Digital Currency Warrants Thorough Study

Many fantastic new leaps have been taken in recent years. While digital crypto-currency has certainly been a prevalent development, it is also one of the least truly known about.

Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ripple, the digital currencies that have been on the market for a while now are often discussed in terms of potential fiscal and economic impacts by business professionals and expert economists like Brad Reifler.

Stanford business school professor Susan Athey has conducted a thorough study on the way technologies can influence our lives. She is the owner of a John Bates Clark Medal, and her latest study focuses especially on bitcoin mining and all the aspects regarding it.

The professor started with analysing the security of the system, the money transfer possibilities, availability throughout the world, and the competition on the market. Susan Ashley has a detailed digital currency study, part of which has been analysed online, and containing other parts that are still to be published.

The review shows bitcoins in a very positive light. For the newbies, it can actually serve well as instructional material.

Nielsen to Tap Amazon Instant and Netflix Streaming Views

The tracking of how many people watch a television channel at one time has taken place for many years. Nielsen is the company that is behind these television ratings. Their scores are a huge part of the decision to renew or cancel a show, with viewership determining ad value and ultimately profits.

Now it appears that Nielsen are going to take their ratings system to online streaming services. Netflix and Amazon Instant are going to be monitored by Nielsen starting from next month. It is unclear how the company plans to track online viewings on both sites, but they are going to try nonetheless.

The Wall Street Journal picked up some information about the plans Nielsen has in place. These plans include monitoring the audio channels that are transmitted to each subscriber on Netlix and Amazon Instant. This will give them an idea of what program or episode is being watched. The monitoring can only be done on computers, which means mobile and tablet users will not be included.

It is unclear how many internet browsers and types of computers are capable of allowing Nielsen to monitor data in this manner. The company must be confident they have a high enough percentage of total Netflix and Amazon Instant Video users.

No matter how accurate the readings are, it will be interesting to see how this project develops. Nielsen plays a key role in the world of traditional television, and now their impact on streaming services could be just as huge.

Portable Printer Developed for Selfies

Selfies have become the latest form of expression in an age when cameras become ubiquitous. Thanks primarily to the advent of cellphones, practically everyone has a camera at the ready.

These cameras, in turn, are used at every possible opportunity, especially when directed towards the user.

Some smart manufacturers thought that people would like not only to upload these pictures online, but maybe print them out fast. A French company has released a smartphone case that prints your selfie from the mobile in less than one minute. 

Prynt uses the Bluetooth connection and works flawlessly. The manufacturers are now working on improving the printing speed. It might soon decrease to 30 seconds, because in our time people like to have everything ready instantly. 

However, only one piece of paper can fit in the case at the moment, and that is definitely something to be improved. Clement Perron, CEO of Prynt, say that his idea of a functional device is with 30 pieces of paper in it.

The Prynt app that you are going to use has the function of recording a short video of the moment before and after you too the picture.  In this new age of selfies, it’s safe to say that even Kenneth Griffin would say it wise to invest in this portable printer!

Ted Cruz Comes Under Fire for Net Neutrality Remarks

One of the hottest topics in technology news today is net neutrality. Many individuals assert that large-scale companies such as Verizon and Comcast have a monopoly on the Internet industry. Many believe that without net neutrality, these businesses would incorporate practices that hurt both consumers and small businesses alike.

In recent news, Sen. Ted Cruz is receiving a lot of criticism for his recent comments about net neutrality. On twitter he posted that net neutrality is like Obama care for the Internet. The many Republicans assert that the government should not be involved in regulating business, many conservatives have criticized Sen. Cruz’s remarks and labeled them as nonsensical.

Whatever the case may be, the FCC has a big decision to make. When they opened the matter up for public comment, hundreds of thousands of people expressed their concern that the FCC is not doing their job in ensuring a free and open Internet, at least according to McGalla. They are criticizing the FCC Chairman’s current plan of allowing Internet service providers to offer “Internet fast lanes.” They say that this could eventually be used to limit the type of content that is allowed and thus restrict the rights to free speech.

Microsoft Shocks Software Industry, Releases .NET Platform As Open Source

Who knew that Microsoft would become the Sun Microsystems of the 2010s? Microsoft, once a desktop monopoly, has been losing the fight on the mobile and phone platforms as newer tech companies have moved in to claim their share of the pie. In a desperate bid to stay relevant, Microsoft has now released the core of their .NET software development platform as open source. Big thanks to friend of the site Christian Broda for the tip.

Shades of Java?  Since Java and .NET have both enjoyed a robust share of the development ecosystem, this is big news for the tech world. It’s particularly big news for the Apple and Linux platforms (this means Google Android, which has Linux at its core). Non-Microsoft systems have already had MONO, the open-source substitute for .NET, to assist with porting applications from the Microsoft platform. This is basically Microsoft throwing in the towel: “We don’t care if you don’t run on our operating system, but at least use our software.”

As Linus Torvalds, founder of Linux, once put it, “If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I’ve won.” Well, don’t look now, but…