Computing

Hacking: Boston Stops Defcon Talk Over Security Concerns

This past weekend, during the Defcon hacker convention in Las Vegas, several MIT students who were prepared to give a talk regarding the security of Boston’s public transit system were stopped. A judge ruled to ban the presentation after the city realized a gaping vulnerability was about to become exposed. For now, the talks have been stopped, but now everyone ...

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Next-gen Intel Chips Get A Name Change

This time next year, when you’re buying Apple’s newly updated Macbook Pro or Mac Pro, you’ll likely see Intel’s latest line of CPUs in your machine. It’s called “Core” and the first CPU due out under the new moniker is the Intel Core i7 and i7 Extreme Edition. Not the most exciting thing, I know, but just think back to ...

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New Blog Reveals Photos Of Mutant Beyonce

My buddy Nick McGlynn is on a mission to expose poor photoshop skills.” To achieve this noble goal, he’s created a new blog called Photoshop of Horrors. Nick’s site feature pictures of some of the worst Photoshop disasters known to man. My personal favorites are this shot of Beyonce with three arms and a picture of a topless denim model ...

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Apple’s Core Location Blacklist Is The Truth

Remember Apple’s dirty little secret? It’s no mystery that Apple has complete control over your iPhone, after all, Apple made it. Well, it turns out that that shoddy little news about a blacklist is possibly true. Daringfireball.net (they’re gay for iPhones) reports how potentially malicious or useless applications that don’t meet Apple’s standards could be revoked not only off of ...

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3-D Display For Cellphones Is Right Around The Corner

Your cellphone doesn’t quite have the power the PSP has, though it’s trying. The Seiko Epson Corp are pushing the future of cellphone software forward with their 3-D display for mobile phones. With about 500 PPI of resolution, this 3D display is a sight to see with no 3-D glasses needed: “[It’s] one of the world’s highest resolutions of direct-view-type ...

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Mac Pattern Madness

These are some of the most intricate designs to ever to get etched into a laptop’s casing. Gordon Cohen recently had his Macs upgraded with images of “composed corporate animals”, which I’m guessing is a shot at the man or something like that. Engraved by Device Nine Six, those looking for a similar design for their laptop and living in ...

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USB Necktie Might Impress Your Boss

The product of design firm Dialog5, this USB Necktie, dubbed ‘Business Class’ is one of the more chic gadgets we’ve seen as of late. A solid white design, featuring a small blue USB logo towards the bottom, you could actually wear this to work or to a dinner. At the bottom of the tie is a USB jack that can ...

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Freedom Stick Could Cause The Opposite

Going to Beijing for the upcoming Olympic games? Well, if you weren’t aware, China is not a democracy. Their nation-wide firewall leaves access to certain websites blocked, dulling your internet experience. No worries, thanks to Germany’s Chaos Computer Club’s USB dongle dubbed The Freedom Stick. For just $30, this device is preloaded with software which will secure your connection, routing ...

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Guant�namo Theme At Coney Island Is Frightening

Have you been to Coney Island lately? It’s the prime spot for carny games and funnel cake. Now, it’s got even more appeal, with robots acting out the infamous torture technique of waterboarding. It’ll have you running in terror as if you’re being chased by a creepy old man bot. Artist Steve Powers opened the �Waterboard Thrill Ride� on West ...

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The Beagle Board Does Not Include Free Peanuts

Digi-Key has unleashed its power house single-board computer called the Beagle Board. This developer dream board is perfect for DIY projects and ground level design work. Don’t judge it by its size either, its processor: the ARM Cortex A8, runs up to 600MHz while delivering over 1,200 MIPS (million instructions per second). It packs quite a punch for a 3″ ...

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