Show Notes, March 10th, 2014

Rose Regina and I talk about the sadness of sitting on your laptop.
Everything You Need to Know About the New Privacy-Focused Smartphones A new generation of privacy-focused smartphones hit the scene at Mobile World Congress (MWC) last month. On the surface, they’re all pretty exciting, but do you really need one of them to keep your data safe from prying eyes? Here’s what you need to know. For starters, all of these new phones show us that there’s real interest in phones that protect user privacy, encrypt their data, protect them
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Have to Pee? Airpnp Lets You Rent a Bathroom — Design News Airpnp was dreamt up by Max Gaudin during last year’s Mardi Gras, and now the app that lets you rent a bathroom is gaining popularity. People list their bathrooms as available, most for small nominal fees. With 300 toilets currently listed, including warning listings for loos that are best avoided. READ MORE »
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Game Maven Teaches You How to Code While Making Games There’s no dearth of resources for learning to code these days. Add to your collection Game Maven, which walks you through through, step-by-step, writing the code for three casual games (in the spirit of Asteroids, Angry Birds, and Mario Bros). Like similar tutorials, Game Maven shows the code on one side of the screen and the objects on the other side, so you can see right away how your code aff
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The Pocket Drone: A Kickstarter Success Story How do you create the most successful crowdfunded drone campaign ever? Ask the maker, Pocket Drone’s T.J. Johnson.Read more on MAKE
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Cyberpunk retrofest at SXSW: Saturday night! Jon Lebkowsky writes, “EFF and EFF-Austin, working with the amazing Maggie Duval, put together this celebration of the 90s Internet and cyberpunk memes. On stage: Gareth Branwyn, Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow, William Barker (Schwa), Chris Nakashima-Brown, Aaron Jue from EFF, and yours truly. Thomas Fang is DJ, and Jasmina Tesanovic will sing her Hacker Hymn. We’ll have a cyberpunk scifi g
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Why DRM’ed coffee-pods may be just the awful stupidity we need I’ve been thinking about the news that Keurig has added “DRM” to its pod coffee-makers since the story first started doing the rounds a couple of days ago. I’ve come to the conclusion that while the errand is a foolish one, and the company deserves nothing but contempt for such an anti-competitive move, that there might be a silver lining to this cloud. As I’ve written recently, there’
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Meet the “creator” of Bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto, 64, is apparently the San Bernardino man who first developed Bitcoin, the popular cryptocurrency and drama machine. He is bemused, and generally unimpressed. Leah McGrath Goodman found him. But a two-month investigation and interviews with those closest to Nakamoto and the developers who worked most frequently with him on the out-of-nowhere global phenomenon that is Bitcoin revea
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Police Say No Foul Play In Death of Bitcoin Exchange CEO Autumn Radtke An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt: “The CEO of a virtual-currency exchange was found dead near her home in Singapore. A police spokesman said Thursday that initial investigations indicated there was no suspicion of ‘foul play’ in the Feb. 26 death, meaning officers do not suspect murder. The spokesman said police found 28-year-old Autumn Radtke, an American, lying motionless near t
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The Bitcoin drama continues: another exchange shuts down, while Overstock reports over $1 million in Bitcoin sales It’s been one big roller coaster ride for Bitcoin these past few weeks, with the Mt. Gox exchange shutting down and filing for bankruptcy following a large-scale hack, not to mention questions about the legality of the virtual currency. Just a week…

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