Author Archives: Will Conley

Humanesque technology writer for SlashGear and beyond.

Gigantic exoplanet defies planet and star formation theory

Gigantic exoplanet defies planet and star formation theory

A planet eleven times as big as Jupiter has been discovered orbiting a star at a distance of 650 astronomical units. That's 650 times as far from its star as Earth is from our own star. Never have we discovered a planet to be orbiting a star at so nearly great a distance.

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Nissan Leaf, Tesla EVs to replace entire Bhutanese fleet

Nissan Leaf, Tesla EVs to replace entire Bhutanese fleet

The nation of Bhutan is seriously considering replacing all of its government-owned and -run fleet vehicles and taxis with electric vehicles. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay is in ongoing discussions with Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to import Nissan Leaf electric vehicles (EVs) by the handful, as well as installing charging stations throughout the grid. Tobgay has also reportedly spoken with Tesla about the same topic.

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Baidu, China Telecom remove Bitcoin following Chinese bank prohibition

Baidu, China Telecom remove Bitcoin following Chinese bank prohibition

The so-called "Google of China", Baidu, has stopped accepting Bitcoin as payment on any of its online properties -- as has China Telecom. This near-synchronous cessation of payment transactions for the two companies in the digital currency, many believe, exacerbated the recent sudden downturn of Bitcoin's long and unprecedented rise in value. The USD Bitcoin value currently stands at $679.43 according to CoinDesk, down from $1,147 just before the People's Bank of China all but outlawed the payment option for banks.

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FBI hunts terror suspect through malware, Yahoo, Google

FBI hunts terror suspect through malware, Yahoo, Google

The FBI has been using malware as a means to hunt down certain suspects, as exemplified in the case of a man who has been making bomb threats since June 2012, reports the Washington Post. Some of the malware was a surveillance program planted onto the suspect's computer when he signed into his Yahoo account, but the malware didn't work. The suspect, Mohammed Arian Far -- "Mo" for short -- has not yet been apprehended, though the FBI continues its high-tech search tactics of Mo and others.

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K5 security robot resembles a non-weaponized Dalek

K5 security robot resembles a non-weaponized Dalek

Technology start-up Knightscope last week debuted a prototype security robot that looks a lot like a Dalek (of Doctor Who infamy.) The K5 Autonomous Data Machine stands five feet high, rolls around on wheels, can sense a variety of potential security threats through an array of sensors, and can instantly notify the police in the event of an emergency. It was shown at the Plug and Play Winter Expo this week, gaining a top-three mention from a panel of 101 Silicon Valley judges.

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Samsung Galaxy J teaser prompts Galaxy S5 rumors

Samsung Galaxy J teaser prompts Galaxy S5 rumors

A new Samsung teaser has set the smartphone cat among the pigeons, triggering speculation of an early unveil of the Galaxy S5 though a Taiwanese device now seems more likely. Samsung Taiwan showed a Galaxy Gear smartwatch displaying "13:00, Mon, Dec 9" in a mysterious teaser video it posted yesterday. A Monday reveal would have put the Galaxy S5 well over two months ahead of the currently estimated late-February range -- on or about the 2014 installment of Mobile World Congress taking place Feb. 24th-27, 2014. Instead, this is believed to be the Samsung Galaxy J; more details after the cut.

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PetChatz “Greet and Treat” webcam helps you interact with pets online

PetChatz “Greet and Treat” webcam helps you interact with pets online

PetChatz is a web cam that lets you interact with your pet on a number of levels from anywhere in the world. Install it over a wall outlet, secure it to a stud, connect it to your home WiFi, fill it with treats and a special scent, and you're set to go. The device was conceived as a way to reduce pet owner separation anxiety, but its maker Anser Innovation also claims it makes for healthier, happier pets.

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GAME “Christmas Tinner” goes viral: authenticity unconfirmed

GAME “Christmas Tinner” goes viral: authenticity unconfirmed

The Christmas Tinner is a Christmas dinner in a can. You can eat it all day long. Start at the top and work your way down throughout the day. Scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast, mince pie for morning dessert. And on down through the day with turkey, potatoes, gravy, and more, all the way to your nightcap pudding. In one can. So you don't have to get up from your holiday Xbox or PS4 gaming.

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AT&T ForHealth EverThere alerts, guides emergency medical teams

AT&T ForHealth EverThere alerts, guides emergency medical teams

AT&T ForHealth has launched a wearable medical alert device called EverThere. The device attaches via a lanyard, clip or watchband. It detects if and when the wearer falls, and automatically alerts an emergency dispatch center. The device became available today.

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FCC approves Verizon’s massive purchase of Vodafone shares

FCC approves Verizon’s massive purchase of Vodafone shares

The FCC has granted Verizon Communications approval to acquire the remainder of Verizon Wireless from UK wireless provider Vodafone. The approval comes two months after announcements from both companies that the deal is expected to close in early 2014 for $130 billion. Currently Verizon Communications owns 55% of Verizon Wireless, while Vodafone owns 45%.

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Two million social media account credentials stolen and published

Two million social media account credentials stolen and published

The credentials for two million compromised accounts for social media sites and other websites have been posted online. They include credentials for Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, a payroll service, and many others. The security breaches are believed to have been made possible through malware installed on user computers, not weaknesses in the websites themselves.

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NASA Van Allen probes confirm Earth as giant particle accelerator

NASA Van Allen probes confirm Earth as giant particle accelerator

The NASA Van Allen twin probes launched last year have revealed that the Earth is a giant particle accelerator. Recently it was reported that particles in the magnetosphere sometimes accelerate across distances of a few hundred meters. But the newer discovery shows the acceleration can occur across hundreds of thousands of kilometers. The data will be helpful to to scientists helping satellite operators and the International Space Station to predict and prepare for the destructive tendencies of the seemingly random fluctuations that can occur in the magnetosphere.

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