How to secure your smarthome gadgets

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The holiday season is a big time for consumer electronics and smarthome gadget sales. With so many advances and innovations that we saw in the Internet of Things in 2016, there’s a likely chance that one of those connected devices has found its way into your home, or that of one of your loved ones, this Christmas.

But while IoT devices make our homes more efficient, drive energy saving and reduce costs, you should also take note that IoT devices are a source of security headaches. A huge number of smarthome gadgets are developed without sound development practices and end up being used for evil purposes. Continue reading

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The biggest artificial intelligence developments of 2016

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This year was a big one for artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning and all the related technologies. Thanks to innovations and breakthroughs, the industry took great leaps both for the better and the worse this year.

Though we’re still a long way from Singularity or Skynet (or Genisys or whatever else you want to call a robot and artificial intelligence invasion), we can all acknowledge that the lines between man and machine became a little bit more blurred in 2016.

Here are some of the hottest things AI had in stock for us in the past year. Continue reading

How blockchain can disrupt the music industry

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The business models that supported the distribution and sale of music in a disconnected world no longer sustain the fluid landscape of file sharing services like DropBox, Google Drive and MediaFire. That’s why since the advent of the first file sharing platform, Napster, in 1999, the music industry has been in constant upheaval.

The introduction of streaming services such as Spotify only made things more complicated. Continue reading

Are we ready for fully automated retail?

People walk by the Amazon Go brick-and-mortar grocery store without lines or checkout counters, in Seattle Washington, U.S. December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Redmond - RTSUU23

People walk by the Amazon Go brick-and-mortar grocery store without lines or checkout counters, in Seattle Washington, U.S. December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Redmond – RTSUU23

Amazon recently announced Go, the technology that will make checkout lines and cash registers a thing of the past. Go will purportedly enable customers to walk into the store, pick up the items they need and just walk out, something that presently amounts to shoplifting.

The company uses computer vision, deep learning algorithms and sensor fusion to perform complicated tasks that were previously in the exclusive domain of human brain and senses. Continue reading

6 common misconceptions about computer security

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By Ken Wilson, ThePCDoctor

The world today is more connected than ever, and it will keep going that way. This leaves us open to cyber-attacks and our personal data at risk more than ever. There are myths about security that you should not believe because it leaves you open to these attacks. Continue reading

What is an Initial Coin Offering (ICO)?

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Just as blockchain, the technology that underlies bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, continues to show potential in transforming many industries, it is also showing its potential in the crowdfunding and investment domain.

Initial Coin Offering (ICO) has become a popular way to raise funds for projects that are based on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. An ICO is a cryptocoin crowdsale, where a blockchain-based project allows enthusiasts and supporters to invest in the project by purchasing part of its cryptocurrency tokens in advance. ICOs usually take place in the early phases of a project, and the raised funds are then used to pay development and launch expenses. Continue reading