Michael Reed

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Potcoin, A New Cryptocurrency To Help Ease The War On Drugs

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Roger Huang is co-founder of ThoughtBasin, an edtech startup that connects students with organizations looking for difference makers. Follow him at code(love).</i><p>It started with one evocative name shouted into the phone from one developer to another: “Potcoin!”<p>The Founding Fathers had to …

Adult Swim cartoon jumps from cable to Instagram in 15-second chunks

So, let's say you want to watch an episode of Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty" but you don't have cable and the only thing you have on you is your smartphone. Well, luckily for you, you're able to watch the latest episode of the show <i>entirely on Instagram</i>. That's right, in a stunt by Cartoon Network's …

Three Secrets Of The Only 5 Year Old iPhone Hit App

In March 2009, an iPhone app called “Doodle Jump” debuted and entered rapidly the Top 20 paid download chart. Apple's iPhone app platform was still in its infancy and nobody realized just how huge the content empire would be. One early app hit held on for half a decade of app industry turmoil. Five …

Sony says their Live Colour LED technology delivers the deepest and most vibrant colors available on a smartphone

Who produces the best smartphone display? If you did not answer Sony, they are hoping that their new Live Colour LED technology will change your mind. Sony’s new screen tech is found on their latest flagship device, the Xperia Z2, which was announced at MWC last month. The phone represents the best …

5 technologies that are shaping the future of design

Theatrical robots. 3D printers that churn out cells. Wearables for infants. These types of technologies might be “out there,” but they show off key …

Apple Targets Big Spenders With New Loyalty Program Discounts

Apple has made some changes to its Customer Loyalty Program, adding new items and increasing the discount offered on existing ones.<p>The discounts — which quietly went into effect last week — are on offer to people who spend upwards of $5,000 on Apple products in a 12-month period, making this a …

eCommerce

The Internet Will Be Everywhere In 2025, For Better Or Worse

We won't think about 'going online' or 'looking on the Internet' for something. We'll just be online, and just look."<p>In 2025, the Internet will enhance our awareness of the world and ourselves while diminishing privacy and allowing abusers to "make life miserable for others," according to a new …

Edward Snowden at SXSW: "I Was Defending the Constitution"

The SXSW team will have drawn the envy of conference organizers around the world today after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden took part in a ‘virtual conversation’ via video link.<p>Speaking via a Google Hangout and apparently routed through seven proxies from his current location in Russia, Snowden …

Rollable displays and smart plasters inch closer as researchers claim transistor breakthrough

Philips and researchers from the University in Surrey have made what they claim is a serious breakthrough in creating reliable flexible electronics. …

Vine Wants You to Watch These 27 Completely Mesmerizing Vines

"27 Dancers That Are Completely Mesmerizing."<p>There are plenty of websites where you might see a headline like that, but you probably wouldn't expect …

New app turns tourist into time traveler - CNN Video

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This is the smartwatch Apple or Google needs to make

Why can't great smartwatches look like normal watches? Smartwatches, for the most part, can be divided into two categories: vague approximations of the future like the Pebble, Gear, and Gear Fit, or conventionally styled watches from companies like Citizen and Cookoo that offer far less …

HP Releases Another Cheap Android Tablet

HP has quietly announced a new tablet. Meet the HP 8. It’s a rather mundane tablet with a ho-hum screen and above par specs. It’s nothing special. But it’s cheap and cheap sells.<p>The HP 8 employs a 7.85-inch screen with a 1,024 x 768 resolution, which as Engadget points out, is a few pixels less …

Livr is my most fav app 4va LOL im drunk (update: sober up, it's fake)

If you've heard one too many gripes about your boozy postings, don't fret -- there'll soon be a like-minded social app for you. It's called "Livr," and you won't even be able to log in without a smartphone breathalyzer confirming you've tippled <i>enough</i>. In fact, the higher your BAC, the more app …

Steve Jobs Spotted In China’s Ghost City

Remember the recent bizarre Steve Jobs statue, depicting what looked to be the decapitated head of Apple’s late CEO?<p>Well, a new Steve Jobs sculpture may have it beaten in the weirdness stakes.<p>Urban explorer Darmon Richter found the above hexagonal blue sculpture — depicting Jobs’ profile against …

Tim Cook

The future of TV is coming into focus, and looks pretty great

The future of TV is here. It’s just not evenly distributed.<p>If it doesn’t seem like the American television industry is in the middle of a dramatic transformation, that’s simply because the pieces are scattered all over the place. But they are starting to come together.<p>One transformative piece …

Streaming

Twitter paid $36 million for IBM patents to avoid a lawsuit

Twitter paid a hefty sum for a group of patents acquired from IBM, according to a newly published Securities and Exchange Commission filing.<p>Twitter paid $36 million to acquire more than 900 patents from IBM, shows the filing published Thursday by the government agency. IBM announced the agreement …

OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta introduces retina display scaling for 4k monitors

The only retina display Macs(s aapl) you can get these days are MacBook Pro laptops. That’s because they’re the only Apple devices that support both …

Spot On Time’s New App Helps Drivers Arrive On Time, Find Parking Too

The problem with navigation applications is that they assume you’re trying to find your way from Point A to Point B right now. They don’t permit busy travelers to pre-plan their trips in advance, and they don’t help you with the last leg of the journey – finding parking – either. A new application …

Apple 41.6% in US Smartphones, Samsung 26.7%, Android Down, iOS Up

Apple’s dominance as the top smartphone OEM in the US has started off strong in the first month of this year: 41.6 percent share. Samsung is once again gaining share faster than its main competitor, however, hitting a new high at 26.7 percent. Rounding out the top five were LG, Motorola, and HTC.<p>In …

Inspired By Google’s Project Ara, A U.K. Team Is Now Working On A Modular Smartwatch

Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone — itself inspired by Phonebloks — is still very much in development, with a workable modular handset not likely to appear until next year at the earliest (although Google has announced a developer conference for the concept this April).<p>But the concept of an …

Samsung snags patent for new pressure sensitive touchscreens

Looking to simplify the electronics and reduce costs of pressure sensitive touchscreens, Samsung has a patent in the works for what they call “Touch Display Apparatus Sensing Touch Force.”<p>The general idea is pretty simple, current pressure sensing touchscreens require the installation of additional …

Patents

iPhones Less Likely To Be Damaged, More Likely To Be Stolen Than Other Smartphones

According to a new report, iPhone users are 46% less likely than other smartphone owners to need a replacement device due to accidental damage — but 65% more likely to have their device stolen or lost.<p>The insight comes from third-party insurance company ProtectCell, who based their findings on 2 …

Mobile

Google's New Office In Malaysia Is A Wild Indoor Jungle

From slides and basketball courts to themed floors and endless snacks, Google is always coming up with something quirky and new to add in to their office space.<p>Their new offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are no exception: Plants sprout from the walls and ceiling, while bright decor make for an …

Kuala Lumpur

The Oculus Rift Will Battle PS4 And Xbox One At E3

Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo….Oculus? It’s no surprise that Oculus VR has just announced they’ll be bringing the Oculus Rift to E3, as they’ve had a presence at many, many gaming events to date, and E3 will be a can’t-miss for them.<p>But now, the situation is different. The Oculus Rift is no longer just …

This Is Why It Feels Like Apple Stopped Innovating Three Years Ago

He'd say that once, when he was a kid, he was reading a science magazine and he found an article ranking animals by the efficiency of their movements.<p>At the top of the list, there were cheetahs and hawks. Way down at the bottom, there were humans — relatively slow on their two legs.<p>But then Jobs …