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Wiper thinks messaging apps could be the key to bitcoin payments

Wiper, an ephemeral messaging app that launched in 2014, has a reputation as a Snapchat clone, but it’s actually closer to Line, which uses …

Bitcoin

The Storm eBike Is A $499 Entry-Level Electric Bike

It’s been a while since I got to do a fun demo on some kind of electric vehicle, so last week we took a trip to Golden Gate Park with the Storm eBike.<p>It’s a electric bicycle designed to be cheap and practical. It’s the 1987 Honda Civic of electric bikes, stripped down to the basics. There’s no …

Electric Bikes

Desolenator creates clean water from saltwater using sunlight

Water scarcity affects every corner of the globe. Around 1.2 billion people — almost 20 percent of Earth’s population — lives with the constant worry of not having enough drinking water to survive, according to the United Nations.<p>However, almost three-quarters of this world we inhabit is covered in …

Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee.<p>The California …

Ambitious iPhone keyboard gets quick funding on Kickstarter

Next Keyboard — an app claiming to be the "perfect keyboard" for the iPhone — reached its funding goal just two days after it was launched on …

Apple vows it will never make a cheap iPhone

Apple says it has no intention of competing with Android in the lower end of the smartphone market<p>Apple has revealed that it has no plans to challenge Google and Microsoft in the low-end devices market, vowing that it will never launch a 'cheap' iPhone or Mac.<p>Speaking at the <b>Code/Mobile conference</b> …

Will coal or solar power fuel India’s drive to bring electricity to its villages?

The village of Geer in Madhya Pradesh is about to undergo the simplest of revolutions. After 25 years of being told electricity is coming, it is finally here. “After sunset we can’t do anything so we sit in the darkness. The children cannot study. We go to bed early,” says Chotelal Gupta, who runs …

India’s Answer To Uber, Olacabs Takes $210M Led By Softbank At $1B Valuation

SoftBank is doubling down on India, quite literally. The Japanese tech powerhouse, flush with billions from its extremely lucrative Alibaba investment, is today confirming that it has led a $210 million investment in Ola, an Uber-style service in India that aims to use technology to shake up and …

8 Apps to Help You Get More Done in Less Time

We've all heard of the illusory work/life balance that books, blogs and the busiest of professionals tell us is attainable — but actually achieving …

Evernote for Windows now lets you annotate PDFs

Evernote has announced a host of new features in the latest version of its Windows desktop app for premium and business users.<p>The most notable of these new features is the ability to annotate PDF files with arrows, shapes, stamps and text. This means that when you’re working with a detailed PDF …

Google is now better at telling you when stuff is in stock nearby

Actually, it’s more complex than that. Read on.<p>Since last October, Google has allowed mobile users to find out if a product is available nearby — even if the retailer only offered the product in the store and not online.<p>Now, the company is extending that capability to desktop and laptop users. …

Bitcoin could be considered legal tender, Australian tax official says

The Australian tax commissioner has left open the possibility that the digital payment system bitcoin could be considered legal tender in Australia.<p>Bitcoin has been described as a type of “virtual currency” where users can pay for goods and services, and can even create their own bitcoins to …

Ikea's catalog now uses 75 percent computer generated imagery

Browsing through an Ikea catalog is basically a modern adult's version of playing make-believe, letting you imagine just how gorgeous your apartment will never be. And it turns out, an Ikea catalog is even further from reality than you may have already thought: 75 percent of its product images are …

New 'predatory' lead discovery platform hunts down your competitors' customers

How would you like to pitch your competitors’ leads and customers?<p>San Mateo, California-based Colabo is now offering that escalation in the marketing arms race.<p>This week, Colabo released competitive lead discovery capabilities for its data aggregation platform, offering what is describes as …

The Week In Drones: Google Delivery, Reaper Gods, And More

Keeping up with the droneses<p>Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.<p><b>Drone Pilots Puppet</b><p>Disney, whose theme parks are known for their animatronic robots, recently filed a patent for “Aerial Display System …

Interview: Inside Google Brain Founder Andrew Ng's Plans To Transform Baidu

<i>Little known outside China, the Chinese search engine Baidu scored a coup earlier this year when it hired Andrew Ng to be chief scientist and open a new artificial intelligence lab in Silicon Valley. Ng, a Stanford computer science professor who headed the Google Brain AI project and then cofounded</i> …

Google shopping finally enters the 21st century

Well, it only took 12 years, but Google has finally given its antiquated shopping system a proper update.<p>This past April, Google announced that Google Shopping would be coming out of beta and would be made available to all AdWords customers. If you’re using AdWords, you have until August of this …

eBay’s local delivery plans unravel: eBay Now may shut down (Updated)

<i>Updated 4:41 p.m. ET with additional comments from eBay.</i><p>Two years after launching its local delivery service eBay Now, eBay plans to shut it down, a VentureBeat source claims.<p>Born out of the $75 million acquisition of Milo, eBay’s local team launched eBay Now in 2012 alongside competing same-day …

A bet on Bitcoin: new VC fund invests in currency startups

Bitcoin: is it like gold or Dutch tulip bulbs? Either way, investors are flocking to the crypto-currency, which is mined with computers and …