October 2017

We Heart It says a data breach affected over 8 million accounts, included emails and passwords

By | October 16th, 2017|Technology|

We Heart It, an image-sharing site used by 40 million teens as of a couple of years ago, is informing users their personal data may have been compromised. The company was alerted to a possible security breach last week that involved over 8 million accounts, it said on Friday. The breach took place a few [...]

Elon Musk banters and answers rocketry questions on Reddit

By | October 16th, 2017|Technology|

Elon Musk did an AMA on Reddit yesterday, and while he didn’t provide every missing detail on SpaceX’s ambitious BFR program, he was (as always) engaging and informative in a more general way. Here are the highlights of the Q&A. SpaceX plans to put satellites around Mars before any manned mission Musk’s talk at IAC [...]

Asics is using microwave technology to create custom midsoles in as little as 15 seconds

By | October 16th, 2017|Technology|

It’s been a fascinating couple of years for high tech sneaker heads, between self-lacing Nikes and Adidas’ experiments with 3D printed midsoles and biodegradable yarn. Asics isn’t generally uttered in the same breath as those sorts of bleeding edge offerings, but the running shoe company has just debuted a pretty compelling new take on the [...]

Russia may soon issue its own official blockchain-based currency, the CryptoRuble

By | October 15th, 2017|Technology|

Russia will issue its own official cryptocurrency, the CryptoRuble, capping months of speculation about the country’s approach to the technology. While in a way it indicates an embrace of the likes of Bitcoin and Ethereum, the CryptoRuble is unlikely to share the truly decentralized nature of other coins. The news, first reported by CoinTelegraph, cites [...]

Self-driving cars and shipping containers

By | October 15th, 2017|Technology|

The most wonderful and most terrible things about new technologies are their emergent properties. The latest example is, of course, Fake News On Facebook; who would have thought that connecting everyone via social media would lead to wildly divergent narratives of (so-called) reality? And yet here we are. But if you think social media is [...]

Here’s how to kick nazis off your Twitter right now

By | October 15th, 2017|Technology|

While you wait for Twitter to roll out “more aggressive” rules regarding hate speech, which CEO Jack Dorsey promised are coming within “weeks” as of late Friday, here’s a quick workaround to kick nazis off of your Twitter feed right now: Go to the ‘Settings and privacy’ page and under the ‘Content’ section set the country [...]

Amazon drops David O. Russell show as Weinstein fallout continues

By | October 15th, 2017|Technology|

Amazon said earlier this week that it was reviewing its options around the shows it was producing with The Weinstein Company. Now it looks like the company has made a decision and is moving to sever ties with TWC. One show, an untitled project from director David O. Russell, has been canceled entirely. Russell, along [...]

The keys to your house belong to startups

By | October 14th, 2017|Technology|

Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast. More posts by this contributor: Silicon Valley may be the techiest place on earth, but even here, the way people open the front door hasn’t changed much in a century. Most of us still get in by turning a [...]

Smart cities are boring. Give us responsive cities.

By | October 14th, 2017|Technology|

Colin O’Donnell Contributor Colin O’Donnell is the chief innovation officer of Intersection. More posts by this contributor: As an urban technologist, I’m often asked to give an example of a compelling smart city application that real people are using. But to be honest, there really isn’t too much to point to – yet. Cities may [...]