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New Research Shows Bitcoin's Meteoric Rise Was a Scam

Crypotocurrencies are the latest in a centuries-long line of speculative bubbles driven by shrewd insiders taking advantage of gullible investors.<p>Academic researchers at the University of Texas have concluded at least half of Bitcoin's rise to a peak price of nearly $20,000 last year was due to …

Cryptocurrency

Black Friday is coming early thanks to Amazon sales

Lots of stores have price-matching policies. Target promises to match prices on identical items found for less at Target.com, certain online competitors, or in local print ads for up to 14 days after a purchase. Best Buy matches prices against a handful of online retailers and local competitors. …

eCommerce

Spotify hooks up with Genius to bring you the stories behind hit songs as you listen

Spotify has announced a partnership with music info and lyrics app Genius that will let Spotify users get more info about the music they are listening to with the press of a button.<p>For the Spotify integration, Genius says it had to strip back its service to the core essentials, and in doing so, …

Spotify

Gadget Return Site Gazelle Sells for $18 million

Gazelle, a Boston-based e-commerce company which buys and sells used smartphones, has raised $61.9 million in venture backing from RockPort Capital …

Raspberry Pi offers custom-made, mass-produced boards

It's one thing to buy a Raspberry Pi for your own tinkering, but it's another when you need to buy a lot of them for your company -- you aren't going to tweak thousands of boards by hand. Thankfully, you don't have to. Raspberry Pi is teaming up with Element14 on a customization service that lets …

The Blockchain Might Be The Next Disruptive Technology

To process a transaction, you need first to make sure the sender owns the asset he wants to transfer, and make sure he will not trade it twice.<p>In the blockchain, information is stored in blocks that record all transactions ever done through the network. Hence, it allows validating both the …

Blockchain

Shaving will never be the same with this laser razor

It's 2015, so it only makes sense to shave our hair off with lasers, right?<p>Right. That's why Skarp Razor is replacing blade with a laser and plans to …

Netflix actually made a Netflix and Chill button, and you can too

When they aren't stress-proofing servers and using playback data to pinpoint which episode made you binge-watch the rest of a show, Netflix engineers also like to build things. At the 2015 World Maker Faire this weekend, the company unveiled its prototype and instructions for a big button that it …

Security-focussed Blackphone 2 now available to order, extra privacy and flagship specs at a premium price

Silent Circle has released its second privacy-focussed smartphone. The Android-powered Blackphone 2 boasts some of the best security features around, as well as some flagship specifications. But, all this does come at a fairly hefty price tag…<p>The phone’s security comes from its custom operating …

Mobile Technology

Google's new Brotli compression algorithm is 26 percent better than existing solutions

Google is introducing a new compression algorithm named Brotli, which it says can reduce file sizes up to 26 percent over existing solutions.<p>The increased density is achieved by “a 2nd order context modeling, re-use of entropy codes, larger memory window of past data and joint distribution …

Codes

Virtual reality startup Jaunt reportedly raised $50M-plus funding round

Jaunt has reportedly raised more than $50 million in a third round of funding, according to a report in Variety. The funding, if confirmed, is another sign that investors are very interested in the disruptive potential of virtual reality, which immerses you in virtual worlds.<p>Tech advisor …

Virtual Reality

The "Sharing Economy" Is Dead, And We Killed It

Five years ago, everybody was excited about the idea of using tech to borrow things like power drills. In practice, though, not so much.<p>“How many of you own a power drill?” Rachel Botsman, the author of the book <i>The Rise Of Collaborative Consumption</i>, asked the audience at TedxSydney in 2010. …

Twitter 'Unabomber' says all its largest investors want Jack Dorsey to be CEO

On Friday, early investor Chris Sacca unleashed yet another tweetstorm urging the board to appoint cofounder Jack Dorsey, who Sacca claimed has the support of the company's "largest investors."<p>Sacca also blasted the board for taking so long and said it should be "refreshed with people who have …

Jack Dorsey

Qualcomm wants to do for drones what it did for smartphones

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Qualcomm wants to be everywhere. So it's not too surprising to see the company delving into drones with its new Snapdragon Flight platform. Based on its Snapdragon 801 processor, Flight aims to simplify drone development by giving companies a single …

Verizon's Hum can turn your '97 Stratus into a connected car

If you want in on the connected car action but your vehicle is nearly as old as the internet, Verizon's new Hum service may help. It's a $15 per month plan that includes an iOS or Android smartphone app and CDMA-enabled hardware that plugs into an OBD-II port, something all 1996 and newer vehicles …

Paper-thin solar charger could be just the thing for stylish outdoorsy types

Solar chargers haven't taken off the way creators have hoped, but as technology allows designs to get slimmer and more efficient, that could …

iOS 9’s killer feature: it can read your mind

One of the coolest features in iOS 9 is one that you don’t really get to experience until you’ve been using it for a few weeks. Over time, it learns your habits and starts making suggestions about what to do next.<p>When Predictive Siri, which powers this feature, was first announced I didn’t think …

Apps

Fitbit Founder James Park Will Speak At Disrupt SF 2015

James Park is on a roll. Best known as the co-founder and CEO of Fitbit, his company went public on June 18 — and things couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Fitbit is now worth $9 billion despite facing tough competition.<p>It seems like nothing can stop the company’s fitness-tracking devices. When …

Fitbit

Pocket-sized personal transporters could soon be seen on the streets of Tokyo

<i>(Reuters)</i> — A Japanese engineer has developed a portable transporter small enough to be carried in a backpack that he says is the world’s first ‘car in a bag’.<p>Twenty-six-year-old Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors recently unveiled the lithium battery-powered “WalkCar” transporter, which is …

Portable

Nokia sells HERE Maps to BMW, Audi and Daimler

Nokia has sold HERE Maps to a German automotive consortium for 2.8 billion euros (£1.97 billion), in a move the company is describing as the "next …

With $13 Million From Maveron, Eargo Is The Hearing Aid Of The Future

After five years of research and $13 million in venture funding, Eargo has created a hearing device that people actually want to wear.<p>Launching out of beta today, Eargo’s invisible, rechargeable hearing aid is modeled after the fishing fly, of all things. It’s made out of flexi fibers — small …

Experimenting With Virtual Reality, Financial Services Enter The Matrix

“You take the blue pill –- the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill -– you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”<p>Morpheus and <i>The Matrix</i> introduced virtual reality (VR) to a mass audience, and the technology — …

Virtual Reality

IBM doubles down on Apache Spark with cloud service, open-source code, and tech center

IBM today announced several initiatives related to the Apache Spark open-source software for storing, processing, and analyzing lots of different kinds of data.<p>IBM is making Spark available as a cloud service on its BlueMix cloud platform. The company is releasing its SystemML software under a …

Big Data

Yahoo kills a product that was once called 'a milestone in the history of the internet'

On Thursday, Yahoo announced it's axing some less popular products in a blog entry by Amotz Maimon, Yahoo's chief architect.<p>Most heartbreakingly for a lot of developers, Yahoo Pipes is getting shut down at the end of August. Yahoo Pipes is a service that let people build custom web applications …

Google Photos Reminder: Smile, It’s Free — You’re The Product!

At its I/O developer conference last week Google announced a big revamp of its cloud-based photo sharing and storage product, uncoupling it from the Google+ social network, where usage was inevitably constrained, and sending it winging its way onto the wider web and iOS as a standalone app.<p>Its …

This pizza box doubles as a movie projector

Movie-and-pizza night usually means having to retreat to the TV in the living room, but not if you live in Hong Kong. Ad firm Ogilvy & Mather HK has built the Pizza Hut Blockbuster Box, a pizza box that turns into a projector at the drop of a hat. All you do is pluck a lens out of the protective …