Juho Kupiainen

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Samsung Introduces Virtual Reality Smartphone You Wear On Your Head

Little style, less substance<p>Virtual reality—almost as good as actual reality, but without those pesky smells. Okay, that may not be quite Samsung's message, but the company is making a hard push for VR with two announcements out of its 2014 developer conference.<p>The first is that its Gear VR …

Apple is now worth more than Russia’s entire stock market

AAPL shares closed at an all-time high yesterday, putting the company’s market cap at $663.2 billion. Never before has Apple been so profitable. In fact, Apple makes so much money, it’s now worth more than the entire Russian stock market.<p>Check out the chart below:<p>Russia, the world’s 20th largest …

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Amazon’s Echo and the smart TVs that are listening to and watching everything you do

Amazon’s Echo defies easy description. Actually, that’s not quite true: the easy way to describe it is “creepy as hell”. What’s trickier is explaining what it is.<p>The Echo <i>(below)</i> is a 20cm-tall black cylinder, that sits in your home and listens to everything you do. You will want it to do this, if …

Why IBM and Twitter did a data analytics deal

Last week, IBM (IBM) and Twitter (TWTR) announced a data analytics partnership that in essence allows the former to incorporate the latter’s data …

26-Year-Old Successfully Crowd Funds To Pay For Her $362 Halloween Uber Ride

A woman named Gabby woke up on her 26th birthday and discovered the 20-minute Uber ride she took the night before, on Halloween, had cost her over $360, leaving her unable to pay her rent, she says.<p>She posted a plea on the crowdfunding site "GoFund.Me" desperately asking for help. It worked. She …

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Posture perfect: How to text and work at a desk without destroying your body

Electronics are slowly turning humanity into a humpback species. Poor posture is a major contributor to back pain and can even negatively affect our emotions. Fortunately, there’s a an easy way to remedy the situation. At VentureBeat’s Healthbeat conference this week, Crossfit San Francisco Founder …

Intel paying up after allegedly 'manipulating' benchmarks 15 years ago

Once upon a time, Intel's processors didn't dominate AMD. In fact, AMD's Athlon processors were mighty competitive, enough so that Intel allegedly "manipulated" its Pentium 4 benchmark scores in the early 2000s to mask the performance gap. Intel denies those claims, but nevertheless, you're …

The 2 biggest emerging opportunities in cryptocurrency

A few interesting bits of cryptocurrency news were announced within the past week. First, a team and project near and dear to me, Blockstream, publicly launched with a white paper for the first time rigorously documenting sidechains. Second, Oliver Bussmann, CIO of UBS, publicly stated “blockchain …

The Steve Jobs guide to manipulating people & getting what you want

Steve Jobs didn’t launch two of the most valuable companies in modern times by following the rules all the time.<p>Jobs faced many obstacles to get Apple, and later Pixar, off the ground. But Jobs had a unique way of crafting his own reality, a “distortion field” that could persuade people that his …

This Device Could Make It Easier To Find Your Veins

Scientists have discovered a way to find your veins before poking around half a dozen times to find the spot. Now the Australian Red Cross Blood service is using the near infrared light device that locates blood to study whether being able to locate hard to find veins will result in reduced anxiety …

Americans pay more for slower Internet

When it comes to Internet speeds, the U.S. lags behind much of the developed world.<p>That's one of the conclusions from a new report by the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, which looked at the cost and speed of Internet access in two dozen cities around the world.<p>Clocking in …

[Update] Bitcoin Brothers Aim To Disrupt Bitcoin Mining With New, More Powerful, Supercomputers

<b>[ Update: This post has been updated to reflect that the 25 Bitcoin reward is not for one transaction, but the reward for a block, which contains many transactions.]</b><p>After over two years in stealth mode, the bitcoin mining supercomputer manufacturer, Bitcoin Brothers is launching its hosted bitcoin …

Jonathan Rothberg's Butterfly Network has raised $100M for medical imaging tech

Noted biosciences entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg has a health startup incubator up in Connecticut, and one of its portfolio companies, Butterfly Network, has recently raised an $80 million funding round.<p>Butterfly Network, which launched roughly three years ago, is developing a new kind of medical …

Google’s Copresence Looks Like A Cross-Platform AirDrop

Google has a new service in the works that could allow users of Android devices to share media with others nearby, even if those users are rocking iOS devices like iPhone and iPads instead of gadgets running Google’s mobile OS. The so-called Copresence feature, revealed by an Android Police source …

Microsoft Stops Selling Windows 7 And Windows 8

This year 31 October frights are not limited to Halloween. Today is also the day Microsoft stops selling retail copies of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.<p>The date is written large in the Windows Life Cycle Fact Sheet but, like the best Halloween scares, the real threat is not as big as the initial …

Akanda exits stealth and promises better routing in virtualized networks

Akanda, a San Francisco-based startup that aims to improve routing in a virtualized network, has come out of stealth and taken a seed-funding round …

How Sneeze Particles Travel Inside An Airplane

Simulation technology shows why you should sit very far behind a sick passenger.<p>At first, the video displays the virtual insides of a crowded passenger airplane. Then all of a sudden, one of the passengers seated in the middle "sneezes." Hundreds of multicolored particles are jettisoned into the …

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‘Third-generation’ Flipboard iOS app gets redesign, 30,000 topics and officially curated content

The popular Flipboard app has received a significant upgrade in version 3.0, in what the company is describing as “the most personal and most magazine-like experience we’ve ever built.”<p>In addition to a slicker interface, users are now presented with top-level topics that drill down into …

The New GoPro Cameras: Everything You Need to Know

Three ways of looking at the newer GoPro action cameras.<p>Last month GoPro, the best-known maker of “Look at me!” action cameras, introduced a new lineup of products. This includes two new top-of-the-line GoPros and the company’s first entry-level camera.<p>Your <b>Re/code</b> reviews team has been testing all …

Police vs cartels in the high-tech battle to stop cybercrime

Cybercrime costs the global economy an estimated $400 billion a year, and as it grows in scale and sophistication, law enforcement is having to do the same.<p>The U.S. secret service helped prevent over $1 billion in fraud losses from cybercrime last year, but it is up against skilled and organized …

Flipboard launches version 3.0: Smarter recommendations plus a curated daily newsmagazine

Flipboard founder Mike McCue says the company is taking another step towards building the world’s best personalized digital magazine by launching …

Google Wallet gets recurring bank transfers, low balance alerts

In order to avoid running into a situation in which funds aren’t available in your Google Wallet, the development team behind the payment software …

Wal-Mart's Apple Pay Competitor Has a Secret Weapon

Wal-Mart is among the biggest retailers not accepting Apple Pay, Apple’s new mobile payment system that got underway last week to rousing early …

Facebook Makes About $407 Every Second

Yesterday evening Facebook was was down for a little over 30 minutes. In that time, the company lost somewhere in the ballpark of $854,700 in …

YouTube Can Now Play Videos At A Buttery 60 Frames Per Second

After years of capping video playback at 30 frames per second, it looks like YouTube is finally upping the bar.<p>Back in June, YouTube announced that 60 FPS video playback was on the way in “the coming months”. Alas, the only examples of this to pop up since were a handful of EA game trailers that …

Twitter partners with IBM to let enterprises leverage its social data for making complex decisions

Twitter announced a partnership with IBM today to help big businesses pull better insights from social data.<p>The deal follows Twitter’s acquisition of social media firehose provider Gnip earlier this year.<p>While companies have long listened to what their customers are saying on Twitter, complex …

MPAA Bans Google Glass And Other Wearable Cameras From Movie Theaters Because Duh

I’m pretty neutral on the whole face-computer thing. Would I buy Google Glass? Nah. But if you want to roll around looking like a broke-ass Robocop, we can still be friends.<p>But you should take it off your face at certain times, particularly when seeing a camera strapped to your noggin would irk …