New Iris Technology Steps Up Smartphone Security

At the Mobile World Congress on February 28, 2017, private firm Eyelock said that iris scanners will become the norm in smartphone security within the next two years. Qualcomm and Eyelock have teamed up to bring this technology to market.

“In the next two years, every smartphone in the world is going to have a biometric on it. We believe it’s going to have a combination of fingerprint and iris, because they make a natural mesh, and they’re useful for different things—iris for the mathematical precision, fingerprint for the usability. So I think you’re going to see a preponderance of these things in every platform, from high end devices to very low, economical devices.” Jeff Carter, CTO at Eyelock

The scanner assesses 240 characteristics of a given eye, and can function at a distance of 60 centimeters (about two feet).

An infra-red sensor means it can work if the user is wearing sunglasses.

It is also able to distinguish between a live eye and one printed on paper.

New iris technology steps up smartphone security

The New BMW 5 Series is a TOTAL TECH FEST!

Shmee gives us a tour of the new 7th generation BMW 5 Series, and specifically a 530d. This car has a crazy amount of awesome tech inside and so we’re starting to see the IoT revolution taking hold and specifically chip makers and sensor makers really supplying a lot of parts now to the automotive industry.

The New BMW 5 Series is a TOTAL TECH FEST!

Mind BLOWING! Top 10 New Tech Inventions 2017

Ten new inventions and gadgets for 2017. Awesome stuff folks.

Mind BLOWING! Top 10 New Tech Inventions 2017

Inventions list:
Moodo http://moodo.co/
Hayo https://hayo.io/
Rocketbook Everlast https://igg.me/at/everlast/x
Bixi http://bixi.io/
SELFLY Camera http://www.selfly.camera/
SMOVE https://igg.me/at/smove/x
NIFTYX https://igg.me/at/getniftyx/x
Herbert http://www.ponix-systems.at/
ChargeWrite http://www.chargewrite.com/
The Right Cup http://www.therightcup.com/

President Trump on the Increase in Optimism in Stock Market 2/18/17 Melbourne FL

A lot of market commentators and analysts spend hours trying to explain why the stock market keeps going up. President Trump explains it best in this video clip from his February 18, 2017, speech in Melbourne, Florida.

President Trump on the increase in optimism apparent in US stock market & polls 2/18/17 Melbourne FL

Best of Bloomberg Technology For Week Ending February 24 2017

February 24, 2017: The best interviews and technology news highlights from the week are brought together in “Best of Bloomberg Technology,” a weekly long-form program, hosted by Bloomberg Technology’s Cory Johnson.

The show talks about Snapchat. My opinion on the Snapchat IPO is that there is no way Snapchat should be valued at $20 billion. Snap’s monetization model is nothing new. Basically Snap tries to get more eyeballs on their software that they can serve ads to. The problem I have with Snap is that it appeals to a younger, more self-centered and immature audience. These are precisely the types of consumers that don’t buy things. With the majority of Snap chat users being below the age of 18, advertisers on Snap chat will quickly realize that while their ads may get clicks, the type of people who click their Snap ads are not actually buying anything.

Full Show: Best of Bloomberg Technology (02/24)

CRISPR’s Brave New World

Just a handful of technologies deserve to be called “game changers”—and CRISPR-Cas9, the new gene-editing tool, is one of them. Discovered just three years ago, CRISPR is sweeping through labs around the world and researchers are already using it to experiment on diseases like cancer and AIDS, engineer new sources of clean energy, and create hardier plants and animals with the goal of wiping out world hunger. This Salon gathers bioengineers and medical researchers to take a hard look at the monumental changes hovering on the horizon.

Salon: Game Change – CRISPR’s Brave New World

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation. Additional support provided by The Jackson Laboratory.

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Original Program Date: June 4, 2016
MODERATOR: Robert Benezra
PARTICIPANTS: Ellen Jorgensen, Ben Matthews, Neville Sanjana, Jacob S. Sherkow, Stephen Tsang

Robert Benezra Introduction 00:05

Participant Introductions 00:57

How was CRISPR discovered? 3:31

Is it surprising how quickly CRISPR has been embraced? 8:34

What are the significant ways scientists are using CRISPR? 12:25

Do we want to manipulate the human genome? 22:50

What are the ethics that come with CRISPR? 30:17

How would we release a gene drive into the world 35:22

The first retinal gene therapy trial 41:44

Can CRISPR be used to replace dopaminergic neurons? 49:07

As CRISPR becomes more available could it suffer from under or over regulation? 1:00:47

How much can CRISPR cost? 1:06:25

Will CRISPR be the breakthrough for treating disorders? 1:17:36

National Cancer Institute Cures Leukemia With CAR T Cells

The CAR T cell 19 trial done by the National Cancer Institute yielded amazing results. Out of 46 patients with refractory relapse leukemia given a single dose of CDR 19 CAR T cells, 65% had a complete response rate. The NCI study even showed the eradication of leukemia that had gone to the spinal fluid and even the brain.

Dr Lee meets with eCancerTV at Childhood Cancer 2016 to discuss results from clinical trials of immunotherapies for neuroblastoma and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. He describes CD19 T cells successfully treating leukaemia within the cerebrospinal fluid, and the ongoing recruitment of patients for GD2 CAR T cell treatment for osteosarcoma and neuroblastoma.

NCI CARs for childhood ALL and neuroblastoma: the promise and potential pitfalls