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Alex Salmond to quit as Scottish First Minister

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1109000/1109685_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529621664_a94ab4c53256d75969cda5f744f66163<p><b>Alex Salmond is to step down as Scottish first minister after voters rejected independence.</b><p>He will also resign as leader of the Scottish National Party …

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USB Condom: charge your devices without allowing sneaky data-transfers

Those public USB charging points are tempting, but could be used to propagate all kind of grotesque malware (imagine what happens when your phone's …

PSN Back Online After DDoS Attack

Hours after a distributed denial of service attack brought down the PlayStation Network on Sunday, Sony has announced that the network is back online, adding that there is no evidence of any personal data having been accessed.<p>Rather, the attack was designed to simply flood the network with …

Jawbone Reveals Total Up Users Awoken by Napa Earthquake

A magnitude six earthquake shook the Napa Valley and Northern California on Sunday, damaging buildings and disrupting power. Jawbone, creator of the Up fitness tracker, today released data revealing the number of users who were woken up in the middle of the night.<p>The graph (below) visualizes the …

To Maximize Your Website, Use 'Psychological Distance' to Your Advantage

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the primary aims of consumer psychology is to understand the way individuals evaluate objects and events. Numerous studies have led to an understanding that evaluations and choices are driven not only by the quality and value of an …

Japan industry fights 'Minamata' costs as mercury trade ban looms | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s government lobbied hard for a global pact that limits mercury use and to name the resulting treaty after Minamata, the site of a homegrown industrial disaster from the 1950s when the toxic metal poured into a river, poisoning thousands.<p>Smoke rises from factories at Keihin …

Hands On With Ralph Lauren Polo Tech Smart Shirt

Tennis isn’t the only game Ralph Lauren’s getting its hands on these days. Just in time for the first day of the US Open 2014, the fashion house has announced the launch of its own wearable tech line, which will provide athletes real-time biometric stats via a smart shirt.<p>The launch features the …

Buying Technology Based On Price Could Cost You

Everybody loves to find a great deal, and save a few dollars. When it comes to choosing PCs, mobile devices, and other technology, however, price is often a poor measure in and of itself.<p>Don’t get me wrong. Price is certainly a factor—an important one even. It’s just that price is different than …

Samsung may be announcing a round smart watch at IFA

Round smartwatches are the rage. We saw the crowd at Google I/O flip all the way out when they found they’d be getting a free Moto 360, and it’s been …

Why Are Israeli Startups Leading The Tech World?

Cross-pollination between military and civilian technologies fuels a fast-moving industry.<p>People lined both sides of Boylston Street, rounds of cheers going up as runners approached the end of the 2013 Boston marathon. Then white smoke plumed. Windows splintered. Fifteen seconds later, another …

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California Governor Brown Signs Smartphone "Kill Switch" Bill Into Law

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will require all smartphones sold in California to come equipped with technology that would render the devices useless if stolen. The “kill switch” measure, proposed by San Francisco Democratic Sen. Mark Leno, applies to all smartphones sold in the …

The Hollywood stars who should play your favorite tech executives

The hottest of Silicon Valley starring the hottest of Hollywood<p>Welcome to the first annual Verge Hack Week. We're totally blowing up our site: we've given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing …

27 of the Best Chrome Extensions You Should Check out Today

We love the Web. Seriously, we do. But sometimes, achieving what you want is a little harder and takes a little longer than you’d really want. It’s for that reason that we’ve put together a list of 27 of the best Chrome extensions you can find around.<p>We’ve broken them down into groups of a few per …

Google's 'Knowledge Vault' seeks the answer to life, the universe and everything

Google's Knowledge Graph is pretty good at telling you who was the 37th president of the US, or what the square root of 342345 is. Ask it more complex questions, like "why does the sun set at night?" and it'll still send you off to find the answer yourself. Next week in New York, Google researchers …

Nothing can stop Amazon: Company may start testing delivery drones in India

The FAA’s ban on commercial drone use isn’t standing in the way of the tech giant<p>It appears that Amazon is pushing forward with delivery drones. The company's intention to use octocopter drones for small deliveries was announced by CEO Jeff Bezos at the end of 2013. Prime Air, as the project is …

PonoMusic Raises More Than $6M In Equity Crowdfunding In One Week

Neil Young’s startup PonoMusic became the fourth-most funded project on Kickstarter back in April, when it raised $6.2 million on a goal of $800,000.<p>The project now has raked in an additional $6 million in equity funding from a Crowdfunder campaign.<p>Pono Music is building a music download service …

Want to get Android updates quickly? These are the brands & carriers to buy and avoid …

<i>arsTechnica</i> has put together a handy look at which manufacturers & carriers are quickest and slowest to roll out an Android update on their older devices. Using the KitKat launch date of 31st October 2013, <i>arsTechnica</i> measured how long it took for the earliest available OTA update for devices …

Xamarin just raised over $54M, but don’t call it a ‘write once, run anywhere’ platform

Developer platform Xamarin, which powers apps like Rdio and Tom Hanks’ mega-popular typewriter app, today announced a massive $54.25 million to fuel its expansion into Europe.<p>Xamarin enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac, in one programming language. The C# …

You Can Sleep in Ikea for a Night Thanks to Airbnb

Ever dream of sleeping on an Ikea bed without having to go through all the hassle of actually piecing it together? Now you can.<p>Airbnb and Ikea have …

4 ‘cyberhealth’ strategies for boards

Cybersecurity made it onto the list of the top five concerns of U.S. electric utilities this year, according to a new Black & Veatch survey. And less than a third of respondents said they’re equipped to handle an attack.<p>And it’s not just energy companies that are worried. Boards of hundreds of …

Swiss startup creates a wearable chair so you can rest anywhere

Most of the wearable gadgets getting people hot and bothered either strap onto your face or your wrist, but Swiss startup noonee has cooked up a little something that straps to your legs instead. Well, fine, maybe it's not exactly <i>little</i>: in a bid to keep factory line workers more alert and more …

Silicon Valley darling Product Hunt gets $1M, launches app for its tech-fanatic community

Two days ago, Product Hunt, one of the buzziest communities in recent times, graduated from the most highly-regarded accelerated program around, Y Combinator.<p>And if that’s not enough for this week, the company is announcing today that it has raised $1 million in funding and that its long-awaited …

Xiaomi, Ouya ink deal to bring Android games to China

Ouya, which is trying in earnest to make a home on your living room shelf, has inked a deal with Xiaomi to bring their software to the Chinese …

Google Voice Search for Android Now Handles Five Languages

Google today updated its Google Search app for Android with support for handling multiple languages at once in voice search. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play.<p>You could use voice search in multiple languages (more than 50 in total) before, but you had to change your …

How to improve battery life on any mobile device

We here at CNET have written numerous articles with tips and tricks for improving battery life on iOS and Android, some of which you can find here, here and here, but not everyone owns an iPhone or Android device. Despite which kind of mobile device you prefer, battery life tends to be an issue …

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The Right Crowdfunding Sites for Your Startup

<i>Johnathan Leow is the author of “The Crowdfunded Kit.” This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>I commonly get asked what is the best crowdfunding website for your startup.<p>In order to answer this question, we’ll have to first answer another question: Which crowdfunding model suits your project …

Former PayPal Exec: eBay Should Just Rebrand As PayPal

He also provided another novel suggestion: That eBay should just rebrand itself as PayPal.<p>"Change the logos, change the paint, change the T-shirts, and you get the same value basically as spinning off PayPal," he says. "Just rename the company. It's a really simple solution. You could do it in …