Coming To America: Facial Recognition Software Used At Concerts

As people continue to feed more and more of their interior selves — our likes, dislikes, wants, needs, social cartographies — into digital networks that harvest and parse that information into profiles used to make money, a new frontier of monitoring that hones in on our physical features is ascendant. In Jiaxing, China, on Sunday evening, a man — one...

HMD Global Just Raised $100 Million to ‘Rebirth’ Nokia

HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the right to use the Nokia brand on phones, has raised $100 million of funding intended to boost growth, it said on Monday. Having sold about 70 million Nokia phones and generated sales of 1.8 billion euros ($2.1 billion) in its first year, 2017, HMD said it plans to expand its Nokia smartphone...

Tech This Out: Enter The World’s Most Expensive iPhone X Comes With Its Own Solar Battery

A Russian accessories maker called Caviar just released one of the most expensive iPhones you can buy. The iPhone X Tesla is a customized iPhone X plated in carbon and gold with a built-in solar battery. The device starts at more than $US4,000, and comes in its own wooden carrying case. Caviar is known for making elaborate accessories that cost thousands of dollars. What...

Take A Look At The New UPS Electric Trucks

UK-based startup Arrival has developed a neat-looking all-electric delivery truck and after scoring a contract with Royal Mail, the company has now secured an order of 35 electric trucks with UPS, which has several programs in place to electrify its massive fleet of delivery vehicles. When unveiling the vehicle last year, Arrival talked about a “revolutionary ultra-lightweight composite materials that significantly reduce the...

Finney: The World’s First Blockchain Smartphone May Be Just What Cryptocurrency Needs

A Blockchain smartphone is not just a gimmick anymore as Sirin Labs has made it official and released the specification of Finney – the long-awaited and revolutionary smartphone. The world’s first blockchain smartphone, Finney – named after bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney, is due to hit the shelves at some point this year.   Last year, Sirin labs raised $157.8 million during a campaign, boasting one of the largest...

Tech This Out: American Soldier Gets First Total Penis and Scrotum Transplant

Breakthrough procedure treated a common and often ignored war wound. When soldiers injured in battle wake from surgery, their first question is often about their sexual organs. Genitourinary injuries have been called the “hidden wounds” of war, seldom spoken about, yet bringing on devastating physical and psychological trauma. However, advances in organ transplantation are giving wounded warriors new hope. This week, the...

How To Stop People Using Your Face For Porn (or other scarier things)

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then a video’s worth a thousand pictures. For as long as videos have existed, we’ve trusted them as a reliable form of evidence. Nothing is as impactful as seeing something happen on video (e.g. the Kennedy assassination) or seeing someone say something on video, especially if it’s recorded in an inconspicuous manner...

Data May Be The New Oil But Artificial Intelligence Is The Engine That It Fuels

Balancing benefits and risks will continue to be a challenge for federal agencies. Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in 2017 that the country that establishes superiority in artificial intelligence will become the ruler of the world. More recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and renowned psychologist Steven Pinker engaged in some rather heated debates over AI use, risks and regulation, with Musk warning that while...

Is Warren Buffett Hating On The Whole Cyptocurrency Thing?

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett on Monday said buyers of bitcoin, which he has characterized as “rat poison squared,” thrive on the hope they’ll find other people who will pay more for it. Likening bitcoin demand to the tulip mania in 17th century Holland, Buffett, the chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, said the mystique behind the cryptocurrency has...

How Safe Are You: Amazon’s Alexa Could Be Tricked Into Spying on Users

Researchers at Checkmarx were able to build an Alexa skill which could be used to spy on users within earshot. Amazon has now closed the loophole. Security researchers say they have found a way to make Amazon's Alexa listen in on its users indefinitely, and provide a transcript of everything said in front of the device. Researchers at cybersecurity firm Checkmarx...