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Is Bitcoin The New Euro?

Originally dubbed ‘the single currency,’ the euro has been around for a decade and was in the works for another decade before it entered circulation in 2002. At the time, it was something revolutionary, a bold initiative that could have failed multiple times along the way.<p>Yet, it hasn’t become the …

What Gaudí's Sagrada Familia Will Look Like in 2026

The <i>Sagrada Famlia</i>, a world-famous Catholic church in Barcelona designed by the late renowned architect Antoni Gaud, is set to finally complete construction in the year 2026 after over a century of work. Having first embarked on the ambitious architectural project in 1882, Gaud took his time …

Barcelona

Apple prepping iOS 7.0.3 for launch, says report

The next iOS iteration could reach users as early as next week, says blog site Boy Genius Report.<p>Apple pushed out iOS 7.0.2 last Thursday, but version 7.0.3 is already being tested for release, at least according to blog site Boy Genius Report.<p>Citing information from unidentified sources, BGR said …

Another Key Hulu Executive Leaves

Hulu sales head JP Colaco, one of the video company’s key remaining early hires, is leaving the company.<p>Andy Forssell, the website’s acting CEO, …

Media Industry

Chromecast, Two Months Later: Where Are The Apps? [Updated]

<i>Update October 2, 2013: A new Chromecast source has joined the lineup: Hulu Plus now officially supports streaming to Google’s device. For more, visit this link.</i><p>When Google took the wraps off its little Chromecast TV streaming stick this summer, it was cute, dirt-cheap and full of promise. And now… …

Credit card companies eye new global payment standard

MasterCard, Visa, and American Express propose using a digital "token" that would allow consumers to make purchases without having to input account numbers.<p>MasterCard, Visa, and American Express have teamed up to create a new digital payment technology.<p>The companies say that their proposed standard …

FinTech

3D printing is becoming 4D, with shape-shifting objects

Now that 3D printing is mainstream enough to support high-street shops, facilities at Staples and plenty of cheap printers, researchers have turned their eye to the next stage: 4D printing. The fourth dimension is time: Scientists at Harvard, Pittsburgh and Illinois are developing materials that …

3D Printing

Google set to bring ads to Gmail Android app

Code from a recent Gmail Android app update indicates that Google could begin serving ads to mobile viewers at any time<p>Google is ready to start showing ads in its Gmail app on Android smartphones, according to new code discovered in a recent update.<p>Artem Russakovskii of Android Police unpacked the …

Shopping search engine TheFind surpasses 1B shopping searches (exclusive)

Shopping search engine TheFind is furiously crawling the Internet so you can find those vintage Nike shoes you’ve been eyeing, or a pantsuit appropriate for a wedding.<p>The company revealed impressive traction today.<p>TheFind crossed the “1 billion shopping searches” mark, and shoppers have browsed …

Microsoft's Panos Panay says Surfaces with 'multiple aspect ratios and sizes,' LTE are on the way

It's not the first time we've heard that Surface tablets would be coming in multiple sizes, but Microsoft's Panos Panay offered the clearest indication yet that the line could soon be expanding at a Microsoft Store event in Seattle last night. As <i>GeekWire</i> reports, while Panay didn't get <i>too</i> specific, …

Facebook's New Link Image Format Helps Improve Sharing and Engagement

Do larger images make for better engagement? On Facebook, they apparently do. A new study from EdgeRank Checker shows that the new link images format that the social network company rolled out in September, have generated more than 69 percent more clicks than the previous format, where the image …

Toshiba bakes TransferJet file transfer and wireless charging into touchscreen kiosk, charges phones and credit cards

In an effort to make Toshiba's TransferJet more... <i>business</i>, the company revealed a touchscreen kiosk that allows you to buy (and immediately download) music, videos and more. Just in case that alone wasn't enough, the kiosk, which is adorably petite, also uses NFC to pair the device and (if you …

Internet Explorer 6 Market Share Finally Falls Under 5%

The Internet Explorer 6 death watch continues, but the end is near. Microsoft’s ancient browser may still haunt web developers’ nightmares, but according to the latest data from Net Applications, its global market share has now finally dipped under 5 percent.<p>Even Microsoft will be quite happy to …

Qualcomm Now Has a Foot in All the Wireless Charging Camps

Qualcomm, which has been a major backer of the Alliance for Wireless Power, is now also taking part in two rival wireless-charging-standards …

Tech Trends

IPOs face possible delays if shutdown lingers

The Securities and Exchange Commission's "carryover" funds keeping it open amid the government shutdown may run out in a few weeks, threatening the recovering IPO market and high-profile deals such as Twitter.<p>The regulator, in charge of reviewing the plans of companies aiming for initial public …

Brazil

IBM Acquires Wireless-Analysis Company Now Factory

Computing services giant IBM said today that it will acquire the Now Factory, a privately held company based in Dublin, Ireland, that creates …

InterAct

Chrome 30 hits the stable channel with new Android gestures and simpler search by image

In August Google pushed out an update to its Chrome Beta channel that included quicker access to search by image via a long press or right click along with a slew of other features. Today, version 30 of the browser is hitting the stable channel, along with its revamp of gestures for the Android …

This is the first interesting search engine since Google

It’s hard to build a really new search engine. Microsoft has spent enormous resources trying to convince people that Bing’s search results are just as good as Google’s. Bing has won market share, but not at Google’s expense. Other Google alternatives like DuckDuckGo are growing rapidly because they …

SEO

Checking email now means breaking the law for many federal workers

The hundreds of thousands of US federal employees furloughed by Congress' failure to appropriate funds for the 2014 fiscal year are legally required to turn off their work phones. If they check their work email they can be fired and may face civil or criminal penalties.<p>Government shutdown …

Surveillance

My Government Is A Complete Mess: Obamacare Websites Failing Amid Government Shutdown

The U.S. government is a complete mess. Congress could not even perform its basic constitutional duty to fund the government and had to shut down most of the public system. Amid the partisan spectacle, the White House promised that the shutdown would not interfere with a new website for comparing …