Though cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications seem to have taken the entire world by storm, there are few places where this new technology has been embraced like South Korea. In part, thanks to changing regulations within the country, the overwhelming sentiment seems to indicate that crypto will soon become fully integrated into everyday life in South Korea. But what is it that has made cryptocurrency take off in South Korea at such an unpr
Ever wanted to grow some of that sweet devil‘s lettuce in your own home? Well, thanks to Cloudponics‘ GroBox, you can start cultivating your own crop while barely lifting a finger. The GroBox is the first fully-automated, uh, grow box on the market. According to Cloudponics, at least. This is one of those claims that it‘s hard to judge, as automated growing systems such as Click And Grow‘s Smart Garden 9 or Niwa already
Apple is in trouble in India, where it‘s sold less than a million iPhones across the country in the first half of 2018, reports Bloomberg. That‘s after a dismal 2017, where it sold just 3.2 million handsets across India. Contrast that with Xiaomi, the current leader in the smartphone market, which sold 8.2 million phones there in Q4 2017 alone, and stole the crown from Samsung. That leaves Apple with just a 2.5 percent share of the ma
Scotland will be home to the UK‘s first spaceport, Britain‘s government has announced. Rockets and satellites will be vertically launched from the spaceport, which has received2.5 million (approximately 3.31 million) in funding from the UK Space Agency. Its aim is to cement Britain‘s place in the commercial space sector and it‘ll be built on the awesomely named Scottish peninsula,A‘Mhoine. This is in Sutherland loca
Months after announcing it in January, Japanese messaging giant Line has finally opened their new cryptocurrency exchange everywhere except Japan and North America. BITBOX is now hosting trade in around 30 coins, sans fiat trading for the time being. No hint as to a date proposed to support local currencies, or even in which country they would be offered. They have interestingly opted for Tether (USDT) as it‘s ‘stablecoin‘ of c
The race to launch flying taxis hotted up over the weekend, as Rolls-Royce revealed its interest in designing one. Fun fact: it‘s not the luxury car brand from the UK that you‘re thinking of. It‘s actually the parent company that shares the same name that made the announcement. Besides owning a car brand, it also builds aviation engines. Rolls-Royce unveiled its concept for the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, yesterday.
Right, we‘re done here. Elon Musk has gone off the deep end and called British diver Vern Unsworth who was instrumental in recently rescuing a Thai boys‘ soccer team trapped in a cave a pedophile, after Unsworth balked at the billionaire‘s idea of using a small ‘submarine‘ to help bring the boys back to safety. Musk‘s accomplishments speak volumes about his business acumen, ability to drive innovation and lea
Imagine you are trying to buy something online - plane tickets, an app subscription, a pair of sneakers. If you are an English speaker with an email address ending in .com, .org, .edu or .net, that process probably goes pretty smoothly for you. But if your email address ends in . or @. or .photography, you might get an error message and be unable to complete your transaction. In this case, you have fallen victim to a lack of Universal Acceptance
The other day, a friend called me and said that his Google Chrome browser is acting weirdly and may need reinstalling. According to him, every time he searched for something on Google some unknown website appeared with suspicious results. I asked him to remove every Chrome extension and only add those few that he really needs. But it occurred to me that this friend of mine will probably be hit by more scams brought by other malicious Chrome exten
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The race to develop software for the connected car market is heating up as consumers expect their vehicles to give them the same experience and ease of use that they have come to know with their smartphones. The 2017 Autotrader Car Impact Study found that 53 percent of consumers expect their vehicles to offer the same level of technology as their phones, keeping them connected on the move. Unfortunately, far too many of the automotive manufacture
You probably noticed the recent video that asked people whether they heard ‘Yanny‘ or ‘Laurel.‘ It would have been hard not to. That tiny piece of audio drove more than 10 million views, inspired countless memes, created conflict between friends, and even re-surfaced the Greek composer Yanni for a new generation. Seeing this, you might think that we‘re in a golden age of sharing when any random image or video has the
High costs and range anxiety, the worry of a car battery running out of juice, areconsidered thebiggest barriersto people embracing EVs. A study finds that car dealers are also to blame. TheNature Energyanalysis shows that salespeople steer people away from EVs to get them behind the wheel of a traditional gasoline car. Because plug-in vehicle technology isstill new, and people‘s experience at a car dealership influences their decision, the
You‘ve probably heard the phrase ‘deep learning‘ bandied about in conversation, or maybe you‘ve read about it in a post like this one. It seems like almost every tech conversation happening today somehow touches on the topic of AI, machine learning, or deep learning. These technologies are coming into their own, and are poised to usher-in massive changes not only to the tech industry, but to every aspect of the global econ
Like the Holy Trinity, the blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and ICOs are all independent and interdependent of each other in the crypto space. And, as these three faces of the ecosystem help expand it, there needs to be some consolidation. Lorien Gamaroff, CEO of BankyMoon, thinks that cryptocurrencies are the only viable application of blockchain currently, and this is where the work at polishing blockchain potential should all be put. Blockchain t
I have a friend, and she‘s great. Better than great, actually. She‘s one of those people who is just incredible at everything. She‘s really smart. Like really really smart. While I spent my university years vomiting in a bar‘s mensroom urinal, she was studying late in the library. She‘s a teacher and she teaches underprivileged kids. And she‘s a vegan. So she‘s also a really good person. And not only that
The drone industry is on the cusp of a revolution, with consumer adoption expanding and commercial applications growing, yet the tight regulations stand in the way of exponential innovation. The industry is forecast to reach 100 billion market opportunity by 2020 (Goldman Sachs). The drone industry could impact our day to day lives through applications in search and rescue, healthcare, humanitarian aid, package delivery, and security. There is a
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To the layman UX and SEO (if they even understand what they mean) sound like two entirely unrelated things. The one is about some plumber jabbing away at their phone, while the other is about satisfying the algorithms of a company in Silicon Valley. But we know better. At its core they‘re down to the same thing. That‘s because the layman doesn‘t realize that what Google cares about is ultimately what will satisfy that plumber. A
In the competitive world of startups, founders should focus on core business operations without distractions. But at the initial stages of business expansion, funds, and staff are limited. It‘s the problem that drives most startup owners to wear too many hats and try to do it all as a way of saving money and time. As a startup founder, you must be careful. Taking on too many tasks can sacrifice quality and accuracy. Alternatively, when entr
In 2014, WIRED would profile a ‘boring‘ company called Slack beginning a media and venture-based obsession with bringing chat to every corner of our work lives. Somewhere along the way, the growth of chat-based enterprise communication was conflated with a preference for doing everything in a chat window, and thus we were given chatbots. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella would go on to call them ‘the new interface,‘ and by 2017
Last November, Nintendo ‘fixed‘ what is perhaps the one glaring deficit on its most adaptable console to date: lack of support for any headphones that don‘t use a 3.5 millimeter jack. Unfortunately, the fix was a messy one, requiring USB-based wireless headphones, or a nasty mess of adapters. To say it wasn‘t ideal is putting it lightly. For a device that‘s supposed to be portable, it‘s absurd that you‘d
A series of YouTube videos showing a man eating food hit the internet today. No that‘s not a joke. It‘s short clips of a man eating every kind of food you can imagine, and it‘s the most harmlessly bizarre things I‘ve seen on YouTube for a while. Wanna see him eating mayonnaise? Chocolate pudding? A lemon? Done, done, and done. The videos were originally uploaded to Ben Rosen‘s YouTube channel, though he‘s since
The field of artificial intelligence, to those on the outside, must appear to be an orderly gathering of intellectuals collaborating at the cutting edge of technology. It‘s not. If you dig beyond the hyperbole of Elon Musk and the wonders promised by Google, there‘s a number of gnashing dissenters who‘re happy to toss shade at the entire industry. These people are called academics. And, I‘ll be up front, I think they have