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The inside story of the HTC One M8

There was unfinished business with the HTC One.<p>It was critically praised, yes. In a sea of bland plastic phones, the HTC One's aluminum-clad body stood out like a Mercedes Benz flanked by Toyota Camrys. One touch, and you couldn't help but to think "premium."<p>Yet to Scott Croyle, who heads up design …

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IRS Rules Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

The IRS has officially stated that bitcoin is a property – similar to any other valuable commodity – rather than a currency. What does this mean? Not much. In short, if you pay someone in bitcoin – in the same way you could pay them in gold – the wages are taxed accordingly. It is also not …

Popcorn Time Is Hollywood’s Worst Nightmare, And It Can’t Be Stopped

Imagine for a moment if Napster were cloned hundreds of times. If there were a NapsterStanford, a NapsterMIT, or a Napster for your high school completely independent from, yet just as powerful as, the original. Imagine what would have happened if Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker had released the …

This Is How Google Can Dominate The Smartwatch Industry For Years To Come

This week’s announcement of Android Wear by Google has felt like a shot in the arm for the smartwatch industry. Short of Apple’s mythical iWatch appearing on a wrist near you, the entrance of Google into the wearable space with a clear focus on the smartwatch as a platform is the move that everyone …

Wendy's Updates iOS App to Enable Mobile Payments at U.S. Locations

Wendy's has updated its <i>My Wendy's</i> app for iOS devices with the ability to take mobile payments at most of its 5,800 locations in the United States, reports <i>The Associated Press</i>. The fast-food restaurant chain has reportedly been developing its mobile payment system over the past year, testing its …