Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


ProxyHam anonymity project bizarrely destroyed sans explanation

ProxyHam anonymity project bizarrely destroyed sans explanation

Staying private on the Internet has become a big concern for many and a problem for certain government agencies. The Edward Snowden leaks revealed a trove of data on government spying, and since then companies have moved to further encrypt data and many devices have cropped up promising high security. ProxyHam is one of those devices. The maker described the device as a hardware proxy that could be planted somewhere like your local cafe; it would use radio connections to transmit the signal up to 2.5 miles away, leaving the Internet user safely hidden. Now the project has been cancelled under bizarre circumstances.

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Adobe fixed Flash’s zero-day flaws but it still needs to die

Adobe fixed Flash’s zero-day flaws but it still needs to die

Adobe has pushed out a Flash Player security update to fix the latest critical vulnerability that garnered it attention today. This certainly isn't the first time Adobe has been forced to fix critical problems with its Flash software, but has spurred individuals and companies alike to call for the software's death. This update covers multiple versions of Flash player across a few platforms, but many in the industry still agree: it is time for Adobe to make its Flash Player fade away.

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American Horror Story: Hotel revealed in first teaser trailer

American Horror Story: Hotel revealed in first teaser trailer

Summer is moving along quickly and starting next month television shows will be firing up their latest seasons. The next season for American Horror Story will be arriving in the near future, and today fans got their first look at what the fifth season -- dubbed "Hotel" -- will offer. As promised, Lady Gaga will be starring this upcoming season (we get a look at her character in the teaser), and she's playing an "evil" character per her request. No one else appears in this teaser, but more videos are soon to follow.

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Five Nights At Freddy’s 4: first game trailer arrives

Five Nights At Freddy’s 4: first game trailer arrives

The game Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 became official in late April following a big tease, and early this morning fans were greeted with a change to the game's release date: it'll be arriving on August 8, leaving less than a month's wait; previously the game was set to be released on Halloween, but instead Halloween will mark the arrival of a game expansion. Following that the game's first (and perhaps only) game trailer has been released, and it makes a big change over the previous games.

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Netflix unveils its first Spanish-language original series

Netflix unveils its first Spanish-language original series

Netflix has been working to expand its Spanish language options for U.S. subscribers, a business move that isn't surprising given the large number of Spanish speakers in the nation and around the globe. Last month the video streaming service announced that it would be adding Spanish audio descriptions to some of its content, starting with its original series Narcos. Now Netflix has announced plans to create its Spanish language original series, which will be made available to all of its subscribers around the globe.

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Land Rover software bug causes doors to open on their own

Land Rover software bug causes doors to open on their own

You're driving along and all is well until you turn and your door swings open -- a door you're sure was firmly shut when you got in the car. Such is a potential problem some Range Rover owners are facing due to a software bug that may cause the doors unlatch on their own. A door opening without warning could distract the driver and cause a wreck, could result in property damage, or could on the extreme end of things cause a passenger who isn't wearing a seat belt to fall out of the vehicle.

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Ouch, Comcast Fiber costs $300 a month, requires 2yr contract

Ouch, Comcast Fiber costs $300 a month, requires 2yr contract

Odds are the Internet speeds available in your region are paltry, but some have enjoyed access to ultra-fast municipal services and Google Fiber. Comcast is trumping them all with a new 2Gbps Internet option, but those who go for this ultra-fast package are going to be paying an ultra-amount for it: $299.95 per month, as well as up to $1,000 USD to get it hooked up and activated. The service is available to those located in certain cities scattered across the United States.

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Oxitec’s GM mosquitoes annihilate their wild counterparts

Oxitec’s GM mosquitoes annihilate their wild counterparts

Mosquitoes are a nuisance for some and a deadly reality for others. The pests are responsible for transmitting diseases to million of people every year, and efforts to quash this problem have been only somewhat successful. Enter Oxitec's genetically modified mosquitoes -- they are designed to produce offspring that do not reach an age sufficient enough for reproduction, and when sufficiently large enough populations of them are introduced into the wild they result in an utter annihilation of their non-modified neighbors.

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Ultrasound stimulates, speeds up wound healing

Ultrasound stimulates, speeds up wound healing

Cut yourself and, assuming you're somewhat young and otherwise healthy, it'll heal in a reasonable amount of time. Older age and certain conditions like diabetes can interfere with this healing process, though, and could result in wounds that won't heal or that take a very long time to heal. Researchers at the University of Bristol and the University of Sheffield may have a solution, however, in the form of low-intensity ultrasounds. A study detailing their effort reveals their technique both speeds up healing time and restores to the body a youthful/healthy healing ability.

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Switzerland testing emergency supplies drone

Switzerland testing emergency supplies drone

Thoughts of getting your pizza and new toys delivered by drone are fun, but others see more altruistic possibilities with these aerial vehicles: on-demand defibrillators, medical supplies in hard to reach places, and in the case of Switzerland, emergency supplies of different sorts during times when traditional transportation isn’t ideal. This could include, says Swiss Post, everything from using drones to ship post-storm emergency supplies to high priority lab tests. This is only one example of possible future uses, however.

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