Survey finds 45% of Americans have had credit cards stolen

Survey finds 45% of Americans have had credit cards stolen

Additional information right on the heels of the news about Staples' hacking reveals that 45% of Americans have experienced their credit card information being stolen. Not their physical card being lost or stolen, but card details being compromised as a result of the growing number of data breaches at various retailers this year. Office supply store Staples has just admitted to hackers making off with data from over 1 million cards, adding them to a list of companies to fall victim to cybercrime, including Target and Home Depot.

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Reddit Notes: users getting 10% equity with kinda-sorta currency

Reddit Notes: users getting 10% equity with kinda-sorta currency

Reddit has just announced an odd initiative that aims to see 10% of the company's shares distributed among users, making true on a promise they made back in September after receiving $50 million in new funding. They're calling it Reddit Notes, and the details are still very slim. The basic idea is that Reddit Notes are to act a kinda-but-not-really form of currency that holds no real world monetary value, but can be used to "tip, donate, or trade" with other users for things of value.

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Apple ups Russia’s App Store prices due to currency troubles

Apple ups Russia’s App Store prices due to currency troubles

Bad news continues for would-be Apple customers and app purchasers in Russia this week. Due to the rapid and ongoing decline of the country's currency, the ruble, Apple earlier had to take down its online store in order to re-adjust prices of computers and mobile devices, and now has raised the prices of apps in the Russian App Store. While the online store still remains unavailable, Apple today began notifying developers of the changes in the App Store's pricing.

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Galaxy S6: new leaked images point to aluminum body

Galaxy S6: new leaked images point to aluminum body

As speculation over the next model of Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphone, one rumor has been getting the most attention: Whether the device will finally move on from using plastic and upgrade to a metal chassis. While there have been several reports already about the Galaxy S6 sporting an aluminum body, several images have been released that could very well be considered the first leaks. In addition, a shipping manifest hints that there could be at least one Galaxy S6 being used for prototype and testing purposes.

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Boeing, BlackBerry working together on self-destructing smartphone

Boeing, BlackBerry working together on self-destructing smartphone

The Boeing Black phone, an Android-based smartphone from the aerospace and defense contracting company, has long been in development, but little heard about in the last 2 years. With many questions raised over the devices main feature, its ability to self-destruct as the ultimate security tool, it seems development may very well be moving forward with a newly announced partnership. Smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry is working with Boeing to provide help with security and encryption via its BES 12 platform.

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Kate Winslet, Michael Stuhlbarg tipped to join Steve Jobs movie

Kate Winslet, Michael Stuhlbarg tipped to join Steve Jobs movie

As work on the Aaron Sorkin-penned biography movie of Steve Jobs continues to move forward, the full line-up of actors continues to shift. With Michael Fassbender only recently confirmed to be starring as Jobs, and Seth Rogen to portray Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, there are still a number of important and supporting roles that are unaccounted for. After recent negotiations, the latest Hollywood buzz is that actress Kate Winslet may be joining the cast, along with actor Michael Stuhlbarg up for considerations.

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Stridalyzer smart insoles show how you run

Stridalyzer smart insoles show how you run

Smart products tailored to runners have been cropping up, including the Bionic Runner bike that combines running and cycling into a single hybrid activity. The latest to surface for the marathons among us are the Stridalyzer smart insoles, something users slip into their running shoes. Data from a running session is sent to a related mobile app, which shows stress points, whether the runner has a potentially harmful foot strike habit, pacing, and more. As a bonus, and despite the integrated sensors, the insoles can also be trimmed up to a full shoe size to ensure they fit.

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iCamPRO home security “robot” is an all-seeing eye

iCamPRO home security “robot” is an all-seeing eye

Amaryllo has introduced its iCamPro FHD, something it says is the first home security robot available. The small round unit features an integrated camera that keeps tabs on one's home or office, monitoring movement, sounds, and more to detect if an intruder is present. The related app is used to communicate with the home owner with picture alerts and more. Last month, the device was bestowed with a 2015 CES Best of Innovations award, and if all goes as planned it'll hit the market next year.

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Netflix adds BoJack Horseman Christmas Special

Netflix adds BoJack Horseman Christmas Special

If you are a fan of BoJack Horseman, Netflix has a special holiday treat for you: the BoJack Horseman Christmas Special. The show is up to stream on Netflix as of now, starring the voices of Alison Brie, Will Arnett, and Aaron Paul. Of course, the show is a lot of things -- cynical, witty, and deadpan, according to Netflix -- but it is certainly is not a saccharine sweet holiday show for the kids, which makes it all the more appealing.

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Duet Display second screen app for iOS and OS X now available

Duet Display second screen app for iOS and OS X now available

Earlier this week we detailed Duet Display, an app that'll turn your iOS device into a second screen for your Mac, giving you an extended display in situations when you need more screen real estate but don't have a monitor around to utilize. The app wasn't available at the time, but it didn't take long for it to drop, and as of now you can grab both the iOS and the Mac varieties, breathing new life into that old iPad.

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