Bitcoin Mining Now Uses More Power Than 159 Countries

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Mining Bitcoin now consumes more than 30 terawatt-hours of power globally, which is higher than the individual energy usage of 159 countries.

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The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/259882-bitcoin-mining-now-uses-power-159-countries?source=Computing

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3 ways to score big holiday discounts online

Surveys suggest that more than half of holiday shopping takes place online, and that figure grows every year. But as blissful as online shopping is, the internet is a sterile environment. Unlike your local shopping mall, you can’t land an online discount by asking for a deal or “knowing a guy.”

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/26/3-ways-to-score-big-holiday-discounts-online.html

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Offsetting Asymmetry With Automation


In the security world, there is a truism that defense is harder than offense because it’s an asymmetric playing field. The bad guys need only find one path into an environment — one place where everything hasn’t been done perfectly — while those charged with securing that environment need to protect against intrusions everywhere. The asymmetry is apparent in other respects as well. For example, a large percentage of a company’s staff members may go home at night, but attackers can operate from wherever, whenever.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84970.html?rss=1

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Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 Drains the Battery While Gaming, Even When Plugged In

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Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 packs a much more powerful graphics card than the previous system, but don’t count on using that performance whenever you want it.

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The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/259359-microsofts-surface-book-drains-battery-gaming-even-plugged?source=Computing

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Netflix member? Don’t get caught out by the latest email scam

With more than 100 million users globally, Netflix is an attractive target for email scammers. Another ruse has just showed up, and it’s designed to get hold of your login credentials and credit card information. So take care.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/07/netflix-member-don-t-get-caught-out-by-latest-email-scam.html

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Microsoft Will End Final Free Windows 10 Upgrade Program On December 31

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The official free upgrade offer has been over for more than a year, but now Microsoft is ending the final workaround that let you get Windows 10 by telling a little white lie.

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The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/258161-microsoft-will-end-final-free-windows-10-upgrade-program-december-31?source=Computing

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Salesforce Gets Granular


If you need an example of digital disruption, you can’t do better than the retail banking industry. A byzantine collection of rules and regulations plus the overhang of many legacy systems have conspired to prevent banks from becoming more involved with their customers. Even innovations like the ATM, which entered the scene several decades ago, only serve to distance banks from their customers. This leaves plenty of opportunity for upstart technology vendors to disrupt the applecart.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84873.html?rss=1

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Transforming robot can swim, walk or glide

Thanks to special exoskeleton outfits, a tiny transforming robot can now become more than meets the eye. Once outfitted with the plastic exoskeletons, the small bots– dubbed Primers– are able to swim, walk, roll, sail and glide.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/06/transforming-robot-can-swim-walk-or-glide.html

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Huge specs leak tells us everything about Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google is less than a week away from telling us all about its new toys, but there’s still plenty of info left to leak ahead of Google’s October 4th press conference.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/28/huge-specs-leak-tells-us-everything-about-googles-pixel-2-and-pixel-2-xl.html

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CCleaner Infection More Severe Than Thought, Targeted Microsoft, Google, Samsung

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The CCleaner attack is worse than originally thought, and multiple major companies may have been infected.

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The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/internet/256238-ccleaner-infection-severe-thought-targeted-microsoft-google-samsung?source=Computing

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Is BabyX the Future of Silicon-Based Life Forms?

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Mark Sagar, the creator of BabyX, has chosen no less a goal than simulating the neural machinery of an infant human in silico.

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The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/255856-babyx-future-silicon-based-life-forms?source=Computing

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