“True Detective” finale crashes HBO Go – David Gilinsky

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    Some “True Detective” fans hoping to watch the season finale on HBO’s streaming service were left hanging Sunday as the site experienced technical problems.

    Instead of watching the show on HBO Go, some viewers were left looking at a stalled loading screen. Frustrated viewers took to Twitter to complain about delays and being unable to access the show.

    One user tweeted, “My HBO Go is just a spinning wheel of non-loading hopelessness and despair.” Another wrote, “SOS: @HBO Go is not working. This is anything but okay. Someone give me answers.”

    Those watching on television appeared to have no technical issues, and some even tweeted reactions to the finale.

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    HBO Go, in a tweet on Sunday night, said: “Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we’ve been made aware…

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    Fingerprint security convenient, but not flawless- David Gilinsky

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    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it’s alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal.

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    The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their phones. But fingerprint security isn’t foolproof.

    Here’s what to know as you consider whether to place your trust in it:

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    How does it work?

    The S5 has a sensor on the home button, just like Apple’s iPhone 5s. On the S5, you train the phone…

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    Winklevoss twins plan space trip, funded by Bitcoin- David Gilinsky

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    The Winklevoss twins are going to space and paying for it with Bitcoins.

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    If space travel and virtual currency don’t take off, it won’t be because the Winklevoss twins didn’t try.

    The brothers, known for their legal battle over the creation of Facebook (FB, Fortune 500), are going to space and paying for it with Bitcoins. Take that, Mark Zuckerberg.

    The twins bought tickets, valued at $250,000 each, for a ride to space with Virgin Galactic. That’s about 375 Bitcoins, at Wednesday’s price.

    They think of their purchase “as seed capital” supporting new technologies they have high hopes for.

    Related: Winklevoss twins launch the bitcoin ‘Winkdex’

    Tyler Winklevoss suggested Wednesday in a blog post that Virgin Galactic “may forever change the way we travel” and that Bitcoin “may forever change the way we transact.”

    Efforts to get direct comment from the Winklevosses were not…

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    Confessions of a disgraced crowdfunder – David Gilinsky

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    Two years ago Savannah Peterson worked as the head of marketing for a design firm in Silicon Valley. She was introduced to a company making a newfangled photo device. The gadget, called Instacube, streamed Instagram’s feeds onto a physical, sleek-looking frame-like object. Impressed, she signed on to head the crowdfunding campaign, although she’d never run one before.

    Instacube launched a Kickstarter campaign in August of 2012 with the promise of a March 2013 ship date. The Internet fell in love with Instacube, and the device raised nearly three times what it sought. Cut to March of 2014 and not one Instacube has been shipped. Today, at a one-on-one interview at South by Southwest, Peterson told her story.

    The conversation, facilitated by Tom Miale, founder and CEO of TV viewing startup Funnler.tv, was presented mostly as a chronological rundown of what transpired. After meeting the company behind the product…

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    Apple’s CarPlay draws safety criticism- David Gilinsky

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    Apple’s new “CarPlay” system, which allows drivers to use iPhones behind the wheel, is raising concerns among auto safety experts.

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    Apple is making it easier than ever to use your iPhone in the car. Some auto safety experts think that’s not such a good idea.

    The tech giant’s new “CarPlay” system allows drivers to make hands-free calls, dictate text messages, and access a number of other iPhone functions; in other words, a lot of potential distractions.

    “We’re very, very concerned about it,” said David Teater, senior director at the nonprofit National Safety Council. “The auto industry and the consumer electronics industry are really in an arms race to see how we can enable drivers to do stuff other than driving.”

    Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) unveiled the system at the Geneva Auto Show this week, and the first CarPlay-equipped vehicles will debut later…

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    Boeing to sell phone that can self-destruct- David Gilinsky

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    This new secure phone for government agencies and defense contractors will self-destruct if it’s tampered with.

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    It’s the smartphone every “Mission Impossible” fan would love to have.

    Boeing (BA, Fortune 500) is set to debut a new secure phone for government agencies and defense contractors that will self-destruct if it’s tampered with. It just won’t be won’t be quite as dramatic as the old television show. There won’t be any smoke or explosions, but the contents of the device will be completely erased.

    “Any attempt to break open the casing of the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable,” explained a company filing with the Federal Communications Commission, posted on the FCC’s Web site Wednesday.

    The company is giving few details about the phone, which will be called “Boeing Black.” Pricing and an exact release date have yet to be disclosed, though it is expected to be out by this summer. But it won’t be available your local Verizon (VZ, Fortune 500) or AT&T (T, Fortune 500)storefront.

    “It’s geared towards defense and security customers. It’s not aimed at the consumer,” said Boeing spokeswoman Rebecca Yeamans. The phone will use Google’s (GOOG, Fortune 500) Android operating system, but calls and stored data will be encrypted.

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    Yeamans said the security measure would use a combination of software and hardware on the phone.

    While Boeing Black will be the company’s first foray into cell phones, the company has a long-established history of providing secured communications, according to Yeamans.

    “It seems like a new endeavor for Boeing but for a long time we’ve been in business of connecting our customers and providing trusted communications to them,” she said.

    Mobile apps overtake PC Internet usage in U.S.- David Gilinsky

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    Americans used smartphone and tablet apps more than PCs to access the Internet last month — the first time that has ever happened.

    Mobile devices accounted for 55% of Internet usage in the United States in January. Apps made up 47% of Internet traffic and 8% of traffic came from mobile browsers, according to data from comScore, cited Thursday by research firm Enders Analysis. PCs clocked in at 45%.

    Although total Internet usage on mobile devices has previously exceeded that on PCs, this is the first time it’s happened for app usage alone.

    The shift follows a freefall in PC sales, which suffered their worst decline in history last year.

    Smartphone adoption, meanwhile, increased 39%, acording to research firm IDC. This trend will likely continue thanks to improved user experience on mobile apps and the expansion of high-speed 4G access, said Andrew Lipsman, vice president of marketing and insights atcomScore (SCOR).

    As of January, 55% of American adults had smartphones, while 42% owned tablets,according to the Pew Research Center.