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Scientists reveal new breakthrough in uncrackable quantum cryptography

After yesterday's NSA codebreaking revelations, there's some good news for cryptography. A Toshiba research lab has announced a crucial breakthrough in quantum cryptography, the last truly unbreakable form of encryption, which could pave the way for a new generation of private communications …

Turning Apple TV Into Ouroboros

Apple has been ‘pulling the string’ on the Apple TV for seven years now. Think about that one for a minute: it’s had a set-top box since before the iPhone.<p>During that time, the landscape of online video entertainment has completely changed, largely as a result of the iPhone, iPad and iTunes Store. …

New Suspension Generates Power From Bumps and Curves

Every time your car bounces or sways, energy is being lost to the ether, and two companies have developed a way to harness that energy to boost fuel …

Weekend Project: Build a False TV Wall | WIRED

Just because you rent, that doesn’t mean you can’t own the living room. It does, however, mean you can’t punch a trillion holes in the wall to mount …

That's Not How You Use That: Leeching Wi-Fi at the Coffee Shop

For a sizable portion of American workforce the coffee shop has become the new office. That's fine and dandy. But it doesn't mean you can treat it …

Is That Quantum Computer for Real? There May Finally Be a Test

In early May, news reports gushed that a quantum computation device had for the first time outperformed classical computers, solving certain problems …

Have a Rocket to Launch? NASA's Massive Launch Platforms Are Now on Sale

Space pioneers, super villains, and delusional architects, get your checkbooks ready. NASA is putting its Mobile Launcher Platforms up for sale, and …

Bunkr Is The PowerPoint Killer We’ve All Been Waiting For

French startup Bunkr is focused on one simple task: killing PowerPoint. To achieve this goal, the company’s well-designed web app will help you collect visual content and organize it into slides. The result is a very visual HTML5 presentation that works on your computer, phone or tablet. You can …

'Titanfall,' the best thing at Gamescom 2013

If you thought the PS4 had all the best next-gen games, think again<p>Respawn Entertainment's debut title won more than 60 awards when it was unveiled at E3 this year, and now that I've played it for the first time, I can see why. <i>Titanfall</i> remixes the familiar first-person shooter with elements from …

Astronaut tells the story of how he almost drowned during a spacewalk

Last month, a planned spacewalk was cut short by NASA because of a frightening accident in which an astronaut's helmet began filling with water. Now, astronaut Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency has told his tale in full — of how he first began feeling water on the back of his neck, how he …

'EVE Valkyrie,' an Oculus Rift dogfighting game by the makers of 'EVE Online,' coming in 2014

Oculus Rift tech demo <i>EVR</i>, which wowed us at E3 with its multiplayer space dogfights, is on its way to becoming a full game. This morning, <i>EVE Online</i> creator CCP released a trailer for <i>EVE Valkyrie,</i> the new name of <i>EVR</i> or <i>EVE-VR</i>, promising a 2014 release date. The teaser below shows off the game's …

How Disney Imagineering revealed the secrets of Tomorrowland two years ago

<i>Tomorrowland</i> is now in theaters, and since the project was mysteriously announced four years ago it’s appeared to be many things: an ‘80s-style children’s adventure, a mysterious sci-fi tale of interlocking mysteries, and — as I mentioned in our review — a story about the hope and optimism that …

Netflix continues its attack on premium cable with Weinstein Company deal

While Netflix's original programming has garnered the lion's share of attention lately, the company is steadily building up its arsenal of licensed content — and now <i>Variety</i> reports that the company has snatched pay-TV exclusivity for Weinstein Company films away from Showtime. As it currently …

The fractured landscape of GPS: when digital glitches break into the real world

The Global Positioning System (GPS) has become one of the most trustworthy ways for people to navigate from place to place, thanks namely to GPS-enabled smartphones and mobile devices. But is it really so reliable? That's the question asked by architect and animator Will Gowland in his breathtaking …

Fox claims first movie rights to 'Epic' longform experiment

When journalists Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis launched <i>Epic Magazine</i> a week ago, they did so with the hope of creating a new business model for journalism. The goal of Epic is to fund long-form, in-depth articles that are published online for free by selling the film rights to those stories to …

The Internet: We’re Doing It Wrong

This week Facebook’s ban-bot went berserk; Github went down; and all Google services collapsed for a few minutes, taking 40% of the Internet with them. Just another week on the Internet, then. We love our centralized services, until they let us down.<p>Bruce Sterling calls them “the Stacks”: Amazon, …

Google Makes Mobile App Analytics More Flexible With New Tag Manager, Services SDK

After demoing it at Google I/O earlier this year, Google Analytics today launched its Tag Manager for Mobile Apps and Google Analytics Services SDK for Android and iOS. These tools, Google says, will make it easier for app developers to make changes to their analytics setup even after they have …

Timely is the best-looking alarm clock you can get on Android

Alarm clock apps are nearly as common and as popular as weather apps, and while many people might argue that the phone's built-in alarm clock works just fine, there are a number of well-designed options for those looking for a little more. Rise is one of our favorites on iOS, and Timely brings much …

Online OpenDesk catalog makes local craftsmen your personal IKEA

If you want to explore the long tail of furniture design, a new service called OpenDesk is worth investigating — it's a crowd-sourced database of downloadable furniture designs as well as a network of craftspeople that can build that furniture for you. While there aren't many pieces of furniture …

Why Venture Will Abandon Seed Investing

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ben Narasin is a long-time entrepreneur, president of TriplePoint Ventures, the seed equity practice of TriplePoint Capital, and a freelance writer. Follow him on Twitter @bnarasin.</i><p>Five years ago, I noticed a growing gap between angel and venture investing. Venture was getting bigger …

AngelList Tells SEC New Fundraising Rules Will Kill Startups

Startups could face a “death sentence” one year ban from fundraising if they violate awkward new general solicitation fundraising rules, AngelList co-founder Naval Ravikant wrote in a letter to the SEC this week. Ravikant says the Regulation D and Form D changes that go into effect soon are …

Google Street View driver detained by Thai villagers on suspicion of spying

Google's controversial Street View project has photographed millions of miles of roads and paths across the world, but that doesn't mean everyone has accepted the company's camera-equipped cars with open arms. A group of 20 villagers from Sa-eab, in Northern Thailand, blocked one of the cars, …

New form of carbon said to be strongest material ever found

The strongest known material in the world may have just been dethroned. Researchers from Rice University have calculated the properties of a little-studied form of carbon known as carbyne, and they've determined that it should have a "specific strength surpassing that of any other known material." …

Small Empires: Fitocracy's quest to make working out fun

Gaming can be addictive. Working out? Not so easily. Cue Fitocracy. It's the product of two people unhappy with their own body image, trying to figure out some way to motivate themselves getting in shape, and putting those efforts into a company.<p>Small Empires is our new weekly show that visits …

Dave Eggers' new novel asks what would happen if Google was truly evil

Dave Eggers, the acclaimed author behind <i>A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius</i> and <i>A Hologram for the King</i>, will release his latest novel, <i>The Circle</i>, this fall. The book will revolve around a fictional, but eerily familiar entity, "the Circle," which is described as "the world's most powerful …

3D-printed 'Final Fantasy VII' figurines are polygon-perfect

Although 3D printers are proliferating to the point where NASA plans to bring them into space, consumer-level machines still produce fairly crude results. Joaquin Baldwin has played that to his own advantage, however, by using the technology to recreate an equally crude subject — the cast of …

A Lego Set for Budding Architects, With No Instructions

Architecture Studio, a new set from Lego, comes with 1,210 white and translucent bricks. More notable is what it lacks: namely, instructions for any …

Foundation: Evernote’s Phil Libin on Building a Hundred-Year-Old Startup

For the latest episode of my Foundation series, I interviewed Evernote CEO Phil Libin live from START SF. Phil discusses his views on the “cloud” moniker, Evernote’s plans to be a hundred-year-old startup, and how to make encryption sexy (yes, really!).<p>Here’s Phil’s healthy perspective on the …

Ubuntu Edge Gets Its First Major Corporate Backer In Bloomberg, But Funding Still Off Needed Pace

The Ubuntu Edge is an audacious attempt to crowdsource the next smartphone advancement. Canonical, the company behind the Edge and Ubuntu itself is seeking an exorbitant $32 million to make it happen, and gave itself only a month to raise those funds. Now, Bloomberg LP has come forward as its first …

Check Out YouTube Space LA, Its Huge New Space For Local Video Creators

Over the past few years, YouTube has emerged as the dominant platform for distributing video online, but it would be nothing without all the creators and networks that produce content for it. The number one request from those members in LA was for production space to help them create better …