Technology

The story of the Sony hacks

Sony HackedIn a week filled with horror across the globe that is hard to imagine, a much smaller conflict has erupted that has much more sweeping insinuations that most people realize. The Sony hack, which started with leaked films and has ended with terrorist threats, has led to a film being pulled out of theaters before its release. This is why you should care.

The security breach came at the latter end of November. Five movies were initially released that were either in theaters, or coming attractions. These included ‘Annie’, ‘Fury’, ‘To Write Love On Her Arms’, ‘Mr. Turner’, and ‘Still Alice’.

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Charge your phone anywhere with Plan V, the keychain mobile charger

Plan V Mobile ChargerA new keychain charger device is hitting Kickstarter, offering a convenient, last-ditch way to charge up your smartphone whenever it goes flat. That includes during emergencies, when you just don’t have access to any alternatives.

On the Kickstarter project page, the creators of this gadget tell the story of what sparked this idea. Co-creators Evan and Luke were traveling through Bogota Columbia as backpackers. After a string of bad luck, they were out on the streets at night, in the unfamiliar area, and unable to find their hostel. Their smartphones were dead, their backup batteries were also dead, and they didn’t know what to do.

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Skype co-founder backs new communication tool, Wire

Wire Communication AppJanus Friis is among a list of tech and communication experts who have backed the new app Wire, a communication tool that sets out to take everything that is good about the competition, and combine plus add to it.

Wire is essentially a chat service, but it claims to be much more. It provides a video chat service with high end sound quality through your mobile device, as well as Mac computers. But it also gives you the option to message with video from YouTube, audio clips from SoundCloud, or images. If you need to get someone’s attention, you can send them a ping, which will let them know you want to talk without sending a call request and potentially interrupting them.

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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
  • Technology

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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