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What’s a Moon Shot Worth These Days?

Technolgy Review - Tue, 2014-07-29 20:18

Google X’s project to study human health is no Apollo 11.

The term “moon shot” has been getting tossed around a lot lately, mostly by Google X, the search company’s publicity arm.

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Twitter Skyrockets After Reporting Big Q2 Revenue Of $312M, Profit Of $0.02 Per Share

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-07-29 20:09
 This afternoon Twitter reported its second quarter financial performance, including revenue of $312 million, and earnings per share of $0.02. The street had expected Twitter to lose a penny per share on revenue of $283.07 million. Its revenue in the quarter was up 124 percent from the year-ago period. In the second quarter of 2013, Twitter’s revenue totaled $139.3 million. In its most… Read More
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Atheer Labs Releases A First Enterprise Developer Kit For Its 3D, Wearable Glasses

Mobile Crunch - Tue, 2014-07-29 20:03
 There is a pretty wide spectrum between wearables like Google Glass, which you take around with you in your everyday life, and fully immersive virtual reality experiences like the Oculus Rift, which take you out of the real world and are experienced in a stationary environment. Atheer Labs, a Mountain View-based startup, is building a set of wearable glasses that’s somewhere in… Read More
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Atheer Labs Releases A First Enterprise Developer Kit For Its 3D, Wearable Glasses

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-07-29 20:03
 There is a pretty wide spectrum between wearables like Google Glass, which you take around with you in your everyday life, and fully immersive virtual reality experiences like the Oculus Rift, which take you out of the real world and are experienced in a stationary environment. Atheer Labs, a Mountain View-based startup, is building a set of wearable glasses that’s somewhere in… Read More
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China’s Building the World’s Biggest Sea Plane

Gizmodo UK - Tue, 2014-07-29 20:00
Each one will be able to carry 53.5 tonnes of cargo, with a maximum range of 3,100 miles.
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Exchange Corp. Launches Cardless Payment Service With $3.3 Million Series A

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-07-29 19:31
 The Japanese startup Exchange Corp. has launched a new up-front payment service for online retailers called Paidy as it closes on $3.3 million in new financing. Launched by Russell Cummer, a former trader with Goldman Sachs in Japan, Exchange Corp. began as a peer-to-peer lending service in Tokyo, but is expanding to offer up-front payments as the market for those services begins to blossom… Read More
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How the “10 Percent of Our Brains” Myth Started (And Why it’s Wrong)

Gizmodo UK - Tue, 2014-07-29 19:30
Any half intelligent person know this, yet the myth prevailes.
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Talk Private To Me: Free, Worldwide, Encrypted Voice Calls With Signal For iPhone

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-07-29 19:18
 Rejoice, O lovers of privacy! For Open WhisperSystems has released Signal for iPhone, which gives any and every iPhone wielder the power to fully encrypt their calls against prying ears — and is completely compatible with OWS’s time-tested and well-liked RedPhone for Android. Read More
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Epson’s New Smart Glasses Provide Pilots with Smart HUDs

Gizmodo UK - Tue, 2014-07-29 19:00
It's not just military pilots who can enjoy the benefits of augmented reality.
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Microsoft Updates OneNote For Apple Products

Mobile Crunch - Tue, 2014-07-29 18:34
 Microsoft debuted a number of changes to OneNote for Apple products — iPad, iPhone, and Mac — today that broaden the functionality of the note-taking tool. Users of OneNote for Mac can now connect to OneDrive for Business accounts. Across all three devices, OneNote users can now add files to their ‘notebooks.’ On iPad and iPhone, users will be able to insert files sent… Read More
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Microsoft Updates OneNote For Apple Products

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-07-29 18:34
 Microsoft debuted a number of changes to OneNote for Apple products — iPad, iPhone, and Mac — today that broaden the functionality of the note-taking tool. Users of OneNote for Mac can now connect to OneDrive for Business accounts. Across all three devices, OneNote users can now add files to their ‘notebooks.’ On iPad and iPhone, users will be able to insert files sent… Read More
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Door Handle Sticky Notes Ensure Nothing Gets Forgotten When You Leave

Gizmodo UK - Tue, 2014-07-29 18:30
Is there anything more frustrating than getting ten minutes away from home only to realise you forgot something important and have to double-back?
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Backed By Tencent And Felicis, Scaled Inference Wants To Be The Google Brain For Everyone

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-07-29 18:24
 Google Brain, an artificial intelligence and machine learning project at Google, has been used to power services like Android’s speech recognition system and photo search on Google+. Now, two of the most longstanding machine learning engineers, one of whom worked on Google Brain, have left the search giant to start a new company. The idea: to build machine learning, artificial… Read More
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Tech Companies Throw Their Support Behind Strengthened NSA Reform Bill

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-07-29 18:15
 As expected, Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced the USA FREEDOM Act to the upper chamber of Congress on Tuesday. The bill comes on the heels of a similar, weaker measure passed in the House that was widely condemned as denatured and passed by brute force. “If enacted, this bill would represent the most significant reform of government surveillance authorities since Congress passed the USA… Read More
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Using the WokMon to Achieve Expert-Level Chinese Food at Home

Gizmodo UK - Tue, 2014-07-29 18:15
WokMon is a drop-in ring you place on your cooker that focuses the gas flame for maximum sizzle. We tested it.
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How to Keep Dozens of Tabs Open Without Exhausting Your Browser

Gizmodo UK - Tue, 2014-07-29 18:00
RAM can get squeezed, battery life can drop and your CPU can start working overtime if the system has half-a-dozen media-rich tabs open. Here's a solution.
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Surprise! Blockchain Bitcoin Wallet Returns To Apple App Store

Read Write Web - Tue, 2014-07-29 17:58

More than six months after Apple’s controversial Bitcoin wallet ban, Blockchain is back in the App Store with a new wallet.

In February, Blockchain was the only Bitcoin wallet remaining in the App Store after Apple deleted Coinbase in November 2013 and BitPak back in 2012.

That is, until CEO Nicolas Cary got a message from Apple stating Blockchain had been “removed from the App Store due to an unresolved issue.”

See also: Apple Deletes Blockchain, The Last Remaining Bitcoin Wallet For iPhone

Apple never did elaborate further on that statement, but for reasons we can only speculate on, the tech giant relaxed its “purchasing and currency” policies this June immediately following its Worldwide Developer’s Conference 2014. The update states:

“Apps may facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies provided that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories in which the app functions.”

That shift was a signal to Cary to begin working on the next generation of the Blockchain wallet, he told Coindesk. Built from scratch, the new app not only allows users to exchange bitcoins from wallet to wallet like the former version, but also to make purchases from the growing list of merchants who now accept Bitcoin payments.

See also: Here Are All The New Ways To Spend Bitcoin While You Weren't Paying Attention

With 1.9 million users, Blockchain is the most popular Bitcoin wallet available. However, Apple’s newly relaxed policy may lure competitors into trying to create a better one.

(Apple has not yet returned ReadWrite's request for comment.)

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Truck Shoots Out Smoke Rings Before its Engine Explodes

Gizmodo UK - Tue, 2014-07-29 17:45
I don't know why this happened (or if the truck somehow stumbled upon some secret Mario Kart item) but it's such a cool effect.
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Project Management Platform Wrike Challenges Asana With New Workflow Tools

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-07-29 17:42
 When it comes to web-based project management tools, we are spoiled for options these days. Popular ones include Asana, which coincidentally released its new iOS app today, Podio and Atlassian’s collaboration services. One lesser-known competitor is Wrike, a project management and collaboration service that raised $10 million from Bain Capital last year. The company is launching a… Read More
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EA Launches A $30 Per Year Netflix For Games On Xbox One

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-07-29 17:38
 I’d play a lot more games if they weren’t $70 a pop, and it looks like EA suspects that might be true of a lot of gamers. The game publisher just announced a new subscription service called ‘EA Access‘ for Xbox One users that will give subscribers all the games they can play (from a limited catalog) for $4.99 per month. What games, you say? Well, there’s Madden 25… Read More
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