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Police raid home of mystery man believed to be the creator of bitcoin

<i>Sydney (By Byron Kaye and Colin Packham for Reuters)</i> — Australian police raided the Sydney home and office on Wednesday of a man named by Wired magazine as the probable creator of bitcoin and holder of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the cryptocurrency, Reuters witnesses said.<p>More than a …

Kim Dotcom reveals more about his blockchain-inspired alternative Internet

Kim Dotcom, the creator of notorious file hosting service MegaUpload.com, took time from fighting extradition charges in New Zealand on Thursday to …

Android 6.0 Marshmallow review: All about polish and power

​<p>When Android 5.0 Lollipop started hitting devices last November, people could tell. Google's new Material Design aesthetic made sure you wouldn't mistake it for any prior version of the OS, which was great... especially when you consider how confusing parts of it could be. Now that Android's look …

Elon Musk said when Tesla was founded, he thought the company would ‘most likely die’

"If you would have asked me at the beginning of Tesla if I would have thought that we would be here, I would have said 'no.' I thought we would most likely not succeed. I thought we would most likely die," Musk said in a recent interview with Marketplace.<p>Of course, there days Tesla can't seem to …

Google owns Alphabet…the full domain and all!

CNNMoney<p>Mountain View surprised the world when it announced the creation of and restructuring into Alphabet, a holdings company of which Google is now but a part of. Indeed the name seemed both amusing and surprisingly logical, and as of last week it’s also official. Nonetheless, the mission …

Malicious Android adware campaign tries to exploit root access

Shutterstock<p>After the Stagefright fiasco I’m sure that the last thing you want to hear about right now are more Android security issues. But <i>FireEye</i> researchers have discovered an aggressive adware campaign, which they have dubbed Kemoge, that is targeting Android devices in more than 20 …

Portable Power for Electric Cars

The EP Tender may someday assuage your range anxiety<p>One of the factors that keeps electric vehicles from wide adoption is range anxiety. Though battery technologies have come a long way in the last decade, with 100 miles on a charge being common and Teslas easily topping 200 miles, people still …

This tiny 16-lens camera produces 52 megapixel photos

It's only the size of a smartphone, but Light's L16 "multi-aperture computational camera" houses an array of 16 individual camera units, each with …

Silent Circle's privacy-oriented Blackphone 2 is now available

Half a year after it was originally introduced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Silent Circle's Blackphone 2 is now available for …

Gear & Gadgets

Solar Energy Pops Up in Unexpected Places

Golf courses, landfills, and parka pockets become unlikely power sources with the advent of smarter solar.<p>Breathtaking desert expanses of panels and mirrors mark solar energy's growth, but renewables' next wave won't be confined to dusty no-man's-land. As researchers find new ways to make solar …

Microsoft will download Windows 10 even if you don’t want to upgrade — here’s how to stop it

After a concerned Windows user wrote in to the Inquirer, reports blew up this week that Microsoft is downloading Windows 10 installation files onto users’ machines without them reserving a copy of the new operating system. We reached out to the company to set the record straight; we confirmed that …

GoSmart Mobile introducing new $30 plan – unlimited talk, text and web

GoSmart Mobile offers some of the most interesting plans in the prepaid market. Today they extend their options by adding a completely new offer. This new tier costs $30 a month and includes unlimited talk, text and data.<p>US customers have plenty of prepaid options to choose from, but the issue is …

Robots in Japan now have emotions

Amid a growing debate over humanity’s place in the world alongside artificial intelligence, a Japanese telecom company has released a robot that it says has emotions. But rather than run in fear from it, we’ve welcomed it into our homes: Pepper, the “emotional robot,” sold out within a minute of …

Menlo Security Emerges From Stealth With $25M And Plan To Defeat Malware

Menlo Security, a company with a unique plan to battle malware, emerged from stealth today and also announced $25M in Series B funding.<p>The idea is an intriguing one. Many security problems emanate from malware, which can give hackers a path into a system where they can find their way deeper in and …

'Borderlands' Triples Legendary Drop Rate Two Years Late

Today Gearbox announced that in response to a recent test, they’re upping the drop rate for legendary items in both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Players will now see a 300% increase in elite drops, and to me, this is a story because I thought I was reading a post from two years …

Borderlands

The New York Times thinks it's identified mysterious bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto

The search for Nakamoto's identity has lasted years, with myriad theories, but new evidence suggests that a man who has long been considered a possible Nakamoto may indeed be the inventor behind bitcoin.<p>The New York Times has published a new longform piece (which features material from a …

Scientists make strides in beaming solar power from space

The idea of powering humanity by gathering an endless supply of solar energy from space has taken a huge step towards becoming a reality. Scientists working for JAXA, Japan's space administration, have announced a major breakthrough in wireless power transmission ... in that they've actually been …

Solar Power

Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana is coming to Android and iOS devices soon

Microsoft will soon make its voice-activated digital personal assistant Cortana available as a standalone app for Android and iOS devices, reports Reuters.<p>Cortana is currently exclusive to Windows Phone devices, but will come to Windows 10 for desktops this autumn, and subsequently arrive on mobile …

5 Ways MIT Is Reinventing Your Power Cord

Inspired by a water hose, MIT’s Tangible Media Group has come up with a way to make cords and cables part of your gadget’s UI.<p>Bending your lamp cord to turn off the light? Pinching your headphone cable to mute your music? A new project out of MIT is looking to change the way you look at cords by …

Google partners with Microsoft to fight false positives in the antivirus industry

Google today announced “trusted source,” a project to address the problem of false positives in the antivirus industry. The company has already started working with Microsoft to help minimize the issue on Windows.<p>The aim is simple: to have software developers share the files in their catalog for …

New U.S. agency to fight cyberthreats

Spurred in large part by North Korea's destructive digital hack at Sony Pictures, the Obama administration announced plans Tuesday to create a cyberintelligence center to better respond to digital breaches and threats to federal agencies and private industry.<p>Officials said the operation is being …

Republican FCC commissioners: Net neutrality plan misleads the American people

Republicans aren't happy with the Federal Communications Commission's plan to regulate the Internet like telephone service, and they're going out of their way to make sure people know it.<p>The latest broadside comes from within the FCC itself, with Republican commissioner Ajit Pai using a press …

Apple goes solar in 'boldest project ever' | DW | 11.02.2015

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook told a Goldman Sachs investor conference on Tuesday that the US tech giant was planning to build a 1,300-acre solar …

Will the internet of things finally kill privacy?

Why the FTC's new report doesn't go far enough<p>In the internet of things, the Federal Trade Commission sees the possibility of flourishing new markets. But it also sees a prologue to <i>Black Mirror</i>: in a new report that probes the privacy implications of connected devices, the commission surveys a …

Google Drive Is Offering 2GB Of Free Storage For Doing A Quick Security Checkup

Google is celebrating “Safer Internet Day” by offering 2GB of free Google Drive storage as a reward for performing a security checkup. To receive the free 2GB of storage on your Google Drive, you simply have to visit the Google’s security checkup website, log in to your Google account and quickly …

Google Drive

This Startup Wants to Make Elon Musk's Dreams Come True

A team of investors and tech experts plans to build the world's first supersonic transportation based off of Musk's Hyperloop designs.<p>While billionaire Elon Musk remains busy running Tesla and SpaceX, one money-rich startup is stepping up to the plate to bring the fabled Hyperloop one step closer …

The Fine Print: Unlimited data plans have limits

NEW YORK (AP) — With cellular-data plans, unlimited doesn't really mean unlimited. Some carriers threaten to slow down speeds after heavy use or curb …

Pocket ghost detector may be as hard to find as its targets (update: details)

Let's get this out of the way: ghost detection is based on junk science. It's trying to prove something that's unprovable almost by definition, using theories that have little connection to the real world. But if you <i>are</i> going to chase phantoms, you might as well have the best technology at your …

The first silicene transistors promise more powerful electronics

If electronics stalwart silicon and futuristic graphene had a child, it would be silicene. And silicene is growing up. A University of Texas-Austin …