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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...
Looking for the perfect gift for your bike-a-holic friend? Well, we’ve found a smart helmet that is designed to help prevent an accident from happening in first place. The helmet, Lumos Matrix, is nothing less than a flash of brilliance. It was released on Apple’s stores on Wednesday, October 9, and comes in two colors – black and white. Lumos Matrix helmet retails for $249.95. Eu-wen Ding, co-founder and chief executive of Lumos Matrix, said the helmet is designed to solve the modern commuter’s problem. While traditional designs a...
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...
A team of NASA astronomers has discovered three supermassive black holes which appear to be on a collision course, a billion light-years away from Earth. Researcher Shobita Satyapal, from George Mason University, said in a statement that “Dual and triple black holes are exceedingly rare.” Satyapal’s team made the rare discovery using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory telescope, as well as NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft and the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona. The three supermassive black holes will continu...
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 ...
Facebook is partnering with Luxottica (owner of Ray-Ban, Chanel, Oakley and other brands) on AR glasses nicknamed Orion. According to tipsters, the eyewear would be a promising phone replacement. Orion AR Glasses users will be able to take calls, Livestream to social media followers, and much more. The device will bear functional similarities to Google Glass. If you’re excited to get your hands on Facebook’s AR Glasses, you’ll have to wait for a mighty long time. According to insider sources, Orion wouldn’t be launched until somethin...
The French Minister of the Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, warned that Libra, Facebook’s controversial cryptocurrency, won’t be permitted in France if it’s launched as planned next year. Speaking at an OECD conference in Paris, the minister said Facebook Libra would put national security and sovereignty of governments at risk. Le Maire - an outspoken opponent of the cryptocurrency – also said that Libra threatens to undermine the euro and destabilize the entire French economy. He told the crowd that if France’s economy took a hi...
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...