How A Meme Became A Currency And Paid For The Jamaican Bobsleigh Team

You all know bitcoin, presumably. That internet currency that was big a while back and now isnt as big but is still quite big thats really the only way to describe it. Its secure, untraceable and drugtraffickers100% love it. Well theres another online currency thats been growing from strength to strength recently that you might…

5 Top Bitcoin Alternatives

Bitcoin has generated a ton of buzz the world of cryptocurrencies, but it’s not the only option. We’ve compiled a list of the top alternatives, including open source services, payment systems and digital currencies that can be exchanged for traditional money. 1. Litecoin Litecoin is derived from Bitcoin’s open source code, but has a faster…

China Now Has 300 Million 3G Subscribers

All three of China’s mobile telcos have just released their May figures, and the huge mobile market has hit another significant milestone: It has surpassed 300 million 3G users. China Mobile now has 129.40 million on its TD-SCDMA network despite it not supporting Apple’s iPhone or iPad for full 3G functionality, China Unicom is now…

London 2.0: A High-Tech Tour of the UK Capital

Image: Flickr, Simon & His Camera The city of London may be more the 2,000 years old, but there’s way more to it than medieval towers, cathedrals, bridges and an impressively large clock. Beyond the centuries of culture and layers of classic charm (red telephone booths, we’re looking at you), is a city burgeoning with…

Dogecoin Founder Speaks on the Future of Cryptocurrency

Image: Mashable, Karissa Bell Dogecoin, the 139-day-old cryptocurrency, held its first conference in San Francisco Friday where hundreds of the currency’s devotees turned out to show their support and, of course, “tip” anyone with a QR code handy. Dogecoin founder Jackson Palmer gave the keynote during which he discussed the currency’s unexpected journey from joke…

Chinese Scammers Turn Fake iPhones Into Real Ones

Apple has gotten a lot of flack over the last month for its after-sales service practices in China, and perhaps rightfully so. But instead of being exploited by Apple, police have discovered that some Chinese criminals used Apple’s return system to turn more than 100 fake iPhones into real ones. In December, a Wenzhou Apple…

8 Top Tech Stories in China This Week

This week’s tech news in China has all the big names –- Google, Baidu, Alibaba, WeChat. But there’s bad news for half of those, and much more positive news for the others. Let’s start with China’s top social-media export: 1. In Just 6 Weeks, WeChat Blasts from 50 Million to 70 Million Users Outside of…

Bitcoin: How the Internet Created Its Own Currency

Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer decentralized digital currency. It differs from traditional, government-backed currencies in that there is no central issuer, and there are no middlemen involved for various transactions. Back in 1998, the concept of crypto-currency was described by Wei Dai on a cypherpunks mailing list. Crypto-currency is an electronic currency that relies on cryptography…

75 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

The holiday season is just around the corner — the “season of giving.” Well, let’s call this the “season of buying” because before all that giving happens, you’ll have to find gifts for all those special someones in your life. At Mashable, we’re constantly writing about the newest and coolest knickknacks from the tech world,…

26 Things You Didn’t Know About Tech

Technology is a wonderful thing, and those who have access to it often take it for granted. We snap photos and share JPEGs with friends family, not caring how JPEGs work or what it stands for, so long as it gets to the recipient. We marvel at spankin’ new websites, often not understanding how HTML5…