The inequality of badly-run states is boosted by technology – but technology also makes it easier to destabilise them. So: which future will prevail?
The Essential Phone, brought to us by the person who created Android, is finally ready for the spotlight. It’s an incredibly audacious and ambitious project, with an outlandish screen and the beginnings of a modular ecosystem. First, the Android phone basics: the Essential Phone costs $699 with top-of-the-line specs and features. As you can see above, it prominently features an edge-to-edge display that one-ups even the Samsung Galaxy S8 by bringing it all the way to the the top of the phone, wrapping around the front-facing selfie camera.
Samsung's upcoming fLast year, Samsung took the wraps off the W2017 flip phone. It now looks like the company is gearing up to release its successor, as the device with the model number SM-G9298 has recently been certified by TENAA in China. The smartphone, likely to be called the Samsung W2018, looks quite similar to the W2017, with a few differences here and there.
During a recent presentation at Paralelni Polis in Prague, Czech Republic, Blockstream President Adam Back shared his personal vision for scaling Bitcoin to handle more users over the next few years. His plan is mostly based on the Bitcoin Core roadmap for capacity increases (originally written up by Blockstream CTO and Bitcoin Core contributor Greg Maxwell on the Bitcoin development mailing list).
A video in Arabic calling for the worship of Allah “with love, not terror” has gone viral on YouTube, with over two million views in four days. Released at the start of Ramadan, it slams terrorists for “filling cemeteries with children.” The video, featuring Hussain Al Jassmi, an Arabic-language singer from the United Arab Emirates, was released on YouTube by Kuwaiti mobile telecommunications company Zain on Friday.
Social media support from Eminem has helped raise £2 million in donations for the victims of the Manchester terror attack. The US star, real name Marshall Mathers, tweeted his fans after the attack at Manchester's MEN Arena last Monday to urge them to donate to a JustGiving page set up to help the families of the 22 people killed, and those who were injured.
Developers generally assume always-on connectivity and design their software with that premise. But such applications crash when they can't reach the Internet or have poky connections. If you want happy users, design applications that can function remotely.
It took only one attempt for Russian hackers to make their way into the computer of a Pentagon official. But the attack didn’t come through an email or a file buried within a seemingly innocuous document. A link, attached to a Twitter post put out by a robot account, promised a family-friendly vacation package for the summer. It was the kind of thing anyone might click on, according to the official hit by the attack, who was not authorized to speak publicly about it.