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Check out the RADIUS iPhone5 Case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s from REIGN23. It was originally and successfully funded through Kickstarter, and I think it's a study in minimalist design intended to protect the corners of your iPhone. It's made of T6061 Aluminum (an alloy with magnesium and silicon) and it's assembled with stainless steel screws. Better yet, it weighs just 5 grams—for those of us in the States, that's 0.20 ounces. It comes in Red & Slate/Black, Gold, Natural/Silver, or Slate/Black, and it's priced at US$69.99. I think it looks sexy as heck, and I might even review it.
LaCie warned its customers on Monday of a credit card breach that lasted almost a year. The company said that unauthorized persons gained access to customer transactions that took place between March 27th, 2013 and March 10th, 2014, and that it was taking its ecommerce service offline while, "we transition to a provider that specializes in secure payment processing services."
The world of Bitcoin mining can be confusing if you're new. You'll need to buy specialized mining gear based on ASICs, but the good news is that there are several entry-level options available, and you can run them from your Mac, a Windows PC, or a Linux box. Bryan Chaffin has the details. [Updated with current pricing information on 4/14/2014]
Famed director David Fincher is out of contention for Sony's Steve Jobs movie due to what the studio called his "ridiculous" demand for US$10 million up front. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony was tense about the fee and his demand of total control over marketing the movie.
I love clever ideas, and the folks at Juiceboxx, Inc. have a dandy one in their self-titled product, Juiceboxx on Kickstarter. This is a plastic enclosure for your MacBook Pro or Air charger that gives it more structure for the thin cable that connects to your laptop. As shown in the image and the video, Juiceboxx forms a tunnel that supports the cable and keeps it from fraying. If you've ever had to replace a charger because it frayed or broke, you'll probably appreciate this idea as much as me. The founders of the company entered and won the Ohio State Business Builders Club with this idea, and they used the prize money to develop the prototypes shown. They'll use Kickstarter funding to put it into production. They're half way to their goal of $25,000, and funding options that get you a Juiceboxx start at $20.
We've gathered 24 different Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads—and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. We started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more bringing the total to 24 different faucets that really pay. We also updated the descriptions for the original sites with additional information.
Bryan Chaffin is a nut for LED lights. They use produce less waste heat than incandescent bulbs and use less power than a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulb, both excellent features in a light source. That's why he was so excited to check out NuGreen, an LED desk lamp from NewerTechnology that uses just 3.6 watts of power.
Apple released iMovie 10.0.3 Thursday, an update that includes several feature improvements, as well as a few bug fixes. The company improved event sorting, added fonts options for titles, made it easier to edit a transition, added cropping and rotating tools, and more.
Apple released a statement Thursday emphasizing that iOS, OS X, and "key services" are not affected by the OpenSSL vulnerability known as Heartbleed. The statement comes as the entire world goes nuts over the vulnerability, which is one of the biggest threats to hit the Internet in years.
What was science fiction a few decades ago could become a reality, if the folks at crowd Energy can do what they say. The company is developing an underwater turbine that generates electricity through the incredible power of ocean currents, and they're looking to fund it through Kickstarter. Called Ocean Energy Turbine, the project is intended to pay for development of a design the company's team of scientists, engineers, and marine biologists have already put together. This is a pure donation Kickstarter—you won't get anything for your money other than knowing you contributed to the development of an alternative form of energy that could dwarf every other form of energy production on the planet, including fossil fuels. The company said that it's using crowd funding in order to eliminate the risk of getting bought and buried. Seems reasonable. The Kickstarter has raised US$16,780 out of an initial goal of $75,000 with 42 days to go.