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Quadcopters Never Have To Crash Again Thanks To This Software-Based Fail-Safe System

If you’ve flown a quadcopter, you’ll know what happens when a propeller stops or fails: the thing flips around and crashes. Using a new system from Mark W. Mueller, Simon Berger, and Raffaello D’Andrea at ETH Zurich, however, quadcopters can automatically right themselves after motor failure and can even allow a human operator to control the drone until it is safely on the… Read More

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Quadcopters Never Have To Crash Again Thanks To This Software-Based Fail-Safe System

If you’ve flown a quadcopter, you’ll know what happens when a propeller stops or fails: the thing flips around and crashes. Using a new system from Mark W. Mueller, Simon Berger, and Raffaello D’Andrea at ETH Zurich, however, quadcopters can automatically right themselves after motor failure and can even allow a human operator to control the drone until it is safely on the… Read More

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The i’m Tracer bracelet means never having to ask ‘where’s the kid?’

The kooky folks behind the (frankly awful) i’m Watch are a mainstay at Mobile World Congress. This year they’ve got something a little more useful to show off: it’s called the i’m Tracer, and it’s the evolution of another GPS tracker the company has…

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Never fear, Flappy Bird is still available — on eBay, for a thousand bucks

Less than a day after the explosively popular game Flappy Bird vanished from the App Store and Google Play, it’s become available on eBay — for hundreds of dollars. Lucky owners of the Flappy Bird app have put their phones and tablets up for…

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Never fear, Flappy Bird is still available — on eBay, for a thousand bucks

Less than a day after the explosively popular game Flappy Bird vanished from the App Store and Google Play, it’s become available on eBay — for hundreds of dollars. Lucky owners of the Flappy Bird app have put their phones and tablets up for…

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Better late than never, Path arrives on Windows Phone

Path for Windows Phone has had an unusually long development cycle for a mobile app — we first saw it at a Nokia event in July, and the rest of 2013 came and went without a release. Still, fans of the smaller-scale social network will be glad to …

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‘Kung Fury’ pits Hitler against the greatest ’80s action hero that never was

“He’s a kung-fu renegade cop. Now, he must defeat the most evil kung-fu master in the world: Adolf Hitler, aka Kung Führer.”

That, in a nutshell, is Kung Fury, a proposed short action movie currently seeking $ 200,000 in funding on Kickstarter. An homage to the ’80s, its nostalgia-driven trailer features everything from skateboard-toting punks to an NES Power Glove. With a plot involving time travel, dinosaurs, Norse gods, and Nazis, the film relies on green screen magic for almost every scene. Most of the raw footage has already been shot, but it’s the reliance on special effects work that requires additional funding to help wrap up the project.

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Robot never loses at rock, paper, scissors – Truthloader Investigates

Janken, a Japanese robot designed by the University of Tokyo’s Ishikawa Oku Laboratory, NEVER loses at rock, paper, scissors. It may seem like witchcraft but…
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Never Forget That Wireless Carriers Are Evil

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In today’s edition of “U.S. wireless carriers are dicks”, we’re going to look at the latest in how carriers and the CTIA are protecting valuable revenue streams by blocking features that would curb smartphone theft.

Over 1.6 million U.S. consumers had a smartphone stolen in 2012. One in three thefts within the U.S. involved a mobile gadget. Speaking to CBS This Morning today, San Francisco’s Attorney General stated that 50% of their robberies and thefts involved a smartphone. It’s an epidemic and wireless carriers are dismissing the solution.

According to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, officials from in New York, San Francisco, London and Philadelphia called on the wireless industry to present a solution. Samsung did just that earlier this year for its own devices, but the five largest U.S. wireless carriers denied it their customers.

According to emails obtained by CBS, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular, all decided to not include the feature in the Samsung handsets sold by each carrier. Meanwhile, the CTIA, the trade association for wireless carriers, helped the FCC and certain police departments create online databases for stolen phones.

In theory, this list – compiled for, managed by, and unique to each wireless carrier – would prevent stolen smartphones from being reactivated. But it doesn’t protect against data theft, and is largely useless if the phone is shipped out of the country. A kill switch is needed and placed in the hands of smartphone owners.

Samsung and Apple both moved to implement a kill switch within their devices earlier this year. Apple had more luck than Samsung. Since a staggering majority of Samsung smartphones sold in the U.S. run Android, wireless carriers are able to modify the software before selling the device to consumers. U.S. carriers simply removed the kill switch.

Apple’s solution is not perfect but is a big step forward. The Find My iPhone application allows consumers to locate and remotely wipe phones. Then, new with iOS 7, the original owner’s credentials have to be entered before the phone can be reactivated – even after the phone was completely reset. Meanwhile, Google offers a similar feature baked into Android, including the ability to remotely locate and wipe a stolen phone. But once the device is remotely erased, it can be reactivated under a new account.

It’s unclear exactly why wireless carriers denied thoughtful security features to their customers, but preserving profit is main theory. Each carrier offers insurance for stolen phones. And what’s a person supposed to do when their phone is stolen? Walk around unfettered like it’s 1995? No, they go get a new phone at either the full price, sign a new contact to get the phone at a discount, or pay the deductible on that insurance plan.

It’s too early to tell if the CTIA’s national database will curb smartphone thefts. Logic seems to dictate that it won’t, though. The thieves will just sell them overseas, out of reach of the CTIA’s databases and the wireless carriers they represent. Think selling internationally is hard? Replace Craigslist with eBay in that illicit workflow and voilà – thieves are good to go once more.

The wireless industry as a whole needs to let go and put more power in the hands of the owners. Give owners a native kill switch, a software solution baked into the core of the phone, which upon activation, would completely brick the phone if it gets stolen.

The auto industry was once plagued by stolen radios. The problem was solved when car manufacturers took a hard stance and made it so a stolen radio would not work outside of the original car. But don’t expect the wireless industry to take such a hard-line. An car owner with a broken window missing radio does not go out and buy an expensive new car. They buy a new window and radio.

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AMD’s next desktop chip lands in January, merges CPU and GPU like never before

We’ve been waiting a long time for the AMD chip known as Kaveri, but at least now we have a date for its availability: January 14th. We also know that the flagship desktop part for FM2+ socket motherboards will be called the A10-7850K, that it’ll use four Steamroller CPU cores clocked at 3.7GHz, and …

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