25 Sep 2018

Introducing Resident-Centered Autonomous Vehicle Pilots

While most autonomous vehicles (AV) research is currently conducted by the automotive industry, a philanthropic foundation is now supporting AV pilot projects across five U.S. cities with the focus on answering community-level questions that will help shape AV policy at the city, state, and national level. There are currently over

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24 Sep 2018

North Korea successfully using cryptos to evade US sanctions

North Korea is likely making extensive use of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology to evade sanctions. Experts suggest that North Korea is probably trading in existing cryptocurrencies while also creating its own, allowing them to “exploit international financial institutions that have correspondent banking relations with the United States.” Mirroring traditional money-laundering

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24 Sep 2018

FANGs Aren’t Tech Stocks Any More: S&P Overhauls Sector Breakdowns

In the largest sector reclassification since 1999, Facebook, Alphabet, Twitter, Paypal, Netflix, Disney, Viacom, Fox, and Snap will now be classified as “Communications Services” instead of “Information Technology,” in a move that will reduce the “tech” portion of the S&P from around 26% to 15%. This reclassification will have significant

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19 Sep 2018

Drone assassins are cheap, deadly and available in your local store

Drone technology has increased by leaps and bounds over recent years, with the capabilities and possibilities they offer to terrorists and other actors increasing behind it. The number of instances in which cheap off-the-shelf drones have been used to deliver deadly payloads and bypass security systems designed for different aerial

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17 Sep 2018

The New Apple Watch Is Going to Have More of Your Health Data Than Your Doctor

The recently announced Series 4 version of the Apple Watch will feature a hospital-grade electrocardiogram that will track user heart health over time and support an export-to-PDF functionality in order to share the information with the owner’s doctor. This shift is repositioning the device into a growing healthcare-wearable tech market

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13 Sep 2018

3 Ways Intelligence Agencies Are Using AI

The 17 agencies that comprise the U.S. intelligence community (IC) are working to improve interaction between each other and the exponentially increasing troves of data through what an IC deputy CIO describes as the “concept…vision…idea” of “Augmenting Intelligence using Machines” (AIM). “We’re auditing routine functions that analysts, curators, collectors have

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12 Sep 2018

The Military Now Has Tooth Mics For Invisible, Hands-Free Radio Calls

The Pentagon has confirmed a $10 million contract with a company to provide a “molar mic,” a small device clipped to the molars at the back of the mouth that enables users to speak and listen without any visible microphone or earpiece. Incoming sound passes through the jaw bone and

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11 Sep 2018

A Popular App Has Been Stealing Everyone’s Browser History

The highest grossing “paid utilities” app in the Apple Mac App Store has been “deceiving users and stealing their browser histories to send to China.” Marketed as anti-malware or anti-adware, users were not suspicious of granting permissions. But a researcher has found that all files given these permissions were saved

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07 Sep 2018

It’s Now Possible To Telepathically Communicate with a Drone Swarm

The U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has developed an microchip-to-brain interface that allows operators to control several drones simultaneously. “As of today, signals from the brain can be used to command and control….not just one aircraft but three simultaneous types of aircraft,” said a DARPA director. The

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06 Sep 2018

EU should adopt common cryptocurrency rules, report for ministers says

A Brussels-based think tank has delivered a report to EU ministers calling for the adoption of common rules on cryptocurrencies, rules that would provide regulation on Initial Coin Offerings, as well as crypto mining and trading in general. EU authorities have already called for responses to money laundering and fraud

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