Alphabay, the largest underground market ever seen, and a popular shop for drugs, stolen credit cards, counterfeit documents, and cyber-crime kits, was largely considered the bellwether market for the underground economy; Alphabay was steady and reliable — efficiently run and highly organized, with incredible uptime in a world where sites go down multiple times each day.At first users ambled over to the then-popular dark web watering holes of the Reddit communities, complaining about downtime and checking that other users were also facing access issues.Vendors began promoting pop-ups on secondary markets, slowly driving users to an alternative platform — Hansa.This influx of users — so-called Alphabay refugees — built rapidly into a strain on the Hansa systems.Alphabay hadn’t exit scammed, it had been seized.Before users could react, law enforcement dropped a second bombshell: Hansa, the market Alphabay refugees had been flooding to, had been under the control of Dutch police for more than a month.
Google has launched a new AI Experiment, Move Mirror, which tracks your movements and finds still photos that match your poses.It uses a catalog of over 80,000 images, including shots of people cooking, doing karate and skiing, and displays them in real time, creating a flipbook-style effect.Grant the Google Mirror website permission to access your webcam, then start throwing some shapes, save the animation as a GIF, and share it online.Move Mirror is an interesting demonstration of what Google calls pose estimation: tracking a person's body as they move in 3D space.It's a tricky task – people come in a huge range of shapes and sizes, there are often inanimate objects and other individuals in the frame, and some people use assistive devices like wheelchairs and crutches, all of which makes it difficult to gauge the position of their limbs.Strike a pose, there's nothing to it
There is no shortage of racing games in any platform but Mario Kart has a special place in gamers’ hearts.It is one of the few and perhaps the most notable racing game that makes any aspect, including losing, just as fun as winning.But unlike common racing games, its appeal is also dependent not on generic vehicles but memorable characters.The latest update to the latest version of Mario Kart adds Link to that roster.But who are we kidding, we’re really after the Master Cycle Zero.Link has a few possessions that are almost as iconic as him.
Food technology company Mosa Meat is hoping to bring its lab-grown meat to the market in 2021, it has announced.The company, which is located in the Netherlands, has raised about $8.7 million dollars to help fund its goal, which will involve developing a way to produce the meat at a much lower cost than existing methods.The goal highlights rapid growth in the budding market, coming only a handful of years after the first lab-grown burger was produced in 2013.Lab-grown meat is exactly what it sounds like — meat (beef, primarily) that is grown in a lab using cultured cells, eliminating the need to raise and slaughter animals.Developments over the past several years have already drastically reduced the cost of producing this “cultured meat,” as Mosa calls it.It’s only a matter of time before cruelty-free meat becomes a common ingredient.
Reddit is bringing back an old-school form of Internet interaction with strangers: chat rooms.The company has been quietly working on its Chat platform, including offering it as a limited beta over the past year.Over these months, Reddit says that about 7,000 people have used the chat feature, paving the way for today’s big news: the chat room beta is expanding to more subreddits.Chat rooms, of course, are a space for strangers on the Internet to talk with each other over text in real time.Reddit Chat, as the company calls it, has evolved from one-on-one chatting to group chats that were kept private.In its latest iteration, Reddit Chat is opening rooms to entire communities, enabling anyone within them to hop on and have a conversation.
Innovation has long since been disruptive in nature.Take Blockbuster, for example, which is down to just one store, largely due to Netflix and other streaming services.Or the taxi industry, which has dwindled due to ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.As technology advances and entrepreneurs notice an opportunity to be had, innovation occurs.That's exactly what architecture firm Dahir Insaat is doing with its awesome drive-thru supermarket concept, which attempts to combine convenience and practicality.Check out the video below.
The Founder Institute helps launch hundreds of companies worldwide by building local startup communities where promising founders, experienced CEOs, and top-tier service providers work together in an innovative and collaborative environment.The idea is simple - take the best practices and culture of the startup scene from Silicon Valley - and globalize it.Adeo Ressi, the Institute's Founder, explains this in better detail on The Fifth Conference today.
“You need to get good at asking people for money.”A feat every entrepreneur must conquer on the protracted road of startup fundraising.Adeo Ressi, founder of Expansive Ventures and Founder Institute, encourages entrepreneurs of all stages, to get familiar with the three most prominent sources of capital; Friends and family, Angels, and VCs (Venture capitalists).In a recent Startup Funding 101 webinar, hosted by OneVest, Adeo outlines the minimal requirements your startup must exhibit to secure funding from all three sources of investment.“If you can’t ask your friends for money, you won't be good at asking strangers for money.Get off the sofa, get out of bed, and raise a friends and family round.
I watched some of the (terrible) cartoons as a kid, but never having owned any Sega consoles, the history of the franchise itself is lost on me.So when Sonic Mania Plus was touted as improving upon last year's Sonic Mania with the thrilling additions of "Mighty the Armadillo" and "Ray the Flying Squirrel," I was confused.Deep-cut character additions can be revelatory for hardcore fans; for someone who doesn't have the Sonic rings as their ringtone, though, I worried whether there would anything compelling about the update.To my happy surprise, I found something very compelling indeed: a remix.To remix a game the way one would a song—rearranging parts, adding in new elements, creating a renewed experienced that minimizes some parts of the original while emphasizing others—is a lot of work.The elements of a game aren't always recombinable, and the merged arts that contribute to a game are so fiddly that a remix can easily go awry, failing to capture whatever made its original inspiration work.
CIOs have massive IT budgets in 2018, but hardware is low on the list of priorities.Adam Berry/Getty ImagesBudgets continue to grow for the IT department as chief information officers continue to prioritize investments in digital transformation and cloud computing, according to Morgan Stanley's Q2 2018 CIO survey, published Tuesday.Researchers interviewed 100 CIOs — 77 in the US and 23 Europe — and found strong budgets across the board.While annual growth remains strong, CIO's were slightly less optimistic this quarter, and their expectations how much they will spend in 2018 were slightly lower than they had been in Q1.US IT budgets are growing faster in 2018CIOs indicated "modest acceleration" in terms of their IT budget growth, according to the report.
Because there must be balance in all things, of course.Some might be drawn to the Mad Titan more... physically, shall we say, but others have taken it upon themselves to champion Thanos’ earth-shattering plan from the movie in the name of their new problematic fave.The one where Thanos decides that instead of using the vast reality-altering powers of the Infinity Gauntlet to help proliferate renewable resources across the galaxy, he’s just going to randomly dust half of the entire population of existence so those that are left can... eventually build back up to that point and be culled again?It’s not the best plan!After all, he’s the mad Titan.While it’s kind of weird that such an ardent fandom has dedicated itself to such a Malthusian mission, this is the internet, home of weird stuff—and so we have r/ThanosDidNothingWrong.
While not everything is Facebook’s fault, its recent high-profile scandal opened a can of worms and opened the doors for increased government scrutiny and pressure on social networks in general.This time, however, it might be those social media giants that are getting a taste of injustice as Uganda starts to impose a social media tax that is being painted as a not so subtle attempt by the ruling government to curtail citizens’ freedom of speech.The official explanation from the Ugandan government is that it was a substantial source of revenue.According to Reuters, the country has 23.6 million mobile phone subscribers and a good 17 million connected to the Internet.The tax, which went into effect on July 1, would collect from ISPs 200 shillings or $0.05 for each user per day to access social media services.Presuming all 17 million used Facebook, that would be around $850,000 a day.
Will the EU copyright reform being voted on this week break the internet?Sam Dumitriu, head of projects at the Adam Smith Institute, says YES.It requires online platforms to develop complex and expensive filtering systems to monitor and delete copyrighted content.The law effectively bans memes, as even the best filtering systems will struggle to distinguish between the unauthorised use of a stock photo and a great meme.The tech giants may have the budget to develop new filters, but smaller firms don’t.But this effectively replaces the back-and-forth that makes social media great with a bureaucratic appeals procedure.
While some may head to the closest convenience store, others utilize mobile and web apps to find and borrow urgent necessities.Whether you’re in dire need of a boat, work space, or piece of equipment, the companies listed below have made it possible for users to call upon help when items or spaces are most needed.The Founder Institute has helped launch global startups that focus on a variety of needs in numerous industries, including peer-to-peer lending.Peerby, a Graduate of the Amsterdam Founder Institute, is a mobile and web application that enables consumers to borrow the things they need from others in their neighborhood within 30 minutes.Unlike most peer-to-peer model driven companies, Peerby has been enormously successful and has spread from Holland to New York City, with millions of users on the platform.Founder and CEO Daan Weddenpohl decided to build the platform when he lost all of his belongings in a house fire.
Astronomers searching for supernova explosions accidentally stumbled upon a supermassive black hole recently as it devoured a wandering star that had fallen into its grasp.It is now hoped that this amazing discovery – captured for the first time – will help scientists understand the environment in which galaxies developed billions of years ago.When consuming matter, these black holes can shine brightly across the whole electromagnetic spectrum and in some cases produce jets of material which stream outward at close to the speed of light.Their findings directly imaged the results of the dramatic event.This project, led by Seppo Mattila of the University of Turku in Finland and Miguel Perez-Torres of the Astrophysical Institute of Andalusia in Spain, involved a team of 36 scientists from 26 institutions – including researchers from the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics – using telescopes from all around the world.Previously, theorists had suggested that material pulled from a doomed star such as this formed a rotating disk around the black hole, emitting intense X-rays and visible light.
Dodge has pulled the wraps off the 2019 Charger and 2019 Charger SRT, with a new SXT all-wheel drive model and a more potent Hellcat.The “four-door muscle car” is getting a revamp across its range, inside and out, as Dodge cocks a snook at those who’d argue Americans only want utility vehicles any more.That keeps the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 of before, for its 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, and for its TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.However, it now gets a new performance grille, that has dual inlets to pull air into the engine compartment.There are a quartet of new features, too, including Launch Assist to balance torque with the grip of the tires on real-time.Line Lock holds the front brakes to keep the Hellcat in one place, but lets the rear wheels spin – handy to heat them, clean them, and of course make for some photo-friendly burnouts.
YouTube is expanding picture-in-picture mode to all users on Android today, whether or not they’re paying subscribers to YouTube Premium, as first spotted by XDA Developers and confirmed by Google’s support page.The feature — which Google started testing for free customers earlier this year in May — lets users on Android O devices watch YouTube videos with Android O’s picture-in-picture mode, without having to pay for a YouTube Premium subscription.There are a few catches, though, as noted on Google’s support page: first off, picture-in-picture is only available in the US for now, so international users are out of luck.And secondly, picture-in-picture will work for most YouTube videos, but videos that contain music content will only work for paying YouTube Premium members.To use picture-in-picture, simply tap the home button while watching a video on YouTube on Android — just like you would with any other app that supports the mode.The free picture-in-picture feature should be rolling out for all YouTube users today.
Those Galaxy Note 9 rumors have been coming fast and furious in recent weeks, and now we know why.Samsung just sent out invites for its next big event in New York City, and its beloved phablet seems all but guaranteed to show up.The timeframe certainly lines up.The pen-enabled device was first announced at IFA back in 2011, and while the company has moved away from the trade show toward its own stage in recent years, announcements have more or less stayed within that August/September timeframe.And holding the event on August 9, well, that’s likely more than just a numerological coincidence.As if all that weren’t confirmation enough, the handset appears to have also recently passed through the FCC (alongside theTab S3 tablet), a surefire sign that it’s just over the horizon.
Beating the unique identifiers that printers can add to documents for security purposes is possible: you just need to add extra dots beyond those that security tools already add.The trick is knowing where to add them.Many printers can add extra dots to help identify which device printed a document, as it's handy to know that when they fall into the wrong hands.The technique works: it helped to sink NSA leaker Reality Winner, among others, and has also helped in its original purpose of defeating counterfeiters.But the technique's potency may be waning, thanks to a quartet of researchers from the Technical University of Dresden.Timo Richter, Stephan Escher, Dagmar Schönfeld, and Thorsten Strufe reckon they've cracked the challenge of knowing how to anonymise printed documents, and presented their work to the Association of Computer Machinery's 6th ACM Workshop on Information Hiding and Multimedia Security in Innsbruck, Austria last week.
Pollen Field by Victor MosqueraInto The Pixel is an annual art exhibition that honors and celebrates artistic work in video games.To see the full list, check out the winners at the Into the Pixel site.The winners were all featured at this year's E3 in Los Angeles, CA on June 12th, 2018.Game: Starlink: Battle for Atlas