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High-Tech Gadget Lets Thieves Steal Credit Card Info At Gas Pumps…

“In a memo to its field offices, Krebs reports, the agency said some high-tech thieves have devised an innovative way to steal your credit card information: adding next-gen credit card skimmers to gas pumps” reports fastcompany.com. These nasty little gadgets swipe the data from cards that use the contactless payment method at the gas pump. Source: fastcompany.com

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We found 19 new high-tech fitness devices — and you’ll want them all

“Turning our desire to fly into a workout, German-made Icaros combines core balance and virtual reality in a spectacular way” writes Roy M for latimes.com. It’s not easy learning how to smoothly shift your weight and balance, but great fun (they had to pry me off it) and a sweaty, challenging core workout that raises your pulse, and tests your coordination and reflexes. Source: latimes.com

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Robotic milkers and an automated greenhouse: Inside a high-tech small farm

“The Rivendale robotic milking machines are made by Lely, a Dutch company and a leader in the industry” writes The New York for seattletimes.com. Rivendale Farms, which has just completed its first year of full operations, offers a glimpse of technology coming available for smaller farms.Walk into the dairy barn at Rivendale and there are no people — only cows, an automated feed system and three robotic milking machines. Source: seattletimes.com

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High-tech degrees and the price of an avocado: The data New York gave to Amazon

“New York provided all of these data points, and thousands more, to Amazon as part of its successful bid to woo the tech giant to town” writes This Story Was for seattletimes.com. New York City and the state sent loads of data to Amazon during its search for a new headquarters, offering a peek into the valuable information the company collected during the HQ2 process. Source: seattletimes.com

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How the Geography of Startups and Innovation Is Changing

“For decades, the United States held a near monopoly on venture capital, where as late as the mid-1990s, the U.S. captured more than 95% of all venture capital investments globally” reports hbr.org. We’re used to thinking of high-tech innovation and startups as generated and clustered predominantly in fertile U.S. ecosystems, such as Silicon Valley, Seattle, and New York.For investors and corporations, the big takeaway is this: You can no longer look only in your own backyard for startups, innovation, and the talent that power them.But as with so many aspects…

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High-tech redlining: AI is quietly upgrading institutional racism

“An algorithm that uses coincidental correlations to evaluate job applicants is almost surely biased” reports fastcompany.com. Many algorithms for evaluating job candidates identify statistical patterns in the characteristics of current employees.The algorithms trained on the resumes of job applicants over the previous ten years, and favored people who were like the (mostly male) people Amazon had hired in the past. Source: fastcompany.com

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How to find the best temperature for your high-tech weed vape

“In recent years, vaping cannabis oil has exploded, and it’s helped introduce many to the world of legal pot” writes Brian Koerber for mashable.com. When you purchase vape oil from a legal store, it usually comes with a standard fitting.While smoking weed or downing an edible can offer an intense adventure, vaping oil can give users a more mellow and manageable experience. Source: mashable.com

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Japan’s SoftBank reports profit surge on Vision Fund strength 

“Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp on Monday reported a surge in second-quarter profit, helped by higher valuations on high-tech bets just as doubts grow over the firm’s dependence on Saudi Arabia funds” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. SoftBank’s July-September operating profit rose to 705.7 billion yen ($6.23 billion) compared with 395.6 billion yen a year earlier.SoftBank and its Saudi Arabia-backed Vision Fund — which after raising more than $93 billion last year is the world’s largest private equity fund — is recording higher valuations on high-tech bets such as on ride-hailing…

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High-tech paint could cool cities around the world

“Usually people turn to air conditioning to cool off in cities around the world, however, many AC units aren’t energy efficient” writes Rayne Ellis for mashable.com. However white paint, like regular paint, still absorbs heat energy which makes the new polymer coating a potentially better PDRC, according to the new research.Some other tech options that could cool down our cities include designing buildings with better air flow, adding heat-blocking films to windows, and creating more energy efficient AC units. Source: mashable.com

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China Evergrande invests in project to build world’s fastest supercomputer

“Together, the six projects have a current value of 4.6 billion yuan, Evergrande said in a statement” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. HONG KONG (Reuters) – Property developer China Evergrande Group on Thursday said it will invest 1.65 billion yuan ($239.53 million) into six high-tech projects by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, including one aimed at building the world’s fastest supercomputer.The investment is the first from a total 100 billion yuan that Evergrande agreed with the academy to inject into high-tech sectors earlier this year. Source: 95kqds.com

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