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Using Implant Chip Technology Woman Controls Robot With Her Mind

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 16:36 -- Mirranda

There may be a way to help the hearing impaired using a microchip that is implanted in the brain. Brain implants, also called neuroprosthetics, are used to help restore senses that have been lost or damaged. Currently the only device that restores sound for the deaf is called a Cochlear implant. A Cochlear implant is device that is worn on the outside on the skull.
The implant captures sound and stimulates the auditory nerve, allowing the user to hear some sort of sound. A Cochlear will not restore full function of the auditory nerves. Last year the FDA approved a device that will restore the user's ability to perceive shapes and motion. The device made by Second Sight involves 60 electrodes and a small video camera that transmits data to the electrodes in the retina allowing the user to see.

New 'Heartbleed' Security Bug Leaves Your Passwords & Usernames Vulnerable

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:46 -- catmandu

Many of the most popular websites on the internet have been found to be vulnerable due to an issue in OpenSSL which is the cryptographic software library. Here’s what you need to know.
A critical bug has been exposed that has actually been present in OpenSSL for over two years. This bug allows anyone to possibly uncover names, passwords, and content you send over a seemly secure website. Just think about that. Your usernames and passwords over the last two years have been vulnerable.

Phishing Page Hosted On Google Drive Being Used To Target Google Accounts

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:15 -- catmandu

If you’re not aware of what a phishing account is, I’ll explain. It’s when someone creates a “mock” website or sends an email message pretending to be a company or service that you use in hopes of getting you to enter valuable credentials. From there they can access much of your important and sensitive information.
Other more advanced hacker groups like, Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) are well known for attacking twitter and website accounts of very large brands like Forbes, Microsoft, Facebook, CNN, PayPal, eBay, and even Barack Obama.

Facebook Rolls Out Video Ads In Users’ Newsfeeds – Users Not Happy About It

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:09 -- catmandu

After months and months of testing, Facebook will begin rolling out auto-playing video ads in its user’s newsfeeds. Zuckerberg has been on record stating that he was always reluctant to putting direct advertising in users’ newsfeeds. We have all seen how that went with the “Suggested Post”.
Now, you can expect to start seeing video ads auto-playing in your newsfeed as you scroll through your feed. After testing for the last few months, Facebook feels that they have made it as un-intrusive as possible and should not affect the user experience too negatively.


Google Updates ‘Drive’ In Hopes Of Being Able To Compete With Office

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 15:05 -- catmandu

As the popularity of Google Drive (online document center) grows, Google has made it their goal to compete in the market. Google has tapped some 3rd party apps that it will use to extend some of the services and features of Google Drive.
The “Plug-ins for Docs and Sheets” is aimed to directly compete with the recent apps that have been released by Microsoft for the Office application.  The program addresses three apps that Google highlighted as part of its program that have weaknesses compared to Office.

Google Releases New Chrome Beta With Hands-Free Voice Search

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 10:02 -- catmandu

I'm sure you have seen the commercials in which a user simply says to the phone "OK Google" and it wakes up and is ready for a verbal search term. It's been around for a bit. Well, Google has taken that functionality to the desktop browser.
Google has had voice search for some time now. It required clicking the little microphone icon in the search bar when visiting Google's seach page. Once the icon is clicked you can simply verbally state your search and Google returns the results. And it's pretty snappy too.


First Contagious Wi-Fi Virus "Chameleon"

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 10:06 -- catmandu

Yes, you read that title correctly. Scientists have discovered that wi-fi networks can be infected with a virus and it then spread to through a densely populated area similar to that of the common cold.
"The Chameleon" virus was simulated and found that it could not only spread amongst home and business users, but also avoid detection and identify points at which networks were least protected by passwords.

Mac Computer Users Warned Against Using Public Wi-Fi Networks

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 11:46 -- catmandu

Due to the vulnerability that the  "Middle Man Attack" has placed on Macs, many businesses are prohibiting their employees who use MacBooks and other Apple devices from logging on to public Wi-Fi networks. This is a very serious security issue and companies are taking quick action until Apple releases a patch for the issue. This patch is currently in "the works".
An authentication coding error in the latest version of OSX allows attackers to bypass the SSL/TSL security. SSL/TSL are cryptographic security profiles used to secure internet communications between user browsers and websites.

Google Claims 'Rare' Failure Caused Gmail Delays Earlier This Week

Tue, 09/24/2013 - 18:51 -- catmandu

Google claims that the slow loading gmail accounts that users experienced earlier this week were due to a 'rare' network failure.
Two simultaneous network failures are to blame for the delays in email through the giants webmail service. Google apologized for any inconvience that it might have caused any consumers.



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