CEO of Mt. Gox doesn’t want the leftover billion dollars worth of BTC

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Four years ago Mark Karpeles became one of the most controversial figures in the fledgling cryptocurrency space after his exchange, Mt. Gox, abruptly went down along with 850,000 Bitcoin. Now the controversial Mt. Gox CEO is back to apologize for his mistakes. In a Reddit AMA session, Karpeles took a moment to address some of the criticism aimed at him and the way he handled the Mt. Gox bankruptcy. Here are some of the more interesting things he had to say: I did my best trying to grow the ecosystem by running the biggest exchange at the time. It had…

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This tough, $700 phone is meant for first responders, but you can buy it if you want

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I have a soft spot for ultra-rugged devices. Sure, they may not always be the best phones out there when it comes to things like cameras or razor-sharp displays, but they’re a fascinating example of what happens when you take a multipurpose device like a smartphone and turn it into a gadget that’s designed for just one thing. In this case, that’s sheer and almost ridiculously overengineered ruggedness. Joining the ring as a new contender for the toughest phone yet is the Sonim XP8, which recently went on sale at AT&T, via Android Police.

As an Android phone, there’s not much to see here. It still runs Android Nougat, instead of the newer Oreo, and internally, there’s a Snapdragon 630 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (which can be…

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Pruitt’s EPA Will Give Automakers What They Want: Fewer Emissions Rules

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Thanks (for trying), Obama.

The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) is moving forward with plans to roll back the former president’s emissions standards for automobiles.

Back in 2010, the Obama administration altered the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, requiring automakers to meet a minimum fuel standard of 54.5 miles per gallon for vehicles by 2025.

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According to the E.P.A.’s own projections, passenger vehicles in model years 2012 through 2025 that meet these emissions standards would decrease the country’s oil consumption by 12 billion barrels, and its greenhouse gas emissions by 6 billion metric tons over the vehicles’ lifetimes.

But with a new administration in charge, it’s likely those goals won’t be met.

This week, an E.P.A. spokesperson confirmed that the agency’s head, Scott Pruitt, has sent the White House a draft of a 16-page plan to revisit those standards. Two sources familiar with the matter told The New York Times the plan could “substantially roll back the Obama-era standards.”

“The proposed rollback is going to be quite a significant number,” Myron Ebell, director of global warming and international environmental policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Times. “It will be more than a couple [miles per gallon].”

Automakers have been eager to lower the CAFE standards, which they deem expensive and difficult to attain. And the president and his administration have seemed just as eager to acquiesce. “My administration will work tirelessly to eliminate the industry-killing regulations,” Trump told autoworkers during a speech in March 2017.

Now that Pruitt has delivered a plan, Trump’s one step closer to keeping that promise, and it has environmental experts concerned.

“This is certainly a big deal,” Robert Stavins, director of Harvard’s environmental economics program, told The Times. “The result will be more gas-guzzling vehicles on the road, greater total gasoline consumption, and a significant increase in carbon dioxide emissions.”

We should know the specifics of Pruitt’s plan for revising emissions standards later this year, according to The Times’s sources.

Whether the administration simply rolls back standards to those in place prior to the Obama administration or goes even further is unknown. Either way, our environment will surely suffer.

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Do you want a new Palm phone running Android?

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Palm Pre

Way, way back in 2009 we were all left to the mercy of Palm and Sprint, as the two companies worked together to launch the Palm Pre into the wild. What looked like just “another slider phone” quickly turned into something much more, and webOS became one of the best mobile operating systems on the market. We’d see devices like the Pre 2 and the Pixi find their way out the door later, and, if you’re anything like me, that Pixi smartphone surprised you quite a bit.

webOS is one of those things from the past that I wish would make a huge comeback. Just surprise everyone with not only a stable, super user-friendly user interface, but also plenty of developer support for its burgeoning app store. The latter would probably be impossible these days (just look at Windows 10 Mobile), but the former seems like it could be possible.

Will it happen? Probably not. But I can’t help but start wishing when I hear that TCL is going to launch a Palm-branded smartphone later this year.

That news arrived earlier tonight, and I was a little bummed to see that there wasn’t much in the way of details at the time. There still isn’t: we don’t know what this phone will look like, what it might feature, and what operating system it’s going to be running. But of course the likely bet –the safest bet– is that the new Palm phone is going to be running Android.

I am oddly still excited to see Palm resurrected into the smartphone market, even if we’ll ultimately see “just another Android phone”. But I’ve got hope that the new Palm smartphone will be something worthwhile, even if we’re just looking at newer BlackBerry-branded smartphones. TCL has been doing some solid work there, so I’m hoping we see the same thing with the Palm brand.

But, all that being said, I have to ask: do you want a Palm smartphone? By now I imagine most of you have picked your favorite smartphones manufacturer(s), and while Palm is definitely a recognizable brand for some of us, it might not be for everyone. Getting someone to replace their Samsung smartphone for a Palm device would take some legendary marketing and hardware specs, I think.

In an unrealistic vision of the future, I’d throw money at my computer screen if TCL announced a new Palm smartphone with an updated version of webOS on board, with all the necessary apps ready to go right out of the gate. But, while I’m still excited to see which hardware design comes to light later this year, I can’t help but be a bit skeptical if a new Palm phone is going to make any impact at all.

What do you think? Do you think TCL will launch a high-end flagship smartphone with the Palm brand? Or will we see a mid-range, or even an entry-level smartphone launched into the market? Are you excited for a Palm phone running Android? What design do you want to see: Pre or Pixi? Let me know! – Latest videos, reviews, articles, news and posts

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Tim Cook and Leading Tech Bosses Want Tighter Facebook Regulation

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Apple boss Tim Cook has joined calls from some of the technology industry’s most powerful executives for Facebook to be slapped with tighter regulations, according to Reuters. Last week, it emerged that British market research firm Cambridge Analytica had harvested the personal information of more than 50 million users to influence major political campaigns. It […]
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Every amiibo you want for Hyrule Warriors on Nintendo Switch

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Looking for an edge in Hyrule Warriors? Do it with amiibo!.

On May 18 the Nintendo Switch will welcome the release of Hyrule Warriors: Definitive edition. If you want to know more about how it compares to Breath of the Wild you can go check out this article. One of the great little additions to previous editions of Hyrule Warriors was the ability to use amiibo to receive cool little in-game items. If you want to start putting together amiibo to use with the Switch release, then here is a great way to start.

Need a spinning weapon?

With all of the following characters, you will receive an in-game spinner weapon.

Three star weapons

The following characters will grant you a weapon that is three stars or higher, twice a day.

All other amiibo will grant you a Rupee bonus, a crafting material bonus, or a weapon ranked three stars or lower.

When you’re hacking and slashing your way to victory in Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition on your Nintendo Switch, you are going to want all the help you can get. The addition of amiibo can offer you that extra edge you may be looking for. Get ready to tap and hack and slash on May 18, 2018. You can pre-order Hyrule Warriors at Amazon for $ 60

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Are you going to be using amiibo with Hyrule Warriors on your Switch? Let us know which ones you’re going to be picking up or which ones you already have!

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iOS 12 Wishlist: 10 Features We Want in FaceTime and Messages Apps

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We’re just two months away from WWDC 2018. On June 4, Apple will introduce new versions of the software that powers its gadgets for 2018. On that day, beta software enthusiasts and developers can start using iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5 and tvOS 12, all of which will be released to the general population by September (alongside new iPhones). Continue reading
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A posture trainer works, if you want it to

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In our line of work, everywhere is an office. Particularly at trade shows and other big events, you can find Engadget editors writing stories in hotel lobbies, the back of cabs or anywhere there's a power outlet. I'm no more consistent at home. Somet…
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HomePod Diary: I want another one for sure, maybe two more

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I wrote last time that one of the tests of truly useful technology is how quickly it stops feeling like a luxury and starts feeling like something you wouldn’t want to live without.

For me, streaming music started out as a luxury – something I used to supplement my own collection of music – and has turned into my primary music source. Not just because it gives me access to music that would otherwise have cost me a fortune, but also because For You playlists have introduced me to more new artists than I could count.

I’m finding that HomePod is moving rather rapidly into the same category: a gadget I wouldn’t want to be without.

A month on, I can report that HomePod has definitely completed that transition …



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