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Artist Embeds USB Drive “Dead Drops” in Walls and Buildings All Across New York City

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Across New York City, USB drives stick out from walls, buildings and curbs, embedded with concrete in innocuous places. A Berlin-based media artist named Aram Bartholl began installing what he calls “Dead Drops” throughout the city in October 2010 as part of an art project aimed at creating anonymous, offline file-sharing networks in public spaces. “Dead drop” refers to a spy term for physical locations selected or designed for the exchange of information or items. As Bartholl himself writes on the official

The Self-Powered Liquid-Proof Keyboard That Recognizes You By Your Unique Typing Style

Credit: Rob Felt

In the past few months, a number of high-profile cases have shown that even large corporations with complex security systems aren’t always safe from cyber criminals. Hackers are constantly phishing for sensitive information like usernames, credit card info and, of course, passwords. And since many people (and companies) use the same passwords for multiple different accounts, it often takes just one stolen password to break into a computer or network. But what if someone could know your password, have access to your computer, and still

Symantec Just Discovered One of the Most Sophisticated Computer Bugs Ever Detected

Its name is Regin. For six years, the bug has been infecting computers while flying under the radar of security systems. Once it installs itself on a computer, Regin is able to do things like take screenshots, steal passwords and recover deleted files. Symantec says the bug has been used primarily to spy on government organizations, businesses and private individuals. “We don’t believe it is being used… for mass surveillance,” said Vikram Thakur, Senior Development Manager at Symantec. More than half of

New Algorithm Adds Sound to Silent Video By Observing the Tiny Vibrations of Objects (Video)

Researchers at MIT (in conjunction with Microsoft and Adobe) have created an algorithm with a truly impressive function: adding sound to audio-less videos. The algorithm has the ability to observe and analyze countless tiny micro-vibrations and then determine what type of sound must have made them. These vibrations are almost imperceptible – as small as one thousandth of a pixel in some cases. Abe Davis, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, is first author on a new paper discussing

A 5-Year-Old Boy Just Passed Microsoft’s IT Technician Exam

Ayan Qureshi isn’t your typical first grader. Ayan’s father Asim Qureshi, an IT consultant, introduced him to the world of computers when he was just three years old, letting Ayan play with old computers so that he could learn about how hard-drives and motherboards work. “I found whatever I was telling him, the next day he’d remember everything I said, so I started to feed him more information,”   Mr. Qureshi told the BBC. Ayan was indeed a fast learner – so fast that at

Elon Musk Teams Up With Former Google Exec to Build Satellites for Global Internet Access

Elon Musk is one of the world’s leading innovators. At just 43 years old, he has already founded a number of impressive businesses, including electric car maker Tesla Motors and private space exploration company SpaceX. Now, Musk has another big idea: using satellites to make internet access available everywhere in the world. This past Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Musk has teamed up with former Google executive Greg Wyler to look into designing small, cheap satellites that could be used to deliver

How Americans Are Paying More for Internet That’s Way Slower

The United States is definitely at the forefront of all things internet. The three largest internet companies in the world, Google, Facebook and Amazon, are all American, and have a combined net worth of more than $650 billion. In fact, 8 out of the top 10 biggest internet companies in the world are American. So it would only make sense that our average internet speeds over here should be pretty fast right? Well according to a new report released by the Open Technology Institute

This Artist Makes Elaborate Tree Sculptures Using A Single Strand of Wire (Photos)

Clive Maddison is an author and artist based in Brixham, England. Clive wasn’t a big fan of school growing up, but he always enjoyed hands on activities like metalwork and woodwork. After graduating college, he spent 12 years working as an electrician for a large company before leaving to become an independent contractor. Becoming self-employed also gave Clive a chance to pursue his two biggest passions: writing and art. Clive creates amazingly intricate models of different trees by twisting a single strand of wire. No

This 3-D Printer Uses Mud to Print Homes for People In Impoverished Areas (Video)

Worldwide, about 100 million people are homeless. Another 863 million people are living in slums and other substandard conditions. That’s nearly a billion people living with unacceptably inadequate housing. The rapid development of 3-D printing technology is already starting to play a role in lowering these numbers. Earlier this year, the Chinese company WinSun showed off their new 3-D printer by printing 10 complete homes in just 24 hours: Unfortunately, 3-D printers like the one above are bulky and costly to transport, and materials like concrete are

New Study: Millennials Are Actually Reading MORE Than Their Elders

I’m sure you’ve heard it before: the media lamenting on how lost the young generation is, how addicted we are to technology, how we’re dumbing ourselves down and losing touch with our societal roots. But at least one study seems to be contradicting this characterization of young people as ignorant internet addicts. The study, published by the Pew Research Center last week, found that 88% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 claimed to have read at least one book over the

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