Devices used to manage accounts on the innovative payment system Bitcoin could be improved to provide better protection against hackers, research suggests.Computer scientists have identified security weak spots in gadgets that manage personal accounts using Bitcoin - a form of digital currency that provides an alternative to conventional money.They also identified how these wallets - which are popular among the Bitcoin community - might be rectified.Their findings could help technology firms improve how the devices - known as Bitcoin hardware wallets - interact with our PCs.A team at the University of Edinburgh carried out an in-depth security analysis of the communications system used in popular models of Bitcoin wallet.They created a simple piece of harmful software, or malware, which was able to intercept messages sent between hardware wallets and computers - where users manage their Bitcoin accounts.
Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Bristol recently demonstrated that it is possible to use an acoustic tractor beam to successfully levitate larger objects than has previously been thought possible.“In the past, we have used different acoustic fields to trap particles: standing waves, twin traps or bottle traps,” Dr. Asier Marzo, from Bristol’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, told Digital Trends.“They are generated by having several speakers emitting with the same amplitude and frequency, but different coordinated phases.However, all these fields have in common that the separation between the low-intensity areas is always around half of the wavelength of the sound used.Particles get trapped in the nodes, so particles larger than half-wavelength span across several nodes and cannot be stably trapped.”The Bristol researchers’ breakthrough, allowing them to trap particles larger than the wavelength of sound, is the result of a special type of acoustic field called vortices.
Venture unit continues to accelerate the pace of innovation at New York LifeNEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 23, 2018–New York Life Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of New York Life, announced it has surpassed $200 million in committed capital in its mission to increase the pace and impact of innovations that drive value for the company’s policy owners and clients.Since the team’s founding in 2012, New York Life Ventures has made 29 venture capital investments, worked with over 100 start-ups to facilitate “proof of concept” tests with teams across New York Life, and formed strategic partnerships with a select number of these businesses.The venture unit offers its partners a fully staffed research and development lab to explore and test new technologies, while fostering innovation internally through New York Life’s hackathon series and other programs.New York Life Ventures also delivers strong, consistent returns on its investments to the benefit of New York Life’s policy owners.
This week, the listing of the most loved videos in the UK on YouTube include ‘King’s Angels’, obviously a queen, and T-Swizz out for a drunken kebab.Welcome to the week when everything that is shiny and sparkling is reigning high on YouTube —from The Queen to the new pop diva Dua Lipa to a fashion show set in a fantasy royal palace to Taylor Swift hopping around the globe.The Coronation on BBC 1, a one-off documentary to mark 65 years since the Queen ascended the throne, became an unexpected hit.From prodding her crown to her sassy replies to the interviewer — when asked what the children did during the coronation, she said: “No idea.(View count - 154,863 views)*From the Queen to the current doyenne of pop.
Michael Gove is in charge of what happens to all the animals now, like a modern-day Noah, and is apparently about to declare a mass extinction-level attack on the grey squirrel population.No, you little grey rodent, you are not coming on the Ark.As every amatuer nature enthusiast knows, the greys don't really belong here.They are Victorian-era imports that have successfully brutalised our gentle red squirrel population, and as well as that they damage woodlands by stripping the bark off saplings and killing young trees.And Gove also wants to plant lots of trees, so he is, right now, extremely angry about grey squirrels.Finally we have a reason to be grateful for their existence.
One of the most intriguing in its diversion from several crypto-norms is Ripple, a much more centralized cryptocurrency in a very decentralized space.It’s still classed as a cryptocurrency, but the way it was founded and the way it operates are very different from some of the others out there.Ripple is the catchall name for the cryptocurrency platform, the transactional protocol for which is actually XRP, in the same fashion as Ethereum is the name for the platform that facilitates trades in Ether.Like other cryptocurrencies, Ripple is built atop the idea of a distributed ledger network which requires various parties to participate in validating transactions, rather than any singular centralized authority.That facilitates transactions all over the world, and transfer fees are far cheaper than the likes of bitcoin.It also doesn’t have a fluctuating amount of its currency in existence.
Visitors who find something on your site that they want but have never heard of your company may fear being scammed.How can they feel confident that the items they receive will function properly and that you’ll be responsive if there’s a problem?Buying online has become a habit for many people, but caution still kicks in when they consider an unfamiliar site.Some shoppers may have practical concerns, such as finding out where a company is based so that shipping will be reasonable.Others want to make sure their personal information, including what they are ordering, will stay private.Still others poke around on a site, wondering if it represents a business they can feel good about patronizing.
Niantic announced a new monthly worldwide event in Pokemon Go called Community Day.Each month’s Community Day event will last for just three hours, and it will give players the chance to capture a “special Pokemon” that knows an exclusive battle move.For January, players will have the chance to capture a special version of Pikachu that knows the move Surf.On top of featuring a special Pokemon, Niantic said each Community Day event will give players access to “other bonuses,” such as increased Stardust or Lure Modules that remain active for three hours.January’s event will see players earn double experience points throughout its duration.January’s Community Day event will take place Jan. 20.
You may not think it, but it's absolutely possible to stick to your healthy diet when you're travelling on business.I'll tell a client to consider the day ahead when thinking about the best food choices to make when they're travelling on business.These are the questions to think about when figuring out which breakfast choice is working best for you.I always load up on poached or fried eggs, teamed with some bacon and toast.Try and load up on veggies for fibre to keep your digestive system regular.A good source of carbohydrates is also always important at breakfast - if you're travelling on business, you don't want to be lagging in energy when rushing from meeting to meeting.
2018 is already looking to be a really competitive year for many smartphone manufacturers.Components are always getting cheaper and thus smaller phone makers are able to produce more powerful or feature-rich devices for a lower price.One of these companies is AllCall which – as we’ve heard from previous rumors – plans to bring a really interesting phone to the market – the AllCall Mix 2.The AllCall Mix2 is said to be coming with a full screen design.The iPhone X brought wireless charging back on the spotlight and Chinese phone makers are following along.AllCall will probably equip their upcoming Mix2 with this technology to stay ahead of the game, mostly to compete with other smaller companies based in China.
Microsoft is testing a new feature for Skype: end-to-end encrypted chat conversations, secured using the industry standard Signal Protocol by Open Whisper Systems.The company announced the experimental feature named “Private Conversations” in a blog post today.It’ll be available to anyone running the beta Skype Insider build (version 220.127.116.11) on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS, although users will only be able to start private chats with other individuals with the same Insider build.The encryption will cover chat, files, and audio messages, but not audio or video calls.Skype does already offer some degree of encryption that protects the communication channel itself.But end-to-end encryption is more secure.
A week after China’s leading O2O and e-commerce platform Meituan announced that “Meituan Dache (美团打车)” will be launching in Beijing on January 12, Municipal Commission of Transportation said “Meituan Dache” is not yet in accordance with the municipal law to apply for ride-hailing business, and has not obtained related business qualification yet, Chinese media Tencent News is reporting.According to the “Opinions from the General Office of the State Council on Deepening Reform and Promoting the Healthy Development of Taxi Industry” (our translation, 国务院办公厅关于深化改革推进出租汽车行业健康发展的指导意见), ride hailing business services should go through relevant permit procedures in the city.The municipal department in charge of transportation spoke to Meituan’s relevant person in charge and claimed that the company should operate the following service in accordance with laws and regulations in Beijing.Meituan Dache’s official Weibo account has not responded to the matter yet.Meituan Dache Weibo account, established on July 2017, was used as a platform to push the subsidies to its over 11,000 followers.This comes just two days before launch.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could soon be left without his safe haven at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been residing since 2012.Concerns have been raised over whether Assange could soon be forced out of the embassy, as Ecuador reportedly looks to end the "unsustainable" standoff with the UK authorities.WikiLeaks has previously claimed that Assange could be extradited to the US, where he could be arrested for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified US army war logs and more recently, the DNC emails, that some believe may have changed the course of the US presidential election in 2016.Assange has been ensconced in the Ecuadorian embassy for over five years to escape possible extradition to Sweden after he was accused of sexually assaulting two women.However, in an unexpected move last year, Swedish prosecutors dropped all charges against him.He is still expected to face arrest the moment he steps out of the embassy for breaching the terms of his bail.
Social Bicycles, maker of the Jump pedal-assist e-bikes that don’t require docking stations, has received a permit from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to launch 250 dockless electric bikes in San Francisco sometime between now and the end of March.This is the first permit the city has issued to an electric, stationless bike-share provider.“Jump Bikes has demonstrated a commitment to San Francisco’s priorities of providing a safe, equitable and accountable bike share system and is the only company to have fulfilled the requirements of the SFMTA’s stationless bike share permit application,” the SFMTA wrote in a blog post.Jump’s bikes can be legally locked to bike parking racks or the “furniture zone of the sidewalk,” which is where you see things like light poles, benches and utility poles.But since stationless bike-sharing is pretty new, the SFMTA will use this 18-month period to evaluate, collect data and assess if a program like this will work in the longer-term.Similar to what the SFMTA did around car-sharing, the aim is to better understand the needs and impacts of this type of mobility service.
As expected, today’s Huawei CES press conference was a strange affair.The company’s U.S. plans were recently thwarted, as per a report in The Wall Street Journal, leaving the company in a bit of a lurch.Consumer CEO Richard Yu went ahead as planned, officially launching the company’s new flagship here in the States, but as an unlocked option, only.The Mate 10 Pro goes up for pre-order on February 4th, and will still get a pretty solid retail presence in this country, courtesy of Best Buy, Amazon, Microsoft, Newegg and B on the 18th.The handset runs $799 unlocked.It has a six-inch QHD+ OLED display and a massive 4,000mAh battery.
Well folks, 2018 could finally be the year that we get true wireless charging — or charging at a distance without the need for charging pads.Energous has been making news headlines for a few years now for its wireless charging concepts, and the company announced just a few weeks ago that it had received FCC approval for its WattUp Mid Field charging tech.Now, at CES 2018, it’s showing the first WattUp-supported product, a smart underwear from Skiin.That makes it perfect for charging device on a desk or night stand.The company is also working on Far Field charging — which allows for charging at up to 15 feet.Energous has been partnering with Dialog Semiconductor, a chip manufacturer, for some time now in an effort to bring the tech to consumers, and 2018 could be the year that the tech hits big.
Microsoft’s hasty Meltdown/Spectre patches, released late on Jan. 4, have started baring their fangs.Complaints about Win10 Fall Creators Update cumulative update KB 4056892 and Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4056894 resulting in blue screens — particularly on AMD Athlon, Sempron, Opteron and Turion processors — started appearing shortly after the patches were released.With no notice or warning, Microsoft moved the Win7 patch, KB 4056894, from version 1 to version 2 on Jan. 5.The Win10 1709 patch, KB 4056892, is still at version 1.According to @abbodi86 on AskWoody, the jump from version 1 to version 2 was a metadata change — generally, a change in the way the patch is installed.The KB 4056894 patch itself didn't change.
Traditional systems involve distributing one or more cameras around the home, with captured video sent to the cloud or captured locally for offline playback.Compact, well-designed hardware with dated-looking appsNamed a CES 2018 Innovation Awardee, the $230 Guardzilla 360 arrives in a clear, cylindrical package that shows off the device from all angles.The camera is certainly sturdy and refuses to twist or bend under pressure, so it’ll take a few knocks from the kids.An iOS version is also available and has recently been updated, promising improved stability.You should note that the camera is only equipped with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, which offers longer range but slower speeds than the newer, 5 GHz standard and is also more susceptible to interference.
Intel is facing at least three class action lawsuits over a recently revealed security flaw.The complaints, published by Gizmodo, were filed in Oregon, California, and Indiana by owners of Intel CPU-based computers.They allege that the vulnerability, which Intel learned about several months ago, makes its chips inherently faulty.Intel has helped provide security patches, but the complaints raise concerns that these patches will hurt computer performance, and aren’t an adequate response to the problem.Researchers revealed two major CPU bugs, dubbed Spectre and Meltdown, earlier this week.The Meltdown flaw is specific to Intel chips, and it strikes at the heart of how CPUs process information.
Senior Wells Fargo analyst Aaron Rakers said the hyper-converged firm "currently sells hardware and software products with its software running either on its own hardware or that of its channel partners.It was $48.8m a year ago."Nutanix's hardware is contract-manufactured by Supermicro and Flextronics.In the Nutanix's most recent earnings call, company CEO Dheeraj Pandey said: “We are increasingly taking a software-centric approach to go-to-market and financial reporting.”CFO Duston Williams added: "Today, we are software company, more specifically an enterprise cloud operating systems company, that up until now has delivered a majority of its software via its own branded appliance and recognise the associated hardware revenue.Part of the problem was that Nutanix recognised pass-through hardware revenues in its results.