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16 April

hack a day

  • 13:00
    After being inspired by the Deciwatt Gravity light, [Steve Dufresne] decided he wanted to try making his own as a proof of concept. The Gravity Light by Deciwatt is an innovative device designed for third world countries to help eliminate expensive lighting like kerosene lamps. It has a small weight on a pulley which can be lifted up in under 3 seconds. During its slow descent down the weight provides light for 25 minutes! It’s affordable, sustainable, and reliable. It’s also mechanically impressive, which is exactly why [Steve] decided to try making his own. He’s using a single LED, a small (...) --

Mashable!

  • 14:38
    Have you been daydreaming about your next vacation? Why not take it this weekend? The word "vacation" is more evocative of a pristine Caribbean beach than a mid-size town two hours from your home, but both have their benefits, and even the shortest getaway can be refreshing. There's no better time to travel than now, so stop putting "plan vacation" on your to-do list See also: 10 Best Apps for Navigating a New City "Planning" and "spontaneous" may sound contradictory, but there are a growing number of travel booking tools that make guesstimation a viable way to plan a trip. Consider (...) -- Travel, Flights, Hoteltonight, Apps Software, Lifestyle
  • 14:16
    Nearly 300 people are missing after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea Wednesday morning. It's not clear what caused the multi-story vessel to list and sink, but witnesses reported an impact and loud noise just before the ship began to roll over in the water. See also: 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near Papua New Guinea The ship sent out a distress signal at 9 a.m. local time on Wednesday, NPR reports, and less than two hours later had completely turned over, leaving the majority of it under water. The New York Times reports there were 459 people on board, including more than (...) -- South Korea, Us World, World
  • 14:00
    Hey cinefreaks, you may pride yourself on knowing every detail of film trivia, but can you see the bigger picture? The quiz below uses Google Street View to test your knowledge of famous sets from film and television. So basically, you could know the name of every Hobbit in the Shire, but your Lord of the Rings trivia is useless if you don't recognize the locations of the films See also: 1,001 Movies to See Before You Die Some scenes are a dead giveaway, but others aren't as easy. You'll spot locations from movies like The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America: The First Avenger and (...) -- Google Street View, Movies, Film, Trivia, Entertainment
  • 13:39
    Tensions may be simmering in eastern Ukraine, but that doesn't mean they can't have a little fun. After reporters there spotted a column of armored personnel carriers rolling into the city of Slovyansk on Wednesday, which is occupied by pro-Russian insurgents, one of them was filmed doing donuts in the streets. A man sits on top of the military vehicle holding his gun like a cowboy riding a bull. See also: My Escape From Eastern Ukraine Reporters say the vehicles entered the city flying Russian flags, and some of the troops said they were Ukrainian soldiers who had defected for the (...) -- Youtube, Us World, World, Ukraine
  • 13:04
    Don't have the time for a real Easter egg hunt this Sunday? Turn to Google instead. The search engine has been hiding Easter eggs — hidden features and tricks — inside its site for years. Sometimes they're elaborate, like the entire video game hidden in Google Images, and sometimes they're as simple as a quirky search result. See also: 12 YouTube Easter Eggs Worth the Distraction From the nerdy to the nostalgic, here are eight silly Google Easter eggs Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Google, Features, Easter, Easter Eggs, and Google (...) -- Google, Features, Easter, Easter Eggs, Google Doodles
  • 12:45
    Photographer Eunique Jones Gibson began the "Because of Them, We Can" series in February 2013 as a month-long art campaign for Black History Month. From the start, Gibson set out to empower young kids — kids like her two sons, Chase and Amari "[The] campaign was inspired by my own two sons ... and the desire to create imagery for them and children like them that would refute stereotypes and build their self-esteem by connecting them to heroes past and present who have and continue to pave the way," Gibson told Mashable. See also: 'We Are Just Humans': Portrait Project Highlights Ethnic (...) -- Non Profit, Photography, Watercooler, Pics, Conversations
  • 12:30
    Where my Peeps at? It's finally spring, which means Easter candies are filling our baskets stomachs once again. Every holiday has its own signature seasonal treat. Christmas rocks candy canes, Halloween reluctantly has candy corn, but Easter owns the strangest treat of them all — Peeps. See also: 5 Peeps Meet Their Violent Demise These freaky fluorescent critters are odd to say the least. In fact, many of us don't even eat the marshmallow-y snack. So what do you do with them? To celebrate this strange treat, here are a few of the weird things you can do with your Peeps after you've (...) -- Lists, Humor, Easter, Weird, Candy
  • 12:23
    Samsung plans to launch an Android Wear device as well as a Tizen smartphone in 2014, Reuters reports The first Tizen phone from Samsung will be a high-end model, and should launch around the end of Q2 2014, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, told Reuters in an interview. It will be nofollowed by a mid-range device, which will launch at an unspecified date See also: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo: Hands On Samsung was slated to launch a Tizen-based phone as early as 2013, but the device was delayed On the wearables front, even though Samsung's Gear (...) -- Tech, Gadgets, Mobile
  • 12:06
    New York City is burning. The famous American metropolis is a popular playground for video games, but more for destruction than just admiring its skyscrapers. The city that never sleeps is often virtually reimagined in the world of video games. Shooter games turn it into a battleground, while others fast forward to the future, transforming it into an apocalyptic wasteland See also: 15 Vintage Video Games You Can Play on Your iPhone Here are six games that have annihilated the Big Apple 1Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Set 150 years into the future, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is an (...) -- Technology, New York City, Features, Video Games, Entertainment
  • 11:01
    Some of the biggest companies in the mobile industry have signed a pledge to include new anti-theft technology in phones starting July 2015. The Wireless Association (CTIA) announced the signing of the "Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment" on Tuesday. Among the signees are Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular See also: Senators Propose 'Kill Switch' Law to Curb Smartphone Theft The signees agree that new models of smartphones, manufactured after July 2015 and sold in the U.S. will have a pre-loaded or (...) -- Smartphone, Tech, Apps Software, Mobile, Anti Theft
  • 10:00
    Jenga! The timeless game of removing one block at a time from a tower of wooden blocks, and attempting to balance that block on top of the increasingly unstable structure, tests your stamina, hand-eye coordination and decision-making skills. See also: Impress Your Prom Date With a Fried Chicken Corsage The game is enjoyed by young and old, but heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. created the ultimate big-boy version with industrial machines Using only Cat machines and attachments, five operators were challenged to recreate a Jenga game using 27 massive wooden blocks. The (...) -- Marketing, Cat, Business, Videos, Jenga
  • 08:00
    More than 5,000 cyclists and pedestrians are killed and 120,000 are injured every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many of these could be prevented with reflective jackets—the neon-colored vests highway construction workers often wear— but such jackets require enough light to be reflective in the first place. See also: Feds Adjust Rules After Tesla Touts Record-Setting Safety Rating A new kickstarter-funded safety device, The Halo Belt 2.0, is designed to protect pedestrians and cyclists in all light conditions. It's an extremely bright LED strap with (...) -- Safety, Bicycle, Pedestrian, Kickstarter, Dev Design
  • 07:16
    BOSTON, Mass. — With the barricades along Boylston Street, and grandstands rising above both sides of the finish line, it was possible to — at least for an innocent moment — mistake Tuesday for Marathon Monday, also known as the Boston Marathon, a joyful April day that is central to Boston's identity as a city of grit, determination and camaraderie. But there were too many signs of the day's actual significance — as the one-year anniversary of the marathon bombings — to linger in that carefree place for long. The bombings that took place one year ago killed three spectators: Krystle (...) -- Terrorism, Boston, Us World, Us, Boston Marathon
  • 07:00
    Millions of people donated to Kickstarter in 2013. In total, three million donors gave $480 million to 19,000 projects that were successfully funded, according to the site. But all that success masks the fact that most projects fail. Kickstarter campaigns have a 43% success rate. Donors pledged, but did not pay, $122 million to 76,000 campaigns that failed to reach their goals. Now one site is looking to improve those numbers. See also: Kickstarter Backlash: Early Oculus Supporters Hate Facebook Deal Prefundia is a platform for product developers to gauge interest in their project (...) -- Indiegogo, Crowdsourced, Mobile Apps, Crowdfunding, Kickstarter
  • 06:09
    It's the neighborhood water fight your 10-year-old self could only dream of. From Sunday to Tuesday, people across Southeast Asia participated in their respective country's water festivals to celebrate the New Year. In Thailand, it's called Songkran; in Myanmar, it's called Thingyan. But whatever you call it, the end result is always the same: water-soaked clothes and smiling faces. See also: 15 Joyful Photos of India's Vibrant Holi Festival The festival last three days, and aside from the water fights, each country's celebrations differ. Thingyan, for instance, stems from Buddhist (...) -- China, Myanmar, Festival, Thailand, Asia
  • 05:29
    The reach of CarPlay, Apple's in-car app system, will extend even further than before, thanks to a new arrangement with Pioneer Soon, when Pioneer users plug their iPhones into their vehicles, CarPlay will automatically launch and offer access to its full suite of apps See also: Watch Apple CarPlay in Action “By providing an aftermarket option, Pioneer's 2014 in-dash multimedia systems give many iPhone owners the ability to add CarPlay to their current vehicles,” Ted Cardenas, vice-president of marketing for Pioneer's car-electronics division, said in a statement The CarPlay option will (...) -- Apple, Cars, Auto, Automobiles, Pioneer
  • 04:27
    Warning: Cuteness overload on this page. Last week, we asked Mashable readers to share their most-adorable photos of babies. Parents captured special moments of their kids, both candid and posed. Some were able to catch that innocent smile, heart-melting yawn or stretch on camera. Others used a more shallow depth of field to concentrate on their baby's little hands and feet. See also: 44 Beautiful Candid Moments Captured in Photographs The 500 submissions we received in this round of our Mashable Photo Challenge highlight the beauty and innocence of infants and toddlers. These images (...) -- Photography, Family, Babies, Cute Kids, Social Media
  • 04:20
    Huddled inside a cavernous presentation space in Manhattan, away from the rain-soaked streets of Midtown, a select group of media and industry professionals were given a look at GM's latest Unveiled on Tuesday, GM rolled out its 2015 convertible Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the U.S. version of the 2015 Chevy Trax See also: GM Recall Hearing: CEO Apologizes to Victims' Families First revealed at January's Detroit Auto Show, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 did not disappoint up close, looking every bit the supercar GM has been promoting it as. Equipped with carbon ceramic brakes and a (...) -- General Motors, Gm, Chevrolet, Tech, Apps Software
  • 03:56
    Google revealed new details about its plans for Project Ara, the company's highly anticipated Android-powered modular smartphone at its Project Ara developers conference Tuesday. The conference aims to give developers a better understanding of how they can take advantage of the platform, and elaborates on the guidelines revealed to them last week when Google released its Module Developers Kit. See also: Google Moves One Step Closer to Modular Smartphones Paul Eremenko, head of Project Ara, said two more developers conferences are planned for July and September of this year, and the (...) -- Google, Mobile, Gadgets, Tech, Project Ara
  • 03:30
    No need to look for Platform 9 3/4 — now Hogwarts will come to you. Superfans of the book and film series have launched their own online version of Harry Potter's alma mater: Hogwarts is Here. The site offers a full catalog of Ministry-approved classes for "all aspiring witches and wizards" across the world. See also: 'Harry Potter' Magic Will Continue in a 3-Movie Spinoff Image: Screencap Hogwarts is Here Though it is similar to the franchise's interactive ebook website Pottermore, this version doesn't seem to nofollow directly in Potter's footsteps. The immersive website was made (...) -- Books, Movies, Harry Potter, Literature, Film
  • 02:44
    Half a century ago, before the Internet and viral-video stunts, Ford took one of its brand new Mustang convertibles, cut it into three pieces, stuffed it into the Empire State Building's tiny elevator and sent it all the way up to the 86th floor. Then the company reassembled the car, and drove it around the the Manhattan landmark's observation deck. Now, to mark the Mustang's 50th anniversary — and because Ford apparently had so much fun the last time — the automaker is doing it again. Of course, Ford is not chopping up a priceless old Mustang. Instead, the company is using one of its (...) -- Automobile, Cars, Mustang, Automobiles, Ford
  • 01:58
    Tuesday, the one year anniversary of the deadly bombings at last year's Boston Marathon, was supposed to be a day of healing and triumph It mostly was. See also: In Boston, Terror Will Never Destroy a Runner's High But Tuesday evening the area near the marathon's finish line was evacuated after two suspicious packages were spotted sitting on the ground in much the same manner as the makeshift bombs that killed three people, inured more than 200 others and sparked a massive manhunt at the 2013 race. Police taped off the area, just after 7 p.m. ET according to local news reports. (...) -- Us, Us World, Boston Marathon, Boston Bombings
  • 01:45
    Land Rover and Virgin Galactic announced a partnership on Monday that will integrate the luxury automaker's current line of vehicles with the latter's space tourism efforts. The pairing of the transport companies means that Land Rover will provide vehicular support for Virgin Galactic's test center in the Mojave Desert in California. See also: Virgin Galactic Now Accepting Bitcoins for Space Travel As part of the partnership, Land Rover vehicles will be used at Virgin Galactic's New Mexico astronaut training facility and at nearby Spaceport America, an 18,000 acre launch facility that (...) -- Cars, Automobiles, Augmented Reality, Land Rover, Concept Car
  • 01:34
    BOSTON, Mass. — One year after the deadly bombings took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the people of Boston appeared stronger than ever. The well-known saying 'Boston Strong' could be seen everywhere, from banners and signs to t-shirts and storefronts. The anniversary drew a stream of onlookers, from tourists who wanted to lend their support, to last year's runners who had returned to remember, some wearing the bright blue and yellow marathon jackets that became a symbol of solidarity See also: All 5 Boston Sports Teams Send the Same Heartwarming Tweet at the Same Time (...) -- Boston, Us World, Us, Boston Marathon, Boston Bombings
  • 01:28
    The Twitter account belonging to US Airways remains dreadfully silent since it "inadvertently" tweeted a pornographic image of a woman and her toy Boeing 777 on Tuesday afternoon. But good news: That silence is not because the employee at the center of the scandal was fired. The employee who mistakenly sent the tweet won't be let go as a result of the gaffe. See also: 38 Priceless Twitter Reactions to That NSFW US Airways Tweet "It was an honest mistake," Matt Miller, a spokesperson for US Airways, told Mashable. "It was done as part of the process to capture the tweet to flag it as (...) -- Twitter, Us World, Us, Us Airways
  • 00:50
    The US Airways employee who accidentally tweeted a lewd picture from the company's Twitter account will not be fired, according to US Airways spokesperson Matt Miller. "It was an honest mistake," Miller said on Tuesday. See also: 38 Priceless Twitter Reactions to That NSFW US Airways Tweet The company had "investigated" the situation and determined that the picture was erroneously posted after a it was first tweeted at the account by a user. Then, in an attempt to flag the picture as inappropriate and notify Twitter, a US Airways employee accidentally ended up including it in its own (...) -- Twitter, Business, Media, Us Airways
  • 00:21
    NYPD Disbands Unit That Spied on Muslims - Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai Mashable!
    The New York Police Department has dismantled a unit that was tasked with spying on Muslim communities around New York City and even outside of it, according to The New York Times. The so-called Demographics Unit consisted of plain clothes detectives infiltrating Muslim neighborhoods to create dossiers and maps of where residents prayed, shopped and ate, the Associated Press revealed in 2011. The goal of the program was to identify would-be terrorists blending with other members of the community. See also: This Account Is Tweeting Every NYPD Stop-and-Frisk The department reportedly (...) -- Terrorism, Surveillance, Nypd, Us World, Us
  • 00:06
    Who says bloggers don't make any money? Automattic, which runs the popular blogging service WordPress, is in the market for a new round of funding that would value the company at more than $1 billion, according to Fortune See also: 13-Year-Old Blogger: I Promise Girls Will Change the World Automattic is reportedly seeking $100 to $150 million in funding, roughly six months after Tiger Global Management and Iconiq Capital bought out existing Automattic investor Polaris Capital for $75 million in September. The report from Fortune does not specify who Automattic would be raising from. A (...) -- Wordpress, Funding, Automattic, Business, Media

Read/WriteWeb

  • 13:53
    Cortana doesn’t want you to know where Master Chief is hiding. But for just about everything else, Microsoft's new voice-controlled personal assistant is ready and available to do your bidding. See also: Introducing Cortana, Plus 8 Other Things To Know About Windows 8.1 Cortana, a new feature in Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, is both a search engine and a helper, just like its counterparts: Apple's Siri and Google Now for Android. Cortana—who says she's female, though not a woman—is Microsoft’s attempt to counter Google's domination of Web search on smartphones while also serving (...) -- Windows Phone 8.1

Boing Boing

  • 13:45
    Rob Cruickshank found Paul Hillier's set of Bladerunner-themed engagement photos. He adds, "I do think the bride and groom should have taken Voight-Kampffs though, just to be sure." Blade Runner inspired engagement shoot -- , ,
  • 11:15
    John sez, "We Canadians are looking forward to our 150th birthday coming up in 2017. As part of the celebrations, the Harper Conservative government has released its Digital Canada 150 strategy paper with the idea of propelling Canada forward to take full advantage of the opportunities of the digital age and be a global leader by 2017. While the document has some good points and is definitely not as actively terrible as some of their recent actions (like attacking Elections Canada or stifling science), the strategy is still extremely disappointing." It's lazy because rather than a (...) -- , ,

The Daily WTF

  • 12:30
    Steven's multi-billion dollar tech firm spared no expense in providing him two computers. One was stuffed in a broom closet down the hall; he used it for email, Internet access, and other administrative items. At his cubicle sat the computer on which he did all his programming, connected to the company's separated development environment (SDE). The SDE was a company-wide network that existed in parallel to the normal network. No Internet connectivity, and login was only possible with an RSA SecurID dongle. The stated purpose was to provide a secure environment for software development. (...) -- Feature Articles

TechCrunch

Om Malik

Wired News: Top Stories

Yahoo! News: Technology News

  • 12:36
    TOKYO (AP) — The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for dissolution after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application. (Associated Press)
  • 12:25
    French company LaCie, maker of various storage solutions, on Tuesday announced that it has been the victim of a massive attack that exposed the personal data of buyers, including credit cards, to a third party. The company said it was informed by the FBI on March 19 that “an unauthorized person used malware to gain access to information from customer transactions that were made through LaCie’s website.” The company has hired an investigation firm, and has temporarily disabled its online store, while it secures it. LaCie said that it believes all transactions made between March 27, 2013 and (...) (BGR News)
  • 12:22
    Twitter's cosy with many broadcasters that wish to connect with their audiences better, and in the UK, Sky's previously partnered with the social network for tweeting footy highlights in near real-time. Today, the two have teamed up again ... (Engadget)
  • 12:11
    Despite seized vehicles, a court order and possible €10,000 fine (per pickup!), Uber says its UberPOP ride-sharing service is remains available in Brussels. In its blog, the company complained that the original lawsuit was filed by Brussels radio taxi companies trying to limit choice, and that "if anyone should be filing lawsuits, it's Brussels consumers." (Engadget)
  • 12:10
    Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd will launch a Chinese version of King Digital Entertainment Plc's explosively popular "Candy Crush Saga" game in China, as the UK-based mobile games maker looks to woo new users to support flagging sales in the United States and Europe. The web-based game, which involves lining up colorful candies, will roll out through Tencent's Mobile QQ and Weixin platforms. "Tencent has the largest mobile social network in China," King Digital Chief Executive Riccardo Zacconi said in a statement, adding that he hoped the tie-up would (...) (Reuters)
  • 11:35
    Motion control hasn't outmoded the mouse and keyboard yet, but it is finding its way into more and more consumer products. Take Lenovo's upcoming A540 all-in-one desktop, for instance: its one of a handful of the company's products ... (Engadget)
  • 11:30
    Computer hardware company LaCie is warning customers who have made transactions between March 27th, 2013 and March 10th, 2014 that their personal data may have been compromised. According to a statement released by the company, customer names, addresses, email addresses, payment card numbers, card expiration numbers and passwords could be at risk. LaCie's disclosure of the year-long security breach came a month after Krebs on Security published evidence of the attack. Brian Krebs wrote extensively about "a botnet of hacked e-commerce sites" created using Adobe ColdFusion (...) (The Verge)
  • 11:01
    The headline feature of last year's Call of Duty: Ghosts was the addition of a playable German Shepherd, but the latest downloadable content takes the dog theme one step further — it replaces the typical gruff announcer with none other than gangsta rap legend Snoop Dogg. "What interested me most about the project is that my voice could be connected with a game that's so hip, that's so hood." says Snoop, in an announcement video posted to the official Call of Duty YouTube channel. The $2.99 Snoop Dogg voiceover pack will be available for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on April (...) (The Verge)
  • 10:18
    On paper, the notion of balloon-provided internet sounds more than a little ridiculous, but that's just how Google X rolls. Mountain View's far-off research division has recently spilled (some of) its guts to Fast Company, detailing the process for bringing something like Project Loon from concept to reality. To start, every X project must address a problem that affects possibly billions of people and it has to use a radical solution that resembles sci-fi to do (...) (Engadget)
  • 10:06
    Samsung's product roadmap for 2014 looks an awful lot like the 2013 version. In an interview with Reuters, the Korean company's senior VP for product strategy, Hankil Yoon, says that Samsung will introduce a new Android smartwatch as well as a "high-end" Tizen smartphone this year. What's different, however, is that the watch will run  Android Wear — Google's customized software designed specifically for wearables — and that the phone might actually ship this time around. Samsung's first attempt at putting together an advanced smartwatch based on Android, (...) (The Verge)
  • 09:43
    By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's revenue growth accelerated in the last quarter of 2013, a timely lift for the Chinese Internet company as it prepares to file a prospectus next week for its highly anticipated initial public offering. Alibaba is expected to file prospectus for the share sale as early as Monday, sources said, as it prepares for the largest U.S. IPO since Facebook Inc's 2012 coming-out party. Alibaba had no comment on the prospectus filing, a spokeswoman said. The numbers - the latest available for Alibaba - were released on Tuesday (...) (Reuters)
  • 09:12
    The award-winning Adventure Time is one of those rare cartoon series that succeeds at being universally appealing. Much of Adventure Time's popularity can be attributed to its creative team's efforts. Over at The Awl, Maria Bustillos provides an in-depth exploration of Adventure Time's history, influences, inspirations and other minutiae that help make it such a smash hit. Mixed in are discussions about some of the show's more memorable plots and how Adventure Time is, in some ways, comparable to Giovanni Bellini’s masterpiece St. Francis in the (...) (The Verge)
  • 08:58
    Mt. Gox, once the leading Bitcoin exchange, has given up its plans to rebuild nofollowing a devastating data breach in February. On February 28, Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy just days after going offline due to security concerns. The resulting public relations nightmare caused bitcoin prices to dip and ruined Mt. Gox’s credibility as a secure place to store cryptocurrency. (The Atlantic Wire)
  • 08:29
    After composing some of the most memorable songs in gaming for Bungie games including most of the Halo series, Myth and Oni, Martin O'Donnell tweeted tonight that he has been terminated "without cause" by Bungie's board of directors. ... (Engadget)
  • 08:07
    For the first and perhaps the last time ever, NASA's Cassini spacecraft, whose mission is to orbit Saturn, has captured a new moon emerge from the Jovian planet's rings. As you might know, the birth of a moon is an extremely rare event, and in Saturn's case, it might never happen again. You see, there's a theory that the sixth planet from the sun used to have a much larger ring system, which led to formation of numerous natural satellites. (Engadget)
  • 08:04
    (Reuters) - Defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has given up plans to rebuild under bankruptcy protection and has asked a Tokyo court to allow it to be liquidated, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the situation. Mt. Gox's lawyers declined to comment on the matter. Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles won't travel to the United States to answer questions about the bitcoin exchange's U.S. bankruptcy case, Mt. Gox lawyers told a federal judge this (...) (Reuters)
  • 07:51
    Mt. Gox, the embattled bitcoin exchange that filed for bankruptcy protection last month after losing almost half a billion dollars' worth of customers' virtual funds, is now reportedly asking a Tokyo court for permission to liquidate. According to The Wall Street Journal, the once leading exchange has abandoned its attempt to rebuild the business under bankruptcy protection due to the complexity and unrealistic nature of the plans. One source says that Mt. Gox is still attempting to find a buyer, which may entitle creditors to a portion of future (...) (The Verge)
  • 07:43
    By Miyoung Kim and Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy S5 smartphone should outsell its predecessor and defy predictions that the South Korean titan's latest model will struggle in a tough market for high-end handsets, a top executive said. The world's biggest smartphone maker has slashed prices of the S5, which rolled out globally on Friday, offered a gift pack worth $600, and more than doubled the number of initial launching countries to 125 in a bid to sustain growth in the mobile business, which generates 70 percent of its total profit. A (...) (Reuters)
  • 06:55
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is expected to file the prospectus for its U.S. initial public offering next week, sources said on Wednesday, moving closer to what could be the biggest-ever listing by a technology firm. Alibaba's documents could be filed as soon as Monday, added the sources, who couldn't be named because the plans aren't yet public. The IPO could be worth more than $16 billion, surpassing the previous record for a technology share sale set by Facebook Inc in 2012, Reuters previously reported. (...) (Reuters)

Lifehacker

  • 02:00
    Android: Themer has a ton of neat home screen themes , and Expand is no exception. This design features four collapsible sections with all the links, shortcuts, and widgets you'll ever need. Read more... -- , ,
  • 01:00
    Mac: PowerPoint and Keynote have been the main presentation tools for most people for a long while, but if you're looking for a simpler alternative, Deckset makes things a bit simpler by building presentations based on Markdown files. Read more... -- , ,
  • 00:30
    How Ovulation Affects Your Creativity (Even If You're a Guy) - Melanie Pinola on Lifehacker After Hours, shared by Melanie Pinola to Lifehacker Lifehacker
    A women's menstrual cycle can affect more than just the way she feels physically and emotionally. The hormone changes might also influence creativity, with research suggesting the phases before and during ovulation can spur creativity—in both women and the men around them. Read more... -- , ,
  • 00:00
    One thing I learned in retrospect about becoming a parent is that most products designed for babies (and their parents) are just not necessary or worth sinking your money into, like many breastfeeding supplies . Some, however, are worth spending more on, especially the stuff that keeps your little one safe. Read more... -- , ,

Engadget

  • 12:11
    Despite seized vehicles, a court order and possible €10,000 fine (per pickup!), Uber says its UberPOP ride-sharing service is "still accessible" in Brussels. In its blog, the company complained that the original lawsuit was "filed by Brussels radio...
  • 11:35
    Motion control hasn't outmoded the mouse and keyboard yet, but it is finding its way into more and more consumer products. Take Lenovo's upcoming A540 all-in-one desktop, for instance: its one of a handful of the company's products to feature Lenovo...
  • 10:18
    On paper, the notion of balloon-provided internet sounds more than a little ridiculous, but that's just how Google X rolls. Mountain View's far-off research division has recently spilled (some of) its guts to Fast Company, detailing the process for...
  • 08:29
    After composing some of the most memorable songs in gaming for Bungie games including most of the Halo series, Myth and Oni, Martin O'Donnell tweeted tonight that he has been terminated "without cause" by Bungie's board of directors. It's not...
  • 08:07
    For the first and perhaps the last time ever, NASA's Cassini spacecraft, whose mission is to orbit Saturn, has captured a new moon emerge from the Jovian planet's rings. As you might know, the birth of a moon is an extremely rare event, and in...
  • 02:29
    Apple and Samsung are duking it out in court yet again, but there's at least one thing they (and a host of their smartphone making rivals) agree on: users shouldn't be helpless when their phones are stolen. That's why, starting in July 2015, all of...

MobileCrunch

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Techmeme

hack a day

  • 10:00
    You can’t feed a piece of wood through a stock inkjet printer, and if you could it’s likely the nature of the material would result in less than optimal prints. But [Steve Ramsey] has a tutorial on inkjet transfers to wood over on his YouTube Channel which is a simple two-step method that produces great results. We really love quick tips like this. Steve explains the entire technique while creating an example project – all in under 2 minutes of video. We don’t want to get your hopes up though – this method will only work on porous absorbent surfaces like bare wood, not on PC boards. We’ve (...) --
  • 07:00
    The HellZXchreiber - Brian Benchoff hack a day
    Hellschreiber – German for ‘light pen’ – was developed in the 20s as a way to transmit text in a way that was much more robust than the teletypes of the time. These devices were used to great effect by the Germans in WWII, and later became popular with wire services and was used until the 80s. The fax machine then happened, and no one really cared about Hellschreiber, save for a few plucky amateur radio enthusiasts. In the early 90s, a few of these amateur radio enthusiasts realized they could use their personal computers to communicate with this extremely simple protocol that’s also very (...) --

Mashable!

  • 09:00
    Sharing moments with friends and family just got a little more personal with Reactr, an app that captures a user's reaction after sharing a photo or video with him or her A Reactr user sends a picture, video or text message to a friend. Before sending it, they choose the type of reaction they want to receive from the friend -– either a recorded video or photo. The friend then opens up the app, chooses whether they want to share their reaction, and if they do, the reaction is sent back to the user See also: The 7 Best Apps for When You're Sitting on the Toilet The reaction app, similar (...) -- Android, Itunes, Ios, Tech, Apps Software

Boing Boing

  • 08:38
    Jim Killock from the UK Open Rights Group sez, "Recently the British Government, with the help of conservative religious lobby groups, has persuaded ISPs to introduce an internet filter across the UK. Open Rights Group needs your help to challenge this. We want to make people aware that filters don't work, are dangerous for internet freedom and could give parents a false sense of security when it comes to their children's use of the internet. "To get this message across we want to produce a high-quality, funny film that will re-start the debate about why filters are a bad idea. It will (...) -- , ,








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