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  • Bitcoin engineer Jameson Lopp SWATted by angry crypto fans

    Bitcoin engineer Jameson Lopp SWATted by angry crypto fans

    An engineer for BitGo, Jameson Lopp, faced down a horde of police officers with rifles at his home in Durham, North Carolina after someone sent an anonymous tip regarding a hostage situation at his home. The engineer has been vocal on Twitter about upcoming changes in the protocol. “They shut down most of my neighborhood,” he said. “There were dozens of patrol units, a SWAT… Read More

  • The Populele makes it fun/easy to learn the “devil’s guitar”

    The Populele makes it fun/easy to learn the “devil’s guitar”

    As a staunch believer in non-existent superstitions I feel that the ukulele is a very dangerous, sensual instrument that could lead to the ruination of our young people and rend the very fabric of society. That said, I can now play Stand By Me on the Populele, a feat that was rendered possible by the melding of LEDs, Bluetooth, and a clever app. The Populele by Popuband is a $159 ukulele with… Read More

  • The end of oversharing

    The end of oversharing

    The early 2000s were the era of user-generated content. Companies like Associated Content and Shareasale rewarded content producers richly – one friend of mine made millions on YouTube in 2004 because he was one of the few serial content producers on the platform. The future was going to be broadcast in all of its gritty glory. Bloggers would win forever and ever. The voices of the… Read More

  • It’s just gotten a lot easier to reprint keys from photographs

    It’s just gotten a lot easier to reprint keys from photographs

    If you’re in the business of opening locked doors for business or pleasure, it just got a little easier. Using a parametric file for SCAD, you can easily recreate a Kwikset key with a few keystrokes. Kwikset is particularly vulnerable because it has only five pins and five positions – 1 being not cut at all and 5 being cut very deeply. This means you can look at an image of a… Read More

  • CamSoda is updating its streaming network to support language lessons

    CamSoda is updating its streaming network to support language lessons

    Not to be outdone by other streaming media sites, adult site CamSoda [Partially NSFW] is introducing language lessons. That’s right: you can learn all about conjugation, declension and perhaps reproduction from scantily dressed teachers. CamSoda models requested the service when they found it fun to teach the folks they spoke with online about differences in languages. Further, the… Read More

  • Build your own token sale with CoinLaunch’s CoinCreator

    Build your own token sale with CoinLaunch’s CoinCreator

    Building a token sale is at once quite simple and quite complex. A number of issues crop up immediately, including, but not limited to, the need for an expensive team of lawyers, marketers, social media experts and an expensive crew to build your smart contract. CoinLaunch, a project by repeat entrepreneur Reuven Cohen, aims to reduce the complexity of at least one part of the process. Read More

  • Two global investors will talk token sales at Disrupt Berlin

    Two global investors will talk token sales at Disrupt Berlin

    Token sales, also called ICOs, are the new normal when it comes to early stage cash. Originally envisioned as a way to create new and unique rails for payments, customer interaction, and peer-to-peer networking the token is now both an integral part of most companies and a great way to fund a great (or awful) idea. This year at Disrupt Berlin we’ll be joined by Zoe Adamovicz of… Read More

  • Equifax products also leaked thousands of salary histories

    Equifax products also leaked thousands of salary histories

    Equifax is still leaking like a sieve. Security researcher Brian Krebs has outlined a vulnerability in Equifax’s The Work Number product, a system used by credit companies to confirm your salary. The system uses a number of personal details, including your SSN and birthdate, to bring up a salary history. These are details leaked in Equifax’s 143 million record breach this… Read More

  • PornHub uses computer vision to ID actors, acts in its videos

    PornHub uses computer vision to ID actors, acts in its videos

    They say porn adopts new technologies first and PornHub [NSFW], a site that is as NSFW as it sounds, is proving that old adage true. The site – which receives 80 million visitors a day – found that its old, antiquated methods of tagging videos by hand was not sufficient. Rather than hire someone to go through the hundreds of thousands of videos and tag them by hand, the team at… Read More

  • The SpiderMAV does whatever a spider can, spins a web, any size

    The SpiderMAV does whatever a spider can, spins a web, any size

    Researchers at the Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Laboratory have created the SpiderMAV – a robot that stabilizes itself by shooting out multiple strands of rope that can stick to magnetic surfaces. The drone, which is a standard quadcopter, has a built-in rope gun that blasts out little connectors. The drone then pulls against the ropes, stabilizing itself in… Read More

  • A chat with the creators of Arduino

    A chat with the creators of Arduino

    On this week’s Technotopia I talked to Massimo Banzi and Fabio Violante, the co-creators of Arduino. This pair of Italian artists saw their little single-board computers as a gateway to high-tech art but they’ve essentially created a world in which anyone – from an 11-year-old hacker to a huge corporation – can make amazing hardware in a few hours. The pair recently… Read More

  • Angry young men

    Angry young men

    I used to build bombs in my basement. My friend, a guy who called himself Damage Inc. on the BBSes, built pipe bombs and made a rocket launcher that shot small Estes rockets tipped with razors. We set them off in abandoned fields and fired rockets into trees. We lived in Columbus, Ohio, where there were wide stretches of open field and wide vistas of open time and we were bored and we made and… Read More

  • Traaqr connects your online identity with your real one

    Traaqr connects your online identity with your real one

    Traaqr, a St. Louis-based company, has just announced the launch of their interesting and clever new service. Essentially the system connects online interactions with real world customer service representatives, ensuring accurate attribution when someone goes from your website to your phone bank. Created by entrepreneurs Brian Handrigan, Jeff Linihan, and RJ Jones, the company has raised… Read More

  • The Arsenale Automatic is a tribute to the Venetian shipyards of yore

    The Arsenale Automatic is a tribute to the Venetian shipyards of yore

    In advance of the last warm weekend I present a pretty cool crowdfunded watch that might be worth a look. Called the Arsenale Automatic it pays tribute to Venice’s proud sailing history and looks just brutish enough to remind us of her violent, pestilence-filled past. The watch comes with a Miyota or ETA movement – either Japanese or Swiss – and comes in a brush polished steel… Read More

  • Sonos announces the Sonos One, a self-contained, Alexa-connected speaker

    Sonos announces the Sonos One, a self-contained, Alexa-connected speaker

    The Sonos One is a new speaker designed from the ground-up for voice interaction via Alexa. The speaker is similar to the current home speakers Sonos sells but six internal microphones allow you to speak to the speaker without extra voice control hardware. Pre-orders are starting now for $199. Today’s new speakers will ship soon. The system uses echo-cancellation tech to hear you over… Read More

  • Sonos announces Alexa-controlled wireless speakers

    Sonos announces Alexa-controlled wireless speakers

    Alexa is officially the first voice assistant to be available on Sonos, a move that turns the wireless speaker product into a voice-controlled sound system. Originally announced a year ago, Sonos has been working “day and night” with Amazon to implement the features. Alexa on Sonos will be available as a beta software update today. You will be able to control your speakers using… Read More

  • The Netgear ReadyNAS 524X is a data hoarder’s delight

    The Netgear ReadyNAS 524X is a data hoarder’s delight

    As a member of the Data Generation, I’ve found that my photos, videos, and documents quickly expand to fill their containers. A standard USB drive is quickly replaced by another, larger one while home network file servers fall by the wayside as they get full, old, and dangerously lossy. In short, it’s time for the big guns. That’s why I was pleased to try out the Netgear… Read More

  • Cladwell helps you pick out your clothes

    Cladwell helps you pick out your clothes

    As a true clotheshorse I love to lay out my outfits a week in advance and ensure that all of my sartorial choices are on, as it were, fleek. But not everyone has that skill or the time and those people should try Cladwell. Created by Blake Smith the app first tells you exactly what to buy – a selection of regular items that you can use forever – and then gives you permutations… Read More

  • The sorrow of Biz Stone

    The sorrow of Biz Stone

    A friend of mine wakes up every morning and reports every single instance of crass, homophobic, and racist behavior she sees on Twitter. She sees it as her duty, an ordering of things in an unordered stream. Her efforts are quixotic at best because when she wakes up and rubs the sleep out of her eyes the firehose still rages. Why does she have to do this? Because of Twitter’s success and… Read More

  • Researcher Emilio Ferrara talks about the rise of fake news and botnets

    Researcher Emilio Ferrara talks about the rise of fake news and botnets

    Emilio Ferrara has been thinking about botnets for over a decade. As the first social networks climbed out of the mire, he noticed that they were very easy to game. Now, it seems, all of those early tools have finally been weaponized. I spoke to Ferrara about his research work as well as his fascinating study that found that Twitter bots can be used for good. In this episode of Technopia… Read More

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