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The Open Bay helps launch 372 ‘copies’ of The Pirate Bay in a week, becomes GitHub’s most popular project

isoHunt, the group now best known for launching The Old Pirate Bay, has shared an update a week after debuting The Open Bay. The Pirate Bay, the most popular file sharing website on the planet, still isn’t back following police raids on its data center in Sweden, but its “cause” is very much …

'The Interview' rakes in $15M online in opening weekend

Sony Pictures' awkward release of "The Interview" is showing signs of a video-on-demand success story.<p>The studio announced Sunday that the controversial comedy had been rented or purchased online more than 2 million times in its first four days of availability, bringing in more than $15 million. …

Good Riddance To Social Search

Remember how not too long ago the future of search — at least according to the big search engines — was social search? Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find any mention of social search on Google or Bing (let alone Yahoo Search). Let’s be thankful for that because social search was an ill-begotten …

Brands Saying Bae is the Twitter account we've needed in 2014

Here's a brief look at American slang in 2014. "Bae," if you've never heard the word before, is a term of endearment used to convey affection toward a significant other or some good thing that's caught your eye. In common parlance, it might be used in a sentence like "She's the bae," indicating …

2015: The “college experimentation” year of mobile payments

In November, when Dutchman Martin Wisjeimer became the first man to inject Bitcoin keys inside his hands, he captured the spirit of payments in 2015. …

Twitter login bug kicks users out (update: resolved)

Did your Twitter app suddenly give you the boot or otherwise behave strangely? It's not just you. The social network has confirmed a sign-in problem that's kicking out hordes of users (so far, mostly on Android) and preventing them from logging back in. Also, TweetDeck on the desktop is listing …

Game of Thrones is most torrented show of 2014

There's no denying it: lots of people like <i>Game of Thrones</i>, and a good portion of those fans have no problem illegally downloading the show to enjoy it. For the third year in a row, the HBO series is the most torrented TV show of the year, according to TorrentFreak's analysis. The site monitors data …

'The Interview' is already Sony's most popular online movie to date

There was a ton of hoopla about Sony releasing <i>The Interview</i> through internet services before it even hit theaters, but how much did this not-entirely-intentional experiment in online distribution pan out? Quite well, if you ask Sony. It just revealed that the movie racked up $15 million in digital …

Xiaomi Mi 5 Tipped to Sport Sapphire Display; MiPad 2 to Feature Intel SoC

Two devices from Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi expected at CES 2015 are the Mi 5 or Mi 4S smartphone and the MiPad 2 tablet.<p>The anticipated flagship …

Tesla's Roadster is getting an upgrade to nearly double its range

San Francisco to Los Angeles on a single charge<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the company’s Roadster model is getting a battery upgrade to extend its range from 244 miles to almost 400 miles. It's a significant boost, and one that means the Roadster will be able to outdo even the company’s …

Elder-care challenges prompt tech execs to create startups, apps | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - For years, Google Inc’s commerce chief, Stephanie Tilenius, held a demanding job and helped oversee the medical care of her parents, an experience that led her to leave the Internet search giant in 2012 and start a company to help patients combat chronic disease.<p>Earlier …

HTC Re updated review: This is the GoPro for dummies

HTC Re might lack the finesse of the GoPro but its easier to handle and use<p>Written by |<p>In October, when I attended the launch of the HTC Re camera, …

Cyberattacks used security software to cover their trail

State-sponsored hacking attempts frequently rely on specially written software, but that's a risky move. Unless it's well-made, custom code can be a giveaway as to who's responsible. Attackers are switching things up, however. Security researchers at CrowdStrike and Cymmetria have discovered that a …

Twitter error kicks Android app users out of their accounts

Normality is returning to mobile Twitter. After a period during which the official Android Twitter app was inaccessible, some users are now reporting that they can access their accounts on their Android devices again. Twitter's mobile site is back up after some downtime, and Tweetdeck, which was …

Chaos Computer Club claims it can reproduce fingerprints from people’s public photos

Chaos Computer Club, Europe’s largest association of hackers, claims it can reproduce your fingerprints from a couple of photos that show your fingers. At the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club convention in Hamburg, Germany, Jan Krissler, also known by his alias “Starbug,” explained how he copied the …

Russian Startup Livemap Lands $300K Grant For Its Motorcycle Helmet With Built-In Navigation

As we’re coming up on the next Consumer Electronics Show, I got an update from one of the companies that participated in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at the <i>last</i> CES — Russian startup Livemap.<p>The Livemap team is working to create motorcycle helmets with voice control and GPS navigation directly …

HTC Planning to Launch More Entry-Level 4G Smartphones in Q1 2015

HTC will expand its entry-level 4G smartphone portfolio in the first quarter of next year, hints President of HTC North Asia, Jack Tong, in a media …

Apple makes The Interview movie available on iTunes

REUTERS - Apple Inc said its iTunes store is now carrying Sony Corp’s “The Interview”, the film that angered North Korea and triggered a cyberattack against the studio.<p>Rubin Carias holds a poster of the film "The Interview" starring actors Seth Rogen and James Franco as he attends the Christmas Day …

DeGrasse Tyson offends some with Isaac Newton Christmas Day tweet

While you were cheerily celebrating Christmas Day, Neil DeGrasse Tyson was inserting a little scientific stuffing into your turkey of tradition.<p>The astrophysicist and "Cosmos" presenter chose Christmas Day to offer this tweet: "On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform …

Engineering prof: Young people have no clue how to fix things

I confess that when I manage to fix something in the house, I feel an unreasonable, possibly insane, pleasure.<p>This is principally because I barely know how to put a slice of bread inside a toaster. When I watch my engineer friend George fix my DVR, I believe I am in the presence of Leonardo da …

Here are the security measures NSA spies hate the most

It's tempting to imagine that few online safeguards will stop NSA surveillance in its tracks, but that's not true. A new leak from Edward Snowden's files reveals that there's a surprising number of ways to thwart these snoops, at least as of 2012. While you may already know that the NSA sees Tor's …

New documents reveal which encryption tools the NSA couldn't crack

Thanks to Edward Snowden, we're getting a new look at which programs can successfully keep out the NSA. A report in <i>Der Spiegel</i> has shed new light on the NSA's encryption-breaking programs, and put a spotlight on the handful of programs that are still giving them trouble. The findings, based on …

You have until Friday to order Christmas gifts on Amazon with free shipping

Amazon was one of the many big retailers that were unable to deliver packages on time for Christmas last year, but this year, the company seems to be a lot more confident. In fact, Amazon is actually making its holiday shipping cut-off even later than it was last year, pushing it back by two days …

Raspberry Pi helps old school pinball machine spew internet cliches

Pinball machines have been created from a single meme, so why not base one on, say, <i>all of them</i>? Liberty Games decided to refurbish an old and busted "Baby Doll" machine with all the cats, doges and "winter is coming" memes they could wedge in, while giving it a tech spit-shine with a 3D printer and …