It's now illegal to Airbnb your entire apartment in Berlin

As of this month, Berliners renting out their full apartments on Airbnb can face a fine of up to €100,000 ($115,000), under a new law aimed at curbing a rise in housing prices. The law, called Zweckentfremdungsverbot (“prohibition of improper use”), was passed in 2014 and went into effect on May …

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Watch this jet-powered hoverboard break a world record

Franky Zapata, the man who invented the jet-powered Flyboard Air, set a new world record on Saturday for the farthest flight by a hoverboard. Taking off along the coast of Sausset-les-Pins, near Marseille, France, Zapata flew the hoverboard for 2,252 meters (7,388 feet), far surpassing the previous mark set by Canadian …

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Craig Wright claims he is the enigmatic Bitcoin inventor

Craig Wright, the man already suspected of being the inventor of Bitcoin, has today come out and publicly claimed that he is indeed responsible for the cryptocurrency. The BBC reports that Wright “has provided technical proof to back up his claim using coins known to be owned by Bitcoin’s creator” and that …

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$15,000 smartphone coming in May puts tech before bling

Sirin Labs, a newcomer on the smartphone scene, is about to give the super wealthy a new device on which they can spend their pocket change. The phone is set to cost around $15,000, which until now has been restricted to hardware produced by Vertu, and over-the-top blingmeisters such as …

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This motorized wheel adds electric power to your bike

Many different kinds of personal transportation are undergoing an electric revolution, but electric bikes might make up the biggest section of the market. In fact, it’s boomed fast enough that we’re already seeing weird, alternative ideas pop up. A perfect example is GeoOrbital, one of a few companies that is …

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