mashable.com Archives - 29 May 2015, Friday

  • Nothing says everlasting love like a Bitcoin engagement ring

    Nothing says everlasting love like a Bitcoin engagement ring

    mashable.com 21 May '15, 4pm

    When considering a proposal, it's important to know the exact worth of the ring before the transaction is made. And with the Bitcoin engagement ring, your smartphone takes the place of a professional jeweler. The BTC Ring is 3D printed with a QR code that lets anyone with the correspo...

  • NYSE to announce new index to value bitcoin

    NYSE creates a way to standardize the value of bitcoin

    mashable.com 19 May '15, 11am

    The New York Stock Exchange is diving deeper into the world of Bitcoin with the introduction of a bitcoin pricing index. The index, which will be made available through NYSE's Global Index Feed and free on its website for a limited time, is intended to serve as a definitive benchmark ...

  • How to enjoy life's little luxuries for less #luxury #lifestyle #travelleisure #workplay

    How to enjoy life's little luxuries for less

    mashable.com 10 May '15, 3pm

    When the going gets tough, the tough go get a massage. Life's little luxuries are what keep many of us refreshed and relaxed when the stressors of work and home leave us frazzled. From bottomless-mimosa brunch to a day at the spa, everybody needs a little pampering every now and then....

  • #Military #sexualassault still a big problem, new report shows

    Military sexual assault still a big problem, new report shows

    mashable.com 02 May '15, 1am

    The U.S. military has been under intense pressure over the past few years to address sexual assault within its ranks. A new report released Friday by the Department of Defense shows that some of the agency's efforts may have been successful, but assault and retaliation still happen at...

  • #School kids get impromptu lesson when #military helicopter makes emergency landing

    School kids get impromptu lesson when military helicopter makes emergency landing

    mashable.com 30 Apr '15, 6pm

    Elementary school kids in Alexandria, Virginia, got a surprise lesson on Thursday, after a military helicopter made an emergency landing on their field. There were no children outside when the helicopter landed at William Ramsay Elementary, according to the school. But a physical-educ...

  • Dudes, 15 stylish spring sneakers for cooler toes

    Dudes, 15 stylish spring sneakers for cooler toes

    mashable.com 30 Apr '15, 2pm

    Don't call it a comeback. In the past few years, Reebok has become best known for its Crossfit gear more than its casual sneakers. Which is cool, if you're a Crossfit-devotee, but for the rest of the population, the brand has become relatively obscure. But these clean sneaks are forci...

  • Bitcoin startup Circle raises $50 million from Goldman Sachs and IDG

    Bitcoin startup Circle raises $50 million from Goldman Sachs and IDG

    mashable.com 30 Apr '15, 12pm

    Circle, a company that lets users easily send and receive bitcoins, has raised a $50 million funding round led by Goldman Sachs and China's IDG Capital Partners, the company announced Wednesday . Launched in October 2013, Circle had two funding rounds prior to this one — $9 million at...

  • Bitcoin experts will gather on Richard Branson's private island, as you do

    Bitcoin experts will gather on Richard Branson's private island, as you do

    mashable.com 29 Apr '15, 5pm

    The CEO of Virgin Group, Richard Branson , is serious about Bitcoin — so serious, in fact, that he's inviting some of the top cryptocurrency experts to a conference held on Necker Island, his private island in the British Virgin Islands. The Block Chain Summit , as the conference is c...

  • Australian koalas chill in first class before being flown to Singapore

    mashable.com 13 Apr '15, 4am

    Australia's national airline, Qantas, has released photos of four koalas living the high-life in first class seats. The native animals were the stars of the photo shoot a week before they were gifted to the Singapore Zoo on Monday, to mark the country's 50th anniversary of independenc...

  • Australian koalas chill in first class before being flown to Singapore

    mashable.com 13 Apr '15, 4am

    Australia's national airline, Qantas, has released photos of four koalas living the high-life in first class seats. The native animals were the stars of the photo shoot a week before they were gifted to the Singapore Zoo on Monday, to mark the country's 50th anniversary of independenc...

  • The CEO of America's biggest bank is worried about Silicon Valley and Bitcoin stealing his business

    The CEO of America's biggest bank is worried about tech startups

    mashable.com 10 Apr '15, 3pm

    The man who runs America's biggest bank can't stop worrying about tech startups. In his annual letter to shareholders this week, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon warned investors and those in the banking industry that "Silicon Valley is coming." See also: 10 startups to watch in 2015 "There ...

  • Bitcoin exchange Buttercoin shuts down due to lack of funding

    Bitcoin exchange Buttercoin shuts down due to lack of funding

    mashable.com 06 Apr '15, 9am

    Bitcoin exchange Buttercoin, which has previously received funding from Google Ventures , is shutting down, the company has announced. The service will be turned off on April 10, at 11 PM PT. That timeline gives users a very short period to withdraw their funds from the service. Howev...

  • Luxury hotel proposed for the Swiss Alps would stand 1,250 feet tall

    mashable.com 04 Apr '15, 2am

    Deep in the Swiss Alps lies the small village of Vals, which 1,000 people call home. Look up, and you'll see pristine mountaintops surrounding this quaint community — for now. Swanky New York City architecture firm Morphosis , led by architect Thom Mayne, has proposed a sleek new hote...

  • Like Mike: College hooper slams eerily accurate Air Jordan impression

    Like Mike: College hooper slams eerily accurate Air Jordan impression

    mashable.com 09 Mar '15, 11pm

    somehow transporting himself back to college hoops. No, this is Rysheed Jordan, a 6-4 sophomore guard from St. John's who did a picture-perfect impression of His Airness this weekend. The two Jordans aren't related genetically — only cosmically.

  • The Apple Watch Edition will start at $10,000

    mashable.com 09 Mar '15, 6pm

    The company announced Monday that the 18-karat rose or yellow gold watch will start at $10,000 and go as high as $17,000. If that seems high — well, that's because this is an item aimed at a slightly different consumer base than Apple's typical tech products. In fact, the audience for...

  • U.S. to auction off another 50,000 bitcoins from Silk Road bust

    U.S. to auction off another 50,000 bitcoins from Silk Road bust

    mashable.com 19 Feb '15, 3am

    The United States Marshal Service said Wednesday that it plans to sell 50,000 bitcoins — worth nearly $12 million at current rates — that were seized from the computer of convicted Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht. The auction, which will take place early next month, is the third he...

  • Air Jordan's new exhibit lets you be like Mike

    mashable.com 14 Feb '15, 9pm

    It's possible Michael Jordan's most iconic shots were even harder than they looked — but that's something you can only truly understand if you try them under the same circumstances. In honor of Air Jordan's 30th anniversary and NBA All-Star Weekend, the brand has created an immersive ...

  • Britain asks Russia why its bombers were flying over the English Channel

    mashable.com 30 Jan '15, 9am

    LONDON — British commercial air traffic was disrupted Wednesday after two Russian warplanes were spotted flying close to UK airspace over the English channel. See also: 5 things we learned from UK's inquiry into poisoning death of ex-Russian spy The two planes didn't enter the airspac...

  • Bitcoin prices spike after news of first regulated U.S. bitcoin exchange

    Bitcoin prices spike after news of first regulated U.S. bitcoin exchange

    mashable.com 26 Jan '15, 3pm

    Bitcoin may be getting some of its groove back. Coinbase, a startup that develops a mobile wallet to buy and store the digital currency, announced Monday that it is launching the first licensed Bitcoin exchange in the United States with the goal to provide a more "reliable and secure ...

  • Winklevoss twins launch Gemini, the 'regulated' Bitcoin exchange

    Winklevoss twins launch Gemini, the 'regulated' Bitcoin exchange

    mashable.com 24 Jan '15, 1am

    It's no secret Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are betting big on Bitcoin: They've reportedly invested at least $11 million in the cryptocurrency, and they predict it could be even bigger than Facebook . On Friday, the brothers announced the launch of Gemini , which they call the "next-g...

  • Adidas 'Ultra Boost' sneakers: a marathoner's dream?

    Adidas 'Ultra Boost' sneakers: a marathoner's dream?

    mashable.com 22 Jan '15, 7pm

    When Adidas came out with what it called the world's most high-tech sneaker two years ago, it was unclear if the embedded "energy boosters" — basically bits of bouncy styrofoam — into the sole was just a gimmick, or could actually improve a runner's performance. Since the debut, the c...

  • A $5,000 Rolex and other weird things you can buy on the relaunched New York Times store

    The 9 weirdest things you can buy from the relaunched New York Times store

    mashable.com 16 Jan '15, 6pm

    The New York Times has launched a redesign of its store , as the paper of record looks to generate some additional revenue through ecommerce. Some publications have embraced online stores as a way to provide retailers with a chance to reach their targeted audiences. Fashion magazine L...

  • Missing AirAsia plane: Search operations suspended overnight

    mashable.com 28 Dec '14, 4am

    An AirAsia Indonesia plane with 162 people on board has gone missing on its way to Singapore after it requested to deviate from its flight path due to weather, the airline said Sunday. Search and rescue operations have been suspended for the night; they will resume tomorrow.

  • #Russia dubs NATO major threat in new #military doctrine

    Russia dubs NATO major threat in new military doctrine

    mashable.com 26 Dec '14, 5pm

    President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a revised version of Russia’s military doctrine that names “NATO's military buildup” and expansion in Eastern Europe as the main external threats to the country’s security, according to a Kremlin statement. Russia's Security Council said after...

  • 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...