Chinese banks cannot trade in Bitcoins, the digital currency that doesn't recognize international boundaries, China's top regulators said Thursday.
The exchange rate of Bitcoin, the digital currency whose value has sharply risen this year, took a hit following a government ban. Chinese citizens are not forbidden from using the currency.
December 4, 2013 Smartphones and the Internet have made it easier than ever for people to share photos of their friends, family, pets and children. But sharing personal photos raises technological and ethical questions. Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal recently became a father and has some tips for navigating the world of online photo sharing.
December 4, 2013 If your computer is infected with a virus or other forms of malware, disconnecting the machine from the Internet is one of the first steps security experts say you should take. But someday, even physically separating your laptop from a network may not be enough to protect it from cyber evildoers.
December 3, 2013 AM radio was what folks used to gather around to listen to soap operas, big bands and live drama. Later, it's where baby boomers heard the Beatles. Now, it's largely the province of news and talk — and often hard to hear because of interference. The FCC is proposing some changes it hopes will make the AM band relevant again.
December 3, 2013 The space agency has announced plans to grow turnips, basil and cress on the moon by 2015. The experiment could be good news for astronauts sick of their freeze-dried fare. But researchers say the real goal is to see if humans could one day live — and farm — on the moon.
December 3, 2013 The Swapper, a sci-fi puzzle video game, has you, and your clones, trying to find out what happened to a derelict space station. You start seeing those clones as more than just drones. Are they me? Are they alive? What happens when they disappear? Or when they die?
December 2, 2013 Since the rollout of HealthCare.gov, many have wondered whether a private company could have avoided the federal site's many pitfalls. Oregon took that route, hiring Silicon Valley titan Oracle to create its state insurance exchange. But two months after its scheduled launch, the website is still not working.
December 2, 2013 David Risher, who helped Amazon become an online retail behemoth, has set his sights on a new frontier: global literacy. Using e-readers and cellphone apps, Risher's nonprofit, Worldreader, brings books to students in literature-starved communities.
December 2, 2013 The online giant says it someday may fly small packages right to customers' homes. That's got many worrying about the potential dangers. So, does this sound like a good or a bad idea?
December 2, 2013 A computer game wants you to help survey the world's cropland. The hope is that the map will be used by organizations around the globe that are working with farmers to manage their crops better and get more out of each harvest.