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Reddit to launch official mobile apps

In a post advertising a job listing and another about privacy policy updates, Reddit admins reveal that the website is working on an official mobile …

F-35 fighters plagued with delays, cost overruns, federal report says

The development of the ballyhooed F-35 fighter jet faces new delays and is over budget, a new report from the Government Accountability Office has found.<p>The F-35s are “fifth-generation” fighter jets, and are designed to be the U.S. military’s new primary fighter aircraft. The Department of Defense …

Darpa is building a silent motorcycle for stealthy raids

Special Forces teams are all about silently penetrating remote areas and executing complex, lightning-fast raids. Now Darpa is developing a new …

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Google Camera app simulates lens blur on camera phones

Google’s new Camera app for Android aims to address one of the greatest advantages that big-sensor, big-pricetag DSLR cameras have over phone cameras …

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Toyota Has A Tron Bike

The FV2 is a motorcycle straight out of a 1980s vision of 2050.<p>I have made this comparison before, and perhaps will again, but, damnit, this is a _Tron _bike, right? That is, inarguably, what this is.<p>The FV2 is a concept motorcycle from Toyota, set up only a little ostentatiously at the New York …

UberX adds $1 charge to cover getting you home safely

Sure, UberX might get you to your destination for less money than a taxi, but do you want to arrive <i>safely</i>? That will be an extra dollar. Not really, but sort of. Uber has added a $1 surcharge to UberX rides. Called a "Safe Rides Fee," the company says the cash will help offset the cost "an …

Act-On raises $42M to double down on ‘greenfield’ marketing automation market

Forty-two is the answer to life, the universe, and everything, according the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It is also the number of millions that hard-charging marketing automation vendor Act-On has raised in a significant fifth round of institutional capital.<p>“How fast we can grow is really …

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FORTUNE — At times, it seems like the companies that make wearable gadgets have more interest in them than their customers do. Even as companies with little in common — global sportswear company Nike (NKE), printer-maker Epson, software giant Google (GOOG) — rush to offer portable devices that …

BTC China Launches ATM App That Exchanges Physical Cash for Bitcoins

BTC China, until recently the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange, has rolled out an ATM Web app called Picasso that lets you sell Bitcoins in return for cold hard cash — but both parties have to be physically present in order to carry out the exchange.<p>At first glance, this is a highly inconvenient …

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With Google Glass on sale today, it’s time to have serious talks about technology and privacy.<p>FORTUNE — Google opens up its Explorer Program today, offering the general public an opportunity to purchase Glass for $1,500. Although spots are limited, the expansion of the Glass club has created …

Toshiba's first 4K laptop arrives next week for $1,500

After launching its first 4K laptop in the UK, Toshiba has just announced US availability. Stateside, it'll be called the P55T, but as before, it's a 15.6-inch laptop with 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. That's a staggering 282 ppi, if you're scoring at home -- compared to, say 220 ppi for Apple's …

Apple antitrust monitor: So far, so good -- but could be better

Michael Bromwich says that Apple has become more responsive to his inquiries regarding its e-book price-fixing case, but he'd like to have time with the company's senior leadership.<p>The court-appointed monitor tasked with ensuring that Apple acts fairly and in compliance with antitrust laws …

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Table8 Lets You Pay for Last-Minute Restaurant Reservations

Table8 launched today as an iPhone and Android app that reserves tables at a city’s hottest restaurants and offers them up to last-minute diners for a fee. The service is San Francisco-only for now, but the startup plans to quickly expand to Chicago, London, Los Angeles and New York.<p>The top …

Facebook To Buy Oculus VR, Maker Of The Rift Headset, For Around $2B In Cash And Stock

Facebook has announced plans to purchase Oculus VR, the company behind the Rift headset, for around $2 billion in cash and stock. This includes $400 million, and 23.1 million Facebook shares. An additional $300 million earnout will be paid in cash and stock if Oculus hits certain unspecified …

Designing a Recurring Revenue Model Will Help Attract Capital

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago.</i><p>One of the first things that a venture capitalist looks for in assessing an investment opportunity is the revenue model of the business. More specifically, …

'BioShock' creator Ken Levine wants to make infinitely replayable video game plots

The words "combinatorial explosion" have probably never come up in a video game storytelling talk as many times as they did with <i>BioShock</i> creator Ken Levine's "Narrative Legos." At the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Levine outlined an ambitious — if vague — idea for endlessly …

Blue River Technology Takes In Another $10M For Its Agriculture Optimizing Robots

Blue River Technology, which uses robotics and computer vision to optimize agriculture by, for instance, determining which lettuces to thin out of a row and which to keep, has closed a $10 million Series A-1 funding round, led by Data Collective Venture Capital — topping up a $3.1 million Series A …

Prisoners 'could serve 1,000 year sentence in eight hours'

Future biotechnology could be used to make prisoners feel as if they were serving a 1,000 year sentence, a team of scientists claim<p>Future biotechnology could be used to trick a prisoner's mind into thinking they have served a 1,000 year sentence, a group of scientists have claimed.<p>Philosopher …

Goat Simulator's Steam support is the 'most defining and important part'

Steam support for <i>Goat Simulator</i>, Coffee Stain Studios' upcoming goat-based game, is likely to be "the most defining and important part" of the game, designer Armin Ibrisagic wrote on Gamasutra.<p>In a post detailing the game's humble beginnings — as a game jam intended to spark creativity — Ibrisagic …

Titanfall's ode to 8-bit gaming is proof that robots make everything better

Need further evidence that robots improve just about everything? EA and Respawn are more than happy to provide it. They've launched <i>Titanfall Arcade</i>, a promotional gaming website that thrusts <i>Titanfall</i>'s namesake giant machines into classic 8-bit Atari titles. The only working game at present is an</i> …

Formula 1 Looks to Rev Up Interest in U.S.

As it looks toward a bigger future in the U.S., Formula 1 is challenged with making its case to American sponsors.<p>The international motorsports franchise, known for its races in Europe, Asia and elsewhere, has undertaken an effort over the last few years to increase its presence in America. Formula …

Leaked Dishonored 2 logo reveals possible sequel - Report

A possible (and take this with a huge grain of salt) teaser image for Dishonored II has surfaced online. Posted on All Games Beta (via NeoGaf), the photo shows a possible logo for the sequel to 2012's stealth action-adventure game Dishonored, followed by the text, "Witness the full reveal at E3 …

A Million Gamers Help The Wild 'TwitchPlaysPokemon' Experiment Triumph

After 16 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes and 30 minutes of continuous play, the collaborative gaming experiment known as TwitchPlaysPokemon came to an end early on the morning of March 1st, when an upstart Pokémon master defeated the Elite Four and his rival to become Kanto’s newest champion.<p>The online …

Minimalist space adventure Forma.8 coming in 2014

Indie studio MixedBag is working on a minimalist space adventure called <i>Forma.8</i> on a variety of consoles, computers and handhelds, the company announced today.<p>The two-person team at Turin, Italy-based MixedBag came up with the initial concept for <i>Forma.8</i> more than two years ago, and since then the …

Zero-Commission Stock Trading App RobinHood Kicks Off Private Beta

RobinHood is about to let anyone buy and sell stocks for free instead of having to pay E*Trade or Scottrade $7 per transaction. Today RobinHood begins inviting the 160,000 people who’ve signed up to download its glossy new app where you can efficiently track and trade stocks. “It’s by far the most …

Road to Domination: Tesla Is Totally Killing It Right Now

Tesla Motors’ stock has catapulted up about 20% since Monday after earning the endorsement of a top Wall Street analyst as well as Consumer Reports, …

Now Brands Will Be Able to Flirt With Each Other on Facebook Too

Brand-on-brand action has gotten pretty steamy on Twitter in the last year, with companies constantly interacting (sometimes romantically) via the …