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As robots take driving jobs, who will pick up the pieces?

As robots take driving jobs, who will pick up the pieces?

Since the advent of improved artificial intelligence a lot has been said about a future of mass unemployment, often under the perhaps hyperbolic umbrella threat of ‘The Robots are Coming!’. The robots might be coming to take your job, but there are limits to what occupations a computer can handle. Nonetheless, the automobile industry is sure to be redefined by AI in the not-too-distant future.  If driving is how you make your money, what are you going to do once you've been replaced by a machine - retire? According to a recent report called Payday in America released by Hyperwallet, a company that handles payments... more »
Whale phishing on the rise: Security industry exec offers advice

Whale phishing on the rise: Security industry exec offers advice

Whale phishing is on the increase globally, with no industry immune to an attack. Whale phishing, a form of spear phishing also known as whaling, CEO Fraud or Business Email Compromise (BEC), involves cyber-attacks focused on the "big fish" or "whales" of the organization, such as the chief executive officer or chief financial officer. Cyber-criminals will attempt to gather sensitive information or possible company funds from these executives. Alternatively, they will masquerade as these executives to gather information or funds from unsuspecting employees. Research conducted by cloud-based email management firm Mimecast Ltd. in March, based on responses from 436 IT... more »
Salesforce is building "Einstein," the first comprehensive AI platform for CRM

Salesforce is building "Einstein," the first comprehensive AI platform for CRM

Salesforce.com Inc. CEO has revealed the company is building a new artificial intelligence (AI) product called “Einstein,” in a lengthy interview with Forbes. The article says that Salesforce’s Einstein project is the reason why the company decided to shell out a massive $390 million to acquire responsive-email firm Relate IQ and its CEO Steve Loughlin almost two years ago. In addition, the project also explains why Salesforce has acquired no less than six AI-related startups in the last couple of years. “If this is not the next big thing, I don’t know what is,” Benioff told Forbes’ writer Alex Konrad. The article portrays... more »
No More Ransom initiative releases tool to decrypt Wildfire variant of ransomware

No More Ransom initiative releases tool to decrypt Wildfire variant of ransomware

In a win for the good guys, a group backed by police and security companies have developed a free decryption tool for victims of the Wildfire variant of ransomware. The tool comes from the No More Ransom initiative, a collaborative project between Europol, the Dutch National Police, Intel Security, and Kaspersky Lab that provides keys for unlocking files encrypted by various strains of ransomware. According to Intel Security, most victims of Wildfire are in the Netherlands and Belgium, and are infected through emails purporting to be from transport companies claiming that the recipient had missed a delivery and that they needed to... more »
Industry analysts highlight Docker's superior security credentials

Industry analysts highlight Docker's superior security credentials

Security considerations are a significant barrier to adoption for just about every new technology that bursts onto the scene, and Docker containers are no exception. However, two organizations are now claiming that security should in fact be a driver of container adoption. Cybersecurity firm NCC Group and technology analyst Gartner Inc. recently published research that shows containerized apps are more secure than traditional, non-containerized apps. Nathan McCauley, director of security at Docker Inc., told eWeek that Gartner is now communicating this advice to its enterprise users. “It is significant in combination with the NCC Group report, which recognizes Docker’s leadership in the area... more »
Red Hat's gunning for VMware with virtualization platform update

Red Hat's gunning for VMware with virtualization platform update

Open-source Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. has thrown in support for OpenStack Neutron and other new technologies with the latest release of its software virtualization package, in what looks like a bid to steal customers away from VMware Inc.’s more widely-used solution. Targeted at convergence, Red Hat Virtualization 4 is the first version of the platform that doesn’t include the word “enterprise,” in a move that suggests the company is hoping its virtualized stack will become the platform for convergence, rather than a server density product. OpenStack Neutron is the open-source networking project used by Software-Defined Networks (SDNs), which up until now... more »
Startup with links to Peter Thiel uses Big Data to fund lawsuits

Startup with links to Peter Thiel uses Big Data to fund lawsuits

A new firm with links to the hero behind Gawker Media's demise, Peter Thiel, wants to (without irony) make it easier for people and firms to sue others by providing a litigation financing service that uses big data to make decisions. Litigation financing is where a third party provides capital to a plaintiff involved in litigation in return for some financial recovery from the lawsuit, in theory leveling the playing field in litigation by allowing plaintiffs to access the capital necessary for legal fees, growth, and operations before the case is resolved. Co-founded by Eva Shang using a $100,000 grant from the... more »
Report: Google planning to turn YouTube into a social network of sorts

Report: Google planning to turn YouTube into a social network of sorts

Google is preparing to turn its video streaming site YouTube into a social network of sorts, to counter growing opposition from video on Facebook and other services, according to a report published Wednesday. VentureBeat claims that YouTube is developing a service currently going by the name of Backstage that will allow YouTube users to share photos, polls, links, and text posts with their followers in addition to their videos. The new service is said to be launching before the end of the year or possibly fall, with an initial release of the service to select popular YouTube accounts before it is rolled... more »
Voice recognition now faster and more accurate than typing, says Stanford study

Voice recognition now faster and more accurate than typing, says Stanford study

If you have ever had to type out a lengthy message on your phone, chances are you got frustrated with how long the process took and how many mistakes you had to fix along the way. But it is still better than dealing with a hit-or-miss voice recognition program, right? Not according to a new study conducted by researchers at Stanford University, the University of Washington, and Baidu Inc., which found that not only is speech-to-text now three times faster than typing on mobile, it is also more accurate. Researchers at Stanford tested the effectiveness of voice recognition versus typing on a mobile device... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2016 August 24: Bitstamp turns 5 Ledger wallet giveaway, CEO of CHBTC interview, final Silk Road BTC auction and Bitcoin Core 0.13.0

Bitcoin Weekly 2016 August 24: Bitstamp turns 5 Ledger wallet giveaway, CEO of CHBTC interview, final Silk Road BTC auction and Bitcoin Core 0.13.0

This week brings a birthday for London-based Bitstamp Bitcoin exchange, the company is turning five and is giving away a bunch of Nano Ledger hardware wallets. News outlet CryptoCoinsNews interviewed the CEO of China-based exchange CHBTC, who answered some questions about China and Bitcoin. The final auction for bitcoins sized in the Silk Road auction, although the turnout has been the lowest of all the auctions at only five bidders. The blockchain technology fintech world is growing more interesting with Swiss bank UBS announcing a blockchain-based major currency remittance system, thus expanding the horizons for the use of blockchain in fintech. For... more »

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