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kraftwerk: A Portable Power Plant That Can Charge Your Camera with Standard Gas

Want a portable generator for recharging your devices that you can literally fill up in just seconds? It’ll soon be available… but you’ll need to be …

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Ubuntu Linux is now ready to power your appliances and robots

Ubuntu Linux has spread to quite a few platforms in its 10-year history, if not always successfully. Today, though, the open source software is tackling what could be its greatest challenge yet: the internet of things. Canonical has released a version of its stripped-down snappy Ubuntu Core for …

David Cameron's Ban On Encryption Is Bad For The Internet

Earlier today, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his plan to revive legislation that would allow the UK government to ban applications that use end-to-end encryption to ensure user security.<p>In Cameron’s speech, he asked that “in our country, do we want to allow a means of communication …

Charlie Hebdo puts Mohammed on its new cover

In a show of defiance, the surviving staff of Charlie Hebdo has placed a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on the cover of its first issue since the terrorist attack at its offices last week.<p>Chosen by Charlie Hebdo's editors on Monday night, the cover was quickly revealed by Liberation, the French …

This USB wall charger secretly logs keystrokes from Microsoft wireless keyboards nearby

Privacy and security researcher Samy Kamkar has released a keylogger for Microsoft wireless keyboards cleverly hidden in what appears to be a rather large, but functioning USB wall charger. Called KeySweeper, the stealthy Arduino-based device can sniff, decrypt, log, and report back all keystrokes …

Now Tinder Is Being Used To ID Suspected Thieves

Stories of thieves being caught by social networks like Facebook or Twitter are nothing new. But what about Tinder?<p>“Isn’t that a dating app,” you say. Yes, but one enterprising victim of repeat thefts used the popular mobile app to ID the person he claimed is responsible for stealing $30,000 worth …

North Korea loses its Internet, possibly in retaliation for a hack it may not have done

<i>Update 10pm: North Korea’s Internet was restored after about 9.5 hours, according to Dyn Research.</i><p>North Korea’s Internet seems to be completely offline, according to multiple reports — most likely the result of a denial of service attack.<p>The countrywide Internet outage comes the week after the U.S. …

'Gangnam Style' busts YouTube's view counter? Not so fast

<b>Editor's note, 12:52 p.m. PT, December 5:</b> <i>This post has been updated to indicate Google's admission that its broken-counter Google+ post was a joke.</i><p>Apparently, Korean pop star Psy's "Gangnam Style" is the horrendously catchy music video that just keeps on giving. It also just keeps on racking up …

10 best Steve Jobs emails

Steve Jobs has been dead three years, but his words live on -- and continue to be used against him.<p>Emails sent by Jobs have surfaced once again in a class action lawsuit brought against Apple (AAPL) for making iTunes the exclusive store for iPod music. Jobs' emails are characteristically frank, …

Google’s reCAPTCHA (Mostly) Does Away With Those Annoying CAPTCHAs

The end of the CAPTCHA is nigh — and very few tears will be shed for them. As Google today announced, those ubiquitous forms that make you prove you are human by typing in barely legible words and house numbers will soon be replaced with a single click — at least on sites that use Google’s …

LA schools kill plan to buy 550,000 more iPads from Apple as FBI raids district offices

The Los Angeles Unified School District officially shelved a $1.3 billion program to buy an iPad for every student on the same day the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation raided its offices.<p>The decision is a blow to Apple, which had hoped at one point the massive contract would be catalyst for its …