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Bitcoin mining leaves some speculators in a hole

Small-time speculators lose money as larger operators join crypto-currency action<p>The bitcoin mining rush is sputtering.<p>Speculators, known as miners, use powerful computers to solve complex software problems and verify transactions to unlock new bitcoins. They're finding that the enterprise isn't as …

Here's a look at the future of Google Calendar for Android

See those images above? Those could become a familiar sight in the future if you religiously use Google's Calendar app for Android. This crisper, cleaner Google Calendar was recently spotted by <i>Geek.com</i> (which also spilled the deets on a test version of Gmail) on a phone loaded with unreleased …

Nikon's J4 mirrorless camera has more megapixels, 20fps burst speed

Good things happen when you cram a fast image processor into a small camera body, as Nikon has shown with its new mid-range 1 model, the J4. With the latest Expeed 4A imaging engine, the CX-sensor camera can now pump out 20 images per second in burst mode with continuous AF, which Nikon claims is …

Three days with TomTom's Multi-Sport Cardio Sport Watch (2014)

TomTom's always made fitness wearables on the side, but now that everyone's in on that action, the Dutch firm has had to up its game. The 2014-era refreshes of its GPS watches now include optical pulse sensors that do away with chest-worn heart rate monitors and keep pace with at least one flagship …

Google will protect your phone by looking for sketchy apps you've already installed

Got an Android device with access to Google's Play Store? Congratulations: It's about to become even more resistant to malware, and you'll barely have to lift a finger. You see, for around two years now, the folks in Mountain View have been able to throw up red flags when users try to install apps …

CNNx lets you watch only the news you care about

Since you're here, we figure you're pretty comfortable in using the internet to get your news. CNN has noticed that trend as well, and is making the jump to the next generation with CNNx. Initially available as an update for CNN's iPad app but intended for other set-top boxes and CNN.com in the …

Aereo brings live TV to Chromecast on May 29th

About the only thing Google's $35 Chromecast dongle can't do is let you watch live television, but that won't be the case for much longer. Starting on May 29, streaming television startup Aereo will release an updated version of its Android app that includes support for streaming live broadcast …

Chrome beta for Android makes it easy to send web video to Chromecast

You no longer have to engage in some hidden setting gymnastics just to send web videos from Chrome for Android to your Chromecast. Google has rolled out a Chrome 35 beta that lets you deliver "some" clips from the browser to a Chromecast-equipped TV. The company hasn't said just which videos are …

An oral history of the last 20 years of gaming, as told by PlayStation's Shuhei Yoshida

The three weeks out of every month that Shuhei Yoshida's in Japan, he has the same routine every day. He wakes up, opens a tablet, and gets back to work on PlayStation consumer feedback via his favorite interaction tool: Twitter. The man who heads Sony's PlayStation group is incredibly, perhaps …

Watch filmmakers render realistic CG on the fly using $14k of graphics cards

A new short film teaser has taken digital character rendering to a new level, making real time motion capture a lot easier for animators. While working on "Construct" (see the stunning video after the break) filmmakers captured the movements of real actors in a studio, similar to how James Cameron …

Amazon phone reportedly coming in September with glasses-free 3D

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Amazon's getting ready to launch a phone. This is actually one of the longest-running rumors we've heard, with the first reports stretching back to 2012. So what's different this time? According to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, the company is already showing off …

Laptop and tablet deals of the week: 4.11.14

Laptops allow you to get work done on the go and tablets are certainly nice to have around, but the price of admission for both can be a significant investment. That's where we come in. We've compiled a list of tempting options for both of those categories, all with price cuts that'll tempt …

'Let Me Google That For You' may be the best Senate bill ever

Soon "Let me Google That For You" might not be just a phrase you hear from annoyed friends when you ask a silly question, it might <b>be a law</b>. No, really. Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced the Let Me Google That For You Act of 2014 in Senate last week, a bill that would …

Lenovo's new kid's laptop has a folding, Yoga-like screen (and there's a Chrome OS version too)

Here's how you unveil a product and make sure <i>no one hears about it</i>: Bury the news in a press release the same day you announce you're buying an iconic tech company for $3 billion. That's right: Everyone was so busy pontificating on whether Lenovo would ruin Motorola, that barely anyone noticed the …

Blizzard's Warcraft card game is getting an undead single-player expansion

Were you hoping for a single-player campaign in Blizzard's <i>Warcraft-</i>themed card game, <i>Hearthstone</i>? Well, you're getting one. The outfit's announced Curse of Naxxramas at PAX East, and, in addition to fresh challenges and more than an entire deck's worth of shiny cards, there's a new Adventure mode en …

Syfy's 'most ambitious TV series to date' is based on 'The Expanse' novels

If you can believe it, Syfy may be getting back to its pre-name change roots. A notable addition to its plans for the next year is a new TV series based on a popular series of sci-fi books known as <i>The Expanse</i>. The first book <i>Leviathan Wakes</i> snagged nominations in 2012 for the Hugo Award for Best …

Gadget Rewind 2004: Rio Carbon

Before the Rio Carbon arrived to take on Apple's iPod juggernaut in 2004, there was Diamond Multimedia's first stab at the digital music market: the Rio PMP300, a portable music player released in 1998. Since it was one of the first portable MP3 players ever to be sold, Diamond ended up embroiled …

Science learns which male dance moves the ladies like

We're not here to tell you folks how to get down in the club, <i>but</i> if you're a guy wanting to get noticed (in a good way) by the opposite sex the next time you're at the discotheque, listen up. Researchers at Northumbria University conducted a study to find out exactly what kind of gyrations draw in …

Did Mars Curiosity See an Alien Light on Mars? Duh. No.

<i>[UPDATE (Apr. 11, 2014 at 16:00 UTC): The following post contains some corrections that I have clarified in a follow-up article. Please read that</i> …

Real Steel World Robot Boxing, knocking out the competition one robot at a time

Real Steel World Robot Boxing is an entertaining Windows Phone 8 game modeled in the spirit of the movie ‘Real Steel’. Think of it as a game of …

HTC’s new One is a beautiful beast, a speed demon — but its camera stinks (review)

HTC fans have an underdog complex.<p>Before Samsung’s Galaxy series became so prominent, HTC was the top Android manufacturer in the world. Last year’s One phone was a reminder of those heady days.<p>But even though HTC claimed the One was its best-selling phone ever, it wasn’t enough to turn around the …

These Lawyers Are Using Google Glass To Help Them Win Personal Injury Cases

No doubt, Google will get a lot of takers. But at that price, businesses could actually be the biggest initial market for Glass, even more than consumers, market research analysts say.<p>One business already using Glass in a novel way is Fennemore Craig, a personal injury law firm out of Phoenix.<p>In a …

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6 Essential iOS 7 Cydia Tweaks You've Probably Never Heard Of

Even though the unjailbreakable iOS 7.1 is out and about, avid jailbreakers are still on iOS 7.0.6 and older, and that means they can still take …

How to Get the Windows 8.1 Update

Microsoft is releasing another update to Windows 8, the operating system that it hopes will enable users to comfortably move between notebooks, …

Boxcryptor, Flipkart, Foundbite and more are your app highlights of the week!

<b>New</b><p><b>Boxcryptor</b> – Looking for a way to encrypt your files before you send them to the cloud? Then you’re going to want to download Boxcryptor for …

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Amazon Eyeing a 3D Smartphone in September

Amazon has been rumored to be working on a smartphone for some time now. To add a smartphone to its collection of devices, which include Kindle …

New sticker pack for BBM: Lil' Shellton by Eric Uchalik

If you're looking for some new stickers to try out in BBM, a new pack has now been added. The Lil' Shelton pack was created by Eric Uchalik and is …

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