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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 …

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
lego_death_star

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
gavel

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 …
The Register breaking news

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 …
Frontier Developments' Elite:Dangerous Logo

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
hands waving dollar bills in the air

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

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
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 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
southampton water in Minecraft

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
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
Kano computer kit

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
Lego Minecraft

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
The Register breaking news

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
Elite: Dangerous

21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

Elite fans eagerly awaiting the completion of the classic space trading game’s 21st Century refit, Elite: Dangerous will be pleased to learn that it’ll support the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset when it is completed next year. “We’ve been playing with the Oculus Rift dev kits and are excited about the potential – just …
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2013
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 …
The Register breaking news

Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

The cleverly-designed Pressy gadget drops into the headphone socket on any Android handset, adding a button that can be linked to any action. While Apple might spend its time eradicating buttons, and touchscreens remain flavour of the decade, physical controls have advantages and there are rarely enough of them. Meanwhile the …
Bill Ray, 30 Aug 2013
Shimzu plan for Lunar power

Solar enthusiasts rays idea of 'leccy farms on MOON, drones

Ever since the Golden Age era of science fiction, space-based power stations have been an object of desire for lovers of the future – but they haven't eventuated, so a Yorkshire-based outfit wants to try droning its solar panels at the more manageable 15,000 metres altitude. The idea, says the trio running the project (and about …
Kano computer kit

Citizen Kano pitches easy-build Raspberry Pi for code-hungry kids

Anyone can toss together a Raspberry Pi and a bunch of accessories and call it a computer learning kit, but Kano has a more joined-up approach which it’ll put into production if it can raise $100,000 by the middle of December. Launched on Kickstarter yesterday, Kano the computer is described by Kano the company - named after the …
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2013
Taking a turn on the Airmec sine wave signal generator

Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

Decades of performing may have left Neil Young somewhat shy of the hearing of a 20-year-old, but the poor quality of MP3 still irritates the crazy horse enough to try and do something about it. Meet PonoMusic, which Young hopes will “unleash” all the unheard detail that MP3 (or even, if you believe what's on the company's site, …
GolfBoard

California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

A Californian pensioner has invented a bizarre new golf buggy inspired by a skateboard, which he claims will open up this fusty sport to a younger audience. The GolfBoard is a motorised device which allows putters to pootle around the course at a speed of up to 12 miles per hour (19kmph). It was originally launched on …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Dec 2013
The Register breaking news

Flexible flywheel offers cheap energy storage

Mechanical engineering isn't within the scope of Vulture South, so we'll welcome readers' input about whether this is genius or snake-oil: a Kickstarter project called the Velkess Flywheel hopes to offer low-cost energy storage. Flywheels are good at storing energy, but building them to fine mechanical specifications can get …

Funds flung at 9-inch fan-built Raspberry Pi monitor

It's hats off today to Alex Eames of RasPi.TV and Dave Mellor from Cyntech, who've Kickstarted their way in spectacular style to an "affordable 9-inch high-def screen for the Raspberry Pi". Responding to popular demand, the enterprising duo set out to build a "small and portable" screen to take advantage of the fruity …
Lester Haines, 04 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

Win7 hotspot hackers kick-funded - now they're network bondage pros

Having raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter, the Windows network bonding application has gone professional, with a professional price which will only appeal to those desperate to combine internet connections. Connectify raised the cash on the back of a pretty video and prototype code, which the company started selling to …
Bill Ray, 13 Dec 2012
The Register breaking news

Boffinry group shakes tin for effort to build Babbage's Analytical Engine

The group behind the attempt to build Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine has started accepting donated funding for the first stage of the project, a 3D computer simulation. Plan 28 want to start the ancient computer build with a 3D working simulation, computer historian John Graham-Cumming said. For that, the group, started by …
The Register breaking news

Björk gives up trying to Kickstart Android music app

Elfin Icelandic singer and educator Björk has had to cancel a Kickstarter project to get her music and science app suite Biophilia ported from iOS to Android and Windows 8. The original Manic Pixie Dream Girl was looking for £375,000 to get the multimedia project - which includes an album where each song is a self-contained app …

Your own £19 Pocket Spacecraft could be FOUND ON THE MOON

An international team of scientists, engineers and designers is offering mere mortals the chance to fly to the Moon for as little as £19 via the Pocket Spacecraft: Mission to the Moon initiative. The boffins have come up with a cunning plan to launch a rack of slimline "Scout" spacecraft, specifically "flexible hybrid printed …
Lester Haines, 08 Jul 2013

Samsung: Men, our Gear smartwatch will make you a hit with the sexy ladies

Samsung has a new advert for its Gear smartwatch that suggests it's the must-have technology for the latest generation of stalkers and smooth-talking lounge lizards. Youtube video of the advert The ad depicts two men competing for the affections of an attractive female snowboarder in some wintry resort. One, a skier with a …
Iain Thomson, 23 Dec 2013
X-wing and Y-wing starfighters of the Rebel Alliance approaching the Death Star

Rogue Squadron: Unit of X-wings Kickstarts in response to Death Star

A duo of Empire-hating rebels have realised the Kickstarter Death Star is a threat to the Rebel Alliance and they're looking for all like-minded galactic citizens to chip in for a fleet of $11m X-Wings. Mechanical engineer Simon and his startup-founding buddy Ed reckon gnut.co.uk, the unnamed folks behind the crowdsourcing …
Transporter

Barrall, beam me up: 'Private cloud' biz builds Transporter device

Data Robotics (Drobo) and BlueArc founder Geoff Barrall's new small biz Connected Data has revealed itself after gaining $6m in A-round funding and cash from a Kickstarter launch. Connected Data's product is the Transporter, a 2.5-inch disk in a small conical desktop package, which copies files to other Transporters in a network …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2013
Ubuntu smartphones

Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

Just because Ubuntu Mobile is based on Linux doesn't mean Ubuntu handsets will be really cheap, like phones running some other open-source mobile operating systems. Speaking at the CeBIT conference in Hanover, Germany on Tuesday, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said we should expect the first Ubuntu phones to be "mid-high …
Neil McAllister, 12 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

Kickstarted mobe charger 'kicked to death by Apple'

Apple has apparently screwed a bullet into a project to build a charger for iPads, iPhones, Android mobes and other handheld gadgets. The device includes Apple's new Lightning power and high-speed data connector but, we're told, the Cupertino giant refused to grant a licence for its use because the charger can also top up rival …
Bill Ray, 21 Dec 2012

Ubuntu Edge crowdsauce cash stash comes up short

Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge crowd-funded smartphone will remain a Shuttleworthian dream, having failed to hit its $32m funding target. The phone raised $12.8m ahead of today's deadline on the Indiegogo site, less than half the figure stated necessary to fund production of 40,000 units when the campaign started on 23 July. Canonical …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2013

Reg reader crafts 3-axis GoPro 'Stubilizer' for skull-mounted cameras

As our title suggests, we at the Special Projects Bureau like a nice project, so we're pleased to share with you today reader Stuart Smith's ambitious 3-axis stabiliser for the GoPro HERO3 - dubiously dubbed the "Stubilizer". A 3D rendering of the Stubilizer The Stubilizer in 3D rendered glory Stuart's an IT consultant …
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2014
The Register breaking news

Planetary Resources may upgrade crowdfunded satellite into alien-finder

The Kickstarter campaign to build a satellite for public use is going better than expected, according to asteroid mining company Planetary Resources, and so it has extended its revenue target to help fund hardware upgrades to enable the orbital platform to search for exoplanets. The campaign, which seeks to partially fund an …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jun 2013