Why you should delete the online accounts you don’t use anymore — right now

Copyright – The Washington Post – Mai 31 2016 – By Brian Fung

Despite falling out of vogue years ago, MySpace — that old precursor to Facebook — still has details on more user accounts than the United States has people. And now a hefty chunk of those account credentials has been leaked to the entire Internet, in a humbling reminder that the Matchbox Twenty-inspired username you probably made in high school is still worth a heck of a lot to companies and criminals. Continue reading

Explaining Human Nature To Robots

Copyright – Les Echos / Worldcrunch – April 21 2016 – By Roger-Pol Droit

Try to imagine that an intelligent robot is out to kill you. It remembers all your passwords and has access to all your data. Equipped with facial recognition technology, it can identify you wherever you go, even though you have no idea what it looks like. Continue reading

Here’s the advantage that keeps Silicon Valley ahead of the world

Copyright – The Washington Post – March 31 2016 – By Vivek Wadhwa

A trait shared by the fastest growing and most disruptive companies in history — Google, Amazon, Uber, AirBnb, and eBay—is that they aren’t focused on selling products, they are building platforms. The ability to leverage the network effects of a platform is something that the technology industry learned long ago — and perfected. It is what gives Silicon Valley an unfair advantage over competitors in every industry; something that is becoming increasingly important as all information becomes digitized. Continue reading

New York’s futuristic pay phones don’t require any payment at all

Copyright – The Washington Post – February 18 2016 – By Brian Fung

New York’s futuristic, high-tech pay phones — which are embedded with touchscreen tablets — are finally going live on Thursday.

The name “pay phone” doesn’t quite do it justice, of course. Yes, the city’s LinkNYC terminals will allow you to make domestic phone calls. But they’ll also let you surf the Web, pull up online maps and connect to city services like 311 and 911. And all of it will be free, thanks to built-in advertising. Continue reading

Smart wallpaper which absorbs light could help power home

Copyright – The Telegraph – February 26 2016 – By Sarah Knapton

Homes of the future could have ‘smart wallpaper’ which harvests ambient light, even in dim conditions

‘Smart wallpaper’ which absorbs light and heat to help power homes could be available in the next few years after scientists invented ultra-thin flexible solar panels. Continue reading