Why the Future of Bitcoin Depends on the Silk Road Trial

Over the weekend, Ross Ulbricht's lawyer, Joshua Dratel, filed a motion asking the court to dismiss all charges against the Silk Road kingpin. It's largely what you'd expect from a bullish defense attorney. But here's the twist: Dratel throws bitcoin under the bus. » 4/01/14 6:14pm 4/01/14 6:14pm

How much money would it cost to be Captain America?

Want to be an All-American superhero with a heart of gold? You only need a little over 54 million bucks, a time traveling device to send you back to the 1940s, a good vibranium source and a healthy budget for food. Movieclips Trailers analyzed the total cost of being Captain America and after accounting for inflation… » 3/26/14 8:00pm 3/26/14 8:00pm

Visa Is Experimenting With Biometric Payment Systems

Apple's iPhone 5S has a fingerprint scanner, and now Samsung's revealed a print-reading Galaxy S5. Each allows for payments to be verified using a swipe of your digits. Is this the possible future of all transactions? Perhaps, and Visa is now exploring the area too to ensure it will be ready for the possible… » 2/25/14 6:30am 2/25/14 6:30am

​The Multi-Billion-Dollar Deals Transforming Tech, Visualized

Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp was very, very, very, (very) large. But it's also just the latest in a string of mega-buyouts that's been reshaping the tech landscape over the last three years or so. We thought we'd try to put all these billion-dollar acquisitions into perspective. » 2/21/14 10:00am 2/21/14 10:00am

Stop Carrying Credit Cards With This Fob That Can Fake Them

George Costanza would love the Loop: it's a tiny device that stores all of your credit card information, lets you pay at any terminal, and guarantees you'll never live with the threat of your wallet exploding again. And you can buy it right now. » 2/19/14 11:40am 2/19/14 11:40am

How to Make the World’s Most Expensive Cup of Coffee

According to a 2013 survey, over eighty three percent of Americans drink coffee in the morning and the average citizen drinks multiple cups per day. Between the dark brew, the flavored lattes, the frozen caffeinated treats, and the whirling gadgets, coffee is now a thirty billion dollar industry. Coffee is big business … » 1/27/14 8:15am 1/27/14 8:15am

Your Tight Pants Almost Ruined Paper Money

For over a century, every last bit of paper money that's circulated around the United States has come from just one single supplier, Crane & Co. But as The Washington Post found out, that century of loyalty was almost for naught when the 90s came along and brought with it a new menace to American currency; Crane had to… » 12/16/13 5:20pm 12/16/13 5:20pm

Terrifying Facts About the World's Deepest Gold Mine

Oh, the things humans will do to get their grubby hands on gold—a metal mostly prized for its ornamental use, hoarded in bank vaults and jewelry boxes, though we've arbitrarily decided it's worth, uh, its weight in gold.* The deepest gold mine in the world is Mponeng, a 2.5-mile hole in the ground in South Africa. A… » 12/16/13 3:20pm 12/16/13 3:20pm

Holy wow, you can actually swim like Scrooge McDuck in this bank vault

People of Earth, dreamers of the universe and possible alien organisms of the beyond: you can swim like Scrooge McDuck in a Swiss bank vault in real life. Like, literally swim in money. This is incredible. A bank safe swimming pool filled with 8 million Swiss coins is being auctioned off to the highest bidder who wants … » 12/11/13 8:11pm 12/11/13 8:11pm

Bitcoin Mining Is Getting Out of Control

Bitcoins are digital currency that can be mined by computers solving mathematical puzzles. Over the years, they've shot up in value. They might make you rich! Maybe not! It's a Bitcoin rush, and the mining operations are getting large, complex, and bonkers. » 11/26/13 7:15am 11/26/13 7:15am