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Pew Research Center conducts quiz to test user knowledge of the web and related tech

  • 26/11/2014 at 01:48 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Tech EyeA new quiz by Pew has set out to find how much the average person knows about the internet, and how that breaks down by demographic. They studied this by asking a small collection of questions related to the internet and common technology (such as the iPhone, Facebook, and Net Neutrality), and saw how people responded.

The quiz, which you can take at the official website listed at the end of this article, is a simple one. It has twelve question, and asks about social networks, current tech laws, for some definitions, and what figures in the technology business world are being shown in pictures. They then ask for your gender and age range.

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Hush wants to help silence your ears…smartly

Hush Smart EarplugsWe have all seen the many wireless earbuds and headphones that are circulating Kickstarter. But what about earplugs? With Hush, you can now disconnect yourself from the noise around you, the smart way.

These earplugs are a combination of wireless technology, sound cancellation technology, and good old fashioned foam. It molds to the inside of your ear to fit the canal comfortably, while blocking out as much noise as possible. The curved exterior makes it easy to pull them out without digging, and the padding keeps it from pressing harshly into the ear itself.

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Gizmodo finally gets to the bottom of the Magic Leap mystery

Magic Leap MisteryAfter months of intensive speculation, some information has finally come around about the mysterious company Magic Leap, and exactly what it is they intend to produce. The answer is pretty incredible.

Magic Leap first hit the technology news world when word came of a huge capital raise seemingly out of nowhere. The company was able to secure $542 million in funding, based on a concept no one had any clear ideas about. What were they going to do with that money? Why were investors so interested?

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Gorilla Glass 4 promises a tougher screen for our Gadgets

  • 22/11/2014 at 19:30 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Corning Gorilla Glass 4Corning has announced the release of their Gorilla Glass 4, the latest in durable screen technology that seeks to protect our phones, tablets and other devices from our big, dumb, clumsy hands.

I dropped my phone this morning. I drop my phone every morning, because for some reason my hands don’t properly work before 8 AM. Not that I don’t drop my phone at a myriad of other times of the day, when my stubby little fingers seem dead set on destroying all technology like the Hulk in a Best Buy.

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Why President Obama wants Internet to become an utility

Tech EyePresident Barack Obama has stopped with the vague rhetoric and officially called the FCC to put strict regulations in place against ISP’s seeking to limit internet speeds as part of a tiered internet. Not surprisingly, chairman Tom Wheeler has spoken out against it.

We have talked on this website about Tom Wheeler before. The chairman in charge of coming up with a proposal for internet regulation faced harsh criticism from the public for repeatedly caving to major companies accused of violating FCC rules, such as Xfinity/Comcast. Now, he is speaking out against Obama’s call for the internet to become a protected utility, which would limit ISP control.

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Point crowdfunding project wants to handle your home security

Point Home SecurityA new Kickstarter project is offering another addition to the line of new smarthouse security projects. But this one is for those who find the others, with their access to cameras, constant updates and monitoring, to be too invasive.

Point works by sitting idly in your home, and just working in the background. There are no daily notifications, unless there is a problem. Otherwise, you can look at a timeline of any events or environment changes in your home at your leisure through the smartphone app.

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VISA’s contactless credit card has a security flaw

  • 06/11/2014 at 23:34 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Security KeyResearchers at Newcastle University claim to have found a security flaw in the new VISA contactless credit card released in the UK, which the company is pressing to be fully adopted by businesses accepting VISA by 2015.

According to the report, the researchers found that thieves could potentially create a ‘pocket reader’ that could be passed over a wallet laying on a surface, or bumped into someone’s purse or pocket, and charge withdraw funds from the card. They found that they were able to perform this theft with only a couple seconds to confirm the transaction.

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