Craig Wright reveals himself as Satoshi Nakamoto, the father of Bitcoin


The real identity of elusive Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto is reportedly Craig Steven Wright, an Australian entrepreneur with several master’s degrees and a PhD in theology.

Wright has apparently proven his identity to the BBC, the Economist and the London Review of Books, which collaborated on the story, by digitally signing messages using some of the earliest Bitcoin cryptographic keys, which are linked to Bitcoin blocks mined by Nakamoto himself. Furthermore, BBC claims prominent members of the Bitcoin community and development team have confirmed that Wright is, indeed, Nakamoto.

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5 ways to create an environment that helps adults learn to love coding



If you want adults to learn to code, stop serving pizza.

That’s just one of the lessons Kathryn Parsons, cofounder and co-CEO of global coding education provider Decoded, has learnt while helping people make the leap into programming. 

Not everyone will learn to code as an obsessed teenager in their bedroom. Some will need to learn digital skills as part of a change mid-career, while others may be managers fed up with not knowing what their developers do all day, and coding education needs to work for them too.

Speaking with Mashable Australia at the CeBIT technology conference in Sydney Monday, Parsons shared some of the tactics her company, which famously claims to teach coding in one day, uses to help people overcome their fears and get started with digital skills. Read more…

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Terrifying Wi-Fi hotspot name causes chaos on Qantas plane



A Qantas flight in Australia was delayed for more than two hours due to a concerning Wi-Fi hotspot name.

According to The West Australian, a passenger on QF481 spotted a Wi-Fi hotspot titled “Mobile Detonation Device” and advised a crew member. It wasn’t clear what mobile device it was linked to or where the device was located. 

The crew member informed the captain, who then broadcast a message to passengers. Passenger John Vidler told the publication the pilot said the device needed to be located before the flight could depart.  Read more…

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White, old man offers tech panel seat to anyone who isn't white, old man



Ever since Facebook was a mere twinkle in Mark Zuckberg’s eye, all-white, all-male panels at startup conferences have been the deplorable status quo.

On Monday morning, Alan Jones, startup evangelist at the Sydney accelerator BlueChilli, was set to speak on a fintech panel at the CeBIT technology conference in Sydney. That was until he checked out his co-panellists. Their blinding similarity — old, male, white — was dismaying, so he put out the call on Twitter to find himself a more diverse replacement.

Speaking with Mashable Australia before the panel, Jones, who hadn’t yet found a stand-in, said the situation was very familiar and very disappointing. Read more…

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Drones add LED fireworks to Mount Fuji in Japan



Drones can be used for everything from war to ecommerce deliveries, but it’s surprising how seldom they’re used for entertainment. One Japanese company hopes to change that with something it calls Sky Magic

Shibuya-based MicroAd recently demonstrated its Sky Magic choreographed drone performances in front of the iconic backdrop of Mt. Fuji. As a group of traditional Shamisen players strum their instruments under the night sky, 20 drones equipped with 16,500 LEDs dance in the air, creating intricate aerial design flourishes that rival some of the best fireworks shows

Some of the company’s other, promotional videos show off special effects-assisted drone flights, which look cool, but don’t help sell what Sky Magic really does (which is incredible without CGI). Nevertheless, this recent demo is pretty spectacular and hints that fireworks artists may need to start learning how to work UAV remote controls. Read more…

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What I learned about sexual pleasure by tapping virtual vulvas


Note: The following descriptions may be considered NSFW.

This morning at my breakfast table I learned how to pleasure another woman with my boyfriend.

Sex education site OMGYes is starting conversations about female pleasure, via some experimental new methods

In a recent chat with currently controversial feminist icon Gloria Steinem, actress and women’s rights activist Emma Watson endorsed OMGYes, encouraging fans to “definitely check it out…It’s worth it” (“it” being the site’s $29 subscription fee).


The interactive site, backed by several research studies about the pleasure preferences of over 1,000 women, features video interviews with real women talking about their real experiences of sexual pleasure. Most notably, touchscreen video lessons of sexual stimulation techniques allow users to tap and caress a variety of virtual vulvas on-screen. Read more…

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