News from the Chaos Computer Congress hits the New York Times. 28-year old computer engineer Karsten Nohl today announced "that he had deciphered and published the secret code used to encrypt most of the world's digital mobile phone calls, in what he called an attempt to expose weaknesses in the security of the world's wireless systems."
Thanks to the ever-delightful Max Reads newsletter for bringing this gem to my attention — and by gem, I mean sorcerer's lens. The Vessel of the Ritual of Damnation is currently up for auction on eBay, with a Buy-It-Now price of just $13,333.33 (an 80% discount from the original price of $66,666.66, 'natch). The auctioneer… READ THE REST
Does this sound familiar? A new technology comes to market and naysayers, skeptics, and Luddites proclaim the end to all that's good, holy, and human. As media studies scholar Rachel Plotnick discovered, that's how people reacted in the late 19th century with the introduction of the electric push-button. …[P]eople worried that the electric push button… READ THE REST
Similar to what it might be like for someone living in the 1980s to stumble across an iPhone from the future, Chicago's ABC7 meteorologist Greg Dutra was utterly amazed to find out, while reporting live, that his weather map was actually a touch screen. (See video below.) "What? No waaaaay?" he said when his map… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. The day-to-day life of the American office worker features a lot of the same themes: getting up early, sitting in traffic, scrolling through emails, scrolling through social media, killing time on… READ THE REST
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We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. There is no worse feeling than realizing the endless creativity you can achieve on your phone or laptop actually does have an end. That horrible moment you realize your storage drive… READ THE REST