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Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening around the world. Today, we’re looking at five important stories
After a Newsweek report identifying the man behind Bitcoin, Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto claims he’s not the creator of the digital currency. In an Associated Press interview, Nakamoto said it plain and clear: “I got nothing to do with it.”
Samantha Taylor, a former girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, testified at the trial in which Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Taylor said Pistorius once fired his gun through the sunroof of his car after he was reprimanded by police Read more…
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'Fag Face' Mask Protests Sex Discrimination in Facial-Scanning Tech
If you were in a corner of the West Hollywood Public Library parking garage one weekend in June 2013, you may have encountered artist Zach Blas. He wore a neon pink, amorphous mask, his face totally invisible save for two tiny eyeholes poked through the plastic
If you talked to him, Blas would speak to you about biometrics. He might tell you that those innocuous fingerprint and facial recognition technologies on your smartphone are actually rather insidious. He might say that these technologies, used by governments to police border security, are programmed with racial biases
He’d cite a study that determined humans can make fairly accurate snap judgments about individuals’ sexual orientation based on facial recognition alone, even when those faces were stripped of surrounding markers such as dress and hairstyle Read more…More about Art, Features, Tech, Sex, and Race
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World’s Most Advanced Diving Suit Could Lead to a Cure for Cancer
Phil Nuytten’s newest diving suit may as well have been invented by Tony Stark. At six and a half feet long, and weighing 530 pounds, the aluminum contraption looks more like a Buzz Lightyear ripoff than anything
Even its name, the “Exosuit,” sounds like slang from a science fiction novel.
It’s a first-of-its-kind design that lets deep sea divers plunge more than 1,000 feet underwater, all the while maintaing surface level pressure. The state-of-the-art rotary joints throughout the arms and legs allow divers extreme flexibility and finesse, as well — apparently, enough to pick up a dime
This July, researchers are using the suit to study bioluminescent organisms deep within the Atlantic Ocean. Due to their extreme depths, the creatures were previously only attainable via remote instruments or trawl nets. Now, scientists will be able to use the Exosuit and observe them up close in their natural habitats Read more…More about Videos, Features, Tech, Science, and Infographics
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Dorian Nakamoto: I Am Not the Creator of Bitcoin
A report in Newsweek, published earlier this week, claimed the elusive man behind the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, known only by the name Satoshi Nakamoto, is actually called Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, and is living with his mom in California. Now, the man in the focus of Newsweek's story told the Associated Press he has absolutely nothing to do with the cryptocurrency, and his short exchange with Newsweek's reporter was misunderstood.
Claiming he never even heard of Bitcoin until Newsweek contacted him, Dorian Nakamoto makes it very clear he is not the person the report claims he is. “I got nothing to do with it,” he told AP Read more…More about Tech, Apps Software, Us, Bitcoin, and Dorian Nakamoto
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Tablets Expected to Outsell PCs by 2015
Whether you prefer the iPad, Galaxy Tab or Kindle Fire, the tablet market has become a big part of the mobile computing landscape. In fact, studies show that 42% of American adults currently own tablets, and sales reflect it.
Market intelligence firm IDC released two forecasts on Thursday: one for tablets and one for PCs, which suggest tablets will outsell PCs by next year. Although the tablet market’s growth rate is slowing, PC sales are declining even more.
See also: 11 Best iPad Apps of 2013
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7 Inventors Killed by Their Own Inventions
Being on the cutting edge of technology isn’t easy. There are long hours, grueling work, and all the expectations after you make a name for yourself — not to mention the danger.
Some of the greatest inventions of the 19th and 20th century also called for the greatest sacrifice from their creators. Some of these inventions, like the propeller train, died alongside their inventors, while the rocket-propelled car has managed to lived on.
See also: 13 Inventors You’ve Never Heard of
We recognize a few of the inventors who have lost their lives in the name of advanced technology. But that propeller train could probably make a comeback. Read more…More about Viral Videos, Technology, Invention, Dev Design, and Gadgets
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Researchers 3D Print Blood Vessels Into Tissue for Artificial Organs
In what may be a critical breakthrough for creating artificial organs, Harvard researchers say they have created tissue interlaced with blood vessels.
Using a custom-built four-head 3D printer and a “disappearing” ink, materials scientist Jennifer Lewis and her team created a patch of tissue containing skin cells and biological structural material interwoven with blood-vessel-like structuresReported by the team in Advanced Materials, the tissue is the first made through 3D printing to include potentially functional blood vessels embedded among multiple, patterned cell types.
In recent years, researchers have made impressive progress in building tissues and organ-like structures in the lab. Thin artificial tissues, such as a trachea grown from a patient’s own cells, are already being used to treat patients (see “Manufacturing Organs”). In other more preliminary examples, scientists have shown that specific culture conditions can push stem cells to grow into self-organized structures resembling a developing brain, a bit of a liver, or part of an eye (see “Researchers Grow 3D Human Brain Tissues,” “A Rudimentary Liver Is Grown from Stem Cells,” and “Growing Eyeballs”). Read more…More about 3d Printing, Tech, Gadgets, Social Good, and Us
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Amazon Launches iOS App for Sellers
Amazon just launched Amazon Seller, its first app for merchants.
The app, unveiled Wednesday, gives vendors a series of tools to manage their accounts and interact with customers.
Amazon Seller is meant to make it easier for merchants to sell their products, the company said in a forum announcing the app. Vendors can use the app to track prices, create sale listings and interact with customers and Amazon support. Sellers can also track sales ranks, customer reviews and search for new items to sell.
The app also helps merchants estimate the profitability of each item sold by factoring in fees and other costs to give sellers an idea of how much they stand to make for each item they sell. Sellers can take advantage of this feature by scanning an item’s barcode or manually searching within the app. Read more…More about Amazon, Ios, Tech, Apps Software, and Apps And Software
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The First Street View Images That Aren’t From Google
Google added images of Hawaii to its Street View photo library on Thursday, but for the first time ever, those shots weren’t taken by Google’s Trekker staffers.
As a part of a pilot program that launched last year and lets third-party organizations borrow its high-tech Street View Trekker equipment, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) snapped pictures from popular destinations in Oahu and the Big Island for the mapping platform’s growing collection. The HVCB is first Google Street View Trekker partner to date.
In June, Google launched the program mostly aimed at tourism boards, universities, government agencies and research organizations. The move is a way for Google to expand its coverage while minimizing costs, while letting third parties boost awareness (and ultimately tourism) to their regions. Read more…More about Google, Travel, Google Maps, Tech, and Apps Software
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Flickr Cofounder Launches Hyperlocal iOS App Findery
Findery, a location-based social network created by Flickr cofounder Caterina Fake, rolled out its long-awaited iOS app Thursday.
The service, previously known as Pinwheel, had been in private beta for more than two years.
See also: 10 Free iPhone Apps You’ll Use Every Day
Findery takes a hyperlocal approach to social discovery. Users pin notes, which can be public or private, to locations on a map. Notes consist of everything from pics and tips, to trivia, to personal memos about an individual’s personal experience at that location.
"Every place has a story, or a thousand stories," Fake said in a statement. "Findery brings places to life, be they where you stand or where you hope to go." Read more…More about Ios, Tech, Apps Software, Caterina Fake, and Apps And Software
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