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USB Killer 2.0: A harmless-looking USB stick that destroys computers - Help Net Security

Plugging in random USB sticks in your computer has never been more dangerous, as a researcher who goes by the name Dark Purple has demonstrated his …

Microsoft Is Killing the Indie Store that Was Too Weird for Xbox

But Xbox Live Indie Games' legacy lives on.<p>The news that Microsoft plans to shut down Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG), Xbox 360's online store where anyone could upload and sell pretty much any game, didn't make waves, and that's probably how Microsoft wanted it.<p>XBLIG's idealistic notion of giving …

T-Mobile to tackle customers who abuse unlimited data

T-Mobile’s John Legere has published an open letter to its consumers, informing them about upcoming action to be taken against individuals who have been “stealing data from T-Mobile”. While that might sound a little odd, the company is actually planning to target customers who have been abusing its …

Micro Lego Computer Launches From $599

Custom PC builder Mike Schropp who recently launched his Mini Lego computer priced from $999 and up depending on your choice of hardware.<p>Has this …

Corsair Bulldog: Console-Size, 4K-Capable Living Room Gaming PC

With a strong focus on 4K-res gaming, Corsair has brought together their PC case, cooling, and power expertise for their Bulldog DIY PC kit. It'll …

Computer Hardware

Realtors spent $5,000 on a private chef to convince Minecraft's billionaire creator to buy this $70 million mansion

The purchase was a record for the area, and Persson reportedly outbid Beyonce and Jay Z, who had visited the home a number of times.<p>In addition to an infinity pool, eight bedrooms, and fifteen bathrooms, the home came furnished with some very expensive decor, like a $500,000 living room set by …

Real Estate

July 2015

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Watch This Super Fast Robo-Roach Launch A Robot Bird

If it runs any faster it will fall apart<p>Ever turned on a light at night in summer and watched roaches scatter, and then subsequently thought, “You know, what I’d really like is if these roaches were both faster and robots”? Well, weird-thought-haver, you are in luck. Made by researchers at UC …

Robotics

Will This Be The Year 4K Catches Fire?

How many pixels are enough?<p>People have a tendency to simplify things down to numerical comparisons. If you cast your mind back to the 1990s, you might remember the "Megahertz Wars," where PC manufacturers seemed to debut a machine every few months with an ever faster processor. A similar war has …

CES

Astronauts could soon be blasting space junk with lasers

Space junk is a serious problem.<p>There's lots of garbage orbiting our planet, everything from nuts and bolt to old satellites and used-up rocket stages. "There are over 500,000 pieces of debris that are between the size of a cherry and a melon," says top space junk researcher Lucy Rogers of the …

You Must Build a Boat to survive this killer indie game

Luca Redwood, the main powerhouse indie developer behind EightyEight Games, has taken the last three years of his life to make a sequel to critical darling match-three game, <i>10000000</i>.<p>Sadly, it’s not named <i>10000001</i>, but rather <i>You Must Build a Boat</i>. In it, you actually do need to build a large, …

Watch the off-kilter explosion of a supergiant star

Supercomputer model predictions say that the deaths of stellar giants are lopsided affairs in which debris and the stars’ cores hurtle off in …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Why We Like Food That Makes Noise

The crunch of a chip, the snap of a carrot, or the fizz of a freshly opened beverage may greatly influence just how good we think those foods taste, …

Researchers Show Hacking Your Computer's BIOS is Child's Play

Two security researchers have demonstrated an easy way to attack the BIOS chips on millions of PCs in under two minutes, undermining all physical and …

Build A Compact 1080p Gaming PC For $400 (Benchmarks Included)

<b>[UPDATE: This has proven to be a popular build, but what if you want to stretch your budget to $800? Check out this newer mini-ITX, 1440p gaming build!]</b><p>There’s a widespread misconception floating around that says building a decent gaming PC is an expensive endeavor. But what if you could assemble …

A Clever Kit That Makes Hardware Hacking Dead Simple

Technology is easier than ever to use—tablets could come with stickers that say "suitable for ages 8 to 88," and that probably wouldn't be inclusive …

Coming In 2015: The First Spacecraft Encounter With Pluto

What's on the horizon for the New Horizons spacecraft<p>On Saturday, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft awoke from a very long slumber. The space probe – which has been traveling for nearly nine years and has traversed 3 billion miles of space – has spent much of its life in “hibernation” in order to …

Solar System

Nasa researches Star Trek warp drive for future space travel

Nasa scientists are developing a Star Trek-style “warp drive” that may eventually allow spacecraft to travel to the stars faster the speed of light.<p>Dr Harold White, a physicist at Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre, is conducting research to create a warp in space and time.<p>These so called “warp bubbles” …

Let's Play NSA! The Hackers Open-Sourcing Top Secret Spy Tools

Michael Ossmann and a merry band of hackers are rebuilding the NSA's most secret weapons—for science.<p>Last August, at Defcon, the hacker conference in Las Vegas, a boyish 40-year-old engineer and security researcher named Michael Ossmann stood on the stage of a lecture hall, about to detail a …

UK moves to shut down Russian hackers streaming live British webcam footage

The UK is to take international action to close down a Russian website that is streaming images from British webcams including baby monitors, bedroom cameras and gym CCTV.<p>The site features live feeds from households and businesses across the world, including a gym in Manchester, a bedroom in …

You can now play Super Smash Bros. on a TI-83 graphing calculator

We truly are living in the future.<p>Nintendo is about to release “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” next Friday, but why wait to see your favorite Nintendo mascots duke it out in stunning high definition when you can play one of the most addictive fighting games of all time on a low-definition graphing …

How Daniel Rosenfeld wrote Minecraft's music

The creator of Minecraft’s memorable sound effects and background score explains how limitations led to the game’s unique audio features<p>Daniel Rosenfeld is an endearingly chaotic public speaker. At the GameCity festival in Nottingham, he is supposed to be telling an audience about how he wrote the …

Watch these adorable robots dance better than you

We're used to seeing robots like MIT's Cheetah that are <i>absolutely terrifying</i>, so starting day two of Expand New York with an android dance party was a welcome change of pace. It came, of course, by way of the folks at Aldebaran Robotics who brought a trio of their fifth-generation Nao bi-peds to …

Documents: Cups, methadone bottles found in probe of Utah family's deaths

Benjamin and Kristi Strack lay dead on their bed. On the floor near them lay the bodies of three of their children, from 11 to 14 years old.<p>There were no signs of trauma, no indication of toxins in the air. But beside each body there were cups with liquid inside.<p>These details come from court …