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The Winklevoss twins may have lost A LOT of money on Bitcoin

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With Bitcoin crashing, some cryptocurrency HODLers are hurting. That might include the Winklevoss twins. 

Tyler and Cameron bought 120,000 bitcoins in late 2012 with money from the $65 million payout from their lawsuit against Facebook.

That’s more than $1.32 billion worth of bitcoin at Wednesday evening’s value of about $11,000 per bitcoin. That seems like a lot, but just two days ago a bitcoin was worth $14,000. 

Here’s the chart on Bitcoin since 2012. Up and up and up. 

Bitcoin's value since January 2012.

Bitcoin’s value since January 2012.

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But then this week, it’s been down, down, down.  Read more…

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CES’ sexism problem is about more than booth babes and pink robots

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CES is a place of extremes. Each year, tech companies big and small spare no expense in coming up with bizarre ways to showcase their (often relatively mundane) gadgetry: massive tunnels made of huge OLED displays, home appliances with built-in assistants, and weird concept cars unlikely to make it far beyond the Las Vegas Convention Center floor.

But, peer behind the over-the-top displays of headline-grabbing “innovation,” and there’s a troubling truth that should come as little surprise to anyone in the industry: CES still fuels the sexist narratives so many have worked to change over the last year.  Read more…

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Tobacco company makes a hard pivot to cryptocurrency mining

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Rich Cigars just made the ultimate pivot: from high-end cigars and tobacco products to cryptocurrency.

The Miami-based company announced Thursday it had become Intercontinental Technology, Inc., and was phasing out the cigar part of the business — aka its entire premise.

Instead the company is jumping into two very not tobacco-related industries: patents and “aggressive cryptocurrency mining.” And it initially seems to be paying off.

With Bitcoin, Ethereum, LiteCoin and other cryptocurrencies rallying like crazy in the past few days this seems like a smart move. Who needs a fancy cigar when there’s Bitcoin to be mined at nearly $17,000 per coin? Read more…

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Download this: Bitcoin apps are riding high as its price skyrockets

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There’s a new app at the top of the App Store and it’s all because of Bitcoin.

Coinbase, a popular Bitcoin wallet app, is now at the top of Apple’s App Store, unseating Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube as the most in-demand software. 

That in itself might not be terribly surprising considering the cryptocurrency keeps shattering record after record. But though Coinbase, which also works with other cryptocurrencies, is for now the most popular, it’s far from the only Bitcoin wallet app benefiting from the current boom.

Across the board, Bitcoin-related apps have been more in-demand than ever before. In fact, new numbers from app marketing firm Sensor Tower underscore just how much Bitcoin’s current surge has impacted the wallet apps in the App Store and Google Play. Read more…

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Comcast designed a Wi-Fi router that you won’t be ashamed to show off

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Hear the words “Wi-Fi router,” and you usually think of that vertical slab decorated with ports and blinking lights, or a horizontal slab sprouting multiple antennas that resembles some kind monstrous alien bug.

In short, Wi-Fi routers are uglyComcast is looking to change that with its xFi Advanced Gateway, which trades the slabs for a sleek, slanted mini tower. Instead of blinking lights, there’s a single continuous blue LED. And don’t let its lack of external antennas fool you — they’re all inside, along with some of the most sophisticated wireless tech Comcast has ever offered.

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Apple’s latest iOS update fixes a bizarre issue that started right after midnight on Dec. 2

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This is an odd one: Not long after midnight on Dec. 2, some iOS 11-powered iPhones started crashing.

It was an issue with local notifications, as software engineer Yoshimasa Niwa noted on Twitter (h/t iMore). And it’s already been addressed by Apple, which — in an unusual twist — pushed out iOS 11.2 to all users just a handful of hours after the final developer beta version of the update went live.

Most iOS updates arrive on Tuesdays, but the time-related crashes obviously led Apple to pull the trigger early.

If you have an app that has local notification with repeating settings, it will crash iOS Springboard on Dec. 2 (Tomorrow!) Here is a reproducible app by @takayamahttps://t.co/ecEoxFN2hM

— Yoshimasa Niwa (@niw) December 2, 2017 Read more…

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IHOP will deliver hot pancakes to your door because the future is now

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Breakfast in bed just got a bit easier.

IHOP is now offering delivery in a handful of major cities starting this week as part of an expansion of its online ordering platform.

The pancake house is teaming with Amazon and DoorDash to test the program, which will extend to parts of California, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, and Washington. The exact cities have yet to be announced.

Orders made through DoorDash’s app or online platform will include a standard delivery fee that usually comes out to around $3. 

IHOP has also fashioned special delivery packaging to keep food hot and protect it from damage during transit.  Read more…

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FriendO, a quiz app with NSFW questions, goes viral with teens

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There’s a new “quiz app” going viral with teens that’s a lot more NSFW than tbh.

Called FriendO, the app lets users compete in “quizzes” to find out who their “real friends” are — and teens are going crazy for it.

Sort of like a non-anonymous version of tbh, which Facebook acquired last month, FriendO has been climbing up the App Store charts over the last month.

The app has a number of “categories” that friends can quiz each other on, such as what their favorite foods and sports are, or other personality traits. Users take turns answering questions about each other, and they’re then ranked in an in-app leaderboard, which shows their scores.  Read more…

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Elon Musk suggests the new Roadster could get a ‘rocket’ car upgrade package

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Always a fan of theatrics, Elon Musk unveiled a surprise new Roadster at Tesla’s Semi Truck event on Thursday night. 

And though the unexpected rollout already has tech media talking, Musk threw another detail into the mix on Sunday, claiming on Twitter that the Roadster might (big emphasis on “might,” here), as an upgrade option, have the limited ability to fly.

As Musk teased on Twitter: “Not saying the next gen Roaster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe…”

Not saying the next gen Roadster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe …

Certainly possible. Just a question of safety. Rocket tech applied to a car opens up revolutionary possibilities.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2017 Read more…

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Roku’s big strategy change paid off

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Roku stocks are soaring after the company nailed its first earnings report since going public earlier this fall.

While the set-top box maker is not quite profitable, it managed to post a smaller loss ($7.9 million) than Wall Street had expected ($12.7 million) thanks to especially strong revenue growth in ads and licensing its software. The company’s overall revenue grew to $125 million from $89 million in the same quarter last year.

The successful quarter follows a smooth initial public offering in September in which the decade-old company bucked an otherwise dismal market for tech public offerings. It also proved itself to be holding its own against big-name competitors in the space like Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon’s Fire TV. Read more…

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Walmart hones their same-day delivery capability with purchase of small Brooklyn startup Parcel

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Walmart has been trying to break into the New York City market for years. Now, they’re making headway—not with a store, but by zeroing in on the hectic city delivery scene with its latest acquisition, a small Brooklyn-based startup called Parcel.

The idea is for Parcel to help Walmart with the most expensive final stretch of its same-day and scheduled shipping throughout the city. The so-called “last mile” of the online shopping delivery process tends to be by far the costliest and most cumbersome stage of a package’s journey. That goes even more so for a densely populated metro area like New York, the top market for Walmart’s website and its Jet.com subsidiary but also one of the toughest to navigate. Read more…

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Newest Apple Watch amps up health features with heartbeat upgrade

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The Apple Watch Series 3 is more health-focused than ever, coming packaged with an improved heart rate monitor, and an interesting but mysterious medical study. 

Apple COO Jeff Williams unveiled the device Tuesday at the iPhone Event, along with a new watchOS and workout app. 

The heart monitor will monitor a slew of new metrics, including resting heart rate and recovery heart rate after exercise. (You want a lower resting rate, and a higher recovery rate). 

Your Series 3 will also alert you when your resting heart rate is elevated while you don’t appear to be active. The new feature is “inspired by a lot of the letters we receive from customers who notice an unusually high heart rate when they wouldn’t expect one,” according to Williams. “Most people won’t notice.”  Read more…

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Download this: Astro’s email app comes with a built-in assistant

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No matter what line of work you’re in, there’s a good chance you could use a little (okay, a lot) less email in your life.

Enter Astro, which won’t let you ditch email for good (sadly), but it will help make overflowing inboxes more manageable. 

The app has just about all the features you’d expect from an email client — priority inbox, customizable swipes and notifications, the ability to “snooze” emails for later — and then some. The app has a dizzying feature set that includes email tracking (to keep tabs on who actually opens your messages), scheduling, custom VIP lists, and integrations with Slack and Amazon’s Echo. Read more…

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Grubhub buys Yelp’s Eat24 to tighten its grip on food delivery

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Two of the biggest names in restaurant-related tech are joining forces.

Grubhub said Thursday that it will buy Yelp’s Eat24 delivery service for $287.5 million in cash, sending Yelp’s stock soaring as Wall Street cheered the deal.

As part of the agreement, Yelp will integrate Grubhub’s ordering into its listings for at least the next five years. 

The sum is more than double what Yelp paid for the delivery service two years ago, and the offloading allows the company to return to its core focus as a content hub.

Despite offering a service considered essential to most consumers, Yelp has floundered for the last couple years as it’s tried to figure out how to effectively make money off of that demand. Before today, its stock was down 17 percent for the year. Read more…

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How to hide who you’re stalking on Instagram

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There’s no shame in admitting that you stalk people on Instagram — we all do. But you don’t always want anyone who grabs your phone to see who you’ve been stalking. So, here’s the complete guide to hiding who you stalk on Instagram. 

Clear search history 

The “clear search history” button clears the dropdown of previous searches in your search bar. Note: this doesn’t affect your search recommendations. 

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To clear your search history, 

  1. Go to your profile on Instagram 

  2. Tap the gear on iPhone or three dotted lines on Android

  3. Scroll to the bottom, tap the “Clear Search History” button. Read more…

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We’re frankly baffled that luxury smartphone maker Vertu is done for

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Incredibly rich people lacking any sense of style let out a collective gasp today, as news broke that luxury smartphone maker Vertu will be liquidated. 

Despite having a target market of moneyed assholes, of which the world is in no short supply, the UK-based company apparently struggled to find a customer base for its $46,600 polished 18-carat red gold phones.

We’re just as shocked as you are. 

And what brought this visionary company down? According to the BBC, that would be an accounting deficit of £128 million (aka the cost of roughly 3,555 Clous de Paris Red Gold Vertu smartphones).  Read more…

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RED’s Hydrogen One patent drawings reveal how it’s really a camera pretending to be a phone

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We haven’t touched it, and we’re not even sure how it’ll work, but RED’s Hydrogen One phone is so mysterious that even its patent filing drawings are fascinating. And revealing. 

The modular phone, which promises to switch between “traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games,” looks fairly minimalist in the shadowy photos released so far. But in the patent filing drawings, the phone looks a lot more interested in filmmaking than the photos would indicate.  Read more…

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Jawbone is reportedly going out of business

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The company behind what was once one of the most hyped fitness trackers may soon be no more.

Jawbone, makers of the Up fitness tracker, is going out of business, according to a new report in The Information. The company, which at its peak was valued at as much as $3 billion, is reportedly now in the midst of liquidation proceedings.

The Jawbone name isn’t going away entirely though. Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman has apparently started a new venture called Jawbone Health Club “that will make health-related hardware and software services,” according to The InformationRead more…

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Virgin Mobile will be the first iPhone-only carrier with a bonkers $1 unlimited plan

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Virgin Mobile USA has taken iPhone fever to the next level. 

Sir Richard Branson broke the news that Virgin Mobile will become the first iPhone-only mobile carrier as part of a new deal with Apple. Virgin’s services will be available for purchase in Apple Stores, and the carrier’s online store will offer new and “pre-loved” iPhones at significantly lower prices than you’ll find elsewhere. 

The new iPhone-only network is hitting the market with a bold promotion: the new Inner Circle plan will offer those who buy an iPhone from Apple or Virgin six months of unlimited everything — talk, text, and data — for $1. Enrollees who pull the trigger between the plan’s launch on June 27 and July 31 will get an entire year of unlimited service for the same price.  Read more…

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