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Bitcoin Could be the Perfect Untraceable Currecy

There are some advantages to Cryptocurrency - including the obvious - you can generate it yourself. Other people like the fact that it is a little more obscure and unregulated. If you are into questionable activity - and perhaps other activity that is legitimate, but don't want the transactions traceable, Bitcoin could soon be your place of refuge. Dark Wallet is being tested where your transactions will be scrambled into segments spread around to make it almost impossible to trace. Instead of an offshore account, you'll simply need to deal with Bitcoins in your Dark Wallet.

Bitcoin works only because every transaction is recorded in a public ledger known as the blockchain, an unforgeable accounting file that’s constantly being replicated and distributed to thousands of computers running bitcoin’s software. The blockchain doesn’t identify who’s spending or receiving bitcoins with real names, only jumbled strings of characters known as bitcoin addresses. In theory, that makes the digital currency as anonymous as cash and as frictionless as PayPal.

Source: Wired

Cortana or Louise?

Microsoft sometimes misses the boat when it comes to product marketing and naming. They've had a few misses - and a few hits, but with their personal digital assistant they nailed it with Cortana. Until shortly before launch, it had a much different name and almost launched as "Louise", while the name is perfectly acceptable for a grandmother, the reality is that it is pretty dated in this day and age. Thankfully Halo fans won out.

The demo is quite old but we had not seen the videos before and though you might enjoy them too, show Louise running on Windows Phone 7. It's quite easy to see the comparisons between Cortana and Louise and shows how far Microsoft has come with its digital assistant.



WIndows Build 9788 Includes Start Menu

It appears that Microsoft may actually be listening to their customers and FINALLY putting an actual Start Menu in their OS for desktop users. Not everyone that uses Windows 8 wants to use - or has a touchscreen and we've been begging for this for years. The image below appears to be legit, and while it does say Windows 8.1 Pro, the rumor is that this is a feature that still won't show up until Windows "Threshold". I really hope that it makes it to a patch here soon. While there are some good Start Button replacements, none are perfect, and this looks great.

Start Menu

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Facebook interns make more money than you

Here is a happy thought for you as you grind through Friday to get to the weekend, high-school interns at Facebook are making an average $6,213 dollars per month. That would average out to $74,556 per year if they worked the entire year. Chances are good that this is a fair bit more than the fast food job you worked during your teens years. NY Daily News has the details over here.

Facebook interns earn more money than the average American worker, it's emerged.

High school students working for the social networking site during their summer vacations can expect to rake in an incredible $6,213 a month, a report has revealed.

This comes to $74,556 a year - an astonishing $21,510 more than the $53,046 pulled in every 12 months by the average U.S. household.

iPhone 6?

Another day, another iPhone rumor. NDTV has some new tidbits of information about the iPhone 6 which still hasn't been announced by Apple but it expected in the near future. This time around it appears like Apple will be offering two sizes, 4.7" and 5.5" screen sizes. If you are patiently waiting for the iPhone 6 then head on over to here for all the details. If you could care less about the iPhone 6, then head on over here to watch kittens yawning on Youtube.

There is a lot of excitement about Apple's next-generation iPhone, expected to be called the iPhone 6, with numerous leaks pouring in recent times. Earlier on Wednesday, of high-quality images surfaced online showing the purported rear shell of the iPhone 6 model.

Now, a new report from China hints that Apple will introduce a new haptic feedback technology in the iPhone 6, which has been long-rumoured to come in two display size variants, 4.7 and 5.5-inch. The 5.5-inch model, based on previous leaks, is expected to be called the iPhone Air.

A Month with "Devil's Canyon"

Intel has had their "Devil's Canyon" Haswell refresh processors in the hands of reviewers and consumers for about a month now and there are some great reviews from around the web that will tell you everything you need to know about what to expect if you want to spend a bit of money on an upgrade. Check out a list of the reviews from our affiliates below.

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NVIDIA Shield as Desktop Replacement

The NVIDIA Shield was the first product to retail with NVIDIA's Tegra 4 processor and it was a large step up over the Tegra 3 processor. The Tegra 3 processor powered the original Nexus 7 as well as the original Microsoft Surface Tablet - and the later worked as a full-on PC with Windows RT. In theory, the Shield is powerful enough to replace a desktop, but when running Android and with limited connectivity options, my guess is that it will suffer. Still, someone had to try. Check it out below.

With so many productivity applications now available for mobile devices, there are virtually no reasons you cannot complete most of the tasks you normally would from your desktop PC. Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Dropbox, a multitude of web browsers, multimedia applications and many more. This is helped further by the powerful internal components of the Sheild, most importantly being the Tegra 4 quad-core processors and 2GB of ram.

Source: eTeknix

Friday Peripheral Pile

As we keep on trucking through the news bucket from our great affiliates, we have a whole pile of peripherals just waiting to be checked out and enjoyed.


CoolerMaster Devastator Mouse & Keyboard - eTeknix

The Microsoft Manifesto

Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, has sent out a "manifesto" to Microsoft's employees giving them some direction on the way he is trying to take Microsoft. A couple of his points are different than what Steve Ballmer was trying to accomplish, but due to the lack of success that Microsoft has had in the past couple years it's not too surprising that they are trying to make some adjustments. Business Insider has the full "manifesto" over here.

Nothing is off the table in how we think about shifting our culture ... Organizations will change. Mergers and acquisitions will occur. Job responsibilities will evolve. New partnerships will be formed. Tired traditions will be questioned. Our priorities will be adjusted. New skills will be built. New ideas will be heard. New hires will be made. Processes will be simplified. And if you want to thrive at Microsoft and make a world impact, you and your team must add numerous more changes to this list that you will be enthusiastic about driving. 

Freedom from the rectangular world

Portrait or landscape mode? Who cares says BlackBerry with their new Passport phone which is breaking away from the traditional rectangular screens that pretty much every smartphone on the market currently has. At first glance most people will probably scratch their heads when they see the BlackBerry Passport with it's 4.5 inch 1440x1440 square screen but BlackBerry is proclaiming it the screen will be the "Imax of productivity" thanks to you not having to flip back and forth between portrait and landscape modes and the fact that it also has a physical keyboard. ArsTechnica takes a closer look over here.

Most smartphones produced in 2014 will follow a certain design playbook: rectangular screen, a few buttons around the edges, and just enough thickness to house the internals and the requisite battery. One could argue that this is the idealized design for a touchscreen phone, arrived at after years of research and development and even more years of booming sales. BlackBerry would argue that all phones look like this because innovation is dead.

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