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Bitcoin drops below key $9,000 level on Coinbase

Bitcoin dropped Thursday to trade below $9,000, a critical level of support that many analysts are watching. The decline followed reports that raised worries about increased regulation in India and potential price manipulation at a major exchange.<p>The digital currency dropped nearly 13 percent to a …

Cryptocurrency

This is the first action camera with built-in stabilization

The best action cameras are still susceptible to capturing super shaky footage. A new company called Revl has a solution to this problem — it's called the Arc, and it's the first action camera with built-in, motorized image stabilization.<p>At first glance, the Arc doesn't look all too different from …

Videography

The FBI's silence over its iPhone hack 'puts everyone at risk'

The FBI should reveal how it unlocked the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, leading security experts have said.<p>Not providing details of …

Privacy

Marooned Among the Polar Bears

Last July, a Russian helicopter pilot had nearly completed a record-breaking trip around the globe when he crashed into the icy waters of the Arctic Circle. He never should have survived.<p>The pounding noise shatters the ancient, eerie silence of the Davis Strait, a frigid finger of ocean separating …

Arctic Circle

Netflix: We're the ones throttling video speeds on AT&T and Verizon

The streaming service says that for five years it's been slowing down video to wireless users to save them from themselves.<p>If you watch Netflix on Verizon or AT&T, the streaming video service is keeping you from getting the full picture -- and it claims it's for your own good.<p>A week after the …

Telecoms

Google grabs Apple as a cloud data customer from Amazon

According to industry sources, Google’s cloud data platform has secured a major new customer this week – tech rival Apple. The news is a significant boost for Google, as the company looks to close the gap on Amazon Web Service (AWS), the leading cloud data service provider in the market. Apple has …

Cloud Computing

Six microrobots band together to tow a Chevrolet Volt

Stanford University develop tiny robots that can pull a 3,900-pound car very slowly.<p>We may have a new super-compact towing service in our futures. Stanford University's Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory has taken inspiration from how ants work together to move much larger objects, …

Stanford University

DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis on how AI will shape the future

DeepMind’s stunning victories over Go legend Lee Se-dol have stoked excitement over artificial intelligence’s potential more than any event in recent memory. But the Google subsidiary’s AlphaGo program is far from its only project — it’s not even the main one. As co-founder Demis Hassabis said …

Artificial Intelligence

There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin

Goldman Sachs says the technology "has the potential to redefine transactions" and can change "everything."<p>JPMorgan last month announced it was launching a trial project with the blockchain startup led by its former executive, Blythe Masters.<p>Her company, Digital Asset Holdings, has secured funding …

Blockchain
Los Angeles

The 100 Best Employers Are Looking to Fill 100,876 Jobs This Year

<i>Fortune</i>’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For is a must-read for all job seekers. These are the companies that have created cultures of …

Employment

Read Apple's statement to Congress on the FBI warrant fight

Tomorrow, Apple will make its case before Congress, as General Counsel Bruce Sewell gives testimony to the House Judiciary Committee at 1PM ET. It's Apple's first appearance before Congress since the company received an order to break security measures on a phone linked to the San Bernardino …

Privacy

Against the Sticker Chart

Priming kids to expect rewards for good behavior can harm their social skills in the long term.<p>After working with thousands of families over my years as a family psychologist, I’ve found that one of the most common predicaments parents face is how to get kids to do what they’re asked. And one of …

Psychology

NYC is installing public Android tablets on the street

Remember telephone booths? Me neither. I am, however, aware of Doctor Who and have seen a couple of Superman movies so I think I have the basic concept down. These once-ubiquitous public communication installations fell by the wayside in the recent decades of cell phone dominance, but last year, …

Bill de Blasio

Apple has a new fix for phones bricked by Error 53

In the latest update to iOS, Apple has issued a patch for one of its most stubborn and mystifying errors, potentially restoring countless bricked phones to functionality. Typically triggered by third-party repairs, Error 53 has been causing headaches for months, but became particularly prominent …

Mobile Technology

New Android malware sweeps through Denmark

A new virus is hitting Android phones in Europe, uncovered by Heimdal Security. Called Mazar, the virus spreads through texts and, once installed, forwards all web traffic through a malicious proxy, allowing attackers to harvest sensitive details from the user's web activity. Heimdal tells the BBC …

Android News

Mossberg: Apple’s apps need work

People think of Apple as a maker of excellent premium hardware. In fact, many reviewers regard Apple devices as the best you can buy. For instance, I’m on record as saying its most important product, the iPhone, is the best smartphone on the market. So is <i>The Verge</i> overall.<p>But there’s more than just …

Apps

The Past, Present, and Future of Zika

Why it’s unique in the landscape of mosquito-borne viruses in the Americas<p>The mosquito-borne virus Zika didn’t come out of nowhere, but it kind of feels that way, given how rapidly it’s spread both through the Americas and through public consciousness over the past month or so.<p>And now, after an …

Public Health

The Top 10 Super Bowl Ads of All Time

The best Super Bowl ads of all time took viewers on an emotional journey; as data suggests, animals and children typically attract the most attention.<p>The Super Bowl teams were just set last month, but advertisers have long been gearing up for the big game. In fact, ad slots are so coveted that …

Advertising

Samsung's Android browser gets ad blocking capabilities

Content blocking plugins are now supported in Samsung Internet<p>Samsung is today adding support for content and ad blocking plugins to the web browser preinstalled on its Android phones. The updated browser, which is being pushed to Samsung phones with Android Marshmallow starting today, with plans …

Ad Blocking

Inside the FCC's audacious plan to blow up the cable box

All the answers are probably right<p>FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler dropped a bomb on the cable television1 industry yesterday with his proposal to allow any manufacturer to create cable boxes that can access pay-TV service. (The FCC is calling this plan #unlockthebox, because 1. "competitive head-end …

Smart TV

Microsoft just made Office apps far more powerful for the iPad Pro

Microsoft promised many of its newest and most powerful stylus-based features in Windows 10 Office apps like PowerPoint and OneNote would make their way to other platforms, and the company is now following through. Starting today, Office apps for the iPad and iPad Pro can take advantage of new …

Apps

Slick earbuds will let Coachella attendees experience the festival in a brand new way

Attendees at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will have the ability to experience the festival in a whole new way, thanks to some …

Oil crashes to $30 a barrel

The dramatic crash in crude oil prices just got even more stunning.<p>Oil plummeted below $30 a barrel on Tuesday for the first time since December 2003. The latest wave of selling leaves crude oil down 19% this year alone. It represents an incredible 72% plunge from crude oil's June 2014 peak of …

Oil

IBM's Watson will tell you when to sleep, exercise, and eat

And I'm not sure if it's creepy or amazing<p>Under Armour announced a whole bunch of products earlier this week at CES, from its first pair of connected sneakers to a standard wrist-based activity tracker, but the most interesting announcement had to do with everyone's favorite supercomputer.<p>IBM and …

Fitness Technology

Microsoft to flag state-sponsored hacking of its users' accounts

In a policy change, the tech giant will let users of online services such as Outlook.com email know if they've become targets of government-sponsored attackers.<p>If you're using Microsoft's online email and file-storage services, you'll now get a special heads-up if your accounts are hit by …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Samsung Pay Will Launch Online Payments In the U.S.

Samsung Pay plans a major expansion in the United States next year. Users will be able to make purchases on websites with Samsung Pay, which puts it into more direct competition with services like Paypal, Reuters reports. The mobile wallet platform will be also available on lower-end Samsung …

Electronics Industry

The secret to finding the best mobile apps: try everything

One of the more popular posts to pop up in my Facebook News Feed last week was a friend's request for advice on whether he should quit Apple Music and just go back to Spotify. Seemingly everyone I knew had an opinion on the streaming services, ranging from "Apple Music is garbage" to "try Google …

Apps

Here's what critics thought of the originalStar Wars in 1977

People outside of Disney have finally seen <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens;</i> if you’re not holed up in a bunker keeping out all news and plot details …

'Star Wars:' Here's what the critics are saying about 'Force Awakens'

<i>Star Wars</i> fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday morning when the first reviews of <i>The Force Awakens</i> were revealed.<p>Spoiler alert: it's good.<p>With a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes and critical takes ranging from generally positive to four-star raves, here's the early buzz on <i>Force</i> …

Star Wars