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Verizon vulnerability made it painfully easy to access customer info

On the off chance you’ve experienced some sketchiness with your Verizon home internet account over the past few weeks, we might just know why now. As first reported by BuzzFeed, a vulnerability in Verizon’s customer service systems meant that attacke… … Continue reading

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CHIP is a $9 Raspberry Pi killer

The Raspberry Pi was definitely a game changer when it hit shelves at only $35. But CHIP is hoping to make the Pi look positively pricey by comparison. The Kickstarter campaign has already blown way past its $50,000 goal. In … Continue reading

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Tesla’s Gigafactory Isn’t Big Enough to Make Its Preordered Batteries

As Elon Musk revealed in an earnings call earlier this week, people preordered a shit-ton of Tesla’s new batteries : Over 50,000 Powerwall units were reserved. Now some interesting math, courtesy of Bloomberg: The five million square-foot Gigafactory planned outside … Continue reading

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Tesla’s Gigafactory Isn’t Big Enough to Make Its Preordered Batteries

As Elon Musk revealed in an earnings call earlier this week, people preordered a shit-ton of Tesla’s new batteries : Over 50,000 Powerwall units were reserved. Now some interesting math, courtesy of Bloomberg: The five million square-foot Gigafactory planned outside … Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About Tesla’s New Household Batteries

Tesla unveiled a new product line at its design studio in LA tonight. It’s called Tesla Energy and it’s a suite of batteries for homes and for businesses. The existence of the batteries has been one of the worst kept … Continue reading

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IBM Just Cracked One of the Biggest Problems Facing Quantum Computing

Quantum computing could make complex calculations trivial—but it’s currently fraught with problems . Now, though, IBM has solved one of the biggest, allowing it to detect the internal errors that could otherwise render quantum calculation useless. Read more… via Gizmodo … Continue reading

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Comcast officially gives up on Time Warner Cable merger

The rather unpopular, $45 billion merger attempt between Comcast and Time Warner Cable has been officially called off. In a very brief statement, Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts said that he would have liked to pair the two companies together, … Continue reading

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Tesla’s New Battery Could Solve One of Solar Power’s Biggest Problems

So far, specific details are thin on the new battery designed for home use that Tesla’s announcing next week . But just based on what we do know, it’s a pretty big deal. The quest for a good battery that … Continue reading

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Project Fi: Google’s Plan To Fix Your Wireless Service Is Here

Google’s Project FI is the company’s long-rumored wireless carrier service for mobile devices. But far from a traditional plan, Google’s might be the most flexible out there—while also saving you a bundle of money. Read more… via Gizmodo http://ift.tt/1DBv3T5

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Japanese maglev train breaks its own world speed record

The Central Japan Railway company reports that its magnetic levitation bullet train topped 366 miles per hour on Thursday during a test run along a length of test track in the Yamanashi prefecture. This was enough to break its own … Continue reading

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Apple wants you to avoid product launch lines

Apple no longer wants you to wait in long lines during product launches — in fact, it would sometimes prefer that you stay at home. An Angela Ahrendts memo leaked to Business Insider shows that the company is going to … Continue reading

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RIP PlayStation Home, 2008-2015

PlayStation Home, one of the most ambitious (and weirdest) things Sony has ever done with video games, closes down today. It will not be missed, but it should at least be remembered. Read more… via Gizmodo http://ift.tt/1FfkCIH

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RadioShack Selling Customer Data In Bankruptcy Auction

RadioShack’s recent bankruptcy filing means that it has to close nearly 2,000 stores and sell off many of its assets. Some of those assets are to be expected, like trademarks and store leases. But other assets might come as a … Continue reading

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Hone your drum machine skills with an HTML5 808

For the aspiring DJs and living room producers, there’s now a way to craft your drum machine chops with nothing more than your favorite web browser. An HTML5-driven site lets you choose between iconic instruments like Roland’s TR-808 and TR-909, … Continue reading

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Apple TV revamp coming in June with Siri and App Store

Apple’s criminally ignored set-top box is finally getting a major upgrade. The company is planning to announce a new Apple TV at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June, according to Buzzfeed. And yes, sources say it’ll pack in just about … Continue reading

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Scientists Have Worked Out How Chameleons Change Color

The changing color of a chameleon’s body is an impressive sight—but how it happens has long been a significant scientific question without a compelling answer. Now, researchers have identified a thin layer of deformable nanocyrstals in their skin which gives … Continue reading

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Someone Snuck Into NYC’s $4 Billion Train Station And Took These Pics

Picture $4 billion worth of cash stacked up in the shape of a train station. This is pretty much what the World Trade Center Transportation Hub looks like. Except more surreal. You’d also maybe need to throw in a whole … Continue reading

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Uber Got Hacked Because It Left Its Security Key Out In Public

Remember how Uber, in a Friday night post last week , admitted that the names and personal info of 50,000 drivers had been accessed by an unknown party? Well, Ars Technica has an update. A sad update. Read more… via … Continue reading

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Lonnie Johnson, the rocket scientist and Super Soaker inventor

To celebrate Black History Month, Engadget is running a series of profiles honoring African-American pioneers in the world of science and technology. Today we take a look at the life and work of Lonnie Johnson. Lonnie Johnson is not quite … Continue reading

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Finally: A Wearable That Lets You Charge Your Gadgets by Jerking Off

We’ve all shaken a fitness tracker or two in our lives to beat the system. But now, Pornhub is making a wearable meant for just that—shaking. And beating. It’s called the Wankband, and it lets you charge your gadgets by … Continue reading

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Scan Reveals This Buddha Statue Has A Mummy Inside

This is no ordinary Buddha statue. As the CT scan at the right clearly shows, there’s a mummy concealed inside! Read more… via Gizmodo http://ift.tt/1vUAVUM

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MIT’s self-assembling chair is cool, but you can’t sit on it yet

Screw meals in pill form. We’ll know we’re living in the future when our furniture can assemble itself at will. It’s something that MIT and others are working on, and the most recent work from the university’s self-assembly lab shows … Continue reading

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At last, ‘The Simpsons’ is streaming in its original aspect ratio

When FXX started streaming The Simpsons, it committed a cardinal sin in the eyes of fans: it showed older episodes in widescreen, guaranteeing that you’d miss visual gags meant for 4:3 TV. Thankfully, the network has learned the error of … Continue reading

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Tesla built 35,000 cars last year, preps for Model X launch

While Elon Musk keeps his eye on a SpaceX rocket launch this evening, his car company just released its financial data for the last year. Tesla met its goal of building 35,000 cars in 2014, but says some shipments were … Continue reading

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Box’s private security key helps keep spying eyes off your files

Box already encrypts the files you store in its cloud, but it also stores the necessary security key on its own servers. If a government wants to look at your data, it can theoretically order Box to hand over the … Continue reading

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