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Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks tap tech to light up smartphone screens

July 1st, 2016

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks will use specially designed technology to integrate smartphones into the spectacular New York City display this year. Set over the East River, more than 56,000 effects will feature in the display, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.  For the first time, however, revelers will be able to synch their phones with …

Surface of Mercury was formed deep inside planet, scientists say

June 30th, 2016

Parts of Mercury’s varied surface came from melted material over 200 miles deep inside the planet near the core-mantle boundary, NASA scientists found. The tiny planet of Mercury, the closest to the Sun, has a surface that spans different ages. The Northern Volcanic Plains date to about 3.7 or 3.8 billion years ago, while another …

Hacker looks to sell 655,000 alleged patient healthcare records on the dark web

June 27th, 2016

A hacker claims to be selling 655,000 alleged patient healthcare records on the dark web, containing information such as social security numbers, addresses, and insurance details. The news was first reported by Deep Dot Web Saturday. A hacker who goes by the name ‘thedarkoverlord’ gave Deep Dot Web images of purported records. Identifiable information from …

Tale of the tape: Why Mark Zuckerberg is smart to cover his webcam

June 23rd, 2016

Webcam security was thrust into the spotlight this week when a photo of Mark Zuckerberg appeared to show the camera and microphone on his MacBook covered with tape. The photo, which was posted on Facebook to celebrate Instagram hitting 500 million followers, sparked plenty of interest. While some worried about the broader effectiveness of Facebook’s security, …

After DNC attack, hacker Guccifer 2.0 claims Hillary Clinton ‘dossier’ leak

June 21st, 2016

A hacker who goes by the name ‘Guccifer 2.0’ claims to have  published a dossier of Hillary Clinton-related documents accessed during the recent attackon the Democratic National Committee’s computers. In a blog post Tuesday, Guccifer 2.0 described the haul as “a big folder of docs devoted to Hillary Clinton that I found on the DNC …

NASA reveals the X-57, its electric plane project

June 20th, 2016

An electric plane project is in the works at NASA, and the new aircraft is called the X-57. It’s an initiative the space agency hopes will demonstrate that electric-powered aviation can be environmentally friendly, quiet, and quick. Made out of a modified Italian-designed plane, the X-57 will have a skinny wing with a total of …

Lone hacker claims responsibility for DNC breach, but fingers still point at Russia

June 17th, 2016

Was a lone hacker behind the recent attack on the Democratic National Committee’s computers? An individual describing themselves as ‘Guccifer 2.0’ claimed responsibility for the hack in a blog post Wednesday, touting documents purportedly accessed in the attack. But experts have been looking for clues about the mysterious self-described hacker, and suspicions still linger that …

Alien contact could be 1,500 years away, say Cornell astronomers

June 16th, 2016

If you are hoping to meet an alien then you may be in for a very long wait, according to astronomers at Cornell University. The experts say that it could be 1,500 years before alien contact with Earth and will present their research at the American Astronomical Society’s meeting in San Diego Thursday. “We haven’t …

Apple’s digital helper, Siri, needs help

June 15th, 2016

In the face of stiff competition from Android, Apple continued its push to make the Siri digital assistant useful to a large chunk of its users at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week. But will it be enough? Siri, Apple’s intelligent voice-activated digital assistant, has been around for a long time, since it was …