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Bitcoin Is Not Money, Miami Judge Rules

A judge dismissed a widely watched money laundering case in Florida on Monday by ruling that Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency, is not money.<p>Michell …

A React.js case study

<b>NOTE:</b> Some code and conclusions expressed here are not idiomatic React. See the follow-up post for more details!<p>The game<p>The last few days I've been …

Stalker: A creepy look at you, online

While you were having a latte and hunting for a Tinder date on your local coffee shop's open Wi-Fi, you were giving away your personal information.<p>Want to know how much? Stalker will tell you.<p>Stalker is a tool created by security firm Immunity Inc. to demonstrate the hazards of connecting to …

Middle Schoolers Learn About Startups By Launching Their Own

In the tech world, we’re used to seeing young entrepreneurs, from Mark Zuckerberg to Evan Spiegel. But not this young.<p>A group of four middle schoolers from Torrance, California, spent their summer vacation building BankIt, a simple game inspired by Flappy Bird. Their parents wanted them to learn …

Will Silicon Save Quantum Computing?

<b>Grand engineering challenges often require</b> an epic level of patience. That’s certainly true for quantum computing. For a good 20 years now, we’ve …

Researcher Details USB-Based Attack That Circumvents All Known Protective Security Measures

Security research Karsten Nohl of Berlin's SR Labs has revealed a flaw in USB devices that potentially allows hackers to evade all known security measures used by a computer. In a report by <i>Wired</i>, Nohl says his BadUSB exploit is "almost like a magic trick" because "you cannot tell where the virus …

Cops can access your connected home data

Your lights are off and your doors are locked, but if you've got a "smart home" system, you may be offering cops a window into your house.<p>Smart home technology is the latest craze among big tech and telecom companies, which are rolling out products that allow people to remotely control things like …

Comcast is turning your home router into a public Wi-Fi hotspot

If you're a Comcast cable customer, your home's private Wi-Fi router is being turned into a public hotspot.<p>It's potentially creepy and annoying. But the upside is Internet everywhere.<p>It's been one year since Comcast (CMCSA) started its monster project to blanket residential and commercial areas …

What you need to know about card skimming

"Skimming" is a blanket term used when referencing a crime where you take small amounts of money. It literally means to take cash off the top, as if money were the sweet cream floating atop a cauldron of lesser riches. Fifty years ago, skimming might have meant stealing a handful of dollars from …

Mix beats and loop vocals with Propellerhead's Take for iOS

If you saw Reggie Watts' musical set at Engadget Expand (don't worry, there's video after the break), then you probably noticed the table full of gear he needs to construct his loops. Propellerhead -- the Swedish software company behind Reason, not the electronica duo -- is hoping to lighten this …

Amazon Wants to Test-Fly Its New Delivery Drones

Amazon has formally asked regulators permission to test its controversial and much-hyped delivery drones in outdoor areas near Seattle. The move, …

How to Make the Major Leagues by Getting Baked

A discrepancy between how Major League Baseball and the minor leagues treat marijuana use means that, at least in theory, smoking pot can expedite …

NSA likely targets anybody who's 'Tor-curious'

Use of common Web privacy tools or even mere curiosity about them could get you added to a National Security Agency watch list, according to a new report.<p>The NSA surveillance program called X-Keyscore, first revealed last summer in documents leaked by Edward Snowden, has been found to contain …

I Rode Shotgun in a Rally Race By Strapping a Phone To My Face

Google Cardboard and its ilk are proving that virtual reality isn't just the realm of the Oculus Rift; you can do wonders with not much more than a …

Android L system dump: get the new Keyboard and other apps, wallpapers, fonts and more

Enterprising folks over at <i>XDA</i> published a Nexus 5 Android L system dump, making it possible to get at least some parts of the L experience on your current device.<p>Google released factory Android L images for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2013)<br>yesterday, letting developers and enthusiasts get a taste …

Facebook Search Warrant Disclosure Reveals Scope of Government Requests

Facebook announced Thursday it’s been pushing back against a bulk set of search warrants requesting private data from its user accounts since last summer.<p>In a blog post, the social media network announced a court in New York requested personal data for 381 users, including photos and private …

T-Mobile no longer counts speed tests against your monthly data cap

Testing the download and upload speeds of your smartphone with apps like Speedtest will no longer count against your monthly data allowance on T-Mobile. The carrier has confirmed this change with <i>Android Central</i>, and says similar apps intended to help customers gauge network performance have also …

Chromecast Now Pairs With Phones Using Simple Ultrasonic Pulses

Google's Chromecast picked up a slew of great new features the other day. But it's also getting a new system for pairing devices which doesn't rely …

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones

Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law …

​Google wants to sell you your next domain name

Right now, it's possible to buy a domain name using Google services. You can start the process on Google's own pages, process the transaction through Google Wallet and manage that domain through Google Apps -- but you didn't actually <i>buy</i> that domain from Google. That's about to change. Today the …

Wolves Might Use Their Eyes to Talk to Each Other

It's no secret that wolves, foxes, and dogs are highly social animals. But beyond all the wagging, pawing and yipping we like to try to interpret, …

The Next 'Civilization' Is Built for Touchscreens, From the Ground Up

The first <i>Civilization</i> title designed exclusively for touch interfaces is coming to Apple's App Store next week, 2K Games revealed on</i> …

THE INSIDE STORY OF YO: How A 'Stupid' App Attracted Millions Of Dollars And Rocketed To The Top Of The App Store

Moshe Hogeg was getting tired of asking his employee Or Arbel for a favor.<p>Hogeg, the CEO and founder of Tel Aviv company Mobli, had requested a simple way to get in touch with his wife and his assistant on his smartphone. Email chains were burdensome. Even texting encouraged longer conversations …

Apps

Yo, that stupidly simple messaging app, now has a million users

Yo, a viral messaging app that arose from an April Fools joke, now has over one million users.<p>Last week, news broke that the ridiculously simple app had pulled in $1.2 million in angel funding. The app only allows users to send the word “Yo” to other users — similar to the functionality of …

Apple iPhone 'kill switch' cuts thefts – and Microsoft and Google are to follow

Apple's introduction of a "kill switch" in its iPhone software last September has cut thefts of the phones across the board, according to data from London, New York and San Francisco – while those of other smartphones have continued to rise.<p>Now Google and Microsoft are working on similar …