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Manholes + battery swaps : Fixing electric car charges

Manholes + battery swaps : Fixing electric car charges

This week’s SmartCar roundup features solutions to bolster electric vehicle adoption, a trend that's been slow despite the growing concern over vehicle carbon emissions and air pollution.  While consumer demand is growing, infrastructure has a hard time keeping up.  So far the biggest hindrance in EV adoption is the scarcity of charging stations. Unlike gas stations, which travelers can reach without having to use up all the gas in their tanks, charging stations are pretty scarce.  Those with EVs use their vehicles for city driving and not long road trips, for fear of running out of juice before they reach their... more »
Ask Dr. Bitcoin: How to avoid scams, a basic guide

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: How to avoid scams, a basic guide

We at SiliconANGLE have been following the Bitcoin market and community for a while now and with each jump in valuation and press cycle comes new blood rushing in like a tide. As a result of new people entering the scene there’s also the potential that more predatory elements of the Internet will take advantage of their naivety. We went to Mark Hopkins, the founding editor of SiliconANGLE, and we put together a shortlist and guide for people new to the market. Much like any other budding market, getting in without getting in over your head is about sticking to honest,... more »
Google goes to war on YouTube comment spam

Google goes to war on YouTube comment spam

Amidst the rising anger from YouTube users over Google's decision to integrate Google+ with its comments feature, the company has announced new measures to combat the deluge of spam that's arisen as a result of the new system. YouTube users have been pretty vocal in their opposition to the changes over the last few weeks, saying that the new system is confusing and removes their anonymity. An online petition begging Google to revert back to the old commenting system has already garnered more than 215,000 signatures, while the official video announcing the new system has received 54,325 'tumbs downs' at the... more »
Hats off to Sony: SmartWigs might just be the next big thing in wearable tech

Hats off to Sony: SmartWigs might just be the next big thing in wearable tech

Sony has filed for a patent that aims to quite literally top the wearable technology sector, and it certainly gets ten out of ten for novelty value. According to a US Patent and Trademark Office application, Sony has applied for a patent that describes a "SmartWig" that's able to cover at least part of a person’s head, and is able to acquire data and communicate with other connected devices. The SmartWig can be made from horse hair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair, buffalo hair or any other kind of synthetic material.  The wig will be embedded with sensors such as GPS... more »
Who needs Big Data scientists? Pretty soon, there'll be an app for that

Who needs Big Data scientists? Pretty soon, there'll be an app for that

With all the hype around Big Data, one of the most pressing concerns for organizations is finding qualified data scientists who're able to translate that mish-mash of numbers into something that makes sense – actual insights that can be used to pursue businesses' goals and strategies. The opportunities for data scientists are said to be enormous, mainly because there aren't enough of them to go round, so the story goes. But does that mean the time has come for our universities to start churning out armies of data scientists to fulfill Big Data's potential? Or is the lack of Big Data... more »
The NSA wiretaps possibly behind Yahoo and Google surveillance

The NSA wiretaps possibly behind Yahoo and Google surveillance

It seems the NSA stories insist on staying at the top of the tech radar.  As found in a New York Times article, the NSA may have tapped into fiber-optic connections to achieve their eavesdropping operations.  If that is the case, then this represents a significant physical breach has taken place.  On top of all else, it has people concerned about the integrity in operations of communications companies. As a result, there has been movement to encrypt data in motion - that is when data is transferred from one data center to another, the transmission of that data is secured by... more »
'Doomsday' cache feared to be part of the Snowden files

'Doomsday' cache feared to be part of the Snowden files

Like the plot of a number of popular espionage action flicks, the action has now turned its focus to one set of the files within the Edward Snowden payload. They’re calling it the “Doomsday” cache - a highly sensitive, ultra-classified set of documents that some believe Snowden has stored into a data cloud. The document set is heavily encrypted and protected by a number of layered unlocking steps. According to sources, what’s in that cache of files sounds like the plot of the James Bond 007 movie “SkyFall” in that it contains documents that include the names of U.S. and... more »
Prepare for evolving Internet Of Things application development initiatives

Prepare for evolving Internet Of Things application development initiatives

Given that the number of connected devices is expected to grow from 1 to 50 billion over the next 10 years, the number of connected solutions must expand at a similar rate. This represents a tremendous opportunity for companies that can quickly develop solutions to the end customer. The proliferation of connected devices and sensors are creating a huge demand for new Machine to Machine applications (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT). While the development of information and communication technology industry is rapidly collapsing boundaries, border between IoT and object communication has been broken down. Sensors are playing a key role,... more »
Microsoft opens the door of Visual Studio for Node.js developers

Microsoft opens the door of Visual Studio for Node.js developers

Node.js is quickly becoming one of the most popular server-side development platforms. However, Microsoft has never been able to take full advantage of this tool on the Windows operating system to develop applications based on Node.js. But that might be over now for Windows developers because even closed system like Microsoft seems to be changing for open source platform. Microsoft has launched a new Node.js tool in Visual Studio (NTVS), currently in alpha, which now enables developers to edit and debug Node.js in the popular Microsoft IDE. The alpha release of NTVS resides on CodePlex, Microsoft’s open source project-hosting web site. NTVS... more »
Is it time for the 'Wantified' revolution?

Is it time for the 'Wantified' revolution?

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a cap that intelligently dispenses pills, a project that makes sense of the Quantified Self revolution, and a call for the 'Wantified' revolution. The 'Wantified' revolution   The quantified self revolution may be too much for some - the rapid pace of technology adoption has bumrushed us with fitness bands, trackers of all sorts, and an app for each and every one. Is this the life we want, where machines force us into health nuts? Dr. Pritpal S. Tamber is leading the revolution to reimagine the role of healthcare in measuring what is meaningful for people’s lives. The Wellthcare... more »

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