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Aug 14, 2016

Researchers Just Broke A World Record in Superfast 5G Technology

Posted by in categories: futurism, internet

A team of 5G researchers has set a new world record for spectrum efficiency with the wireless technology, Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output), overwhelming today’s existing 4G technology, 22-fold. To test how well the technology works in a real world setting, the researchers from Bristol will visit Lund at the end of August.

In the future, users are expected to exchange much more information over the spectrum. However, with its dwindling supply, we need to find a way to exchange all this new data more efficiently without causing delays for everyone using the available spectrum.

In response to this insufficiency, many researchers have been conducting experiments using a form of 5G technology called Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) which would allow for the simultaneous transfer of data with the use of multiple transmitters and receivers.

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Aug 14, 2016

IBM’s New Artificial Neurons a Big Step Toward Powerful Brain-Like Computers

Posted by in categories: biological, computing

Thanks to a sleek new computer chip developed by IBM, we are one step closer to making computers work like the brain.

The neuromorphic chip is made from a phase-change material commonly found in rewritable optical discs (confused? more on this later). Because of this secret sauce, the chip’s components behave strikingly similar to biological neurons: they can scale down to nanometer size and perform complicated computations rapidly with little energy.

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Aug 14, 2016

Tim Cook, the interview: Running Apple ‘is sort of a lonely job’ — By Jena McGregor | The Washington Post

Posted by in category: business

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“Apple’s CEO talks iPhones, AI, privacy, civil rights, missteps, China, taxes, Steve Jobs — and steers right past the car rumors”

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Aug 14, 2016

Scylex malware Kit offered for sale in the criminal underground

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, finance

For Sale: A Scylex malware Kit please contact your nearest Dark Web for details.


Experts from Heimdal security firm discovered a new crimeware kit, the Scylex malware kit, that aims to provide Zeus-grade Capabilities.

Security experts from the Heimdal security firm have discovered a new DIY financial crime kit offered for sale on a notorious malicious hacker forum on the dark web called Lampeduza.

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Aug 14, 2016

Towards the T-1000: Liquid metals propel future electronics

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones

Science fiction is inching closer to reality with the development of revolutionary self-propelling liquid metals—a critical step towards future elastic electronics.

While building a shape-shifting liquid metal T-1000 Terminator may still be far on the horizon, the pioneering work by researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, is setting the foundation for moving beyond solid state electronics towards flexible and dynamically reconfigurable soft circuit systems.

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Aug 14, 2016

Russia Charges U.S. Tech Giant Apple With Fixing Prices For iPhones

Posted by in category: mobile phones

This is interesting. Russia has gone already after Google over an anti-trust situation over Android. Now Apple. Wonder who is next? Meantime, China is refusing US tech and companies in many areas of its industry over US involvement of the S. China Sea decisions handed down by a tribunal at The Hague. And, everyone knows about the new partnership in the recent months between China and Russia. Looks like US largest GDP producer is battling on many fronts.


Russian antitrust authorities charged U.S. tech giant Apple on August 8 with fixing the retail prices for iPhones in the country.

The Federal Antimonopoly Service said its investigation “showed that from the start of official sales of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in Russia, the majority of resellers set identical prices for them and held them for a certain period.”

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Aug 14, 2016

Think you can take out a swarm of attack drones? DARPA wants to hear from you

Posted by in categories: drones, military

Pentagon research agency DARPA wants to develop a system that’s capable of countering a swarm of attack drones.

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Aug 14, 2016

Immortality Through Technology, Exploring the Singularity with Ray Kurzweil

Posted by in categories: computing, life extension, Ray Kurzweil, singularity

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I love investing. Every investor who strives to understand their craft to the fullest, ends up at the undeniable conclusion that time is the most valuable asset, bar none. Without it, nothing else of value can exist, it’s the magic ingredient. We can leave value behind for our loved ones, but on an individual level, this intangible asset is a requirement to value and enjoyment as a life form.

Technological innovation and growth can be compared to a snowball rolling down a mountainside, growing faster with each rotation, while speeding up simultaneously. Moore’s Law has held for decades, some say we will hit a wall in silicon transistor shrinking, but the advent of graphene has recently given new light on how this can continue on. New materials, will keep the acceleration of processing power and shrinking of those technologies, intact.

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Aug 14, 2016

World War 3 in SPACE: Superpowers engineering battle-ready laser-armed cosmic tech

Posted by in categories: engineering, existential risks

Ok, which country will have a Darth Vader leading the command?


HUMANITY’S next war will move away from Earth and be a brutal battle for control of the stars, experts predict.

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Aug 14, 2016

Another Tesla Autopilot Crash, This Time in China

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

One more of these; we may see government step in at the consumer’s urging.


Nobody was killed or even injured. But a minor accident involving a Tesla Model S running on Autopilot in China is again raising questions about exactly how the feature works.

The electric car company said Wednesday that it is investigating the Aug. 2 incident. The driver’s Tesla sideswiped a Volkswagen that was parked halfway in the lane of a busy Beijing highway. The company said Autopilot was engaged and the driver was not holding the steering wheel.

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