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Second Arctic ‘doomsday’ vault will store the world’s data

April 4th, 2017

Who says there’s no good news? It just so happens that if all of humanity is wiped out in a nuclear holocaust, the people of Earth will leave behind a record of their existence in two “doomsday vaults” on the frozen island of Svalbard, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Svalbard’s first doomsday vault …

International athletics body IAAF hacked, warns that athletes’ data may be compromised

April 3rd, 2017

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has been hacked by the shadowy ‘Fancy Bears’ group, officials said Monday, warning that athletes’ data may be compromised. The Monaco-based organization believes that hackers accessed athletes’ Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) applications stored on its servers. Athletes make TUE applications when they need to use medications on the …

Warren Buffett gets into wearable technology

March 28th, 2017

From smart bracelets to smart engagement rings, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is getting into wearable technology. Richline, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire, is launching a smart-jewelry line called Ela. With Apple’s smartwatch gaining traction despite initial doubts, and brands like Fitbit firmly established, wearables is becoming a crowded space buzzing with competition. Apple’s watch has …

Air Ambulance regularly flown by Prince William in drone near-miss

March 27th, 2017

Prince William, the future king of England, announced in January that he will stoppiloting a helicopter for an air ambulance charity this summer so he can spend more time with his children in London. Whether a near-collision of the helicopter he regularly pilots and a drone above London last summer played a role in that …

Walmart wants to deploy in-store drones

March 20th, 2017

Tired of searching far-flung corners of a big box retail store for that item you want? Walmart may have a high-tech solution  – the retail giant has filed a patent to use drones within its stores. The patent application describes “dispatching an airborne drone to an item located within a retail shopping facility, securing that …

The Pentagon doesn’t want its employees watching March Madness

March 17th, 2017

The Department of Defense wants its workers to be cautious and not stream March Madness games on their work computers, for fears the network could be overwhelmed. “March Madness is officially upon us,” the Joint Service Provider (JSP), wrote in an email obtained by CBS News. “Your JSP support team acknowledges and appreciates that college …

Ray Kurzweil predicts computers will be as smart as humans in 12 years

March 16th, 2017

12 years. That’s how long Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil thinks it will take for computers to reach human levels of intelligence. Singularity Is Coming “By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence,” Kurzweil said in an interview at the SXSW Conference with Shira Lazar and Amy Kurzweil Comix.

US ally used Patriot missile to shoot down small drone

March 15th, 2017

A Patriot missile, which can cost up to $3 million, was used to shoot down a small quadcopter drone worth a few hundred dollars, according to a U.S. general. Earlier this week Gen. David Perkins told the Association of the United States Army’s Global Force symposium in Huntsville, Ala. that the strike against an Unmanned …