mashable.com Archives - 19 December 2014, Friday

  • You can now pay for that Microsoft Xbox in bitcoins

    Microsoft now accepts Bitcoin for Xbox and Windows products

    mashable.com 11 Dec '14, 6pm

    It's now possible to pay for Microsoft products with Bitcoin — just in time for the holidays. Microsoft customers in the United States can use the digital currency to add money to their online accounts and purchase software, apps and games, including those for Xbox consoles — like Xbo...

  • Apple hiring fashion-focused store staff for Apple Watch… #Fashion #Apple #Luxury #Wearables Ad…

    Apple hiring fashion-focused store staff for Apple Watch launch, report says

    mashable.com 09 Dec '14, 2am

    If Apple opened a luxury section in its Apple stores, would the workers' shapeless blue T-shirts be replaced by dressy black blazers with an Apple logo on the chest? The tech giant is hiring new fashion-focused staff for its brick and mortar stores, according to a report — and that co...

  • #Sexualassault reports within U.S. #military rise in 2014

    Sexual assault reports within U.S. military on the rise in 2014

    mashable.com 04 Dec '14, 9pm

    Sexual assault reports within the United States military increased in 2014, according to a new survey released on Thursday by the Department of Defense. Reports rose because military personnel have more confidence in the reporting system, and not because the number of sexual assaults ...

  • Thanks for flying with us! Your Wi-Fi charges are $1,171.: A passenger on a Singapore Airlines

    Passenger responsible for $1,171 Wi-Fi bill on Singapore Airlines

    mashable.com 18 Nov '14, 4pm

    A passenger on a Singapore Airlines flight was surprised to find that the charges for using the in-flight Wi-Fi were just a tad higher than expected. Jeremy Gutsche signed up for a 30MB Internet plan for $28.99 during a flight on Nov. 12. The plan's terms included additional charges f...

  • Auto-lacing sneakers hit Kickstarter

    mashable.com 18 Nov '14, 11am

    It was only a matter of time before someone truly tackled the age-old task of creating those “Back to the Future” power-lacing shoes. Nike announced it would be auctioning off 1,500 pairs of the shoes back in 2011 . But while they were a visual replica of the shoes found in “Back to t...

  • More than 21,000 retailers accept Bitcoin payments

    mashable.com 15 Nov '14, 11am

    One significant indicator of the cryptocurrency's influence over retailers will be the number and value of Bitcoin transactions during this year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. In 2013, Bitcoin transactions skyrocketed to 6,296 on Black Friday, and $487 million was exchanged on...

  • Duped by a fake Louis Vuitton? Not with this smartphone camera lens

    mashable.com 13 Nov '14, 2am

    Japanese tech company NEC is creating an on-the-fly method to make sure the Coach bag you're about to buy is the real deal. The company is developing a product identification system that could help you spot counterfeits or knockoffs of the things you buy. This way, no one would be abl...

  • #iRobot uPoint Turns #Military Robot Control Into Tablet Play

    iRobot uPoint Turns Military Robot Control Into Tablet Play

    mashable.com 09 Oct '14, 4am

    There are literally thousands of iRobot Packbots deployed around the world in everything from military operations to search and rescue and police incident investigation. Controlling these $100,000-plus robots takes a lot of patience and training, but that’s all about to change. iRobot...

  • More to Business Than Boots: Why Helm is American-Made

    mashable.com 07 Oct '14, 5pm

    Sneakers were Helm Boots founder Joshua Bingaman’s first passion. Growing up in Norman, Okla., he and his brother always had the newest, hottest pairs on the market. Air Jordans, Bo Jacksons, Scottie Pippens — you name it. See also: One Man's Mission to Build America's Appetite for Ar...

  • What Bitcoin Slump? Blockchain Raises $30 Million

    What Bitcoin Slump? Blockchain Raises $30 Million

    mashable.com 07 Oct '14, 1pm

    The price of bitcoin may be on the decline, but that hasn't stopped bitcoin startups from attracting significant funding. Blockchain , the most popular Bitcoin wallet service, announced Tuesday that it has raised $30.5 million in a Series A round, marking one of the largest funding ro...

  • Introducing Cryptocurrency to the Country's Poorest Indian Reservation

    One Man's Lonely Quest to Build 'Bitcoin for Native Americans'

    mashable.com 18 Sep '14, 1pm

    RAPID CITY, South Dakota — Payu Harris’ apartment is in shambles. Pots clutter the kitchen sink; the dish rack holds a cellphone charger. The room smells of stale cat litter and the bathroom tap runs dry. But Harris has more important things on his mind than chores – things that, if h...

  • Australia's First Bitcoin EFTPOS Card Will Allow You To Buy Your Groceries

    mashable.com 18 Sep '14, 4am

    SYDNEY — An Australian company is trialling a bitcoin EFTPOS card, allowing customers to spend the digital currency in retail stores. CoinJar, a Melbourne-based bitcoin platform, is taking the next step to make bitcoin more accessible to the public with the release of Swipe cards. See...

  • Nicole Kidman's Dad Antony Dies in an Accident in Singapore

    Nicole Kidman's Dad Antony Dies in an Accident in Singapore

    mashable.com 12 Sep '14, 11am

    SYDNEY — The father of Australian actress Nicole Kidman has died after an accident in Singapore on Friday morning. Dr Antony Kidman was visiting his daughter Antonia, her husband Craig Marran and her six children when he fell after breakfast in his hotel room, the Australian Women's W...

  • PayPal's Braintree Gambles on Bitcoin and One-Touch Payments

    mashable.com 08 Sep '14, 8pm

    PayPal users will soon be able to pay merchants in Bitcoin. Braintree, the payments company acquired by eBay last year, announced it will be adding support for Bitcoin payments to its platform in the coming months. The company is also making it easier for users to pay merchants in the...

  • U.S. Marine Corps Bulldog Chesty Gets Promoted to Corporal, Is Good Boy #military #dogs

    U.S. Marine Corps Bulldog Chesty Gets Promoted to Corporal, Is Good Boy

    mashable.com 30 Aug '14, 5pm

    The U.S. Marine Corps' top dog (in the literal sense) has been promoted to the rank of corporal following a ceremony in Washington on Friday. Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, promoted Chesty XIV from lance corporal. Amos told onlookers that Chesty had "grown into the j...

  • White Ho#use Orders Review of Programs That Arm #Police With #Military Gear

    White House Orders Review of Programs That Arm Police With Military Gear

    mashable.com 23 Aug '14, 9pm

    The White House is ordering a review of the programs that transfer military hardware from the Pentagon to local police departments, according to news reports. The review will examine the decade-old program that has allowed hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of hardware, ranging fr...

  • Retailers Who Take Bitcoin Love It

    mashable.com 06 Aug '14, 6am

    If you've been following the news about Bitcoin , you've probably come away with the idea that the currency is unstable, potentially lucrative and more of a novelty than an actual payment method that people use on a daily basis. Retailers who take Bitcoin say something different. For ...

  • Retailers Who Take Bitcoin Love It

    mashable.com 06 Aug '14, 6am

    If you've been following the news about Bitcoin , you've probably come away with the idea that the currency is unstable, potentially lucrative and more of a novelty than an actual payment method that people use on a daily basis. Retailers who take Bitcoin say something different. For ...

  • Overstock to Pay Employee Bonuses in Bitcoin

    mashable.com 31 Jul '14, 7pm

    Overstock, which began taking bitcoin in January and posted $1 million in sales two months later, is so enamored with the currency that it plans to offer employee bonuses in bitcoin too. Judd Bagley, a rep for Overstock, says the company is trying to figure out how to offer bitcoin bo...

  • Overstock to Pay Employee Bonuses in Bitcoin

    mashable.com 31 Jul '14, 6pm

    Overstock, which began taking bitcoin in January and posted $1 million in sales two months later, is so enamored with the currency that it plans to offer employee bonuses in bitcoin too. Judd Bagley, a rep for Overstock, says the company is trying to figure out how to offer bitcoin bo...

  • Gold-Backed Bitcoin Spinoff Aims to Keep Some Fun in Virtual Currency

    Gold-Backed Bitcoin Spinoff Aims to Keep Some Fun in Virtual Currency

    mashable.com 30 Jul '14, 10pm

    On the spectrum of currency ideologues, gold bugs and Bitcoin enthusiasts occupy equal but opposite positions. They’re both suspicious that governments are going to meddle around with normal money so much that it becomes useless — it’s just that one group thinks math is the antidote a...

  • Moon Boot Sneakers Celebrate 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11

    Moon Boot Sneakers Celebrate 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11

    mashable.com 18 Jul '14, 8pm

    General Electric is taking a "small step" into sneaker design to commemorate the role — or rather, sole — it had in mankind's first "giant leap" on the moon. Forty-five years to the day, hour and minute after Apollo 11 moonwalkers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the first manned l...

  • New Singapore migraine tracking app is almost like having a doctor on call via @techinasia

    Migraine Tracking App Is Like Having a Doctor on Call

    mashable.com 15 Jul '14, 4pm

    Most migraine apps are dumb. They act like glorified notebooks for you to track symptoms and self-diagnose; nothing more. Migraine Buddy, an ambitious Android app developed in Singapore, aims to be far more useful. Think of it as a doctor who’s always there. The app tries to understan...

  • PSA Fail: Kid's Gambling Dad Gets Rich Betting on Germany World Cup Win: You could say Singapore's National C...

    PSA Fail: Kid's Gambling Dad Gets Rich Betting on Germany World Cup Win

    mashable.com 14 Jul '14, 8pm

    Embedded above, the spot tells the story of five young boys sitting around a picnic table, and discussing who will win the World Cup. They propose different teams before a kid named Andy glumly says, "I hope Germany will win" because "my dad bet all my savings on them."

  • Singapore to Destroy Copies of Book About Gay Penguins

    mashable.com 13 Jul '14, 2am

    Singapore plans to destroy copies of three children's books, including one about two male penguins raising a chick, following complaints that the works' contents violate the country's family values. And Tango Makes Three , The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption and Who's In My...

  • Singapore to Destroy Copies of Book About Gay Penguins

    mashable.com 12 Jul '14, 7pm

    Singapore plans to destroy copies of three children's books, including one about two male penguins raising a chick, following complaints that the works' contents violate the country's family values. And Tango Makes Three , The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption and Who's In My...

  • #Military #Researchers Design Real-life 'Transformer' Plane

    Military Researchers Design Real-life 'Transformer' Plane

    mashable.com 09 Jul '14, 12am

    UK aerospace and defense contractor BAE Systems have taken the wraps off several concepts it envisions as possible tools for the military in the decades to come — and if these designs are any guide, future battlefields are going to look like the set of a science fiction movie. The mos...

  • The Mystery of the Facebook Manipulation Study's #Military Connection

    The Mystery of the Facebook Manipulation Study's Military Connection

    mashable.com 03 Jul '14, 12am

    New statements from the U.S. military related to Facebook's controversial emotion-manipulation study have further muddied the origin of the News Feed experiment some have called "creepy." On Wednesday, an Army spokesperson told Mashable that someone at Cornell University sent a propos...

  • U.S. Pledges No New Land Mines, But Existing Devices Remain a Threat: The United States... #UnitedStates #Military

    U.S. Pledges No New Land Mines, But Existing Devices Remain a Threat

    mashable.com 28 Jun '14, 7pm

    The United States government doesn't want to destroy its land mines just yet, and the reason comes down to this: Mines can be useful. On Friday, during a conference in Maputo, Mozambique, U.S. officials announced that the country's military will no longer acquire anti-personnel mines....

  • The U.S. Government Is Auctioning Off Almost 30,000 Bitcoins

    mashable.com 27 Jun '14, 8pm

    The United States government is auctioning off nearly 30,000 bitcoins on Friday. Wait, what? The bitcoins — which are worth $17,438,618 at current BTC exchange rates — were seized by the U.S. Marshals Service during the investigation and subsequent shutdown of the online drug market S...