May 31, 2015

Costco uses a robot to make pizza like a Spin Art makes paintings

Aside from your rock tumbler, your Spin Art machine was the coolest toy you had as a kid that wasn't an action figure or video game. Just like the rock tumbler, you could produce results without really paying attention — just drip some paint into the spinning zone while watching TV — but the Spin Art created art in a matter of seconds whereas it took the tumbler weeks to make pretty stones. In order to make its pizza, Costco uses a machine modeled after one of these two childhood favorites. You can probably guess that Costco wanted its pizza to be made with expediency rather than over the course of a month or two — no matter how shiny and smooth the pizza would get.


May 30, 2015

Open Source Platform Emojidex Offers “Emojis-As-A-Service”

Like them or not, emojis are turning into the mobile era's lingua franca. Now a project called emojidex is offering "emojis-as-a-service," with a platform that lets developers share new emojis with each other and add them to their websites and apps.

The platform is "the first service that lets anyone register their own emojis," claims founder Rei Kagetsuki.


The Unbundling Of Finance

In a world where everything is being unbundled, allowing consumers to pick and choose from things like television shows and college courses, financial services are becoming à la carte, as well. People, particularly millennials, are moving away from single monolithic banking institutions serving the majority of their financial needs to hand picking the specialized services that work for them.


May 25, 2015

How 3D printing could revolutionize burn treatment

TORONTO - Dr. Marc Jeschke, the head of one of Canada's largest burn treatment centers, had to admit the 3D skin printer in his hands didn't look revolutionary.

"I actually find it kind of fish-tanky," he told CBS News, laughing. But this boxy prototype could change the way burns are treated, from current skin grafting methods Jeschke calls "barbaric" to a process his team believes will be faster, cheaper and easier on the patient, with an end result -- functional human skin -- promising to be just like the real thing.


Arizona 5th in most money lost in 2014 Internet scams

Arizona ranked fifth in the largest sum of money lost in Internet scams last year, according to a federal agency's annual report.

The federal Internet Crime Complaint Center, which produced the report, is a government agency that partners with the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center to receive Internet-related criminal complaints and to aid in investigating these crimes.


Gold Apple Watch Edition models begin arriving for first customers

The $10,000 and up Gold Apple Watch is arriving!

This was a good weekend for some of the first customers who ordered the gold Apple Watch Edition when went on sale over a month ago. A number of purchasers have shared that they began receiving notification emails of pending delivery, as well as charges on their credit cards, indicating their orders had shipped. As evidence of the extra service and support Apple is providing with the luxury smartwatch model, customers also received emails allowing them to select specifics time they's like their order to be delivered.


May 24, 2015

US will use cyberattacks to defend against threats

The US Defense Department is set to announce a new strategy to combat cyberthreats from other countries, according to a report.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday will outline the military's decision to start responding to foreign threats with cyberattacks, Reuters reported after seeing a copy of the strategy. The decision to go public and to use cyberwarfare tactics is designed to deter potential attacks, according to the document. The purpose is not to use cyberwarfare as the first salvo in any battle with another country, the document says, according to Reuters.


May 23, 2015

Daimler and Qualcomm to develop in-car tech, wireless charging

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Carmaker Daimler on Saturday announced a partnership with mobile technologies company Qualcomm Inc. to explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as recharging of electric cars without cables.

The move forms part of a broader push by Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, as well as rival German carmakers BMW and Audi to build their expertise in software and telecommunications to bolster their status as high-tech carmakers in an era when tightening emission rules force them to downsize engines, once a mainstay of profit.


May 9, 2015

Jobs And Unemployment: Will Robots And Algorithms Permanently Replace Humans In The Labor Force?

Around World War II, seven workers used to man freight trains. As recently as the 1970s, five member crews were common. Now, it's down to just two, an engineer and a conductor. Today railroads are even pushing for single-member crews.

"The old guys, they used to talk about how much things had changed," recalls J.P. Wright, 45, a Louisville-based locomotive engineer who started in 2001. "And that's where I'm at now."


New video-streaming apps turn TV stars into phone friends

NEW YORK (AP) — "Scandal" star Joshua Malina has a brand-new video gig. So do "Today" weathercaster Al Roker, "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt and CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter.

Now viewers can catch a glimpse of them, along with such programs as "Late Night" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," in a new way — live, impromptu and often charmingly artisanal.

And they're not the only ones.


May 7, 2015

The Robinhood trading app will let you be the Wolf of Wall Street

Aussies could be flipping stocks on their smartphones as easily — and as frequently — as they check Instagram, after the stock-trading app, Robinhood, launches Down Under.

Founded by American math whizzes Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt, the platform — which aims to take the middle man out of stock trading — will use Australia as its first destination for international expansion outside the U.S. The company said in a statement it is beginning the process of obtaining regulatory approval locally.


May 3, 2015

Gangs of hackers cause cyber breaches to spike 23%

SAN FRANCISCO — Organized criminal gangs of hackers got smarter, faster and more ubiquitous last year, pulling off 312 major breaches against companies. That's up 23% from the year before, Symantec's 2014 Internet threat report found.

Health care companies were a major focus of hackers, with 37% of breaches in that sector, compared with 11% in retail and 10% in education, the security company's yearly look at the seamy underbelly of the Web found.


5 ways to boost your privacy online

SAN FRANCISCO – More than half of Americans are worried about the U.S. government's digital spies prying into their e-mails, texts, search requests and other online information, but few are trying to thwart the surveillance.

That's according to a new survey from Pew Research Center, released Monday. A main reason for the inertia? Pew researchers found that a majority of those surveyed don't know about online shields that could help boost privacy or believe it would be too difficult to avoid the government's espionage.



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