Monthly Archives: July 2018

Hashflare, One of the Largest Cloud Bitcoin Mining Companies, Abruptly Disables SHA-256 Mining Contracts, Leaving Customers Furious

Hashflare, one of the largest bitcoin mining companies, said on Friday it is disabling its SHA-256 hardware and also discontinuing support for mining services on the active SHA-256 contracts. The move comes as Hashflare continues to struggle with generating revenues,

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Some Scientists Work With China, But NASA Won’t

An anonymous reader shares a report: Inside a sealed clean room near Toulouse, France, Maurice Sylvestre points out something called SuperCam. Sylvestre is outfitted in Tyvex and hairnets, necessary to keep out dust, skin particles, and dirt that could mar

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Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter Launch the Data Transfer Project

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter have teamed up for a new open source project that strives to make it easier to transfer your data between online services. From a report: The Data Transfer Project (DTP) was officially founded last year,

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Personal Info of 1.5m SingHealth Patients, Including PM Lee, Stolen in Singapore’s Worst Cyber Attack

In Singapore’s worst cyber attack, hackers have stolen the personal particulars of 1.5 million patients. Of these, 160,000 people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and a few ministers, had their outpatient prescriptions stolen as well. From a report: The

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New Zealand Firm’s Four-Day Week an ‘Unmitigated Success’

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has concluded it an unmitigated success, with 78% of employees feeling they were able to successfully manage their

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Two US Hyperloop Startups Line Up Financing From China

Los Angeles startups Arrivo and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies have reportedly secured financing from Chinese state-backed companies. “Lining up potential funding helps solve one of the biggest obstacles for hyperloop systems: They will be extremely expensive to build,” reports Bloomberg. From

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AI Plus a Chemistry Robot Finds All the Reactions That Will Work

A team of researchers at Glasgow University have built a robot that uses machine learning to run and analyze its own chemical reaction. The system is able to figure out every reaction that’s possible from a given set of starting

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Weird New Fruits Could Hit Aisles Soon Thanks To Gene Editing

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Smooth or hairy, pungent or tasteless, deep-hued or bright: new versions of old fruits could be hitting the produce aisles as plant experts embrace cutting-edge technology, scientists say. While researchers have

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The New MacBook Pro Keyboard Resists Dust Much Better Than Previous-Gen, Reports iFixit

iFixit tore apart the new 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard to see how well the silicone membrane works to protect the butterfly mechanism from dust and debris. After showering a 2017 and 2018 MacBook Pro in dust particles, the repair site

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Best Buy Is Thriving In the Age of Amazon

Best Buy is turning to in-home consultants to help distinguish it from Amazon. The advisors act as “personal chief technology officers,” helping people make their homes smart or merely more functional. “Unlike the Geek Squad and blue shirts working in

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