Blockstream Introduces Satellite Systems to Access the Blockchain

Sending money via GPS satellite sounds like something from a science fiction movie, but soon it could become a real service for people to use all over the world. Blockchain specialist company Blockstream has introduced satellites that can help people that don’t have internet access the Bitcoin network.

Beaming Blocks Via Satellite

Blockstream, a leading company in blockchain technologies, has introduced a brand-new way to interact with the Bitcoin blockchain. Marketed towards people without easy access to reliable internet, they have leased out bandwidth on three satellites that are currently in orbit around the planet. These satellites will allow… Read the rest

PDQ’s Smart Car Wash Vulnerabilities Can Injure Humans and Cars Alike

TheMerkle PDQ Smart Car Wash Flaws

Making electronics “smarter” does not necessarily mean they are protected from external threats. In fact, smart devices are often even more prone to cyber attacks due to their constant connection to the Internet. A recent experiment involving smart car wash equipment revealed how several key flaws could be used to cause physical injuries to both cars and people. It appears the smart car wash solutions from U.S.-based PDQ are the main culprit.

Smart Car Wash Security Flaws are Problematic

Most people look at the car wash in the same way they have done for decades now. The entire process has Read the rest

Facebook’s Free Basics Initiative Is All About Collecting User Data

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Facebook does many different things at once. It has become so much more than just the parent company of the world’s largest social media platform. Over the years, Facebook has gotten involved in virtual reality, instant messaging, and even the idea of providing free internet to unconnected people all over the world. The Free Basics initiative sounds great on paper, but there are a lot of downsides to this project. Creating an on-ramp to the internet is not without its drawbacks.

Facebook’s Free Basics Is Flawed

Despite all of the downsides, Facebook’s efforts in this area have been monumental. On Read the rest

WannaCry Clone Marks the Fourth Major Ransomware Attack Against the Ukraine in two Months

TheMerkle Ukraine WannaCry Clone While most people have all but forgotten about the WannaCry ransomware attack, residents of the Ukraine are dealing with a clone of this destructive malware. More specifically, it is one of the many ransomware campaigns targeting Ukraine specifically, which is quite problematic. This new clone does not have an official name yet, but it shows clear similarities to WannaCry.

Ukraine is a big Target for Ransomware Attacks

It is unclear why we currently have so many malware campaigns targeting Ukrainian consumers and corporations. Four different distribution campaigns have been discovered so far, although it is possible that number will continue Read the rest

Logitech Created a Wireless Charging Mousepad that Makes Wireless Gaming a Reality

logitech logo The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), one of the biggest gaming industry conferences, is currently undergoing and while companies like Microsoft and Sony have been announcing new games and consoles, Logitech announced a wireless charging mousepad that took them four years of research and development to create, and it’s called Powerplay.

Charging wireless mice on a mouse pad

Wireless mice were never really a thing for gamers, as batteries can be unreliable, and no one wants to lose a game because the mouse ran out of battery. Now, with Logitech’s Powerplay wireless mousepad, gamers can finally adopt wireless mice. The charging… Read the rest

IBM Q Offers Quantum Computing as a Service

  Quantum computing has always sparked the imagination of technology enthusiasts and scientists. Until now, the process to gain access to a supercomputer remains quite expensive. IBM hopes to change all that by launching the “Q” service, which provides quantum computing as a service. An intriguing development that will potentially spur a new race to build the world’s fastest supercomputer.

A Quantum Computer as a Service

On paper, it sounds rather crazy to think anyone in the world could get access to a supercomputer. Most consumers and small businesses do not have any use for this technology whatsoever. Computers Read the rest