iPhone 6 Plus and Touch Disease

Everything you need to know about Touch Disease, the latest big iPhone flaw

By on August 26, 2016 at 3:35 PM.

Everything you need to know about Touch Disease, the latest big iPhone flaw

You might’ve heard about Touch Disease, the latest way for your iPhone to go poof. But what exactly is a Touch Disease, and how worried should you be about your beloved smartphone turning into an expensive glass rectangle?

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WiFi Routers

MIT researchers came up with a way to make Wi-Fi 10 times faster

By on August 23, 2016 at 8:15 PM.

MIT researchers came up with a way to make Wi-Fi 10 times faster

We’ve all been there: You find yourself at a massive public event, whether it be a concert, a sporting event or a political rally and your reception is atrocious. In an instant, your smartphone with blazing fast LTE all of a sudden feels like it’s a flip phone on Edge circa 2006. In an effort to combat this, many places have started implementing complimentary Wi-Fi so that attendees can text and browse the web with ease. That’s great and all, but sometimes even an abundance of wireless routers can’t help prevent congestion and painfully slow browsing speeds.

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Robot Wars 2016

Meet the robots that will help us win the wars of the future

Meet the robots that will help us win the wars of the future

By on August 19, 2016 at 11:10 AM.

If former Marine and entrepreneur Sean Bielat has his way, the law enforcement officer tentatively approaching a vehicle in the future after making a traffic stop won’t be an officer at all. Rather, those are the kind of interactions — fraught with uncertainty, potentially dangerous — that seem to him to make perfect sense for one of his robots to deal with instead. More →

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Google Fiber Speed Price

Google has a new plan to bring gigabit internet to your home, and it doesn’t involve wires

By on August 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Google has a new plan to bring gigabit internet to your home, and it doesn’t involve wires

Google Fiber is the ISP that everyone wants — absurdly fast, unlimited internet for a reasonable price. It could legitimately be called the anti-Comcast, and that name now works in more ways than one.

A new FCC filing reveals that Google is exploring new technology to bring internet to users’ home without having to dig up streets. Google wants to conduct an experimental trial of new wireless technology in California, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia, which could bring Fiber without any actual fiber cables.

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Capture

A close-up look at the F-35A, the Air Force’s next-gen jet

By on August 11, 2016 at 8:40 PM.

A close-up look at the F-35A, the Air Force’s next-gen jet

The U.S. Air Force declared its first squadron of fifth-generation fighter jets, the F-35A Lightning II, combat ready earlier in August.

This remarkably advanced and powerful single-seat, single-engine fighter features advanced situational awareness, stealth, speeds of about 1,200 mph and much, much more— and it’s designed to be capable of a range of missions with just one aircraft. More →

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Smart Locks Hacked

Researchers find ‘smart’ door locks are easy to hack, surprising no one

By on August 11, 2016 at 5:10 PM.

Researchers find ‘smart’ door locks are easy to hack, surprising no one

My favorite part about the annual DEF CON security conference is the part where supposedly secure devices get torn to pieces. For some pieces of hardware, there’s an excuse, but I think smart door locks fall into the “you only had one job” category. And that job was not to be hacked this hard.

Researchers Anthony Rose and Ben Ramsey presented work they’d done highlighting vulnerabilities in Bluetooth locks. Using cheap, easily obtainable equipment, the researchers were able to hack a whole host of Bluetooth-connected locks from manufacturers like Quicklock, iBlulock, Plantraco, Ceomate, Elecycle, Vians, Okidokey and Mesh Motion.

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Largest SSD

A 60TB SSD is such glorious, beautiful overkill

By on August 10, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

A 60TB SSD is such glorious, beautiful overkill

No one, not even the most dedicated sysadmin, can justify buying a 60TB SSD. That much data is better stored on a tape deck, or in a giant planet-sized supercomputer à la Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But Seagate clearly disagrees, because it’s gone ahead and built it anyway.

Let’s try and put 60TB into perspective for you. By my back-of-the-calculator math, that’s enough for 85,000 TV episodes, 14,000 movies, or 80 years of regular-quality MP3 music. That is, scientifically speaking, quite a lot of music.

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Stranger Things Poster

This has to be the prettiest poster ever designed on an iPad

By on August 9, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

This has to be the prettiest poster ever designed on an iPad

Since its inception, critics have derisively labeled Apple’s iPad as a device suitable for consumption but not content creation. Early on, such criticisms were arguably well-founded. But over the years, app developers have continued to push the boundaries of what one can accomplish with an iPad. Further, the release of the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil essentially dispelled the tired notion that the iPad is only useful for watching movies and playing games.

Today, a wide assortment of media professionals – from musicians to video editors and of course illustrators – use Apple’s iPad to help them create and bring art into the world. Case in point: the poster design for Netflix’s hit-show “Stranger Things” was initially created on an iPad Pro.

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Microsoft Vs Apple

Microsoft exec points out the major flaw in Apple’s Mac lineup

By on August 9, 2016 at 12:45 PM.

Microsoft exec points out the major flaw in Apple’s Mac lineup

It’s hardly a secret that Apple’s Mac lineup is in desperate need of a refresh. Mac sales have been slumping as of late and the problem may have nothing to do with a general disinterest in Apple’s Mac platform. On the contrary, interest in the Mac appears to be strong but consumers simply aren’t willing to fork over their hard-earned cash for machines that, in some cases, are four years old.

As we highlighted just a few weeks ago, Apple’s current Mac lineup – the Mac Pro, the Retina MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air – is anything but current when you take a look at when Apple last refreshed them. Apple’s non-Retina MacBook Pro is a particularly bad offender, with the last refresh occurring more than 1500 days ago.

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‘Mayhem’ rules as DARPA’s battle of the machines hits Las Vegas

By on August 8, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

‘Mayhem’ rules as DARPA’s battle of the machines hits Las Vegas

What if machines could outsmart would-be attackers to protect national security?

A system called “Mayhem” has clinched the $2 million top prize in DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge in a competition to use software that automatically defends networks against attacks.

In the Cyber Grand Challenge, DARPA challenged the world to create software that can defend networks against attacks without a human typing at a keyboard. This software is designed to identify threats and react to, defend, and seal off vulnerabilities from future attacks.

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Marines Machine Gun Robot

The Marines now have robots that carry and fire heavy machine guns

By on August 2, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

The Marines now have robots that carry and fire heavy machine guns

We’ve seen all sorts of weapons mounted on drones, and military drones already wield impressive firepower, but that doesn’t mean we’re done building crazy machines with fire power. The next step is adding heavy machine guns and even grenade launchers to robots. Thankfully, these are not robots powered by artificial intelligence. Just like drones, they’re piloted by soldiers — the robots only do the heavy lifting and stabilize fire.

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Drug Cartels High-Tech Gear

The incredible technology cartels use to sneak drugs across the border

By on July 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

The incredible technology cartels use to sneak drugs across the border

The US government has been engaged in a war on drugs for years, and while it scored many renowned victories against prominent drug lords, drugs are still entering the country.  As it turns out, the cartels use incredibly advanced gear to ship their product across the border. More →

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