Show Notes – June 15th, 2015

Today Martin and Lena talk tech.

 

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LastPass Hacked, Change Your Master Password Now Bad news first, folks. LastPass, our favorite password manager (and yours) has been hacked. It’s time to change your master password. The good news is, the passwords you have saved for other sites should be safe.LastPass has announced on their company blog that they detected an intrusion to their servers. While encrypted user data (read: your stored passwords for other sites) was not stolen, the i
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Netflix is Getting Its First Big Web Interface Update in Four Years Netflix has experimented with its interface a lot over the years, but there’s always been a bit of a disconnect between how the service looks in your browser and your various apps. Now, the company is updating its web site with a huge UI change to make it more app-like.The new design is meant to be a more dynamic interface, rather than a series of standalone pages. You can now get more information
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Should You Dump Your Loyalty Cards After the Starbucks Hack? Last month news broke about Starbucks’ loyalty cards having a security flaw. The flaw was discovered and exploited by Egor Homakov, a hacker who works for penetration testing, source code auditing, and vulnerability assessment firm Sakurity. The loophole allowed Egor to duplicate funds on a Starbucks gift card, which then he managed to spend in a shop without being questioned nor alerting the comp
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Kodi (Formerly XBMC) Now Available on Android, No Beta Signup Required We’ve been a fan of Kodi since it was still called XBMC. The Android version of the media center app has been in an open beta for a while, but now that period is over. You can now download and install it on your phone, tablet, or Android TV without joining a Google+ community.The Play Store listing is still being designated by the company as a “beta”, though it no longer uses Google’s complex syst
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Marriott Signs Deal with Netflix to Bring Service to All US Hotels — Design News Pin it Now you can continue your binge watching while traveling: Marriott launched a partnership with Netflix that allows guests to stream the service on the hotel’s Internet-connected TVs. READ MORE »
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Investment bank ‘confirms’ Razer quietly bought OUYA One of the problems with keeping the news of a recent engagement a secret is that, sometimes, an investment banker runs off and tells your parents before you can. That’s the sticky situation that has met Razer and Ouya, since their recent union has b…
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Learn the History of Infographics the Best Way Possible… With an Infographic Infographics, as we know them now, are a relatively new way of providing information or getting a point across. They’ve quickly risen to be one of the nicer-looking ways of teaching people about something. They offer bite-sized chunks of information with a great deal of visual style. How did the humble infographic become so popular? Where did they get started? Is there a better way to get a quick,
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5 Must-See Documentaries About Hacking and Hackers Hacking is one of those subjects that everybody knows about yet few people truly understand. Is hacking inherently malicious? Is there a difference between a hacker and a cracker? What about white hat vs. black hat vs. gray hat hackers? And where do terms like “life hacking” fit into everything? First, let’s cut the colloquialisms. Hacking your life has no relation to actual hacking. Device tamper
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Google’s New Smart Lock Is the Password Manager for the Rest of Us Amidst all the big Google I/O news, the company quietly made a major overhaul to Chrome’s password manager. It’s now a part of the revamped Smart Lock service, and if you still haven’t started using a secure app to store your passwords, this one’s for you.What’s Actually New?Google—or, more specifically, Chrome—has had a makeshift password manager for a while now. You’ve probably seen it before: a
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IdentityTheft.gov Shows You How to Recover From a Stolen Identity Identity theft has the potential to ruin lives, but it can also make you feel helpless if you’re a victim. The Federal Trade Comission (FTC) just took the wraps off of IdentityTheft.gov, a new resource designed to offer that much-needed help if your identity has been stolen.The site is set up in a simple step-by-step format, so you can click each step on the process to begin the recovery process a
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Why You Should Protect Even Your Most Unimportant Data When it comes to protecting our data, many of us only place a high priority on certain important data like financial information or location. However, even seemingly mundane data can be used to paint a picture if you’re not careful to protect it.As business blog Entrepreneur points out, the data that we don’t think is important is often easier to gain access to. However, those who mean to use your
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Inbox by Gmail Is Now Available Without an Invite, Adds New Features Today, Google finally stripped Inbox of its invitation requirement. If you’ve wanted to get in on the email-as-a-to-do-list action, you can now sign up for Inbox directly. Not only are invites no longer required, Inbox has also added some sweet new features, including Trip bundles. Much like how the Purchases bundle puts all your purchase-related emails together, Trip bundles will collect all the
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Free Speech vs. Harassment: Why Did Reddit Ban Five Subreddits? Reddit officially announced the decision to ban five subreddits, due to ongoing harassment problems. This is a change in policy for the website, which has previously refused to ban even the most hateful subreddits because of their belief in free speech. In 2012, then-CEO Yishan Wong said, “We stand for free speech. This means we are not going to ban distasteful subreddits. We will not ban legal co
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12 Ways Your Phone Can Help You Be Healthier and More Productive Take a quick break from Instagram—we promise that it’s worth it.
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Give Kids a List of Things They Have to Do Before Earning Screen Time If your kids are anything like mine, the first thing they want to do when they get home from school or wake up in the morning is turn on something with a screen. Usually the computer with Minecraft on it. Keep them productive and also limit screen time with a must-do list.Ann Kirby-Payne writes on her Narrowback Slacker blog how she stopped arguing with her kids about screen time and chores and ta
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Home automation with ATTiny and mobile phone In our cottage in the woods we don’t have a reliable internet connection. In the winter it is really cold when we enter and it takes a couple of hours before the house warms up when turning on the floor heating after we come in.I wanted to be able to turn the heating on before we arrive, and enter a…By: MaxJanssenContinue Reading »
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The Virtual Reality Headset of 2018 Ah, yes. Nothing screams ‘escapism’ like strapping on a seven-inch screen from forehead to upper lip.  While the virtual reality headsets available today are impressively immersive, they are not without their aesthetic downsides—but that’s simply because we’re still toying with the tech’s first generations. In 2018, the Oculus Rift could look more like a pair of Ray-Bans than a face computer. The
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This Chart Teaches You How to Prepare Unusual Vegetables Whether you’re trying to get more vegetables into your diet or just try new foods,, this chart from Lucky Peach shows you several interesting ways to prepare common and uncommon vegetables The chart includes suggestions for each vegetable, including how to, stir fry, grill, bake, or pickle each one.. When you make your next meal plan, you can quickly refer to this chart to create tasty side dishes
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Mischief Managed: The Facebook Privacy Nightmare Caused By One Chrome Extension I solemnly swear that I am up to no good. That about sums things up. For a short while, a Chrome extension called the Marauder’s Map was letting Facebook users track their friends’ exact locations. Here’s what you need to know about this Facebook privacy breach. The Marauder’s Map The name comes from Harry Potter, where the Marauder’s Map shows the exact locations of everyone in Hogwarts. In reali
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These 5 SMS Services Offer You the Internet Without a Data Plan Use the Internet on the go without a data plan. If this sounds impossible, you’ve forgotten about SMS. Today Cool Websites and Apps outlines services that take advantage of SMS to give you access to web services without actually connecting to the Internet. Call it the offline web. Whether you’re hoping to make your dumb phone smart or just save money on your phone bill by ditching mobile data enti
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Google Maps Updated to Send Directions from Desktop to Your iPhone iOS: If you tend to look for locations on your desktop more often than your phone, Google’s rolled out a handy feature for iOS that lets you send location searches from the desktop version of Google Maps to your iPhone in a click.Once enabled, you can instantly send any location from your desktop computer to your iOS device as long as they’re signed into the same account by clicking on the “Send t
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Why Fraud Is a Real Threat to Crowdfunding I’m reading the comments of a highly successful Kickstarter Campaign. “a half year later I still want my money back” says one. Another says “Taylor is a crook. I have requested several times for refund. He won’t even knowledge my emails.”. Simply called “Learn iPhone App Development“, the campaign blew past its initial modest goal of $2,000, earning an eye-watering $54,626 from 656 backers, 437 of
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OpenBazaar, Born of an Effort To Build the Next Silk Road, Raises $1 Million Patrick O’Neill writes: After the fall of Silk Road, Amir Taaki built DarkMarket in an effort to offer a decentralized and “untouchable” market alternative. That’s grown into OpenBazaar, a “censorship-resistant” protocol that just raised $1 million from venture capital firms Union Square Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz, as well as angel investor William Mougayar through the co
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Reddit Removes “FatPeopleHate,” “CoonTown” Still Cool Though Reddit, a 10-year-old internet community with 3.3 million users, somehow just got around to announcing an anti-harassment policy last month. Now the site, which usually leaves moderation decisions up to the community, has taken its first stab at banning pernicious subreddits under the new rules. Five subreddits have been shuttered by reddit admins “based on their harassment of individuals,” the Re
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I strapped on a harness to fly in a virtual world I flew over snowcapped mountains with the wind in my face. Actually the mountains were virtual and the wind was just two fans blowing at my head. But, if you’ve ever wanted to be Superman, the folks at Mindride have you covered. That is if you’re fin…
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Serious iOS bug makes it easy to steal users’ iCloud passwords A security researcher has published attack code he said makes it easy to steal the iCloud passwords of people using the latest version of Apple iOS for iPhones and iPads. The proof-of-concept attack exploits a flaw in Mail.app, the default iOS e-mail program. Since the release of version 8.3 in early April, the app has failed to properly strip out potentially dangerous HTML code from incoming e-
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Radio Shack bankruptcy update: most customer data will be destroyed, not sold to pay creditors When electronics retailer Radio Shack filed for bankruptcy, the chain proposed selling customers’ personal data to raise cash and repay creditors. That’s not gonna happen, and the news is seen as a win for the right to privacy. Read the rest
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You can now share Twitter block lists because people are horrible Anyone can use Twitter which makes it equal parts amazing and horrible for some users. To help squelch some of the more annoying voices on the social network, Twitter lets users block accounts they find disruptive or worse, threaten said user. Today,…
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Fix your STL files with Microsoft Model Repair Service (free!) This is a very simple and powerful service offered by Microsoft and powered by netfabb. Using a simple 3 step process, the tool will automatically fix many common problems with 3d models. The tool supports STL, OBJ, 3MF and VRML files. Point your browser of choice to the Model Repair Service websi…By: AlexH18Continue Reading »
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Twitter Just Made A Bulk Troll-Banishing Tool That’s Actually Useful Twitter has a troll problem that’s never going to go

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