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Phin Upham, attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he won numerous awards for his research and served in leading community service roles. Phin edited a successful book titled Philosophers in Conversation in 2002 that was translated into Mandarin and sold in the US, Europe and China and has since edited two more. Phin has written a nationally syndicated newspaper column and had his work published in numerous scholarly journals.

Phin Upham works as an investor where he previously worked doing financial research and analysis for a bulge-bracket investment bank and most recently in macro-economic and technology investing at a leading hedge fund. Upham’s community service involvement has been extensive including serving as the youngest member of the Board of the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Young Friends where he led major aspects of its community outreach in West Philadelphia and was responsible for all graduate student involvement in the Museum. He received his undergraduate degree with Honors from Harvard University. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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  • Linux Foundation Badges Aim to Separate Wheat From Chaff May 4, 2016
    The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative project on Tuesday announced a free badge program to help foster security, quality and stability in open source software projects. Through an online app, the CII lets devs determine whether they're following best practices, generally within an hour or so. If they are, they'll receive the ba […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Researchers Hijack Samsung's SmartThings IoT System May 4, 2016
    Researchers at the University of Michigan on Monday announced they had uncovered a series of vulnerabilities in the Samsung SmartThings home automation system that essentially could have allowed hackers to take control of various functions and break into a user's home. The researchers, working with Microsoft, were able to perform four proof-of-concept a […]
    David Jones
  • Gadget Ogling: Digital Doodles, Magnetic Lighting, and Alexa Everywhere May 4, 2016
    Orée's Stylograph pen, which is made of copper, can transmit your scrawls and doodles to an iOS or Android device. It houses an accelerometer and a camera on the tip to capture what you're noting. You can get two days of use from an hour's charge, and if you're away from your smartphone or tablet as you're sketching or writing, you c […]
    Kris Holt
  • WhatsApp Goes Through Judicial Revolving Door in Brazil May 3, 2016
    A Brazilian court on Tuesday overturned a different court's Monday order that blocked WhatsApp, the messaging site owned by Facebook, amid a criminal investigation into drug trafficking in the state of Sergipe. The earlier judicial demand that WhatsApp provide data considered critical to the investigation came soon after a ramp-up in the level of encryp […]
    David Jones
  • Law Affords More Protection to PINs Than Prints May 3, 2016
    A federal magistrate in Los Angeles ordered the girlfriend of an alleged gang member to open her phone using her fingerprint so prosecutors could look at the data on it for a case they were working on, according to a news report published last week. After Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan pleaded no contest to identity theft, a judge issued a warrant to force her to pres […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • SpaceX's Red Dragon Could Soar Off on Mars Mission in 2018 May 3, 2016
    SpaceX last week announced plans to launch a mission for Mars in 2018, with help from the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Red Dragon, a variant of the SpaceX Dragon 2 spacecraft, will make the unmanned journey. The Falcon Heavy 9 space launch vehicle will send it on its way. The mission will gain data for NASA as part of its […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Fedora-Based Sugar on a Stick Is One Sweet Desktop May 2, 2016
    The Fedora 23 Sugar on a Stick desktop offering is an unusually flexible computing desktop for children of all ages, school admins and organizations looking for the best bang for absolutely no bucks on existing computer hardware. The Sugar environment is both a desktop and a collection of activities or apps that involve user engagement. Activities automatica […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • HP Chromebook 13 Wins High Praise - for a Chromebook May 2, 2016
    HP and Google last week unveiled the HP Chromebook 13. Designed with input from customers on what they want in a next-generation Chromebook, the device is about 13 mm thick, weighs 2.8 pounds, has a brushed anodized aluminum chassis, and is the first Chromebook to use Intel's sixth-generation Core M processors. It has a USB C port, and HP offers a USB-C […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Under the Shadow of Steve Jobs: Why Trump May Be Unbeatable May 2, 2016
    One of the frustrating things for me during Steve Jobs' time was that most of the folks who watched Apple go from nearly dead to the most valuable company in the world didn't seem to see anything really unusual. It was more like they were watching a great tennis player and seemingly concluding, "damn, what luck!" However, it requires a pa […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Microsoft Curbs Cortana in Windows 10 April 30, 2016
    Microsoft has decided to restrict its Cortana digital assistant to operating with the Edge browser and Bing search engine in Windows 10. "As Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent [its] design and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana," said Ryan Gavin, Micro […]
    Richard Adhikari

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  • Microgravity contest takes students and experiments on the vomit comet May 5, 2016
     FOX’s “Xploration Outer Space” show is teaming up with Arlington, Va.-based ZERO-G Corporation, which operates weightless flights from U.S. airports. The reason they’re collaborating: to create the ultimate consolation prize for college students who were just too young to apply to NASA’s latest astronaut class. The show, a part of FOX’s… Read More […]
    Nitish Kulkarni
  • Periscope mimics FB Live by letting you permanently #Save replays May 5, 2016
     Periscope added its biggest missing feature today in a move that could make it more palatable to brands and social stars, and help it compete with Facebook Live. You can now permanently save replays of your broadcasts by including #Save in their title. You still can delete them later if you want. Previously, broadcasts disappeared after 24 hours. Periscope’ […]
    Josh Constine
  • No one organizes any crime on Slack, apparently May 5, 2016
     Slack released its second annual transparency report today, revealing that it has received a grand total of one government request for user data. Just one. The number is somewhat remarkable when compared with the rest of the industry. Facebook recently announced that it received 19,235 requests from U.S. agencies over a six-month period. Read More […]
    Kate Conger
  • How consolidations will play out in the transportation, food and entertainment industries May 5, 2016
     There has been no shortage of thoughtful articles exploring a bubble in technology. I would argue that the world has already been transformed, and there is no bubble in the purest sense. Instead of massive flameouts that leave everyone burned, I think we are going to see a wave of beneficial consolidation and rationalization in industries that appropriately […]
    Arthur O'Keefe
  • Free Code Camp survey reveals demographics of self-taught coders May 4, 2016
     If you’ve ever wondered who exactly is signing up for all these free learn-at-home coding classes and tutorial websites, Free Code Camp (which is one of them) has kindly surveyed 15,624 users with regard to various basic demographics and some more code-centric items. Read More […]
    Devin Coldewey
  • Oculus snags Fitbit exec Hans Hartmann as new COO May 4, 2016
     Oculus is bringing a new COO aboard as it perhaps looks to double down on tightening things up logistics-wise. Fitbit COO Hans Hartmann will be jumping ship and joining the virtual reality company owned by Facebook, according to a tweet from Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. Hartmann, who was with Fitbit since 2011, will be replacing founding COO Laird Malamed, who […]
    Lucas Matney
  • Fitbit shares tank after reporting a weak outlook amid rising competition May 4, 2016
     Fitbit is not having a good day, with the stock crashing more than 11 percent after reporting its first-quarter results. Here’s the rub: its guidance for the second quarter came in light. Very light. Industry watchers were expecting the company to report earnings around 26 cents per share, while the company put its outlook at earnings between 8 cents per sh […]
    Matthew Lynley
  • Why Zuck is funding the evolution beyond cookie-cutter education May 4, 2016
     The best teachers see how each student requires a unique inspiration and learning style. Yet with classroom sizes ballooning and teachers underpaid, there’s no way for students to get the dedicated attention they need. Luckily, technology could offer the adaptive education guidance pupils need to succeed. That’s why in December Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg […]
    Josh Constine
  • Robot surgeon outperforms human colleagues doing same procedure May 4, 2016
     It’s another victory for the machines: a robotic surgical system outperformed humans and robot-assisted human operators in a soft-tissue procedure, bringing us that much closer to automated medical care (and the robocalypse). Read More […]
    Devin Coldewey
  • Tesla hits the accelerator, aims to build 500,000 cars a year by 2018 May 4, 2016
     Tesla says it is expecting to hit its goal of producing 500,000 cars annually — including the Model S, Model X and Model 3 — two years earlier than expected, meeting that expectation by 2018. All this is coming ahead of a critical next year for Tesla with the expansion of its line of vehicles with the Model 3 and updates to its Model S. Tesla also said it i […]
    Matthew Lynley

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  • Whoa: A Tesla Coil Can Zap Nanotubes Into Long Nanowires May 5, 2016
    Researchers at Rice University have found a new method for assembling carbon nanotubes into wires using high electric fields produced by a Tesla coil. The post Whoa: A Tesla Coil Can Zap Nanotubes Into Long Nanowires appeared first on WIRED. […]
    Rhett Allain
  • Cape Watch: The Flash’s Director Just Sped Away May 5, 2016
    One DC movie has lost its director, but another might be gaining a whole lot of bad guys. Here are the highlights of the last week's superhero movie news. The post Cape Watch: The Flash's Director Just Sped Away appeared first on WIRED. […]
    Graeme McMillan
  • Craig Wright Ends His Attempt to Prove He Created Bitcoin: ‘I’m Sorry’ May 5, 2016
    On Thursday, he uploaded an apology to his web site. The post Craig Wright Ends His Attempt to Prove He Created Bitcoin: 'I'm Sorry' appeared first on WIRED. […]
    Emily Dreyfuss
  • The Newest Prestige Cop Drama Isn’t on TV. It’s a Videogame May 5, 2016
    This is the Police, a narrative strategy game about a cop breaking bad, is coming this summer from Belarussian indie devs. The post The Newest Prestige Cop Drama Isn't on TV. It's a Videogame appeared first on WIRED. […]
    Jake Muncy
  • Alone in the Dark, Old-School Projectionists Keep Film From the Grave May 5, 2016
    The projection booth is a digital domain where the art of threading film gave way to pushing a button. But as with all technology, some stalwarts cling ever more resolutely to the old ways. The post Alone in the Dark, Old-School Projectionists Keep Film From the Grave appeared first on WIRED. […]
    Laura Mallonee
  • The Insane Challenges of Fighting Alberta’s Inferno May 5, 2016
    Fort McMurray is a city in what firefighters call the Wildland Urban Interface, a crazy complex landscape for firefighters. The post The Insane Challenges of Fighting Alberta's Inferno appeared first on WIRED. […]
    Nick Stockton
  • Porsche Embraces Satan, Goes Full-Tilt With Turbochargers May 5, 2016
    In giving up natural aspiration, Porsche's engineers took on the challenge of history. The post Porsche Embraces Satan, Goes Full-Tilt With Turbochargers appeared first on WIRED. […]
    Eric Adams
  • 7 Password Experts on How to Lock Down Your Online Security May 5, 2016
    You've got the password basics down. It's time for some advanced techniques. The post 7 Password Experts on How to Lock Down Your Online Security appeared first on WIRED. […]
    Brian Barrett
  • Review: Pat’s Backcountry Beverages May 5, 2016
    Hike to the top of our favorite mountain, and you may find yourself thinking that the only possible way to make it better would be with a tall, cold one. The post Review: Pat’s Backcountry Beverages appeared first on WIRED. […]
    Joe Ray
  • AirMap for iOS Lets Drone Pilots Easily Avoid … Incidents May 5, 2016
    With a free new app for iOS and the Apple Watch, AirMap lets drone pilots and airports communicate more easily. The post AirMap for iOS Lets Drone Pilots Easily Avoid ... Incidents appeared first on WIRED. […]
    Tim Moynihan


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