Posts in January, 2013

Chinese hackers invade New York Times – steal passwords for every employee

// January 31st, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The New York Times revealed yesterday that Chinese hackers have attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees. It is believed that the hackers have had access to their internal network for four months. After breaking into the NYT network, the hackers installed malware that […]

NASA’s NEXT ion thruster engine sets new world record

// January 30th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

NASA Glenn has been developing the next generation of ion thrusters for future missions. NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) Project has developed a 7-kilowatt ion thruster that can provide the capabilities needed in the future. The ion propulsion system’s efficient use of fuel and electrical power enable modern spacecraft to travel farther, faster, and cheaper […]

Google rumored to be prepping upgraded Nexus 10 with more powerful quad-core processor and 8-core GPU

// January 29th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hardware

Rumors are beginning to circulate that Google is prepping a major upgrade to their flagship Nexus 10 tablet. The Nexus 10, introduced in October 2012, is equipped with a powerful Exynos 1.7GHz dual-core processor and a Mali-T604 GPU but users have reported performance issues such as lag and stutter as the processor struggles to power […]

Google leading effort to overhaul (or remove) 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act

// January 28th, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

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According to Bloomberg, Google, who gets about 1,400 requests a month from U.S. authorities for users’ email and documents, is leading an effort to change key aspects of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act in order to limit or prohibit government access to citizen’s private communications. Google’s chief legal officer told Bloomberg: “Given the realities […]

MRO discovers interesting process on Mars surface – underground dry ice causes exploding sand dunes

// January 28th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, or MRO, has discovered an interesting process on the surface of Mars – exploding sand dunes! Enormous pressure from underground frozen carbon dioxide deposits is being released through the surface creating feathery looking sand dunes in Mar’s northern hemisphere. The results of these new studies will be published in the […]

Awesome Zombie snowmen crawling out of the ground in Bristol

// January 25th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

As the “Snowbomb” hits Wales and Southern England, with temperatures dipping to –6.1C, Jen Hutchinson of Bristol created these awesome zombie snowmen crawling out of the ground in a disused graveyard.

Uh oh, the size of a proton may be significantly smaller than originally believed

// January 25th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

A team of scientists at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have upset the current body of literature on quantum electrodynamics by proving that the size of a proton is actually much smaller than originally believed. Their measurements indicated the proton’s radius measures a mere 0.84fm.

These dairy robots milk the cows and page the farmer in the dell when it breaks down

// January 25th, 2013 // No Comments » // Technology

Widely used in Europe and beginning to catch on in the United States, these robotic milking machines require very little human labor allowing a dairy farmer to operate a 350-cow dairy with only two human employees. The robotic milkers are revolutionizing the dairy industry. When the cow gets uncomfortable and decides it needs to be […]

Samsung announces the new Galaxy Xcover 2 smartphone – rugged smartphone for adventurers with nifty outdoorsman features

// January 25th, 2013 // No Comments » // Mobile

Samsung today announced its new Galaxy Xcover 2, a ruggedized smartphone designed for outdoor adventurers. It is dust and sand proof and water resistant up to a depth of one meter. It features a 4-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, VGA front-facing camera, and 5-megapixel rear camera. It will include 4GB of internal memory, expandable to […]

Next year, DARPA will put powerful laser weapons on aircraft to defend against rearward enemy attacks

// January 25th, 2013 // No Comments » // Futuristic Technology

DARPA (United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has awarded Lockheed Martin a $9.5 million contract for the third and final phase of the DARPA Aero-Adaptive/Aero-Optic Beam Control (ABC) program. The intent of the “ABC” program is to provide rearward protection of U.S. aircraft using high-energy lasers, which is no easy feat given the rear […]

For anyone who thinks Twitter’s new Vine will die quickly we have two words – animated GIF

// January 24th, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

Twitter uses can now add six-second looping videos to their 140-character tweets using technology Twitter bought last year from developer start-up Vine. Hey, it’s like animated GIFs with sound (or Instagram with video)! So far, the 5.7MB free application is only available to owners of iPads and the iPhone 3GS and above, and it’s optimized […]

Gotcha! U.S. accuses three people of Gozi Trojan bank raid spree – now seeking extradition

// January 24th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Described as one of the most financially destructive computer viruses in history, the Gozi Trojan was coded to “redesign” bank web pages allowing the hackers to obtain private information such as login credentials and three-factor authentication data. Over the years it has infected Microsoft Windows computers in the US, UK, Germany, Poland, France, Finland, Italy, […]

United States invites hackers – code for your country

// January 24th, 2013 // No Comments » // Programming

The White House announced today that it will kick off a “National Day of Civic Hacking” on June 1 and 2 (2013) and is inviting those with tech know-how to use their coding skills to improve communities across the country. Participating government agencies will give hackers access to public data along with coding challenges that […]

Users beware – yet another way to secretly save SnapChat pictures without the other user knowing it

// January 23rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Besides using another device to capture the SnapChat image and other “hacks” already discovered that makes SnapChat not quite so “snappy”, yet another hack has been discovered which lets users secretly capture screen shots of SnapChat’s “private” pictures without notifying the sender. SnapChat is the self-claimed “sext-friendly” application that lets users share sexy or naked […]

Newly released European Space Agency photograph shows massive supergiant star hurling towards mysterious “dusty wall”

// January 23rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Betelgeuse, the supergiant bright red star in the picture above, lies in the shoulder of Orion and has dozens of times the mass of the Sun. Scientists believe Betelgeuse is ready to detonate as a supernova at any time. The European Space Agency yesterday released the photograph above showing Betelgeuse ploughing through interstellar space at […]

The unique design of Casio’s upcoming dual-screen Android smartphone opens up a world of possibilities

// January 22nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Mobile

NEC Casio’s upcoming Medias W Android smartphone will have two 4.3-inch touch screens arranged back-to-back on a hinge. When unfolded, the rear screen swings up to form a single 5.6-inch touch screen (with the line in the middle). In normal usage patterns, the main screen will be used with the phone folded but when both […]