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The phones of the future are here--growing pains and all

The phones of the future are here--growing pains and all | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
A slew of experimental phones, like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, are due to hit the market this year. But radical new design brings radical new engineering challenges.
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what next in phones?

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Unmanned 'ghost' ships are coming

Unmanned 'ghost' ships are coming | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
It's not all plain sailing when it comes to autonomous ships – they could make accidents at sea more severe and even end up being more expensive to run.
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driverless cars - and unmanned ships.... coming in 20202...

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Mystery of the cargo ships that sink when their cargo suddenly liquefies

Mystery of the cargo ships that sink when their cargo suddenly liquefies | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Think of a dangerous cargo and toxic waste or explosives might come to mind. But granular cargoes such as crushed ore and mineral sands are responsible for the loss of numerous ships every year. On average, ten “solid bulk cargo” carriers have been lost at sea each year for the last decade.

Solid bulk cargoes – defined as granular materials loaded directly into a ship’s hold – can suddenly turn from a solid state into a liquid state, a process known as liquefaction. And this can be disastrous for any ship carrying them – and their crew.
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liquefied cargo sinks ships!

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HPE will acquire Seattle’s Cray for $1.3 billion in merger of storied tech brands –

HPE will acquire Seattle’s Cray for $1.3 billion in merger of storied tech brands – | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
HPE is doubling down on the supercomputing game, announcing plans Friday to acquire Seattle’s Cray for $1.3 billion in a deal that links two iconic brands in computing history. The all-cash transaction, at $35 a share, is a 17 percent premium over Thursday’s closing price of $29.81 for Cray’s stock.
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HP and Cray together!

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Windows 10 update pushes Microsoft closer to a password-free future

Windows 10 update pushes Microsoft closer to a password-free future | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
With its Windows 10 May 2019 update, Microsoft is getting one step closer to eliminating passwords. The company's Windows Hello has earned its FIDO
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so many things moving forward to a better future....

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One out of every 11,600 people in San Francisco is a billionaire

One out of every 11,600 people in San Francisco is a billionaire | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Statistics like this throw into sharp relief the challenge for Silicon Valley and its leaders in 2019.
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San Francisco Billionaire stats - shocked or not?

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Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time

Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Would you let a stranger eavesdrop in your home and keep the recordings? For most people, the answer is, "Are you crazy?"
Yet that's essentially what Amazon has been doing to millions of us with its assistant Alexa in microphone-equipped Echo speakers. And it's hardly alone: Bugging our homes is Silicon Valley's next frontier.
Many smart-speaker owners don't realize it, but Amazon keeps a copy of everything Alexa records after it hears its name. Apple's Siri, and until recently Google's Assistant, by default also keep recordings to help train their artificial intelligences.
So come with me on an unwelcome walk down memory lane. I listened to four years of my Alexa archive and found thousands of fragments of my life: spaghetti-timer requests, joking houseguests and random snippets of "Downton Abbey." There were even sensitive conversations that somehow triggered Alexa's "wake word" to start recording, including my family discussing medication and a friend conducting a business deal.
You can listen to your own Alexa archive here. Let me know what you unearth.
For as much as we fret about snooping apps on our computers and phones, our homes are where the rubber really hits the road for privacy. It's easy to rationalize away concerns by thinking a single smart speaker or appliance couldn't know enough to matter. But across the increasingly connected home, there's a brazen data grab going on, and there are few regulations, watchdogs or common-sense practices to keep it in check.
Let's not repeat the mistakes of Facebook in our smart homes. Any personal data that's collected can and will be used against us. An obvious place to begin: Alexa, stop recording us.
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"Eavesdropping" is a sensitive word for Amazon, which has battled lots of consumer confusion about when
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HEADS UP FOLKS....

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Hackers Breached a Programming Tool Used By Big Tech and Stole Private Keys and Tokens

Hackers Breached a Programming Tool Used By Big Tech and Stole Private Keys and Tokens | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Docker Hub lost keys and tokens for around 190,000 accounts, which could have downstream effects if hackers used them to access source code at big companies.
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the stakes get higher...

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How to stop Google from storing your location history

How to stop Google from storing your location history | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
If you use Google apps on your phone, Google keeps a log of everywhere you go with stunning detail. Here's how to stop Google from tracking your location and delete its log of where you've been.
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I wonder if the bad guys know to turn this off? mine has been turned off for a while now - I am not a bad guy....

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The phones of the future are here--growing pains and all

The phones of the future are here--growing pains and all | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
A slew of experimental phones, like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, are due to hit the market this year. But radical new design brings radical new engineering challenges.
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what next in phones?

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That mental health app might share your data without telling you

That mental health app might share your data without telling you | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Free apps marketed to people with depression or who want to quit smoking are hemorrhaging user data to third parties like Facebook and Google — but often don’t admit it in their privacy policies, new research says. The study is the latest to highlight the potential risks of entrusting sensitive health information to our phones.
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everybody knows apps can be so cool...  but at what cost?  one way or another - it is about money...

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Signal should be your primary messaging app of choice. Here’s Why.

Signal should be your primary messaging app of choice. Here’s Why. | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
No, it isn’t just for spies and whistle-blowers.
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communications privacy at the next level...

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Inside Tesla's 100% renewable design for the Gigafactory

Inside Tesla's 100% renewable design for the Gigafactory | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
The factory, which currently makes battery packs and electric motors for the Model 3, will eventually be the biggest building in the world–with the world’s largest rooftop solar array.
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consider the possibilities!

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'Spaceplane' that flies 25 times faster than the speed of sound passes crucial test

'Spaceplane' that flies 25 times faster than the speed of sound passes crucial test | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
A 'spaceplane' that flies 25 times faster than the speed of sound has successfully passed a crucial testing milestone.
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one ticket on my Christmas wish list!

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How Many Shipwrecks Are There? - WorldAtlas.com

How Many Shipwrecks Are There? - WorldAtlas.com | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
The ocean floor is home to an estimated 3 million shipwrecks.
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3 MILLION shipwrecks - and many lost people...

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Flying Cars Are Realer, Cheaper, Greener Than You Think

They might even be greener than electric ones.
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flying car - on my Christmas wish list...

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Why Apple gives Android users a green bubble in iMessage

Why Apple gives Android users a green bubble in iMessage | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
On the first episode of season 4 of Why’d You Push That Button?, co-hosts Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany discuss why iPhone users judge people who have green bubbles in iMessage.
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does the color of your bubble impact your dating life?

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for me, this is n u t s !  (but, must be an old age thing)

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iPhone 11 and 11 Max case leaks might confirm Apple’s biggest design change –

iPhone 11 and 11 Max case leaks might confirm Apple’s biggest design change – | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
With some four months to go until Apple unveils the 2019 iPhone series, we’re getting more and more leaks teasing specific design changes for this year’s iPhone generation. Before you get too excit…
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how will 11 differ from 10?

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World’s fastest supercomputer will be built by AMD and Cray for US

World’s fastest supercomputer will be built by AMD and Cray for US | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
To give an idea of the scale of this sort of machine, AMD says Frontier will have as much processing power as the next 160 fastest supercomputers combined. It’ll be able to handle an astonishing amount of data, with a bandwidth 24,000,000 times greater than the average home internet connection, capable of processing 100,000 HD movies in a second. It’ll also have a correspondingly huge footprint, taking up 7,300 square feet of space (roughly equivalent to two basketball courts) and containing 90 miles of cabling.
Al Cannistra's insight:

I looked this up…  “Voyager's computer was capable of 575 trillion calculations per NANOSECOND” (one billionth of a second) and here we are with 1.5 exaFlops (or a billion billion (i.e. a quintillion) calculations per SECOND)…  if I got my flops right here, then we have more work to do….   Even so, this one is said to be able to process 100,000 HD movies – per second….  That’s pretty fast!

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1 million species are at risk for extinction–and humans are screwed

1 million species are at risk for extinction–and humans are screwed | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
As we contend climate change, a landmark new report issues a wake-up call around another related crisis: the rapid loss of biodiversity and the threat it poses to ecosystems and human life.
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frightening thought!  urgently in need of review - and action...

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Will AirPods spark the next technology wave? How ‘personal audio computing’ could reshape the industry –

Will AirPods spark the next technology wave? How ‘personal audio computing’ could reshape the industry – | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
The smartphone started as a better phone, and ultimately became the basis of a new, era-defining wave of computing. Could AirPods be the same? Could they be Apple’s dark horse strategy to own the future of technology, masquerading simply as “better headphones”?
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inevitable proliferation?

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'Mind-reading' device can translate your brain activity into audible sentences

'Mind-reading' device can translate your brain activity into audible sentences | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
UCSF researchers have created a veritable mind-reading implant capable of translating your brain activity into synthetic speech, and it's surprisingly accurate.
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would a device that translates brain activity to spoken words get you in trouble?

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Blueland delivers home cleaning products to your door as tablets

Blueland delivers home cleaning products to your door as tablets | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Your home cleaning products have a major carbon footprint. Several startups want to popularize a clever solution: remove the water.
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shockingly simple solution - or at least a way to make a major impact on consumer products packaging, plastics - and planet earth....  who is on board?

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Facebook lets you look up profiles by phone number provided for 2FA

Facebook lets you look up profiles by phone number provided for 2FA | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Facebook won't let users opt out of a feature that allows them to be searched by phone numbers provided for two-factor authentication.
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so you trust FB?

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The Kugelschiff by Edmonds + Lee Architects

The Kugelschiff by Edmonds + Lee Architects | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
At just 80 square feet, The Kugelschiff is a renovated Airstream Bambi II that now serves as a tech entrepreneur’s tiny home and office.
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this gives new meaning to "home office"...

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Thousands of Amazon employees are listening to you through Alexa

Thousands of Amazon employees are listening to you through Alexa | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ | Scoop.it
Alexa users can disable use of their voice recordings for "the development of new features," but Amazon says their employees may still listen and analyze recordings of people who opt out.
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i have one in my bedroom...  hmmm - i suppose my snoring is not terribly exciting for them....

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