MIT and U.S. Air Force team up to launch AI accelerator

The Pentagon is one of the largest technology customers in the world, purchasing everything from F-35 planes (roughly $90 million each) to cloud services (the JEDI contract was $10 billion). Despite outlaying hundreds of billions of dollars for acquisitions though, the Defense Department has struggled to push nascent technologies from …

5 Tips for SMBs when Choosing Collaboration Tools

Unified communications. Business collaboration. Digital work hub. These are just some of the phrases that get commonly bandied around enterprises today. But for small or medium-sized businesses (SMB), these buzzwords may not be mainstream and can frankly be confusing. Irrespective of the size of a business, collaboration is critical for …

With warshipping, hackers ship their exploits directly to their target’s mail room

Why break into a company’s network when you can just walk right in — literally? Gone could be the days of having to find a zero-day vulnerability in a target’s website, or having to scramble for breached usernames and passwords to break through a company’s login pages. And certainly there …

In a 130-page court filing, Kik claims the SEC’s lawsuit “twists” the facts about its online token

CEO Ted Livingston of Kik Kik Interactive has hit back at the Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit that claims a $100 million token sale was illegal. The company, which owns Kik Messenger, filed a 130-page response today in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleging that …

Tesla’s in-dash sketchpad gets a boost in next update, music tools coming later

Tesla owners will be better able to express themselves artistically using their in-vehicle infotainment touchscreen with the next update of their vehicle’s in-car software. Tesla revealed via Twitter today that the forthcoming software update will bring improved Sketchpad features, providing essential upgrades to an Easter Egg it first debuted over …

A new cryptocurrency mining malware uses leaked NSA exploits to spread across enterprise networks

Two years after highly classified exploits built by the National Security Agency were stolen and published, hackers are still using the tools for nefarious reasons. Security researchers at Symantec say they’ve seen a recent spike in a new malware, dubbed Beapy, which uses the leaked hacking tools to spread like …

‘Ad Astra’ trailer pits Brad Pitt against his dad Tommy Lee Jones – in space

A new sci-fi movie called Ad Astra is heading to theaters on September 20, and it’s got some amazing star power behind it, including Brad Pitt in the lead role. It also brings Liv Tyler back to the space epic genre, after her excellent roles in both 1998’s Armageddon and …

FoodShot Global is digging up innovation for soil health as part of its first prize competition

FoodShot Global, a prize platform devoted to transforming the world’s food and agriculture industries, has awarded the first round of prizes for its Innovating Soil 3.0 competition.  Trace Genomics, a startup developing an analytics service for soil health to optimize the use of farmland, has received an undisclosed investment from FoodShot’s …

Melissa McCarthy Makes $12 Million a Year, Wakes Up at 4:30 A.M., and Doesn’t Use Her Phone on the Weekends

Melissa McCarthy is one of the highest-paid women in Hollywood. She went from having major credit-card debt as a 20-year-old just starting her comedy career in New York to earning $12 million in 2018 at age 47. Today she’s worth $60 million, according to Forbes. But you wouldn’t know she’s …

Apple, Google and Microsoft release patches for ZombieLoad chip flaws

Big tech is stepping in to patch newly disclosed security flaws affecting almost every Intel chip since 2011. Researchers on Tuesday released details of the vulnerability, known as ZombieLoad — or microarchitectural data sampling as its technical name — which can leaked sensitive data stored in the processor, such as …

A Frugal Athlete founder Amobi Okugo drives home need for personal financial playbook

For professional soccer player Amobi Okugo, financial intelligence is the goal — on a global scale. This hardworking entrepreneur launched Sacramento-based A Frugal Athlete with the mission of increasing personal financial prudency and literacy amongst student and pro athletes. Read his story below. Q&A with Amobi Okugo, founder of A …

Watch SpaceX’s 60-satellite Starlink launch tonight right here

SpaceX’s launch tonight is being performed for a very important client: itself. Yes, the Falcon 9 that will lift off at 7:30 PM Pacific time is loaded not with government or commercial payloads, but the first of SpaceX’s own Starlink orbital communications satellites. You can watch this first-of-its-kind launch here. …

Tim Berners-Lee is on a mission to decentralize the web

“I’ve always believed the web is for everyone,” wrote Tim Berners-Lee, the well-known (and knighted) creator of the World Wide Web. “The web has evolved into an engine of inequity and division; swayed by powerful forces who use it for their own agendas,” he added. “Today, I believe we’ve reached …

A Boston startup developing a nuclear fusion reactor just got a roughly $50 million boost

After twenty five years of research, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology think that they have finally cracked the code for the commercialization for nuclear fusion reactions. Commonwealth Fusion Systems is the fruit of that research. It’s a startup building on decades of research and development that plans to …

SpaceX successfully launches twice re-flown Falcon 9 for AMOS-17 mission

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 first-stage that had previously served two missions in July and November of 2018, today carrying its final payload, the AMOS-17 satellite for Spacecomm. SpaceX had configured the Falcon 9 in its ‘expendable mode’ for this mission, which means it made use of all available …