Google’s Project Vault Aims to Secure your Devices with a microSD Card

As hackers get more brazen, it’s becoming a huge hassle to change our passwords due to the multitude of services we keep signing up for. Thankfully, there are password managers like KeePass and LastPass (among a lot of others) to help ease the pain and annoyance of dealing with security over multiple sites and services, but it’s not the definitive answer to the problem. Google’s going to take a stab at that problem with Project Vault, a secure device that plugs into any desktop or mobile device that supports microSD. This device runs its own ultra-secure operating system partitioned from the rest of the host device’s storage with 4GB of storage for your most sensitive data. Continue reading “Google’s Project Vault Aims to Secure your Devices with a microSD Card”

A LEGO Data Network Protocol?! Are You Foolin’ Me?!

Speed in tech is an awesome thing.  Nowadays many of us can appreciate bullet-quick solid-state hard drives (SSDs) and fiber-optic networks (like Google Fiber; PLEASE come to San Antonio), but the best way to appreciate something is to understand where it all came from. Before the days of the aforementioned technology we now use, there was the telegraph, and even further back we can see that data travel everywhere by train. A hacker named Maximilien recreated that locomotive golden era of transferring information using LEGO, Arduino and Linux.  Even though this method will definitely lack the bandwidth, the point is the nod to the historical relevance of networking.  While the latency of the network is awful, the bandwidth is actually pretty good. Continue reading “A LEGO Data Network Protocol?! Are You Foolin’ Me?!”

Developer Hacks Microwave with Raspberry Pi to Create AWESOMENESS!

You know, microwaves have been relatively unchanged since their original inception.  I mean, sure knobs changed to buttons, an LCD display was added, and the inclusion for preset heating durations made microwave use more convenient, but since we live in a world of computers, tablets, smartphones (where even REFRIGERATORS have built-in screens/tablets), the microwave gets ignored like the toaster; and it’s 2013! Until now. Developer Nathan Broadbent hacked his microwave to include voice commands, the ability to scan barcodes for pre-set cooking times and a self-setting clock! All thanks to his regular microwave and the Raspberry Pi microcomputer. Continue reading “Developer Hacks Microwave with Raspberry Pi to Create AWESOMENESS!”

The Best Way to Play “Tetris;” On A Building!

This past weekend, a group of student gamers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (or MIT) hacked the Green Building, home to the school’s Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, and played one gigantic game of Tetris.

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