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Who wants to start a Kickstarter for a more secure Kickstarter? Account data hacked

Crowd-funding site Kickstarter is the latest high-profile Internet property to call on users to reset their passwords, after announcing that an attacker had made off with their account records. However, the site is at pains to emphasise that attackers won't have access to credit card data. In this announcement, the company's …

Kickstarter unplugs iFind miracle battery-free locator

Kickstarter has pulled the plug on the campaign to raise funds for the iFind - described as "The World's First Battery Free Item Locating Tag". iFind's creators WeTag had raised a cool $546,852 from 9,771 backers when Kickstarter suspended funding yesterday. Critics of the project raised serious doubts about its viability, …
Lester Haines, 27 Jun 2014

Kickstarter tin-rattlers offer reboot of '80s Integrated Space Plan megagraphic

Those readers with a large blank wall space and a penchant for enormous flow charts outlining mankind's future beyond the surly bonds of Earth should nip down to Kickstarter where for a mere $25 you can secure yourself an updated Integrated Space Plan (ISP). The original ISP was an impressive piece of work made back in the …
Lester Haines, 22 Jul 2014

iFind: Critics slam Kickstarter campaign for miraculous battery-free phone finder

As the old saying goes: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It remains to be seen if that adage applies to iFind - hailed as "The World's First Battery Free Item Locating Tag". As of Monday morning, iFind - the brainchild of "WeTag" - had attracted over $500,000 of funding on Kickstarter, thanks to the support of …
Lester Haines, 24 Jun 2014
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Kickstarter cup-rattling, light-dimming Internet of Stuff upstart takes on Sonos, Bose

Kickstarter-funded Musaic hopes to outsmart Sonos and beat Bose with speakers that play higher fidelity music across normal Wi-Fi, support Bluetooth and integrate with home automation lighting and security products. Wi-Fi is becoming the smart home network. Sonos, the streaming speaker king, takes advantage of that but …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2014

Speaking in Tech: Smash that Kickstarter piggy bank and MAKE IT RAIN

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another recap of the week in tech at El Reg's coolest (and only) podcast. Join your your hosts, Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and - fresh from Austin nerdfest SXSW - Sarah Vela for everything you need to know about the business of tech. This week, the whole gang is …
Team Register, 20 Mar 2013
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Kickstarter project says open source can blast Death Star costs

Barack Obama's deluded decision to deny a petition asking the USA to build a Death Star has been challenged by the wisdom of the crowd, in the form of a Kickstarter project seeking £543 quadrillion ($US850qn) to design and build the planet-destroying artificial moonlet. $US850qn is the price tag for a Death Star mentioned in the …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2013
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Patent suit targets Formlabs and Kickstarter

As the world turns increasingly into one in which nobody can do anything without being sued by someone, 3D Systems is suing Formlabs and Kickstarter over alleged patent infringement covering 3D printing. Formlabs had pimped its project on Kickstarter, raising nearly $US3 million towards its aim of developing a low-cost 3D …
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Kickstarter kindly allows Brits to channel 95% of their money through it

Crowdfunding website Kickstarter started taking money for UK projects today - along with a five per cent slice of the action for itself. The site, which lets users pledge money for products, movies, albums and other projects that can't or don't want to get bank funding, has been running just in the US until now. In return for …
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Classic game 'Elite' returns … on Kickstarter

Elite, the classic BBC Micro game immortalised as winner of Reg Hardware's Antique Code Show All-time Classic Award, has returned as a Kickstarter project. David Braben, one of the developers of the original game and founder of Frontier Developments, writes on the game's Kickstarter page that the next instalment of the game, “ …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2012
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What's that PARASITE wriggling inside my browser?

The group that last year demonstrated open source software to simulate a nematode has gone on Kickstarter to try and accelerate its OpenWorm project. As noted by The Register last May, the nematode is a good subject for simulation, being one of the world's least complex creatures. At that time, the project had got as far as …
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Wannabe Startup CEOs Hate This Guy: Potato Salad man and the $60k

The future of startups is the chopping board, not the computer keyboard. In fact, there's one weird trick that if properly platform-ized could net a canny startup a mouthful of cash. Interested? [This better be good - Ed] That secret to startup liquidity, which The Register is able to reveal to you, dear reader, today, lies not …
Jack Clark, 07 Jul 2014
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ROBOCOP statue, Minecraft film, revived Sinclair ZX Spectrum...

Crowd-funding broker Kickstarter has surpassed the $1bn mark for funding on its projects, which include a RoboCop which just stands there in the cash-strapped Michigan city of Detroit and a calendar featuring cats dressed up as magical creatures. The company on Monday said that its projects have amassed more than billion dollars …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Mar 2014

VIDEO SELFIE DRONE: 'AirDog' UAV follows you everywhere you go

A Kickstarter campaign to take the art of sports videography to new heights with the stalking "AirDog" quadchopper has thundered past its funding target. Described as "the world's first auto-follow action sports drone", the AirDog will lift a GoPro and then chase its owner wherever he or she runs with a programmable tracker. …
Lester Haines, 20 Jun 2014

Going up: Fancy a virtual flight to 30km above the PLANET?

Those of you who've always fancied a trip to 30km above the Earth's surface, but have neither the money nor a pair of cojones the size of a plucky Playmonaut's, are directed to this interesting KickStarter campaign in support of a "Virtual Ride to Space". Dr Aaron Knoll - a "lecturer in the field of plasma propulsion" at …
Lester Haines, 07 Jul 2014

Bloke rattles tin for giant 3D two-headed beast

We suspect that the Kickstarter-funded 3D printer bubble is fast approaching burst point, as hopefuls queue up to rattle their tins and get their necks in the DIY-extruded trough. It's a tough market. California outfit TJIKO Labs recently failed to raise the $35k it needed to get a snap-together printer into production, so it'll …
Lester Haines, 06 Mar 2014

Reg reader rattles tin for GoPro camera 'Stubilizer'

Those among you who feel their lives lack stability are directed to Reg reader Stuart Smith's "Stubilizer" - a range of stabilising platforms for GoPro cameras which has just launched on Kickstarter. Stuart Smith models a 2-axis, helmet-mounted Stubilizer Stuart Smith sports a Stubilizer Back in January, we chewed the fat …
Lester Haines, 03 Mar 2014
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Fearful of the drone-filled skies? Get some protection

Those fearful of a future where the skies are darkened by swarms of camera-bearing drones peering over their garden fences and peeking through their bedroom windows should proceed directly to Kickstarter and the "Personal Drone Detection System". Rattling the tin in defence of personal privacy is Domestic Drone Countermeasures …
Lester Haines, 24 Jun 2014
Sinclair ZX Spectrum bluetooth keyboard with Manic Miner Art

Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

Iconic British microcomputer the ZX Spectrum will live again, after a Kickstarter appeal for funds to reincarnate it as a Bluetooth Keyboard succeeded. Mobile games outfit Elite Systems floated the idea of using the Spectrum's chassis and infamous dead flesh keys to house Bluetooth keyboard back in December 2013, after securing …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2014

Investors throw cash at affordable 3D scanner

Proof that the 3D bandwagon continues to gain pace comes with the news that Fuel 3D Technologies has secured a suitcase full of private investor cash to further fund "the world's first 3D scanner to combine pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging". Rendering of the Fuel3D The Fuel3D: Coming soon to a hand near …
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 2014
Sinclair ZX Spectrum bluetooth keyboard with Manic Miner Art

ZX Spectrum game devs allege Elite Systems Ltd didn't pay their royalties

A number of British developers who coded games in the 1980s for the 8-bit ZX Spectrum home computer have been complaining about Elite Systems Ltd, alleging it had not made royalty payments due to them. The Lichfield, England-based outfit is run by Steve Wilcox, who describes himself as a producer for the firm, which - according …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jan 2014
MoPi

Boffin dreams up smart battery gizmo for Raspberry Pi fiddlers

Raspberry Pi-packing makers who are devising mobile projects or seeking to set up stationary Pi-based devices that operate beyond the reach of the mains will get a big jolt of help next May if a new doohickey wins sufficient backing on crowd-funding site Kickstarter. MoPi is a T-shaped board that drops onto the tiny computer’s …
Tony Smith, 05 Feb 2014
Elite: Dangerous

Live Chat: Elite brains David Braben OBE answers YOUR Qs

On 17 June at 2:30pm BST, legendary gaming dev David Braben – who just this weekend was made an OBE for the work he has done for Blighty's video game and computer industries – answered your questions on Elite, the Raspberry Pi and how software development has changed. Youtube Video Braben is famous as the co-author of Elite, …
Simon Rockman, 13 Jun 2014

Elite Systems pulls ZX Spectrum games after deluge of 'unpaid royalties' complaints

The owner of Elite Systems Ltd finally broke his silence on Saturday after a number of British game developers for the 1980s 8-bit ZX Spectrum home computer claimed that Steve Wilcox had failed to pay royalties owed to them. As The Register reported on Friday, Wilcox, 44, raised more than £60,000, via a Kickstarter campaign, to …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Feb 2014
Confused computer keyboard

How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

Are you frustrated with Photoshop's hard-to-remember key commands? You're not alone, and an international group of professional photographers and designers has launched a Kickstarter campaign to do something about it. Romanian Sorin Neica says the group needs just $185,280 to begin production of Shortcut-S, a new computer …
Neil McAllister, 06 Feb 2014

Hopefuls rattle tin for customisable snap together 3D printer

DIY 3D printing is very much flavour of the month, and whether it's the third industrial revolution or a load of old cobblers remains to be seen, but there's a veritable extrusion of makers vying to get their print nozzles in the trough. Kickstarter is the street corner of choice for these pioneers to rattle their tins, and …
Lester Haines, 13 Jan 2014
Tikker, the watch that counts down to your death

DEATH WATCH counts down seconds to wearer's demise

A self-described group of "designers, free-thinkers, lovers and life-aficionados" has launched a Kickstarter project for a new digital wristwatch that keeps time by counting down the moments until the wearer's death. Tikker, the watch that counts down to your death Last orders, please "Imagine someone told you that you only …
Neil McAllister, 08 Oct 2013
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It's a BLOCKBUSTER: Minecraft heads to the silver screen

The creators of smash gaming hit Minecraft have confirmed rumours that the blocktastic game will be turned into a film by Hollywood studio Warner Brothers. Warner Brothers have bought the rights to Minecraft and Roy Lee, director of the recent Lego Movie, is rumoured to be at the helm. The game has sold more than 35million …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Feb 2014
Clint O'Connor's pinhole camera. Pic: Clint O'Connor

Inventor whips lenscap off 3D-printed pinhole camera

The photography aficionados among you who still recall with teary-eyed nostalgia the days before digital domination might appreciate an agreeable return to the old school, albeit with a hi-tech twist: a 3D-printed pinhole camera... Clint O'Connor's pinhole camera. Pic: Clint O'Connor Inventor Clint O'Connor promises "magical …
Lester Haines, 05 Nov 2013

Pile of fanboi cash taking up space in garage? IPHONE UNDERTAKERS are keen to help you

A crafty group of "upcyclers" are looking for funds and phones to start their recycled iPhone craft project and, er, presumably sell it back to you. So if you're struggling to "start a conversation" with a fellow fanboi, this might be for you. An American firm has launched a bid to turn smashed iPhones into "interesting" bits of …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Nov 2013

Launching a hardware startup? The stars are aligned in your favor

Launching a hardware startup is more difficult than springing software upon the world – all a coder needs, after all, is a keyboard and a creative mind – but recent developments are removing barriers and creating a new startup gold rush. "It used to be really difficult to start a hardware company," Renee DiResta, a Principal at …
Rik Myslewski, 24 May 2014
Oliver Twist

Lavabit bloke passes hat for open-source secure email master plan

Ladar Levison, the former operator of the Lavabit secure email service that was once used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, has launched a Kickstarter project to raise funds to release the site's code as an open source project. Levison shut down Lavabit in August, and while court orders forbid him from discussing details of the …
Neil McAllister, 05 Nov 2013
Elite Systems' prototype bluetooth keyboard for the ZX Spectrum

ZX Spectrum REVIVED as Bluetooth keyboard

Beloved Brit microcomputer the ZX Spectrum has been resurrected, after a fashion. Mobile games outfit Elite Systems, which repackages retro games for use on handheld devices, has announced the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum, a Bluetooth Keyboard hiding within a reproduction ZX Spectrum 48K case. The idea is that you'd buy Elite's …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Dec 2013

'World's worst director' plans Snowden-inspired movie comedy

Uwe Boll, the recipient of a lifetime Razzie award who has been called “the world's worst director” has taken to Kickstarter to fund a political comedy movie inspired by Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. The German director, most famous for making terrible films out of video games like BloodRayne and Far Cry, wants to use the …
The Arkyd 100 satellite

Space miners reach funding goal for telescope

The world could soon have its first crowd-funded space telescope, with Planetary Resources announcing the success of its Kickstarter campaign to raise $US1.5 million for its Arkyd 100 satellite. It didn't hurt the effort that backers included Sir Richard Branson – in for $US100,000 – and Google's Larry Page. The main aim of the …
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Reg reader champions robotic reuse

Register reader Hajime Saito and a group of robotics experts known as "frtp" are looking to put a little fun back into robotics with a project called Telemba. I stumbled across their Kickstarter while researching telepresence robots and was intrigued by the idea of using a Roomba and an Android tablet to solve the problem. You …
Trevor Pott, 02 Jun 2014
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German server lockbox scores MEELLION dollar seed-smashing record

Cheers and laughter could be heard late last night through the walls of a small Hamburg office as staff celebrated an unlikely win; their punt to build a NSA-subverting server that encrypts everything a small business might do in the office had made bank with a record-breaking $US1 million in crowdfunding sourced in 89 mins. The …
Darren Pauli, 05 Jun 2014

Behold! World's smallest 3D-printer pen Lix artists into shape – literally

A London-based startup has unveiled the world's smallest 3D-printing pen – smaller than a posh fountain pen. A year ago we reported on 3Doodler, another British 3D pen that is now available in Maplin for £99.99. The newcomer unveiled yesterday, Lix, is actually pen-sized, weighs just 40g, and raised £100,000 on Kickstarter in 24 …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 May 2014
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Oculus boss: True virtual reality is 'a decade or two' away

Fans of William Gibson who want their own pair of virtual reality sunglasses will have to wait a lot longer to realize their dreams, according to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. Iribe said that his company only reached the first level of acceptable virtual reality around eight months ago using their well-known skiing-goggle headset. …
Iain Thomson, 22 May 2014
Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771.

Space, digitisation and storage. Astronomy Legacy Project has it all

Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771. Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771. These galaxies are located 190 million light years away. The photograph was taken September 21, 1954 using the 74-inch telescope at Radcliffe Observatory. Nestled in a 200 …
Drew Cullen, 26 Oct 2013

Samsung peddles tyred Smart Bike concept

Samsung has started peddling a smart bicycle prototype. The self-propelled two-wheeler includes a battery, rear-facing camera, WiFi and Bluetooth routers of some sort and “laser projectors”. The latter devices let the bike shine bright red lines on the road, the better to warn motorists of riders' presence. The lasers will …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2014
Cloud security

THOUSANDS of Ruby on Rails sites leave logins lying around

A security researcher has warned that a Ruby on Rails vulnerability first outlined in September is continuing to linger on the Web, courtesy of admins that don't realise a vulnerability exists in its default CookieStore session storage mechanism. The weakness affects some big names, with the research turning up names like Warner …
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HURRI-KANO: Raspberry Pi kit for kids STORMS past funding target

You don‘t know the POWER of the Dark Side Register. Yesterday morning we happened to mention that Kano, a UK-based company that wants to make a rather tasty Raspberry Pi-based DIY computer kit for kids, wanted $100,000 (£62,200) to make it so. At the time, it had garnered pledges totalling just over $34,000. Kano computer kit …
Tony Smith, 21 Nov 2013
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Classified LOHAN payload is four-eyed beast

As regular readers know, the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team likes a nice bit of imaging kit, and we can now reveal that the classified payload which flew atop our recent "Judy" test flight was in fact a prototype four-eyed beast capable of capturing hi-def panoramic video. The chaps from CENTR Camera got in …
Lester Haines, 02 May 2014
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You CAN'T be a Silicon Roundabout hipster... you don't have Bluetooth socks

Hipsters concerned that their footwear is lagging in the cool stakes will soon be ordering Bluetooth-enabled socks, even if they do make them look like a young offender with an electronic tag. The Sensoria sock monitors impact across the toes and heel of the foot as the wearer runs, providing helpful advice about stride and …
Bill Ray, 05 Aug 2013

Hackers reverse-engineer NSA spy kit using off-the-shelf parts

Last year Edward Snowden leaked the NSA's Advanced Network Technology catalog, a listing of the hardware and software tools the agency makes available to agents for spying. Now enterprising security experts are using the catalog to build similar tools using available electronics. The team, led by Michael Ossmann of Great Scott …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2014

Selfies are so 2013. Get ready for DRONIES – the next hipster-cam-gasm

It's the social phenomenon that's taking self-obsession to new heights. We're not talking about selfies, granddad, and we're not even referring to belfies. The latest self-portrait craze to grip the narcissists of the internet are called dronies – and involve using a remote-controlled aircraft to snap images. Anyone who is …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Apr 2014
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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

Elite:Dangerous, the multiplayer revival of eighties classic space trading game Elite is on track for beta release on May 30th. The game's resurrection has come about thanks to a 2012 Kickstarter campaign that saw over 25,000 folks stump up at least £5 apiece and £1.57m in total to revive the game. The development process has …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2014
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Minecraft developer kills Kickstarted Minecraft movie

Gaming rock star Notch, the man behind the childhood-devouring mega-smash Minecraft, has pulled the plug on a fan movie based on the game. The film, titled “Birth of Man” was to be crowdfunded. A Kickstarter begging page started off well enough, gathering a little over ten per cent of its $US600,000 goal. But things went …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2014
Shroud of the Avatar game on Kickstarter

Multimillionaire Brit games dev wants your cash for Shroud of the Avatar

Multimillionaire games developer, moon rover owner and space tourist Richard Garriott has taken to Kickstarter to try to get funding for his new video game. Shroud of the Avatar game on Kickstarter Garriott, aka Lord British, is looking for $1m to make Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, which gamers have been describing …