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Exclusive: Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty to unlicensed money transmission
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:25:46 -0400

Bitcoin Foundation Vice Chairman Shrem exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. Shrem, the former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, will plead guilty next Thursday in New York federal court to unlicensed money transmission, Marc Agnifilo, his lawyer told Reuters in an email. Prosecutors had previously charged Shrem with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, money laundering conspiracy and failing to file suspicious activity reports with government banking authorities. Federal authorities shut down Silk Road last year, though a new Internet marketplace under the same name was launched in November.


Digital Ally says camera inquiries up five-fold after Ferguson shooting
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:24:06 -0400
(Reuters) - Digital Ally Inc forecast full-year revenue of about $22.5 million, encouraged by a "five-fold" rise in inquiries for its wearable cameras from police departments in the aftermath of the fatal shooting in Ferguson this month. The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked demand to hold law enforcement officials accountable and in turn fueled interest in companies such as Digital Ally and Taser International Inc. The company's 2014 revenue forecast was first reported by USA Today on Thursday, citing Chief Executive Stanton Ross, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. Digital Ally said on Thursday it had received its first camera order after the Ferguson incident from the Michigan police department.

Microsoft will not hand over overseas email, despite order
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:20:08 -0400

A shadow of a man using his mobile phone is cast near Microsoft logo at the 2014 Computex exhibition in TaipeiBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to U.S. Microsoft in particular was stung by revelations last year by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and has been at pains to prove to customers that it does not allow the U.S. Preska had delayed enforcement of the government's search warrant so Microsoft could appeal. Preska agreed, saying her order "merely confirmed the government's temporary forbearing of its right to stay enforcement of the order it secured." She added that "the fact the court has not closed this case cuts against Microsoft's argument" that her order was final and appealable.


Intel hires senior Qualcomm exec to boost mobile business
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:00:13 -0400

An employee walks past an Intel logo during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in TaipeiBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel Corp has hired Amir Faintuch, a senior executive at rival Qualcomm Inc , to step up efforts in mobile and Internet-connected gadgets. Hiring a senior executive from a major competitor is rare for Intel, which is known in Silicon Valley for its insular culture, and it reflects the eagerness of the Santa Clara, California, chipmaker to improve its struggling mobile business. Faintuch, who previously oversaw Qualcomm's networking and connectivity businesses as president of Qualcomm Atheros, is joining Intel as a senior vice president and co-general manager of the Platform Engineering Group, Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said on Friday.


AT&T sues Cox Communications for patent infringement
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:12:13 -0400

An AT&T sign is shown on a building in downtown San Diego, CaliforniaAT&T is suing Cox Communications for infringing eight patents dealing with network quality after the regional cable provider ignored its complaints about the issue and made "billions" off of the technology, according to a new lawsuit. In the suit filed Friday in Delaware federal court against Cox and more than 30 of its regional units, AT&T said that Cox had been warned about the claims of patent infringement as far back as 2009. AT&T claims the patents were infringed in Cox's use and sale of digital video recorders, set top boxes, Internet and telephone systems, according to the lawsuit.


CME Group smartphone game lets students 'beef up' on ag economics
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:33:55 -0400
By Julie Ingwersen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bovine avatars with funny hats in an app are being corralled into helping to teach young people in the United States about agricultural markets and risk. The CME Group futures exchange launched the app, called "Risk Ranch," for tablets and smartphones as an electronic version of a board game called "Commodity Carnival" - first bought to state fairs in 2013 by CME and the 4-H youth organization. "We heard from educators who asked us, 'How can I get this in my classroom?'" said Laurie Bischel, CME's executive director of corporate marketing and communications.

Obama: Social media makes us see how messy the world is
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:47:36 -0400

Obama: Social media makes us see how messy the world isSpeaking at a Democratic Party fund-raiser, the president says social media lets us see the minute details of the world's hardships.>


Alienware just built the Mac Pro of gaming PCs
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:28:02 -0400

Alienware just built the Mac Pro of gaming PCsApple's new "trash can" Mac Pro is pretty wild, but Alienware might have just snatched back the title for craziest desktop PC with its new Area-51. Gone is the rectangular tower desktop of old — in its place, Alienware's made a funky, hexagonal machine. Similar to Apple, Alienware claims the design for its new desktop has some practical benefits beyond just looking insane.


High-tech pipe organ to blow minds at famed SF theater
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:01:12 -0400

David Hegarty has been the Castro Theatre's principal organist since 1978.The city's Castro Theatre, known as much for its colorful organ concerts as its quirky film offerings, will house a massive $700,000 pipe-digital hybrid featuring a sample library used in the film industry.>


Coin customers left fuming after getting shut out of beta program
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:30:48 -0400

Coin is designed to be as thin and lightweight as a standard credit card, yet can hold as many as eight separate pieces of plastic.Unless customers got their orders in early -- and we mean very early -- they'll now have to wait until spring 2015 to get their hands on Coin's all-in-one credit card.>


Space Shuttle Discovery First Launched 30 Years Ago
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:11:43 -0400

Space Shuttle Discovery First Launched 30 Years AgoDiscovery Was NASA's Third Space Shuttle


IRL: A tablet holder for using your device in bed
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0400

IRL: A tablet holder for using your device in bed


See the special effects that bring 'Game of Thrones' to life
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:41:02 -0400

See the special effects that bring 'Game of Thrones' to lifeGame of Thrones didn't get much love from the Emmys last week — it only won just four technical awards out of 19 nominations — but there's no denying what an impressive achievement the series is. Its creators have brought a massive, fantastic world to life on TV in a way that only film has in the past, and much of the credit goes to the special effects companies that make it all possible. Montreal-based visual effects studio Rodeo was among those honored on Monday, and now it's released a video showing off its work for season four of the show.


Back to School 2014: The 13 best accessories
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0400

Back to School 2014: The 13 best accessories


Super-sized Rocket and Groot re-created in Lego
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:10:21 -0400

Even in Lego form, you don't want to mess with Rocket and Groot!Rocket Raccoon and Groot from "Guardians of the Galaxy" look even cooler when made out of hundreds of Lego bricks.>


Un app para Google Glass puede leer tus emociones
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:00:06 -0400

Un app para Google Glass puede leer tus emocionesUn instituto de investigación alemán adapta su software de reconocimiento facial para las controversiales gafas inteligentes de Google.>


The Weekender: Labor Day Weekend edition
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:30:12 -0400

The Weekender: Labor Day Weekend editionFor those of you not popping Molly at Electric Zoo in New York this Labor Day weekend, Budweiser and Live Nation (with plenty of help from Jay Z) are throwing the annual Made in America Festival. This year, however, the event is taking place in both Los Angeles at Grand Park and over Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Headlining acts include Kanye West, The National, Weezer, and Kendrick Lamar, and tickets are still available. Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang recently unveiled a new, massive installation in Shanghai's Power Station of Art meant to comment on China's ongoing pollution crisis.


Scientists discover why mozzarella is the ideal pizza cheese
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:27:00 -0400

Scientists discover why mozzarella is the ideal pizza cheese


Filling the palmtop void
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:00:05 -0400

The Psion 5mx boasted a usable keyboard in a pocketable sizeThe palmtop has gone away, but some people could still use an integrated pocketable typing device.>


Recommended Reading: The (second) rise of virtual reality
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:30:00 -0400

Recommended Reading: The (second) rise of virtual reality


Dell says its curved monitor will help make you a better gamer
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:22:00 -0400

Dell says its curved monitor will help make you a better gamer


Family, Friends and Technology
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:55:27 -0400
Are people less friendly than they used to be? Being a clergyman, my family and I moved often. I have never lived long enough in one town or city to compare the current attitudes of people with how individuals and families felt and acted in the past, say thirty-five or forty years ago. It usually takes that long for basic living habits of...

6 reasons why you'll eventually want voice over LTE
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:00:06 -0400

Subscribers will be able to switch back and forth between a video call and a voice-only call on their handsets using the new VoLTE service from Verizon Wireless.CNET's Maggie Reardon discusses the short-term hurdles associated with the deployment of voice service over carriers' 4G LTE networks. In the end, the transition to an all IP-based voice network will be worth it.>


Twitch's peak viewing numbers rival CNN and MTV's prime-time audience
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:11:00 -0400

Twitch's peak viewing numbers rival CNN and MTV's prime-time audience


Here's how Google's Project Loon retrieves its internet balloons (video)
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:52:00 -0400

Here's how Google's Project Loon retrieves its internet balloons (video)


ALS Association abandons its effort to trademark the 'ice bucket challenge'
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:03:03 -0400

ALS Association abandons its effort to trademark the 'ice bucket challenge'Following backlash, the ALS Association says it's given up on its attempt to trademark both "ice bucket challenge," and the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge." In a note on its Facebook page today, the ALS Association said it understood people's concerns over any one group owning those phrases, adding that it planned to withdraw both applications, which were filed earlier this week. We've received several messages regarding the trademark applications we filed. We filed for these trademarks in good faith as a measure to protect the Ice Bucket Challenge from misuse after consulting with the families who initiated the challenge this summer. According to the group, the trademark effort was originally intended to keep would-be fraudsters from cashing in on the success of Ice Bucket Challenge.


Home-made vibrating gloves train your finger muscles to touch type (video)
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:32:00 -0400

Home-made vibrating gloves train your finger muscles to touch type (video)


'Party Down' comes to Hulu Plus, first five eps are on free Hulu
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:13:00 -0400

'Party Down' comes to Hulu Plus, first five eps are on free Hulu


Twitter actualiza método de inscripción por primera vez en 3 años
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:55:33 -0400

Twitter actualiza método de inscripción por primera vez en 3 añosLa red social que anima a sus usuarios a comunicarse en 140 caracteres o menos busca simplificar su interfaz para ganar más usuarios.>


See the gorgeous luxury submarine made by a former James Bond villain
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:33:31 -0400

See the gorgeous luxury submarine made by a former James Bond villainFor the past 18 years, a company called DeepFlight has specialized in creating high-end, recreational submarines for well-off aquatic adventurers. As the company proudly notes on its website: "DeepFlight personal submarines are ideal toys for superyachts, resorts, and tour operators because of their capability to open up the undersea world in three dimensions." In an added twist that seems almost too good to be true, the company was founded by Graham Hawkes, a longtime British marine engineer who built and piloted a submarine that attacked James Bond in the 1980 film For Your Eyes Only. Hawkes and DeepFlight were recently the subject of an enthralling Betabeat profile, in which the founder relates stories of piloting his craft with the likes of Richard Branson (Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tom Perkins is another DeepFlight submarine owner).


Netflix says it lost customers thanks to slow streaming on Comcast
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:15:32 -0400

Netflix says it lost customers thanks to slow streaming on ComcastWhy did Netflix decide to cave in and pay Comcast for a better direct connection to its network? Because apparently slow Netflix streaming on Comcast was costing the company customers. CNN reports that Netflix this week explained to the Federal Communications Commission that the quality of Netflix streams on Comcast had become so poor that the company had no choice but to pay up for a better connection. “For many subscribers, the bit rate was so poor that Netflix’s streaming video service became unusable,” Netflix told the FCC. “Some of them canceled their Netflix subscription on the spot, citing the unacceptable quality of Netflix’s video streams and Netflix’s inability to do anything to change the situation… We had to do something to


Engadget Daily: Google's delivery drone, Nintendo's new 3DS handhelds and more!
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:15:00 -0400

Engadget Daily: Google's delivery drone, Nintendo's new 3DS handhelds and more!


Drone tours Napa earthquake damage
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:57:01 -0400

Even the Justice building isn't immune from Mother Nature.A quadcopter's close aerial footage of the destruction caused by this week's 6.0 California earthquake in wine country shows the potential of drones in disaster areas.>


Star Apps: Nervo
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:39:07 -0400

Star Apps: NervoMim and Liv Nervo take work hard, play hard to heart.


HTC's plasticky One E8 lands in the US courtesy of Sprint
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:33:00 -0400

HTC's plasticky One E8 lands in the US courtesy of Sprint


Nintendo just announced a new console, but not the one you were expecting
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:30:17 -0400

Nintendo just announced a new console, but not the one you were expectingIt’s been a trying year for Nintendo as the Wii U struggles to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One, but with the holiday season approaching, the company has a few tricks up its sleeve to entice fans. Unfortunately, those plans do not include an upgraded home console on par with the next-gen system from Microsoft and Sony. Instead, Nintendo revealed the New Nintendo 3DS during a Japanese Nintendo Direct on Friday. The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS LL will feature new shoulder buttons, a second analog stick and brightly colored buttons to match the old Super Nintendo controller. The internal hardware has been upgraded as well — with a new CPU, the handheld will be able to play


Exclusive: Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty to unlicensed money transmission
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:15:25 -0400

Bitcoin Foundation Vice Chairman Shrem exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. Shrem, the former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, will plead guilty next Thursday in New York federal court to unlicensed money transmission, Marc Agnifilo, his lawyer told Reuters in an email. Prosecutors had previously charged Shrem with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, money laundering conspiracy and failing to file suspicious activity reports with government banking authorities. Federal authorities shut down Silk Road last year, though a new Internet marketplace under the same name was launched in November.


Friday Five
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:04:31 -0400

Friday FiveThe week's top five most interesting software releases.


Browse astronaut photos taken from the ISS with this handy map
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:56:00 -0400

Browse astronaut photos taken from the ISS with this handy map


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