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Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay <i>Our Comrade The Electron</i>, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, …

Bitcoin exchange Vircurex freezes withdrawals, hoping for fresh influx of customers

Vircurex, a Beijing-based altcoin exchange, has frozen withdrawals after, you guessed it, thieving hackers made off with its bitcoins, litecoins, …

Design & Development News | The Next Web

Imagine you are trying to buy something online -- plane tickets, an app subscription, a pair of sneakers. If you are an English speaker with an email address ending in .com, .org, .edu or .net, that process probably goes pretty smoothly for you. But if your email address ends ...<p>To the layman UX …

ScratchJr coding-for-kids project hits $25k Kickstarter goal in two days

The latest crowdfunding project hoping to get children interested in computer programming has surpassed its $25,000 goal within two days of launching.<p>ScratchJr is an "introductory programming language" inspired by the Scratch language developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), …

Fold-away factory fits in your suitcase

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Seventh grader builds a braille printer with $350 worth of Legos

When Lego revealed its line of EV3 Mindstorms robots last year, Bay Area tech companies came up with some very goofy applications. 12-year-old Santa …

US Treasury confirms Bitcoin miners and investors won't be regulated

Bitcoin miners and investors will not be regulated by the US Treasury. The clarification came in a pair of rulings yesterday from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the US Treasury Department, which said that people who mine virtual currencies for personal use and …

Bitcoin's Legality Around The World

Last November, the U.S. Senate dove head-first into the world of Bitcoin, prompted by Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper, a Democratic senator from Delaware who has become very interested in the digital coin. Representatives from law enforcement and financial agencies …

The Story Behind 'Milk Road,' The Bitcoin Cookie Stand

Last month, a Bitcoin-loving Redditor spotted a cookie and lemonade stand in San Francisco’s Noe Valley that accepted the virtual currency. After buying a Snickerdoodle for a fraction of a Bitcoin, he snapped a photo asking the girls to say “cheese for the Internet.” That they did. Soon, the girls …

Kentucky law could let kids swap foreign language classes for coding lessons

Concerned that not enough is being done to help kids with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects? Kentucky's Senate has just passed a bill that would count computer-programming classes as foreign language credits. That way, if students wanted to learn to code in favor of, say, …

Kinect is helping guard the Korean border

Microsoft’s Kinect sensor has been used in many weird and wonderful ways, including turning a bathtub into a giant liquid touch screen, and its obvious use alongside the Oculus Rift. While it’s moving rapidly away from its origins as a games console accessory, self-taught programmer Jae Kwan Ko is …

Lionsgate To Sponsor $20K Starcraft 2 Tournament In Support Of Ender’s Game Hitting Blu-Ray

Hollywood is going esports. Lionsgate, a large film studio, will sponsor a Starcraft 2 tournament this month to support the release of one of its movies to home video.<p>The ‘Ender’s Game on Blu-ray Tournament’ will feature a total prize pool of $20,000, with $10,000 itself going to the final winner. …

Law Library of Congress releases report on Bitcoin's legal status around the world

The question of how to legally account for Bitcoin is becoming more urgent as adoption of the virtual currency spreads and Bitcoin-related companies come under legal scrutiny. But for users and entrepreneurs, the global legal landscape is murky at best.<p>More and more governments are coming out with …

Recent Bitcoin Venture Deals – A List

<i>By Yuliya Chernova and Sonja Cheung</i><p>BTC China, the world’s largest exchange for the digital currency bitcoin, recently secured a first round of financing, backed by Lightspeed China Partners and U.S.-based Lightspeed Venture Partners. As trading bitcoins becomes the next big thing, here’s a list of …

Khan Academy’s Salman Khan And Institute Of Play’s Katie Salen Find Technology Can Update Education

Salman Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a not-for-profit that hosts more than 3,800 free educational videos online.<p><i>Salman Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a not-for-profit that hosts more than 3,800 free educational videos online. Katie Salen runs the Institute of Play, which promotes games</i> …

Another Score for Bitcoin: You Can Now Use It to Pay for College

Today marks another notch in the belt for Bitcoin believers.<p>The University of Nicosia in Cyprus has become the first accredited university to accept Bitcoin for payment of tuition and associated fees, it announced in a statement today.<p>It’s been a good week for Bitcoin. Earlier this week, a Subway …

7 Ways To Give Presentations That People Actually Care About

No one will be looking at their phones–unless they’re tweeting about how awesome your talk is. Really.<p>When NYU leadership lecturer Helio Fred Garcia wants to gather an audience’s attention, he enlists the most fearsome of allies: The Black Eyed Peas.<p>“At precisely 9 a.m. I touch a button on my …

Blokify iOS app aims to make modeling for 3D printers accessible to kids

Working with most modeling software is a difficult, time-consuming affair that is far from kid-friendly. Blokify, an iOS(s aapl) app scheduled for …

General Assembly Launches Dash, A Tool For Coding Newbies

As General Assembly moves away from co-working and focuses more heavily on educating entrepreneurs and startups, the company is releasing a brand new tool to the public. It’s called Dash, and it’s an interactive online program that helps teach people how to code through a series of interactive …

Office Depot starts stocking 3D Systems printers online

Could 3D printing be the future of office supply stores? Staples, for one, has been dipping its toes in those rising waters, offering a limited selection of devices on its site. Office Depot's following suit, making the seemingly logical move of including the third dimension in its printing …

Senate panel launches inquiry in Bitcoin, other virtual currencies

Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are getting hit from all sides by U.S. regulators. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security is the newest group to look into the practices of upstart virtual currencies.<p>The committee sent inquiry letters to all major financial regulators and law enforcement …

3D printers could cause strokes, researchers warn

3D printers can be harmful to humans if they are not set up in the right environment, researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology have warned.<p>3D printing is a process of melting plastic filament and creating solid objects by building them up in very thin layers. The technology is used in a …

Joined at the Hip: Where the 3-D Printed Jet Engine Meets the Human Body

Todd Rockstroh has spent the last decade on manufacturing’s vanguard, using lasers to “print” nozzles and other complex jet engine parts from bits of …

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3-D Printed Synthetic Bone Displays Future For Composite Materials

Scientists looking to nature for inspiration have long known that the whole of a structure is often greater than the parts. In bones, for instance, …

News Corp. Introduces A New Kind Of Interactivity To The Classroom

The media giant has launched Amplify and its student-focused Amplify Tablet and spent three years trying to win over skeptics in the education industry. Has it paid off?<p>Joel Klein joined News Corp. in 2010 to help shape the future of education, but educators were still focused on his past. He’d …

VCs Confident In Bitcoin’s Bright Future, Despite So Many Unknowns

VC interest in Bitcoin, the decentralised digital crypto currency, is undoubtedly riding high right now. A few big names have even made some pretty big bets. But there’s still plenty of confusion and uncertainty around the nascent digital currency. VCs are clearly thinking about making investments …

MakerBot's Replicator 2 joins Amazon's newly launched 3D printer store

Granted, it's not a 3D printer in every home, but it's surely a step in the right direction. MakerBot announced today that its Replicator 2 will be joining Amazon's new 3D Printer Store, a central location on the site for devices, accessories, books and the like. The store features a number of …