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Pirate Bay 'borrows' visitor CPUs to mine virtual coins

You may have no choice but to generate cash on the website's behalf.<p>Piracy websites can't really depend on ads, so how do they make money? By using your PC's processor cycles, apparently -- whether you want to or not. Visitors to The Pirate Bay have discovered JavaScript code in the website that …

How much money people are really earning from Uber, Airbnb, and 7 more side hustles

Companies like these have made it easier than ever to make a quick buck on your own time.<p>But how much extra dough can you really make through these sites and apps?<p>Online lender Earnest decided to crunch some numbers to find out.<p>They looked at anonymous data from tens of thousands of loan applicants …

Elon Musk admits the 'very foolish' mistakes he made with the Tesla Model X

Tesla boss opens up about making the Model X too complex for its own good, and how Model Y will be different.<p>Tesla boss Elon Musk admits he got …

2018 Toyota Camry packs an open-source Linux-based infotainment system

Automotive Grade Linux, or AGL, is a division within The Linux Foundation set on developing open-source software for cars that will help support the future of connected cars. The group is made up of more than 100 automakers, suppliers, and tech corporations. We sampled some of the iterations at …

Here are all the wacky gear shifters from the New York Auto Show

RIP P-R-N-D<p>Decades ago, most drivers were trained on how to drive a stick shift. The familiar layout of of two perpendicular lines that looked like double Hs appeared on gear shift knobs in automobiles and this configuration became an intuitive part of getting behind the wheel. But as cars began to …

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iPhone 7S Leak Delivers The First Bad News

There are many reasons to be excited about Apple’s upcoming iPhone overhaul (variously named the iPhone 7S, iPhone 8, iPhone Edition, iPhone X and even just ‘iPhone’ in different reports), but Bloomberg has now delivered news of the first sucker punches…<p>In a new report Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman …

Developers, don't mock people for being amazed by game dev techniques (update)

You WANT people curious about what you do<p>A documentary about the creation of <i>Horizon</i><i>:</i> <i>Zero Dawn</i> was created by the Dutch organization VPRO, and yesterday Kotaku pulled an interesting GIF from the video that showed how the game renders its large environments.<p>“Every time you move the camera in <i>Horizon</i> …

North Hollywood High team wins national cybersecurity competition

Russians and Chinese hackers beware.<p>Americans, breathe a sigh of relief. Students from North Hollywood High have got your back.<p>Team Togo, consisting of five juniors, just won a national cybersecurity championship, which is joining the Academic Decathlon among the ranks of activities to which really …

Microsoft explains the new Windows 10 mode that could make video games so much better

Maybe you leave Google Chrome or Skype open in the background while you play, and you get a ton of notifications, or a video loads in an open tab. The sudden demands on your system make your game freeze up, stutter, and otherwise perform poorly.<p>"Gamers may not be aware of stuff that's running in …

An All-Electric Corvette Just Went More Than 200 Mph

It's a record.<p>The Chevrolet Corvette is the antithesis of an electric car. With its big, naturally aspirated V8 and sporting intentions, the last thing it was designed for is the environment. Genovation, a small electric carmaker, seems to want to break that stereotype, because it just broke its …

The Super Bowl halftime show drones weren't flying live

Due to FAA regulations<p>Drones were a big part of this year’s Super Bowl halftime show for the first time ever. Hundreds of the devices helped this year’s performer, Lady Gaga, kick her show off, presenting a colorful, swirling backdrop as she stood on the roof of Houston’s NRG Stadium. But as Gaga …

Samsung's Galaxy S7 is making this iPhone fan jealous

It’s been a while since I paid any serious attention to Samsung devices, but at MWC the company caught my eye. The S7, which was announced on Sunday at the company’s Unpacked event doesn’t look all that different from last year, but it’s making me jealous.<p>Samsung’s embrace of building an ecosystem …

There's one car feature that I no longer want to live without

Matthew DeBord/Business Insider<p>We just checked out a Chinese-made Volvo S60 Inscription and were fairly impressed.<p>The S60 isn't a wildly luxurious …

Hospital paid hackers $17,000 to unlock data held for ransom

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) revealed in a statement (PDF) today that it paid hackers $17,000 in Bitcoin to unlock its files after the attackers used malware to encrypt and hold them for ransom.<p>The hospital noticed issues on its network on February 5 and managed to restore its …

Starry Internet Is Aereo Founder Chet Kanojia’s Latest Salvo In The War On ISPs

With all the startups using the internet to transform traditional industries, it’s a bit of a wonder why no one has taken on the internet itself. Broadband service is an expensive business to run, with steadily increasing rates thanks to our growing need for binge-worthy video content. Pardon the …

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Google auctions off Motorola battery patents

When Google bought Motorola back in 2012, many believed that its intentions in doing so were primarily to increase its number of mobile patent holdings. At the time, Google was recovering from copyright infringement accusations from Oracle, and the owners of Android wanted to ensure that their …

Securifi’s Almond 3 Is A Router And Smart Home Hub In A Nifty Single Box

Securifi just announced the Almond 3, a brand new touchscreen wireless router that wants to become the central part of your smart home. The Almond 3 will be released in the coming months for $120.<p>At heart, Securifi’s new device remains a wireless router. You plug it to your modem and it will create …

Verizon's Wi-Fi Calling Coming to Galaxy S6 on Monday, iPhone 'Early Next Year'

Verizon yesterday announced that it will begin rolling out support for Wi-Fi Calling next week, starting on Monday with Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. iPhone users will need to wait a bit longer, with an update enabling the feature expected "early next year."<p>Wi-Fi Calling will initially be …

How to make your iPhone run better in 10 seconds

We love our iPhones, but sometimes they act up. Apps slow down or crash, things don’t run as smoothly as we’d like, or things just get weird — and we don’t know why. Usually, the solution is to power off and restart the device, but if you inexplicably only have 10 seconds to sort out your iPhone’s …

Google’s data saver mode in Chrome for Android will now save up to 70%

Google announced on Monday that it’s updated the data saver mode in Chrome for Android to save up to 70 percent of data when browsing web pages. That’s up from 50 percent, previously.<p>Users in India and Indonesia (two huge emerging markets for mobile, specifically Android) will be the first to …

Jeff Bezos Just Nailed a Vertical Rocket Landing

Blue Origin hit a sweet feat for its small rocket: landing it vertically after a flight just above the line where space begins.<p>Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has been fairly mysterious, but one thing it hasn't been coy about is its ambition to be the main …

11 mind-blowing facts about NASA's nuclear-powered mission to Pluto

New Horizons is the first spacecraft ever designed to reach Pluto, and the scientific information it gathers on Tuesday will eventually rewrite the textbook on this tiny icy world of which we know so little.<p>The New Horizons mission is unique in many ways and even has a few secrets on board.<p>Here are …

How Does The FBI Catch People Who Shine Lasers At Airplanes?

Spoiler: not easily<p>Aircraft lasing -- directing a laser or another bright light at a moving aircraft -- is becoming a huge problem, and authorities on the subject are worried that a growing number of reports will eventually lead to a serious incident.<p>At least 43 incidents were reported in the last …

Museum seeks to save Neil Armstrong's spacesuit with $500,000 Kickstarter

National Air and Space Museum’s first crowdfunding campaign launched Monday to conserve Armstrong’s deteriorating suit so it can go on display<p>The US National Air and Space Museum has launched its first crowdfunding campaign to raise money to conserve the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the …

Cybersecurity Firm LastPass Hacked; User Data Stolen

In an era of infinite passwords, each with slightly different requirements, LastPass — a company that allows customers to store their password …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is stepping down.</b> Jack Dorsey, one of the original founders of the company, will be interim CEO.<p><b>2. Dorsey hasn't denied that he's interested in becoming the company's full-time CEO.</b> But for now he says he's focusing on the interim role.<p><b>3. Facebook and Microsoft are</b> …

Tiny robots pull objects up to 2,000 times their own weight

The equivalent of a human dragging a blue whale<p>Engineers from Stanford University have created miniature robots named "MicroTugs" capable of pulling and lifting objects more than 100 times their own weight. The strongest of the bots weighs just 12 grams but can pull objects 2,000 times heavier than …

See the 50 Best Images Taken by Hubble

Pillars of Creation: Originally taken on April 1, 1995, this image has become one of the most iconic to come from the Hu<p>... VIEW MORE<p>NASA/ESA/Hubble …