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Nanotechnology Breakthrough: Carbon Nanotubes Outperform Silicon Electronics

Posted on September 5th, 2016.

University of Wisconsin–Madison materials engineers have created carbon nanotube transistors that, for the first time, outperform state-of-the-art silicon transistors. This breakthrough points the way to future high-performance nanotube electronics.

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Bugs

Video: Stagefright Returns; 500 Million Android Devices at Risk

Posted on March 17th, 2016.

A new variant of the dreaded Android-based Stagefright bug has been successfully exploited by security researchers who showed a proof-of-concept of phone getting hacked remotely. The newly discovered Stagefright bug affects users running Android Lollipop, versions 5.0 and 5.1. Israeli software security research company NorthBit has, in a...

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Hacking

Video: Hacker Uses Smartphone to Hack a Connected Car

Posted on December 15th, 2015.

An associate professor and white-hat hacker, Hiroyuki Inoue, has demonstrated a proof-of-concept showing cars that are equipped with internet-connected devices can be hacked and even remotely controlled by wielding a smartphone. In an experiment, Hiroyuki Inoue, an associate professor at Hiroshima City University’s Graduate School of...

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Opinionated

New Bike Simulator Makes it Amusingly Fun to Exercise

Posted on December 15th, 2015.

We joined Activetainment‘s Norway launch of their new B\01 Bike in Oslo earlier this month. The new bike is a part of the training concept named ebove which is: a unique training concept that combines exercise and gaming. Activetainment strives to make indoor exercise more like outdoor exercise, with both visual and motional...

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Hacking

Surveillance Age Love

Posted on December 10th, 2015.

What do you think: Is spying on your lover okay? One survey found approximately one-third of people are okay with spying on their loved ones. A recent report out of Australia showed that nearly half of young Australians think spying on their partner via computer, phone or otherwise is acceptable. A simple Google search shows people are...

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Biotech

Child With Rare Disorder Receives ‘Bionic’ Hand Made By 3D-Printer

Posted on December 10th, 2015.

A prosthetic hand made with 3D-printing technology has provided a functional right hand for a 6-year-old boy born with a rare disorder, according to Reuters. The boy, Lucas Abraham, showed his new “bionic” hand made for him by bioengineering students at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. The child noted that it’s the best...

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Companies

Video: Microsoft Ends PC-Mac War with Apple, for the Holidays

Posted on December 1st, 2015.

It’s officially December and the spirit of the holidays was seen in one Microsoft holiday commercial where the PC manufacturer took time to embrace Apple to spread the festive cheer. It proved to be an unusual sight. On November 16, Microsoft Store employees walked up Fifth Avenue to literally embrace Apple employees. The PC manufacturer...

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Opinionated

Israel Wants YouTube To Censor Palestinian Videos of Conflict

Posted on December 1st, 2015.

According to AlterNet, Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely recently met with Google executives to discuss potential censorship of certain YouTube videos. Specifically, videos that the Israeli state deems to “incite violence.” In a Hebrew-only press release, Hotovely told Maariv that she had attended a meeting with...

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Climate Change

Private Clean Energy Technology Group Announced by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg

Posted on November 30th, 2015.

In a Facebook post today, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he and his wife Priscilla Chan have joined former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates in launching a new initiative. Dubbed the “Breakthrough Energy Coalition”, the founders will look to support companies that are working on zero-carbon clean technology solutions around the world....

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Business

YouTube Will Pay Up To $1 Million in Legal Fees For Qualifying Users

Posted on November 27th, 2015.

After a long history of strange gaffes in its copyright claim system, YouTube is finally making moves to support its lifeblood – its independent content creators who, too often for comfort, are subjected to copyright claims that actually violate their rights to fair use. Or, occasionally, the claims can be even more ridiculous – groups...

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Biotech

Circuit Board Health Monitoring Tech Tattoos Are Already Here

Posted on November 26th, 2015.

Ben Lamm, CEO of Chaotic Moon, is understandably excited while talking about his company’s innovation. Dubbed ‘Tech Tats’, the tattoo kit, now in the prototype stage, will collect and transmit data similar to the Jawbone or Apple Watch. The tattoo, which washes off, will send data to medical staff and can also have...

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Companies

Video: Drone Firm Raises Millions via Kickstarter, Then Rage Quits

Posted on November 25th, 2015.

Kickstarter projects and their woes are the subject of more than one website. While most focus on Kickstarter projects that fail to launch, there is another aspect of Kickstarter which doesn’t get enough attention and probably should: the projects which get funded and then never deliver a product. In this instance, the product is a...

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Anonymous

Unlikely Allies: Anonymous Hactivists & The US Government Join Forces Against ISIS

Posted on November 17th, 2015.

E.T. Brooking’s wrote for Foreign Policy what Ghost Security Group executive director, DigitalShadow, calls “a very accurate reflection of our operations against extremism.” In that article, the author details the Alice In Wonderland world in which hacktivists team up with national law enforcement agencies against the Islamic State. It’s...

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Artificial Intelligence

Neurosurgeon Implants a Computer into His Brain

Posted on November 10th, 2015.

Phil Kennedy was unable to find the right subject for his project. The goal of the project was to make it so that severely disable patients would be able to speak using their brains alone, even though their mouths did not work, but better than what Stephen Hawking uses. Even if he had, it would have been difficult to get government...

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Drone News

Video: World’s First 3D Printed Jet-Powered UAV Takes Flight

Posted on November 9th, 2015.

Virginia-based Aurora Flight Services, a company specializing in advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in partnership with 3D printing solutions company StrataSys, has developed the world’s first jet-powered, 3D printed aircraft. With speeds topping 150 mph, this is no ordinary aircraft. The 33-pound lightweight craft also has a...

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Fun Hacks

Hacked 3D Printer Becomes a Precision Tattooing Robot

Posted on November 5th, 2015.

Want to get tattooed by a robot? Meet “tatoue,” the 3D tattoo printer. Tatoue was born when a group of enterprising design students in Paris were looking for a way to do something unique. Their story can be found on Appropriate Audiences website, a design group that takes its name from the title of the movie previews that precede major...

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Energy

World’s Largest Floating Wind Farm Will Be in the Scottish Seas

Posted on November 2nd, 2015.

The Scottish government has stamped its approval for a floating offshore windmill warm that will be built off the coast of the country, out at sea. The world’s largest offshore wind farm has been greenlit by the Scottish government and will see Norwegian energy firm Statoil engage in a pilot scheme to install five turbines that will be...

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Fun Hacks

iPhone 6 Hacked into a Digital Scale

Posted on October 26th, 2015.

Apple’s iPhone 6 series introduced 3D Touch, a hardware function that measures the hardness of a press on the screen. Such a feature can be handy for all sorts of developers, especially game developers. It gives them the ability to measure both length and depth of a press. Android devices already have the same functionality,...

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Communication

Department of Justice Still Determined to Force Apple to Decrypt Its Consumer Technology

Posted on October 24th, 2015.

A methamphetamine distribution case in the District Court for the Eastern District of New York has the government trying a new approach in its fight against strong cryptography. Prosecutors believe there is strong evidence on an iPhone 5s belonging to an alleged drug dealer. They requested and were granted a warrant that a warrant be...

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Biotech

Biotech CEO Undergoes Gene Hacking to Reverse Aging

Posted on October 19th, 2015.

Liz Parrish, CEO of biotech startup BioViva, says she underwent a gene therapy at an undisclosed location overseas last month, a first step in what she says is a plan to develop treatments for ravages of old age like Alzheimer’s and muscle loss, MIT Technology Review reports.