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Betty translates plain english into command line code

The old-fashioned computer command line isn't going anywhere.<p>But it may soon learn to speak our language.<p>For all the advances in the way we interact …

TinkerForge brings home automation to the masses with its DIY kit

Do you have some old 433MHz home automation gear lying around and fancy making your home a little smarter? TinkerForge is releasing a new internet of things controller designed to let you run power sockets, light fittings and even electric blinds from the comfort of your smartphone. The platform …

The liquid metal battery moves closer to launch with new $35M funding round

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>A new kind of battery for the power grid, made from liquid metal and developed at MIT, is getting ever closer to plugging into …

Hover is a parkour-based spiritual successor to Jet Set Radio

Three-person french indie outfit Midgar Studios is really onto something with its upcoming open-world parkour game Hover: Revolt of Gamers. How else …

These Are Some Of The Biggest Changes That May Be Coming To Android

Google wants to make its "Ok Google" command a more prominent hot word throughout the OS, according to Android Police. This means you'd simply need to say "Ok Google" within any app to launch a command related to that app.<p>For example, if you're using Google's stock Gallery app for photos, you may …

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Bitcoin wallet Xapo announces a global MasterCard debit card

Xapo today announced the upcoming release of a MasterCard debit card that ties into its Bitcoin wallet product.<p>Orders for the card start today and should begin shipping in about two months. Customers can order a free digital debit card for online purchases, but physical cards come with a small fee …

How To Make Powdered Booze At Home

Fluffy like confetti and just as liquorous as the bottled stuff<p>Some truths we rarely question. The sky is blue. The sun rises in the east. Cocktails are wet. But a new product, called Palcohol, aims to crumble our everyday expectations. It's an alcoholic beverage -- in powder form. Carry a …

Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview to Get Fix for 80188309 Error

Users should ignore present update notification and wait for further updates<p>Microsoft is expected to release an update to the Windows Phone 8.1 …

Trippy programming puzzler Glitchspace arrives on Steam Early Access

Fourth wall-breaking first-person puzzler Glitchspace is now on Steam Early Access for PC, Mac and Linux, where it's going for £4.99 / $6.99.<p>For the …

Call the Cops: Apple's About to Kill Android

<i>Because the iPhone is the only phone that matters this year, carriers may cave and give Apple the price bump it wants ...</i><p><i>This seems like a strange</i> …

Can resveratrol – the 'wonder chemical' in red wine – live up to the hype?

With purported activity against cardiac disease, cancer and even ageing, the pressure on resveratrol to deliver is enormous<p>In an increasingly chemophobic world, one chemical – resveratrol – is doing rather well for itself. This polyphenolic stilbenoid is a natural product found in peanuts, cocoa …

Princeton Whiz Kids Create Open-Source API For Voice Control Assistant, Runs On Raspberry Pi

Charlie Marsh and Shubhro Saha are a couple of undergrads from Princeton University that could have a major league opportunities in front of them and I’m betting there are a few talent scouts looking to draft these boys in the first round. While Apple may be planning big things for Siri and …

Amazon Buys Comixology, The World's Biggest Digital Comics Store

Amazon just snagged the biggest comics resource on the web. Today the online retailer announced that it's purchased Comixology, the digital …

Graphic Novels

Google Makes Glass Available To Anyone (Who Can Afford it) (For A Few Days)

Part of the cachet, and the stigma, around Google Glass derives from how hard it is to get your hands on a pair: You have to be a member of the Glass Explorer beta tester program — or, like infamous Glasshole Sarah Slocum, at least have a friend who is and doesn’t mind letting you borrow them.<p>Until …

How to tell if Heartbleed could have stolen your password, and when it’s safe to change it

As you’ve probably heard, the Heartbleed bug exposes websites that use a popular encryption technology to malicious attacks, and some of your passwords—and personal data—may well have been compromised. The vulnerable software, OpenSSL, is used to encrypt something like two-thirds of all sites on …

Information Security

Kickstarter-backed Micro looks to bring 3D printing to the masses

While most gadget fans would confess to a sense of intrigue when it comes to 3D printers, the financial reality of acquiring one has ensured that …

3D Printing

Video Games Live concerts headed to London, Manchester this November

The popular Video Games Live symphonic concert tour returns to the UK in 2014 and includes a London date for the first time in six years.<p>Two UK shows …

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FORTUNE — Stung by the country’s inability to profit from the smartphone revolution, Japanese ingenuity is betting on doing better with wearable technology. But, somewhat counter-intuitively, is going all-American to do so.<p>At the country’s first wearable technology expo, held recently in the heart …

Introducing CrunchCoin

Technology never sleeps. You need to pivot, expand, re-pivot, focus, unfocus, refocus and unrefocuspivot. With that, we are proud to announce TechCrunch’s greatest endeavor since our CrunchPad. Yes. A digital currency that will change consumer lives more than Netscape and Windows 3.1.<p>Introducing …

There’s a pill to bring your brain back to its childhood

Shannon, a 14-year-old who lives in Massachusetts, has amblyopia, a condition sometimes referred to as “lazy eye.”<p>You can’t tell by looking at her, though. Unlike some amblyopic patients, whose eyes visibly wander, Shannon simply has extremely poor eyesight.<p>Patients’ best hope for correcting …

The Brain

5 Bar Tricks You Can Do With Science

Courtesy of Tim Shaw, whose television show launches tonight<p>As Kurt Vonnegut wrote in his classic <i>Cat's Cradle</i>, "science is magic that works." The same can be applied to these seemingly magical bar tricks, which are not really tricks but based in simple physics and science. They were shown to me by …

Is a treatment for Crohn’s disease on the horizon?

Scientists believe gut bacteria may offer the key to diagnosing the debilitating disorder<p>The identification of specific bacteria that are present—or not—in patients with the debilitating bowel disease could yield better diagnoses and therapies.<p>The largest study of its kind has revealed for the …

This summer, you can learn Linux free & online from Harvard & MIT

Want to learn Linux? The Linux Foundation announced today that it will be offering its $2,400 “Introduction to Linux” course for free through edX, the Harvard/MIT online learning platform that supports massive enrollment.<p>“EdX is a natural partner,” Linux Foundation vice president Amanda McPherson …

XP - the operating system that will not die

<b>On 8 April Microsoft will end support for the venerable Windows XP operating system. That means no more security patches, software updates or bug fixes for the software.</b><p>It's an event that Microsoft has been warning people and businesses about for months. And it is one that hi-tech thieves have been …

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Native American Tribe Adopts Its Own Bitcoin Clone

“I think cryptocurrencies could be the new buffalo,” said a Lakota Nation activist.<p>Payu Harris, a Bitcoin developer and activist at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, made a promise last year to continue his tribe's struggle against the United States.<p>"My family fought and died on …

Valve has just started the PC games race to zero

Valve has just announced that developers will now be in charge of their own pricing on Steam. They can run sales, offer discounts and promote their …