mashable.com Archives - 22 September 2014, Monday

  • 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

    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...

  • Mapping the Radical Islamists' Path Through Northern Iraq

    mashable.com 27 Jun '14, 3pm

    Radical Islamist militants have ripped through northern and western Iraq in recent weeks, slaughtering civilians and soldiers, and swiftly taking strategic areas and infrastructure to wrest control of the country from the Shiite government in Baghdad. The Sunni radicals, known as the ...

  • How 13-Year-Olds Really Use Snapchat

    mashable.com 26 Jun '14, 12pm

    The great thing about this app for a teenager is that parents have no idea what it is, how to use it and, best of all, they can’t comment on the photos you’re sharing with your friends. Most parents probably do not even know how to use the app overall. Kids love privacy, especially wh...

  • The #Military History of 'Leave No Man Behind'

    The Military History of 'Leave No Man Behind'

    mashable.com 14 Jun '14, 1pm

    During that war, a group of American soldiers known as Rogers' Rangers fought for the British against the French, using a combination of pioneer techniques and native-American tactics to outsmart enemy soldiers in wooded terrain where traditional militias struggled. They were also kno...

  • Nigerian Soldiers Confiscate and Destroy Copies of Local Newspapers #Military #FreedomOfSpeech

    Nigerian Soldiers Confiscate and Destroy Copies of Local Newspapers

    mashable.com 07 Jun '14, 4pm

    The Nigerian government targeted four major local newspapers on Friday, confiscating or destroying its copies, and storming one of the paper's offices, according to multiple reports . The military reportedly stopped and searched distribution vans across the country, confiscating copie...

  • #Military Deception Fooled Hitler on D-Day, and It Still Works Today

    Military Deception Fooled Hitler on D-Day, and It Still Works Today

    mashable.com 06 Jun '14, 1pm

    Before Allied troops launched one of history's most important battles at the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, they did nearly everything in their power to convince Nazi forces they weren't coming. Across the water on the shores of England, Allied soldiers were building a f...

  • Prisoner Swap Frees U.S. Soldier Held by Taliban for 5 Years #Military #Obama #Afghanistan #Taliban

    Prisoner Swap Frees U.S. Soldier Held by Taliban for 5 Years

    mashable.com 31 May '14, 6pm

    Breaking with its long-held policy of refusing to negotiate with terrorist organizations , the White House has agreed to release five Taliban prisoners held at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay detention camp in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban in Afghan...

  • Anti-Bullying Film Gets Shorter Every Time You Share It: To make a point about bullying, Singapore's Coalition...

    Anti-Bullying Film Gets Shorter Every Time You Share It

    mashable.com 09 Apr '14, 1pm

    To make a point about bullying, Singapore's Coalition Against Bullying for Children and Youth has launched a video that gets shorter every time you share it. The black-and-white animated film shows a boy who is being bullied at school. "I don't feel safe anywhere," he states plaintive...

  • U.S. #Military Drone Crashes Near Elementary School in Pennsylvania

    U.S. Military Drone Crashes Near Elementary School in Pennsylvania

    mashable.com 04 Apr '14, 9pm

    A 375-pound U.S. military drone crashed near a Pennsylvania elementary school on Thursday afternoon. After losing power in flight, the drone experienced a "hard landing" near the Lickdale Elementary School outside of Harrisburg, Pa. — and was then run over by a car, according to local...

  • Square Now Accepts Bitcoin for Its Online Marketplace

    Square Now Accepts Bitcoin for Its Online Marketplace

    mashable.com 31 Mar '14, 8pm

    Bitcoin enthusiasts now have a new place to shop. Square announced on Monday that it has begun accepting the cryptocurrency as a form of payment on its online marketplace. See also: Watch Out, Amazon: Square Moves Into Ecommerce Shoppers can opt to "Pay with Bitcoin," which generates ...

  • Report: Android Malware Is Mining Bitcoin While You Recharge

    Report: Android Malware Is Mining Bitcoin While You Recharge

    mashable.com 27 Mar '14, 4pm

    Some Android users have noticed their phones and tablets are charging slowly and heating up quickly while plugged in. They actually may have a major issue on their hands. A new strain of malware found in various popular apps is reportedly stealing digital currency, taxing the device's...