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March 2017

Wells Fargo lets you use Apple Pay and Android Pay to withdraw money

By | March 27th, 2017|Technology|

 Wells Fargo just announced that you’ll be able to use your phone or smartwatch to withdraw money from 13,000 ATMs in the U.S. As spotted by MacRumors, the bank says that it will support Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay. 5,000 ATMs should already support those NFC payment systems, others will follow suit. TechCrunch [...]

Snapcart raises $3M to track offline commerce data in Southeast Asia

By | March 27th, 2017|Technology|

 Snapcart, a startup helping to bring transparency to the world of offline commerce in Southeast Asia, has raised $3 million in pre-Series A funding. We first wrote about the company when it launched in September 2015 with the aim of providing data on the largely uncharted world of offline commerce in Southeast Asia, a region of [...]

NASA is using a mixed reality space station to train astronauts

By | March 27th, 2017|Technology|

 NASA has always embraced emerging technology for visualization, even if that tech was seemingly developed for frivolous entertainment. We recently covered its holographic Mars exhibit, and the many 3D resources that NASA makes available to developers and educators. Now, the US space agency has partnered with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine to create a mixed reality International Space… Read More

A win for Apple in Beijing as court overturns iPhone patent ruling

By | March 26th, 2017|Technology|

 Apple has bigger fish frying in the world of intellectual property. But it must be a relief that an IP court in Beijing has handed the smartphone pioneers a win. On Friday, the courts overturned a May 2016 ruling that said Apple had violated design patents of a small, and now defunct, Chinese company called [...]

Sex and Gor and open source

By | March 26th, 2017|Technology|

 A few weeks ago, Dries Buytaert, founder of the popular open-source CMS Drupal, asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor and long-time member of the Drupal community, “to leave the Drupal project.” Why did he do this? He refuses to say. A huge furor has erupted in response — not least because the reason clearly [...]

Lyft to let passengers round up their fare and donate the difference to charity

By | March 26th, 2017|Technology|

 Lyft is looking at one of its biggest potential opportunities to make up some ground on its rival Uber, given the latter company’s ongoing and worsening PR crisis. So it makes sense that Lyft would go even further in the opposite direction, with a new program that lets riders top off their fare to the [...]

Eligible founder Katelyn Gleason’s plan to upend the billion dollar medical billing industry

By | March 25th, 2017|Technology|

 Medical billing is a largely untapped and lucrative industry, potentially pulling in $55 billion globally by 2020. But it’s inner workings are still very murky — most of the time it’s not clear how much something will cost and sometimes you don’t even get the (possibly whopping) bill until months down the road. Founder Katelyn Gleason wants [...]

Tobias Stone talks about identity, cryptography, and the future of citizenship

By | March 25th, 2017|Technology|

 In this episode of Technotopia I walk to Tobias Stone, a writer, entrepreneur, and academic. Tobias has been writing on Trump and Brexit and worked with, a workgroup focused on cryptographically proven citizenship. Stone believes that the Estonian model of e-idenity is the future and that the mission for every country should be to [...]