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The K5 security robot will begin patrolling one Silicon Valley campus this year

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Knightscope<p>The Knightscope K5 robot’s 5-foot-tall bullet-shaped frame is impressive. Studded with cameras and sensors …

After 'Flappy Bird' takedown, phones with the game list for thousands on eBay

Miss out on the chance to download <i>Flappy Bird</i>? You may still be able to get the game, but this time, you'll have to pay big for the privilege of playing it: on eBay, dozens of listings have appeared for popular phones with the game already installed on them — an added value that's put a premium on …

Las Vegas casinos bet on Bitcoin

Two Sin City casinos have begun allowing guests to use the virtual currency when paying for hotel stay, restaurants, and gift shops.<p>A couple of downtown Las Vegas casinos are taking a gamble with Bitcoin payments. The D casino and the Golden Gate have announced that customers are free to use the …

Cryptocurrency

Facebook to share data with Russia's Yandex

<b>Facebook has agreed a deal to share public data from its users with Yandex - Russia's largest search engine.</b><p>The deal will give Yandex full access to public data from users in Russia, Turkey and CIS countries including Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.<p>The data includes users' posts and comments on …

Russia

Man Who Joined Anonymous Attack for '1 Minute' Fined $183,000

A 38-year-old man was sentenced to two years probation and a hefty fine for participating in a distributed denial-of-service attack organized by …

Virgin Galactic Now Accepting Bitcoins for Space Travel

Those who think bitcoin could become a world currency might want to think even bigger: Sir Richard Branson announced that his commercial space flight …

AFP and Getty to pay $1.2 million for using Twitter photos without permission

At the beginning of this year a US district judge ruled that several news organizations were liable for infringing on the copyrights of photographer Daniel Morel, after they used images posted on Twitter without permission — now they've been ordered to pay. Both the Agence France-Presse and Getty …

Sony’s PlayStation 4 Costs $381 to Build — Only $18 Under Retail Price — In Teardown

When PlayStation 3 was first released by electronics giant Sony in 2006, it was sold at a loss with the hope of making money back on individual games.<p>…

Nokia Shareholders to Approve Microsoft Deal

Nokia’s shareholders have done what everyone expected them to do, approving the sale of the Finnish company’s devices and services business to …

Reliance on autopilot is now the biggest threat to flight safety, study says

The tendency of commercial airline pilots to rely on automated systems now represents the biggest threat to flight safety around the world, according to a new study commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration. Pilots now struggle with manual flying tasks and in some cases fail to keep pace …

'Selfie' is the 2013 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year

Last year Oxford University Press split its word of the year honors between the US and the UK, but for 2013 there's one word to rule them all — and it is "selfie." The term beat out contenders like twerk, bitcoin, and binge-watch, due largely to its remarkable uptick in usage. According to research …

$7 million could buy you a pair of dueling dinosaur skeletons

A pair of intertwined dinos known as the "Montana dueling dinosaurs" will be sold today in a large-scale fossil sale at Bonhams auction house in New York City. The dueling dinosaurs are headlining the auction; valued at $7 million to $9 million, the fossil contains a tyrannosaurid and ceratopsian, …

Record sales will not be enough for Sony’s PS4

Sony announced this weekend that its new PlayStation 4 (PS4) console sold over 1 million units on the first day in the US and Canada.<p>The sales figure marks the first time that any video game console has sold so well, so quickly. The one-day figure for the PS4 launch easily beat the 2000 release of …

Tablets

Wild day for Bitcoin: currency cracks $700, feds say no new laws are needed

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Guardian/Guy Grandjean, James Ball<p>Don’t expect the Bitcoin hype to die down anytime soon. On Monday, the virtual …

Starbucks puts a coffee shop on rails

The double-decker car uses a design that combines design elements based on coffee with Swiss detailing in what Starbucks calls the smallest bar it …

The World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Is Still in China

Today is that twice-a-year day when the world pays attention to big iron. The latest edition of the Top 500 list of the most powerful supercomputers …

As Bitcoin prices surge past $750, a new high, U.S. agencies set to argue in favor (updated)

Bitcoin prices have exploded over the past week, and just in time: Federal agencies are gearing up to defend the digital currency’s legitimacy in a Senate hearing today.<p>The United States Department of Justice and Securities and Exchanges Commission will argue in favor of Bitcoin’s viability, with …

Google Has Designed A Throat Tattoo That Is Also A Lie Detector

The tattoo isn't permanent — it's applied to a sticky substance on the skin.<p>The intent of the device is to allow someone to wear a communications device on their throat, keeping a mobile phone or similar device in their pocket. The tattoo communicates with the device, transmitting conversation. …

Lie Detection

Microsoft in talks to rename Real Madrid's iconic soccer stadium

The Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, commonly known as the Bernabéu, is one of the most famous sporting arenas in the world, having hosted Real Madrid's home games since 1947. But the Spanish soccer titans could be playing under a different banner if Microsoft gets its way — the software giant has …

Lady Gaga to perform in space (no, really!)

The singer is set to perform the first-ever concert in space as part of Zero G Colony, a three-day music festival, in early 2015.<p>To her fans, Lady Gaga is already out of this world as a performer, but now she will literally perform <i>out of this world</i>.<p>The 27-year-old pop star is set to perform the …

Music Festivals

Marvel pushes for diversity with newest superhero, a teenage Muslim girl

Marvel's newest superhero will be just a little bit different from most of her predecessors. The new Ms. Marvel will be a 16-year-old named Kamala Khan, a student in Jersey City who comes from a Pakistani Muslim family. It's the first time that a Muslim character has been the star of one of …

Some People Are Complaining About The Fingerprint Sensor On The iPhone 5S

Hundreds of people have taken to Twitter and the Apple forums to share their complaints. The general consensus seems to be that people often find themselves needing to rescan their finger because Touch ID simply won't recognize it.<p>"Wife and I got iPhone 5s units at the same time," user …

iPhone

Chrome extension uses colored text to speed up online reading

Lots of apps have offered the promise of reading text faster, but a Chrome extension called Beeline Reader is using an unexpected tool to get there: colored text. Built on top of the Readability code, the extension works by reformatting the text on a page into a single stripped-down column, then …

How to add logic to search results in OS X

You can greatly narrow search results in the Finder by adding logical operators to include and exclude specific files.<p>When searching for items in OS X, you can use the Spotlight menu or perform a Finder search routine. Finder, unlike the Spotlight menu, offers a number of filtering options you can …

Operating Systems

Big news, Samsung’s monster Galaxy Mega smartphones are official (Updated)

<i>Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 smartphone.</i><p>Here’s some “big” news, in fact, one could say it’s mega news, as Samsung has made the …

Electronics Industry

Samsung announces Galaxy S 4 sales of 10 million, new colors coming this summer (video)

Just as CEO JK Shin predicted, Samsung has announced its new Galaxy S 4 topped 10 million units sold in record time. That beats the 50 days it took the Galaxy S III to sell that many, a mark it took 5 months for the Galaxy S II to pass and 7 months for the original Galaxy S. Samsung has been able …

Xbox One Is The First Games Console For People Who Don't Like Games

At last: a game console that doesn't require gaming.<p>"PlayStation" is a literal description of what you do with it: it's a station at which you play. Nintendo has released systems with "game" in the name--Game Boy, GameCube. But Xbox doesn't mean much of anything. Originally it stood for, in …

Playing God: Meet the man who built the most lifelike android ever

Next month, leaders in the world of robotics, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence will converge on New York City for the second annual Global …

Singularity

Lifelike Robotic Bird Got Attacked By A Hawk

You know you’ve built a pretty good robot when nature itself has been fooled. And a group of robotics researchers at the University of Maryland got that compliment last month, when their robotic bird, dubbed “Robo Raven” was attacked by a hawk.<p>Professor S.K. Gupta has been working on creating a …