This year, blockchain testing programs will evolve from pilot tests to real-world platforms, and supply chain management is among the industries the distributed ledger technology is set to disrupt.On Tuesday, Maersk and IBM announced a joint venture to deploy a blockchain-based electronic shipping system that will digitize supply chains and track international cargo in real time.The new platform could save the global shipping industry billions of dollars a year by replacing the current EDI- and paper-based system, which can leave containers in receiving yards for weeks.A lot of companies are interested in blockchain for creating more efficient workflows, but supply chain management is one of the "big, killer apps," according to Vipul Goyal, an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).Paul Brody, Ernst & Young's (EY) Global Innovation Leader for Blockchain Technology, said the blockchain market over the past 18 months has been going through an "explain this to me" phase (PowerPoint) into the "prove it to me" phase (working conference room pilots).Private or "permissioned" blockchains can be created within a company's four walls or between trusted partners and centrally administered while retaining control over who has access to information on the network.
(Reuters) — Facebook said on Wednesday it would conduct a new, comprehensive search of its records for possible propaganda that Russian operatives may have spread during the run-up to Britain’s 2016 referendum on EU membership.Some British lawmakers had complained that the world’s largest social media network had done only a limited search for evidence that Russians manipulated the network and interfered with the referendum debate.Russia denies meddling in Britain’s vote to exit the European Union, known as Brexit, or in the 2016 U.S. elections.Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet’s Google and YouTube have been under intense pressure in Europe and the United States to stop nations from using tech services to meddle in another country’s elections, and to investigate when evidence of such meddling arises.Facebook’s new search in Britain will require the company’s security experts to go back and analyze historical data, Simon Milner, Facebook’s UK policy director, wrote in a letter on Wednesday to Damian Collins, chair of the British parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.“We would like to carry out this work promptly and estimate it will take a number of weeks to complete,” Milner wrote.
“We all know who the chief administrator of the global Internet is,” Peskov said.“And due to its volatility, we have to think about how to ensure our national security.”Putting aside for the moment Peskov’s insinuation that the chief administrator of the Internet, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which abides by California’s state laws, would mess around with Russia’s access to the network, the question remains: Could Russia create its own alternate Internet?Hypothetically, if Russia wanted to do that, it would need to duplicate the hardware and software that currently manages Internet traffic.That would likely involve setting up computer servers, copying existing databases, updating security features, and reconfiguring some existing technology—in essence, they’d need their own Domain Name System (DNS), the essential technology that underlies the existing Internet and, among other things, translates domain names (such as ) into the computer-readable numbers that make up a domain’s Internet Protocol (IP) address.They’d need a root server (and a root zone database), a network of computers that would be the first to respond to Internet queries and point them to name servers further down in the hierarchy.
Techradar, one of the largest technology websites in the world, is visited by millions of users each month, the majority of them coming through Google and other search engines.The web is awash with SEO tools and resources, but it pays to do your homework first and pick your kit carefully.Even if you're not headstrong on SEO, whatever the size of your site or blog, Google's laudable Search Console (formerly Webmaster Central) and the myriad user-friendly tools under its bonnet should be your first port of call.The suite of tools gives you valuable information about your site at a glance: it can assess your site's performance and observe potential problems to troubleshoot (like negative spammy links), help you ensure your site is Google-friendly and monitor Google's indexing of your site.A new version of Search Console is due to be rolled out imminently and will include additional functionality such as Index Coverage, Job posting, Search performance and AMP status as well as an updated user interface (finally!).SEMRush’s SEOQuake is one of the most popular toolbar extension adored by millions.
It looks like Chelsea Manning, the former US Army soldier who went to prison for passing classified materials to WikiLeaks, wants to head to Capitol Hill as a senator.The 30-year-old, transgendered Manning, once known as Bradley, filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission this week, saying she'll be running for the US Senate as a Democrat from Maryland.Along with Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who caused a global uproar over government surveillance by leaking NSA documents, Manning is perhaps the best-known whistle-blower/leaker of recent years.The hundreds of thousands of files she handed over to WikiLeaks in 2010 included a graphic video of Iraqis being gunned down during a US helicopter attack in Baghdad.They also included a cache of top secret military documents that came to be known as the Afghan War Diary, and a set of diplomatic cables that led to "Cablegate."Last year, Manning, who said she leaked the documents to spark a debate about US military and foreign policy, was offered a spot as a visiting fellow at Harvard University.
Women under the age of 40 with breast cancer have the same chances of survival whether or not they’ve been diagnosed with a BRCA gene mutation, new research suggests.Having a faulty BRCA gene - either BRCA1 or BRCA2 - is known to increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.Women with the gene faults are advised to have regular screening for breast cancer and some, such as Angelina Jolie, choose to have preventative surgery, such as a double mastectomy, to limit their chances of breast cancer diagnosis.But the study by the University of Southampton, of women between the ages of 18 and 40 years, found after treatment, there was no significant difference is survival rate between women who have a faulty gene and women who do not.However, the researchers noted the results might not translate to older women with a BRCA mutation, as they were not involved in the study and more research would be needed in this area.This is of particular note as the majority of breast cancer cases (81%) occur in women over the age of 50.
Per The Cointelegraph, South Korean media outlet The Hankyoreh reports that the country won’t enforce a ban on cryptocurrency trading nationwide in the near future.The news comes a day after South Korean law enforcement agencies raided the offices of local cryptocurrency exchanges to investigate alleged tax evasion.Reports of those incidents caused the value of Bitcoin to plummet by 10 percent.The Cointelegraph noted that Justice minister Park Sang-ki, who said earlier this week that the government is working on a bill to ban Bitcoin trading on domestic exchanges, is at risk of losing his job, as more than 60,000 citizens signed a petition voicing their support of his removal; minister Park is said to have acted independently and without having consulted the local task force in charge of regulating cryptocurrencies, or even the Ministry of Strategy and Finance (also a part of the task force that’s currently being set up).It’ll be interesting to see how South Korea proceeds to manage domestic cryptocurrency exchanges from here on out.The raids from earlier this week were believed to have been conducted in connection with auditing payable taxes and KYC processes.
Digital assistants are learning to activate a lot of things.They’re used to activating phones, lights, speakers, televisions and cars.Now, Google is taking a more playful route to promote its own Google Assistant this week in Las Vegas.At the Consumer Electronics Show, Google has supersized the way people interact with its artificial intelligence platform by bringing a gigantic voice-activated gumball machine for attendees to interact with.The machine, stationed outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center, lets participants line up for a chance to ask Google a question in exchange for prizes such as smart speakers, Nest security cameras, OpenTable gift cards and Google gear.The activation, which runs all week, invites users to enter a large coin given to them by a Google rep which then activates the machine.
Companies show off a lot of weird stuff at CES—connected dog collars, smart litter boxes and even shoes that can detect when you fall and send an alert to friends’ or family members’ phones.But this week’s creepiest and oddest booth is for a company called Psychasec.Psychasec bills itself vaguely as technology that morphs human bodies and promises a way to keep people alive.Two models at the booth show off artificial bodies sculpted to perfect form.The premise is to encourage attendees to sign up for a “sleeve” into which they can transfer their consciousness and upgrade their body.There are also body bags with people inside them—suffice to say, the booth is the most disturbing exhibit CES attendees will come across.
If most car journeys are made with just a single person onboard, why not make a car that’s focused on just that one person?That’s Electra Meccanica’s argument with the SOLO, a single-seater electric car that’s targeted at commuters and urbanites who don’t need to haul around empty seats every time.The result is a battery powered three-wheeler that looks a little like the cross between a trike and a hammerhead shark.It’s transportation shrink-wrapped down to the driver alone: the single seat is flanked by the SOLO’s 16.1 kWh lithium-ion batteries, keeping the center of gravity low and, so Electra Meccanica promises me, the driving experience fun.Top speed is, theoretically, 82 mph, but the company – perhaps sensibly – limits it electronically to 82 mph.0-60 mph comes in under eight seconds, and while the 94 lb-ft. of torque might sound low, it should be plenty in a vehicle tipping the scales at a mere 1,380 pounds.
Mini fans, rejoice, because your little Anglo-Teutonic go-karts are getting a refresh for the 2019 model year, sort of.The Mini Cooper and its various derivatives have garnered legions of fans since hitting the US market in 2002, and while the Mini name is no longer a particularly apt descriptor for the brand's offerings, the current F55/66 generation that debuted in 2014 has remained a popular choice among those looking for a smallish fun car.Today, Mini announced refreshed versions of its F55/66 Mini Cooper Hardtop (both two-door and four-door) and Convertible models are headed for next week's Detroit Auto Show.The most-significant 2019 model-year exterior changes come in the form of three new colors, optional LED headlights and new LED Union Jack taillights.We'll pause here to give Mini fans a chance to rejoice over Union Jack taillights, and everyone else a chance to cringe a little.New lightweight wheels are available, and all new Minis will receive the company's redone corporate badge, which is more basic and flat-looking than the previous set of wings.
Huawei will launch its impressive Mate 10 Pro smartphone in the United States in February, and at the same time it will embark on a costly and ambitious promotional campaign to introduce the company to Americans, a task in which it will be assisted by Wonder Woman herself.However, contrary to rumors leading up to the announcement, Huawei will not be joining arms with a carrier in the U.S. At least, not for now.The Huawei Mate 10 Pro, a flagship phone with dual-lens Leica-tuned cameras, onboard artificial intelligence features, a beautiful screen and a sleek design, will cost $800.It’s set to be sold through Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft stores, Newegg, and B Photo from February 4, when it goes up for pre-order.As an incentive to buy the Mate 10 Pro, each retailer will give buyers a $150 promotional gift card to spend with them, effectively reducing the cost to $650.The desirable special edition and its predecessor were only sold outside the U.S., so it’s a pleasant surprise to see it join the standard model.
Kia has rolled into CES 2018 to unveil a new all-electric concept car.Called the Kia Niro EV, this compact SUV is all about what Kia's future, and how it's getting there.That includes what Kia calls a highly efficient battery-electric powertrain, a unique human-machine interface and a brand-new "motion graphic" lighting system.The Niro EV is said to have a range of 238 miles, which, on paper, falls shy of the Tesla Model X's 295-mile range.The Niro EV is seemingly designed to show what's possible in Kia's electric future, so don't expect the car as shown to make it to market.Instead, the tech will likely find its way in some form or another to Kia cars over the next few years.
Reshuffle has chaotic start as Conservative Party accidentally announces Chris Grayling as new chairman on Twitter instead of Brandon Lewis.Justine Greening resigns as education secretary after reportedly turning down move to DWP.Chancellor Philip Hammond, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson remain in post.David Lidington handed Damian Green’s old job of Cabinet Office minister - but does not inherit first secretary of state title.Liam Fox remains international trade secretary.S N A P V E R D I C T
Reports from the country suggest that the government’s national ID system — Aadhaar, which holds personal data belonging to more than one billion people — was compromised.The access hole was publicized after Indian newspaper The Tribune paid a man less than $10 in exchange for administration access to the database.Reporters from the paper were then given a username and password that allowed them to access information on any citizen by entering their 12-digit number.BuzzFeed tracked down the seller down — a man going by the pseudonym Anil Kumar — and he told the publication that The Tribune deal was just one of eight transactions that he made that week.6,000 (approximately $95) to an anonymous person in a WhatsApp group I was a part of to create an username and password to the Aadhaar database for myself.In response to the situation, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party took a line right out of President Trump playbook, calling reports of a breach “fake news.”
Just ahead of CES 2018, Lenovo has introduced a host of new ThinkPad products: Two new ThinkPad X Series ultrathin units for professionals, three ThinkPad T notebooks marketed specifically for the business market, and four ThinkPad L models for the enterprise sector.First, let’s start with Lenovo’s two ultrathin solutions:We kick off Lenovo’s laptop bonanza with the company’s 2-in-1 ThinkPad X380 Yoga, which packs a 360-degree hinge supporting laptop, stand, tent, and tablet modes.The battery keeping all this hardware alive promises up to 13.6 hours on a single charge.Other features include Thunderbolt 3 connectivity that promises data transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps, HDMI video output, and Wireless AC connectivity supporting speeds of up to 867Mbps.Storage options consist of up to a 1TB SSD (type not specified).
The first phone with an under glass fingerprint scanner should be the Xiaomi Mi 5S.Later it became known this technology is not ready to appear on final products.More than a half a year has passed and now we are getting rumors and leaks referring to the under display fingerprint technology again.Last month, we heard VIVO will be the first to launch a smartphone supporting an under glass fingerprint technology.Yesterday, a mysterious smartphone named the VIVO X20 Plus UD visited TENAA causing a huge stir around it.So when the VIVO X20 Plus UD passed TENAA many wonder what ‘UD’ means.
The record high comes as bitcoin continues to recover from its Christmas plunge.Bitcoin rallied over 10% on Tuesday after it was revealed that billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel has put as much as $20 million into the cryptocurrency.LONDON — The overall value of the global cryptocurrency market surpassed $700 billion on Wednesday to reach a fresh all-time high.According to data provider Coin Market Cap, the market capitalisation of all combined cryptocurrencies in circulation is now $707 billion, as of around 8.45 a.m. GMT (3.45 a.m.The market has since dipped and is worth $683 billion at 10.55 a.m. GMT (5.55 a.m.The total market cap of the crypto market has spiked higher in recent months as many of the more than 1,300 cryptocurrencies in circulation rose.
It’ll probably come as little surprise that Amazon had a great 2017, with the online retailer announcing it shipped more than five billion items worldwide to its Prime subscribers.While Alexa-toting gadgets like the Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Remote had already cemented their spots as popular Amazon products over the holidays, it turns out that Jeff Bezos’ online behemoth is popular for more than just tech.The Instant Pot pressure cooker, for example, was the most Wish Listed item by Prime members in 2017, Amazon has said today.It’s among more than 100 million items eligible for two-day shipping, twice the number from 2016.Prime, if you’ve been lurking under a rock (or maybe just trying to support local businesses instead), is Amazon’s annual subscription offering.Originally started as a way for shoppers to get unlimited two-day shipping in the US, it has gradually expanded over the years to include various digital services and more.
Philip Morris Limited (PML), one of the world’s biggest cigarette companies, is making a New Year’s Resolution to give up cigarettes in 2018, according to its newest campaign.The advertisement, ‘Our New Year’s Resolution: we’re trying to give up cigarettes’, will run today (2 January) in a number of UK newspapers, including The Times, The Sun and Daily Mirror.In addition, the advertisement makes a number of specific commitments for the UK for 2018, like the launch of the website, an offer to support local authority cessation services where smoking rates are highest, seek government approval to insert, directly into our cigarette packs, information on quitting and on switching, and expanding the availability of alternative products to help people get off cigarettes in the UK.The advertisement also outlines how the business has spent more than £2.5bn on research, product and commercial development over the past decade to develop smoke free alternatives, but which contain nicotine, like vaping.Underpinning PML’s commitment, Peter Nixon, managing director of PML, has written to the Prime Minister outlining how the company believes they can play a part in helping Britain to go smoke free.The commitments announced today are practical steps that could accelerate that goal.