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Genius Who Built A Nuclear Fusion Reactor At 17 Takes On The Payments Industry

If the Stratos smart card works as advertised, it will prove that patience is a virtue. Having a prodigy for a CEO doesn't hurt either.

First there was Coin, then there was Plastc: two companies promising the smart credit card of the future—one card that could store all of your cards. The companies …


Apple’s capitulation to China undermines Obama’s tough talk on snooping

US president Barack Obama was sharply critical of China’s newest security demands for foreign companies this week, saying that plans to “snoop and keep track” of users of US-made technology were unacceptable.

Chinese officials are “going to have to change if they are to do business with the United …


Apple Watch: Pricing, Selling Experience and Upgrade Policy Will Determine The Future Of Smartwatches

Apple Watch is almost here. And it has a price and we know the basic features, more or less. But less than three months before its release, the Apple …

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Does Apple Pay really have a fraud problem?

Apple Pay is being used for fraudulent activities by criminals with stolen identities and credit cards, as first reported by The Guardian. While Apple Pay encryption has not been breached, the mobile payments system has seen an increase in fraud as criminals exploit a hole in the verification …


How to get started with IFTTT's Do Camera app

With the news that IFTTT has launched three new standalone apps, we thought we'd take a look at the photography-related tool, Do Camera, to see if its automation options made our lives any easier.

The Do Camera app works with your iOS or Android device's camera to run recipes and share imagery …


Why video game engines may power the future of film and architecture

Epic Games, the company best known for Gears of War, has a very different plan for this generation of video games — one that expands far beyond what games are typically assumed to be. Founder Tim Sweeney sat down at the annual Game Developers Conference to explain why the company has moved away from …

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New Error Correction Takes Us a Step Closer to Quantum Computing

Quantum computing could make complex calculations trivial in the future, but right now it's fraught with problems. Consider one of them solved, …


Drone owners should be required to register, says House of Lords committee

A committee of the UK’s House of Lords says drone owners should be required to sign up to a register. It’s one of a series of proposals outlined in an investigation into the safe use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

In its ‘Civilian Use of Drones in the EU’ [PDF] report, the House of Lords EU Internal …


Instagram will now let you upload photo sets, but only if you're a brand

Since it launched, Instagram has been a way of telling a story with a single, square-shaped image. The Facebook-owned company may have expanded to video and time lapses, but its heart remains in those singular, postcard-style pictures. That changes today with the introduction of (gulp) "carousel …


Valve’s and HTC’s Vive is the most believable virtual reality experience yet

Click here for all of GamesBeat’s 2015 Game Developers Conference coverage.

SAN FRANCISCO — I’m looking over the edge of a derelict sea vessel. It’s lying on the ocean floor, and I’m standing on its deck as sea life swims around me. As I look long into the abyss and feel vertigo begin to grip me, …

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Microsoft is bringing Xbox games to its futuristic HoloLens headset

Appearing at Game Developers Conference 2015 today, Xbox chief Phil Spencer confirmed that Microsoft intends to bring Xbox gaming to the company's futuristic HoloLens headset. "Gaming and entertainment is going to be critical," to introducing consumers to such a radically new experience, Spencer …


Samsung Versus Apple: Can Samsung Pay Take On Apple Pay?

This question originally appeared on Quora: Can Samsung Pay be a real competitor to Apple Pay?

Answer by Brian Roemmele on Quora

Meet Samsung Pay

March 1st, 2015 at the World Mobile Congress, Samsung announced Samsung Pay. This is clearly a response to the very successful Apple Pay product. Although …


10 emerging technologies that could change the world in 2015

Technology is perhaps the greatest agent of change in the modern world. While never without risk, technological breakthroughs promise innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.

From zero-emission cars fuelled by hydrogen to computer chips modelled on the human brain, …


Heat-gathering concept tire charges electric cars on the go

At the Geneva auto show, Goodyear shows off an intriguing concept tire that would feed an electric car's batteries while rolling down the road.

Since …

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Samsung’s latest iPhone clone doesn’t stop at hardware

It’s easy to see how Samsung ripped off the iPhone with the Galaxy S6’s hardware. The metallic frame with chamfered edges, antenna bands, and very familiar port positioning is blatantly taken from the iPhone 6.

But Samsung hasn’t just copied the way the iPhone looks physically. It’s also replicated …


These interactive sites let you try out Apple Watch band combinations & apps

Two new interactive tools let you try out the Apple Watch before it hits Apple Store shelves next month: The first lets you try out various Apple Watch case colors and finishes with the different strap options available. The next lets you play with the Apple Watch apps that have already been …


Galaxy S6 versus iPhone 6: first-glance similarities aren't a bad thing

Let's get this out of the way: there are some similarities between the recently announced Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6. A lot of ink has been spilled over …


How Close Were EA And Activision To Buying Minecraft?

It took two months from Markus Persson’s half-joking tweet that he wanted to sell Mojang to Microsoft's announcement that it would pay $2.5 billion for the maker of Minecraft. That’s an incredibly short amount of time for two parties to close deal given the amount of lawyers involved, the demands …


Artificial Intelligence Technology Is 'Breaking Out of the Box'

NEW YORK -- We are entering an age of accelerated development of artificial and robotic technology, three panelists told an audience of investors, engineers and journalists recently.

"A lot of the things that technology was traditionally lousy at are now really, really good, and getting better all …


FCC got Net neutrality 'right,' but fight isn't over, Franken says

Sen. Al Franken says regulating the Internet like a telephone service is the only way the FCC could withstand legal challenges from the telecom …

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Samsung execs address Galaxy S6's fight for supremacy

In discussion with South Korean journalists, Samsung's JK Shin and Younghee Lee explore the battles ahead for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, both from …


Stop relying on your smartphone to think for you, scientists say

Psychologists carried out tests which suggested many phone users see their hi-tech phone as their 'extended mind'

People are relying on smartphones to do their thinking rather than solving problems for themselves, scientists have said.

Psychologists in Canada carried out tests which suggested many …


Government Backdoor Makes Apple, Android Users Vulnerable

Users of Android and iPhone devices, as well as Mac computers, have been exposed to a significant security risk since the 1990s that could allow …


The Koenigsegg Regera is the 1,500bhp king of the Geneva Motor Show

Koenigsegg is the Swedish word for "crazy." In its two decades of existence, this car company has pushed more boundaries and designed more outlandish automobiles than most others can accomplish in a century. The latest Regera is no different. Debuting here at the Geneva Motor Show, it ratchets up …


“FREAK” Security Flaw Discovered Lurking In Many Computers For Decades, Apple Promises Fix Next Week

Ugh — another week, another nasty widespread security bug to worry about. The twist this time: this one has apparently been around since the 90s.

Dubbed “FREAK” by the researchers who discovered it, the exploit allowed researchers (and potentially hackers) to sniff traffic going to and from many …


Luxury Sports Car Brand Koenigsegg Announces New Regera Hypercar With CarPlay Support

Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg is known for its high-priced luxury sports cars, often called hypercars. At the Geneva Motor Show today, Koenigsegg showed off its latest car -- an ~1,800 horsepower hybrid vehicle with built-in support for Apple's CarPlay service.

Called the Regera, which …


The Koenigsegg Regera has 1500 hp and no transmission

This might be the most interesting hypercar development in recent memory.

It's hard not to think of the hybrid supercar in Darwinian terms when you come to realize that the Koenigsegg Regera has transcended the transmission altogether in a rather incredible evolution. Instead of an electric motor …


Meet your neighbors on NextDoor

Neighborhood social network Nextdoor just raised $110M at $1.1B valuation

Nextdoor, a startup that has built a private social network for people to connect with their neighbors, has raised $110 million in new funding, according to a new report.

The new money, which comes from Redpoint Ventures and Insight Venture Partners, gives the company a $1.1 billion valuation, the …

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