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@N Twitter Extortion Attack: GoDaddy Admits Hacker’s Social Engineering Led It To Grant Account Access

@N Twitter Extortion Attack: GoDaddy Adm...

There’s been a recent story circling the web regarding an extortion scheme engineered by a hacker against the owner of a highly sought after Twitter hande @N; a Twitter handle that has gotten its owner, Naoki Hiroshima, offerings of as much as $50,000. Hiroshima originally wrote a post on Medium that described the attack in great detail, leading to the eventual conclusion that a hacker had extorted him for control of the handle by taking control of his GoDaddy account. The hacker claims to have accomplished this via social engineering on phone calls to PayPal to...
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Petnet Raises $1.125 Million to Make Smart Pet Food Dispenser

Petnet Raises $1.125 Million to Make Sma...

Here’s one interesting take on the Internet of Things: A Los Angeles based startup known as Petnet recently received a $1.125 million seed investment from a conglomerate of investors, including Grishin Robotics, Kima Ventures, SparkLabs Global Ventures, and Launch Capital, to commercialize its first product, the Smartfeeder. As a “smart” pet food dispenser, this is not a new invention. For example, the Petmate Le Bistro Portion-Control Automatic Pet Feeder releases food according to a timer. However, the SmartFeeder goes a lot further, featuring...
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Healthcare Tech: Google Announces Glucose Sensor Contact Lens Prototype

Healthcare Tech: Google Announces Glucos...

Google announced Thursday that it has designed a glucose sensor contact lens that is in a prototype stage. The contact lens will assist diabetics in monitoring and managing their blood sugar levels. I have no connection with the project but sourced some additional information from public sources online (like everything on this blog, the below does not represent the views of Google!) The lens, designed by the Google X lab, measures glucose levels in tears continuously, using a wireless chip and a miniaturized glucose sensor, making testing blood sugar levels far less...
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Tech Trends to Watch in 2014 (continued)

More trends I’m looking out for this year (continued from http://philippedaumanjr.net/tech-trends-to-watch-in-2014) Home Automation (and the Internet of Things) The Internet of Things is another concept that folks have been talking about for a while, but previous initiatives like Buglabs or Android@Home haven’t seemed to take off yet. Still, I think home automation will be the first area where this field starts to see some depth, and the $3.2 billion Nest acquisition certainly kicked off the year with a bang in this respect. Other large projects such...
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Tech Trends to Watch in 2014

Like every year in these modern times, 2013 was a big year in technology. The discovery of the Higg’s boson was confirmed by CERN, a new generation of TVs and gaming consoles was released, bitcoin went mainstream, and the biggest threat to the security of US internet companies turned out to be the State—but not the one everyone thought the year before. As we settle into 2014, here are some trends to watch: Wearables Everyone is talking about this one, fueled by Google Glass and rumors of an iWatch. In a way, it’s already here, with “explorers”...