Through blockchain, Roberto Galoppini sees an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: His organization, FileZilla, can offer users free online data storage while also allowing them to earn valuable cryptocurrency.Galoppini, director of strategy for FileZilla, the popular, open-source FTP client, said his service is planning to shift direction this year by using a peer-to-peer (P2P), distributed storage platform from Atlanta-based Storj Labs Inc. that will be managed via blockchain.FileZilla, which has been piloting the Storj decentralized storage for several months, had been making money through its free file-sharing service, which is hosted on SourceForge.net.The blockchain electronic distributed ledger is also used to pay farmers in cryptocurrency – digital tokens whose worth has grown 240 times since launching in 2014.Last year, when FileZilla's leadership was hunting for another storage method based on a secure cloud service, a token technology was key because it created a certain "stickiness" for users."It can finally bring us closer to avoid that one-on-one relationship with the end user that comes to us, downloads our software and goes away.
It’s official: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has whittled down its list of contenders and announced the actors, films, and filmmakers receiving Oscar nominations for the 90th Academy Awards ceremony.Continuing with the presentation format introduced last year, the nominations for Academy Awards were announced via a live-stream video on YouTube that was broadcast from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.The nomination presentation was hosted by Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Andy Serkis (the Planet of the Apes trilogy), with special guests Priyanka Chopra, Rosario Dawson, Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Molly Shannon, Rebel Wilson, and Michelle Yeoh.Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasy film The Shape of Water garnered the highest number of nominations, with 13 nods across various categories, including “Best Picture” and “Best Director,” as well as acting nominations for lead Sally Hawkins and supporting cast member Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer.The film also raked in nominations across nearly every technical category, as well as a nomination for the film’s screenplay.Given the Academy’s historic aversion to genre films — particularly horror — The Shape of Water still isn’t the favorite to take home Oscars in any of the major categories, but could do well in the technical categories.
After Amazon whittled down its 238 bidders to 20 finalists for its second headquarters, what must these cities still do to curry Jeff Bezos's favor?In a "Saturday Night Live" sketch, the cities breezily wafted in with stars.Boston presented Casey Affleck (who concluded that LA was a better place for HQ2), Atlanta brandished tarnished TV cook Paula Deen, while New Jersey just sent Sen. Cory Booker all on his own.What else could it do but let Pitbull do his thing?Whatever that thing truly is.Amazon's CEO wasn't entirely impressed by any of them.
With new standards come new problems.Back when computers were starting to switch over to USB-C (including Apple going all in with the MacBook Pro update in 2016), tons of companies tried to figure out the best solution to bring back old ports with hubs and dongles.Now, with Qi finally succeeding as the winner of the wireless charging standard wars, we’re seeing the same rush to find the best solution for wireless chargers.The incredibly descriptive, but somewhat inelegantly named HyperDrive USB-C Hub + 7.5W Qi Wireless Charger iPhone Stand from Hyper might be the answer to both of those problems, combining a wireless charger and a USB-C hub in one device.At least on paper, the HyperDrive seems to check every single box for both wireless chargers and USB-C hubs.The base also contains a full-featured USB-C dock for newer laptops, with an HDMI port (supporting up to 1080p at 60Hz or 4K at 30Hz), a gigabit Ethernet port, an SD card slot, a microSD slot, three USB Type-A ports, and a USB-C port that’s rated for up to 60W passthrough charging.
A NASA astronaut who was slated to become the first African American to serve as a member of the crew aboard the International Space Station has been removed from her upcoming mission.Jeanette Epps, who had been scheduled to launch to the space station in June of this year for a five-month expedition, has been replaced on the flight by another NASA astronaut, Serena Auñón-Chancellor, who was serving as Epps' backup.NASA announced the crew change on Jan. 18, stating that Epps will assume duties in the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center in Houston, and "be considered for assignment to future missions.""These decisions are personnel matters for which NASA doesn't provide information," Dean told collectSPACE.com.In January 2017, the space agency announced that Epps would become the first African American station crew member, launching with two other crewmates on Russia's Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft.Six African-American astronauts — Robert Curbeam, Alvin Drew, Joan Higginbotham, Leland Melvin, Robert Satcher and Stephanie Wilson — previously visited the station on space shuttle missions to assemble and supply the orbiting laboratory, but Epps would have been the first to serve on the space station's resident crew.
A few weeks before the show starts, as families are settling in to their holiday meals, you get a slight throb in your bones, telling you whether this CES will be a memorable one — or if it will be another six weeks of winter.All signs ahead of this year’s show pointed to a lackluster offering, and things proceeded accordingly over the course of the past week.Having covered so damn many of these things, I did a gut check with several people in the intervening days to make sure that it wasn’t just a case of crusty old blogger syndrome — but the reaction appears pretty much universal: CES 2018 was an in-between year, at best.From a product standpoint, the event will be remembered for Google’s media blitzkrieg, papering the whole of Las Vegas with Assistant ads to rival the likes of Celine Dion and David Copperfield.There was the act of God — the worst rain storm in the city on that day in 73 years.The weather resulted in 127 car crashes and one soaking wet Google booth.
Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan had harsh words for his clients that want to trade bitcoin Wednesday, saying they could buy it elsewhere, but "not at Merrill Lynch."On Wednesday, the cryptocurrency tumbled below $10,000 for the first time since November.As cryptocurrency markets around the world get smoked in what's been called a "bloodbath," Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan took the time to warn customers about investing in highly volatile bitcoin."We have limited our relationships and I think the thing speaks for itself," Moynihan told reporters on a conference call following the bank's fourth-quarter earnings beat."We’ve basically told people that they could buy it in other accounts, but not at Merrill Lynch.And so it’s just our view that customers should be careful here."
Quick refresher: The original Skully smart helmet project first launched in 2013, went on to fame and fortune as a record-breaking crowd-funding project, and then crashed and burned in 2016 amid allegations of corporate malfeasance, employee mistreatment and other bad news just as it seemed the super-techie Skully AR-1 wonder helmets were about to go into full production.Thousands of riders who ponied up $1,500 for the stylish high-tech hats with the built-in rear camera and Head Up Display (HUD) were left that much poorer – and with no swanky new helmets.There was no shortage of curious show-goers ready to take a closer look.The difference now is that the helmet works more closely with your smartphone (and a dedicated app) for some of the computing power, while things like the rear camera and HUD will still work by themselves if you feel like leaving the handset at home.The system will run for four hours on a charge and the helmet recharges using micro-USB, so refilling the battery with a portable charger on the fly is a simple solution for longer rides.The HUD projection system in the helmet looks almost impossibly small, especially considering the size of the projector screen in the only other helmet HUD available at this time, the outboard NUVIZ HUD, which we gave high marks in a thorough review.
On of the most glaring details that was absent from the Samsung Galaxy S9 box leak last week (and there were a few) was any information regarding the upcoming handset's battery.Now, thanks to Brazil's telecom regulator Anatel, the S9 and S9 Plus' that particular detail may have been revealed.According to the certificates obtained by SlashLeaks, Samsung's next flagship handsets will have the same sized batteries as their predecessors, with the S9 packing a 3,000mAh unit and the S9 Plus sporting a 3,500mAh one — exactly the same capacities as seen in their S8 predecessors.While the news that Samsung won't be increasing the size of the S9 and S9 Plus' batteries, the handsets' improved chipsets should still see battery life improved overall.Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset is expected to power the S9 series in the US, which is said to offer 30% better battery efficiency compared to last year's Snapdragon 835.On top of this, the Snapdragon 845 will boast Quick Charge 4+ technology, which Qualcomm says will bring your phone "from empty to 50 percent in just 15 minutes."
Writer Tom King has hit superhero comic stardom in the past few years with gripping series like Marvel’s The Vision, and DC’s Batman and Mister Miracle, which all took deep psychological dives into the minds of their protagonists.King’s next project at DC sounds like it’s going to do the same, but on a much larger scale.At this past weekend’s DC in DC convention, King revealed that he will be spearheading a mysterious new initiative, currently referred to as Sanctuary, for the publisher.Whatever form the project takes—whether it’s a new ongoing comic, or a limited series, or even a prelude to some DC-wide event—remains to be seen, but Sanctuary itself, according to King, will follow crisis centres in the DC universe designed for superheroes to come and discuss the personal, psychological effects of a career in crime fighting in a safe environment.Here’s a little more from King himself, speaking at a panel discussing PTSD and trauma in comics and comics writing:The DCU has a bunch of superheroes and all they do is fight, every time, and that must have a psychological effect on them, right?
China is the largest market in the world.Moreover, this is the reason why many Chinese manufacturers prefer to be second-league players in China rather enter other markets such as Indian, European, and American.Say, a quick look at the list of bestselling smartphones of 2017 in China showcases that Apple and Samsung are not as popular there as in other markets.This simply means the marketing campaign they implement doesn’t play any role here.According to Counterpointresearch, the most selling smartphone in China is the OPPO R9s.This is a great phone that looks like the iPhone but comes with hardware more accepted by Chinese customers.
Although bitcoins are bought, sold, and lost more today than ever before, the rate of new bitcoins being created is starting to slow.The reasons behind that are a little complex, but suffice it to say, the closer we get to the 21 million maximum number of bitcoins mined, the harder it gets and we’ve just hit the 80 percent milestone.Even if you’re only just coming to grips with this whole cryptocurrency phenomenon, or have been trading them since the days where they were worth just a few dollars each, bitcoin has been mined for far longer.Its creator, the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, mined the first bitcoin block in its blockchain back in 2009, rewarding him with 50 bitcoins.Earlier this month, miners extracted the 16,800,000th bitcoin, which is significant, because it means there are only 20 percent of all the bitcoin there will ever be to go.The self-imposed scarcity of bitcoin is one of the reasons it has become so valuable in recent months and proponents of the flagship cryptocurrency believe that that will help propel it to new heights over the next few years.
Not everyone uses the Apple Health App that’s pre-installed on their iPhones.An Afghan refugee named Hussein Khavari is being accused of raping and murdering 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger, disposing of her body in a river.Hussein has been on trial since September of 2017, and Ladenburger was murdered in October 2016.The authorities wanted to search the information on his iPhone, but Khavari refused to give them his password to unlock the device, Welt reports.. Investigators then turned to a private Munich company to gain access to his phone.Authorities went through the Apple’s Health app on his phone and learned what kind of activity Khavari was participating in on that particular day — the day Ladenburger’s body was dumped in the River Dreisam.They discovered that a large bulk of his activity consisted of “climbing stairs.” They took this information and made a correlation between the time it would have taken Khavari to drag the body of Ladenburger down to the river, and climb back up.
Super Bowl LII is less than one month away, and if you’re in it for the ads (which, duh, we are) there hasn’t been much to get excited about in the way of Big Game news.In 2017, a whopping 49 ads ran during the Super Bowl broadcast, with 36 brands releasing their full ads ahead of time.This year, a small handful of brands announced their Big Game plans, but only two have released teasers so far (as of Jan. 12).Truth Collective founder and chief creative officer, Jeremy Schwartz, suggested there are a few things at play, including “new preferences for short-form online video where Super Bowl ad concepts don’t translate,” he said.It seems now that mentality of “shorter is better” could be seeping into marketers’ Big Game decisions.“It’s all a bit of a calculated gamble, and every advertiser has different goals to consider when weighing timing.”
2017 was supposedly the year ecommerce pummeled the brick-and-mortar retail sector, creating what analysts called a “retail apocalypse.” Yet, according to research firm Statista, ecommerce contributed only 9.1 percent to total retail sales in the United States and 10.1 percent globally.However physical stores will fight back by luring customers with new approaches.More physical store closings were announced in 2017 than any other year on record, with 6,700 U.S. stores closed by December 1, according to Fung Global Retail & Technology, a retail research firm.That number surpassed the previous record of 6,163 closures in 2008.They offer many more options, such as buying online with in-store pickup, buying online with same-day delivery from a physical store, or purchasing in a store and having products delivered.U.S. ecommerce sales in 2017 grew 15.8 percent to $452.8 billion, an estimate provided by research firm eMarketer.
Despite the wealth of sandy beaches available to the folks who live in Sydney, Australia, the surf-crazed populace simply can’t be satisfied by all the natural opportunities for the nation’s favorite sport.As such, the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment has approved yet another open surf park in Sydney Olympic Park.The $24 million project marks the third such wave pool to come about down under, and the one-year construction timeline is slated to begin in the second half of 2018.The new wave pool will depend upon technology from Wavegarden, which is behind several similar facilities around the world.But the team constructing and operating the pool will be Sydney-based URBN Surf, which has long petitioned to bring wave pools to the Australian continent in order to satisfy demand for the water sport.Although this will be the third wave pool in the country, it will be the first in Sydney — the other two are located in Perth and Melbourne, and are both currently under construction.
Tim Farron has expressed “regret” at saying gay sex is not a sin.The former Lib Dem leader told Premier Christian Radio he “foolishly and wrongly” caved in to pressure during his party’s General Election campaign and that he actually believes his statement “was not right”.Farron was first quizzed about his views on homosexuality by Channel 4′s Cathy Newman in 2015 and then by numerous other reporters before the June vote.After a question from a Tory MP in the Commons, Farron was forced to say he did not think gay sex was a sin.He now appears to have rowed back from that position.Asked about the issue by Premier, Farron said: “The bottom line is, of course, I did [feel pressured] and there are things - including that - that I said that I regret.
The solution ultimately revealed itself when the developer got close enough to catch a glimpse of the boy's screen: Wrestling Revolution 3D.The Football Manager franchise has been delighting international audiences for 25 years-plus, nudging even stateside developers to take notice within the last decade (how else do you explain Madden spin-off, NFL Head Coach, sneaking into a release cycle full of familiar 2K titles?).The graphics are blocky and dated compared to modern sports simulators.It doesn't enjoy a professional-league licensing deal, so the characters are all weird knock-offs ("Nightshift" and not The Undertaker; "Jimi Sierra" and not John Cena; "Hank Slogan" and... you get it).(In fairness, the duo soon scrolls through a seemingly endless amount of character selections and match customization options.)"The kind of way you'd wrestle with them is to make all the moves at 2/3rd speed and you'd have to laboriously flip them to make the wrestlers do the moves," he says.
When you think of racing, chances are that either horses or something with wheels comes to mind, but that doesn’t have to be the case.Furrion Robotics is working on Prosthesis, a walking mech that it hopes will eventually compete in the X1 Mech Racing League, which Furrion founded.We caught up with the company’s founder and CEO, Jonathan Tippett, on the CES 2018 show floor to chat about Prosthesis, and even got the chance to climb inside.“My youth was spent mountain biking and snowboarding and riding motorcycles in the mountains of [British Columbia],” Tippett told Digital Trends.“I also had a fascination with excavators, dinosaurs, trophy trucks, dune buggies.You kind of mix that all together at Burning Man and get yourself an engineering degree, and out comes a racing mech.”
Nvidia said it is affected by the Spectre flaw that is rocking the tech world.The company released patches for many of its products.Initially, it seemed that Nvidia had been left out of the biggest story in tech this year.But, on Wednesday, the company said its chips are affected by the Spectre flaw.Nvidia's stock is trading down 1.31% at $219.04 a share after the company disclosed it's products' vulnerabilities in a news release.Nvidia has released patches for the security issue on many of its products and announced a schedule of releases for products that don't yet have a patch.