Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


US intelligence director: IoT can be used to spy, recruit

US intelligence director: IoT can be used to spy, recruit

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has testified to the Senate that Internet of Things devices could be used by unspecified intelligence agencies to perform a variety of snooping activities, including things like tracking, surveillance, and even finding targets to recruit. No single intelligence agency was named, though it no doubt refers to any and all of them, something far from surprising in light of the Snowden revelations.

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Hackers publish data on thousands of DHS and FBI workers

Hackers publish data on thousands of DHS and FBI workers

Following the publication of data belonging to about 10,000 Department of Homeland Security workers, hackers have now published the contact info belonging to 20,000 FBI workers, information they acquired by breaching a Justice Department database. The hackers also poked fun at Homeland Security, saying in a tweet that it took it a week to realize that it has been breached. As well, the hackers dropped a #FreePalestine hashtag into some of their tweets.

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ZappLight LED bulb doubles as bug zapper

ZappLight LED bulb doubles as bug zapper

LED light bulbs, as great as they are, all look alike after a while. The same can’t be said for the ZappLight bulb, which also happens to double as a bug zapper. Worried about mosquitoes when you’re out grilling? Screw one into the light socket and you’ll enjoy neutral light while bugs gravitate to the blue UV inner core, meeting their death within. When not in use, the light portion can be shut off while the bug zapper remains live.

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Street Fighter V CG trailer teases June’s story mode

Street Fighter V CG trailer teases June’s story mode

Street Fighter V’s launch is nearly upon us — it’ll be launching February 16, in case you didn’t hear — and ahead of that launch comes a fully CG trailer giving us our best yet look at the game. This trailer is particularly exciting in light of the DLC news in recent days; let your imagination run, because this summer the game will score a load of storyline content that fleshes it out in a way no other Street Fighter has experienced. Video after the jump!

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Uber driver caught drunk accepting passengers

Uber driver caught drunk accepting passengers

The taxi industry froths as another Uber driver adds fuel to the ridesharing safety debate. This weekend, an Uber driver was pulled over and allegedly found to be drunk behind the wheel; despite his condition, he reportedly accepted passengers and was on his way to pick up another, the latest blemish on Uber's public face. Uber, of course, has denounced the driver's decision and has already nixed him from its platform.

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DARPA: ‘stentrode’ implant travels to brain via blood vessels

DARPA: ‘stentrode’ implant travels to brain via blood vessels

Under DARPA’s Reliable Neural-Interface Technology program, a team from the University of Melbourne has created a new device called a ‘stentrode’ that, when implanted near one’s brain, is able to read signals from neurons. The work was done as part of a DARPA project, and it is said to be safer than implants requiring brain surgery. The device is about the size of a paperclip, according to the researchers, and it is implanted through a blood vessel.

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NOAA: US droughts are shrinking thanks to crazy weather

NOAA: US droughts are shrinking thanks to crazy weather

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its newest State of the Climate report, and in it we see weather that was all over the place in January 2016, at some points being drastically different on one side of the country versus the other. Several anomalies were observed, but there’s good news among it all: this crazy weather, largely due to El Nino, has caused droughts across the country to continue shrinking, particularly good news for states like California.

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DOJ and Homeland Security hacked by ‘impersonator’

DOJ and Homeland Security hacked by ‘impersonator’

Unfortunately, 2016 has brought news of another government data breach, this latest one affecting workers at both Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. Information on thousands of employees was accessed by an intruder, though a Justice Department spokesperson has said there is no evidence at this time that "personally identifiable information" was breached. When the hack took place is unclear, but it marks the latest in a growing number of federal security failures.

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Fatal meteor impact in India may be first ever recorded

Fatal meteor impact in India may be first ever recorded

In what is being called a first in modern history, a man in India has died after being injured by a meteor that struck a college in India. The impact also wounded three other individuals, and left behind a crater about 4ft. deep, according to officials. The incident took place this past Saturday in Tamil Nadu at Bharathidasan Engineering College a little past noon; the impact, which happened in the school's cafeteria, is said to have produced an explosive sound heard as far away as three kilometers.

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MSI GT72S G Tobii laptop uses eye tracking to control games

MSI GT72S G Tobii laptop uses eye tracking to control games

MSI’s new GT72S G Tobii gaming laptop is now available, and brings with it the lauded eye-tracking technology MSI detailed last month. According to MSI, this laptop is the first ever gaming machine that includes eye-tracking technology for controlling games, and it also supports controlling certain aspects of the Windows operating system, too. To get gamers started, the laptop is shipping with Tom Clancy's The Division, though it is compatible with more than two dozen other gaming titles, all of which make many aspect of game control hands-free.

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Instagram rolls out account switching to iOS and Android

Instagram rolls out account switching to iOS and Android

Users have been asking, and Instagram is finally making it happen: the service has just announced upcoming support for switching between accounts, a feature that just recently cropped up in testing again after having surfaced briefly last year. The feature is rolling out as of this week, though many users aren’t seeing the option to add another account yet, and it is coming to both the iOS and Android apps. Once available, users will simply need to add their accounts in the app, then tap to toggle.

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