theverge.com Archives - 31 August 2015, Monday

  • Criminals are already using the Ashley Madison leak for blackmail

    theverge.com 21 Aug '15, 7pm

    As these extortion schemes continue, it's important to note that many of the email addresses in the database do not correspond to actual Ashley Madison customers, since the company allowed for database entry without confirmation. That's led to awkward surprises for those who found the...

  • Sony's Metal Gear Solid Walkman is a truly tasteful video game tie-in

    theverge.com 19 Aug '15, 12pm

    In celebration of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Sony has released a bunch of Phantom Pain -branded electronics, including a new version of its high-fidelity Walkman, the super-expensive ZX2. The customized music player is listed for ¥140,000 on Sony's site (that's...

  • Mt. Gox was Bitcoin's ugliest success story

    theverge.com 03 Aug '15, 5pm

    This weekend, Mt. Gox founder Mark Karpeles was arrested in Tokyo , bringing years of confusion and paranoia to an end. Starting in 2010, Karpeles ran the largest and most powerful bitcoin exchange, but the site went offline in February 2014 after it was discovered that $400 million i...

  • What you need to know about Bitcoin

    theverge.com 07 Jul '15, 4pm

    Will bitcoin make me rich? That was my first question about Bitcoin when I heard the term years ago. I didn't know a thing about cryptocurrency, or why or how a bitcoin might be used, but it sounded like an internet gold rush. I never invested in bitcoin, and that may have been the ri...

  • shy college student who helped build Bitcoin into a global phenomenon

    theverge.com 10 Jun '15, 1pm

    These days the technology known as Bitcoin is a hot topic among the digerati of Silicon Valley and barons of Wall Street. But years before Bitcoin was a global phenomenon and the subject of financial speculation, it was a piece of open-source software that was struggling to attract mo...

  • Apple Watch is no harder to steal than a Rolex, but it should be

    theverge.com 14 May '15, 3pm

    The Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches are no easier or more difficult to steal than other watches. Do prized Rolexes or Tag Hauer watches come with anti-theft measures built in? Of course not. But long before tech companies were mandated to do so by law, Apple put its foot dow...

  • This is Mobile World Congress through the eyes of MKBHD

    theverge.com 19 Apr '15, 10am

    This week, we flew out to Barcelona to capture the madness of MWC , one of the year's biggest tech industry events. There with us was Marques Brownlee himself, otherwise known as MKBHD , and you might have seen him pop up in a few of our videos while he worked on his own. We were at H...

  • Charges say crooked feds used Bitcoin as a license to steal

    theverge.com 31 Mar '15, 5pm

    Yesterday, the bitcoin world got some shocking news. Two undercover agents are being charged with a massive corruption scheme as part of their work investigating the Silk Road. While they were working to catch the Dread Pirate Roberts, they were also funneling thousands of bitcoin int...

  • Two federal agents have been charged with stealing money from the Silk Road

    theverge.com 30 Mar '15, 4pm

    of stealing money from the Silk Road, an online drug marketplace that was taken down by federal warrant more than a year ago. Hailing from the Drug Enforcement Agency and Secret Service respectively, Carl Mark Force and Shaun Bridges were both involved in undercover operations that bu...

  • Even office mice now come with a narrative of craftsmanship and care

    theverge.com 25 Mar '15, 8am

    The MX Master Wireless was designed by hand, but its manufacturing is done in the same conventional way as every other Logitech mouse. Its price is also not that luxurious, coming in at $99.99 in April. That's not stopping Logitech from promoting it like a truly high-end piece of prec...

  • Looking for a $10,000 luxury watch? Don't buy the Apple Watch Edition

    theverge.com 09 Mar '15, 10pm

    At today’s Apple Watch announcement we learned just what it can do and how much it will cost. Comparisons between "smart" watches (about which I write maybe one-and-one-fourth days of the year) and traditional mechanical watches (about which I write some 364 days of the year) have bee...

  • uTorrent's latest update installs a cryptocurrency miner

    theverge.com 06 Mar '15, 3pm

    Bitcoin miners are a common way for botnet owners and other online criminals to make a profit off of compromised machines, leaving users to bear the cost of the excess computing power. As a result, bundling a bitcoin miner as part of an update is a somewhat slimy move, particularly fo...

  • Kanye West will simulcast the introduction of his new sneakers in movie theaters across the country

    theverge.com 11 Feb '15, 9pm

    Beyond making masterfully crafted albums and interrupting deserving award winners, Kanye West is a man of business. A man of the #brands, perhaps, but only certain brands. First it was Nike, but now it's Adidas — Kanye teamed up with the company back in 2013 to make a shoe worth of Ye...

  • Winklevoss twins look to legitimize Bitcoin with a regulated US exchange

    theverge.com 23 Jan '15, 6pm

    Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss think they have the answer to Bitcoin's rocky 2014 and tumbling value: a "fully regulated" Bitcoin exchange based in the United States. If Bitcoin is to break through as the frictionless payment method many believe it can be, it must evolve into "an ecosys...

  • Someone stole $5 million from a major Bitcoin exchange

    theverge.com 05 Jan '15, 11pm

    Nearly a year after the fall of Mt Gox, running a Bitcoin exchange is still a dangerous business. This morning, Bitstamp announced that its systems had been compromised by an unidentified attacker and shut down trading for the day, and speaking to ZDNet this afternoon , Bitstamp's CEO...

  • Who is Mr. Bitcoin and what are his demands?

    theverge.com 26 Dec '14, 6pm

    sponsoring a college football bowl game this year, officially dubbed the "Bitcoin Bowl." And because sports fans love mascots, "Mr. Bitcoin" is now apparently a thing that exists. All around the game's festivities, people are posing for photos with the rotund representation of the cry...

  • Bitcoin was the worst investment of 2014, but that's a good thing for Bitcoin

    theverge.com 15 Dec '14, 6pm

    Bitcoin, in the minds of many smart folks, is not a currency, but a protocol, more like TCP/IP , the bedrock of the internet. It enables an entirely new kind of interaction , a mechanism that is both centralized and decentralized at the same time, a platform that is completely anonymo...

  • Microsoft now accepts Bitcoin to buy Xbox games and Windows apps

    theverge.com 11 Dec '14, 9am

    Microsoft is now accepting Bitcoin as a payment option to download digital content. The software maker quietly started supporting the digital currency earlier this week, months after adding a Bitcoin currency converter to its Bing search engine . Bitcoin can be used to fund a Microsof...

  • Frank Gehry drops a spaceship in Paris

    Frank Gehry drops a spaceship in Paris

    theverge.com 28 Oct '14, 2pm

    Inside are 11 gallery spaces, a 350-person auditorium, and an upscale restaurant. The lobby’s soaring ceilings distill ambient chatter into a soft buzz, with giant windows framing the lush lawn outside. Navigating through the galleries can be a winding and sometimes disorienting exper...

  • This star-shaped yacht is perfect if you're a billionaire supervillain - #SuperYachts #Luxury

    This star-shaped yacht is perfect if you're a billionaire supervillain

    theverge.com 27 Oct '14, 9pm

    Not only is the STAR gigantic, with 37,700-square-feet of interior space, eight decks, four elevators, a helipad and a daytime capacity of 200 guests, but it would shoot across the water at a relatively zippy 18 knots. It's being marketed as a private yacht or hotel, and will cost an ...

  • Alleged Bitcoin 'creator' is crowdfunding his lawsuit against Newsweek using Bitcoin

    theverge.com 14 Oct '14, 6am

    Newsweek may soon be sued for alleging Dorian Nakamoto is the creator of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Money is being raised through the Dorian Nakamoto Legal Defense Fund in order to file a lawsuit against Newsweek , which has not retracted its initial article about the 65-year-old man...

  • Up close with GE's insane moon landing-inspired sneakers

    Up close with GE's insane moon landing-inspired sneakers

    theverge.com 08 Oct '14, 5pm

    announced a partnership with GE to make hightop sneakers commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Moon landing. Designed by boutique sneaker house Android Homme (no relation to the operating system), the metallic silver shoes were released in hyper-limited quantity — just 100 pairs —...

  • Square's massive new funding isn't good news for the company

    theverge.com 06 Oct '14, 2pm

    The lead investor in Square's latest round is the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) , a massive fund that puts the nation's surplus cash to work. It's not uncommon for US tech startups to get later-stage funding from Asian strategics — Pinterest, for example, was ba...

  • PayPal adds limited Bitcoin support

    theverge.com 23 Sep '14, 6pm

    PayPal has partnered with three leading bitcoin payments processors in order to enable limited support for the digital currency, the company announced today . Merchants in North America selling intangibles such as music, games, and ringtones may now accept bitcoin through PayPal Payme...

  • FTC shuts down Butterfly Labs, the second-most hated company in Bitcoinland

    theverge.com 23 Sep '14, 4pm

    There was skepticism around Butterfly Labs from the beginning. Like most bitcoin companies, the Missouri-based startup sprang up out of nowhere. In late 2011, there were rumors of a leap in the technology for mining bitcoin. This technological leap had the potential to create massive ...

  • Bitcoin Ponzi scheme operator ordered to pay over $40 million

    theverge.com 19 Sep '14, 6pm

    has been ordered to pay back over $40 million in profits and interest gained from investors' money. The operator, Trendon Shavers, ran the scheme through his company Bitcoin Savings & Trust for at least a year and a half between 2011 and 2012. In 2012, when he shut down the company, i...

  • Custom PS4 Nike Air Jordans show why your next sneakers need HDMI ports

    Custom PS4 Nike Air Jordans show why your next sneakers need HDMI ports

    theverge.com 16 Sep '14, 4am

    Sadly, the outlets are strictly decorative. "The HDMI ports have no real function, apart from looking cool," says creator Jonny Barry in an interview. "They actually come with a custom Jordan HDMI cable that when attached, can act as a type of carry cord for walking around sneaker con...

  • Charlie Shrem to plead guilty to federal charges related to Bitcoin transactions

    Charlie Shrem to plead guilty to federal charges related to Bitcoin transactions

    theverge.com 31 Aug '14, 7am

    the most prominent names in Bitcoin will plead guilty to multiple federal charges in a New York court next Thursday, September 4th. According to Reuters , Charlie Shrem, an entrepreneur who's made millions off of Bitcoin, has made a plea deal with authorities regarding charges that he...

  • Meet the man building the Fort Knox of bitcoin

    Underground vaults, offline servers, and armed guards: this is the Fort Knox of Bitcoin

    theverge.com 29 Aug '14, 3pm

    In July, a bitcoin startup named Xapo announced it was raising $20 million, bringing its total backing to $40 million. It was using this funding for an unusually intense security setup. Xapo tells users that they can feel secure because their bitcoin will be stored in offline servers,...

  • New Instagram messaging app Bolt is only available in NZ, Singapore & SA. Get in there Kiwis!

    This is Bolt, Instagram's new messaging app

    theverge.com 29 Jul '14, 8pm

    The copycat situation recalls the ill-fated Facebook Poke, a Snapchat clone which launched two years ago. But unlike with Poke, which launched as Snapchat started really gaining steam, Taptalk hasn't yet found a large audience. In New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa, for example,...