Online payments halted in Greece, citizens eye Bitcoin to protect savings

Online payments using local debit and credit cards have been halted in Greece, including use on iTunes and Amazon. During financial turmoil, there is evidence citizens may turn to Bitcoin to protect investments.

Web

New Shazam feature lets you see what tracks big-name artists are tagging

“The biggest artists in the world are also the biggest fans," so says Shazam's Daniel Danker. With that in mind, the music ID app now includes a new feature that lets you see precisely which tracks those artists are Shazaming.

Mobile

Uber picks up part of Bing and 100 Microsoft employees to bolster its mapping technology

In a move to help it further build out its in-house mapping technology, Uber has acquired a part of the technology behind Microsoft's Bing Maps service. The deal also sees around 100 Bing engineers move to Uber, both companies confirmed.

Mobile

The list of ‘American-Made’ vehicles is shrinking rapidly, study says

Cars.com has released its 2015 American-Made Index, which rates cars based on their amount of domestic content. The Toyota Camry took the first spot, with the Toyota Sienna, Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Odyssey, and GMC Acadia rounding out the top five.

Cars

Red Bull Racing might take its track expertise on the road and develop its own street car

Red Bull Racing’s team principal has reportedly said that developing a Red Bull road car remains a possibility. The racing team has developed technology for Infiniti, but might enter the road car market with a different technical partner.

Cars

NBC to Donald Trump: You’re fired.

NBC has cut ties with Donald Trump following his derogatory comments on Mexican immigrants. The network has announced that it will not air the Miss USA and Miss Universe, and Celebrity Apprentice will continue airing without Trump.

Movies & TV

The world will get a ‘leap second’ on Tuesday to keep clocks on track

The world runs on different standards of time, and the main standards don't always agree with each other. To reconcile this discrepancy, timekeepers occasionally add a "leap second" to our clocks -- which often causes big problems for computers.

Cool Tech

Star Fox Zero barrel rolls back to 1997, and your inner child will love it

Star Fox Zero is a long-awaited return to Star Fox 64, but is it a true successor or a nostalgic rehash?

  • Pros: Loving recreation of nostalgic gameplay , Interesting new…
  • Cons: Controls have an awkward learning curve , Using the gamepad…

Play as Harley Quinn, Nightwing, and more in Batman: Arkham Knight’s playable characters PC mod

Batman: Arkham Knight has had a rough launch on PC, but once the game is stable fans have this great playable characters mod to look forward to, allowing them to play as characters like Harley Quinn, Red Hood, and Robin.

Gaming

This brick-laying robot can built an entire house in 2 days flat

An Australian engineer has developed a bricklaying robot that can lay 1,000 bricks an hour, work 24/7 and complete the shell of a brick home in just two days. Think of it as 3D printing on a grand scale.

Home

New ‘FitBit for cows’ tracks livestock health, lets farmers know when cows are sick

Quantified Ag took the tech you'd find in a FitBit and put it in a wearable for cows. The sensors pick up movement and body temp, so ranchers can more easily tell which cows are getting sick.

Cool Tech

Microsoft Edge gets some much-needed love in Windows 10 Build 10158

The Edge browser gets some much needed upgrades, Cortana gets a makeover, and UI improvements continue in Build 10158, which is available for download immediately.

Computing

The smallest inflatable flotation device in the world fits on your wrist

Kingii fits around the wrist and inflates at the pull of a lever using a a compressed air canister. When the danger's passed, you can deflate, repack, and install another cartridge, so the Kingii can be used again. Can it compete with standard life vests?

Health & Fitness