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One person is probably responsible for almost 600 percent of Bitcoin's price rise

Bitcoin is complicated. From what, exactly, it's good for to who created it, there remains a host of unanswered questions about the world's foremost …

The Grand Tor: How to Go Anonymous Online

Fifteen years have passed since a couple of MIT grads and a Navy-funded researcher first built The Onion Router, or Tor, a wild experiment in …

Bitcoin is none of the things it was supposed to be

The cryptocurrency was supposed to replace the finance industry. Instead, it has replicated it.<p>On Thursday, the price of Bitcoin fluctuated by …

How blockchain will change major industries

While much of the discussion around blockchain has surrounded bitcoin and its ups and downs, corporations and businesses are quickly waking up to the possibility of using blockchain to secure and improve large volumes of transactions as well.<p>By removing the need for trusted third parties, …

Blockchain

How to convert any file to any format

Organize your work your way.<p>A file's format—the way that it's saved and encoded—determines what you can do with it and which programs can open it. (You can check its format by looking at the file name's extension.) Think of each format like a different language, with some only understood by …

Evergreen | The Next Web

All stories in Evergreen<p>Supercharge your Echo device with these essential Alexa skills<p>The Echo Dot was Amazon's best-selling item during last weekend's post-Thanksgiving sales bonanza. Which means if you didn't buy one yourself you're probably getting one as a gift. If you're one of the millions of …

Blade Runner

Xiaomi brings laser projectors within reach of the masses

The Xiaomi Mi Projector boasts a maximum brightness of 5,000 lumens with a static contrast ratio of 3,000:1. The ALPD 3.0 laser display technology …

The neuroscience of motivation—and how it can change your life

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, freelancer, or manager, there’s no underestimating the power of motivation.<p>Motivation is what energizes, maintains, …

The Brain

How Ethereum became the platform of choice for ICO’d digital assets

For most of the history of blockchain-based currencies and assets, the story has been all about Bitcoin. At a market capitalization of around $40 billion, it remains the most valuable cryptocurrency.<p>But with the rise of a new ‘chain on the — ahem — block, namely Ethereum, and new ways to fund the …

1Password can now lock down your data when you travel

1Password, the ultimate password management app for iOS, now makes your data even more secure when you travel.<p>Its new Travel Mode removes every vault from your devices except for those marked “safe for travel.” If you’re asked to unlock your smartphone or tablet at the border, only the passwords …

How to turn anything into a PDF on your iPhone or iPad

Stop! Don’t download that PDF converter app for iOS. You don’t need it. What if I told you iPhones have come with a built-in PDF-conversion tool since iOS 10?<p>Once you know where this iOS PDF converter is buried, you can quickly and easily turn anything into a handy PDF on your iPhone or iPad.<p>On the …

This MacBook Pro dock saves space, adds style [Review]

A recent move into a new studio put my OCD on high alert. Determined to maintain a truly “clean workspace,” I wanted to avoid a jumble of cables slowly creeping across my new desk at all costs. A MacBook Pro dock definitely seemed in order.<p>For a sleek solution to any pending cable chaos, I added …

Second-Generation Apple TV Officially Declared ‘Obsolete’

The second-generation Apple TV, the first model to take on the now familiar “little black box” look, has been officially declared “obsolete” by Apple.<p>…

The LG 5K monitor Apple sells doesn't work near WiFi routers

Rather than replace its aging Thunderbolt display, Apple showed off LG's new 27-inch Ultrafine 5K monitor as the perfect mate for the new MacBook Pro when they were introduced last fall. Unfortunately, it sounds like this new display comes with a pretty significant flaw. According to <i>9to5Mac</i>, the LG …

There’s no such thing as a good modular smartphone and there never will be

<i>What’s not to like in a modular smartphone that can be configured to one’s liking and updated to protect it against the evils of planned obsolescence? As it turns out, a lot. Starting with the mere matter of implementation.</i><p>When, after months of rumors, Google’s Ara project was announced in Oct. …

Mobile Technology

How to be wiser

What is wisdom? And can you learn it?<p>Wisdom is something that’s hard to define and yet somehow we know it when we see it. The wise people stay calm in a crisis. They can step back and see the bigger picture. They’re thoughtful and self-reflective. They recognise the limits of their own knowledge, …

Psychology

The future is a decentralized internet

Blockchain technology is quickly expanding beyond bitcoin. While many proponents of bitcoin see the blockchain as no more than competition for existing payment methods or gold, I believe blockchain technology is the harbinger of things the world has never before seen.<p>In a world with many …

HomeKit

Launched at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in 2014, HomeKit is a platform for streamlining home automation, namely allowing users to turn …

Home Automation

What is Apple File System?

You might not care a whole ton about your computer’s file system. And yet, it’s the core structure underlying a user’s experience with the operating …

Linux

Hands-on: HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub might be the ultimate MacBook Pro dongle [Video]

The HyperDrive is a compact USB-C hub that adds some much needed port-diversification to the 2016 MacBook Pro. While it may look similar to some already existing USB-C hubs out there, the HyperDrive is Thunderbolt 3-enabled, and supports the new MacBook Pro only, as it connects to two of the …

MacBook Pro

Hyperloop One's Dubai transport video is the sexiest thing you'll see all day

Shrugging off internecine battles and public lawsuits, Hyperloop One on Tuesday announced an official agreement with greater Dubai and the United …

Inside an Apple smart home

Ever since I saw Disney’s Smart House in 1999, I’ve dreamed of a home that cleans itself and cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner. We’re not there yet, but Apple’s HomeKit and Home app gets us (me) a bit closer to that dream.<p>Apple is racing against Amazon and Google to try to get the masses to adopt …

Apple makes iTunes backups ‘1,000 times safer’ with iOS 10.2

Apple has seriously stepped up its security game with iOS 10.2, according to a new report that found encrypted iTunes backups are now much more difficult to hack.<p>It takes roughly 1,000 times more processing power to hack the password of an iOS 10.2 backup than an iOS 10.1 backup, report the …

iOS

Find out how much longer your SSD will last

Spoiler alert: It'll probably be a long time.<p>If you read Dong Ngo's excellent primer on solid-state drives (SSDs) and how to extend their lifespan, then you might be wondering where you and your SSD stand. As Dong explained, SSDs have a finite number of program/erase cycles. That is, you can write …

The 5 best adapters you'll probably need for the new MacBook Pros

The new MacBook Pros exclusively feature USB-C ports, which means your old USB accessories and peripherals wont plug into the new MacBook Pro without an adapter.<p>We're not particularly fond of adapters. They're "extra" bits to worry about, and add extra cost to connecting our old stuff, which cost …

MacBook

How Steve Jobs Got the Absolute Best Out of His Teams

Love him or hate him, there's one thing Steve Jobs did extremely well.<p>Steven Paul Jobs was impassioned, a captivating speaker, and had an uncanny ability to see the future. But many who knew Apple's co-founder also described him as impatient, petulant, and difficult.<p>If I described your boss as …

How to Collaborate in Notes with iOS 10 on iPhone

With iOS 10 on iPhone, you can collaborate in Notes with your friends. This is helpful, especially, for shared grocery or to-do lists. You can create a list of needed household items and everyone else can add the things they need to the same list. That way, when someone goes to the store, …

iOS

How hackable are your smart home gadgets?

After last week's massive internet outage, now may be the time for a full audit of your smart home devices.<p>Last Friday saw a massive internet outage after hackers flooded Dyn, a major internet gatekeeper for sites like Facebook, Spotify and Netflix, with false bandwidthfrom an ocean of unsecured …

WiGig poised to save you from congested wireless networks

The superfast wireless tech hasn't caught on widely, but that could change as ordinary Wi-Fi clogs up.<p>WiGig, a superfast wireless network technology, has passed a milestone that could help propel it out of obscurity and into a starring role in VR headsets, laptops, TVs and phones.<p>Backers like Intel …

Comment: IBM’s Apple deployment stats should be a lesson to enterprise companies everywhere

IBM reported some pretty impressive stats this week. Not least among them the fact that 73% of IBM employees – the company whose personal computer division was once almost synonymous with Microsoft – want a Mac as their next PC. The company is currently equipping its employees with Macs at the rate …

Software