi Factor Authentication, and been more careful about where it stored its Amazon keys.There are two main causes for the never-ending torrent of security breaches we hear about: complexity of the infrastructure itself and a dearth of skilled professionals to secure it.Consider two simple items interacting.