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Dogecoin has its day: the unlikely success of a joke cryptocurrency

At the first DogeCon, enthusiasts celebrate 138 days of charity and community<p><i>Dogecoin creator Jackson Palmer at DogeCon SF</i><p>When dogecoin arrived on the cryptocurrency scene in late 2013, it was little more than a Twitter joke come to life — a play on bitcoin and the doge meme, two of the most …

After years of sleek smartphones, people now want something weird

The most exciting thing about Google’s Project Ara, a modular phone that customers can build and rebuild to their own specifications indefinitely, isn’t that it’s so customizable. What’s really crazy about Ara is that it looks like a clunky toy when compared to smartphones currently on the …

Mobile Technology

NSA launches ‘lablets’ tech initiative with major U.S. universities

The National Security Agency is coming to a university near you.<p>The agency has launched an initiative to strengthen contacts between tech-heavy U.S. American colleges and universities. The project will coordinate academic collaboration to best protect Internet infrastructure. Already, the NSA has …

Dimple adds four physical buttons to your Android device

If the final product (soon to go live on Indiegogo) is half as good as it sounds, it's likely to be a big hit.<p>I like tactile buttons, the kind that give me a bit of response when I push them and can be found in the dark. (Example: If I want to activate Siri in the car while my phone is in my coat …

Android News

Apple cuts MacBook Air price by $100; rumors of thinner iPhone 6 abound

Apple rolled out slightly upgraded versions of its MacBook Air laptops Tuesday while cutting the price of each version by $100. At the same time, more rumors of its upcoming iPhone surfaced saying the device may be even thinner than the current model.<p>The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant said the new …

The Supreme Court takes on warrantless cellphone searches

The Supreme Court is one step closer to resolving a long-running civil liberties debate: do police need a warrant to search your cellphone? This morning, the court is hearing arguments on two cases, both of which involve evidence gathered from mobile phones after an arrest. They were contentious …