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Cluster of Big Earthquakes Rattles Iceland’s Katla Volcano

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:46pm
Some of the largest earthquakes in almost 40 years rocked Katla overnight, but an eruption doesn't seem to be in the works soon. The post Cluster of Big Earthquakes Rattles Iceland's Katla Volcano appeared first on WIRED.
Categories: Open Source, Technology

Chronicled links blockchain to reduce IoT fragmentation

ReadWriteWeb - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:00pm

The Internet of Things is currently an extremely fragmented market, where a thermostat may connect to a smartwatch, but is unable to connect to a Smart TV or connected door lock.

To reduce fragmentation and improve security, Chronicled, a smart tag authentication startup, has open sourced a program—based on the Ethereum blockchain—that registers IoT devices in an open database.

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Using the same methods as Bitcoin to verify a buyer’s identity without revealing personal information, Chronicled’s IoT database can verify any device that has a smart sensor inside.

In an example Chronicled CEO Ryan Orr provided to CoinDesk, a smart window verifies an Amazon drone’s intention and lets it deliver a parcel. The smart window could verify the intent by checking your Amazon delivery preferences, to see if you have selected window delivery.

“Machines need to have identities so that machines can come to a decision on whether or not to trust the other machine or to understand where it’s from, which services it might be able to offer,” Orr argued.

Blockchain critical to verification

Right now, most Chronicled smart tags are embedded into sneakers. The tags are a form of verification, which ensures the sneakers aren’t fake. That same principle has been applied to Chronicled blockchain database, ensuring that hacked or fake IoT devices are quickly blocked.

Ethereum, the public blockchain platform Chronicled uses, is in a difficult position at the moment. Hackers stole a third of all funds from The DAO, an autonomous venture capital fund, which led Ethereum developers to use a “hard-fork” to revert the hack. Some were angry at the decision, because Ethereum split into two active cryptocurrencies, Ethereum Classic and Ethereum.

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Categories: Technology

Hack Brief: As FBI Warns Election Sites Got Hacked, All Eyes Are on Russia

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 11:49am
Two-hundred thousand voter records were stolen from the Illinois board of elections, and a few murky clues point yet again to Russian hackers. The post Hack Brief: As FBI Warns Election Sites Got Hacked, All Eyes Are on Russia appeared first on WIRED.
Categories: Open Source, Technology

It’s Time for Shows to Start Saying No to Season Two

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 11:09am
Don't ruin a good thing by trying to repeat it. The post It's Time for Shows to Start Saying No to Season Two appeared first on WIRED.
Categories: Open Source, Technology

How to Use Physics to Paddle Board Like a Pro

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 10:00am
If you paddle on just one side of a stand up paddle board, the board will turn to the other side. If you use a different stroke and torque, it can go straight. The post How to Use Physics to Paddle Board Like a Pro appeared first on WIRED.
Categories: Open Source, Technology