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Get your car to tell you what's wrong with a $50 dongle

We imagine that the blind terror that we experience when visiting an auto shop is the same when a car mechanic visits Best Buy. After all, to us, that check engine light represents a multitude of problems that send most of us into a panic. That's the issue that Fixd is hoping to eliminate, thanks …

Governments are buying tools that track your phone nearly anywhere

Don't think that widespread cellphone surveillance is the sole province of big nations like the US and UK; apparently, it's within reach of just about any country with enough cash and willing carriers. The <i>Washington Post</i> understands that "dozens" of countries have bought or leased surveillance …

America’s fastest mobile networks are left in the dust by Brazil, Russia, and Mexico

Mobile broadband speeds in the United States can’t keep pace with networks in other countries. In a study of 16 countries, the average US download speed in 2013, at 6.5 Mbps (Megabits per second), was faster only than the Philippines, and then just barely. Despite broad coverage and plenty of …

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Mt. Gox Bitcoins Get Obliterated

Is the price of Bitcoin on MtGox going to zero?<p>Prices have now fallen 50% in the last 12 hours to $120 on the once-dominant Bitcoin exchange. That is a spread of nearly $450 with prices on other sites. It would of course be a spectacular arbitrage to take advantage of, but no one can take their …

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Nvidia Is About To Steal The Cryptocurrency Mining Crown From AMD

Buried on the 17th page of Tom’s Hardware’s GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card review is a simple benchmark result that will dramatically disrupt the landscape of cryptocurrency mining. In fact, it’s the kind of data that should send AMD back to the drawing board — at least if they want to maintain …

Google's Project Tango Aims to Give Devices 3-D Awareness

Innovation<p>Google is tapping big brains around the world to try to enable our devices to see and understand surroundings the way humans do, in an effort it calls Project Tango. The first prototype phone uses a Kinect-like camera and sensors galore to instantly map its position and the world around …

The Long, Strange Challenge Facing Marijuana Entrepreneurs

The legal marijuana industry is potentially very lucrative, but small business owners should expect an uphill battle against federal law, banking regulations, and other obstacles.<p>"There are a lot of hurdles to get through if somebody wants to do this, but the opportunities are there too," said Ryan …

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Cartel hitman testifies to 800 murders, daily quotas at kingpin's trial

The ongoing trial of a man accused of killing three U.S. Consulate workers and family members in Juarez is revealing the shocking depravity of one of Mexico’s most violent gangs, including the charge that it had a daily murder quota calibrated to instill fear in police and the public.<p>Jesus Ernesto …

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This iPhone-Sized Device Can Hack A Car, Researchers Plan To Demonstrate

Auto makers have long downplayed the threat of hacker attacks on their cars and trucks, arguing that their vehicles’ increasingly-networked systems are protected from rogue wireless intrusion. Now two researchers plan to show that a few minutes alone with a car and a tiny, cheap device can give …

Banks wary of marijuana business

When it comes to doing business with marijuana sellers, it’s going to take a lot more than a thumbs-up from Eric Holder to get paranoid bankers on board.<p>The U.S. attorney general made waves last week when he said the Obama administration plans to give banks the go-ahead to make loans or open …

Angry Birds firm calls for industry to respond to NSA spying revelations

Rovio, the Finnish software company behind the Angry Birds game, has announced it will “re-evaluate” its relationship with advertising networks following revelations that the NSA and its UK counterpart GCHQ have the capability to “piggyback” on the private user data they collect.<p>On Monday, the …

Cryptography experts pen open letter against NSA surveillance

The pressure on the US government to reform the NSA’s surveillance programs is growing. Apple, Google, and Microsoft all called for change last month alongside a petition from international authors calling for an end to mass surveillance. President Obama announced big changes to government …

7 Tools That Let You Control Your Own Data

By Sydney Brownstone5 minute Read<p>It might be pretty to think so, but nothing online is truly free.<p>When we Google our mood swings, look up our STDs, …

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Presidents past, present influence weed debate - Video on NBCNews.com

>>> in this case, washington state and colorado. it has been slowly trending that way in some places. and because it's been in the news, the "new yorker" magazine asked president obama about it during an interview, and his answer on it is making news. our report tonight from our chief white house …

Obama: Pot not worse than alcohol

Citing his own experience as a kid with marijuana, President Barack Obama is weighing in on the legalization debate, saying it isn’t more dangerous than alcohol or different from cigarettes.<p>“I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol,” the president told The New Yorker’s David Remnick in a …

The First Totally Open Source Laptop Is Almost Real

Is your laptop secure? In the age of widespread snooping from the NSA and so many others, do you really know that your machine is safe? Is every part …

Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target

The holiday season data breach at Target that hit more than 70 million consumers was part of a wide and highly skilled international hacking campaign that's "almost certainly" based in Russia. That's according to a report prepared for federal and private investigators by Dallas-based cybersecurity …

War on smoking: More diseases linked to cigarettes

Health news<p>WASHINGTON — It's no secret that smoking causes lung cancer. But what about diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction? Fifty years into the war on smoking, scientists still are adding diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms — even as the government struggles to get more …

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A $100 Worth Of Litecoin A Year Ago Is Worth $30,000 Today

Last month, we subjected readers to a hindsight lament: How you should have spent $100 at the beginning of 2013. Using the Forbes time travel machine, we went back to last January and dropped Benjamins on a slew of investments, including gold, Google and Bitcoin. We thought the best choice was …

The Top Six Vitamins You Should Not Take

The evidence against supplements continues to pile up.<p>Recently I created a list of The Top 5 Vitamins You Shouldn’t Take. Now I’m expanding that list to include vitamin D, which is taken by almost half of older adults. Now, two new studies in latest issue of <i>The Lancet</i> show that most of these people …

New Michelin tire improves as it ages

We don't often cover tires, but a new model from Michelin, Premier A/S with EverGrip, has us at least a little curious. That's because the French tiremaker claims they're not just new tires, but offer "truly revolutionary advancements in tire technology" that are "...able to break the traditional …

Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used in Attack

<b>According to Target Chairman and CEO Gregg Steinhafel, point-of-sale (POS) malware was used in the recent attack that compromised millions of credit</b> …

PepsiCo's first premium water to hit red carpet

Business News<p>If you're willing to pay a little extra for trendy bottled water, there's Evian, Smartwater and Fiji. Now, PepsiCo wants to throw "Qua" into the mix.<p>The world's No. 2 beverage company plans to gauge response to its first premium bottled water brand at the Golden Globes this weekend. …

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Microsoft's Twitter account: Don't use our e-mail

Sometimes, irony adorns Twitter like the sugar on a doughnut.<p>On Saturday morning, however, the Microsoft News Twitter account offered a curious instruction. It read: "Don't use Microsoft emails(hotmail,outlook),They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments. #SEA …

Immunotoxin 3B3-PE38 Could Kill HIV-Infected Cells

A toxin created by scientists is able to kill cells where HIV is replicating despite antiretroviral therapy, a new mouse study shows.<p>The findings suggest that the genetically modified bacterial toxin, called 3B3-PE38 and created in 1998, could be used as a complement to antiretroviral therapy …

Overstock makes $124K from 780 Bitcoin orders a day after giving the crypto-currency a thumbs up

Overstock.com took a gamble on Bitcoin that quickly seems to be paying off.<p>The company made $124,000 through 780 Bitcoin orders within less than 24 hours of accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment.<p>Overstock announced a partnership with popular Bitcoin wallet Coinbase yesterday, making it the largest …

Bitcoin vault offering insurance is 'world's first'

<b>A Bitcoin storage service that is insured against the loss and theft of the digital currency has launched in London.</b><p>Elliptic Vault uses "deep cold storage", where private encrypted keys to bitcoins are stored on offline servers and in a secure location.<p>The facility's founders say they are the …

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