NSA Hoards Zero Days; Doesn’t Disclose Them all to Vendors

NSA Hoards Zero Days; Doesn’t Disclose Them all to Vendors

Aug 21, 2016

The NSA does not always disclose the zero day vulnerabilities it finds to unprotected vendors. Some security flaws are kept secret “when they can be used to serve a clear national security or law enforcement need” (Wired). The US National Security Agency (NSA)

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Study Suggests Gamers Have Better Academic Performance

Study Suggests Gamers Have Better Academic Performance

Aug 21, 2016

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia conducted a study that tested reading, math and science skills of students who were 15 years of age. One of the factors considered in the study was how much time each student spends playing video

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Many Fans Illegally Download Frank Ocean’s #Blond Album

Many Fans Illegally Download Frank Ocean’s #Blond Album

Aug 21, 2016

R&B singer and songwriter Frank Ocean released his new album Blond exclusively to Apple Music. This caused fans to flock to torrent and other illegal file sharing sites to download the album. The entire album has also surfaced for free on Google Drive.

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Anonymous Hacker Brings Harambe Back to Life on Twitter

Anonymous Hacker Brings Harambe Back to Life on Twitter

Aug 21, 2016

On Saturday, the Cincinnati Zoo director, Thane Maynard’s Twitter account was breached. The hacker changed Maynard’s profile photo to a pic of Harambe. Harambe was a silver-backed gorilla who was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo when a 3 year old boy

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Gesture Analysis: Could your Movements be Hacked?

Gesture Analysis: Could your Movements be Hacked?

May 7, 2016

Smart phone and tablet developers will need to put better security measures in place to keep hackers and governments out of their devices. Many newer generation devices implement fingerprint readers in place of passcodes, which are often promoted as a stronger security feature.

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AdBlock Plus Wants you to Pay for what you Read Online

AdBlock Plus Wants you to Pay for what you Read Online

May 3, 2016

Online publishers often hate ad-blockers like AdBlock Plus. Owners of smaller blog sites complain that they get little to no revenue from the work they produce. You may have also noticed some major news sites like Forbes and Wired have restricted access to

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Can a “Brain Map” Decode Our Inner Thoughts?

Can a “Brain Map” Decode Our Inner Thoughts?

May 2, 2016

There is a lot we don’t know about the human brain and our understanding of how they process language is still a pretty big mystery to us. Currently, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are building a “semantic atlas” of the brain

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Project Sansar: The “Second Life” of VR

Project Sansar: The “Second Life” of VR

Apr 26, 2016

See ya later, real life! The creator of Second Life, the socially-focused online world, is looking for 3D content creators to make “social experiences in virtual reality” (Venturebeat). Linden Lab recently put out an application for users of 3D Studio Max, Unity and

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How Should Social Media Sites Respond to Suicidal Posts?

How Should Social Media Sites Respond to Suicidal Posts?

Apr 22, 2016

Today, news outlets are reporting on a CDC study that indicates suicide rates in the U.S. are on the rise. What role, if any, should social media sites play in helping to decrease these suicide rates? In this new era where everyone shares

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If Facebook Paid you, Would you Post More?

If Facebook Paid you, Would you Post More?

Apr 21, 2016

Facebook recently circulated a survey that suggests they might pay users for sharing content on their personal profile. This might remind people of Tsu, a social media company that “shares revenues with its users and those who invited them into tsu”: Over the

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