Can you find the hidden bitcoin keys?

bit coin vault

Because bitcoin is a digital currency, it’s not hidden in vaults. But the keys, or codes, needed to unlock bitcoin are often kept on disconnected computer servers that are locked in vaults owned by Xapo. Carlos Rienzi, Xapo’s head of security, described the situation as being “under attack 24/7. This is not a race. It is a chess game. You have to think about the opponent’s next movement. You can never relax.” Read more about it at Quartz.

How classy are you?

American income quiz

According to the Pew Research Center,  the number of middle-class people is decreasing. “Pew Research Center’s new analysis shows that the American middle class lost ground in the vast majority of metropolitan areas from 2000 to 2014, and the shares of adults in the lower- and upper-income ranks rose in most areas. There was more movement into the upper-income tier in about half the areas, while in the other half there was more movement downward.” Use the income calculator to find out if you’re still in the middle-class.

Gamers need cool shoes too

K-Swiss shoes for gamers

Gamers are getting cool K-Swiss kicks to play video games. The Verge reports that K-Swiss announced “a deal with e-sports group The Immortals to design a pair of custom sneakers for the club … The Immortals is one of North America’s best-known e-sports groups, operating teams in games like Dota 2 and Clash Royale, as well as the Overwatch League’s Los Angeles Valiant.”

Google’s new AI voice sounds, um, too real

Google AI voice

NPR reports on Google’s annual conference for developers where they showed off a robot with a voice so human that it booked a haircut without revealing it wasn’t a human voice. The voice sounded so real that it’s making people wonder whether it’s morally acceptable to place “robot” calls without revealing that it’s a robot. Read the story at NPR.

Capitals win!

Capitals hockey

The Washington Capitals beat the Penguins and head to Eastern Conference finals!

One of the many perks of working at Triad is having the opportunity to go to a Capitals game. When the bosses can’t use their tickets, they often share them with their employees. And once you go to a Capitals game, you become a Capitals fan. So thank you to Cheri and Cathy for the great seats and congrats to the Capitals! Woo hoo!