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USAA creates research team to study use of bitcoin technology

        USAA, a San Antonio, Texas-based financial institution serving current and former members of the military, is studying the underlying technology behind the digital currency bitcoin to help make its operations more efficient, a company executive said. Alex Marquez, managing director of corporate development at USAA, said in an interview this week that the company and its ... Read More »

IBM’s Watson supercomputer strives to be jack of all trades

        The IBM supercomputer is becoming a jack of all trades for the US tech giant—including in its new role as a business consultant and analyst for various industries by using massive Internet databases. Watson, which gained fame in 2011 for defeating human opponents on the “Jeopardy” quiz show, has been reaching into its computing power since ... Read More »

Amazon drone patent has tracking, talking details

    How might those proposed delivery drones from Amazon operate? Details have been published by the US Patent Office. By pulling data from people’s smartphones, the drones may track the location of the delivery target. The patent, titled “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Delivery System,” discussed a scenario where a user could choose a “Bring It To Me” option, where the ... Read More »

See When Your Train Is Late With LED Lights And Raspberry Pi Kate Knibbs-, Gawker Media

        At this point, there are tons of apps that let us know when our trains are running late. But apps aren’t nearly as pretty as an LED light strip set up to blink when something’s wrong with your commute. London-based developer James Singleton used a Raspberry Pi B+ and the London Underground’s API to turn a ... Read More »

X-Ray Photos Reveal Child Being Smuggled Was Hidden Inside A Suitcase

        This is crazy. An eight-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast was being smuggled into Spain while being hidden inside a suitcase. Apparently, the boy’s father had paid a 19-year-old girl to carry the boy in the luggage from Morocco to neighboring Ceuta, a Spanish city in Africa. This was a bad plan that could have ended ... Read More »

Drones Will Airdrop Relief Supplies To Combat Zones In Syria

      Drones-like sharks and William Shatner-are often misunderstood by the public. Many associate the autonomous fliers with warfare and creepy government spies. But drones can be heroic, dropping life-saving supplies to civilians in combat zones. That’s what U.S. Air Force member/Stanford PhD student Mark Jacobsen wants to do with his crowdfunding effort, the Syria Airlift Project. While spending ... Read More »

The NSA Actually Named A Program Skynet

      In the Terminator franchise, Skynet is an evil military computer system that launches war on humanity. And at some point, someone in the National Security Agency sat down and thought, “Damn, that’s a sick thing to name a secret system!” Malevolent undertones of aspirations to unchecked aggression be damned, I guess, because Skynet is real. A report ... Read More »

IBM’s Watson Could Offer Customized Treatment To Every Cancer Patient

    IBM’s Watson supercomputer rose to fame when it trounced two human Jeopardy contestants in 2011. And since then, it’s kept itself busy, as a chef, bartender, and even pseudo-doctor. Watson has even dabbled in cancer before. But the latest foray is the most impressive. Doctors from participating clinics will upload the DNA fingerprint of a tumor, and Watson ... Read More »

Secure your home network—and every device attached to it—in 3 simple steps

In 2014, companies announced nearly a breach every day, exposing an average of 1.1. million identities per breach. For consumers, the news appears grim. From ads on major websites infecting consumers’ systems to ransomware that can hold data hostage, criminals continue to successfully steal money and data from half a world away. If companies can’t protect themselves from the bad ... Read More »

The Fitly SmartPlate may not be quite as dumb as other smart tableware

Given my evisceration of the absurd Vessyl smart cup, I have to commend Fitly for being brave enough to show me its SmartPlate. Toss in the HAPIlabs’ smart fork, and you would appear to have the most ridiculous table setting in the world. Because do I really want my tableware to be “smart”? Do I want it to win on ... Read More »