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The End of Capitalism

As they become richer, economies evolve. The early industrial stage, based on heavy industry and producer goods, paves the way for a more complex economy where consumer goods and personal services predominate. In the US and Northern Europe this shift became significant in the 1950s. It was …

Baidu Denies Claims Of Security Leaks In Japanese Software

Tensions between Japan and China are riding high now — and even technology companies are not spared the blow. Chinese search giant Baidu has found itself in hot soup for claims that it is leaking information from Japan via a software program it developed, raising concerns that it could be spying on …

Developer losing his vision launches campaign to jailbreak iOS 7

Three years ago, my friend Chris Maury, 27, realized he was straining his eyes to read words on a computer screen.<p>After paying a visit to his doctor, Maury was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Stargardt’s Macular Degeneration. Maury was told he would steadily lose his vision. No cure …

'My iPad has Netflix, Spotify, Twitter – everything': why tablets are killing PCs

Soon we'll be buying more tablets than we do PCs. Why are we all deserting our laptops for iPads? And who are the big industry names facing possible disaster?<p>Stephen Bernasconi walked into Trafford shopping centre on 25 November intending to buy a laptop for £800 or so. His three-year-old Dell …

Europe launches probe into Hinkley Point nuclear plan

<b>European Union regulators are to investigate whether UK support for a plan to build a new nuclear power plant breaks state aid rules.</b><p>French energy giant EDF is leading a consortium building a £16bn plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset.<p>The UK government has guaranteed power prices from the plant for …

Steve Wozniak just backed a DIY computer on Kickstarter—and so have 12,000 others

The creators of Kano, a kit to assemble your own mini-computer, asked for $100,000 on Kickstarter. One day short of the end of the company’s campaign, they’ve raised $1.35 million from nearly 12,000 backers including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler. Alex …

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Monitors are so 2013: Apple patents a ‘desk-free’ computer with smart laser projector

Imagine a Mac Mini that’s completely wireless and can project a large image on a wall instead of relying on an external monitor. This Mac may sound like science fiction, but it actually may not be that far off.<p>Apple today has received U.S. Patent No. 8,610,726, “Computer systems and methods with …

HP CEO Whitman Just Got a Big Pay Raise

Remember how when she first took over as CEO of the computing giant Hewlett-Packard, Meg Whitman agreed to take a base salary of only $1 a year?That …

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From Oppo to OnePlus: a new company wants to build the next great smartphone

When Oppo vice president Pete Lau resigned last month, the timing was almost puzzling. Lau had just helped to bring CyanogenMod onto the company's new handset, the N1, finally pairing Oppo's high-end specs and sleek design with software that could create what enthusiasts might see as the perfect …

College Presidents Make a Lot of Money—and That's Okay

A new report from The Chronicle of Higher Education shows that 42 presidents made more than a million dollars in 2011.<p>In the face of the student-loan crisis and the rising cost of college tuition, a recent report on the compensation of 550 private college presidents in 2011 can be hard to swallow. …

Winklevoss Twin Discusses Bitcoin on Reddit

Cameron Winklevoss, one half of the notorious twin brothers who once battled Mark Zuckerberg over the origin of Facebook, took to Reddit to host an AMA this weekend to discuss the duo’s big interest: Bitcoin.<p>The Winklevoss twins were early Bitcoin advocates but have never revealed their total …

What The Heck Will Google Do With These Scary Military Robots?

Let’s see, we have a company that already knows everything about us, has possibly the world’s largest computer network, has recently built one of the biggest artificial-intelligence teams in the world–a company so powerful that it feels the need to soften its dominance with the informal motto, …

Why Everyone Should Read More Science Fiction

Science fiction is a genre long-dismissed by many as "for nerds," conjuring up the image of a glasses-wearing, pasty-faced, video-game-playing introvert. (Not that there's anything wrong with that. Between us, we've got those categories nailed.) Some think of pulpy movies from the 1960s, featuring …

Can Amazon make your kid smarter? Kindle Fire getting automated educational goals

It’s the digital equivalent of the classic parental mandate: “Not until you do your homework!”<p>It’s also the latest example of Amazon’s attempt to …

How Technology Is Warping Your Memory

Take a moment to think about the last time you memorized someone's phone number. Was it way back when, perhaps circa 2001? And when was the last time you were at a dinner party or having a conversation with friends, when you whipped out your smartphone to Google the answer to someone's question? …

Mysterious smart ring project gives smartwatches the finger

A high-tech ring that promises to replicate many of the features found in the latest crop of smartwatches, but without strapping a brick to your wrist, is now one step closer to reality. Smarty Ring, a project that launched on Indiegogo last month, has blown past its funding goal to produce a ring …

The Major Problem With Cheap Electric Cars

Mitsubishi is the latest in a long line of automakers to slash prices on an electric car, the unpronounceable, unfortunately named i-MiEV. The model …

The power of pre-K: Model early ed program in Chicago lifts entire family

<i>By Sara Neufeld, The Hechinger Report</i><p>CHICAGO––Mesha Exum wonders how her life would have turned out without a stroke of good luck 11 years ago.<p>She was 16 with an infant son and thought she would have to drop out of school after finding baby Adonis wet, screaming and unattended at the end of his …

Verizon Is Acquiring Content Delivery Network EdgeCast For More Than $350 Million

Verizon is looking to get deeper into the content delivery business with the acquisition of Los Angeles-based CDN provider EdgeCast Networks, TechCrunch has heard. Owning EdgeCast, and combining it with the carrier’s global network backbone COMMA, will give Verizon access to EdgeCast’s big-name CDN …

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Is It Game Over For The Xbox One Thanks To Mandatory Kinect?

Paul Tassi argues, quite persuasively, that the reason Xbox One is behind the PlayStation 4 is the inclusion of the Kinect, a voice-and-motion sensor that allows users to control the console via voice commands.<p>He quotes analyst Michael Pachter, who says that the “reason Sony beats Microsoft is …

The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …

Amazon Prime Air: Delivery by Drones Could Arrive As Early as 2015

For the next few weeks UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service will be working overtime to make sure you get your holiday gifts on time, but if Amazon …

Drones Help Thai Media Monitor Political Protests

Forget Amazon Prime Air, the drone-based delivery system Jeff Bezos wants to introduce within five years, for a second… drones are already having an impact today.<p>Thailand’s capital city Bangkok is enduring political protests and, unlike previous disturbances in 2010, media are using drones to get …

One college football sign netted over $20,000 in donations for a Bitcoin enthusiast

After significant publicity and a rapidly appreciating conversion rate, Bitcoin is a widely recognized phenomenon. But to some extent it's also still a geeky crypto-currency held by a relatively small number of people — who, at least in a recent case, have proven themselves generous to fellow …

Will 3D Sensing From PrimeSense Make Apple's Siri More Psychic?

How much more intelligent and perceptive could Siri be if it understood more than just what you told it? What if it understood where you were in your house? Or if you were out in public? What if it had some basic spatial awareness that could help narrow the context of what you are asking?<p>These are …

A College Kid Made More Than $24,000 Yesterday Just By Waving This Sign On ESPN

A college student quickly made over $24,000 just by waving this sign on TV.<p>Here's the deal: Yesterday on ESPN's "College GameDay" (an ESPN college football show that's filmed at a different college campus each week) some student held the above sign that has both the Bitcoin logo and a QR code.<p>A QR …

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