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Here's how we take back the Internet

Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is …

Move Over, Bitcoin. CrossCoin’s New Accelerator Bets On The Ripple Ecosystem

Bitcoin might steal the limelight when it comes to virtual currencies, but it’s also experienced a spate of bad press lately. Japanese exchange Mt. Gox declared bankruptcy, Bitcoin bank Flexcoin shut down, and BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem was arrested on money-laundering charges. With all this …

Beer As A Post-Workout Recovery Drink? Not As Crazy As It Sounds

There may be some good news brewing for fitness and beer enthusiasts: Somewhere in the north, a Canadian beverage company has concocted a low-alcohol, protein-packed "fit beer" that is expected to be marketed as a sports drink later this year, if funding allows.<p>The so-called Lean Machine "recovery …

How To Pick a Lock Using Nothing But Hairpins

You can learn the basics of lock picking from a GIF, but for a more nuanced look at the techniques required to actually get a lock open without the …

Full video of Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic leap from 24 miles up

Baumgartner’s jump came 65 years to the day after Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in a plane. But Baumgartner went supersonic using just his …

Paragliding

Talking Tech: Those 7 Minute Workout apps

PISMO BEACH, Calif. — I'm out of breath in a hotel room.<p>For the past 13 minutes, I've been doing jumping jacks, push-ups and squats, guided along by my iPhone. I feel terrific, and thrilled that I got a decent workout before starting my day out in the real world.<p>Welcome to the 7 Minute Workout app<i>.</i> …

This $50 Box Will Cover Your Online Tracks—If You Don't Mind Waiting Around

The Safeplug box plugs into your router and reroutes its traffic through Tor, helping users escape detection. But be warned, it takes some time.<p><b>The way most of us surf the web now</b>, traffic takes a pretty direct route. The request you make for a website goes directly from your computer to a server …

IT security

New Clues and Some Wild Guesses About Those Strange Spider Towers in the Amazon

Late last week, we revealed that the elaborate, fenced-in spires spotted in the Peruvian Amazon are made by spiders. We were with a team of …

The Best Android Launchers You Can Download Today

We love Android devices as much as the next person, but sometimes the vanilla Android experience leaves us wanting a little more. Thankfully, it’s possible to change the whole look and feel of your Android device with only the minimum of effort – and no need to root.<p>Android launchers, or home …

Up-close with a Bitcoin mining powerhouse (video)

Alex Lawn is in New York on a pitstop, arriving in from Sweden on his way to next week's Inside Bitcoin conference in Las Vegas. He hasn't slept much. The way he describes it, no one at KnCMiner does much sleeping these days, as the company races to become the driving force in the rapidly expanding …

Western Union responds to Bitcoin buzz, sort of

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Wikipedia<p>In the hoopla over Bitcoin, some suggest the virtual currency will challenge Western Union(s wu) as a way for …

Bloc Party’s lead singer is releasing a 3D printed record, and so can you

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>What can you do with a 3D printer?<p>It’s a question I hear a lot, and there are many answers. But the most …

Drugs unlimited: how I created my very own legal high

The reason so many new drugs are appearing is because we keep banning them. It's time for a change of approach<p>How easy is it to invent and manufacture a recreational drug that does not break any UK drug laws? I just spent the last two months doing exactly that – and the answer might surprise …

Elvis Presley

FBI struggles to seize 600,000 Bitcoins from alleged Silk Road founder

Having seized 26,000 Bitcoins belonging to site users, authorities battle to control Ross Ulbricht's personal wallet<p>Was the Silk Road server hacked ahead of arrests?<p>The FBI has found that seizing an anonymous decentralised peer-to-peer currency was trickier than it seemed, following the Bureau’s …

Curved smartphones from LG and Samsung are just around the corner

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Wikipedia user: MOldar<p>Television tech is coming to new smartphones in the form of curved screens from two top TV …

Gear & Gadgets

Deep Web Users Are Ready To Launch Silk Road 2.0

In an interesting post-mortem release by the creators of the defunct anonymous marketplace Atlantis there is information that the former admins and users of the Silk Road are planning to resurrect the service. User RR writes: “We have SilkRoad v2.0 ready to launch and is now in its final testing …

After Silk Road's demise, online drug dealing moves to new sites

Can one of these three digital black markets step in for the fallen billion-dollar empire?<p>Patrons of the Silk Road, by far the largest online marketplace for buying illegal drugs, were understandably alarmed when the FBI seized and shut down the site earlier this week. The black market's customers …

Silk Road

Intern Reproduces 86,000 Square Miles Of British Geography In Minecraft

Joseph Braybrook had a very nerdy summer.<p>Anglophile nerd alert: You can now download a geographically accurate, scaled terrain model of Great Britain for Minecraft, thanks to one hardworking summer intern at Ordnance Survey, the country's national mapping authority.<p>It took Minecraft-loving intern …

Boeing F-16 jet takes first flight without a pilot

A Boeing F-16 plane takes its first flight without a pilot in the cockpit at an air force base in Florida, US.<p>The planes have been adapted to <b>fly without pilot</b> in the cockpit, giving the military an adversary to train against.<p>Two pilots controlled the Boeing F-16 from the ground as it flew from a …

Aerospace

Minecraft game adds Ordnance Survey GB terrain data

<b>Minecraft, the highly popular building and monsters video game, can now incorporate accurate Ordnance Survey terrain data of Great Britain in its blockwork virtual world.</b><p>The game's 33 million players can build worlds atop of geographically accurate landscapes representing 224,000 sq km (86,000 sq …

Open Data

The World’s First 3-D Scanner For iPad Is Blowing Up On Kickstarter

If you need more convincing than the extensive testimonials in the Structure’s Kickstarter video, consider its crowdfunding progress: Since launching …

Printing

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

Prisoners use 'Breaking Bad' method to light cigarettes

Destroying TVs with TV<p>Inmates at an Australian prison have begun lighting their cigarettes with broken TV sets, using a tactic popularized by Walter White. According to Australia's News.com.au, prisoners at a correctional center in Queensland have been taking apart jail-issued television sets and …

DARPA wants to build a fleet of underwater drones for the Navy

DARPA wants to build a fleet of drones stationed beneath ocean waters around the world that can quickly deliver supplies and equipment to Navy personnel near coastlines, on submarines or ships, and even aboard airplanes. The program, called Hydra, is currently in the early planning stages — just …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products • Security experts say programs 'undermine the fabric of the internet'<p>• Q&A: submit your questions for our privacy …

Kinect turns your bathtub into a giant liquid touchscreen

Researchers have created a "touchscreen" for your bathtub. With only a Kinect sensor and a projector, AquaTop display facilitates interacting with virtual objects using just your hands. In order to function properly, the system requires you add some bath salts to your tub, which will turn the water …

Touchscreens

Researchers Successfully Implant Mice With False Memories

So it is possible.<p>Call it cool or just plain creepy: Memory researchers from U.S. and Japan have, for the first time, implanted false memories into a lab animal.<p>The researchers made mice believe that they had once received electrical shocks in their feet while sitting in a certain little chamber, …

An Illustrated Take On Jay-Z's "99 Problems"

The Tumblr 99 Problems is a daily illustration of how artist Ali Graham imagines Jay-Z's life. Some reference his lyrics, some are just silly, but they're all delightful.