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Who is putting up 'interceptor' cell towers? The mystery deepens

Mysterious “interceptor” cell towers in the USA are grabbing phone calls — but they’re not part of the phone networks. And, two experts told VentureBeat today, the towers don’t appear to be projects of the National Security Agency (NSA).<p>The towers were revealed by Les Goldsmith to Popular Science …

The world's most expensive penthouse – which comes complete with a slide

Tour Odeon, which houses the 35,000 square foot penthouse, will be the first new skyscraper to be built in Monaco since the 1980s<p>It’s already the destination of choice for anyone seeking luxury, extravagance and glamour.<p>With its palm tree-lined boulevards and clear blue Mediterranean waters, the …

'50 Shades of Grey' apartment building red hot

The "Fifty Shades of Grey" books have made British author E.L. James very rich. They have also made a certain Seattle apartment building red hot.<p>Ever since the trailer for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie came out last month, Erik Mehr's phone has been ringing a lot.<p>Mehr is the real estate broker …

Mom creates app so kids can't ignore her calls

Sharon Standifird got fed up with her kids being kids. So she created "Ignore No More."<p>Sharon Standifird served in the Gulf War. She's climbed mountains.<p>So how hard could it be to get her kids to show a little respect?<p>Her teens, you see, tended to do what teens do. So when she called them on their …

Parenting

The Brains Behind The Hoodie That Texts

Ever look at your cell phone and wonder how you’ll be wearing your phone in five or 15 years from now? Think the answers will be found in smart watches and Google Glass? What if you push the envelope a bit more and question the basic principles of what a cell phone actually does? That’s what Rucha …

How spies can eavesdrop using your phone's gyroscope

In the age of surveillance paranoia, most smartphone users know better than to give a random app or website permission to use their device's …

Innovative Paper Business Card Features a Foldable USB Drive for Extra Info

Considering how quickly that technology advances, it's no surprise that even our business cards are becoming more hi-tech. <i>SwivelCard</i> is a paper business card that has a standard design, but includes something extra: it features an embedded USB drive that folds out and directs its recipient to a …

Networking

Forget Windows, This Private Jet Has Floor-To-Ceiling Panorama Views

The views afforded by the tiny airplane window–whether it’s cloud cover, city skylines, or mountain ranges–apparently aren’t good enough for design firm Technicon. Their French office has created a concept for a private jet called the Ixion that would replace windows with floor-to-ceiling digital …

The US says it finally busted the gang behind the most convincing counterfeit dollars in the world

Last week’s indictment of the alleged ringleaders of one of the most successful counterfeiting operations in US history offers a rare window into the US Secret Service’s far-reaching efforts to combat counterfeit currency.<p>The case centers around a counterfeit $100 bill that’s legendary in law …

Corruption

Razer Integrates WeChat into its Nabu Wearable, Says Should Hit U.S. for Under $100

The device is designed to be affordable, while combining some of the best features of a fitness band and smartwatch.<p>Hardware maker Razer said late Wednesday that it is adding support for WeChat into its forthcoming wearable device, the Nabu smartband.<p>In addition to getting notifications on the …

World's largest aquatic insect specimen found in China

The world's largest flying aquatic insect, with huge, nightmarish pincers, has been discovered in China's Sichuan province, experts say.<p>According to the Insect Museum of West China, local villagers in the outskirts of Chengdu handed over "weird insects that resemble giant dragonflies with long …

Fund a hoverbike, get a quadcopter

Engineer Chris Malloy's Hoverbike has hit Kickstarter for funding -- in the scaled-down form of a drone.<p>Three years ago, engineer Chris Malloy unveiled his Hoverbike: a twin-bladed 'copter that, he claimed, could reach speeds of 173mph (278.4kph) and was built to withstand altitudes of 10,000ft …

Drones

Architizer

Sky Tower In Denmark Might Be The Scariest Theme Park Ride Ever

This just might be the simplest idea for a theme park ride... and also the most frightening.<p>The Sky Tower at Tivoli Friheden in Denmark is a free fall ride with no brakes because there's no vehicle. It's just you, plunging from the top of a 130-foot tower into a net 100 feet below.<p>According to the …

Sense Is a Bedside Gadget for Improving Your Sleep

James Proud, a graduate of the first class of the Thiel Fellowship, has launched his new startup, Hello, on Kickstarter with Sense, a gadget that sits on your nightstand and monitors your sleeping environment.<p>The device includes motion, light, temperature, humidity, noise and air quality sensors in …

This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

I’d think this was just a clever April Fools’ joke, if it weren’t the middle of July.<p>Motorola has teamed up with a company called VivaLnk to make a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Slap it on your skin, hold your phone up to it, and bam — phone unlocked.<p>Who needs …

10 Best Honeymoon Destinations

The top ten travel destinations across the world for post-wedding bliss<p>From Bali to the Amalfi Coast, these are the top ten honeymoon destinations across the world guaranteed to bring you post-wedding bliss.<p>Courtesy

Meet The Richest Tech Tycoon In 14 Major Countries Around The World

But there are plenty of extremely wealthy tech executives across the globe who are making major contributions to their country's tech scenes.<p>With the help of Forbes' Billionaires List, we've rounded up the wealthiest tech tycoon in 14 countries across the globe. They've each played a major role in …

South Korea’s visa-free Jeju Island has become a Chinese tourism gold mine

Chinese tourists are heading to South Korea more than any other destination this year, according to travel agency Ctrip. That’s because political instability has turned many off Thailand, and China’s ties with South Korea have been warming.<p>But most of all there is the undeniable appeal of Jeju. The …

Tourism

As Uber Steps Up Its Assault, Lyft And The Taxi Industry May Get Overrun

Uber has apparently decided what to do with its new $1.2 billion war chest. The taxi alternative service has slashed rates by 25% in at least 25 markets across the U.S. for what it calls a “limited time.” The resulting prices put the cost of Uber X, the company’s most basic service, anywhere from …

Macau Casino Revenue Falls, VIPs Blamed, Investors Rejoice

Casino revenue in Macau fell in June by 3.7% year on year to 27.2 billion Macau patacas (US$3.4 billion), according to figures released Tuesday by Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ). The early smart money pins the fall in gross gaming revenue (GGR) on a double digit drop in …

The Best New Tall Buildings On The Planet

They declared four regional winners, as well as several finalists. An overall winner will announced on November 6.<p>The qualities they're looking for are a strong sustainability commitment, adding to the urban environment, and challenging the traditional perceptions of tall buildings.<p>The Council …

Pro-Privacy Blackphone Now Shipping

The pro-privacy Blackphone, a hardened Android smartphone that focuses on making rigorous security features more accessible to a general phone user, has started shipping to its first wave of buyers.<p>Blackphone is a partnership between Spanish mobile maker Geeksphone and security company Silent …

The world wide web may be fracturing into a bunch of regional internets

The World Wide Web celebrated its 25th birthday recently. Today the global network serves almost 3 billion people, and hundreds of thousands more join each day. If the Internet were a country, its economy would be among the five largest in the world.<p>In 2011, according to the World Economic Forum, …

Net Neutrality

Driverless Cars For $10,000? This Startup Is Challenging Google With A Simple Sensor

Google’s driverless car project has been getting plenty of attention for the kinds of changes it could bring to transportation, but buying an entirely new, self-driving car is out of most people’s budgets and many years away. Cruise Automation is a San Francisco-based startup that thinks it can get …

Five ways Apple could push headphone technology forward

Advertisement<p>25 Comments<p>Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images<p>In early May, the tech world was buzzing about a rumor posted on Secret that Apple might …

Researchers get closer to solving lithium-ion battery life degradation

As anyone with a smartphone, laptop or indeed a whole electric car will know, lithium-ion batteries degrade over time.<p>Each time you charge and discharge the batteries, they lose a little capacity. Day to day you don’t really notice, but over a year, or two, it means being able to use your phone (or …