Brian E. Johnson

37 Flips | 6 Magazines | 4 Likes | 25 Following | 1 Follower | @bravobej | Keep up with Brian E. Johnson on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Brian E. Johnson”

12-Year-Old Girl Pens Letter To Future Self Before Sudden Death, Inspires Us To Live To The Fullest

WJHL-TV: News: Weather, and Sports for Johnson City, TN<p>"She was random, she was smart. She was super funny and super fun."<p>That's how Tim Smith remembers his 12-year-old daughter, Taylor, who died suddenly last weekend from complications due to pneumonia, according to Buzzfeed.<p>"Initially it's shock, …

So you want to fly drones? Here’s what the law says

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Amazon(s amzn) may have big plans to fill the urban air with drones, but many amateurs have already beaten the company to the …

The NSA's Hugely Expensive Utah Data Center Has Major Electrical Problems And Basically Isn't Working

Well, this is good news for those with privacy concerns about the NSA and terrible news for those concerned about government spending. The National Security Agency’s new billion-dollar-plus data center in Bluffdale, Utah was supposed to go online in September, but the Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan …

SenseFly eBee Drone

Whether you're using it to digitally map your surroundings, scout the terrain for your next outdoor adventure, or realize your lifelong dream of …

The business and consumer applications of drones

Drones

The growing use of public and private drones in the U.S.

Officially named Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, (UAVs) the FAA estimates there will be 30,000 of them flying around U.S. airspace within the next 20 years. As they become cheaper and more accessible, a new opportunity has been created for essentially everyone, all the way from the government to farmers …

Careful what you tweet: Police, schools tap social media to track behavior

Marketed to police department, BlueJay Twitter-monitoring tool "has no IT requirements," explains the sales literature. "All you need is Internet and a browser." Also, $150 a month.<p>A teenager who claimed "sarcasm" after talking on Facebook about shooting up a kindergarten spent months in jail this …

Social Media

FiLIP is an electronic leash for your kids' wrists and it's coming to AT&T

Electronic leashes for the 21st century kid? You knew this sort of thing was inevitable. FiLIP, a smartwatch and 'locator' for kids that takes helicopter parenting to an excessive level, is heading to AT&T's lineup as an exclusive. As you'd expect from a device targeted to tagging kids, the FiLIP …

HTC One Max to have fingerprint scanner, purported images reveal

HTC’s extra-large smartphone will apparently offer users fingerprint-reading functionality, a new set of images reveals.<p>The pictures below reportedly show the HTC One Max (also known as the T6), which is expected to launch later this year.<p>Provided by Taiwanese site <i>ePrice</i> – which has been a constant …

Phones

Is It Possible To Escape From Everyday Surveillance?

And not hide in the woods?<p>Is it possible to escape from everyday surveillance? Writing for New York Magazine and inspired by Edward Snowden's leak of the NSA PRISM program, Kevin Roose spent a day trying to answer that question. As an added challenge, he chose not to flee into the wilderness, but …

Casio's new G-Shock watches pack Bluetooth, music remote control

Newcomers like Pebble might be the current darlings when it comes to connected watches, but it doesn't mean that established players are standing still. Back at CES, Casio showed a G-Shock watch with Bluetooth (GB-5600A) capable of receiving calls and text-message notifications (with sound and …

Pictures of the Week (slideshow)

Updated: July 13, 2013 / Caption: James Martin / Photo: CNET<p>Calving of Pine Island Glacier<p>Updated: July 13, 2013 / Caption: James Martin / Photo: DLR<p>3D printer made almost entirely out of Lego<p>Updated: July 13, 2013 / Caption: James Martin / Photo: Mastermind<p>3D-printed robot tarantula<p>Updated: July …

Photos

The evolution of humanoid robots (pictures)

Updated: July 12, 2013 / Caption: James Martin / Photo: DARPA/Boston Dynamics<p>Rubber artificial muscle, 1967<p>Updated: July 12, 2013 / Caption: James Martin / Photo: Humanoid Robotics Institute, Waseda University<p>Master-slave walking machine, 1968<p>Updated: July 12, 2013 / Caption: James Martin / Photo: …

Robotics

AT&T Next to offer yearly upgrades as part of new monthly installment plan

Could it be that T-Mobile's efforts aren't going unnoticed in the wireless community after all? Less than a week after John Legere unveiled Jump -- and just hours after we heard rumors about Verizon's forthcoming upgrade program -- AT&T has taken the wraps off of AT&T Next, an upgrade program that …

FBI-themed ransomware now affecting OS X users

Everyone has had to deal with malware of some sort at one point or another, with some being unlucky enough to come across the FBI-themed “ransomware” …

Ransomware

ERO demolition robot concept recycles on the fly

Reinforced concrete consists of concrete poured on a mesh of steel rebar. This provides a great deal of strength, but it also makes demolition a …

Engineering

Yahoo court document to be declassified showing FISA opposition

The PRISM news may have slowed in recent weeks, but the backlash against companies who were accussed of giving the government unmitigated access to …

Surveillance

Back to School Tech Guide 2013

Heading back to school can be a stressful time, but getting up to speed with your technology choices needn’t cause you sleepless nights. SlashGear …

Gear & Gadgets

AT&T Next offers monthly device payment option, starts July 26

AT&T has announced its Next program, which allows users to grab a new device annually without a down payment, then make monthly payments on the …

Customers

Logitech Alert 750n Indoor Master System Review

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ome security is something that pretty much everyone thinks about at one time or another, even if it’s just a matter of having a …

Sony SmartWatch 2 to be released in September

Back in June, Sony revealed its SmartWatch 2 SW2, and though it did not reveal when the watch would be hitting shelves, word had initially surfaced …

Wearable Tech

Corporate Customers Flock To Anti-Snooping App Silent Circle

Thanks to the NSA privacy scandal, business is booming for services that claim they can keep mobile phone communications away from prying eyes and ears. One of the most high profile among them is Silent Circle, a National Harbour, Maryland-based firm whose monthly revenue has increased more than …

The Moto X Will Always Have Its Ears Peeled According To A Leaked Video

The Moto X, Google and Motorola's heavily advertised yet mysterious love child, has been out and about lately. And now a video from Rogers, a …

Homeland Security urged ISPs to block IP addresses of suspected Chinese hackers

The US Department of Homeland Security and FBI provided a list of IP addresses used by alleged Chinese military hackers to American internet service providers (ISPs) earlier in February, and not-so-subtly encouraged the ISPs to block them, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reported today. Based on <i>The …

AT&T’s Leap Wireless deal is yet another sign of the sector’s consolidation

AT&T, the second largest US mobile carrier, has agreed to acquire smaller competitor Leap Wireless for $15 a share in cash. The deal, an important step for AT&T in its hunt for wireless spectrum, is another sign of consolidation in the US wireless telecom sector.<p>AT&T had been studying a Leap deal …

T-Mobile

Meet the Moto X face-to-face in new leak

Photo reveals soft buttons and perhaps a new version of Android.<p>The Moto X leaks are coming fast and furious now as the first (hopefully) great phone created by Motorola as a wholly "Google company" inches toward the market.<p>This past week we saw what was believed to be a Moto X in the hands of …

Mobile Technology

AT&T acquires Cricket for $1.19 billion, has a lot to gain

In a cellphone carrier market where high-profile acquisitions and the ready exchange of billions in cash are almost commonplace, AT&T’s $1.19 billion purchase of Leap Wireless – known better as Cricket to most – doesn’t seem that surprising. With yesterday’s buy, the network giant hopes to both …

Telecoms