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Meet The Mysterious New Hacker Army Freaking Out The Middle East

The “Yemen Cyber Army” seemed to appear out of thin air to carry out one of the most audacious attacks of the year. BuzzFeed News’ Sheera Frenkel investigates who they are.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — The first tweets appeared on April 14. The website of <i>Al Hayat</i>, a pro-Saudi newspaper, had been hacked, its …

Malware used Foxconn digital certificate to spy on Iran nuclear talks

Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab has looked deeper into the malware that attacked its network and found that it used a digital certificate stolen from Foxconn. That's the same Taiwanese company frequently associated with big names in electronics, since its factories manufacture everything from …

Samsung disables Windows Update, leaving laptops open to hackers

Samsung software updater disables Microsoft’s built-in Windows Update, which delivers critical patches for security bugs and holes among other fixes<p>Samsung is disabling Windows Update on some of its computers, leaving users exposed to security holes and bugs according to an independent Microsoft …

Laptops

Messenger No Longer Requires A Facebook Account

Facebook wants even the people who hate Facebook to use Messenger, so it’s opening the option to sign up for its chat app without an account on its social network. Users can sign up with just a first name, last name, and phone number, starting today in the US, Canada, Peru, and Venezuela before the …

Chatbots
Security

The $300 'PITA' steals encryption keys with radio waves

Your computer is leaking information. It's not from the usual suspects: WiFi, Bluetooth or ethernet, but from radio waves originating from your processor. Researchers at Tel Aviv University and Israel's Technion research institute have built a $300 device that captures those electromagnetic waves …

No One Is Safe: $300 Gadget Steals Encryption Keys out of the Air, and It’s Nearly Unstoppable

Just when you thought you were safe, a new hacking toy comes along and rocks your world. Imagine a tool exists that lets hackers pluck encryption …

Information Security

The Work of Bratus

Bratus is an agency that specializes in Brand Identity, Print Communications, Digital Art and more. Located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Bratus had …

Vietnam

Meet the Micro:bit, the BBC's tiny programmable computer for kids

The Raspberry Pi has been a huge success story for Britain, giving millions of people an affordable way to tinker and learn with pocket-sized hardware. Now, the BBC is hoping to make a similar impact with the "Micro:bit." Like the Raspberry Pi, this tiny computer has been created to help youngsters …

Weekly Apps: NYTimes, Showtime, Musixmatch and more

This time we selected some nice apps for entertainment and news, such as the new NYTimes for Android and the Showtime app for iOS. I hope you guys …

Apple Saves Publishing… For Itself

With a News App and Safari Content Blocker, Apple attempts to redefine advertising<p>A month ago, at the World Wide Developer’s Conference, Apple’s vice president of product management and marketing, Susan Prescott, walked the audience of developers, users, and fans through the features of a new app …

Safari (Browser)

Clever Superhero Bookends "Save" Books from Falling

Everyone needs a hero in their life. For books, it's the <i>Book & Hero</i> and the <i>Supershelf</i>, a clever bookend and floating shelf that each makes it look like books are being “saved” by a superhero. These whimsical metal creations are the handiwork of Israel-based design studio Artori Design.<p>Each bookend …

Books

A Side Table Inspired by Smartphone Apps

Both the name and the shape of this side table by Radice Orlandini design studio for Domitalia were inspired by the world of smartphone apps. The App …

Making Machines that Walk

Advancing a new system of locomotion step by step (literally)<p>Dutch artist Theo Jansen has been working on his Strandbeests, kinetic sculptures …

One million UK children to get free BBC Micro Bit designed by Technology Will Save Us

Every 11-year-old child in the UK is to be given a programmable pocket-sized device designed by Technology Will Save Us to help them express their …

Robots

Turning Kickstarter into Kickcontinuer

These guys have built a successful product design business via serial crowdfunding—15 campaigns and counting!<p>The company's name might be BigIdesign, …

Carnegie Mellon's Lego-like Modular Snake Robots

Like Voltron, but more slithery<p>Longtime Core77 readers know that I hate robots and hate snakes, but I fully support the idea of robot snakes. And …

Emanuele Magini's Blow daybed for Gufram is modelled on inflatable lilos

This daybed by Italian designer Emanuele Magini is based on the blow-up mattresses used for lounging on the beach or floating on a swimming …

Furniture

Believe it or not, Apple’s working on new 64-bit iPods

With Apple Music making waves, a dedicated music-playing device like the iPod suddenly seems more relevant than it’s been in years. Which is why it’s great to hear that Apple is reportedly planning to introduce a refreshed lineup of iPod touch, nano and shuffle media players on Tuesday, July 14.<p>The …

This Start-Up Wants to Trade You for Your Personal Data

As the number of Web applications that track personal data continues to grow, one start-up is hoping to convince you to give it up voluntarily.<p>While companies like DataCoup and Handshake offer cash rewards in exchange for your social media data and purchasing history, Ashwini Anburajan and her …

Personal Data

Mozilla outlines Firefox for Windows 10 design specs

Mozilla revealed big plans for Firefox earlier this month, including that it would be bringing the browser to new platforms like Windows 10. We didn’t focus much on that part of the news because it wasn’t much of a surprise: Firefox has supported every Microsoft desktop OS since the ancient Windows …

Software

Developer says he's got Project Tango streaming to a browser

Well, here’s something neat. A developer says he’s created a websocket that broadcasts Project Tango events locally to a browser.<p>As you can see in the Vine below, Rickard Berg says he is displaying something Tango-y on a tablet, in a browser using an Android websocket. He also hashtagged webgl, a …

Samsung is working on an 11K phone display with off-the-charts clarity

In five years, we may all be laughing at our "low" resolution QuadHD smartphone displays.<p>Samsung is developing an 11K "super-resolution" display with …

MIT researchers have found a way to make rotten software fresh again

It turns out software and fruit have something in common: they both can rot. But while a banana that’s been sitting out too long can’t turn fresh …

Artificial Intelligence

This on-demand service lets you plan your wedding via text

Wedding planning sucks. Soon-to-be marrieds are left reconciling the event they’ve carefully groomed on their Secret Wedding Pinterest board with the actual reality of budget and time constraints. You’re poor and you’re busy, and you’ve already agreed to throw a party for nearly everyone you know …

How to delete your Amazon browsing history

Want to remove your embarrassing searches from Amazon? Check out these steps to delete any of the items you've looked up in the past.<p>Amazon provides a relatively private shopping experience. Whether you're just price-checking on gifts for friends and family, or searching for items that you might be …

Privacy

9 of the best apps for sharing files between devices and friends

We depend on our mobile devices for everything from messaging to taking pictures. They’re also great for carrying and sharing files — provided you have the right tools for the job.<p>I’ve rounded up the best apps for moving files between your computers and devices and sending them to your contacts. …

Apps

Twitter removes flickering videos criticized by epilepsy organization

Twitter thought the bright flashes of two short videos it posted via Vine would attract viewers. An epilepsy support group in Britain thought the flickers would cause seizures.<p>"Your #DiscoverMusic Vines are massively dangerous to people with photosensitive epilepsy. Please take them offline now," …

Social Media

Canadian teenager sentenced to 16 months in jail for online harassment, bomb threats

A Canadian teenager who pleaded guilty to 23 charges related to online harassment and "swatting" earlier this year has been sentenced to 16 months in a juvenile detention center by a provincial court. Following those 16 months, he'll spend eight months under community supervision, <i>The Vancouver Sun</i> …

Personal Information

Your favorite pigeon-dating simulator hits PS4, Vita in July

<i>Hatoful Boyfriend</i>, the best game about a human dating birds in a creepy post-apocalyptic world, is coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita on July 21st. The PC version launched on Steam in September to critical acclaim and public bewilderment -- and then some public acclaim, too. <i>Hatoful Boyfriend</i> …