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'Post Modern Skateboard' Has No Board Whatsoever

We're well into the 21st century, so perhaps it's not surprising that somebody finally decided to render the tried-and-true skateboard a major …

In Japan, People Are Flipping Out Over The Flip-Phone (Galapagos Phone): What's Old Is New Again

Everything that’s old is new again—and the flip-phone—the anti-smart phone & the Galapagos like replica of a time when Japan once dominated the world in mobile phones is making a comeback in this island country.<p>For those of you who don’t remember, once upon a time Japan was the world leader in …

Mobile

uTorrent's latest update installs a cryptocurrency miner

uTorrent's latest update may be hijacking computers to turn a profit. According to a report from <i>Trusted Reviews</i>, the latest update to the popular torrent management software comes bundled with a program called Epic Scale, a Windows program that uses the computer's processor to mine a bitcoin …

Cryptocurrency
Oil

WhatsApp and iMessage could be banned under new surveillance plans

David Cameron could block WhatsApp and Snapchat if he wins the next election, as part of his plans for new surveillance powers announced in the wake …

Privacy

The mesmerizing beauty of a thousand hand dance

These types of dances are an old tradition but they're always so mind tickling to see. The choreography is perfect and it's like seeing art in …

Politician’s fingerprint reproduced using photos of her hands | Ars Technica

At a Chaos Computer Club convention, hacker Starbug suggests notable people wear gloves.<p>Last week at a Chaos Computer Club (CCC) convention in …

What's Really Wrong With Facebook

Facebook is changing its privacy policies at the beginning of the new year. As usual, everyone's wondering if they should be worried about it.. When …

Social Media

How Android 5.0 lets you get raw for better photos

Programmers have begun unlocking a new feature in Google's new Lollipop mobile OS: the ability to shoot photos in raw format, which adds new flexibility in image quality.<p>For more than a decade, photographers using traditional cameras have been able to get higher image quality by "shooting raw." The …

Mobile Photography

Code of Ages

Go and Swift take another step up the programming-language ladder<p>If you are a very large, rich technology company today, it seems it is no longer …

Grace Hopper

Judge rules that banks can sue Target for 2013 credit card hack | Ars Technica

The development paves the way for more banks to sue merchants with poor POS security.<p>On Tuesday, a District Court judge in Minnesota ruled [PDF] that …

Goodbye, FACKWORS, Google Simplifies the CAPTCHA Process

Google announced this morning that entering in impossible-to-read letter combinations on websites to verify that you are a human will soon be a thing …

CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music - Nigel Stanford

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WhatsApp announces unprecedented encryption features

The most recent update to WhatsApp's Android app includes a surprising feature: strong end-to-end encryption, enabled by default. It's the strongest security any major texting app has offered, even compared with similar tools from giants like Google, Microsoft, and Apple. WhatsApp partnered with …

Email Scams Are Still Depressingly Effective

It is the Year Of Our Lord two thousand and fourteen, but somehow, nearly half of all people on this email-infested landfill we call 'Earth' are …

Balance Artist in Dubai

Police can require cellphone fingerprint, not pass code

VIRGINIA BEACH<p>A Circuit Court judge has ruled that a criminal defendant can be compelled to give up his fingerprint, but not his pass code, to allow …

Windows Phone Shrinks In Android-Dominated Europe, As New iPhones Boost iOS’ Share

Spare a thought for Microsoft, a relative newcomer to the mobile making business, after Redmond completed its $7.2BN+ acquisition of former European mobile making powerhouse Nokia earlier this year. If Microsoft was hoping to see quick marketshare wins in Europe once its hands were fully on the …

The guy behind Google Wallet is back to change payments all over again

Poynt is the coolest credit card reader you've ever seen<p>In November of 2012, Google Wallet chief Osama Bedier admitted defeat. "Nobody today is delivering any solution that will get scale, including me," he said onstage at the Open Mobile Summit. Soon, facing insurmountable odds from iron-fisted …

HP's new Sprout PC ditches mouse and keyboard for a touch mat future

It's all touch all the time<p>Microsoft has been experimenting with projectors for years, but HP is bringing a PC to life today complete with a built-in projector and multi-touch capacitive touch mat. Sprout is HP’s latest PC design, and it ditches the mouse and keyboard in favor of a system that is …

CurrentC Is The Big Retailers’ Clunky Attempt To Kill Apple Pay And Credit Card Fees

Long before Apple Pay, big brick-and-mortar retail chains were conspiring to sidestep the typical 2% to 3% fees they’re charged by credit card companies when consumers pay with credit. A company called MCX (Merchant Customer Exchange), spearheaded by Walmart, was started to build a mobile payment …

Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay

Some merchants hope to launch their own mobile payments system next year<p>There's a lot of hype around Apple Pay right now, but not everyone is on board with the new mobile payments system. In fact, a significant number of merchants, including heavyweights like Walmart, Kmart, 7-Eleven, and Best Buy, …

Ten years of Ubuntu: How Linux’s beloved newcomer became its criticized king | Ars Technica

Ars looks back at the decade in Ubuntu, from Warty Warthog to 25 million users worldwide.<p>In October of 2004, a new Linux distro appeared on the scene …

Obama signs “BuySecure” initiative to speed EMV adoption in the US | Ars Technica

Home Depot, Target also promised to start using chip-and-pin terminals by Jan 2015.<p>On Friday, President Obama signed an executive order to speed the …

Internet trolls could face 2 years in prison if British proposal becomes law

Britain is considering harsher punishments for online abuse.<p>The U.K.’s Justice Secretary Chris Graying told the <i>The Daily Mail</i> he will be introducing a proposal to quadruple the country’s current punishment for online abuse, from 6 months of jail to two years.<p>“These internet trolls are cowards who …

Report: Cybercrime costs US $12.7M a year | Ars Technica

The cost of attacks on large companies is up by 10 percent.<p>Cyber attacks on large US companies result in an average of $12.7 million in annual …

This Neck Support Lets You Nap Practically Anywhere

If there's one thing mankind doesn't have enough of, and never will, it's contraptions that make it easier and more comfortable to stop and have a …

HP confirms breakup, layoffs hit an entire Google’s worth of employees | Ars Technica

55,000 people on their way out as HP becomes two companies.<p>HP today confirmed yesterday's report that it plans to split itself into two companies, …

In 1888, one man patented a machine for vending “healthy” electric shocks | Ars Technica

And in the 1800s, some people might have actually been interested in using it.<p>In the late 1800s, we still didn't know a great deal about electricity. …

HTC's next Desire phone reportedly captures 13-megapixel selfies

If you've wanted to shoot 13-megapixel selfies with your phone, you've usually had to get either a knock-off or a one-of-a-kind device like Oppo's N1. You might not have to look very hard if a handful of leaks are correct, however. Both <i>HTCFamily.ru</i> and @upleaks have posted pictures of what's …