Author Archives: Kevin Fubar


Ubertooth One: New Bluetooth Sniffing Tool

Ubertooth One: New Bluetooth Sniffing Tool

Michael Ossmann set out to make Bluetooth sniffing cheap and easy. Because of the way that bluetooth works (watch the videos if you want the technical details) there will never be a consumer product with any kind of monitoring or sniffing mode. The only hardware options when he began the project cost around a thousand dollars. So, he began to design an "open source bluetooth sniffing platform" that was relatively cheap and portable. Having never engaged in any sort of digital circuit tomfoolery prior to this project, he started with knowledge of Ohm's law, V = IR. And, ended up with these nifty little dongles.

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Who’s Scanning the TSA Body Scanners?

Who’s Scanning the TSA Body Scanners?

The TSA will be wasting time and money re-testing hundreds of the millimeter wave body scanners after workers apparently forgot to divide by ten on their paperwork. These erroneous results came up in the last round of tests. They are meant to measure the radiation the agency zaps members of the public with daily. No worries, it's all in the interest of security. The reported radiation levels were ten times higher than expected. "We understand it as a calculation error," said TSA spokesman Sarah Horowitz. The TSA reports that the units will not be taken offline for the testing, as they are still perfectly safe.

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IPad 2 Launch, Apple Ships a Third of Expected Numbers

IPad 2 Launch, Apple Ships a Third of Expected Numbers

A lot of people are possibly going to go home disappointed today. With all of the people out there in lines all afternoon, we have reports from an Apple Campus Store that they only received in a third of the shipment they were expecting. We also received reports from a few different Best Buy's around the country. There are no more than 5 units at any of the locations we polled. It seems Apple spread the shipments out around various stores throughout the area, there isn't any single place to go to get the model you're looking for. As far as how many are available at the official Apple retail outlets, they were unwilling to comment.

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IPad2 Launch, lines not too crazy

IPad2 Launch, lines not too crazy

Today is a big day for technophiles everywhere. Apple is about to release their latest and greatest, the iPad 2. I went to take a look at the hooplah and see what was going on. Lines are stacking up outside of Apple stores around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. When we left the Dallas retail location there were already sixty-six people lined up outside, and there are still a few hours left to go until they let them in. A little earlier in the day, there were already eighty people stacked up outside of the store in Northpark Mall.

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Instructables: Turn your borked NES into a flash drive

Instructables: Turn your borked NES into a flash drive

fungus amungus posted this over on Instructables last week. It's a simple mod that allows you to turn a dead Nintendo Entertainment System into a neat little USB gadget. This is a simple little hack, but it's definitely worth checking out. It's a two part mod, he needed to modify both the NES and the cartridges to make the whole NES USB-Flash franken-marriage happen. But, broken NES's are a dime a dozen, and anyone can get Tetris on a hundred-dozen different platforms.

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Gmail Labs launches Smart Labels

Gmail Labs launches Smart Labels

This morning the duders down at Google Labs released a neat little ditty. I don't know if you use labels already, but you should check out the smart label system. Labels gave you the ability to sort your e-mail into different tags based on regular expressions. It is implemented with some really simple pattern matching. Though with a little bit of computer wizardry you could sort your mail pretty well, it's not really all that useful with today's internet. Luckily, Google has our collective backs. These labels are actually pretty smart. I navigated myself to this link to turn on the service.

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Unreal Development Kit Demo, “Samaritan”

Unreal Development Kit Demo, “Samaritan”

What do a scene of urban decay, a blowtorch on a piece of chain, a half smoked cigarette, rain falling down a stubble clad cheek and muzzle flashes have in common? They're all images featured in "Samaritan", a technology demo from Epic Games showcasing all of the new features included in the UDK. Epic just released the UDK Beta this month. They dropped this beautiful little piece of eye-candy at GDC last week. Epic's demonstration video is a showcase of the newest of the new in graphics rendering tech. It's also a great little scene that's fun to watch in it's own right, even if you're not a rendering-geek like me.

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HaloIPT Wirelessly Charges your Rolls-Royce?

HaloIPT Wirelessly Charges your Rolls-Royce?

We covered the HaloIPT system last fall. If you weren't clicking links, it's a wireless battery charging system for electric vehicles. Just park over the induction pad and the system will charge the batteries on your electric vehicle. This is the same kind of technology like you're seeing in the Energizer Qi and a host of other inductive charging mats for your wireless devices. Rolls-Royce recently unveiled the 102ex Phantom experimental electric vehicle at the Geneva Auto Show and it apparently comes with the HaloIPT. Rolls plans to use the car to start a debate on whether or not full-electric vehicles are the future of luxury automotive.

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Sweden, Denmark to Pay Postage by Text

Sweden, Denmark to Pay Postage by Text

Sweden has had a long history of paying for things with your cellphone. I remember hearing years ago about vending machines that would bill your cellphone account for whatever delicious treats you wanted to vend. Now, the Swedish postal system has decided to offer a service that allows the use of a cellular text message (SMS) to pay for postage. The user sends an SMS message and service will send a special code back. Just write this code on the envelope in the place of a stamp to verify payment.

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Chinese Consumers increasing use of Online Video

Chinese Consumers increasing use of Online Video

Nielsen studied the consumption of China's Central Television (CCTV) versus online media platforms during the Chinese New Year Gala (NYG). The numbers have shifted this year, with more and more Chinese adopting technologies that allow them to stream the video on-demand through a computer instead. The Nielsen study concluded that while CCTV still had more viewers than the online media counterparts, the change in the numbers between 2010 and 2011 definitely suggest that more Chinese are switching to other platforms for delivering their media.

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Trash | Track, where does your junk go?

Trash | Track, where does your junk go?

In 2009, MIT's Sensable City Lab recruited 500 Seattle volunteers to tag their trash with cellular tracking devices. The project followed the tags through the entire waste disposal process. The results were compiled into a composite map showing the source and destination of each of the 3000 tagged objects. This paints a very specific picture of the way that waste travels from Seattle's municipal area.

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