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LendUp Scores $150M For A Credit Card That Won’t Screw You Over

Banks are so greedy that LendUp can undercut them, help people avoid debt, and still make a profit on its payday loans and credit card. Not only is software eating finance, but morality is too. LendUp’s slogan is “Ladders Not Chutes”. Building a business that doesn’t try to exploit everyone has not …

Personal Finance

Why Housing Is Key to Chattanooga's Tech-Hub Ambitions

With its superfast broadband, the city has reinvented itself. Now it must safeguard its future by building to sustain that growth.<p>Chattanooga gets a lot of press thanks to its smart-grid Internet. Both <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>The Guardian</i> ran affectionate spreads of "Gig City" this past year. Both …

Meet The Man Behind Microsoft's Ambitious Vision For The Future Of Computing

When Kipman took the stage on Wednesday to show off the HoloLens, most of his presentation focused on how the headset helps you virtually create things you wouldn't be able to on a traditional computer.<p>Kipman has been with Microsoft for about 15 years, and on Wednesday he showed off what has been …

Augmented Reality

Ubuntu Linux is now ready to power your appliances and robots

Ubuntu Linux has spread to quite a few platforms in its 10-year history, if not always successfully. Today, though, the open source software is tackling what could be its greatest challenge yet: the internet of things. Canonical has released a version of its stripped-down snappy Ubuntu Core for …

MIT researcher on internet misogyny and programming for privacy

Image copyright (c) 2012 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com .Jean Yang is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT and the creator of a language called Jeeves that …

Computer Science

LG is putting webOS on its new smartwatch

LG is indeed putting webOS on a watch. <i>Android Central</i> has directly confirmed that the smartwatch briefly teased during Audi's CES event is running a build of Open webOS, showing that LG is exploring new uses for the software that extend beyond TVs. During yesterday's presentation, Audi's Ulrich …

Wearable Tech

Clear out an HDMI port for Intel’s $149 Compute Stick

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Credit:<p>Here at the Consumer Electronics Show, Intel is trying to cram its chips into every possible product, ranging from …

Audi's A7 Sportback is driving itself more than 550 miles to CES this year

The stunt is designed to show off Audi's new Piloted Driving tech<p>Of all the ways of getting to CES this year, taking a self-driving car is by far the most on-theme. At least, this seems to be the reasoning behind Audi’s decision to let an A7 Sportback drive itself across more than 550 miles of …

Driverless Cars

Apple Said To Kick Off SIM-Free iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Sales Tomorrow

Apple is set to start finally selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus without SIMs, completely unlocked in the U.S., according to 9to5Mac’s reliable Mark Gurman. The SIM-free version of the iPhone has been available in the stores of other countries before now, but a debut stateside would be the first time …

Mobile Technology

Gogo In-flight Internet says it issues fake SSL certificates to throttle video streaming

Gogo, one of the largest providers of in-flight Internet service, has been issuing fake SSL certificates, leading some to accuse the company of launching man-in-the-middle attacks on its own users. But Gogo says its fake certificates are meant mainly to throttle bandwith-heavy video …

Internet

Everyone In Management Is A Programmer

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Adam Evans is the co-founder and CTO of RelateIQ.</i><p>When it comes to the task of finding and nurturing great engineering managers, misunderstandings at startups are all too common. It seems that many people assume great engineers don’t want to “give up” coding to take on leadership …

Framing

MIT’s CityHome Is A House In A Box You Control By Waving Your Hand

Think 200 square feet is too small to live in? MIT Media Lab might persuade you otherwise.<p>Two hundred square feet. It’s horrifyingly small, even by New York standards. But a new project called CityHome, by MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places group, can make it feel like you’re living in an apartment …

Dining Rooms

A vulnerability hits the open-source Git project for managing code repositories

People running the open-source Git code-repository software and tools based on it, like GitHub, on Mac OS X and Windows computers could have a significant security issue on their hands.<p>It’s possible for code to be executed remotely on such computers, according to a disclosure on the Linux kernel …

T-Mobile will now let you carry over unused data

Uncarrier 8.0 is about preserving the data you pay for<p>T-Mobile has revealed its Uncarrier 8.0 announcement: it's called Data Stash. But a better name is probably data rollover. The fourth place US carrier will now let select postpaid customers carry unused data into future billing cycles. …

Chromecast update brings screen casting to most Android phones

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Robert Fruehauf/Shutterstock<p>Chromecast got its long-awaited guest mode earlier this week, but Google also quietly …

Zuckerberg’s advice for entrepreneurs: ‘What ends up mattering is the stuff you get right’

Yesterday at a live town hall, Facebook CEO and professional T-shirt model Mark Zuckerberg took questions from around the world, answering a few inquiries about his advice for new entrepreneurs. His response was really quite elegant: “What ends up mattering is the stuff you get right.”<p>Zuckerberg …

Apple’s Online Store Starts Accepting PayPal

Apple.com shoppers in the U.S. and the U.K. have a new way to pay for the latest iPhone or iPad: PayPal. Previously available as a payment option only in Apple’s app and content stores, PayPal is now accepted at the company’s online retail store as well. Good news for PayPal, since Apple is the …

Moving To The Cloud? How To Keep Your Data Safe From Hackers

Cloud computing is now an accepted mainstream IT model, with benefits that are clear and tangible. The federal government even has a “<b>​</b>cloud first” mandate, pushing for government agencies to move their software services to the cloud wherever and whenever they can.<p>What’s less clear to some is the …

Amazon's Android app has quietly been removed from Google Play

When Amazon updated its primary Android app with an "Apps & Games" section, it was a milestone in third-party distribution: Finally, you could access Amazon's library of applications without sidestepping Google Play. It didn't last long -- Amazon's app store mysteriously disappeared from Google …

Every State Should Have Iowa's Driver's License App

The Hawkeye State lets its drivers carry a digital copy of their license or ID.<p>Many states now allow digital proof of insurance for motorists. Iowa is taking the next step, launching an app that will store a digital copy of a driver's license or state-issued ID.<p>The free app is set to launch …

Apps

BitTorrent Launches New Browser, Hopes to Change the Web

A new browser from BitTorrent hopes to change the way the web works and bring a more distributed internet than ever before.<p>The browser, dubbed “Project Maelstrom,” is in invite-only alpha right now and uses peer-to-peer technology to make the internet more open by giving the control back to users, …

Google releases Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its IDE

After two years of development, Google today released Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its Integrated Development Environment (IDE) aimed at Android developers. You can download it right now for Windows, Mac, and Linux from the Android Developer site.<p>Google first announced Android …

Tip of the Day: See Only the Widgets You Want in the Order You Choose

Thanks to iOS 8, Apple lovers finally have access to widgets on their iPhones. But users will find some widgets more useful than others. Maximize their utility by deleting widgets you don't need to see in the Today view in Notifications and arranging the rest in the most convenient order.<p>To delete …

Widgets

This robot is teaching college kids how to code robotics apps (exclusive)

Robots: they build your Teslas, assemble your iPhones, and now they teach your college kids.<p>The Baxter Robot, created by Rethink Robotics, teaches undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, the principles of using and coding for robots — the same kinds of robots that will be …

The Ring Input Device Puts Gesture Control And Home Automation On Your Finger

This embed is invalid<p>There was once a rumor that Apple would actually use a ring device for input to an Apple television. Neither of those gadgets exist yet, of course, but Ring is a Kickstarter project trying to fund a finger-based wearable that could enable the kind of controls envisioned in that …

iPhone Replaces Hotel Room Keys in New Pilot Program

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is implementing a new pilot program that will see two key hotel locations in Manhattan and Silicon Valley allowing guests to enter their rooms with their smartphones, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>.<p>After installing the Starwood Preferred Guest (SGP) App, guests will …

Stack Exchange Launches on Android, iPhone Alpha Coming Soon

Stack Exchange today released an Android app for Ice Cream Sandwich (verison 4.0) and up. You can download the new app now directly from Google Play.<p>With over 120 communities in the Stack Exchange network, the company decided it needed to create “an entirely new experience” for mobile that didn’t …