Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


‘Cyberflashing’ incident ushers in new era of perverts

‘Cyberflashing’ incident ushers in new era of perverts

The modern world is full of funny new terms that speak of situations facilitated by the gadgets we carry around with us. The new word buzzing around is 'cyberflashing', and some are saying the first of such incidents has taken place via a lone pervert using AirDrop. Reportedly, the suspect used Apple's AirDrop to send unsolicited indecent pictures (it is unclear whether they were images of the suspect) to a passenger on a train in London. Police say they have investigated the matter.

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ISS pictures are being used to map global light pollution

ISS pictures are being used to map global light pollution

A project called Cities at Night is using photographs taken by astronauts from the International Space Station to map nightly light pollution in cities across the world. The project started last summer, and requires the mapping of more than 130,000 high-resolution photographs using geo-centric details. This project is looking at the amount of light produced by cities across the entire globe, including the smaller sources of scattered light in addition to the bigger, more obvious points of light pollution.

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Nikon P900, S6700 camera updates fix trio of bugs

Nikon P900, S6700 camera updates fix trio of bugs

If you have either the Nikon S6700 or the Nikon P900 cameras, you may have experienced one of a few different problems that make photography very difficult and at times impossible. Both Coolpix models have experienced issues, but the Coolpix P900 arguably was the worse as there were a pair of issues revolving around the remote control. The Coolpix S6700 model, meanwhile, could occasionally freeze without retracting the lens when powered on. Nikon has pushed out updates to fix both of those problems.

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Electronic Sports League reveals new drug policy

Electronic Sports League reveals new drug policy

Last month, the eSports organization Electronic Sports League revealed that it would be instituting a drug policy following revelations of drug use from a professional gamer. The nature of the drug policy wasn't revealed at the time, excepting that it would ban gamers from using drugs that give them a competitive edge in pro gaming competitions. The league revealed the new drug policy today in a post on Reddit, saying that it will be following the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) list of prohibited substances [PDF].

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Combat+ Sync sport headphones have built-in intercom

Combat+ Sync sport headphones have built-in intercom

Exercise and sports practice are often paired with music, and the music is usually delivered via a pair of earbuds wedged deeply in one’s ears. That’s fine until a coach or personal trainer needs to get your attention — then it’s all arm waving and towel throwing until the wearer takes notice. The new Combat+ Sync headphones take care of that problem by featuring a built-in intercom mechanism; they double as a pair of walkie talkies, allowing a trainer to talk directly into the athlete's ear from a distance.

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Dropbox adds USB security key support

Dropbox adds USB security key support

Dropbox has updated its security features, adding in a two-step verification option that utilizes a USB key rather than a six-digit passcode. There are a few benefits to this, one of which is being able to access the account even if you don't have your phone or its battery is dead. This also eliminates the issue of phishing, as code-based two-step authentication would still be a liability if someone with the right credentials fell for a phishing scheme.

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Eagle joins kangaroo, hawk in sky battle against drones

Eagle joins kangaroo, hawk in sky battle against drones

Most drones are equipped with cameras, and those cameras are excellent at capturing the assaults against the drone and its death spiral out of the sky. Nature itself hasn’t taken kindly to drones on more than one occasion — we’ve seen one drone get taken down by an apparently annoyed kangaroo after a drone wouldn’t stop being nosy, and we’ve seen a hawk swoop down and take a drone out of the sky. The latest video to surface is similar, but this time involves an eagle that decides to engage in a brief sky battle.

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Vine app might soon offer soundtrack feature

Vine app might soon offer soundtrack feature

Vine is that wonderful service filled with footage that loops like GIFs but that has the quality of an ordinary video, and a new apparent tease that has surfaced hints that, just maybe, those looping videos will one day include soundtracks added directly within the Vine app. The speculation follows a Vine video published earlier this afternoon by Twitter's United Kingdom Director Bruce Daisley -- it is simply titled "Test", and though it is an uninteresting video it has a very interesting addition.

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LG Music Flow curved sound bar for US arrives in October

LG Music Flow curved sound bar for US arrives in October

LG has a new curved sound bar that'll be arriving in the near future, the LAS855M. This is the maker’s first curved sound bar, and it will be arriving for buyers in the United States this upcoming October. The sound bar is designed to complement LG’s (and other manufacturers’) curved televisions, being both gently curved in the same way and coupling it with a shallow, broad design. The speaker bar can be placed on the television stand or mounted on the wall.

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Jaybird X2 wireless next-gen earbuds have improved sound, design

Jaybird X2 wireless next-gen earbuds have improved sound, design

Jaybird has released its newest pair of earbuds, the Jaybird X2. This model is the second-generation version of Jaybird’s previous BlueBuds X sport headphones; the company’s CMO Rene Oehlerking says Jaybird has “improved on BlueBuds X in every way.” The new X2 earbuds are wireless and, like the BlueBuds X, designed for “sport” users. Users will find that both sound quality and design have been improved in the latest generation model, which has launched so far through the maker’s own website and Best Buy, though the company is planning an expanded launch some time next month.

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China’s pollution is blowing into the western US

China’s pollution is blowing into the western US

China’s pollution is making its way across the ocean to the western United States, according to new research. The report details ozone ('smog', essentially) from China being blown by winds across the Pacific ocean to the westernmost states, bringing with it negative health and environmental consequences, including irritation of the respiratory system. One of the researchers who participated in the study quipped that China is, essentially, "Exporting its air pollution to the West Coast of America."

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Evernote clarifies top plan’s ‘unlimited’ storage: 10GB per month

Evernote clarifies top plan’s ‘unlimited’ storage: 10GB per month

In April, Evernote introduced updated plans in the form of Plus and Premium, both of which come with a subscription fee and features commensurate with what each plan offers. The premium feature is targeted at Evernote power users — those who use it frequently, likely daily, and need ample space to do so. As such, Evernote announced that the premium plan offers “unlimited” storage, but users soon discovered that, as with buffets and mobile plans, there’s still a limit -- the company just didn’t anticipate you’d manage to hit it.

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