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Facebook’s coming blockchain problem

Facebook’s coming blockchain problem | Hightech news | Scoop.it
Much has been written about the Russia-Facebook advertising scandal of 2017. The episode has revealed the first (and maybe only) achilles heel for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
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Bill Introduced in Congress to Exempt Small Bitcoin Transactions From Income Tax | Tax Controversy Sentinel

Bill Introduced in Congress to Exempt Small Bitcoin Transactions From Income Tax | Tax Controversy Sentinel | Hightech news | Scoop.it
Two members of Congress have introduced a bill that would exempt from income tax transactions under $600 conducted using Bitcoin or other digital currencie
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Apple

Apple | Hightech news | Scoop.it
Apple designs and creates iPod and iTunes, Mac laptop and desktop computers, the OS X operating system, and the revolutionary iPhone and iPad.
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Apple announcing its Carplay offering, this is going to stir things up!

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Google adds low-power step counting to Android 4.4 | mobihealthnews

Google adds low-power step counting to Android 4.4 | mobihealthnews | Hightech news | Scoop.it
Google adds low-power step counting to Android 4.4 | targets data and behavior change: http://t.co/Cnl9f0qbkJ
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Introducing Helpouts: Help when you need it over live video

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/11/introducing-helpouts-help-when-you-need.html

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Interesting new attempt at online help by Google. This was tried several times already by various companies, and it did not stick so far. But maybe Google has enough critical mass that they can make work. I am doubtful but curious to watch this unfold.

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Personal tracking devices dominate digital health crowdfunding dollars (so far) in 2013

Personal tracking devices dominate digital health crowdfunding dollars (so far) in 2013 | Hightech news | Scoop.it
5 successful crowdfunding campaigns in digital health this year show that personal tracking devices have been most successful on mainstream crowdfunding platforms.

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The unlimited mobile data plan suffers more casualties

The unlimited mobile data plan suffers more casualties | Hightech news | Scoop.it
In January, Boost Mobile will start throttling speeds to its "unlimited" customers after they exceed 2.5 GB. Clearwire is experimenting with usage-based plans.
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Why the mobile web vs. apps debate is a false dichotomy

Why the mobile web vs. apps debate is a false dichotomy | Hightech news | Scoop.it
People will have you believe that there is some universal truth in this debate -- that there is one right way. Well, there isn't.
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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, December 20, 2012 9:17 PM

This piece is interesting as a nice recap of the arguments for and agains native Apps (vs HTML5). 


Mark Sigal of Unicorn Labs summarizes the argument this way: "Simply put, there is no universal truth in the mobile web vs. mobile native debate, and no “one right way,” despite what the pontificators would have you believe."


His lists of pro's and con's is good but I think he underestimates the importance of search discoverability which is a big con for Apps. As he rightly points out, the top 25 mobile App publishers make 50% of what Apple pays out to publishers. What would the Web be without Search but a boring short-term of 25 services?

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DoSomething.org Goes Mobile-First to Reach Teens

DoSomething.org Goes Mobile-First to Reach Teens | Hightech news | Scoop.it
Innovation Index winner DoSomething uses text messages to mobile teens to take action.
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Google+ Testing Social Sharing Bar

Google+ Testing Social Sharing Bar | Hightech news | Scoop.it
Google is testing a social side bar on certain websites, allowing users to chat on the page and opening up the stage for a bigger advertising stream.
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Looks like Google Sidewiki is coming back in a new shape. Should be interesting. 

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SweetTalk Video: The Ultimate Gupta vs. Nelson Blockchain + Supply Chain Throwdown in London

SweetTalk Video: The Ultimate Gupta vs. Nelson Blockchain + Supply Chain Throwdown in London | Hightech news | Scoop.it
We are proud to announce the first (and though we’ll try to outdo ourselves, possibly the best ever) episode of SweetTalk — the Sweetbridge show featuring leading blockchain experts and futurists…
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Elon Musk: Fully autonomous cars with 1,000km electric range are coming in 2017

Elon Musk: Fully autonomous cars with 1,000km electric range are coming in 2017 | Hightech news | Scoop.it
Elon Musk believes Tesla cars will be fully autonomous by 2018, and have an all-electric range of more than 1,000km, double what it is today. He also predicts that by 2035 all new cars will not require a driver. A renowned futurist and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Musk predicts that the range of the Model S can be increased by between 5% and 10% every year, as battery technology improves. He also claims the AutoPilot self-driving feature currently being beta tested by Tesla will be rolled-out to all compatible Model S vehicles by the end of October. AutoPilot provides automatic steering, accelerating and braking on motorways, but only in countries which have updated their road laws to allow it. In an interview on Dutch television, Musk said: "My guess is that we could probably break 1,000km within a year or two. I'd say 2017 for sure...in 2020 I guess we could probably make a car go 1,200km. I think maybe 5-10% a year [improvement], something like that." A Model S was recently driven 452 miles (723km) on a single charge, but drove at an average speed of just 24mph. Musk says his predictions account for driving at a more realistic speed.
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Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, September 30, 2015 5:07 PM
Meanwhile Porsche's E model will still be 2 years behind as it is planned to hit roads in 2019...
Emmanuel HAVET's curator insight, October 1, 2015 3:25 AM

Comment enterrer la concurrence ? Avec 2 ans d'avance

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Forget Samsung and Apple. This is the future... phoneblocks

Forget Samsung and Apple. This is the future...  phoneblocks | Hightech news | Scoop.it

Click to watch the video and then go there :  https://phonebloks.com/  ;


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Marc Tirel's curator insight, December 4, 2013 12:55 PM

Impressed but so obvious at the same time !

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Motorola wants to tattoo a smartphone receiver on your neck

Motorola wants to tattoo a smartphone receiver on your neck | Hightech news | Scoop.it

Google-owned smartphone maker Motorola has applied for a patent for an "electronic tattoo" on people's necks that doubles as a mobile microphone, lie detector and digital display.

 

The tattoo would capture vibrations, or sound, directly from a user's throat, thus eliminating background noise that so often mars conversations over mobile phones.

 

The sound would then be transmitted from the electronic tattoo, which has its own power supply built-in, to a nearby smartphone via Bluetooth, near-field communication, also known as NFC, or the wireless technology ZigBee.

 

"Mobile communication devices are often operated in noisy environments ... Communication can reasonably be improved and even enhanced with a method and system for reducing the acoustic noise in such environments and contexts," reads the patent.

 

"The system comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body."

 

According to the patent, the device could also be used as a lie detector by measuring the skin's electrical conductance or "galvanic skin response" – the level at which electric current passes through something. 

"A user that may be nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods may exhibit different galvanic skin response than a more confident, truth-telling individual," reads the patent.

 

The tattoo could even be fitted with a display and user interface for inputting commands, such as muting the device and joining a group conversation.

 

The device also has the potential to communicate with tablets and other mobile computing devices.

 

The patent, titled ''Coupling an electronic skin tattoo to a mobile communication device'' was filed in May 2012, and was published on Thursday in the US.

 

The neck tattoo is by no means the first foray into creative uses of technology for Motorola, which was bought by Google for $12 billion in 2011.

 

The company revealed its work with digital tattoos and password pills in May this year, and just last week Motorola unveiled Project Ara – a modular smartphone users can build and add to themselves.

It has focused on a new wearable tech unit since July, according to TechCrunch, while its parent company is hard at work on Google Glass, and is rumoured to be releasing a smart watch next year.

 

more at: http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/motorola-wants-to-tattoo-a-smartphone-receiver-on-your-neck-20131108-2x5ae.html


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sylvie Royant-Parola's curator insight, November 9, 2013 8:59 AM

De plus en plus inquiétant...!

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Who Has 1 Billion Users And Is About To Overtake Facebook?

Who Has 1 Billion Users And Is About To Overtake Facebook? | Hightech news | Scoop.it
It’s not Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn. It’s a company that most people in the West don’t know.

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A Small Part Of NYC Is Getting Free Internet From Google

A Small Part Of NYC Is Getting Free Internet From Google | Hightech news | Scoop.it
Google will soon provide free Wifi for the Chelsea neighborhood in New York.

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I might just have to move to NYC again!
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Google Sells Off Piece of Motorola For $2.35 Billion

Google Sells Off Piece of Motorola For $2.35 Billion | Hightech news | Scoop.it
Google spent a whopping $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola Mobility earlier this year. Now, it looks like Google is going to get some of that money back.
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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Future of Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Future of Jobs in the Digital Economy | Hightech news | Scoop.it
I recently participated in a roundtable discussion on Work and Value in the Digital Economy, convened by MIT’s Center for Digital Business.
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The "touchless" touchscreen is on its way, thanks to this research

The "touchless" touchscreen is on its way, thanks to this research | Hightech news | Scoop.it

The Johannes Keppler Universität in Linz announced today that it developed a revolutionary new image sensor – the first image sensor in the world that is both transparent and flexible. The new technology should make it possible to develop touchscreens that you don’t actually have to touch anymore.


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Bitcasa brings limitless cloud storage to Android and Windows 8 today, iOS in January

Bitcasa brings limitless cloud storage to Android and Windows 8 today, iOS in January | Hightech news | Scoop.it
Bitcasa has offered truly unlimited cloud storage for awhile, but only desktop users have had access to more than an HTML5 page. Now that there\'s native
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Great concept, I am looking forward to trying it on my phone

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