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Anonymous Leaked A Massive List Of Passwords And Credit Card Numbers

Following through on threats of a Christmas hack, a Twitter account claiming affiliation with Anonymous released a list of what it says are usernames and passwords for 13,000 accounts on Amazon, PlayStation, XBox Live, Hulu Plus, Walmart and other retail and entertainment services.<p>The hack …

NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds first alien planet of new mission

NASA's Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again.<p>The prolific spacecraft has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013, researchers announced Dec. 18. The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, is a "super Earth" about 2.5 times larger …

How Guardians of the Galaxy almost killed Stan Lee

Iconic comic creator Stan Lee would have been toast if <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> director James Gunn had his way, according to a recent episode of podcast The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith.<p>Lee frequently appears in Marvel movies for just a few seconds on-screen. Gunn has talked about Lee's original cameo …

Researchers read and write brain activity with light

A team of neuroscientists at University College London has developed a new way of simultaneously recording and manipulating the activity of multiple cells in the brains of live animals using pulses of light.<p>The technique, described today in the journal <i>Nature Methods</i>, combines two existing …

In North Korea, kids don’t even know the internet exists. So how did the country pull off the Sony hack?

So the FBI has now formally accused North Korea of being behind the gigantic cyber-attack that has brought Sony Pictures to its knees over the past month—culminating in Sony’s decision yesterday to pull <i>The Interview,</i> which is about a fictional plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un, from theaters.<p>In other …

Photo Sharing is Big, Big Business: Instagram is Now Reportedly Worth $35 Billion

When Facebook agreed to acquire Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock back in April 2012, the world balked at the price. Instagram was only a …

Nasa just emailed a wrench to space

When International Space Station commander Barry Wilmore needed a wrench, Nasa knew just what to do. They "emailed" him one.<p>This is the first time an …

Hacker Creates Custom Firmware for the Samsung NX300 That Can Auto-Encrypt Photos

Want a camera that can automatically encrypt photos after taking them? A hacker named Doug did. After having this idea for years without seeing …

I'm an Anonymous hacker in prison, and I am not a crook. I'm an activist

Here in prison, I am asked a lot about hacking and especially about Anonymous, because of course there is interest in new technologies like Bitcoin for money or darknets for fraud. After all, convicts – like hackers – develop their own codes and ethics, and they are constantly finding ways to scam …

World First: Man Controls Two Prosthetic Arms With His Mind

Doctors wired them right into his nerves<p>Until recently, losing both arms in an accident would probably have meant the end of a patient's two-fisted grip. Not so for Leslie Baugh, the first shoulder-level double amputee to wear and control two complex, mind-controlled prosthetic limbs.<p>Baugh isn't …

15 Project Ideas to Spark Your Creativity

Photography has never been as popular as it is today. People of all ages learn photography in various schools and online universities, and lots of …

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review

Slippery slope<p>Samsung is known for trying out peculiar hardware designs with its smartphones. Some configurations actually stick around, like when it …

Sony Sued By Employees For Massive Data Breach

Former and current Sony employees filed a lawsuit against the company alleging it failed to protect their confidential information by ignoring warnings of its weak computer system.<p>Two former Sony Pictures workers filed a class-action lawsuit against the Culver City studio late Monday alleging it …

Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?

In the past few days you may well have scribbled out a shopping list on the back of an envelope or stuck a Post-it on your desk. Perhaps you added a comment to your child’s report book or made a few quick notes during a meeting. But when did you last draft a long text by hand? How long ago did you …

Curiosity rover's discovery of methane ‘spikes’ fuels speculation of life on Mars

Nasa’s robotic rover, Curiosity, has detected fluctuating wafts of methane on Mars, fuelling speculation that the gas may be coming from a form of life on the red planet.<p>An instrument on the six-wheeled robot measured mysterious spikes of methane that cannot easily be explained by geology or …

Plans for a secure quantum internet take a leap forward

Scientists have created a device that can release a single, precisely shaped photon of light, opening the way to a secure “quantum internet” that is incredibly powerful and impenetrable to hackers.<p>The vision is of a future network of quantum computers that can work together to solve problems beyond …

Leaked Windows 10 Build Shows Xbox App, Cortana Integration

In Microsoft's continued effort to combine all their products into one giant software amalgam, Windows 10 will be a little more gaming-infused than its past installments. That’s courtesy of a new Xbox App, and the Halo AI turned phone AI turned PC operating system AI, Cortana.<p>The news comes from a …

Photographer Sets New World Record by Capturing 9 Whales in One Underwater Photo

Australian underwater photographer Darren Jew has set a new Guinness world record by capturing 9 whales in a single underwater shot.<p><i>The Daily</i> …

Wallpaper of the Week by Sebastian Andaur

The wallpaper of this week is an amazing image created by Sebastian Andaur, an art director and graphic designer from Santiago, Chile. Sebastian has …

Tip of the Day: Unlock Your iPhone by Writing Your Passcode With Your Finger

Apple’s VoiceOver feature is designed for those who are visually impaired. When the feature is turned on, a voice will let users know what is on the screen and allow them to navigate their iDevice. However, VoiceOver can also be used by anyone to unlock their iPhones by drawing their passcodes with …

Privacy is not dead: Microsoft lawyer prepares to take on US government

Imagine this scenario. German police investigating a press leak descend on Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt. They serve a warrant to seize a bundle of private letters a US reporter is storing in a safe deposit box at a bank branch in Manhattan. The bank complies and orders the branch manager …

New A9 Chip Will Be 'Made in America' For The Powerful iPhone 7

The first A9 chips are rolling off Samsung’s fabrication lines in Austin (reports the Korean Electronic Times). The chips will be used in the next-generation iPhone smartphones from Apple, potentially exploiting Samsung’s 14nm technology. I’m confident that Phil Schiller will have a number of …

Seriously Epic Drone Footage from Iceland to Get Your Heart and Wanderlust Racing

If Patrick and Lee from <i>Fstoppers</i> and landscape/travel photographer Elia Locardi‘s goal was to get our hearts racing, they’ve succeeded in spades with …

Test Drive: Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle

by Justin Kaehler<p>People often say the next generation of automobile must offer a “magic bullet” solution to our current energy needs, which really means we need vehicles that eliminate our need for gas completely. There’s a lot of talk about the myriad ways we’ll be powering our future cars; …

3D compass cells found in the bat brain

Israeli researchers have identified three-dimensional ‘compass’ cells in the bat brain, explaining how the winged mammals can navigate their environments so deftly and perform complex flight manoeuvres without getting disoriented.<p>All mammals – including, probably, humans - have a global positioning …

The World's Most Famous Assault Rifle Is Getting Rebranded

The AK-47 is possibly the most recognizable weapon on earth, and it's getting a new logo and ad campaign.<p>​ After years of being among the most recognizable symbols of death and destruction the world over, the Soviet-made Kalashnikov assault rifles (the most famous of which is the AK-47) are being …

Airbus Captures Five $300M A350 Jetliners Flying Together In This Billion-Dollar Photo Shoot

This September, Airbus took to the skies to capture photos of five of its massive test and development A350–900s. The photo shoot was meant to …

Meet Google’s ambitious new CAPTCHA that makes it easier to prove you’re human

Google is today announcing an improved version of CAPTCHA that it’s calling the ‘NoCAPTCHA reCAPTCHA.’ While it sounds like a mouthful, the new service has some great benefits for users.<p>We’ve known CAPTCHAs for years for their awful distorted text that’s hard to read and get right a lot of the …