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Maldives opposition critical of 'draconian' anti-Islamic State law

Fears expressed that legislation targeting suspected Isis sympathisers could be used to suppress legitimate political dissent<p>The Maldives has passed a law allowing authorities to install cameras in the homes of people they suspect of being Islamic State sympathisers and arrest them if they try to …

Amal Clooney
Israel
Law Enforcement

Tales from Auschwitz: survivor stories

Tuesday 27 January is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Six survivors, some of whom will be returning to the site for the last time, tell Kate Connolly their stories<p><b>Irene Fogel Weiss, born in 1930 in Bótrágy, Czechoslovakia, now Batrad, Ukraine. She</b> …

3 Habits Highly Productive People Do Every Day, Even If They're 'Too Busy'

"Productivity" is such a buzz word these days that hundreds of books, apps and systems have popped up hoping to teach us the magic formula.<p>But at the end of the day, really getting the most out of your life comes down to the fundamentals.<p>Successful people have known for years that to stay …

5 tech myths you hear all the time

Humans are great at creating myths. From Marduk and Zeus to unicorns and mermaids, there's no end to what we can imagine. That's true even with technology.<p>There's old tech advice that no one questions, half-remembered instructions you just keep doing, misunderstood terms and more that you believe …

Four Note-Taking Apps For The Tech-Forward College Student

As we head into the depths of August (the month where time stands still), there is <i>one</i> interesting thing that starts to happen. Kids head back to school.<p>That said, we decided to use some new data from CampusBooks to look at how college students are approaching their schoolwork. Perhaps the most …

We’ve got a Butterfly Labs Bitcoin miner, and it’s pretty darn fast | Ars Technica

The loud little box busily decodes money at 5.35 billion hashes per second.<p>Apparently, I'm a Bitcoin miner now, and it looks like I'm actually pretty …

Cryptocurrency

Wary of Bitcoin? A guide to some other cryptocurrencies | Ars Technica

You can fill your virtual pockets with Litecoin, PPCoin, or Freicoin.<p>It might have passed you by, but an essential part of the Internet's …

Bitcoin

Watch Wired Get Rich Quick With Our Sleek Bitcoin Miner

Author: Robert McMillan. Robert McMillan Business<p>Date of Publication: 05.10.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>We’ve set up own little digital …

Bitcoin

The future of Bitcoin: 3 predictions from experts

Advertisement<p>23 Comments<p>Bitcoin is a cyber-currency of growing interest to speculators, the media and — most recently — the U.S. government. Many …

Bitcoin

Need cash? Then you'll need ID at Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox

Mt. Gox is requiring all users to verify their accounts in order to make non-bitcoin currency deposits and withdrawals, less than a week after U.S. authorities said they shut down online payment processor Liberty Reserve for alleged money laundering.<p>The world's largest bitcoin exchange instituted …

Bitcoin

Calculating The Long-Term Value Of A Bitcoin

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Joshua Seims is an angel investor and entrepreneur based in San Francisco. He is currently building a company that provides secure storage of bitcoins. Follow him on Twitter @jseims.</i><p>A big question that’s debated in the Bitcoin community is “How much will Bitcoins be worth in the long …

Bitcoin: Huge Hype Belies Low Awareness

Last week I had the good fortune to attend an event put on by VLAB at Stanford called Virtual Currencies: Gold Rush or Fools' Gold, The Rise of Bitcoin in a Digital Economy. This event explored the rise of the Bitcoin virtual currency. It also included a presentation by OpenCoin on their …

Bitcoin: how I made a virtual fortune

What started off as essentially a hobby became a virtual company with market capitalisation worth around £250,000<p>About a year ago I bought 30 Bitcoins, the online peer-to-peer crypto-currency, for about £3 each using a European website called Bitstamp.net. Bitcoins appealed to my inner …

Gold in them bits: Inside the world’s most mysterious Bitcoin mining company | Ars Technica

Butterfly Labs has taken millions of dollars worth of orders for its hardware.<p>This is the first in a two-part series exploring Butterfly Labs and its …

Cryptocurrency

For Bitcoin VCs, There’s No Sexier Word Than “Compliance”

There are few things that people agree on about bitcoin, the virtual currency that has increasingly come under the media spotlight this year. But …

Bitcoin

Should you trust Bitcoin? It depends on what you think the virtual currency is for

Risking money with an unknown, unregulated technology might seem mad. But that's exactly what the growing community of virtual currency Bitcoin users are doing<p>There is a future when the City of London <i>really</i> doesn't sleep:<p>Trading still stops on the Stock Exchange at five sharp, but the banker …

Protests in Israel staged by asylum seekers from Africa

Government says protesters are 'economic migrants' – they won't be deported, but may be sent to a desert detention centre<p>Thousands of asylum-seekers who entered Israel illegally from Sudan and Eritrea have staged protests outside UN offices and foreign embassies in Tel Aviv, accusing Israel of …

Jet in 'near miss' with UFO

An airline pilot reports a close encounter with a UFO near Heathrow Airport which has baffled the aviation authorities<p>It was certainly a close encounter, but with precisely what remains a mystery.<p>An airline pilot has reported a near miss in which a “rugby ball”-shaped UFO passed within a few feet …

Airplanes

25 Books That Changed The Course Of History

But what about the lives of an entire generation? Can a book change the future?<p>Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us come up with a list of 25 books that changed the course of history.<p>From the Torah to Orwell's "1984," these 25 …

Books

A Phone Charging Device For The Next Billion Turns Heat Into Power

The Voto uses cookstoves, a handheld fuel cell, and simple biomass fuels to power lights and devices in areas where electricity is scarce.<p>Billions of people in the developing world are using mobile phones, and a growing portion of them are connecting to the Internet for the time through them. But …

Renewable Energy

How to easily root an Android device

Free utility KingoRoot makes it a snap to take total control of just about any Android smartphone. Here's how to use it.<p>Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, deleted unwanted bloatware, update the OS, replace …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

More Productivity Myths, Debunked by Science (and Common Sense)

“A cluttered desk is a cluttered mind.” “If you had more hours in the day, you'd be more productive.” These are common productivity tropes you've …

Productivity

Unrest, An Online RPG Set In Ancient India, Lets You Play As Ordinary Folk

Seriously, I’m kind of tired of playing the typical RPG in which I take on the role of the savior of the world. This kind of power fantasy, wish fulfillment story has its place, but boy would it be nice if we could see some different stories out there.<p>The developers behind Kickstarter project, …

World of Warcraft

Why Male Dark Fishing Spiders Spontaneously Die After Sex

Author: Nadia Drake. Nadia Drake Science<p>Date of Publication: 06.19.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>It’s an unusually cruel fate even in the …

Google’s legal counsel swears on a stack of bibles: “We are not in cahoots with the NSA”

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Ever since allegations first emerged that Google (s goog) and a host of other tech giants were providing data on their users …

Spomeniks: the second world war memorials that look like alien art

"Call this decay? I could take a picture of some council flats in Doncaster and they'd say more about decay." A moody punter is standing in front of …