Show Notes, September 15th, 2014

When Lena started the show she talked about
Awesome Babycastles
next WordHack event is coming up on Thursday, September 25th and I’m really excited to be able to share Haeyoung Kim’s audience-participatory, communal composition wonderworld “Moori” and Hannah Davis’s work turning novels into music, as well as great things from Lee Tusman and Gabriel Loeb.As always we will be having our Open Projector with signups starting at 6:30, hope to see you out there!

WordHack III Feat. Haeyoung Kim, Hannah Davis, Lee Tusman and Gabriel Loeb
Thursday, September 25th 7-9:30 PM
Babycastles Gallery (137 W. 14th St btwn 6th and 7th)
$5 Cover
Mapping Digital Media
Meme’s and
The People’s Climate March
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PSA: Make Sure Your Phone’s Photos Aren’t Revealing Your Location Your photos might be revealing your location without you realizing it. Here’s how to make sure your phone doesn’t log the location of each photo you take. When you take a photo, your phone logs a ton of data about it—including the date it was taken, what kind of camera you’re using, and the location of the photo. Since this information is very easy to uncover, you probably want to make sure your

Obscuracam is a photo and video app for Android that keeps certain information private.

Ever capture someone in a photo or video, then realize they may not want to be in it? Not comfortable posting a friend, family member or child’s face on the internet? Worried about the geolocation data in the picture giving away private hideaway? Tired of Facebook, Google and other sites “auto detecting” faces in your photos? Then this is for you, giving you the power to better protect the identity of those captures in your photos, before you post them online.

Take a picture or load a photo or video from the Gallery, and ObscuraCam will automatically detect faces that you can pixelate, redact (blackout) or protect with funny nose and glasses. You can also invert pixelate, so that only the person you select is visible, and no one in the background can be recognized.

This app will also remove all identifying data stored in photos including GPS location data and phone make & model. You can save the protected photo back to the Gallery, or share it directly to Facebook, Twitter or any other “Share” enabled app.

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Comcast blocks Tor (updated) “Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal; we have the right to terminate, fine, or suspend your account at anytime due to you violating the rules — Do you have any other questions? Thank you for contacting Comcast.” Read the rest
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It’s official: Microsoft acquires Minecraft creator Mojang for $2.5 billion Following reports last week that Microsoft and Mojang were in “serious discussions” about a multibillion dollar acquisition, the two have now made it official. In a deal valued at $2.5 billion, the maker of the massively popular sandbox building game will be joining Microsoft’s game studio division. Mojang also announced…
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How to Find Reliable Tech Support for Family and Friends We all know those people who run into technical trouble with their devices and just want them fixed. They’re not interested in learning to help themselves, and you don’t have time to help every time they get an error message. Luckily, there are ways to get them help they can turn to—help that isn’t you. Here’s how. Most people are willing to learn enough to help themselves once you show them the w
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Pre-orders for new iPhones break record, top 4 million on the first day Apple on Monday announced they’d set a new record for iPhone pre-orders with over four million secured in the first 24 hours. Demand exceeded the company’s initial pre-order supply although there are still a few ways to get your hands on a new iPhone later this week.
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game wiredog writes Security researcher Michael Jordon has hacked a Canon’s Pixma printer to run Doom. He did so by reverse engineering the firmware encryption and uploading via the update interface. From the BBC: “Like many modern printers, Canon’s Pixma range can be accessed via the net, so owners can check the device’s status. However, Mr Jordon, who works for Context Information Security, foun
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How to Make Sure Your Net Neutrality Comment Matters If you’re in favor of a neutral internet—one that’s doled out equally to everyone, not preferentially to whomever pays the toll—you’ve got a few more hours to do something about it. At least, to do something about it the official way, by submitting a comment to the FCC urging the agency not to overturn net neutrality. Here’s how to yell so that your voice gets heard. Maybe you’re even one of the n
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Brave Social Media Campaign Brings Back Coke’s “Surge” Soda All that was old will be new again, especially when a brand sees an opportunity to capitalize on nostalgia. The latest to ride the retro recall is Coca-Cola, who’ve resurrected Surge soda, the company’s highly caffeinated, electric green sugar water. The drink, which was Coke’s answer to Pepsi’s Mountain Dew powerhouse, was discontinued by the brand in 2001 after just five years on the market. It
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EU court rules libraries can digitize books without permission The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that libraries have the right to digitize books and distribute them to dedicated reading terminals without first obtaining the publisher’s permission. The decision rests on exceptions built…
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‘Virtual Reality Camera System’ uses 6 Red Dragons to make 360-degree video magic Oculus/Facebook, Samsung, Sony, Google. We’re about to be flooded with virtual reality hardware, but what about content? While John Carmack works on the gaming side, the folks at NextVR (formerly Next3D) have been developing camera rigs to record…
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US government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day to force access to user data Back in 2008, in the days of the BlackBerry Storm, netbooks and well, yes, Yahoo, the internet company was threatened with a hefty $250,000 per day fine from the US government. This was because it didn’t want to comply with requests to hand over user…
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DARPA is funding the development of a soft, fabric-based exoskeleton When someone says “exoskeleton,” it’s easy to imagine a clunky contraption made of metal, like the one we typically see in the news courtesy of various research groups, or in movies like Edge of Tomorrow. The exoskeleton that Harvard’s Wyss Institute…
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Someone’s trying to 3D print (most of) a car in six days You can probably get quite a bit done by yourself in six days time, but could you build an entire car from scratch and take it for a test drive? Probably not. The folks at Local Motors are pretty confident that their 3D-printed car can roll out of…
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‘Flame Base’ shirt heats up to keep your temperature just right Sweaters, jackets and long johns are all “wearables” that keep us warm, but they aren’t all that smart — if you walk into a room that’s too hot or exercise too hard, you need to stop using them to cool down. It’s an inconvenience we’ve grown used…
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In this Chinese city, phone addicts get their own sidewalk lane Some places have lanes for bicycles, others for motorcycles, but there’s a place in mainland China that boasts a different type of lane altogether: one for phone addicts glued to their screens. According to a Chinese publication, the cellphone lane…
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BuyPartisan Reveals the Politics of the Products You Buy If you’re interested in socially-conscious spending, BuyPartisan offers an easy way to support companies in line with your own political views. Read more…
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Netflix Now Lets You Delete Films or Shows from Your Activity List Netflix keeps a history of your viewing activity. If there’s something you’d prefer to hide from the others in your household,

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