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http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2015/02/07/384567322/meet-mafiaboy-the-bratty-kid-who-took-down-the-internetAudio for this story from All Things Considered will be available at approximately … It was his first time on the internet, and within a few days the 9-year-old hacked the system so he could stay online past the 30-day trial period…. Meet Mafiaboy, The ‘Bratty Kid’ Who Took Down The Internet

http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/08/schools-ban-watches-from-exams/If you think your school is overly cautious when it makes you ditch your phone before a big test, you haven’t seen anything yet. BuzzFeed News has learned that multiple universities have issued blanket bans on all watches during exams in case student…… Schools ban watches from exams to keep cheats off your wrist

http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/07/best-buy-gear-vr-retail-demo/One of the biggest obstacles to buying Samsung’s Gear VR is… well, trying the darn thing. How do you know whether or not you’ll like this phone-powered virtual reality headset without strapping it on your head first? That won’t be too much of a pro…… Best Buy will let you try Samsung’s Gear VR in stores on February 8th

Today In Creepy Privacy Policies, Samsungs Eavesdropping TV

 

http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/08/telescreen/As the number of connected devices — aka the Internet of Things, aka the sensornet — proliferates so too does the number of devices leaning on voice recognition technology as an interface to allow for hands free control.

Last fall, for instance, Amazon revealed a connected speaker with a Siri-style assistant that can perform tasks like adding items to your ecommerce shopping basket on command. Internet connected ‘smart TVs’ which let couch-potatoes channel-hop by talking at their screen, rather than mashing the buttons of a physical remote control are even more common — despite dubious utility to the user. The clear consumer electronics trajectory is for more devices with embedded ears that can hear what their owners are saying. And, behind those ears, the server-side brains to data-mine our conversations for advertising intelligence. Via techcrunch.com

4 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Google Earth Pro

 

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-things-didnt-know-google-earth-pro/For 11 years, Google Earth has allowed anyone with a fast Internet connection to explore the world from their desk. Without having to step foot on a plane, you can see the dizzying skyscrapers of Manhattan, marvel at the reddish splendor of Uluru, or even take a trip to space, all for free.

  • Go On A Tour (And Show Your Friends)
  • Find Out More About The World
  • Find Out How Bad The Traffic IsIn Your Neighborhood
  • Solve Property Disputes

4 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Google Earth Pro