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Exclusive: Inside Microsoft's secret Surface testing labs

Inside Microsoft's<br>Secret Surface<br>Testing Labs<p>Inside Microsoft's<br>Secret Surface<br>Testing Labs<p>I cringed hard as a robot arm dropped a Surface Pro onto the …

Google Is Building a City of the Future in Toronto. Would Anyone Want to Live There?

It could be the coolest new neighborhood on the planet—or a peek into the Orwellian metropolis that knows everything you did last night.<p><b>TORONTO—Even with a chilly mid-May</b> breeze blowing off Lake Ontario, this city’s western waterfront approaches idyllic. The lake laps up against the boardwalk, …

Smart Cities

iPhone to unlock hotel doors, act as virtual transit card after iOS 12 update

The iPhone 6 was the first iPhone to come with a built-in NFC chip, needed to handle Apple Pay transactions. Apple’s mobile payment solution came …

Former employees say Lyft staffers spied on passengers

Similar to Uber’s “God View” scandal, Lyft staffers have been abusing customer insight software to view the personal contact info and ride history of the startup’s passengers. One source that formerly worked with Lyft tells TechCrunch that widespread access to the company’s backend let staffers …

Ripple co-founder loses $44 billion on paper during cryptocurrency crash

The digital currency plunge has wiped billions from the paper fortune of a cryptocurrency billionaire in just a few weeks.<p>Ripple's XRP coin has …

Snapchat Stories may be coming to the web

Snapchat may have a new way to fight Facebook's me-too efforts: make Stories available beyond its mobile app. A <i>Cheddar</i> source has claimed that Snap is working on Stories Everywhere, which (surprise) would make Stories available on the web and other apps. It's reportedly in the early stages, but …

Silicon Valley Gets Spiritual

<b>Consciousness hacking and tech’s search for your soul</b><p>A group of techies got together in San Francisco last week for a light little something called “UnPanel: Leverage Points for Uplifting Humanity.” The goal was to discuss how humanity can shift from “an extractive (selfish) to an additive …

Silicon Valley

Bitcoin Storms Wall Street

Bitcoin traders have no time to pop the champagne anymore.<p>The crypto-rocket shot past $11,000 last week just hours after eclipsing $10,000, which …

The Silicon Valley Diet

Tech’s body obsession<p>Not very long ago, while en route to lunch in downtown <b>Palo Alto</b>, I bumped into my dour pal, Arthur. He’d lost so much weight I hardly recognized him. He looked like a walking snake or eel. His eyeballs, which protruded slightly, were the only round things on him. My first …

Silicon Valley

“HIGH” TECHNOLOGY

There’s gold in them thar weeds!<p>Some years ago, a relative of mine decided to move to Northern California to become a legal <b>marijuana</b> grower. Easy money, he thought.<p>He had been, for much of his life, a long-haul trucker and the back-breaking work was taking a toll on his body. So he and a pal, who …

The God Watch

With the Apple Watch, it looks like 3’s the charm<p>As you’d expect, the first wave of stories about <b>Apple’s</b> big announcements last week centered on the debut of the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone (the eponymous “X”) and its duller siblings, the 8 and 8 Plus. (See canonical <b>Flipboard</b> magazine …

Apple Watch

Bubble Trouble

Why “ICO” is becoming a bad word—and what’s next<p>Everyone’s going gaga for Initial Coin Offerings. “What’s an <b>ICO</b>?” asks, then answers, <b>Bloomberg</b>. “The ICO Craze Explained,” explains <b>Recode</b>. “WTF is an ICO?” demands <b>TechCrunch</b>. And here’s “Everything you need to know about ICOs,” soothes <b>TNW</b>.<p>Techland’s …

Cryptocurrency

Hackers Are the Real Obstacle for Self-Driving Vehicles - MIT Technology Review

Before autonomous trucks and taxis hit the road, manufacturers will need to solve problems far more complex than collision avoidance and navigation …

Machine Learning

Bitcoin just passed $4,000

What a day for Bitcoin.<p>24 hours ago the cryptocurrency was trading below $3,700. About an hour ago it surged passed $4,000 and has no signs of stopping. It’s now trading around $4,135.00. For reference, a week ago Bitcoin hit an all-time high as it passed $3,000 for the first time.<p>Check out the …

Inside the world of Silicon Valley's 'coasters' — the millionaire engineers who get paid gobs of money and barely work

On a sunny summer morning, a Facebook engineer woke up to go to work but felt ill, ran to the bathroom and threw up. "I thought I was getting sick," the engineer recalled.<p>It wasn't a virus or food poisoning. The engineer was having a bad reaction to the thought of going to work.<p>This person was …

Silicon Valley

10 Gadgets for Surviving a Noisy Flight

Getting comfortable on a long flight can be difficult for many reasons. The cabin is too cold or warm, the infant sitting three rows behind you is …

Headphones

15 free games that will help you learn how to code

Online learning has come a long way in the last few years. There are interactive courses, tons of online tutorials, and one of my personal favorite ways to practice coding: games.<p>While a game alone probably isn't going to teach you everything you need to know about coding, it can be a really …

She wants her rape reporting software to be universal

There's a lot of human error when it comes to handling reports of sexual harassment.<p>For example, when a former Uber engineer alleged sexual harassment at the company, human resources dismissed her allegations as the manager's first offense. The woman later discovered that it wasn't.<p>Now imagine if …

Nintendo Switch review: the best portable console

Nintendo's best hardware ever, but many questions remain unanswered<p>I am only about 15 hours through the new <i>Legend of Zelda</i> right now, but it’s clear to me that I’ll probably spend dozens, if not hundreds, of hours exploring the world, killing Moblins, and collecting treasure.<p>At any other point in …

Engineers built a folding shield that can stop a bullet

Chances are you’ve never folded an origami swan with thoughts that it could save your life. Engineers at Brigham Young University did — well, kind of. It’s not a swan, but the inspiration is hard to miss.<p>BYU’s origami shield tips the scales at only 55 pounds. Ultra portable, the suitcase-sized …

Engineering

The 27 best startups that launched this year

While 2016 might have spelled trouble for some well-established startups, it also saw the birth of companies tackling things like a cure for cancer, life-saving drones, and competition for Uber.<p>Business Insider spoke to founders and venture capitalists and took a look at funding data to identify …

Startups

This Battery Charges In Seconds, And Lasts All Week

The new tech comes from researchers at the University of Central Florida, and uses super-capacitors to do its job. Capacitors are electrical …

Clean Energy

You can actually buy Zotac’s VR backpack PC now

Zotac released the VR Go today, joining MSI in the relatively small club of companies that are actually shipping wearable VR backpacks. For those who are unfamiliar, VR backpacks are wearable gaming computers meant to allow for untethered room-scale virtual reality environments — they’re the future …

Snapchat invented a nifty way to charge its new smart glasses

The new Spectacles, made by Snapchat parent company Snap Inc., are intended to be the opposite: cool, sleek, and fashionable without a trace of the computers powering them. Pulling that off though is no easy task.<p>Patents published on Nov. 1 give us a small peek at what's likely under the hood of …

Patents

The Moto M will likely come with a massive 5,100mAh battery

Purported renders and photos of Lenovo’s Moto M surfaced online earlier this month, and now the phone’s specs are available too, thanks to the tech blog Krispitech. The Moto M will reportedly come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD slot, and a …

Mobile Technology

'Dirty Cow' Linux vulnerability found after nine years

The ‘Dirty Cow’ bug was originally introduced nine years ago, and has been sitting unnoticed for much of that time<p>The operating system that lies at the core of most servers on the internet and most smartphones has a critical vulnerability which has existed, unnoticed, for nine years.<p>Called “Dirty …

Razer's new 17-inch gaming laptop has an amazing mechanical keyboard, costs $3,699

The 2016 Razer Blade Pro comes with a 4K touchscreen, Thunderbolt 3, GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, and a whole lot more<p>Today Razer is overhauling its biggest and baddest machine, the 17.3-inch Razer Blade Pro, with a formidable spec sheet and probably the best keyboard ever attached to a …

Computer Hardware

San Francisco is getting tiny self-driving robots that could put delivery people out of a job

A robot that looks like the love child of an icebox and R2-D2 pulls up outside a house in San Francisco. The lid pops open, uncovering a box of pastries inside.<p>"I got a delivery from a little roaming cooler, it looks like," Julie O'Keefe, 67, tells the San Francisco Chronicle.<p>A recent test run of …

San Francisco

Apple put a barometric vent in the space where the iPhone 7 headphone jack would have been

iFixit is the hero this industry needs, and it has once again done a beautiful job of ripping apart a brand-new iPhone and showing us what's inside. Even better, iFixit does X-rays, too! Do you want to see inside that Taptic Engine black box? Now you can:<p>Thank you, iFixit! Oh, and what's that weird …

Remix OS is now available as a simple-to-use Android emulator for Windows

Remix OS is basically a desktop version of Android, with floating windows and a start menu-style app drawer. So, it makes sense that creators Jide would make it as easy to use <i>on</i> a desktop. Enter Remix OS Player — a free, downloadable emulator of the OS for Windows. It's always been fairly easy to …