Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Facebook and Apple now cover female employees who freeze eggs

Facebook and Apple now cover female employees who freeze eggs

In a world where the biggest tech companies are often criticized for employing relatively low numbers of female workers, Apple and Facebook have both instituted a notable change in policy: they'll both now cover the costs for employees to have eggs frozen, something more women are choosing to do so that their younger years can be spent working on building a career. Both are now covering costs that will, under typical pricing structures, allow female workers to have up to two procedure rounds.

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Google researchers discover SSL 3.0 bug

Google researchers discover SSL 3.0 bug

We've heard about a lot of bugs this year, not the least of which being the recent "Shellshock" bug. Now Google researchers have discovered a bug in SSL 3.0 that could allow hackers to nab user data. The discovery was detailed today in a report published by the team, which says they were able to breach the protocol using what they call a "POODLE" attack -- Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption attack. With this, they have recommended that SSL 3.0 be disabled to mitigate the problem.

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Archos virtual reality headset tipped to launch soon

Archos virtual reality headset tipped to launch soon

Virtual reality is upon us, and many companies have been busy at work on their own VR offerings, not to mention Google's interesting Cardboard headset. According to a report from ArcTablet, it looks like Archos is also getting into the market, with the company reportedly being set to launch its own VR headset either next month or in December. Notably, the headset will only be priced at about $38 USD, making it a budget-friendly option for those looking to trifle with the technology without significant investments.

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Captain America 3 tipped to have Robert Downey Jr. onboard

Captain America 3 tipped to have Robert Downey Jr. onboard

Captain America 3 will feature Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, if a report from Variety proves correct. According to sources, the actor is near to signing on for the movie, which would be based around Marvel's Civil War storyline. Downey's presence in the movie is important, given that the Civil War storyline will have Tony Stark battling against Steve Rogers ("Captain America"), making Downey an important component in the film. This would join the actor's already established presence in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3.

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Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Your DIY home repairs don't have to be archaic, at least as far as Ryobi is concerned. The power tools manufacturer has released a new line of "smart" power tools designed to work with your smartphone and a related app, which when combined give the tools additional functionality they wouldn't have on their own. This allows the tools themselves to be priced cheaper than they would if each provided the extra tech as integrated features, and gives you an excuse to pull out your phone while working.

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Flickr Wall Art: a new integrated printing service

Flickr Wall Art: a new integrated printing service

We've all had that moment: you snap a picture that turns out so beautiful you want to showcase it on a physical wall. Printing services are ready to make this happen, but they can be a bit of hassle for those who don't often use them. Some photography hosting websites integrate printing services for this reason, and now Flickr is counted among them. Today the company introduced its new Flickr Wall Art option, which allows users to request a print directly from the photo page.

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New battery tech warns when an explosion is possible

New battery tech warns when an explosion is possible

Though they're rare, we've all heard the horror stories: people innocently using their smartphones and tablets, only to have them catch fire and/or explode, sometimes causing severe injuries to the users. The reasons this happens are numerous, but in the case of lithium-ion batteries, they can usually be narrowed down to a specific cause: internal short-circuiting. Thanks to a team of researchers from Stanford, that issue could be partially solved via a new technology that alerts when something has gone awry.

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Mars One mission could fail terribly, says MIT students

Mars One mission could fail terribly, says MIT students

The world's interest in sending people to Mars has never been higher, and for good reason: it is cited as both a necessity for the human race, and the technology to pull it off is advancing quickly. Multiple entities are looking into sending people to the Red Planet, perhaps the most notable being Mars One, which is looking to send a group of astronauts on a one-way trip. Unfortunately, as exciting as the prospects are, a group of MIT students says the mission is doomed, and that with the current plan the astronauts would starve.

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LEGO Batman movie tipped to arrive in 2017

LEGO Batman movie tipped to arrive in 2017

Warner Bros. has decided to make a LEGO Batman movie, and it is doing so at a rapid clip due to popular demand. The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which says Chris McKay is on-board to direct the upcoming flick. If all goes as planned, Warner Bros. is looking to release the movie in 2017, and though a solid date isn't yet placed, it could end up hitting theaters when the LEGO Movie 2 was originally slated to arrive.

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Netflix’s 4k streaming prices climb for new users

Netflix’s 4k streaming prices climb for new users

Netflix has busied itself with a myriad of projects, many of the most recent ones revolving around theatrical movies that will either exclusively appear on the video service, or will launch on the service at the same time as traditional cinemas. That hasn't sat well with many in the industry, but consumers have expressed excitement about the shift in how entertainment is delivered. What consumers might be less excited about, however, is the newest change that Netflix has been very quiet about.

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