Author archives: Anna Versai

eBay, Mastercard, Mercado Pago, Stripe, and Visa will no longer participate in the Libra Association, the group working to launch Facebook’s ambitious global cryptocurrency. The exits were first reported by Bloomberg and the Financial Times. Facebook is in a tough spot now that no major US payment processor is willing to partner with the Libra Association. This news also comes after PayPal announced its decision to withdraw from the organization on October 4. Former PayPal President David Marcus who is the chief executive running th...
In April, an international team of scientists obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) observations of the center of the galaxy M87. In September, they won a USD $3 million Breakthrough Prize for that accomplishment. Now, the team behind the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is planning to capture real-time video footage of Sagittarius A* (pronounced “A-star”), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way to observe its behavior and see how it evolves. “This is an amazing accomplishment...
The US, UK, and Australian officials want Facebook to rethink its plans to encrypt all messages on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram. The request is to be delivered in an open letter to Facebook pressing the social media company to create a backdoor to give law enforcement access to encrypted messages. In their letter, US Attorney General William Barr, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, and Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton ask Facebook to give law enforcement ...
Inventions have widely been for the purpose of making life easier and to satisfy the quest for more knowledge. Even before the advent of metalworking around 8,000 BCE, which led to the end of Stone Age, man has always believed in the immortal nature of invention, and every newly developed tool becomes a source to make much better ones. Artificial Intelligence has been a major part of the new inventions. It has made a tremendous impact since creeping into technology, officially in the 1950s, but with what we have so far, it’s complete...
Technology has played huge roles in global development, mostly in reducing human efforts and addressing commercial challenges. But these impacts are not felt in the most difficult challenges facing humanity. Though artificial intelligence offers the opportunities to remodel predictive human behaviors and structures challenging social justice, a few challenges have kept this from not happening. Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly becoming more ubiquitous in the processes of our daily lives. Most significantly, industries are ...
On-demand drone delivery service is inarguably a key lifeline in providing the fastest deliveries in the future. And while a good number of consumers are daring for the service’s availability, there are still challenges associated with its use in our society. Through thousands of trials in Australia, Alphabet’s Wing is dealing with some factors that impeding quick deployment of drones for package delivery. Consumers growing appetite for faster and faster delivery is the key motivation behind wild efforts by various firms to lead a se...
Apple on September 10 unveiled the iPhone 11, its new flagship models sporting dual-lens camera, improved durability, and a faster A13 chip. The iPhone 11 starts at $699 and is sold alongside iPhone 11 Pro ($999) and iPhone 11 Pro Max ($1099). What does Apple have in store for us? Below we’ve listed all key specs and features of the new iPhone 11. What's new in iPhone 11? iPhone 11 Display The iPhone 11 features a 6.1-inch LCD display that Apple calls a Liquid Retina HD Display. It comes with a 1792 x 828 pixels display at 326...
Online therapy has been around since some time now. And while the divided groups of psychologists and psychiatrists are yet to arrive on a unanimous opinion about online therapy, they are presented with a new topic for debate – Instagram therapy. As defined in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, “Online therapy is any type of professional therapeutic interaction that makes use of the Internet to connect qualified mental health professionals and their clients.” Instagram therapy, however, cannot be defined in such a clear-cut manner....
The recent increase in the number of iPhone 11 leaks, revelations and surmises has given us a good glimpse on what to expect from this year’s Apple Special Event. With the iPhone 11 launch date just two weeks away, it’s time to take a walk through everything we know about this year’s lineup. Apple iPhone 11 Pro OR iPhone Pro? According to an anonymous Twitter account CoinX, at least one of the new iPhone models will have “Pro” in its name, such as “iPhone 11 Pro” or “iPhone Pro.” “Pro” for iPhone? Crazy naming schemes over th...
“China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea increasingly use cyber operations to threaten both minds and machines in an expanding number of ways – to steal information to influence our citizens, or to disrupt critical infrastructure,” wrote Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in a global threat assessment report released earlier this year. Turns out, the reality is graver than that. The United States Army is unprepared for future informational warfare. Speaking at the military technology conference TechNet Augusta on Tuesday, Gene...