Month: February 2018

Este es el chip de Qualcomm que traerá el anhelado soporte a 802.11ax y cifrado WPA3 a nuestros smartphones y tablets

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Han pasado tiempo desde su aprobación y anuncio, pero parece que finalmente la siguiente generación de WiFi 802.11ax está por llegar a nuestros smartphone y tablets. Y eso no es todo, ya que además llegará con cifrado WPA3. Todo esto gracias a Qualcomm y su nuevo chip Atheros WCN3998.

Hoy Qualcomm finalmente confirmó que el Atheros WCN3998 será su primer chip WiFi para dispositivos móviles compatible con la próxima generación de redes WiFi y la primera en admitir el nuevo protocolo de seguridad. Una buena noticia después de que el año pasado conocimos KRACK, el ataque que compromete la seguridad de las redes WiFi bajo protocolo WPA2. (more…)

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Bill Gates reveals the two ‘crazy things’ he purchased since becoming a billionaire 30 years ago

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  • Billionaire Bill Gates sat down with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres for the first time this week.
  • Gates is the second-richest person in the world, with a net worth over $91 billion.
  • Gates said since becoming a billionaire his two biggest purchases have been a Porsche and a private plane.

 

Bill Gates sat down with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres for the first time this week.

Gates is the founder of Microsoft and cofounder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is the world’s second-richest person with an estimated fortune of $91.8 billion, according to Bloomberg’s index.

Gates officially became a billionaire when he was 31 — the youngest billionaire in history, at the time. But the boost to his bank account didn’t send him on a spending spree, Gates said during his interview with DeGeneres.

“I don’t have that many things that are extravagant taste, so it didn’t change too much,” Gates said, adding that his primary concern at the time was being able to pay his employees, many of whom had families to care for.

“So you didn’t say ‘Oh I’m going to buy a Porsche?'” DeGeneres pressed.

“I did — that I did,” Gates said. “That was an indulgence, and then eventually for my travel I got a plane, which is a huge indulgence, so those are my two.”

“So you have a Porsche and a plane and that’s it?” she asked.

“In terms of crazy things, yes,” he said. Gates has previously referred to his private jet as a “guilty pleasure” and “big splurge.” It has been widely reported that he owns a Bombardier BD-700 Global Express with seating for up to 19 people — and a $40 million price tag.

Gates also told DeGeneres he has a trampoline room in his home, a $125 million mansion in Medina, Washington, which is less than one mile from fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos.

“We have a trampoline room in our house. The kids like that. An indoor trampoline — I recommend it,” he said.

It may not come as a surprise that Gates isn’t one for opulence. He and his wife Melinda are incredibly focused on philanthropy, having donated more than $2 billion in 2016 to causes related to global health and development and US education. 

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YouTube is still the most lucrative platform for creators — with Etsy and Instagram trailing behind

The internet has sparked a new kind of economy, as creators find new ways to directly reach their audiences and customers. Services like Etsy, WordPress, and Amazon’s Twitch don’t have a lot in common, except for the fact that they give creative people ways to make a living doing what they love. 

And while Google’s YouTube may be in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, it’s still likely to be the very biggest platform for creatives of them all. As this chart from Statista shows, in 2016, YouTube creators earned total revenues equal to those earned by creators on every other major service, combined. 

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Kylie Jenner just announced the death of Snapchat (SNAP)

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  • Kylie Jenner is one of the biggest influencers on Snapchat.
  • But now she says it “is so sad” that nobody opens Snapchat anymore. 

Snapchat may have just lost a very influential user.

Kylie Jenner, a member of the Kardashian family, tweeted on Wednesday to her 24.5 million followers: “sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad”

“still love you tho snap …. my first love,” she followed up in a second tweet

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Perhaps Snap CEO Evan Spiegel wants to make a call. Kylie Jenner is one of the most important people on social media and one of the original “influencers.” She has 104 million followers on Instagram. 

She’s used Snapchat in the past to show off a new haircut, or give a peek into her family life with boyfriend Travis Scott. She’s a power user, posting frequently to millions of people, and if she’s seeing less engagement on the platform, that’s a bad sign for Snap, Snapchat’s parent company.

She’s also been professionally connected with the company, as well. Last year, she partnered with Snap to broadcast exclusive video on Snapchat in a format called “Ask Kylie.” 

Snapchat has historically had problems retaining “influencers,” who have generally felt more supported by other platforms, like Instagram, which run special programs for people with lots of followers, and provide more data about their posts and followers. 

Redesign problems

Jenner’s change of heart may be related to a recent controversial redesign of the Snapchat app. 

A petition for Snapchat to revert to its older design gained 1.2 million signatures before Snap was forced to respond and say that the new design isn’t going anywhere. 

Jenner is apparently not a fan of the redesign either. “Mm just saw the new Snapchat.. I don’t know how i feel about it! What do you guys think?” she tweeted earlier this month

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Jenner’s followers might not be using Snapchat as much, but the company said earlier this month that the number of people that opened the app daily had increased 5% in the last quarter in 2017. So while Jenner isn’t seeing the same engagement that she used to, Snap says it’s still growing. 

It’s still not a good sign for Snap when a massive celebrity says that it feels like nobody is using its app.

Jenner’s not getting rid of her Snapchat account, though. If you’d like to follow Kylie on Snapchat, her username is Kylizzlemynizzl. 

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A golden opportunity just opened up for cryptocurrency traders

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  • Bitcoin is trading at a big premium in South Korea thanks to bullish news out of the country. 
  • That provides a golden opportunity for traders to make a profit.

A golden opportunity just opened up for cryptocurrency traders. 

The price of bitcoin is trading at a big premium in South Korea relative to US markets, according to data from CoinMarketCap. The price of bitcoin is trading close to $11,800 a coin on Upbit and Bithumb, the two main South Korean exchanges. That’s more than 13% higher than the price on GDAX, the US exchange operated by cryptocurrency company Coinbase. 

Such price differences are a darling of so-called arbitrage traders who can buy up the coin where it’s trading lower and then sell where it’s trading higher, and pocket the difference. The spread between different exchanges has tightened since the beginning of the new year, but bullish news in South Korea appears to have pushed its market higher. 

“While the threat of heavy regulation, or even a total ban on exchange trading, has hovered over bitcoin in recent weeks, reports this morning that the South Korean government are softening their stance have given traders confidence to buy,” Dennis de Jong, a managing director at UFX.com, a brokerage, told Reuters

To be sure, taking advantage of price difference between exchanges in different countries is easier said than done. 

As noted by Bloomberg, South Korea’s regulators require residents to file extensive paperwork to move more than $50,000 per year outside the country. Still, traders are a crafty bunch. Bloomberg outlined one trader’s strategy that “involves buying ether in Korea, transfering it to an offshore venue, exchanging it for bitcoin, transferring the bitcoin back to Korea, and cashing out.”

Still, the strategy is only profitable if ether is trading at a smaller premium relative to bitcoin’s premium. 

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Dozens of airline employees went to the funeral for a Florida school shooting victim whose father is a United pilot

 

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  • Over 100 employees from JetBlue, United, and Delta Air Lines attended the funeral for Gina Montalto, who was killed in the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and whose father is a pilot for United.
  • Montalto’s parents set up a GoFundMe to raise money for a scholarship fund in her name focused on secondary education.
  • The response to the shooting, which killed 17 people, has increased the conversation around gun control, as many have called for restricted access to automatic weapons, like the AR-15 rifle that was used in the shooting.

Over 100 employees from JetBlue, United, and Delta Air Lines attended the funeral for Gina Rose Montalto — who was killed in the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and whose father is a pilot for United — according to a Twitter user who posted a photo of the funeral.

What an amazing show of support and love during this devastating tragedy,” she wrote.

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Montalto’s parents set up a GoFundMe to raise money for a scholarship fund in her name focused on secondary education. The GoFundMe had raised over $280,000 of its $300,000 goal as of Wednesday afternoon.

“Gina will be missed not only by her family, but by everyone whose life she touched,” Montalto’s parents wrote. “With your donations, we hope to help give the gift of higher education to other children.”

Other members of the airline community showed their support for the family via social media. 

 

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The response to the shooting, which killed 17 people, has increased the conversation around gun control, as many have called for restricted access to automatic weapons, like the AR-15 rifle that was used in the shooting.

President Donald Trump has signaled a willingness to promote gun control measures like banning bump stocks, which increase the rate of fire for semiautomatic weapons, and raising the age at which people can legally buy rifles like the AR-15.

 

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