Within the past week, Twitter has begun alerting users to attacks from state-sponsored hackers attempting to lift sensitive information from their accounts. This is a first for the popular social media network, although Facebook and Google had already implemented similar alert systems for their users. More →
If there’s a better way to use Legos than making your own fully functional flamethrower, we don’t know what it is. And if there’s a better way to spend your Friday than watching a video of someone who made a fully functional flamethrower out of Legos, we don’t know what that is either.
Behold: The ultimate at-home DIY project that you absolutely, positively should not try at home. More →
Dreaming is one of the more mysterious activities our brain engages in and Bill Nye has decided to help us understand it a little better using the magic of emoji. In one of his “Emoji Science” videos developed for Mashable, Nye walks us through the different states of consciousness with the help of the cute little animated faces we use to express emotions on our mobile phones. More →
This past Wednesday, the world watched in horror as a husband-and-wife team terrorized the Inland Regional Center in San Bernadino, California before leading authorities on a harrowing chase that lasted for a few hours. When the dust settled, the two suspects — Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik — were shot dead by police, but not before they managed to kill 14 innocent people and injure many more in a bloody rampage that included the use of high-powered automatic weaponry and pipe bombs.
In the wake of the tragedy, which has naturally reinvigorated a passionate debate about gun control, authorities are in the early stages of piecing together not only the motives behind the attack, but how it was carried out. In the process, authorities have discovered that both Farook and Malik took a number of pro-active measures to conceal their digital footprints.
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.
It’s always fun writing about stupid criminals as long as they don’t kill or seriously injure anyone. And The Guardian brings us the delightful story of a man who might be the most inept criminal we’ve seen so far in 2015 — yes, he might even be more incompetent than the ISIS member who took a selfie outside an ISIS compound that U.S. intelligence agencies tracked down and bombed less than a day later.
It’s actually been a reasonably decent year for ads, as there hasn’t been anything as godawful as 2013’s creepy Galaxy Gear ad or Sprint’s tragicomic Framily ad campaign. That said, there were definitely some major advertising clunkers in 2015, highlighted by some subpar efforts from McDonald’s, HTC and (of course) Sprint. More →
Oh, America. I love you except when I hate you. The annual videos that pop up around the web every year showing Americans getting into fist fights at Black Friday sales are definitely not something that fills me with national pride, although I will admit I can’t take my eyes off them. Below I’ve scrounged up some videos of people fighting and rioting during Black Friday 2015 sales. Warning: Do not watch these unless you want to have your faith in humanity significantly damaged. More →
If there is one thing I cannot imagine doing, it’s obsessively combing over footage beamed back to Earth from NASA’s Curiosity rover to search for signs of Martian life, no matter how ridiculous they may seem. However there’s an entire cult of people on the Internet that spend their days doing just that and one of them has spotted what he says might be a gigantic mouse on the surface of the Red Planet. 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.
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 →
I have always had a vague fear of traveling to other countries because I’ve been worried that “Brad Reed” will translate to “infected donkey scrotum” or something similar in another language. I was reminded of this anxiety today when I read about the plight of a Vietnamese-Australian man who had trouble getting Facebook to approve his account because his name is Phuc Dat Bich.