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  • As the smartphone wars reheat, the threat of chilling innovation looms Crunch Network

    As the smartphone wars reheat, the threat of chilling innovation looms

    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

  • Learn deeply, but baby, don’t fear the Skynet Crunch Network

    Learn deeply, but baby, don’t fear the Skynet

    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

  • Examining the cybersecurity landscape of utilities and control systems Crunch Network

    Examining the cybersecurity landscape of utilities and control systems

    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

  • Startups and immigration: Myths, lies and half-truths Crunch Network

    Startups and immigration: Myths, lies and half-truths

    Immigrants play a significant role in job creation, entrepreneurship and the startup ecosystem in the U.S. However, the U.S. has a strict immigration policy and has yet to pass the bill for the “startup visa.” For entrepreneurs determined to stay in the U.S. to create or work at a startup, it’s important to learn about the myths, lies and half-truths about startups and… Read More

  • The evolution of the mobile payment Crunch Network

    The evolution of the mobile payment

    It’s anticipated that there will be more than 4.8 billion individuals using a mobile phone by the end of 2016. Because of this enormous growth, we can expect to see the mobile payments industry and startups in the space evolve to meet the growing demands of users. To understand how big this industry is going to be, you need to understand the history of mobile payments and their… Read More

  • Why most of London’s tech sector believes Brexit will prove a disaster Crunch Network

    Why most of London’s tech sector believes Brexit will prove a disaster

    A decision over the U.K.’s future membership in the European Union is now just days away, with latest polls indicating a race to the wire. In London’s tech and startup sector, however, few divisions apparently exist. Many in the industry were quick to coalesce around vocal opposition to “Brexit.” Read More

  • Crowdsourced data can teach your phone to follow your eyes Crunch Network

    Crowdsourced data can teach your phone to follow your eyes

    Eye tracking has always been a tough problem. Multi-camera solutions existed in order to sense the position of the eyes in 3D space, but in general watching where your peepers pointed was too hard for cellphones. Now researchers at MIT and the University of Georgia have created an eye-tracking system that depends on crowdsourced data. The team created a simple app that showed a dot on the… Read More

  • Talking to Uber about the three pillars of its API platform Crunch Network

    Talking to Uber about the three pillars of its API platform

    We believe three pillars are necessary for any developer platform: utility, revenue and distribution. Read More

  • How data thieves hook victims — and how to beat them Crunch Network

    How data thieves hook victims — and how to beat them

    Say what you will about the thieves who ply their trade in the digital realm, you can’t deny they put in a hard day’s work. After all, according to Verizon’s just-released 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report, which analyzed an astounding 100,000 digital security incidents last year, these crooks continue to succeed at stealing corporate and personal data and records by… Read More

  • Neural networks: Artificial intelligence and our future Crunch Network

    Neural networks: Artificial intelligence and our future

    Imagine yourself a passenger in a futuristic self-driving car. Instead of programming its navigation system, the car interacts with you in a near-human way to understand your desired destination. It has learned your preferences for music, temperature and lighting, all adjusted without the need to twist a knob. Two distinct paths of technological evolution are advancing technology to create… Read More