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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Companies Won’t Take The Lead In Space Exploration

Famed scientist and science popularizer Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about the importance of space exploration today during his keynote at South by Southwest Interactive. Despite advances by private companies, particularly SpaceX, he said they won’t be the ones making the biggest breakthroughs.<p>Tyson …

If This Toaster Doesn’t Like You, It Will Leave You For Someone Else

A truly smart home would have appliances with a personality. And they might not be personalities we like.<p>What if your toaster didn’t like you and decided to move on? As companies start to add more personality to the smart objects we live with, one interaction designer is considering how a product’s …

US Tech Company Had 20 Employees On Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

Jacey Zuniga, a spokeswoman for Freescale Semiconductor, says 12 Malaysian and 8 Chinese employees are "confirmed passengers." She says no American citizen Freescale employees were on the flight.<p>"At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families," Gregg Lowe, president and CEO …

Airplanes

Facebook to revive f8 after three-year hiatus

This time the one-day conference will be even more developer-focused, marking a departure from the last f8, held in 2011, where Facebook unveiled Timeline.<p>Facebook announced Saturday that it is bringing back its once-annual f8 developer conference. After taking a three-year break, the company will …

San Francisco

Twitter bans porn on its video-sharing app Vine

<b>Video-sharing Twitter app Vine says it has banned all sexually explicit content from being published on the platform.</b><p>"We've found that there's a very small percentage of videos that are not a good fit for our community," it said in a blog post.<p>The rules go into effect immediately.<p>After the app was …

Internet

This Photographer Just Made $15K In One Day On Instagram

Daniel Arnold had $90.03 in his bank account on Thursday when he had a clever idea: Why not sell some photos on Instagram?<p>Arnold, a Brooklyn-based photographer, enjoys a bit of fame on the network: He was lauded by Gawker as “the best photographer on Instagram” two years ago, after getting his …

Angry Birds' next game gets a knightly teaser trailer

The next Angry Birds game may have a medieval theme, according to a trailer starring a knight's suit of armor and released today on developer Rovio Mobile's official YouTube channel.<p>The unnamed game is headed first to Australia, Canada and New Zealand in what the video's description describes as …

F.lux Gets Updated To Work Around Your Personal Sleep Schedule

F.lux! If you haven’t heard of it, be warned: once you get used to f.lux, you’ll probably find yourself annoyed whenever you use a computer that doesn’t have it.<p>The theory behind f.lux: your body’s internal clock is largely driven by daylight. Your monitor, and the bright, blue light it emits, can …

500px now lets Prime sellers keep most of the cash from their photos

When 500px unveiled its Prime photo licensing store, it stirred up a hornet's nest -- many photographers were outraged that the image host would keep most of the cash from their sales. Give credit to the company for having a change of heart, though. It just launched Prime in beta, and the royalty …

Arrested Bitcoin Mogul Charlie Shrem Defiant In First Public Appearance Since Criminal Charges

Before he was charged with money laundering in January, Charlie Shrem was a board member of the government-friendly Bitcoin Foundation and the public face of the New York Bitcoin startup community. Now, he sounds like a revolutionary.<p>In a speech to the Texas Bitcoin conference in Austin Wednesday, …

Smart Vending Machine Scans Your Face to Serve Up Snacks

Just how well does your office soda machine know you? A network of smart, connected vending machines will soon use facial recognition, NFC and a membership program to market and sell everything from food to electronics on their giant touch screens. The product of software giant SAP, these new …

Snacks

Yahoo has joined the war for your online identity—about half a decade too late

For nearly half a decade, Yahoo has been giving away its most valuable asset to its rivals. Now it has decided that that must stop.<p>About 800 million people use one or more of Yahoo’s services every month. Some of those many millions log into Yahoo with their Google or Facebook credentials. This …

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New HTC One dual-lens camera shown off in detailed leak

Leaked images and videos of the HTC One's successor are a dime a dozen, so we've already seen every possible nook and cranny of the device. Why, then, are we reporting on the latest find by @evleaks? It gives us the closest and clearest look of HTC's rumored dual-lens camera setup so far, which is …

Target's tech chief quits after data breach

Target Corp.'s head of technology stepped down Wednesday as the company tries to recover from one of the largest data breaches on record at a retailer.<p>Beth Jacob, who served as executive vice president of technology services and chief information officer for Target since 2008, resigned both posts, …

TownSquared quietly picks up $5.26M to create local business communities

Nextdoor gave people a way to stay informed about the happenings in their neighborhood, and Townsquared is doing the same for businesses and their communities. It also just nabbed a sweet $5.26 million to do so.<p>We noticed that the company filed a Form D today to the U.S. Securities and Exchange …

'Wello' iPhone case can track your blood pressure, temperature and more

Last year, Scanadu caught our attention with Scout, its simple-to-use tricorder-style health monitor. Now a new iPhone case promises to make monitoring your vital signs even easier. Called Wello, the case has sensors built in that can give you a picture of your overall health after holding it a …

Titanfall's ode to 8-bit gaming is proof that robots make everything better

Need further evidence that robots improve just about everything? EA and Respawn are more than happy to provide it. They've launched <i>Titanfall Arcade</i>, a promotional gaming website that thrusts <i>Titanfall</i>'s namesake giant machines into classic 8-bit Atari titles. The only working game at present is an</i> …

Microsoft Set to Launch New Version of DirectX This Month

Amid all the rumors surrounding Microsoft’s DirectX platform, a collection of APIs used by developers primarily to build games for Microsoft’s services, the company has teased a new version that will be announced later this month (via Polygon).<p>Details of DirectX 12 will be unveiled on March 20 at …

As India User Base Nears 100M, Facebook Hopes To Earn Big Revenue From SMBs

India is set to become Facebook’s biggest market in terms of number of users later this year, but don’t expect that to translate into ad dollars for the Palo Alto company anytime soon. India’s online advertising market maxes out at around $360 million, making it difficult for the company to …

BBM to let you share photos in multi-person chats and transfer larger files

BlackBerry has been on a BBM roll lately, unleashing the messaging service on not just iOS and Android but Windows Phone as well. However, that's not all that's up the Waterloo company's sleeve. A new version of BBM is in the pipeline, and it'll have a few new features that will delight the BBM …

Visa, MasterCard don't view bitcoin as a threat

Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., which processed $7.4 trillion in purchases last year, are among leading payments networks that devote thousands of words in filings to every perceived threat to their business. "Bitcoin" isn't one of them.<p>"I'm a bit skeptical," said Discover Financial Services Chief …

Bitcoin

HackerCare Aims To “Hack” Healthcare For Startups

In four years David Varvel went from no health insurance, to full coverage via the Japanese government, to purchasing a high deductible plan, and then full coverage through an employer. He said having to switch insurance that often was “painful.” But now the founder of Tiny Cat Loans, a community …

Meet ZenMate, the encryption startup that lets you watch Netflix & keep your privacy

The NSA spying program and the media frenzy surrounding it well and truly brought the subject of online security to the forefront of Internet users’ minds last summer. A blow for the credibility of many large Internet sites, the scandal did, however, provide a publicity boost for services …

Why Do Companies Keep Getting Hacked?

One reason is that security isn’t always a priority for developers in a rush to bring a product to market. Another reason is that humans are stupid.<p>Two weeks ago, a respected crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, was hacked. Snapchat was hacked the week before that. Skype’s social media accounts were …

Bank of America

Mapping New York's Traffic Crashes

Why bother to text your girl when BroApp can do it for you?

BroApp sends lovey-dovey messages to your beloved little dove, so that you can enjoy drinking with the boys. Really.<p>You know how you often tell your one true love that she's your one true love?<p>Does she know that the "one" isn't true, making the "true" not true either?<p>I only ask because your, um, …

App Store

Google Glass team forgoes monthly updates for bigger changes, like Kit Kat

Whether you're a Google Glass wearer or merely observing the new devices, you may have noticed a lack of major updates in January and February. <i>Android Police</i> and <i>Glass Almanac</i> reveal a post from the Explorers-only community forum explaining that after version XE12 closed out last year, those monthly …

Ancient gladiator school discovered in Austria

An ancient Roman gladiator school has been discovered in Austria, complete with cell blocks, a training arena and a bath complex, archaeologists say.<p>The buried remains of the school at the site of Carnuntum, near Vienna were detected not through excavations but through remote-sensing techniques. …