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32 of the Best Chromecast Apps

Google Chromecast is an unusual device. Unlike most streaming set-top boxes, it doesn’t come with a remote, a bevy of pre-loaded apps or even an obvious menu system.<p>Instead, the Chromecast acts as a conduit for the apps and content you might find on your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet. The latter …

LinkedIn must face customer lawsuit over email addresses | Reuters

(Reuters) - A federal judge said LinkedIn Corp LNKD.N must face a lawsuit by customers who claimed it violated their privacy by accessing their external email accounts, downloading their contacts’ email addresses and soliciting business from those contacts.<p>The logo for LinkedIn Corporation, a …

Inside the mind of an iWatch product manager

Apple announced a torrent of new software features at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, strongly hinting at the upcoming launch of an Apple “iWatch” with frameworks for health tracking and home automation.<p>But as the buzz and speculation around what this iWatch will deliver continue to …

Beats goes after runners, gym goers with new Bluetooth ear buds

Headphone maker Beats Electronics is launching a $200 pair of wireless ear buds that the company says would survive six days of sweaty, hour-long workouts without needing a recharge.<p>Athletes are already among the most prominent users of the earmuff-like, single-side-cord Beats headphones. It’s hard …

Consumer Tech

U.S. Marshall is auctioning off Silk Road-seized Bitcoin

Dying to get your hands on millions of dollars in Bitcoins? Well, now you can. The U.S. Marshall is “inviting bids” for roughly 26,656 Bitcoins seized from online black market Silk Road.<p>That large stake is worth a little over $16 million. For now. The auction could cause the currency to depreciate. …

New Samsung Tablets Use Size and Screens to Take On iPads

Samsung has trotted out another round of tablets: The 8.4- and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S line looks to take on the 7.9- and 9.7-inch iPads by offering …

Will Microsoft bring Cortana to iOS and Android?

Microsoft contemplates whether to bring its Cortana personal digital-assistant technology to non-Windows platforms. Are the tradeoffs worth it?<p>Microsoft management is considering the wisdom and feasibility of making the company's Cortana personal digital-assistant technology available on Apple's …

Windows Phone

Divers Map The Garbage Dump That Is Filling The World’s Oceans

What’s really in the water? Project Aware lets you see what divers find beneath the waves with their waste audits.<p>You may have heard how there’s a Great Garbage Patch floating in the Pacific, and that it’s the size of Texas. Many newspapers and websites have reported on it, and it sounds …

Pollution

How Starbucks, Apple, General Motors and AT&T Are Preparing The World For Wireless Energy

If you visited a Starbucks in Boston or Silicon Valley during the last year or so, you may have noticed black circles embedded in the coffee bars and tables. You may have even glimpsed an early adopter with a special cellphone case charging an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy simply by resting it on a …

The Free State Project: A Libertarian Testing Ground For Bitcoin, 3D Printers, and Drones

Long before billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel dreamed up the idea of a floating libertarian island nation, a 24-year-old Yale grad student named Jason Sorens proposed a far more down-to-earth experiment for those who wanted to live the limited government lifestyle: that a critical mass of …

'Social discovery' is not about making friends. It's about sex, narcissism, & gossip

“Social networking is what your social life looks like today, and social discovery is what your social life might look like tomorrow,” said ReadWrite editor-in-chief Owen Thomas during his opening remarks at Wednesday’s Glimpse Social Discovery conference.<p>In simpler terms: Social discovery is an …

Capturing Boston's Subway System in Stunning Detail

What a month's worth of train data can reveal about delays and commute times.<p>Two students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have raised the bar high for train data visualizations.<p>Courtesy of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and its Developer Relations program, Michael Barry and Brian Card …

This Is What People Are Saying About Samsung's iPad Killer

This post is in partnership with Fortune, which offers the latest business and finance news. Read the article below originally published at …

The Father Behind The Bulletproof “Bodyguard Blanket” For Kids Defends His Creation

It might seem like a sad acceptance of the fact that schools are dangerous, but the blanket aims to protect kids in areas that politicians are not.<p>In the last couple of days, you may have heard something about a bulletproof blanket: A bright orange tool developed with Marine-grade armor …