Everything is awesome about the DIY Mini Lego Drone Kit

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January 23, 2017

Drone popularity is soaring high. A new Tractica report states that consumer drone sales will increase tenfold by the end of the decade, leading to a whopping 67.9 million drones to be shipped annually by 2021. But what about those who want to get a little more creative? Introducing Kitables, the company ‘on a mission to create a world with more Do’ers in it.’ Crowdsourcing on Kickstarter, Kitables has released a…

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Security contractors believe some US phones send data to China

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November 16, 2016

According to security contractors, your smartphone comes with a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours. Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software in some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they talk to and what they write in text messages. The American authorities say it is not clear whether this represents secretive data mining for advertising purposes or a Chinese government…

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Stanford scholar interview addresses cyberattack dilemma

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October 26, 2016

The October 21st cyberattack that snarled traffic on major websites reveals weaknesses in the Internet of Things that need to be addressed, Stanford cybersecurity expert Herb Lin says. But stricter security requirements could slow innovation, cost more and be difficult to enforce. The coordinated cyber attack that crippled parts of the internet on Friday highlighted key policy problems, a Stanford cybersecurity scholar said. Herb Lin Stanford scholar Herbert Lin, shown…

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Computer scientists discover serious iPad and iPhone OS weaknesses

August 29, 2016

In the mobile security world, there’s been much focus on the potential harm that can result from third-party applications, and the revelation that developers can bypass application vetting and code-level protections. However, dangers are even worse than we thought now that an international team of computer scientists has identified serious security vulnerabilities in the iOS – the operating system that Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices run on. These weaknesses open Apple device users up…

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This 3D-printing pen runs on plastic bottles

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August 1, 2016

There’s a super-green 3D printing method coming to the market thanks to a UK-based company started-up by inventor Daniel Edwards. 3D -printing enthusiasts, makers. and professionals can all create sculptures and draw in mid-air — from plastic waste. The Renegade 3D Pen is not the smallest, thinnest, lightest or cheapest 3D pen in the world, and as its creators point out, “it doesn’t weld wires, burn wood, or cut through foam. And,…

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Video of the Day: Camera captures glass cracking at 343,000 fps

July 20, 2016

Watch as this British YouTube duo, Gav and Dan, who go by the name “The Slow Mo Guys,” film their slowest video yet. “It’s so slow, it’s almost like looking at an entirely different plane of existence,” according to their YouTube page. The pair has been shooting a variety of videos in HD using high-speed cinema cameras. Enjoy!

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Video of the Day: What an illuminated 20,000-Watt light bulb looks like

July 19, 2016

A YouTuber and electrical engineer by the name Photonicinduction has given tech enthusiasts a treat in his latest video. Photonicinduction manages to light up a 20,000-Watt light bulb — a bulb that could cost nearly $3,000. The hobbyist plugs his light bulb into a machine that can control the current and when he lets it all go, it looks almost like a fire. To give you an idea of how powerful a 20,000-Watt…

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A security team just crashed a bunch of drones in the name of research

June 9, 2016

According to a recent Federal Aviation Administration report, it is predicted that 2.5 million hobby-type and commercial drones will be sold in 2016. With drones’ growing popularity, researchers really want to know if the new flying technology is susceptible to security breaches that could cause them to ditch their human controllers and even land or crash at the hand of a hacker. That’s why a team of five graduate students and their professor…

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Video of the Day: What would 100,000 volts of electricity do to human flesh?

June 7, 2016

Over on the YouTube channel Photonicinduction, electricity experts gave us a look into the effects of electricity on human flesh. Don’t get nervous — this wasn’t actually tested out on a human’s skin. Instead, the YouTuber with over 25 years of electricity experience tried it out on ballistic gel that simulates human flesh. The synthetic gelatin substance is commonly used by law enforcement agencies to determine the effects of different bullet penetrations. [Spoiler Alert]…

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Researchers examine the characteristics of hackers

June 1, 2016

These days cybersecurity is of the utmost importance. Malicious online hacking can cost the private and corporate sectors up to $575 billion annually, according to internet security firm McAfee. Many security agencies currently seek out “ethical” hackers in order to help combat such attacks, but yet still, little is known about the personality traits that lead people to pursue and excel at hacking. A new study published on Frontiers in Human…

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