It’s nothing short of astonishing that 64-year-old Vladimir Vodopivec managed to land safely after a mid-air explosion ripped a hole in the fuselage of the Airbus A321 he was piloting on Tuesday. But because he kept his cool amid the chaos, the plane’s 74 passengers and crew all survived to tell the tale, and one man even managed to film video of the interior of the plane as it barreled through the sky with a gaping hole in the side of the cabin. More →
Amazon is offering refunds to customers who bought ‘hoverboards’ on its website, according to the U.S. government, amid ongoing safety concerns about the technology.
Reports continue to swirl about hoverboards, which are actually two-wheeled scooters, catching fire. More →
Some people just can’t seem to grasp the concept that social media posts are… social. We see people get themselves in trouble time and time again for oversharing, but it looks like a new king of poor social media judgement has just been crowned. Meet Malik First Born Allah Farrad, who will be spending the next 15 and a half years of his life in a federal penitentiary because of a single Facebook post. More →
While we were winding down last night after a long day covering CES 2016 and the rest of the country was finishing up its day as well, North Korea was detonating a nuclear bomb.
At 10:00 a.m. local time in the Eastern country, a Kim Jong Un ordered test of what the country claims to have been a small hydrogen bomb set off seismic activity alarms in South Korea and Japan, registering as a 5.1 magnitude earthquake. The alarms led both nations to believe immediately that a nuclear device had been tested in North Korea and their concerns were confirmed when North Korean state TV announced the test later in the morning.
North Korea last tested a nuclear bomb in 2013, and this is the fourth time North Korea has detonated a nuclear device in recent years. More →
Hoverboards were one of the hottest items on children’s holiday wish lists this year. In fact, these nifty devices are coveted by plenty of adults as well. As fun as it might seem to zip around town on a little two-wheeled Segway-style device, we’ve heard time and time again that some off-brand hoverboards pose a serious safety risk. Put simply, they have a tendency in some cases to spontaneously catch fire while charging.
We’ve seen a number of cautionary tails in recent months about hoverboard that have begun to smoke or even burst into flames while charging, and Amazon even pulled a few hoverboard brands off of its virtual store shelves while it conducted an investigation. But now, the inevitable has happened: A fire started by a hoverboard has burnt down one family’s house. More →
If there’s one thing Republican presidential candidate and all-around nice guy Donald Trump has been good at during his media blitz, it has been taking any and every opportunity to attack rivals from the Democratic and Republican parties alike. Trump doesn’t pull any punches, launching barrages of insults and criticisms at every turn, regardless of whether they’re rooted in reality or in the bizarre alternate universe where Trump spends most of his time.
Bitcoin creator revealed to be Australian genius Craig Wright; subsequently has house raided by police
Either [Craig Steven] Wright invented bitcoin, or he’s a brilliant hoaxer who very badly wants us to believe he did: so states an absolutely fascinating Wired article which purports to reveal the true identity of the man who created Bitcoin, the popular and at times misunderstood digital currency.
Ever since Bitcoin jumped into the mainstream vernacular, there have been no shortage of longstanding and still unanswered questions surrounding its origins. Back in 2014, Newsweek claimed to have located Bitcoin’s inventor, a California man named Satoshi Nakamoto. While the report certainly generated a lot of press, Newsweek’s evidence was rather thin. Not helping matters was that the man identified by the publication didn’t seem to possess the requisite skills that one would need to get something like Bitcoin up off the ground.
Around 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, U.S.-born Syed Rizwan Farook and Pakistan national Tashfeen Mali allegedly stormed a room and opened fire on attendees of a holiday party at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. The mass shooting left 14 people dead and another 21 wounded, and even more would have been hurt had the homemade explosives the perpetrators planted detonated as planned. Following a car chase with police later that afternoon, the two armed suspects were killed by police in a harrowing gun battle during which hundreds of rounds were fired.
Deric White, a 68 year-old man from the UK, is suing Apple for approximately $7,500 after an Apple employee at the company’s Regent Street store in London completely wiped White’s iPhone clean, erasing numerous photos and 15 years worth of contacts in the process. Speaking to The Sun about the incident, White explained that the content on his iPhone 5 was invaluable and irreplaceable.
“My life was saved on that phone,” White said. Of the photos White ended up losing, a number of them were shots taken on his honeymoon, including a “favorite video of a giant tortoise biting my hand on honeymoon in the Seychelles.”
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 →
A pair of police officers in Sand Springs, Oklahoma narrowly escaped death when a woman driving a stolen vehicle rammed their police cruiser on Monday afternoon. Dramatic footage of the event was released by the Sand Springs Police Department and posted by the Associated Press on Tuesday, and it shows the entire ordeal. More →
Last summer, the U.S. Army confirmed that soldiers will begin wearing the new Army Combat Uniform (ACU) that bears the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) – also known as Scorpion W2. They are now being issued, and soldiers are expected to retire their prior uniforms by summer 2018.
This means it’s the end of the line for the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), which was known for its digital-like appearance. Camouflage has undergone numerous changes in the past decade, and the new OCP is just the latest effort by the U.S. military to develop the “perfect camouflage.” More →
In what may turn out to be the bargain of a lifetime, a coin dealer named Randy Guijarro in 2010 paid $2 for a miscellaneous lot from a California junk shop. Come to find out years later, the lot contained an extremely rare photograph of Billy the Kid, the famous outlaw who lived in the American Old West during the mid-1800s.
The photo, which depicts Billy the Kid (real name Henry McCarty) playing croquet, is likely to generate millions of dollars once it’s put up for sale via Kagin, a company which specializes in collecting and selling coins and collectibles. Note that in the photo above, McCarty is positioned on the left.