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  • 8 ways to hustle your way into TNW Conference

    On May 18 and 19 the digital tech scene – 15.000 professionals – are gathering in Amsterdam for TNW Conference. It was awarded Best European Conference and is also known as Europe’s leading digital technology festival, so it’s not a bad place to be as someone in tech. A ticket to attend the conference, the parties, the chats, discussions and meetings is going for €545 ex VAT at the moment (but this price is rapidly rising to €1200 in the next few weeks). Although 545 euros is pretty much a bargain to attend an event like this – our price level is actually 57%…

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  • Ransomware could double this year if no action is taken: F-Secure

    The growth of ransomware is likely to double in 2017 unless the governments decide to crack down on all potentially illegal payments, a European cyber security firm warned on Wednesday.

    According to IT security company F-Secure, there was one known ransomware family variant in 2012 which grew to 35 by 2015 and soared to 193 in 2016.

    “If the US pursues all the forms of potentially illegal payments, ransomware’s growth could be abated. Otherwise, we expect to see the new ransomware families we discovered in 2017 at least double,” said Sean Sullivan, Security Advisor at F-Secure, in a statement.

    The open-source virtual currency Bitcoin has made crypto-ransomware’s business model profitable, feeding an online crime wave that has seen new extortion-enabling malware families at least double each year since 2012.

    “Bitcoin survived and thrived during the last US presidential administration,” Sullivan added.

    Forty-two per cent of all Bitcoin transactions last year took place in China exchanges as Chinese companies have made considerable investments into the vast server farms needed to mine the digital currency.

    “While better block-chain provides them with visibility over their markets, officials in China likely have little financial incentive to see the Bitcoin market hindered in any way,” Sullivan said.

    But the US government shows little interest in legitimising the virtual currency as investment due to “concerns about the potential for fraudulent or manipulative acts and practices in this market”.

    “If governments don’t act now to come up with a strategy for dealing with digital currencies, it’s not going to get any easier,” Sullivan observed.

    IANS

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  • Uber just made it way easier to see your rating in the app

    It used to be that if you wanted to see how many stars you’ve racked up as an Uber rider, you had to basically excavate your rating from the app. Customer ratings were buried deep within the app’s menus, basically ensuring that only those who were truly motivated to know how popular they were with drivers would go looking. Now, Uber is making it much easier to see your rating as a customer, with the stars displayed right under your name in the app’s main menu.

    Rider ratings were never easy to find. Before they were buried in the app, they were only available by request. Uber says that it was motivated to make them more visible as a way to encourage better rider behavior. “Drivers do their best to make Uber enjoyable and safe for their…

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  • Samsung C-Lab’s FaceSense uses your face to navigate VR

    One of the biggest hurdles to virtual and augmented reality today isn’t really the display. We’ve pretty much gotten that down. What breaks the illusion of the made-up worlds is, in fact, our input methods. While our eyes and ears are deceived into believing the immersion, our hands aren’t. While the likes of Oculus and Vive are grappling with coming …

  • AIDoc Medical raises $7M to bring AI to medical imaging analysis

    We are probably still quite some way off from seeing Artificial Intelligence (AI) replace doctors, but there are already lots of proven use-cases where AI is being used to augment the medical profession. One proven area is in medical imaging where AI and computer vision is helping with medical scan and imaging analysis to help support radiologists and other clinicians. One startup operating… Read More

  • Galaxy S8 home button fidgets to prevent screen burn-in

    If you thought that screen burn-in is a thing of the past, Samsung may have just proven you wrong. Considered to be a long forgotten artifact of ancient CRT screens, screen burn-in might be coming back into fashion, especially with the Galaxy S8. Samsung Netherlands’ Twitter account has semi-officially confirmed that the smartphone is indeed susceptible to the phenomenon, which …


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