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The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …

The First Bitcoin ATMs Are About To Start Popping Up Across Canada

According to reports from CBC, Mitchell Demeter, co-founder of Vancouver bitcoin trading company Bitcoiniacs and part-owner of Robocoin, has invested in five such machines to be placed across Canada.<p>Bitcoin is an emerging digital currency that isn't controlled by any authority such as a central …

FYI: What Happens If I Put Rocket Fuel In My Gas Tank?

If your car is a diesel, it will run. Liquid hydrogen, the fuel that powered the space shuttle's main engines, could work, says Manuel Martinez-Sanchez, an aeronautics and astronautics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But keeping hydrogen liquid requires maintaining it at a …

Why does your voice sound different on a recording?

No one likes listening to themselves, but why? It’s because when you speak you hear yourself in two different ways.<p>What makes a recording of our voice sound so different... and awful? It’s because when you speak you hear your own voice in two different ways. Greg Foot explains all.<p>The first is …

Music Production

How our galaxy might look from outside

This artist’s impression shows how the Milky Way galaxy might look seen from the outside, from an almost edge-on perspective.<p>New research suggests …

Why Outsourcing Innovation Will Be Big in Tech and Beyond

<i>Paul Jozefak, co-founder and managing director of innovation laboratory Liquid Labs, argues that outsourcing innovation will become a mainstream business practice and a key driver of growth, specifically in the tech sector. While he clearly has a business interest in companies outsourcing their</i> …

Google Street View driver makes case for robo-driven cars -- he hits two buses (and a truck)

One day, Google Street View cars will all be self-driving. Then, every crash will be the fault of some human who doesn't work for Google.<p>For now, we have to put up with the idea that there's a human at the Street View wheel who might do what humans sometimes do.<p>One Street View driver in Bogor, …

Google Street View

Layoffs abound at HTC America as 20 percent of employees are let go

HTC America ended its Friday evening on the somber revelation that 20 percent of its workforce would be terminated. In all, roughly 30 employees and contractors were let go from the 150-member division, which stands as the latest sign of the company's financial struggles. A representative …

Best Buy will trade you a free iPhone 5 for your old smartphone

Don’t know what to do with your old Palm Pre? If you were thinking about getting an iPhone(s aapl) you can bring it to Best Buy(s bby) this weekend, …

Yahoo's Rolling Out a Refreshed, Mobile Optimized Answers Site

Yahoo has finally redesigned its once popular Answers service to give it a fresh new look and ensure it works better for mobile visitors.<p>The company unveiled the changes on Thursday, adding that they would first roll out to users in the US over the course of the next 10 days.<p>Among the changes is …

The Government Wants To Define Who Qualifies As A Journalist

Journalists and netizens have mixed feelings about a long-sought federal media shield law that is headed to a vote in the Senate. The Free Flow of Information Act of 2013 would protect designated journalists from revealing their sources against a subpoena. Dozens of established media outlets are …

How a little-noticed factory fire disrupted the global electronics supply

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>It was an industrial mishap barely noticed outside the arcane world of electronics supply chains. On Sept. 4, a fire engulfed a substantial portion of an SK Hynix production plant in Wuxi, China. The plant produced between a tenth and a sixth of the world’s supply of …

Wall Street

Does Twitter Have a Growth Problem?

Is Twitter growing fast enough?<p>This seems like an odd question to ask, since the company has just told the world that it’s getting ready to go public.<p>…

Vinod Khosla: In The Next 10 Years, Data Science Will Do More For Medicine Than All Biological Sciences Combined

At TechCrunch Disrupt SF, TechCrunch and CrunchFund founder Michael Arrington and Khosla Ventures founder Vinod Khosla took the stage to discuss the areas Khosla is currently most interested in. Besides food tech, the one area that seems to get him the most excited is clearly medicine. In his …

That Apple TV Refresh Is Coming Next Week

Nope, Apple didn’t show off new Apple TV hardware yesterday.<p>And Apple didn’t talk about new software for its Web video box, either. But it’s still …

Lines forming at Apple Stores in advance of iPhone launch

It would seem that the rumors of Apple's demise (including a few spread by myself) could be a bit premature. That is, if the lines seen at a few Apple Store outlets this weekend are any indication of the worldwide vitality of Apple fans' fervor.<p>AppleInsider reports that as of Friday afternoon, four …

Apple Store

Japan's Levitating Train Hits 310 MPH in Trials

It's currently the world's longest and fastest stretch of maglev train, reaching speeds as high as 310 mph in a demonstration last week. But Japan's …

Nymi bracelet uses your heartbeat as a password

Future authentication methods need to be a lot harder to hack. That's the idea behind the Nymi from startup Bionym. Instead of passwords, Nymi relies on your heartbeat.<p>The Nymi is worn as a bracelet. It monitors your cardiac rhythm, a unique signature for each person. It is constantly …

Wearable Tech

NSA can reportedly tap smartphone users' data

The National Security Agency has the ability to access user data on three of the most popular smartphone platforms, including BlackBerry's e-mail system, according to classified documents viewed by German news outlet Spiegel.<p>The US intelligence-gathering agency has created platform-specific working …

Surveillance

Pay For Your Next Meal With Your Face

The world's first facial recognition payment system lets you ditch your credit card.<p>Finland-based company Uniqul is preparing to release a payment system that uses facial recognition software to link a customer with his or her bank account. Instead of swiping a credit card to purchase goods (which …

Embryonic stem cells could help restore sight to blind

Scientists have shown that light-sensitive retinal cells, grown in the lab from stem cells, can successfully integrate into the eye when implanted …

750 million phones could be vulnerable in massive SIM security flaw

<i>The New York Times</i> reports that a security researcher has found a vulnerability in the encryption used by some mobile SIM cards that could let hackers remotely take control of a phone. The flaw relates to cards using DES (Data Encryption Standard) for encryption — it's an older standard that's …

After being hacked Apple’s developer site still offline

Apple’s developer website has been offline for over three days, and it took some public hue-and-cry from the Apple(s AAPL) blogging community and top …

High-End Stores Use Facial Recognition Tools To Spot VIPs

When a young Indian-American woman walked into the funky L.A. jewelry boutique Tarina Tarantino, store manager Lauren Twisselman thought she was just like any other customer. She didn't realize the woman was actress and writer Mindy Kaling.<p>"I hadn't watched <i>The Office</i>,"Twisselman says. Kaling both …

Don't worry, California drivers: you won't have to outrun drone strikes on the highway

Despite official-looking warnings, California highway motorists won't have their speed regulated by armed drones. San Fransisco's local CBS affiliate KPIX 5 reports that several fake signs have appeared on Bay Area highways, depicting a drone firing a missile along with a "speed enforced by drones" …

SIM Cards Have Finally Been Hacked, And The Flaw Could Affect Millions Of Phones

Smartphones are susceptible to malware and carriers have enabled NSA snooping, but the prevailing wisdom has it there’s still one part of your mobile phone that remains safe and un-hackable: your SIM card.<p>Yet after three years of research, German cryptographer Karsten Nohl claims to have finally …

Will technology ever deliver a perfect speaker or headphone?

It's got to be the No. 1 audiophile fantasy: someday we'll have a breakthrough that allows speakers to perfectly reproduce sound. Once the engineers find a new way of moving air -- presumably a more accurate method than a vibrating cone, dome, or flat diaphragm -- the heavens will part and we'll …

The Datafication of Human Resources

A new buzzword has hit the business world: Datafication – turning an existing business into a “data business.”<p>Think about it this way: Facebook has “datafied” our friend network. Google has “datafied” our search and information retrieval. LinkedIn has “datafied” our professional connections. …

Tumblr Users Are Revolting Over Anti-Porn Policies

We first saw news of the petition on The Daily Dot.<p>Recently, Tumblr blocked users from searching for blogs posted under hashtag categories like #NSFW (Not Safe For Work), #Gay, #Porn, and so on.<p>Also at play: Many in the Tumblr community are still upset Yahoo bought the blogging network, and see the …