Iran bans banks from trading cryptocurrencies

Iran is borrowing a page from China when it comes to regulating money: if your real-world currency is in trouble, crack down on the virtual kind. The country’s central bank has banned other banks and financial institutions from buying, selling or pr…

Mt. Gox chief returns as an exec at a VPN giant

Former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles may still be on trial for embezzlement in Japan, but that isn’t stopping him from playing an influential role in the cryptocurrency world. As part of an interview with Fortune, the one-time bitcoin exchange leader ha…

Amazon, Netflix and studios sue subscription service over piracy

Hollywood studios usually fight piracy by chasing after software add-ons and free streaming services, with the occasional device thrown in. A paid service, however? That’s relatively rare… or at least, it has been. Amazon, Netflix and multiple H…

It’s now safe to skin your Nintendo Switch

When it became clear that vinyl wraps and other stickers were damaging the Switch, you could practically hear the wailing from console customizers everywhere. How were you supposed to add a personal touch to Nintendo’s machine without giving it a pe…

US military hopes to launch rockets in ‘days, not years’

Even in the era of private spaceflight companies, the process of getting a rocket into space is glacially slow: it can take months or years to schedule and prepare for a mission. That was fine when launching any rocket was a special occasion,…

BMW releases a teaser for the iX3, its first all-electric SUV

BMW announced back in March that it’s debuting a concept version of the iX3 at Auto China 2018 in Beijing. It’s the automaker’s first all-electric SUV, and it’s also the first EV it’s launching since it started producing the i3 back in 2013. Now, the…

We’re closer to China’s disturbing ‘Social Credit System’ than you realize

China’s new Social Credit System offers a dystopian look at the future of online tracking. But don’t think that the same thing isn’t happening a bit closer to home. Here’s the reason why.

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Google Arts & Culture explores remote world heritage sites in virtual reality

Using high-resolution cameras and 3D imaging, Google has opened up world heritage sites around the world for exploration to anyone with a virtual reality headset. The data is also being used to restore ancient artifacts.

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VW’s electric Pikes Peak racer accelerates faster than an F1 car

After months of promises and teases, VW has formally unveiled its electric Pikes Peak race car… and its performance might be surprising even in light of earlier hype. The I.D. R Pikes Peak is built to smash Pikes Peak’s EV record of 8 minutes and 5…