Show Notes – September 21st, 2015

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Attention Idiots: Not Everything With Wires Is A Bomb I can’t believe this is something that actually has to be said, but there’s another situation where an innocent kid is paying dearly for the ignorance of others, and on behalf of all tinkerers and lovers of machines, I want to re-iterate: there are things that use electronics that are not bombs, morons.http://gizmodo.com/this-teenager-…Of course, the situation that happened in the Dallas-Fort Wo
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Why You Should Build a Clock for Social Good this Week We’ve seen a wide range of emotional responses regarding [Ahmed Mohamed]’s arrest this week for bringing a clock he built to school. No matter where you fall on the political scale, we can all agree that mistaking a hobby engineering project for a bomb is a problem for education. People just don’t understand that mere mortals can, and do, build electronics. We can change that, but we need your hel
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#IStandwithAhmed supports teen arrested for making his own clock Last night, the Dallas Morning News reported an odd story. A teenager in Irving, TX brought a homemade electronics project to school, and while his engineering teacher called it “really nice,” after another teacher saw it the police got involved. He was arrested, handcuffed and potentially faced charges of making a hoax bomb, even though according to an Irving PD spokesman, he never tol
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Mandatory South Korean parental control app is a security nightmare Back in April, South Korea required that wireless carriers install parental control apps on kids’ phones to prevent young ones from seeing naughty content. It sounded wise to officials at the time, but it now looks like that cure is worse than the disease. Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab have discovered 26 security holes in Smart Sheriff, the most popular of these mandatory
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Thank An Aging Population For Facebook’s Proposed ‘Dislike’ Button Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that the company is finally working on a much-desired feature: a “dislike” button. According to Zuckerberg, this feature has long been one of those most-requested by the Facebook audience. Although his comments suggest that the new button more likely will express sympathy or empathy, rather than simple dislike, Facebook users have nevertheless greete
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Radar turns your smartphone into a baseball speed detector Want to know if your baseball team’s pitching skills are up to snuff without carrying a dedicated (and frequently not-so-smart) speed detector? Scoutee might have something up your alley. It’s crowdfunding a baseball radar peripheral that turns Android phones and iPhones into pitch speed detectors. Plunk the device in the right place (including on the back if your phone, if you like) and it’ll te
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The Closing of the Hungarian Border, As Seen by Drones This drone video captures what’s happening right now on the border between Hungary and Croatia. All you can see for kilometers on the road are busses and checkpoints. It’s yet another instant mega-fence for Central Europe, where countries are pouring resources into preventing Syrian refugees from crossing over borders as they flee to the west.This footage was taken by Drone Media Studio, who write
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Edward Snowden: Advanced Encryption May Stop Us Communicating With Aliens On Friday, Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomed Edward Snowden to his StarTalk podcast. Along with the usual conversations about privacy and government, Snowden had another important warning to provide: encryption may hurt our abilities to see, or be seen by, extraterrestrials.Speaking to deGrasse Tyson from Russia, Snowden explained that the current need for data encryption may not be doing us many favor
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Kickstarter is legally obliged to give back to society Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is reincorporating as a “public benefit corporation” (PBC). What does that mean? Well, it’s a confusing term, and one that’s defined differently depending on which state you’re in. Loosely speaking, it’s supposed to mean that a company operates both for profit and for the betterment of society. As part of the change, the company will be registered in De
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The ‘Monument Valley’ team has created a dream of a VR game It’s a tough act to follow, selling over 2 million copies of a game in a single year. That’s the task that Ustwo, the British developer behind the award-winning Monument Valley, was facing as it started work on its latest effort Land’s End, a virtual reality adventure game created exclusively for Samsung’s Gear VR headset. Going from building a game for mobile to one that will only run on a speci
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Fast in-flight WiFi is coming to Europe While in-flight WiFi is now pretty common in the US, connectivity in Europe is a little harder to come by. But that could soon change if a new joint-venture between UK satellite company Inmarsat and operator Deutsche Telekom gets off the ground. The two companies today announced the launch of the European Aviation Network, a new framework that combines LTE and satellite networks to deliver high-s
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Old-school game cartridges are coming to your smartphone There have been many attempts at bringing classic gaming to smartphones, but they all lack the most visceral part of the experience: the satisfying ka-chunk of plugging a cartridge into your console. You might get that vibe back if Japanese startup Beatrobo has its way. It’s launching the Pico Cassette, a game cartridge that you plug into your phone’s headphone jack. Unlike the vintage carts of y
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iOS 9 is already running on more than half of Apple mobile devices Apple may have taken a long while to get users upgrading to iOS 8, but it isn’t having any such trouble with iOS 9. The iPhone maker has revealed that more than half of all iOS devices are already running the new software less than a week after it launched. That’s the fastest adoption rate yet for the platform, if you ask the folks in Cupertino. That’s certainly better than on Android, where just
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Jaunt gets a ton of real money to build cinematic VR With all the buzz around VR hardware from folks like Oculus and HTC, we still need immersive content to make those gadgets worthwhile. That’s precisely what Jaunt is focused on with its “cinematic VR” platform, which consists of a 360-degree camera and tools for editing and creating VR experiences. Now, Jaunt is getting a vote of confidence from Disney and other investors to the tune of
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Dropbox Teams will offer a host of business features to free users Dropbox for Business is an increasingly important part of the company’s revenue stream — there are more than 130,000 businesses using the service — but there are many more people out there using the company’s more consumer-focused free service and its $9.99 monthly subscription plan. Millions of those users are in fact using their personal Dropbox accounts to get work done, as well — so now Dr
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4chan sells to the founder of the site that inspired it If you know your internet message board history, you know that Chris Poole’s legendary 4chan was inspired by 2channel, a board dedicated to anime and other aspects of Japanese culture. Well, things are about to come full circle: Poole (aka Moot) just sold 4chan to Hiroyuki Nishimura, 2channel’s founder and the current editor in chief for Variety Japan. The terms of the deal aren’t public, but Poo
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Apple releases watchOS 2 to put apps directly on your wrist It’s arriving a few days later than originally anticipated, but the first big Apple Watch software upgrade is here. watchOS 2 lets third-party developers create apps that run directly on the device itself, without relying on a connected phone. That means the apps have access to sensors embedded within the Watch itself, and they should run faster and be easier to interact with. Some have compared
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Company Offers $1 Million for iOS Hack, Will Probably Sell It to the NSA A cleverly-named security company has a clever idea. Zerodium will pay you $1 million if you find a zero-day exploit in iOS 9. Then, if history is any indicator, it will turn around and sell that intelligence to a despotic regime like the NSA. Chaouki Bekrar, the founder of Zerodium, is infamous for founding the French hacking firm Vupen–which specializes in buying up zero-day exploits and selling
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Skype Is Still Working To Restore Service To Some Skype has been working to get its service back up and running for many users since about 4 AM Eastern Time. Most of those impacted by the network issue are having difficulty logging in on mobile and desktop apps. At 11AM, the company said that it had identified the problem and is working on a fix, noting that Skype for Business users were not affected. So how does this affect normal users? After l
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France Says Google Must Honor the “Right to Be Forgotten” Around the World Europe’s “right to be forgotten” rules have been around for a while, but they pretty much just applied to Europeans who wanted to hide embarrassing or incorrect content about them. Now a French court says that Google needs to go a step further and apply the rules to all of its domains.In the past, the “right to be forgotten” only applied to specific country’s domains. So you could get a link remov
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Samsung’s bringing back the TV ‘set’ with the Serif TV The humble television wasn’t always the ultra-thin, wall-mounted “appliance” we know today — it used to be a piece of furniture, wrapped in an elegant case of wood, plastics and metal. Now, Samsung is bringing the idea of a stylized ‘TV Set’ back, introducing a an expensive, font-inspired television called the Serif TV. The name is a wildly overt nod to the television’s shape — a thic
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Over 4 billion people will go without internet access this year The tech industry likes to talk a lot about a connected world, but just how many people are online, really? Most of them aren’t, unfortunately. The United Nations’ Broadband Commission has released a 2015 report which estimates that 57 percent of the human population (about 4.2 billion people) won’t have regular internet access by the end of 2015. Not surprisingly, the likelihood that you’ll have
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How Much Digital Media Can Fit on History’s Storage Devices Storage space is something we all kind of take for granted. We have phones with upwards of 128GB that we just carry around in our pocket like it’s nothing. But it wasn’t that long away that we were using floppy disks capable of holding just a few text documents. It wasn’t long ago that 1MB was considered a large amount of memory. Times sure have changed in that regard! It’s with that in mind that
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Valve hits a Linux landmark—1,500 games available on Steam A few months after Valve officially launched Steam for

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