Here is why nobody has succeeded at running IoT on the blockchain

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From the permissioned blockchain networks of IBM to the newly introduced Hashgraph technology, some of the largest technology and financial conglomerates have been testing the applicability and potential of blockchain with the Internet of Things (IoT) market since the beginning of 2016. Yet, with nearly $ 4 billion invested in blockchain research and development, not a single company has been able to demonstrate the successful integration of blockchain technology with IoT. In order to integrate with IoT, blockchain developers must treat each device as a unique user of the blockchain; as such, every piece of data transmitted from the IoT device is…

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Zuckerberg says that nobody got fired over Cambridge Analytica mess

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Facebook has been ramping up its damage control as outrage continues over the Cambridge Analytica mess. But it seems nobody at the social media company has been let go as a consequence. On a media conference call, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that no em…
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Jurassic World gets the Pokemon GO clone nobody needs

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Universal Studios today announced Jurassic World Alive, an AR mobile game made in the style of Pokemon GO. When I say “in the style of Pokemon GO,” I mean identical to that game. The player uses their phone as a map to track dinosaurs by sound, capture them, and use them in battle against other players. The only difference is that the player can capture the dinos without having to leave home by sending out drones, because why not remove the one feature of GO that allows players to step out and get fresh air? @JWorldAlive is bringing your favorite dinosaurs to LIFE this Spring!…

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Google has added text to the Pixel Launcher search box for some, and nobody wants it

Google is no stranger to testing both warranted and unwarranted design changes in its apps on normal users, so this comes as no surprise. This time Google is testing a small change to the Pixel Launcher, but it’s one that nobody asked for, and seemingly nobody wants it either.

Someone at Google must think that people need reminding what the search box does. Not content with putting it prominently within reach of everyone’s thumb at the bottom of the launcher, Google is now toying with putting text inside that reads either “Search apps and web…” or simply “Search…” – just in case you had no idea what it’s for.

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Kittens on the blockchain is the future nobody asked for


Cryptocurrency has an uncertain future, but the digital ledger powering most of their transactions is here to stay. Granted, cryptocurrency probably is too, but this isn’t meant to be a rant about dot com-era bubbles — we can argue about it on Twitter thought, come at me. The benefits offered by blockchain are numerous, and each passing day brings an ever-more-creative way to use it. I’ll leave it to you to decide if CryptoKitties is one of them. CryptoKitties are basically 2017’s version of Neopets, only with a traceable lineage. Using the same ledger technology that verifies Ether and Bitcoin…

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Earth Is Getting Hit by Too Much Antimatter, and Nobody Knows Why

Amid the high speed cosmic rays raining down on us from the depths of space are a handful of antimatter particles called positrons.

Astronomers think that Earth is showered by these ‘anti-electrons’ because of pulsars, but there’s a weird catch – there are more of these particles coming at us than there should be. And now, thanks to a new study, we might finally get some answers.

Cosmic rays are incredibly fast particles, since they’re being shot down from space at high energies. Positrons make up a small percent of these super speedy particles, but nobody is entirely sure where or how they’re made.

To make matters more confusing, in 2008 a probe in Earth’s orbit called PAMELA detected more high energy positrons reaching our corner of the cosmos than we’d expect.

A large team of international researchers analysed recent measurements from the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory in Mexico to test the hypothesis that the excess antimatter might have been whipped up by powerful objects known as pulsars.

These are neutron stars that channel charged particles into a beam with their super-strong magnetic fields. They get the pulsar name from the beam describing a circle as the star rotates, seen from Earth as a steady, rapidly pulsing light.

As that beam smacks into surrounding dust and gasses, it acts like a giant particle accelerator, smashing particles together and producing new matter from the energy.

Amid the carnage particles like electrons and their mirror ‘anti-matter’ twins can emerge, which are promptly whisked away on the shock waves produced by the collisions.

That’s according to theory, anyway.

So when the HAWC observatory recently detected a couple of perfect candidate pulsars a few hundred light years away to study for signs of these energetic positrons, it seemed like a good opportunity to put the hypothesis to the test.

“Detectors at the HAWC observatory record gamma radiation emitted, among others, by a certain population of electrons produced by pulsars and accelerated by them to huge energies,” says physicist Francisco Salesa Greus from the Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow.

“The basic question was: are there enough of these electrons for interactions with them to then produce the right number of positrons?”

The answer was no. Not quite, anyway.

After 17 months spent collecting data and then thoroughly analysing it, the researchers found the pulsars were responsible for some of the extra-high energy positrons, but the figure was still several times too small to explain all of them.

“Since the involvement of close-by pulsars in the generation of high-energy positrons reaching us is so modest, other explanations become more and more likely,” says Sabrina Casanova, who is also a researcher from the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences.

One of these explanations involves the decay of massive dark matter particles.

It’s a tempting idea, especially as it would provide us with a way to shine a light on the shadowy material making up a quarter of the Universe’s mass, and finally start to gain an understanding of its other properties.

But it’s important to keep in mind the death of one hypothesis isn’t direct evidence of the strength of another.

The mystery of both dark matter and the extra speedy positrons remains. For now, we can only wait and see.

This research was published in Science.

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Equifax data breach fallout: nobody is safe from hackers


No one is immune from hackers. Not you, even though you don’t have millions in the bank. Not you, even though you don’t own a company where you think espionage would be a problem. Not you, even though you think you are as boring and uninteresting as they come. Everyone is a hacker’s target, as if the news of the Equifax breach that affected 143 million people in America wasn’t wakeup call enough. Whether you operate a business or you are an individual, you are a hacker’s target and you need to protect yourself. According to Equifax: “The information accessed…

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