Early this morning, on the last day of the current session, The New York Assembly passed legislation legalizing daily fantasy sports throughout the state of New York. While the bill still needs to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, its passing is a big win for the entire industry. The Battle Ends Due to the large concentration of daily fantasy sports players in the state (about 10 percent of… Read More
Bill Gates recently penned an open letter to the 2016 presidential candidates, imploring them to support something he hopes “every candidate will agree on in November: America’s unparalleled capacity for innovation.” Politics aside, it’s hard to argue with his call to action. Read More
Imagine for a moment that you are a tech journalist. You’re traveling to Norway, a country dear to your heart, and you really want to come back reporting positive news about the startup scene there. You are invited, among other things, to the final round of a pitch competition. The winning company, MiniPro, doesn’t have an internet presence. At all. Its product? Baby food for… Read More
Who’s afraid of AlphaGo? Everyone who’s anyone, you might think. Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking have all expressed concern about the “existential threat” of AI, just as “deep learning” neural networks are revolutionizing the AI field. Should we be scared for our jobs? Or even our species? Fear not, I have answers! They are, respectively… Read More
Apple is ordered by a Beijing court to stop seeling iPhones in the city, New York State senate passes bill to halt short term rentals in the city, facebook hires former professional gamer Snoopeh, India’s Cleartax raises 12 Million Dollars, Domino’s bails on a T-Mobile Promotion. All this on crunch Report Read More
The world is on a quest to create cleaner, quieter airplanes that could replace the fuel-guzzling, roaring commercial aircraft in use today.
NASA is leading much of the research and development effort in this area and today they’ve announced an official name for their next X-plane concept: the X-57 “Maxwell.”
Maxwell is a hybrid electric research plane equipped with 14… Read More
According to a federal indictment announced March 24, 2016, seven attackers with links to the Iranian government executed cyberattacks against dozens of banks from 2011 to 2013. Public announcements of cyber incidents against the financial system are undoubtedly areas for concern. However, this announcement included an unusual twist: The attackers also targeted a small dam near New York City. Read More
A manufacturer of custom prefabricated elements to be built into offices and other work spaces, DIRTT Environmental Solutions is the latest corporation to adopt virtual reality for the enterprise, rather than entertainment. The company unveiled their ICEreality software this week at an annual construction industry trade show, NeoCon 2016, in Chicago. (Yes, tech news had the audacity… Read More
Wanna hack the military? The Department of Defense is starting to give hackers more opportunities to test its systems without the threat of prosecution.
The department announced today that it is expanding its Hack the Pentagon program to include more DoD systems and networks. Hack the Pentagon pays hackers to find and report vulnerabilities in exchange for cash, and so far it’s proved… Read More
If you’ve been aching for some high-minded chatter on the topic of how we, as social animals living in a postmodern society, interact with and are affected by social media and technology, you’re in luck. Snapchat is funding a site called “Real Life” on which just such chatter will be published. Read More