You can now try BitTorrent’s secure chat app Bleep

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With revelations of government surveillance continuing to roll in, BitTorrent decided late last year that it was high time someone made a chat client that would let people communicate in a secure way without actually having to know a whole lot about security. The result of that project is coming out today in the form of a public alpha release: it’s a chat client called BitTorrent Bleep, and BitTorrent says that it will allow people “to speak freely without worrying about who might be eavesdropping.”

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Goodbye Macworld

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After two decades in print, Macworld announced this week that the print magazine will shut down. Jason Snell was Macworld’s lead editor for more than a decade, and – along with many of his former colleagues – is moving on. Jason has launched a new site, Six Colors, where he will continue covering Apple and the technology industry at large. We asked him to reflect on his experience as one of the industry’s most prolific Apple watchers.

Before there were tech web sites there were magazines….

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BitTorrent’s Encrypted P2P Chat App Bleep Opens To The Public, Adds Mac, Android Clients

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bleep-screens-3 In the rush of new services for consumers that are concerned about their data privacy, make room for another messaging app. Peer-to-peer file distribution service BitTorrent is today announcing the public availability of Bleep — its encrypted P2P chat app for voice calls and texts that is still in alpha — with Mac and Android apps now available to download, in addition to… Read More

Xpire’s App Makes All Your Social Media “Ephemeral”

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Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 1.51.46 PM Dallas-based computer science college student Jesse Stauffer wants to make social media more private. With help from his brother, and financial backing from Mark Cuban, he recently released an iOS application called Xpire that lets users share “self-destructing” posts on Facebook, Twitter and now Tumblr, as well as use a variety of tools to better manage and shrink their… Read More

Minuum’s iOS 8 Keyboard Lets You See A Lot More Screen As You Type

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IMG_0037 Apple’s new relaxation of the ban on third-party keyboards means there’s now a plethora in the store, but a couple stand out. I wrote about Fleksy earlier, but Toronto startup Minuum has also launched an iOS 8 keyboard extension, and their approach is unique. The team’s goal was to engineer a usable, one-line keyboard, and that’s what they’ve delivered on iOS,… Read More

Twitter’s CEO Will Respond To Whether He’s High Once He Finishes These Doritos

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Dick Costolo Peter Thiel thinks Twitter is more 420 than 140-characters. In a CNBC interview today, the famous Facebook investor bashed its competitor saying “Twitter is hard to evaluate. They have a lot of potential. It’s a horribly mismanaged company—probably a lot of pot-smoking going on there.” And when Twitter employee Jason Goldman ribbed Twitter CEO and former improv… Read More

500 Startups Launches Its First Two 500 Women Syndicate Companies

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500 startups incubated 500 Startups has launched both Famebit and Wanderable, the first two companies out of its female founders 500 Women Syndicate. 500 Startups created the program earlier this year to support more women founders and encourage angel investors to invest in women-led companies. The first 500 Women company, Famebit, is a platform to find, hire and work with YouTube Influencers. It has achieved a… Read More

Footballer Adrian Peterson barred from playing

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Suspected child abuser Adrian Peterson has been barred from participating in a lucrative and violent ritual in which two rival groups of men fight over the possession of a small prolate spheroid made from tanned cowhide.

Cult leaders will continue to pay Peterson his full salary, which is $11.75 million per season. It is not known whether or nor Peterson will be allowed to retain a prolate spheroid for personal use.

Apple’s iOS 8 is now available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

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Apple has released iOS 8, the latest version of its mobile operating system, for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Users can download the new software by navigating to the “general” tab in their device’s settings menu and selecting “software update.” If you don’t want to download the update wirelessly — perhaps you’re on a restrictive data plan and have limited Wi-Fi access — you can also connect your phone to the latest version of iTunes to download the update. The iOS 8 update pack weighs in at 1.4GB and requires a staggering 5.7GB of free space to install on an iPhone (6.9GB on an iPad), so you may need to delete something like half a dozen games to free up some room before you get started.

The new operating system brings subtle but…

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin partners with Boeing and Lockheed Martin to reduce dependence on Russian rockets

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Blue Origin, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ commercial space company, has partnered with the United Launch Alliance to develop a new rocket engine called the BE-4, set to make its first flight in 2019. United Launch Alliance, or ULA, is a joint venture by defense contractor Lockheed Martin and aerospace company Boeing, which recently won one of two contracts to develop a spacecraft capable of shuttling astronauts to the ISS. ULA’s Atlas and Delta lines of rockets are used by both NASA and the US military, but it’s been criticized for using Russian-built rocket engines, especially after sanctions were declared earlier this year. ULA said this summer that it had signed contracts with “multiple American companies” to investigate the feasibility of…

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The best iOS 8 features you may not know about

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Apple’s latest iOS update is here, and it’s full of new features. The company has showcased plenty of the changes already: better photo editing, easy-to-send voice messages, a smarter keyboard, fitness tracking, and the list goes on and on. It’s so long, in fact, that we’ve gathered some of iOS 8’s lesser known features here to make sure you don’t miss them as you get familiar with the new software today. Improvements are everywhere, and many of them aren’t immediately obvious. We’ll have a…

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Apple iPad And OS X Event Tipped For October

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ipad-air-hand-2 Apple has just had a splashy September launch event for the iPhone 6, but it is also gearing up for an October event to showcase new iPad and Mac hardware, plus OS X Yosemite. Bloomberg is reporting a “mid-October” launch event timeframe, and AppleInsider echoes those claims, while Daily Dot’s Michah Singleton says that October 21 will be the specific day. We’ve also… Read More

Cornell Engineering and the Maker Pro Catalyst

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Screenshot 2014-09-17 13.30.29From MakerCon in New York, Cornell Systems Engineering faculty member Dr. David R. Schneider talks about developing student makers within their engineering program. He also discusses the success of the Intel-Cornell Cup, a college-level embedded design competition which motivates student makers into becoming professional designers. Filed under: Education

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The world’s ugliest concept car sleeps a whole family

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Concept cars are usually nothing but a giant tease for people with at least a passing interest in automobiles, glimpses of what car manufacturers would be willing to make if they didn’t have to sell one design to hundreds of thousands of people. They’re like your daily school lunch; tantalizing in theory, but ultimately disappointing when the “lasagna” you started drooling over as you got in line ends up looking more like it came off of a bomb shelter supply shelf by the time it’s slopped onto your worn-out plastic tray.

That’s why it’s sort of refreshing that this concept motorhome called the Skydancer Road Yacht (or Skydancer 7.5, for the 7.5 tons it packs in its bulky frame) is so bluntly unattractive. It’s based on a Mercedes…

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Big Health Expands Its Digital Therapy For Sleep Disorders To The iPhone

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Sleepio_MarketingImage_04 Index Ventures-backed UK health startup Big Health has launched its first app, extending its inaugural web product, Sleepio — a cognitive behavioral therapy program for sleep disorder sufferers — onto the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app integrates with Apple’s HealthKit in iOS 8 so it can import sleep data from fitness tracking devices such as the Jawbone UP, giving users a… Read More

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