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Verizon Kills Off Subsidies And Contracts, Simplifies Data Plans

Verizon announced a brand new line-up of monthly plans for new customers. Following T-Mobile’s model, plans are now a bit cheaper and easier to understand. But you should expect to pay more for your phone as Verizon (TechCrunch’s parent parent company) will only sell you unsubsidized phones.<p>Here’s …

Check out the best art GIFs of 2014

The winners for the Giphoscope International Art GIF Contest are in, honouring the most creative work in the art of the GIF.<p>The creators of the Giphoscope -- the hand-cranked, real-world GIF machine -- have set about making a real name for themselves in the world of art. Marco Calabrese and …

How Khan Academy is using design to pave the way for the future of education

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: courtesy of Colin Price and the Designer Fund.<p>Every morning Khan Academy’s lead designer, Jason Rosoff, spends the …

Angioplasty and its revolutionary impact over 50 years

<b>In the 1960s patients with a blocked artery would have required major open surgery and a hospital stay of a week or more.</b><p>Half a century on, patients are treated in a matter of hours and return home the same day - and it's all thanks to the angioplasty procedure.<p>Dr Duncan Ettles, president of the …

The power of tears: Why Google has its eye on smart contact lenses

When the cronut craze swept across New York in early spring of last year, the only major inconvenience associated with Dominique Ansel's novel culinary confection was the pain of waiting in line to get it. For a responsible person living with Type 1 (or Type 2) diabetes, like my good friend Cara, …

One Frightening Chart Shows What You Might Pay For Internet Once Net Neutrality Is Gone

A graphic making its rounds on the web this week offered a glimpse of what the Internet might look like if net neutrality disappears. The takeaway? Not good.<p>A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down an Federal Communications Commission order that required Internet service providers to abide by …

Sacramento Kings set to broadcast using Google Glass, accept Bitcoins

Watching hoops from the stands or on TV is great, but have you ever wanted to see an NBA game from the perspective of a coach, cheerleader or broadcaster? That's going to happen on January 24th during a Sacramento Kings broadcast vs. the Indiana Pacers, as select players and staff will be decked …

Google Removed Over 350 Million Bad Ads, 270,000 Advertisers in 2013

Google today revealed the progress it has made in its fight against bad actors that abuse online advertising tools for harmful or deceptive purposes. In short, the company removed more than 350 million bad ads and more than 270,000 advertisers from its systems in 2013.<p>To put the first figure in …

Security Is The Least Of Hadoop's Concerns

Hadoop is a big deal, but its adoption is still stuck in first gear, despite what the media or vendors are telling you.<p>The reason? As much as enterprises would like to make better use of their data to improve their businesses, they’re still trying to decipher the complexity of Hadoop and other Big …

Amazon plans to ship your packages before you even buy them

Drawing on its massive store of customer data, Amazon plans on shipping you items it thinks you'll like before you click the purchase button. The company today gained a new patent for "anticipatory shipping," a system that allows Amazon to send items to shipping hubs in areas where it believes said …

Netflix for Android update brings support for individual profiles and queues, better search

Netflix rolled out support for multiple individual streaming profiles within a single account a few months ago, but until now its Android app has been among the platforms that still didn't recognize them. The new version 3.1.0 update rolling out tonight changes that, finally letting people filter …

Google's humanoid robots take on Amazon's courier drones

Online shopping is not the most glamorous aspect of the digital revolution, but it has just become the latest Silicon Valley battleground, with droids racing drones to become the courier of the future.<p>First Amazon promised to eliminate the drudgery of the post office queue with parcels delivered by …

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

US agrees to pay $50m after 'piracy' of software

<b>The US government has agreed to pay $50m (£31m) after it was said to have pirated "thousands" of copies of military software.</b><p>Apptricity, based in Texas, has provided logistics programs to the army since 2004.<p>The company said it had discovered last year the software had been installed on many more …

This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading | WIRED

“There is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil,” Bill Gates wrote this summer. That’s quite an endorsement—and it gave a …

Coin Wants to Fix the Way We Pay – But Is It Really Broken?

The robot's name is Swipey. He sits on a table, in the corner of a white-walled room bathed in fluorescent light, and his arm never stops moving. …

This Clever Calendar Visualizes Why Winter Is So Damn Cold

Author: Liz Stinson. Liz Stinson Design<p>Date of Publication: 11.26.13.<p>Time of Publication: 12:45 pm. 12:45 pm<p>Sören Lachnit's Circular Calendar …

Video: A first look at Tablo, a DVR for cord cutters

Advertisement<p>15 Comments<p>Tablo wants to offer cord cutters a DVR that records free HD TV, and then streams it to iPads and other mobile devices. The …

Google settles Safari privacy case with states, pays millions

Snooping can be costly to the snooper at times. Just ask Google.<p>The Internet giants will have to pay out $17 million to 37 U.S. states as well as …

Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split for Volvo Is Insane

A lot of auto ads run a disclaimer that the stunt was performed by professionals and viewers shouldn't try this at home. You'd definitely be wise to …

18-foot ‘sea monster’ terrorizes Internet — but is this oarfish a small fry?

The oarfish, surrounded by the CIMI staff who pulled it out of the water. It is estimated to weigh up to 300 pounds.<p>A snorkeler off the coast of California made an alarming discovery this weekend while paddling around Catalina Island, south of Los Angeles: a recently deceased 18-foot oarfish, one …

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A first look inside Google's futuristic quantum lab

In May, Google launched the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab with hardware from the Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave and technical expertise from NASA. It was an ambitious open research project aimed at exploring both the capabilities of quantum computer architecture and the mysteries …

AT&T-Backed Report Prompts Question: Should The U.S. Get Rid Of Phone Lines?

AT&T and Verizon have been pushing federal regulators to sunset the nation’s traditional copper-based communications network—and many of the pesky regulations that come with it.<p>Their latest effort to win support comes in the form of a new report written by a visiting scholar at Georgetown …

Welcome to an Internet Without Ads

Ads are ubiquitous — when you're trying to watch a movie, listen to music or read news headlines. They've become so entrenched in how we consume …

Amazon Set-Top Box Coming By End Of Year: WSJ

Amazon is planning to invade your TV set.<p>The Wall Street Journal reports that the world's largest online retailer will release a set-top box that will stream online video to your TV. The device is code-named "Cinnamon," and will have apps for playing games and streaming video and music from other …

40 Things Every Self-Respecting Man Over 30 Should Own

You aren't a kid anymore. So stop acting like one, and start being the grown-azz man you ought to be.

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Beyond “The Last Lecture”: Design lessons I learned from Randy Pausch

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>This week will mark the fifth anniverary of Randy Pausch’s death. Randy was a passionate educator and mentor, and in his final …