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Google is Investigating China Cyber Attack; Possible Inside Job

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

(Reuters) – Google is investigating whether one or more employees may have helped facilitate a cyber-attack from China that the U.S search giant said it was a victim of in mid-December, two sources told Reuters on Monday.

Google, the world’s most popular search engine, said last week it may pull out of the world’s biggest Internet market by users after reporting it had been hit by a “sophisticated” cyber-attack on its network that resulted in theft of its intellectual property.

The sources, who are familiar with the situation, told Reuters that the attack, which targeted people who have access to specific parts of Google networks, may have been facilitated by people working in Google China’s office.

“We’re not commenting on rumour and speculation. This is an ongoing investigation, and we simply cannot comment on the details,” a Google spokeswoman said.

Security analysts told Reuters the malicious software (malware) used in the Google attack was a modification of a trojan called Hydraq. A trojan is malware that, once inside a computer, allows someone unauthorised access. The sophistication in the attack was in knowing whom to attack, not the malware itself, the analysts said....

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Google Unveils Nexus One, the next ‘Super Phone’

Posted on Jan 05, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: CNN

Calling it their “superphone,” Google unveiled the Nexus One on Tuesday, marking the online search giant’s first leap into the smartphone market.

The phone, which goes head to head with Apple’s darling of the market, the iPhone, is sold only through a Web store operated by Google and, unlike the iPhone and most other current smartphones, is available either with or without mobile service.

“We are very happy to be able to offer a choice,” said Mario Queiroz, Google’s vice president of product management.

T-Mobile is the initial service provider. Verizon in the United States and Vodafone in Europe will be coming on board later, and more operators are expected.

Already available Tuesday, the phone costs $180 with a contract or $530 unlocked, leaving the phone open to other carriers.

Among the Nexus One features Google announced at an invitation-only event at its California headquarters was text without typing. A voice-enabled keyboard allows users to send texts, e-mails or Facebook updates by speaking into the phone.

It is a global-system device with a 3.7-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, an accelerometer and a compass, according to Google....

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Are We Approaching Free Energy Machines?

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos, - Physics & the Universe

Source: http://jnaudin.free.fr/steorn/indexen.htm and Cryptogon News

A reversal of the polarity of the coils does not change the direction of rotation…

When the rotor is manually braked, the supply current in the toroidal coils remains constant…

There is no counter electromotive force (Back EMF) induced in the stator coils when the rotor is turned manually.

Read the entire article here… very interesting!

Potentially Self Running Machine - Are we getting close to Free Energy?

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Square & VeriFone Debut New iPhone Hardware; Credit Card Terminals

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: TechCrunch

article_verifone_iphone_cc_terminalIt’s been just a week since the debut of Square, a service that lets people take physical credit card payments via their mobile phone. Given how much positive press the new service has received, it’s no wonder that traditional payment providers are taking notice. The last thing they want is another PayPal to come along and blindside them.

I just saw an announcement by VeriFone on their own Square competitor – an iPhone hardware and software solution called Payware Mobile that lets users take physical credit cards just like Square. They can’t help but get a jab in at Square – CEO Douglas Bergeron says:

Banks and processors are concerned about the security issues of unapproved merchants using unregulated software and insecure fobs to accept card payments…PAYware Mobile leverages VeriFone’s proven payment and security expertise to provide the ultimate in end-to-end protection against payment fraud and misuse on an open and unregulated platform such as the iPhone.

Here’s the great thing – Square cofounder Jack Dorsey is still here at Le Web (he was on stage yesterday) and was just a few feet away when I read the article....

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USB Webcam Rocket Launcher

Posted on Dec 09, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: ThinkGeek

Pan left & right plus Tilt capability

Pan left & right plus Tilt capability

Thanks to a giant leap in technology, old-school point and click USB missile firing systems will never be the same. The new USB Webcam Rocket Launcher will now give pranksters the newly added feature of being able to control remote missile launching systems via webcam anywhere with internet access.

With the use of MSN Messenger you will be able to remotely assess the landscape of your firing station and unleash havoc from the cozy comfort of your workstation. Want to up the ante? Grab one of these USB gadgets for you and a friend so that you can video chat, share files, and fire missiles at each others heads!

The camera can pan left and right and tilt.  Imagine the remote surveillance possibilities!  Have you ever checked the prices of PTZ cameras and the systems/software to run them!?  For only $49.99, you’ve just acquired a pan/tilt camera, base, software, and free software to operate it – PLUS the added bonus of being able to fire NERF missiles up to 15 feet away....

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Google Offers Searches by ‘Sight’ Now; Google a Picture with Goggles

Posted on Dec 09, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

75_googleMountain View, California (CNET) — Google’s first search engine let people search by typing text onto a Web page. Next came queries spoken over the phone.

On Monday, Google announced the ability to perform an Internet search by submitting a photograph.

The experimental search-by-sight feature, called Google Goggles, has a database of billions of images that informs its analysis of what’s been uploaded, said Vic Gundotra, Google’s vice president of engineering. It can recognize books, album covers, artwork, landmarks, places, logos, and more.

“It is our goal to be able to identify any image,” he said. “It represents our earliest efforts in the field of computer vision. You can take a picture of an item, use that picture of whatever you take as the query.”

However, the feature is still in Google Labs to deal with the “nascent nature of computer vision” and with the service’s present shortcomings. “Google Goggles works well on certain types of objects in certain categories,” he said.

Google Goggles was one of the big announcements at an event at the Computer History Museum here to tout the future of Google search....

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Disposable Flask …score!

Posted on Dec 04, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Disposable Flask

Disposable Flask

Given the outrageous drink pricing at most major sporting and music events, no one is going to blame you for sneaking in your own hooch — but when security rears its ugly head, it’s way better to not have an expensive carrying device in your pocket. Enter the Disposable Flask ($15/set of 3). These 7.5 oz. reusable foil pouches are portable, freezable, pocketable, and easily disposable, and feature airtight plastic lids that won’t let your hooch spill in your pocket or jacket!

What more could you ask for? 

Buy them here – $15

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Massive Awakened Spiked Sword

Posted on Nov 26, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

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Imagine finding this 41-inch monster sword wrapped up underneath the tree this year. It wouldn’t be hard to spot that’s for sure. That, and the fact that your wife’s hands are bandaged and there is blood all over the wrapping paper would be a dead giveaway.  Perfect for those pesky zombie invasions in the New Year!

Find it here – $40

 

(via NerdApproved)...

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Hacker Posts 4,000 Documents from Climate Research Unit on Internet

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

[Hayden’s Note: I must say, +1 for this guy/girl.  Climate change and global warming is a scam designed to impose heavy taxes, limit your very freedoms, and exercise a global authority on a variety of subjects.  Cap and Trade?  Climate Treaties?  Carbon Emissions?  Gimme a break.  It’s designed to scare you into submission!  Step back and explore the actual data.]

article_break_the_matrixThe global warming debate took a new twist as attackers allegedly hacked into the e-mail server of a prominent British climate research center and stole more than a thousand messages about global warming to post online, according to reports.

The e-mails were stolen from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, a high profile climate research center based in the U.K. The center, which has maintained a strong stance on global warming, attempts to determine the cause and path of climate change in this century as well as the future.

Altogether, the hacker stole more than 1,000 private e-mails and more than 3,000 documents from CRU, which were posted anonymously to a Russian FTP server. The hacker subsequently posted a link to the 61-MB file on the blog Air Vent....

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12 Amazing Steampunk Gadgets & Gizmos

Posted on Nov 07, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

12 Coolest Steampunk Gadgets

Gracie Murano – Oddee.com

Steampunk is a speculative intersection of technology and romance where the future meets the past: Victorian era inventions clash with often dark alternate realities. What started as a literary genre has since evolved into an amazing urban art form which delights in making real-life inventions that are a blend of the modern and anachronistic. Meet some of the coolest steampunk gadgets we’ve seen!

–Thanks to our reader, Nicodemus, for the idea!

Steampunk Headphones

A guy from Chicago who calls himself Nicrosin made this “Mechanical Aural Communication Device” as a prop with “sculpey, rubber, and… various pocket watch parts,” the earpieces have a suede lining. Unfortunatly, this awesome set of Steampunk headphones that you see pictured above is actually just a non-functional model. Pretty cool anyways.

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Steampunk Toilet

Yes! A steampunk toilet, created by Patrick Brawley — the “antique toilet of the future.” Awesome! It boasts a control panel and laser pointing mechanism.

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What do Storm Troopers do on Their Day Off?

Posted on Nov 07, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

So, maybe you’ve asked yourself what Storm Troopers do on their days off… or maybe after retirement?

That question has finally been answered in dramatic fashion…

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If these candid photos by Stefan Le Du are reliable, it would appear as though they spend their lofty hours taunting cats, feeding pigeons, and going on safaris!

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These and other still shots of the after hours actions of the Empire’s Elite are for a project called Stormtroopers 365.

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The Empire’s faithful and knowledgeable Storm Troopers are even weighing in on the current swine flu ‘epidemic’.

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See the whole series on Stefan’s Flickr page....

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Filter Tap Water with US Canteen’s Newest Water Bottle; the H2Only

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: US Canteen.com

Your search for a great reusable water bottle has come to an end!  The H2Only bottle is made from stainless steel and filters out 99.99% of all pollutants found in drinking water.  The bottle holds up to 25 ounces of water and would be an awesome gift to those who love clean and great tasting water.  Even if we’re not that person, we all know that person who *always* has a water bottle with them.

article_UScanteenPriced at only $40, the included filter will last for about 12 months at heavy use (which equals roughly 100 gallons).  The Ionic-Adsorption Micro-Filtration system removes chemicals and sediments you may not have even heard of such as:  Chromium 6, as well as other toxic chemicals, detergents, pesticides, and agricultural waste, arsenic, aluminum, zinc, asbestos, copper, lead, mercury, dirt, sediment, E-Coli Bacteria, DDT, MTBE, Benzene, and Chloroforms.  There’s a LOT of stuff in your water!

Each additional filter will cost $15.  Let’s break down those costs…

$40 for one year using the US Canteen H2Only compared to spending  approximately $1.00 a day buying ONE bottle of water. ...

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Windows 7 Raises the Bar for Security, Experts say

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Windows 7 Raises Security Bar, Experts Say By Stefanie Hoffman, ChannelWeb Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) no doubt has high hopes for Windows 7, launched Thursday, but the new operating system might also have significant long-term implications for the security industry, experts say. So far, Windows 7 has left the gate with a strong start. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told analysts, partners and media attending the Windows 7 release party in New York that, so far, 45,000 retailers are currently selling the new operating system, and he said he expected 300 million Windows-based PCs to be sold this year. Despite the promising launch, Microsoft still faces a slew of hurdles with Windows 7, not the least of which were the poor performance and dwindling adoption rates of its predecessor, Vista,

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Barnes & Noble E-Reader Puts Heat On Amazon

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Barnes & Noble E-Reader Puts Heat On Amazon The Nook is now the e-reader to bet, but analysts say Amazon won't relinquish the Kindle's market share easily. Source: InformationWeek Antone Gonsalves October 21, 2009 03:33 PM (click image for larger view) Barnes & Noble Nook eBook Reader Barnes & Noble's Nook e-book reader has the potential to change the market's landscape, so it's unlikely B&N's biggest rival, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), will let its competitor bask in the limelight for long. Web 2.0 Chair John Battelle tries to pin down Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter, on the company's potential revenue models. At least in the short term, the Nook, introduced Tuesday, is the e-reader to beat, leapfrogging Amazon's Kindle with

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8 bit? 64 bit? Blu-Ray? xBox? DVDs? R2D2? Yes, please!

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

09.22.2009 at 12:41 pm PopSci reader Brian De Vitis's R2-D2 cooler, converted into the ultimate mobile gaming 'droid with eight consoles, a projector and a sound system R2 Front View with Dome Courtesy Brian De Vitis To get rid of the mess of wires from his many videogame consoles, PopSci reader Brian De Vitis decided to repurpose his R2-D2-shaped cooler. The engineering student modified its legs and repainted it to look more realistic. Then he stacked the motherboards from the eight consoles on shelves inside, added a sound system, and rearranged the inputs so he could plug in controllers from the outside. To watch all the gaming action, he added a projector in the rig’s dome, just like the real R2’s. R2 Top View Without Projector: Courtesy Brian De Vitis

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