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Bitsbox Debuts Monthly Coding Projects That Teach Kids To Build Simple Apps

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 20:30
 When Bitsbox co-founder Scott Lininger learned to code, it was on a TRS-80 color computer his mom and dad bought him when he was a kid. He says he taught himself coding by copying from the book that came with the computer. Now a dad himself, Lininger wanted to offer his daughter the opportunity to experience learning to code much in the same way he did, but couldn’t find a service… Read More

Hands On With Sony’s PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition Console

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 20:29
 Sony has a new version of its PlayStation 4 console going on sale soon, which is limited to only 12,300 units globally, and which comes in the original gray color of the first PlayStation hardware. The anniversary edition will retail for $500, which seems steep, but it also includes a stand for vertical mounting and a PlayStation 4 Camera in the box, neither of which are included in any of… Read More

Microsoft Rolls Out Cortana In 4 New Countries

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 20:02
 If you live in Germany, Italy, France or Spain, you can now get your Cortana on. Microsoft today announced that it has rolled out its virtual, digital assistant to those four new European countries for users that are part of its Windows Phone Developer Preview Program. Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: CarPlay, Google Glass + Intel, And Star Wars

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 20:00
 Friday is a beautiful thing, and this morning’s podcast celebrates that. Pioneer released a new version of its in-car AppRadio system that integrates CarPlay, and the WSJ reported that Intel would replace TI under the hood of the next version of Google Glass. Meanwhile, the tech world is salivating over the new Star Wars trailer. Read More

Microsoft Rolls Out Support For Video Calling Between Skype And Lync Users

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 19:02
 Last year, Microsoft announced that its consumer-facing Skype communications service and its enterprise-focused counterpart would begin to interoperate, first with IM and audio, and later expanding to support video. Today, the company says, the video integration is complete. Skype users can now video call contacts on Lync, and vice versa, Microsoft announced this morning. The change follows… Read More

Recruitment Platform Intern Avenue To Roll Out Across Europe With Vodafone

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 17:59
 Intern Avenue is a startup which matches college undergraduates/graduates searching for paid internships with employers by using a data-based scoring system. To date, around 2,000 employers and 40,000 intern applicants have registered with the service in the UK. But it’s now secured a major distribution deal with Vodafone Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the telecoms giant, to expand… Read More

SwiftGate And The Future Of Music

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 17:30
 At last the dust is settling around SwiftGate. For those of you who missed (or avoided) the saga, it all began in early November when Taylor Swift pulled all of her music off Spotify. Spotify lightheartedly conceded, but battle lines were drawn in the press as music experts stunned by her move began questioning the company’s future. Read More

Torque, Microsoft’s Alternative To “OK Google,” Now Works On Android Smartphones

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 16:55
 Microsoft this morning has released an app for Android smartphone users called Torque that allows you to shake your phone in order to perform a voice search, similar to Google’s “OK Google.” The difference is that instead of waking up the app with a standard keyword command, it’s the shaking motion that instead does the trick. Also like Google, Torque will provide a… Read More

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Review

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 16:38
 Nintendo’s hit holiday season continues with an unlikely hero: Captain Toad, the toadstool-esque stock supporting character from Super Mario games, who takes the helm for a full-fledged puzzler based on mini games from Super Mario 3D World. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker takes unique advantage of the Wii U’s capabilities, in addition to being just generally super fun, and while… Read More

Facebook 202X: How It Becomes The Multitool For The Modern Totalitarian, Part 1

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 16:00
 Maybe it is naive, but I’d always hoped that Facebook would evolve into the internet’s humanizing, unifying force—the one that stretched across geographical, national, religious, and racial boundaries to show us that we are the same… that even when we disagree about the tactics, we all want the same things for ourselves and our children: to be safe, to be at peace, to have… Read More

Retailer Bebe Confirms Payment Card Data Breach

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 15:59
 Another day, another payment card data breach. In what’s now becoming routine news, this morning retailer Bebe is confirming a security incident that took place over the busy holiday shopping period in November which saw attackers stealing customer’s names, account numbers, expiration dates and verification codes from cards swiped in stores. The breach occurred during the dates… Read More

DUBS Bring Down The Noise In Night Clubs

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 15:47
 Last night, I stepped into Marquee night club in New York City. David Guetta was on the set list. People were dressed their best, lights were flashing, and I had a fresh glass full of booze in hand. I should have been excited, but instead my head just hurt. Am I getting old? Are clubs just getting louder? In either case, Dubs solved my problems. Read More

Kindle Needs A “Subscribe To Author” Button

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 13:45
 When Amazon launched the Kindle Unlimited service last July, the idea was that popular indie authors could use the service as a way to gather royalties and raise their author profiles in tandem. The all-you-can-eat reading service was supposed to help, not harm, authors. The opposite has been the case. After the launch of KU a number of prolific writers have seen sales drop precipitously.… Read More

As Public Markets Beckon, Lending Startups Raise Over $1 Billion In 2014

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 13:39
 If investors continue to funnel money into online lending companies at their current pace, 2014 may be the year that startup lenders finally break the bank — or at least banking’s hold on the lending market. The imminent public offerings of LendingClub and OnDeck Capital show that markets have embraced the non-bank lending business, and private investors have taken notice… Read More

Watch NASA’s Second Orion Rocket Launch Attempt Live

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 11:56
 Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream NASA is set to launch its Orion spacecraft on an unmanned test flight today, in an early step towards an eventual manned mission to Mars. The launch was originally slated for yesterday, but a combination of technical issues and weather conditions scrubbed the launch. The new window kicks off today at 7:05 AM ET, so tune in above and you don’t have… Read More

To Get Off Russia’s Blacklist, GitHub Has Blocked Access To Pages That Highlight Suicide

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 11:03
 GitHub is slowly navigating the tricky waters of Internet censorship in Russia, using its own platform to track how it’s doing it in an effort to remain transparent, but also agreeing to block pages that the regulator says offend content regulations. “We have since blocked access within the Russian Federation to the specific content which was flagged as prohibited by law… Read More

US Marshals Complete Second Auction Of Silk Road Bitcoin

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 08:06
 The US Marshals Service has completed the second auction of Bitcoin seized from the original Silk Road. The auction, consisting of 50,000 BTC, is the latest in a seized BTC sell-off that began in June. The USMC reported that 11 registered bidders placed 27 bids for the bitcoin, down from 45 bidders in June. Coindesk attributes the drop to a smaller bidding window – 6 hours versus 12… Read More

SoftBank Invests $7M In MIT-based Clean-Tech Startup Altaeros Energies

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 04:40
 Another day, another funding from SoftBank. This time the corporation, one of Japan’s leading telecoms, has invested $7 million in Altaeros Energies, which is based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and makes airborne wind turbines. Read More

Say Media Buys Out Investors As It Exits The Media Business And Focuses On Its Publishing Platform

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 00:57
 After four years of operating a portfolio of digital magazines, Say Media is saying goodbye to its media business. The company is also saying goodbye to its investors, buying them out as it seeks to reinvent itself as a product-focused business building out what it believes is a next-generation publishing platform. Read More

After School Is Back On The App Store, But With Changes To Curb Cyberbullying

Fri, 05/12/2014 - 00:46
 After School is back. The anonymous message board application returned to the App Store several hours after it disappeared earlier today. The app is still marketed to students and allows for the anonymous posting of messages. But an Apple spokesperson tells me that the developer made changes to prevent inappropriate and offensive content. Read More