The un-gift guide: Awesomely unique gifts and gadgets you won’t find on any other list
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Last year we learned that Wu-Tang Clan planned to release a secret album called Once Upon a Time in Shaolin whose distribution would only be limited to one copy. Yes, that’s right: There’s a full album of never-heard Wu-Tang music out there and it’s just sold to an unknown buyer. More →
Whenever you hear about third-party Facebook apps making the news in a privacy-related context, it’s usually not good. But that’s not really the case with Facebook’s latest viral app, which has all the elements of a perfect data heist but is surprisingly safe to use.
You’ve probably seen Vonvon’s Most Used Words popup more than once in your Facebook timeline: It’s an app that mines through the stuff you’ve posted on Facebook and then gives you a graphical representation of the words you’ve used most inside Facebook.
To do that, the developer needs access to a bunch of your data – otherwise it can’t return any results. But Vonvon apparently decided to take a lot more than it really needs, even though it’s not doing anything with it for the time being. It’s not even collecting it. More →
Japanese game shows. Dear God. If you’ve never watched one before, you should know that the parody of them featured on The Simpsons was basically spot on. Basically, many these shows are exercises in sadism that are also extremely funny in their own demented way. If you want a prime example, check out this amazing clip in which several guys have to recite a tongue twister without making any mistakes or else get hit in the balls with a mallet. More →
Just days after the hacker group Anonymous pledged to hunt down Islamic State members and launch cyberattacks against their accounts, a separate group of techies claims it has identified a key funding avenue for the terror network – bitcoin accounts.
Ghost Security Group, a collective of computer “hacktivists,” says it has located several bitcoin accounts that ISIS uses to fund operations. One account contained $3 million worth of bitcoin, a GhostSec member told Michael K. Smith II, a co-founder of Kronos Advisory, a national security advisory firm.
GhostSec “wants to make an impact in counterterrorism,” Smith said, adding that the GhostSec member reached out to him because government officials were not paying close attention to the allegations. More →
It would be nice if all Android phones could upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow as soon as new software is released but we know that’s pretty much impossible. However, PhoneArena has posted a really handy guide letting us know when we can expect some top Android phones to get Marshmallow in the near future and it has some very specific intel on Samsung’s popular flagship Galaxy devices. More →
Although Facebook’s new notification system that warns users if their accounts have been compromised by a state-sponsored attack might seem superfluous, it’s already catching attackers in the act.
According to a report from The New York Times, State Department officials only became aware of attacks from Iranian hackers after Facebook notified them that their accounts had been compromised.
Staples already has a lot of great deals lined up for Black Friday 2015 and it’s just announced another round of deals that are coming on Cyber Monday. Starting on November 30th, you’ll be able to take advantage of seven new deals on certain laptops and tablets that aren’t on sale as part of Staples’ Black Friday 2015 sale. More →
No one really expected the Fantastic Four reboot to be great, but I can’t imagine anyone saw it turning out so disastrously either.
In an age where superhero movies are raking in hundreds of millions of dollars in record time, Fantastic Four could barely break even, so even though it potentially killed any hope of another take on Marvel’s first family any time soon, you knew it would at least be great fodder for an Honest Trailer from Screen Junkies.
Sam’s Club is one of several large retailers taking a stand and keeping its stores closed on Thanksgiving Day so its employees can spend time with their families. It’s a nice gesture that we’re sure is appreciated by Sam’s Club staff, and it might even give consumers some extra incentive to shop there this holiday season. The company’s Black Friday sale will begin early in the morning on Black Friday, November 27th, and you can check out all of the key details on Sam’s Club’s big Black Friday 2015 sale in our earlier post.
Of course, the fun doesn’t end there, and Sam’s Club on Wednesday announced details for its big Cyber Monday and Cyber Week sales. More →
I’ve lately been playing a lot of Fallout 4, a game that revolves around a character who gets cryogenically frozen and then wakes up 200 years later in a post-apocalyptic setting. That’s not quite what happened to an ex-convict named Otis Johnson but there are some parallels: Johnson just stepped back into the world for the first time after spending the last 44 years in prison for the attempted murder of a police officer. Recently Al Jazeera followed him around Times Square in New York and recorded his impressions of the world as it exists today. More →
Samsung’s financial fate is in part tied to the iPhone. The more smartphones Apple sells, the better for Samsung’s bottom line, as the Korean company’s most recent quarterly results have shown. Being an iPhone parts supplier is of utmost importance for Samsung, which is battling many companies to score lucrative contracts from Apple. And Samsung is apparently so determined to win more of Apple’s business that it’ll help its fierce rival further improve the product that’s currently beating its flagship Galaxy handsets in stores. More →
Whether you want to learn PHP, Ruby, or Linux, we got a bundle that can teach it all—and then some. Pay what you want for this nine-course Learn to Code bundle at the BGR Store. More →
It’s 2015 and, as Marty McFly’s time traveling adventures predicted, it’s the year hoverboards become a thing. Only the devices we call hoverboards can’t really hover above the ground like the sci-fi skateboard from Back to the Future. Instead, they have Segway-like controls and they’re quite popular with people young and old right now.
But these highly-coveted devices, that not many U.S. retailers have in stores this Black Friday season, aren’t necessarily safe. That’s not only because there’s quite a learning curve for correctly piloting them, as these viral videos have shown us, but also because some of the cheaper models can actually explode.