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The Texas firm Government Payment Services Inc. is used by thousands of local governments to receive online payments for all sorts of things such as court-ordered fines to licencing fees.

Op-Ed: Chinese ‘Social Credit’, or how AI can rule your life right now

China has an unenviable record of civil repression over thousands of years from Imperial China to the KMT and the Cultural Revolution. Now, artificial intelligence can do it for the government.

iPhone XS reviews are starting to come in — with few complaints

This article originally appeared on Business Insider. The first wave of reviews of Apple's latest iPhone XS and XS Max are in, and they're widely favorable.

Warning against 'drone watching' over wildfires

Flying drones has become a popular pastime among many, especially as the cost of entry-level drones has fallen. There's a time and a place, however, and flying drones over wildfires is likely to get the owner in trouble.

Key new features with iOS 12 for iPhone

Apple's headline update to its latest iOS for the iPad and iPhone is about data privacy. Together with this important anti-tracking feature are a range of other interesting features designed to enhance the user experience.

World's first hydrogen fuel cell powered train to run in Germany

French railway manufacturer Alstom has placed the first hydrogen fuel cell powered train into commercial service in Lower Saxony Germany. The cells are already in use in cars, trucks, and even airplanes.

Firefox's new tools seek to prevent Facebook tracking

Apple and Firefox have both announced plans to thwart the tracking of an individual's data by social media firms like Facebook. This is to prevent targeted adverts.

The case for fast neutron reactors heats up in the U.S.

Congress is intent on passing The Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, and as part of the act, the Department of Energy is directed lay the groundwork for establishing "a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source."

Japanese billionaire businessman revealed as SpaceX's first Moon traveler

A Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaku Maezawa, will be the first man to fly on a monster SpaceX rocket around the Moon as early as 2023, and he plans to bring six to eight artists along.

Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train

Germany on Monday rolled out the world's first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.

Ethereum makes remarkable recovery back well over $200

While ETH or ether the cryptcurrency of the ethereum blockchain network is trading mostly sideways today it has made a remarkable comeback from lows within the last few days.

The first all-British radar satellite has launched to orbit

The first all-British radar satellite has been launched towards an orbit where it will be tasked with monitoring the oceans. Called NovaSAR, it has the ability to take pictures of the surface of the Earth in every kind of weather, day or night.

How DevOps can reshape the global economy: Study

A new report from Google Cloud provides a comprehensive view of the growing DevOps industry, with scientific studies that span five years and more than 30,000 survey responses.

Bitcoin price is trending up over the $6,500 mark again

Having dropped below $6,500 yesterday, the bitcoin price has climbed back over that mark on Saturday as it appears to be enjoying an uptrend for now.

Smartphone-powered ultrasound machine developed

A new scientific breakthrough from Canadian researchers has paved the way for a smartphone-powered $100 ultrasound machine. This could considerably lower the costs of ultrasound scanners.

8.5 GW of solar energy procured by US utilities January to June

In the first six months of 2018, 8.5 GW of utility solar projects were procured even after President Donald Trump announced in January a 30 percent tariff on panels produced outside the US.

Military may soon get communications device worn in the mouth

The future is here, and in this version, US service members can make and receive calls through their teeth. That's the gist of Molar Mic, a communications device detailed in a new $10 million Pentagon contract with a California company.

GM, Tesla activate features for EV owners in Florence's path

As Hurricane Florence approached the East Coast of the United States, both General Motors and Tesla remotely activated features in their cars that could be of use in an evacuation.

Mixed reality reveals the very real danger of rising floodwaters

The Weather Channel’s 3D, room-encompassing depiction of the Hurricane Florence storm surge took many viewers by surprise. Unlike previous weather graphics, it actually shows people what could happen — just as if you were there in real-time.

This Dutch company is at the forefront of battery storage R&D

Energy management company Lithium Werks, known for its Nanophosphate Cells and its smart lithium-ion modules, is merging with fellow lithium battery developer and producer Super B. The company is also building a clean energy R&D center at Twente Airport.

Camera lens could link quantum computers to network

Researchers have developed a tiny camera lens that may help to link quantum computers to an optical fiber network. The device could be key to the future integration of quantum computers.

Bitcoin in recovery mode as it manages to top $6,500 briefly

The Bitcoin price appears to be in recovery mode with a bullish trend taking the price above $6,500 at least briefly and closing the day over $150 dollars above the open. However, the price has a long way to go to regain losses it has suffered lately.

Apple's new iPhone news trends high on Twitter

Sometimes an announcement on Twitter creates a lot of social media noise. This is the case with Apple. Described this week as the 'Apple Event', the iPhone news led to over 890,000 tweets.

You can't opt out of the 'Presidential Alert' next Thursday

Next Thursday, a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts will be conducted by the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), which is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the FCC.

Facebook 'better prepared' for election meddling, Zuckerberg says

Facebook is better prepared to defend against efforts to manipulate the platform to influence elections and has recently thwarted foreign influence campaigns targeting several countries, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday.

IMF urges Marshall Islands not to issue its own cryptocoin

The Republic of the Marshall Islands announced back in February of this year that it was intending to issue digital currency as an alternative to the US dollar which is now the official currency.

Russian hacker behind massive botnet pleads guilty

A Russian hacker who at one time gained control over as many as 100,000 computers globally via botnets he created pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Connecticut court to computer crimes and identity theft.

Women in CleanTech Challenge selects 10 semifinalists

After a lengthy summer selection process, the review committee for the Women in Cleantech Challenge has picked 10 inspiring women for the competition’s semifinal round, being held on Sept. 18 at MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto.

Apple just introduced a brand-new Apple Watch

The new watch — which Apple announced on stage at its annual iPhone event in Cupertino, California — is an update to last year's version, the Apple Watch Series 3.

Apple unveils new smartwatch, nears 2 bn devices

Apple unveiled a redesigned smartwatch on Wednesday as the California tech giant said it was nearing its two billionth device for its mobile operating system.

Apple unveils premium iPhone XS, health features for watch

Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday in a bid to bolster its spot in the premium smartphone market, along with an upgraded smartwatch that takes electrocardiograms and detects falls.The California tech giant said it would begin selling its 5.

Apple to broaden iPhone lineup with more screen

Apple on Wednesday was expected to unveil new iPhones, playing up eye-grabbing edge-to-edge screens in a bid to strengthen its position in a largely saturated global smartphone market.

Bitcoin price may be consolidating above the $6,000 level

So far today the price of Bitcoin is down but still well over the $6,000 mark. The range so far is rather narrow. Perhaps, the price is consolidating before another move up or down

Q&A: Cloud computing is making data centers more efficient Special

Cloud computing is changing the way many businesses deploy applications, control users, and deliver resources. The ability to interconnect data centers enables organizations of all sizes to be more agile and cost-effective — and become more competitive.

Alibaba, Russian tech firm to launch new venture

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and Russian technology group on Tuesday announced a deal to launch a joint venture in Russia and former Soviet countries.

Litecoin keeps declining and is below $55 dollars September 10

Litecoin's trajectory looks to continue downward. Since the opening today the trend has been to the downside with no end in sight so far. The price is below $54.

5G video tested for connected cars on German autobahn

A new project has tested out 5G video for connected cars. Autonomous vehicles require connecting with their surroundings via a mobile communications infrastructure. To test this out, the equipped cars have been driven on a German autobahn (freeway).

Driver-less shuttle bus tests autonomous technology in Calgary

Visitors to the Calgary Zoo and the Telus Spark science center won't have to worry about a driver or a ride to go from one attraction to the other this month. An autonomous vehicle billed as “the future of transportation" is here to serve you.

Ripple's drop to under thirty cents may attract buyers

Although the Ripple coin XRP has gone as low as 27 cents today it has also reached a high of 29 cents and its direction is positive. It may be that the low price is convincing people to buy Ripple in spite of it having legal troubles.

Pulling water from air using technology and traditional methods

In many regions of the world today, the available water is contaminated or polluted. In other regions, climate change and overpopulation have made water resources scarce to non-existent. But attempts to conjure water ‘from thin air’ might offer relief

Saving our oceans — Breweries have answer to plastic can holders

Plastic rings from can and bottle holders are a danger to wildlife and a major part of plastic pollution in our oceans. Two breweries are tackling plastic waste in a unique way by removing plastic from 6-pack holders.