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Mobile app approved as an alternative contraceptive

For the first time, an app that monitors fertility via algorithms has been officially certified for contraception use. Germany's Department of Health approved the mobile Natural Cycles app, meaning it can now be prescribed by doctors in Europe and the UK in lieu of the pill, condoms or IUDs. It …

ISIS Has Its Own Encrypted Chat App

Terrorists are communicating over a new secure Android app after getting kicked off WhatsApp, Telegram, and other messengers. Called “Alrawi”, the encrypted chat app makes it harder for governments and security agencies to spy on terrorist plans. It was discovered by counter-terrorism network known …

Apps

This Is How Skrillex Went From The Most Hated Man In Dubstep To Justin Bieber’s Producer

Skrillex and his producing partner in Diplo will forever be linked in the memory of 2015, because their Jack Ü project helped jumpstart Justin Bieber’s massive comeback, but that’s not the only thing the two shared last year. The producers both found public redemption in their own ways. In Diplo’s …

Gamer Keeps System on For 20 Years to Keep Saved Game

That's dedication.<p>Twitter user Wanikun left his Super Famicom (the Japanese name for the Super Nintendo) on for over two decades to preserve his save …

Gaming

This Classic Nintendo 64 Game Has A 'Dark' Secret You Never Heard About

It's not hard to see why this feature was cut from the final version.<p>Remember this thing? Nintendo's 1998 Game Boy Camera plugged into the classic handheld gaming system and let you snap black-and-white pictures of whatever you wanted. You could use the images in simple games or print them out on …

Teen Invents Headphones That Prevent Hearing Loss

Aegis Acoustics headphones were designed by 16-year-old Kingsley Cheng as a stylish-but-safe way listen to music. “The American Academy of Audiology reports that approximately 12 percent of all children ages 6–19 have noise-induced hearing loss. We’re here to change all that and make listening …

Rare shows the 'Conker' game that never was

If you know your Rare history, you probably know that <i>Conker's Bad Fur Day</i> began life as a tame, kid-friendly game and evolved into the foul-mouthed 'mature' title that reached your Nintendo 64. Have you wondered what that original squirrel adventure looked like in action, however? Rare is happy to …

Meet the man who owned Google.com for one minute

Update: Google has granted Sanmay Ved a generous reward for the discovery of the bug in its Domains service. In a heart-warming twist, Ved said he would donate the money (“over $10,000”) to a charity.<p>Former Google employee Sanmay Ved bought Google.com for $12 on September 29, 2015. He owned the …

Google Search

Instamic packs big recording power into a tiny form factor

Calling itself the “GoPro of microphones,” Instamic wants to assert itself as the new standard for audio recording. If its Indiegogo campaign goes as planned, it just might achieve that goal.<p>Instamic is a tiny clip-on (there are also magnetic or adhesives mounts) microphone that wants to replace …

TAG Heuer's Android smartwatch will cost you $1,400

So much for hopes that TAG Heuer's first smartwatch will cost less than its conventional counterparts. Jean-Claude Biver, the head of TAG's parent company LVMH, says that the Android Wear timepiece will cost about $1,400 when it ships in October or November. That's in the ballpark of lower-end …

Controversial anonymous networking app Secret to close down

The anonymous networking app Secret is shutting down. Founder David Byttow took to Twitter and Medium to spread the news, saying: “Secret does not represent the vision I had when starting the company.”<p>David Byttow (@davidbyttow)With a heavy heart, I've decided to shut down Secret, wind-down the …

Mobile recap: iOS Android Wear; Pebble Time Steel; Huawei Nexus

In the final run up before the Apple Watch launches, an interesting rumor made the rounds: Google is allegedly working on bringing Android Wear watch …

Android News

Windows 93 is finally done and ready to crash for you

What would have happened if Microsoft didn’t skip straight from Windows 3.x to Windows 95? Apparently, Windows 93.<p>Late last night, French digital artists Jankenpopp and Zombectro announced on Reddit that the “operating system” Windows 93 is finally complete. First teased in October 2014, this …

Yotaphone 2 will get new accessories, apps and a white variant in the coming months

The YotaPhone 2 is certainly one of the most unique Android handsets on the market right now, and it’s about to get even more interesting. Yota Devices has just announced that in the coming months, the YotaPhone 2 will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop and will also gain some new accessories, …

How the internet of things will power the Intelligence Age

We’re currently shifting from the Information Age to the Intelligence Age. The Intelligence Age will be characterized by autonomous communication …

Internet of Things

Three Charged in Theft of One Billion Email Addresses

The addresses, stolen from major email service providers, were used to send spam to tens of millions of people.<p>Two Vietnamese citizens and a Canadian have been charged over roles in hacking email service providers in the United States in one of the largest reported data breaches in the nation’s …

U.S. Department of Justice

10 best cryptocurrency apps for Android

Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm. All over the world there are people mining for Bitcoins, Doge coins, Etherium, and various other forms of currency. They’re starting to carry some real value in the real world and some places even accept cryptocurrency as payment for goods and services. …

Apps

How pro-Assad hackers pretending to be women tricked Syrian rebels

There are so many different armies fighting each other in Syria that it's tough to know who is fighting whom and for what reason. That gets multiplied when the battle goes online.<p>What we do know is the battle online is fierce and highly technical. But the methods are old school, says David Sanger …

Middle East

Redditcoin Is Abandoned, Just 4 Months After Being Announced

Despite announcing its new bitcoin rival less than six months ago, Reddit has quietly dropped plans for its so-called “Redditcoin” cryptocurrency–after firing lead engineer Ryan X. Charles.<p>The original concept for Redditcoin was that it would embrace the Reddit community at large—with 10% of shares …

Avatar: Warrior’s Journey on iOS and Android is Your Ticket Back to Pandora

Avatar fans can return to Pandora this spring (or autumn for AU and NZ) with Avatar: Warrior’s Journey, an endless runner for iOS and Android …

Bitcoin Startup Coinbase Raises $75 Million From DFJ, the NYSE and Two Banks

The announcement comes as the bitcoin ecosystem faces turbulence amid a year-long slide in the value of the digital currency.<p>Coinbase, a software company that allows people to buy bitcoin and enables businesses to accept it as payment, has closed a giant $75 million investment. In real U.S. dollars.<p>…

Bitcoin

Silk Road 2.0 founder's 'right hand man' Brian Farrell arrested in Washington

US authorities announced charges on Tuesday against a Washington state man, Brian Farrell, who they say assisted in the management of the successor website to Silk Road, an online black marketplace where drugs and other illicit goods could be bought with Bitcoin, the digital currency.<p>Farrell, 26, …

How I Traced 20% Of Ross Ulbricht's Biticoin To The Silk Road

I previously remarked how I could trace payments direct from the Silk Road to Ross Ulbricht in just a couple of mouseclicks. But why bother clicking when you can have a computer do the work for you?<p>The analysis was simple: I wrote a program which isolated every transaction where one of the source …

Windows 10: what Microsoft needs to get right

Photograph: Microsoft<p>The Windows desktop is coming back, combining the best of Windows 7 with new tools from Windows 8.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/1/20/1421770367173/922e3b40-cedf-4f39-85ab-d10728c78cc9-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Microsoft<p>The Windows desktop is …

James Patterson’s New Book Will Self-Destruct In 24 Hours

The best-selling author is making his newest thriller into an IRL thriller.<p>He’s got bazillions of fans, sold hundreds of millions of books, and has been called the best paid writer in the world. But this is probably the first time James Patterson will release a book that will actually explode.<p>The …

WhatsApp begins crackdown on unlicensed 3rd party clients

WhatsApp… that’s it. No Plus or MD or anything else is allowed or licensed by the company.<p><b>Update:</b> WhatsApp Plus is shutting down. Developer Mounib Al Rifai announced on Google Plus that the service will shut down as a result of a cease and desist later received from Whatsapp:<p><b>Bad news</b>We have …

This media startup found success covering Bitcoin's rise. Now it must survive the fall

One day last summer, a man claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious creator of Bitcoin, barged into CoinDesk's London office and started …