Emerging Tech

In China, a deep brain stimulation implant is being used to treat addiction

Deep brain stimulation is a procedure in which a pacemaker-like “neurostimulator” is used to zap specific regions of the brain. While it’s not yet fully understood, early research indicates that it could be useful for treating a range of neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and depression. Now researchers in China have taken the next step […]

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The Strange Experience of Being Australia’s First Tech Billionaires

Supported by The Strange Experience of Being Australia’s First Tech Billionaires ImageScott Farquhar, left, and Mike Cannon-Brookes at the Sydney headquarters of their company, Atlassian. “The orthodoxy amongst the Australian tech companies is to stay away from politics,” an Australian venture capitalist said. “And then now there’s these guys.”CreditCreditMatthew Abbott for The New York Times […]

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As law enforcement gets increasingly high-tech, is privacy being compromised?

Futurists and tech companies often use the idea of freedom to promote products, but as technology gets ever more complicated and spreads into every facet of life, it provides authorities with ever more tools and opportunities to observe the populace and potentially infringe on those freedoms. Law enforcement agencies, in particular, are rapidly incorporating cutting-edge […]

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Tidal, Jay-Z's music streaming platform, is being investigated in Norway over allegations that it inflated streaming numbers for Beyonce and Kanye West albums

Left to right: Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West, and JAY Z onstage at the Tidal launch event.Getty Images Tidal, the music streaming platform owned by Jay-Z, is being investigated by Norwegian authorities for allegedly manipulating and inflating streaming play counts, according to Reuters. Although the official investigation was just launched, the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv has […]

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Windows 10 users finding their legit installs are being deactivated

What’s the fucking shit with you, MS, pic.twitter.com/Bw9n7MbJ7v — FaiKee (@FaiKeeF) November 8, 2018 For reasons that are currently unclear, Windows 10 Professional users are finding that their properly licensed installations are being deactivated. On systems affected by the issue, Windows is complaining that a Windows 10 Home license key is being used with a […]

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Driverless cars can only take you so far. This is how smarter cities are being built

Tel Aviv, Israel Ilan Shacham/Getty Images In the sunny climes of Tel Aviv, Israel, the Smart Mobility Summit, held from October 29 to 30, brought together city administrators from across the globe, research institutions, major car companies, and stealthy startups. They all came not just for the balmy weather but to exchange ideas and discuss […]

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Tim Cook Warns That Personal Data Is Being 'Weaponized Against Us'

Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, warned Wednesday that personal data is being “weaponized against us” and called for more regulation of digital privacy. Speaking at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Brussels, Cook said: “As far back as 1890, future Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis published an article in the Harvard […]

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The uproar over how 'Fortnite' is being released for Android shows how much we have acquiesced to Apple's way of doing business

Epic Games “Fortnite” has become so popular that it’s emboldened maker Epic Games to circumvent Google’s Play Store for the Android version. Epic Games announced Friday that it won’t distribute the upcoming Android version of its “Fortnite: Battle Royale” game through Google’s Play Store. The decision caused a stir, because it was so unusual and […]