Investigators – New Kids on the Blockchain

Here’s a Reuters piece I wrote on a hitherto uncovered area of blockchain potential — helping law enforcement and others collaborate and collect evidence better, among other things.  For security agencies, blockchain goes from suspect to potential solution By Jeremy Wagstaff, Byron Kaye (Reuters) – Police and security agencies have so far only taken an …

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The Ugliness of Short Term Hacks on the Road to Wireless

Here’s a Kickstarter project to solve the problem of no audio jack which illustrates just how thorny it is: iLDOCK – charge and listen to iPhone 7 at the same time by ildockgear — Kickstarter.  ILDOCK lets you use your wired headphone while charging your iPhone 7. You can also add storage via SD, TF and …

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Singapore’s M1 aims narrowband deployment at the sea

Singapore telco M1 is getting Nokia to install an NB-IoT network atop its 4G one, interestingly with an eye not just to land but to sea.  NB-IoT stands for Narrowband Internet of Things, and is the GSM world’s answer to narrowband technologies such as LoRa and Sigifox that threaten to take away a chunk of …

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Pocket-sized Smartphone Breathalyzer

Further to my piece on smell sensing tech, it seems that breathalyzers, which use gas sensors like this one: Alcohol Gas Sensor, are getting smaller. This one attaches to a smartphone, fits in a pocket and costs $35. (Via Interesting Engineering) That’s not the cheapest one out there — this BACtrack Ultra-Portable Personal Keychain Breathalyzer probably is — but I think …

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Uber, $70 bln company, doesn’t seem to test some of its code

Growing pains, I guess, but this should not be what big disruptive companies look like. I noticed that Uber’s web app offers filters to create lists of historical data — your rides — via criteria like which credit card you used, the city you took the ride in, the month etc. Great for expenses. Except …

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Making 3-D objects disappear

I’m a big fan of invisibility cloaks, partly cos they’re cool, and partly because I think the principles behind them could end up in a lot of things. Here’s another step forward: Making 3-D objects disappear: “Making 3-D objects disappear: Ultrathin invisibility cloak created Date: September 17, 2015 Source: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Summary: Researchers have …

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Deja Vu or New Dawn? Microsoft’s Acquisition Binge

I’m not quite sure what to make of these acquisitions. It reminds me of Yahoo’s binge 10 years ago: After del.icio.us, a Directory of Other Things Yahoo! Should Buy. They snagged up a lot of my favourite stuff back then, and Microsoft is doing the same thing with Sunrise etc:  Welcome 6Wunderkinder! Microsoft acquires Wunderlist – …

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The path to a wearable future lies in academia | Reuters

The path to a wearable future lies in academia | Reuters: My oblique take on wearables For a glimpse of what is, what might have been and what may lie ahead in wearable devices, look beyond branded tech and Silicon Valley start-ups to the messy labs, dry papers and solemn conferences of academia. There you’d …

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