BadUSB USB Stick Hack

The scariest USB hack of all-time is almost completely undetectable

The scariest USB hack of all-time is almost completely undetectable

By about 11 mins ago.

When you plug a USB stick into your laptop, you probably aren’t too worried about it completely taking over your computer. However, Ars Technica reports that researchers at Security Research Labs in Berlin are scheduled to unveil a new exploit at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas next week that will allow an infected USB stick to take over your computer and use it to execute malicious code. More →

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Praying Hands Emoji Not High Five

PSA: This emoji stands for praying hands, not a high five

By about 28 mins ago.

PSA: This emoji stands for praying hands, not a high five

There seems to be some confusion about what certain emoji actually mean. Gawker brings us word that a TV station in Philadelphia described the emoji pictured above as being for a “high-five” of two hands slapping together, although it’s clearly supposed to be two hands held together in prayer. More →

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Hit List

Apple Beats Acquisition 200 Employees

It’s official: Apple is axing 200 Beats employees

By about 55 mins ago.

It’s official: Apple is axing 200 Beats employees

Apple is cleaning house as the $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics approaches completion. Bloomberg reports that Apple has informed over 200 Beats employees that they will not be able to stay on with the company for the long term once the transaction has been finalized. According to the source, most of those jobs are in finance, HR and other areas where the two groups might overlap. More →

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Galaxy Alpha Specs and Release Date

The Galaxy Alpha won’t be the smaller high-end Galaxy S5 version you want

By about 1 hour ago.

The Galaxy Alpha won’t be the smaller high-end Galaxy S5 version you want

After a series of leaked images suggested that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Alpha smartphone will only have metal on its edges, with SamMobile saying the phone will be somewhat of a high-end device, a new report from AllAboutSamsung brings in more details about the phone’s specs and features, confirming that the device won’t have the Galaxy S5’s key features. More →

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Game Changers

HTC J Butterfly Release Date

Hot new HTC smartphone tackles two of the One (M8)’s biggest flaws

By about 2 hours ago.

Hot new HTC smartphone tackles two of the One (M8)’s biggest flaws

There’s a hot new HTC smartphone on the market, although you won’t be able to get it unless you live in Japan. Japanese carrier KDDI on Thursday revealed that it will start selling the new HTC J Butterfly starting in late August, and from the looks of it, it seems HTC has done its best to fix two of the biggest flaws with its flagship HTC One (M8). More →

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Timeful Time Assistant App for iPhone

Meet Timeful, the intelligent ‘Time Assistant’ that knows how to squeeze all your to-do chores in your busy calendar

By about 2 hours ago.

Meet Timeful, the intelligent ‘Time Assistant’ that knows how to squeeze all your to-do chores in your busy calendar

Timeful is a new free iPhone application that wants to help users better manage their calendars and to-do lists at the same time. Timeful is an intelligent “Time Assistant” that relies on machine learning and behavioral science to automatically insert tasks in busy calendars, thus helping users get more things done without having to worry about scheduling. More →

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Galaxy Note 4 Rumors: Metal vs Plastic

Is the Galaxy Note 4 doomed to be plastic?

By about 2 hours ago.

Is the Galaxy Note 4 doomed to be plastic?

Samsung doesn’t always listen to fans when creating new mobile devices, no matter what it says during its press events — as long as smartphone sales are still strong, it will keep churning out the plastic. But the company seems finally ready to commit to making high-end devices out of materials other than plastic now that its smartphone profits are crashing — The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung senior vice president Kim Hyun-joon acknowledged during a recent earnings call that Samsung will release two new high-end smartphone models in the second half of the year, one with a large screen and the other made of “new materials.” It’s not clear whether the second will also have a screen as large as the first. More →

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Sprint T-Mobile Merger Dead

This could be the final nail in the Sprint-T-Mobile merger’s coffin

By about 3 hours ago.

This could be the final nail in the Sprint-T-Mobile merger’s coffin

The $32 billion merger between Sprint and T-Mobile always faced a major uphill climb since U.S. regulators really weren’t keen on the idea of letting the wireless industry consolidate even further. And now a new report from The Wall Street Journal indicates that Sprint parent company SoftBank may no longer be the only company willing to shell out big bucks for America’s scrappy “Uncarrier.” More →

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Ryan Seacrest Typo 2 BlackBerry

Ryan Seacrest’s ‘BlackBerry killer’ copycat keyboard is back from the dead

By about 3 hours ago.

Ryan Seacrest’s ‘BlackBerry killer’ copycat keyboard is back from the dead

You can’t keep a good copycat down. CrackBerry brings us word that Ryan Seacrest’s Typo has just unveiled a new keyboard attachment that it hopes is different enough from BlackBerry’s keyboards to avoid getting slapped with injunctions. The first-generation Typo was such a blatant BlackBerry knockoff that it never really stood a chance in court and was immediately hit with preliminary sales ban earlier this year. More →

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South Korean Baseball Robot Fans

Korea’s worst baseball team builds robot fans to cheer demoralized players

By about 4 hours ago.

Korea’s worst baseball team builds robot fans to cheer demoralized players

When a baseball team hits a slump, it can feel insurmountable at times. It doesn’t help when the fan base isn’t there to support the team either, which was the case for the Hanwha Eagles, a South Korean team which has lost more than 400 times in the last five season, consistently coming in last in their league, reports ABC News. Now that the fans have all but given up on their hometown Eagles, the team is making it easier than ever to show support without actually having to sit through another tragic loss with an ingenious solution: robot fans. More →

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How to Use Yosemite Handoff with Android

Sweet app brings one of Apple’s best new software features to your Android phone

By about 4 hours ago.

Sweet app brings one of Apple’s best new software features to your Android phone

One of the best software features Apple introduced at WWDC 2014 is Handoff, a neat trick that will allow users who own both an iOS 8 device and a Yosemite Mac seamlessly move between devices while using the same supported app. For example, with continuity, Apple will let users send and receive SMS and MMS messages, and making a phone call directly from a Mac through an iPhone that happens to be really close by. Luckily for Android users there’s an app that brings some of that functionality to their Macs and/or Windows PCs. More →

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Opinions
Apple CEO Tim Cook Criticism

The one thing that Tim Cook really needs to do better

By about 4 hours ago.

The one thing that Tim Cook really needs to do better

Unlike a lot of pundits and analysts, I actually think Tim Cook has done a very good job of running Apple. The company is still insanely profitable and Apple customers’ loyalty has shown no signs of waning. Granted, he’s not Steve Jobs, but that’s not a bad thing because he’s shown that he’s very skilled at getting a bunch of very talented people with very big egos to work together effectively as a team — not an easy feat when you consider how a post-Jobs Apple could have easily turned into one giant turf war. More →

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iPhone 6 Rumors: Apple Logo

Is Apple’s iPhone 6 going to feature a glowing Apple logo?

By about 4 hours ago.

Is Apple’s iPhone 6 going to feature a glowing Apple logo?

Following a hands-on video with the metal case of the iPhone 6, which originated from a source close to Apple’s production lines in China, YouTube channel iCrackUriDevice posted a second clip in which “the truth about glowing Apple logo and notifications” is explained. More →

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