BITCOIN MINER: The rise of Ethereum could help some bitcoin miner

BITCOIN MINER: The rise of Ethereum could help some bitcoin miner

Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency
Markets Insider Bitcoin mining gets more difficult over time, and so it now takes more electricity and money to mine for the cryptocurrency than ever before. The rise of ether, another cryptocurrency, and the appreciation of bitcoin could help maintain the profitability of bitcoin mining, despite increasing costs and difficulty. It's getting more difficult to mine bitcoins, but that doesn't mean miners are packing up their servers en masse and seeking greener pastures. The number of bitcoins available for mining has decreased from 50 BTC per bitcoin "block" when the cryptocurrency first came onto the scene to 12.5 BTC per block, according to Autonomous NEXT, a financial technology analytics service. It is set to decrease to 6 BTC on June 19 2020, according to bitcoinblockhalf.com, a bitcoin countdown site. Bitcoin mining is the…
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U.S. government crackdown threatens Kaspersky’s American dream

U.S. government crackdown threatens Kaspersky’s American dream

Business
8 Min Read (Reuters) - Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO of the Russian cybersecurity software firm that bears his name, had a big American dream. He wanted his company to go beyond selling anti-virus software to consumers and small businesses and become a major vendor to the U.S. government - one of the world's biggest buyers of cybersecurity tools. Kaspersky set up a U.S. subsidiary, KGSS, in Arlington, Virginia that would be focused on winning that business. He sponsored flashy conferences with high-profile speakers -including Michael Flynn, who was briefly President Donald Trump's national security adviser - sought to join U.S. trade groups and even underwrote programming on National Public Radio.     All of this was done to burnish Kaspersky's image and help it become an accepted vendor for the U.S.…
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Shh! Proven security for your secrets

Shh! Proven security for your secrets

security
How do we know if the electronic keys we use in our devices are really secure? While it is possible to rigorously test the strength of a cipher -- a kind of digital data lock -- there are rarely any definitive proofs of unbreakability. Ciphers are highly complex, and while they may ward off certain attacks, they might be vulnerable to others. Now, in a series of papers published in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security and IEICE Nonlinear Theory and Its Applications, researchers from Kyoto University have definitively demonstrated the strength of a cipher which is based on principles of chaos theory. The group's Vector Stream Cipher -- or VSC -- this is the first example of a 128-bit key chaotic cipher with provable security. "We first developed…
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Top 10 Technology Predictions For 2017 From IDC

Top 10 Technology Predictions For 2017 From IDC

InformationTechnology, IT
Shutterstock IDC released today its 10 IT industry predictions for 2017 in a webcast with Frank Gens, IDC’s senior vice president and chief analyst. The predictions covered many trends driving success today and in the future, from how the entire global economy will be re-shaped by digital transformation, the transition of all enterprises from being “digital immigrants” to being “digital natives,” the scaling up of innovation accelerators, the emergence of “the 4th platform” (a new set of technologies that will become mainstream in ten years), drastic changes in how enterprises connect to their customers, and the ecosystem becoming as important for business success as IP. Here are IDC’s ten predictions: By 2020, 50% of the G2000 will see the majority of their business depend on their ability to create digitally-enhanced…
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Technology Industry Outlook 2017

Technology Industry Outlook 2017

InformationTechnology
In-depth insight on growth opportunities and challenges in technology ​Technology companies are continually on the leading-edge, considering unconventional and innovative ways to meet the demands of the savvy consumer. What will 2017 have in store? Explore the latest technology industry trends and perspectives on growth opportunities and factors to be mindful of along the way. The technology space is changing at warp speed Anticipating new developments can be challenging. While we do not have a crystal ball, the industry’s tremendous investment in research is a strong indicator that we will soon be witnessing the emergence of ecosystems and platforms that deliver a whole new level of value and opportunities for technology professionals. In Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Outlook, Paul Sallomi, Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications industry leader and the US and…
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18 Tech Predictions For 2017

18 Tech Predictions For 2017

Business
Here's what a handful of executives and analysts see in their crystal balls. CREDIT: Getty Images Predicting the future is hardly a precise science, but identifying macro trends and developments can be done by paying close attention to what's happening in an industry. Here's what a handful of small businesses, startups and analysts are seeing in their crystal balls. 1. We will hear more about how autonomous cars connect to the network. "Autonomous cars won't use the network to drive--they will rely on on-board systems--but different types of connectivity (V2X) can improve the overall transport systems, for example by improving traffic flow. We expect more developments in 2017 as car companies, network operators, governments and others explore the benefits, the business case and the technology options for connectivity." --Tom Rebbeck,…
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Boost Your Productivity at Work: 3 Tips You Should Follow

Boost Your Productivity at Work: 3 Tips You Should Follow

Business, Productivity
You certainly know that productivity is essential for every business organization, since not only can it boost the morale of an entire workforce, but it can also significantly increase the levels of efficiency and effectiveness within a company. With such enhanced performance and greatly improved business operations, the profits can ultimately be increased, which undeniably leads to business success and growth. When all of that is accomplished, employees are motivated to work even harder in order to achieve better results, which additionally improves the productivity within a company. Productivity and efficiency go hand in hand and you must always work towards improving both if you want to reach maximum potential at work and show your superiors that you truly are the right person for the job, no matter how long…
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Is the Computer Geek Stereotype Still a Thing?

Is the Computer Geek Stereotype Still a Thing?

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When people think of an average computer science student, it’s difficult to get away from the classic stereotype. You know the one. A fairly quiet young guy, digitally savvy yet socially awkward, who prefers the company of online role-playing games and instant noodles to nights out and fine dining. We’ve become so used to pigeonholing the ‘computer geek’ – an image reinforced by popular films and TV shows like IT Crowd – that we tend to overlook the reality. The fact is that computer science is no longer a niche subject these days and has become more and more popular in the last five years – whether for good or bad. According to a major UK study by Voucherbox, a degree in computer science also offers far better value for…
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How I learned to love Electric Objects’ digital art display

How I learned to love Electric Objects’ digital art display

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It's the closest thing we have to a Netflix for fine art.   "The last thing I need is another screen in my apartment." That was my first thought when I heard about Electric Objects, a company that makes digital art displays. Between my 55-inch OLED TV, 34-inch ultra-widescreen PC monitor, MacBook Air, multiple tablets and iPhone 6S, what use would I have for more screens? But after spending some time with the $299 EO2, the company's latest product, and its accompanying $10-a-month "Art Club" subscription, it wasn't long before I saw the appeal of a cloud-connected display on my wall. You could call me an aspirational art owner. I'd love to fill my apartment's walls with unique pieces, but the process of finding and framing things is just too…
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Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones

Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones

drones
A staff member from DJI Technology demonstrates the DJI Phantom 2 VIsion+ drone.PIC: Kin Cheung/APIf you want to understand why the government freaked out when a $400 remote-controlled quadcopter landed on the White House grounds last week, you need to look four miles away, to a small briefing room in Arlington, Virginia. There, just 10 days earlier, officials from the US military, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FAA gathered for a DHS “summit” on a danger that had been consuming them privately for years: the potential use of hobbyist drones as weapons of terror or assassination.The conference was open to civilians, but explicitly closed to the press. One attendee described it as an eye-opener. The officials played videos of low-cost drones firing semi-automatic weapons, revealed that Syrian rebels…
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