Digital authentication: The past, present and uncertain future of the keys to online identity

(Bigstock Photo) Human relationships rely on trust, which is why the true history of authentication extends back long before the first written documents referencing it. I suspect that as early as humans formed tribes, they found ways to “authenticate” each other at night using specific sounds or watchwords. At the very least, Roman soldiers used[…]

Watch: Google Doodle celebrates Mister Rogers with a touching, stop-motion animated video

Waking up and going straight to Twitter was a bad idea today (and most days). Thankfully, the Google Doodle provided just the right salve. To mark the anniversary of the taping of the very first episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Google offered up a lovely stop-motion animated video on Friday, featuring Fred Rogers proclaiming, as[…]

These Electric Blue Clouds Are Made from Ice Crystals and Meteor Debris

Get ready for some atmospheric eye candy, because NASA has unveiled gorgeous new footage of high-altitude clouds that ripple with intense electric blue colors. Known as polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs), these mesmerizing structures form over the poles during the summer, and are made of ice crystals that condense around tiny meteor fragments in the upper[…]

Bitmain Announces Next-Generation Antminer Equipped With 7nm Chip

At the World Digital Mining Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia the blockchain firm and mining manufacturer, Bitmain Technologies, announced a new Antminer will be launched soon equipped with 7nm semiconductor technology. The firm’s CEO Jihan Wu reported that Bitmain’s next-generation ASIC BM1391 Finfet chip integrates more than a billion transistors for optimal SHA256 mining performance. Also Read: Japanese[…]

The Daily: Poloniex Drops 8 Coins, New Exchange Licensed in Estonia

Cryptocurrency trading platform Poloniex has delisted eight coins with low liquidity, while another US-based exchange, Gemini, is adding litecoin to its offerings. Also in The Daily, Ironx has been licensed to offer exchange services from Estonia, and Bitmain’s Antpool will sponsor NBA team Houston Rockets with bitcoin cash. Also read: Coinbase Denies Self-Trading, Kraken Gets[…]