Author: curatauser

Is Blockchain the New Ethical Gold Rush? Maybe

Is Blockchain the New Ethical Gold Rush? Maybe

Advocates say tracing gold from mine to jewelry customer could help guarantee provenance, improve the lives of miners and reduce carbon emissions. Blockchain – Generations Y and Z, soon to be the world’s most numerous consumers, are concerned about responsibly sourced and sustainable products. But when it comes to purchasing a gold chain or new…
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Machine learning could transform medicine. Should we let it?

Machine learning could transform medicine. Should we let it?

Machine learning is starting to take over analyzing medical images. But AI tools also raise worrying questions because they solve problems in ways that humans can’t always follow. In clinics around the world, a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning is starting to supplement or replace humans in common tasks such as analyzing medical…
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The IRS has a new tax form out and wants to know about your cryptocurrency

The IRS has a new tax form out and wants to know about your cryptocurrency

Tax season is still months away, but the IRS will want to know about your cryptocurrency holdings. The IRS just released a new Schedule 1 for the 2019 tax season, spelling out the details on above-the-line deductions, including the tax break for student loan interest and health savings account contributions. Eagle-eyed taxpayers will notice that…
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It's Time For A Federal Fintech Sandbox

It’s Time For A Federal Fintech Sandbox

FinTech – An income-share agreement as an alternative to personal loans. A cheap money transfer system for the unbanked. A faster, cheaper payment processing system. What do these innovative financial products have in common? They’re all being tested in Arizona’s fintech sandbox. And they all represent the potential of a regulatory sandbox to allow financial…
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Big data poses big problems for banks, experts say

Risks to security and privacy cited as products and services develop rapidly The financial services industry’s use of big data and data aggregation tools has the potential to benefit millions of consumers but also could disproportionately affect the privacy and security of vulnerable populations. That’s the take of experts who testified to the House Financial…
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IoT Revolutionizes The Service Repair Industry

IoT Revolutionizes The Service Repair Industry

Gartner researchers liberally sprinkled internet of things (IoT) throughout the firm’s Top Ten Strategy Technology Trends for 2020, for good reason. IoT is central to the emergence of so-called edge computing, the technical term for anywhere sensors capture real-time information. This data could be from the connected cars we’re driving, inside wearables tracking the fitness…
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How To Recognize False Claims And Avoid Cybersecurity 'Snake Oil'

How To Recognize False Claims And Avoid Cybersecurity ‘Snake Oil’

Cybersecurity – Have you ever been awake at 3 a.m. and looking for something to watch on TV? If so, it’s likely you’ve gone down the rabbit hole of infomercials. Vendors make bold claims about products that can do anything and everything. However, many of these claims are sensationalized or, in some cases, completely fabricated…
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The Top Five Mistakes Companies Make With AI

The Top Five Mistakes Companies Make With AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is on a serious roll. Consider these eye-popping numbers: • According to one Gartner report, AI implementation has grown 270% in the last four years. According to another, leading organizations plan to double their number of AI projects in the next year. • Spending on AI hardware and software is expected to…
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Experts estimate Costco's website crash on Thanksgiving could reach $11M in losses

Experts estimate Costco’s website crash on Thanksgiving could reach $11M in losses

‘Giants of retail struggle with online demand’ Transaction Tracking – Costco could face nearly $11 million in losses after its website malfunctioned on Thanksgiving, according to data analyzed by retail website Love the Sales. The wholesale giant’s website displayed a message that read, “Intermittent slow load and transaction times,” starting late Wednesday, and the company…
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How DevOps and security teams can get along better

How DevOps and security teams can get along better

Are we stuck in a rut? DevOps – Agile software development has been with us for nearly two decades since the original Manifesto was published. Software development and IT teams all strive for better software that responds to customer needs, broadly in line with the principles of agile. However, there are still problems that exist…
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