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American Technology News for 4 Aug 2015
Hack Turns Square Reader Into A Credit Card SkimmerUbergizmo - 4 Aug 2015 03:44
One of the advantages to the Square Reader is that it turns devices into mobile payment stations, where you can swipe a credit card on the device and have it charge you like you would have expected... from a regular credit card machine. However it seems that despite its convenience, it has the potential to be a huge security flaw as well. According to recent research conducted by three grad students from Boston University, they have found that the Square Reader can be turned into a credit card skimming device with a little bit of modification. Basically what they found out that is that the device can be physically tampered with and have its encryption disabled. The encryption basically protects credit card data while it is being transferred to the smartphone it is being used on. In the end it...
#ILookLikeAnEngineer challenges stereotypesUSA Today - 4 Aug 2015 04:24
Isis Wenger launched the hashtag after facing sexism for appearing in an ad campaign.
The Blade SaverThe Gadget Flow - 4 Aug 2015 07:59
The Bladesaver™ is an easy-to-use, innovative, new product that can resharpen used razor blades, allowing a single blade to last up to ten times longer. It works with just about every brand of... men’s or women’s razors and will save the average user a boatload of money. In the days of old, barbers used leather strops to align and sharpen their razors. Today, we’re polluting the planet with disposable razors and outrageously priced replacement cartridges that are designed by the...
A frustrated fan figured out how to hack his way into a new spot in the OnePlus 2 invite queueAndroid Central - 4 Aug 2015 04:00
Tired of the way OnePlus allows others to jump ahead in the OnePlus 2 invitation line by signing up others in some sort of quasi-pyramid scheme, frustrated fan Jake Cooper has taken matters into his... own hands.
Wooden MacBook StandThe Gadget Flow - 4 Aug 2015 23:00
Get the best working angle by using this Wooden MacBook Stand from Nordic Appeal. It is a marvelous stand that will raise your display and angle your keyboard so that you get to enjoy the best... possible working ambience. The stand is also capable of keeping your laptop cooler and protects it in your bag. It has been made from sustainably forested wood and is a design from Denmark. What's truly admirable here is the finish which is sleek and...
Hackers begin attack using simple web flaw which affects most of the InternetDigital Trends - 4 Aug 2015 16:33
A new vulnerability noticed last week has begun to bear fruit for hackers, with the first attacks now being recorded live in the wild. If your server utilises Bind, it would be worth investigating the... installation of a patch to shore up your defenses. The post Hackers begin attack using simple web flaw which affects most of the Internet appeared first on Digital Trends.
Buzz Aldrin Reveals Secret Moon DocumentsABC News - 4 Aug 2015 16:03
Even after a trip to the moon, Buzz Aldrin still had to clear customs.
China to restrict exports of certain drones and supercomputersMashable - 4 Aug 2015 02:30
A new cold war may be brewing between China and the West, and it's centered around the 21st century's weapon of warfare of choice: drones China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has issued a statement... announcing that the country will restrict exports of high-performance drones starting Aug. 15 See also: Sony is launching drone services for businesses The new edict has been drawn up due to fears that advanced drones and other technology could "compromise national security," according to China's state-run newspaper China Daily. China's new rules dictate that companies exporting advanced drones and supercomputers will now have to first register such exports with the country's commerce authorities for approval.
Blue iPad Mini FolioThe Gadget Flow - 4 Aug 2015 23:00
Now carry your iPad accessories as well as your iPad Mini in this Blue iPad Mini Folio. It is a slim and lightweight design with one pocket at the front for the accessories. The folio is a one piece... construction made of Italian vegetable tanned leather. It has been handstitched with heavy waxed nylon thread. The edges of the case are properly polished so that you can easily hold it comfortably. The design is undoubtedly made to last and will...
OnePlus will launch another smartphone before the end of 2015Android Central - 4 Aug 2015 06:28
In an interview with USA Today, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei revealed that the manufacturer will release another handset by the end of the year:
Giving robots a more nimble graspMIT - 4 Aug 2015 05:59
Engineers use the environment to give simple robotic grippers more dexterity.
Popular Twitch Streamer Fakes His Own Swatting, Gets BannedUbergizmo - 4 Aug 2015 03:43
Swatting is no joke. For those who are unfamiliar with the process, basically it involves someone calling the police and claiming that a crime such as murder or a hostage situation is taking place at... another address. Given the crime, the police will typically respond in force, armed to the teeth in armor and guns. So far no fatalities have occurred due to swatting, but the possibility is there which is why the law does not take too kindly to such acts. It also seems that maybe this isn't an issue to joke around with as popular Twitch stream Trick2g recently found out. The streamer was celebrating the fact that he had gotten 800,000 subscribers and held a 24-hour live streaming session. To conclude the session, he then faked being swatted which it seems that Twitch did not take too kindly...
This Swiss timepiece lets you attach an Apple Watch to make a double-sided watchPocket-lint - 4 Aug 2015 02:46
What's better than an Apple Watch? A double-sided Apple Watch. No? Just us? Well, it doesn't matter anyway, because such a thing doesn't exist. However, California-based Nico Gerard has launched a new... luxury timepiece that lets you attach an Apple Watch...
The Lexus hoverboard is real, but it isn't coming to a skate park near youCNET - 4 Aug 2015 23:49
The automaker has unveiled its "Slide" hoverboard at a custom-crafted skate park in Spain. Enjoy the video demonstration, but don't get any ideas about buying one.
Badass female engineers are shutting down sexist trollsMashable - 4 Aug 2015 23:40
Sometimes it can be difficult to see the brighter side of the tech industry, especially for women. But there are quite a few individuals who are willing to take on the task of highlighting diversity... in their field. On August 1, engineer Isis Wenger wrote a short essay for Medium about her experience as a woman in working in the technology industry See also: 100% of the women of color interviewed in STEM study experienced gender bias Image: Medium Isis Wenger In Wenger's post, she highlights some of the examples of systemic sexism that happens as a female in the industry, writing, "I’ve had men throw dollar bills at me in a professional office (by an employee who works at that company, during work hours)," and, "I’ve had an engineer on salary at a bootcamp message me to...
What Augmented Reality Is--And Isn'tReadWrite - 4 Aug 2015 23:33
Guest author Kyle Samani is the cofounder and CEO of Pristine, a maker of video-based field-service solutions. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are becoming hot buzzwords in the tech... ecosystem. Giant companies are placing bets and investors are pouring capital into the space. Facebook bought Oculus for a cool $2 billion in 2014. Google has been showcasing Glass since early 2012 and continues to invest in Glass, contrary to popular belief. Microsoft, Sony, Toshiba and Samsung have announced their own smartglasses. Nearly every major venture capitalist in Silicon Valley invested in Magic Leap, and a host of startups such as Atheer, Meta, Optinvent, Recon, Vuzix, Epson, ODG, and others are also building smart glasses. The space is on fire. But what defines and...
Windows 10 preview for Xbox One set to arrive in September for testersThe Verge - 4 Aug 2015 23:27
Microsoft revealed earlier today that it's planning to roll out its Windows 10 update to Xbox One consoles in November. While that's the date when most will be able to access the new dashboard user... interface and features, preview members will get it a little earlier. Mike Ybarra, head of platform engineering at Xbox, has revealed on Twitter that the Windows 10 update for Xbox One is planned for preview in September for testers. That gives Microsoft around two months to receive feedback about the big changes and implement various fixes and improvements in time for the roll out. Most of the changes are focused on speed. The current Xbox One dashboard is slow to switch between various tasks like viewing a friends list, party chat, and...
How common white fat can be turned into energy-burning brown fat in humansScience Daily - 4 Aug 2015 20:27
Researchers have discovered, for the first time in humans, that the widely reviled energy storing white fat can be turned into an energy burning brown fat that uses up excess calories.
New UK mobile provider bundles music streaming service as standardEngadget - 4 Aug 2015 17:03
New mobile providers seem to be springing up left, right and centre these days. Already this year, we've seen BT and Carphone Warehouse join the MVNO club, not to mention Sky's after its own... membership and FreedomPop's due to unleash its completely...
Take a trip to Green Bank, West Virginia: The town with no cell phonesDigital Trends - 4 Aug 2015 16:54
Green Park, West Virginia is home to to 143 people free from the burden of cell phones. The small town is situated inside the National Radio Quiet Zone, an area encompassing 13,000 square miles of... radio silence. The post Take a trip to Green Bank, West Virginia: The town with no cell phones appeared first on Digital Trends.
FDA Concerned That Common Intravenous Pump Can Be HackedTech Times - 4 Aug 2015 16:19
The Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Homeland Security have issued warnings to medical facilities in the United States against the use of Hospira's Symbiq Infusion System because of... risks to cyber-security.
Will SETI's unprecedented new program finally find E.T.?Phys.org - 4 Aug 2015 15:20
Stephen Hawking, Frank Drake and dozens of journalists gathered at the Royal Society in London last week to hear astronomers announce a ground-breaking new project to search for intelligent... extraterrestrial life called "Breakthrough Listen." They will be using two of the world's largest radio telescopes (Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia) to listen for radio messages from intelligent alien species. Scientists have chosen to target the nearest million stars as well as the nearest 100 galaxies. This project will also monitor the Galactic plane for months at a time. This unprecedented effort is a collaboration between UC Berkeley and the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, and employs an international team of astronomers and data scientists,...
After smart LED lights, Chhattisgarh start-up plans automated household productsTimes of India - 4 Aug 2015 13:57
Kick-starting this region's first start-up in automation hardware, three engineering graduates from the steel city of Bhilai in Chhattisgarh are now making a play in the hardware space, aiming to... introduce robotics and automation systems for everyday use in households.
Obama's clean power plan will cut emissions - but is it enough?New Scientist - 4 Aug 2015 13:36
Environmentalists have welcomed the Clean Power Plan, which steers the US towards a lower-carbon future, but some say more needs to be done
Researchers clear the way for fast plasmonic chipsPhys.org - 4 Aug 2015 11:42
Researchers from the Laboratory of Nanooptics and Plasmonics at the MIPT Center of Nanoscale Optoelectronics have developed a new method for optical communication on a chip, which will could decrease... the size of optical and optoelectronic elements and greatly increase computer performance. According to an article published in Optics Express, they have proposed a way to completely eliminate energy loss of surface plasmons in optical devices.