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The Weekly Roundup 9.10 Edition

by Cassie September 10, 2015

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3D Printing a Multi-Story Home

With their latest technology, a Chinese construction company is demonstrating what happens when 3D printing is no longer limited by scalability constraints. The company, called the Zhuoda Group, has begun to 3D print full-size, multi-story homes and assemble them in just 3 hours. The process involves printing modules for each section of the house in their factory and then using cranes to fit the pieces together at the construction site. This construction method can reduce the total build time for a home by months and will end up saving the home owner significant construction costs, without sacrificing durability. The Zhuoda group is still working on patenting their construction method, but they intend to eventually commercialize their process. 3D printed construction projects could make future home building more economical and customizable if implemented throughout the industry.

For the full story on Sourceable.com, click here

Simple Home Safety Improvements

If you are looking to make your home safer, here are a few tips you can utilize to make your home more secure.

  • Add heavy duty locks to doors that lead to the outside
  • Lock up any valuable tools you have in your garage in a cabinet or a safe
  • Consider overhead storage in the garage to protect equipment from the elements
  • Inspect decks and patios annually to make sure railings are secure and boards are free of rot
  • Large closet safes are a good way to store documents, jewelry or hard drives in your bedroom or home office.
  • If you are putting a grill on your deck, make sure it is at least 5 feet from your house

These small changes will make you and your family safer at home.

For the full story on FremontTribune.com, click here

Windowless Airplane Enhances Passengers’ Views

The IXION Windowless Jet Concept, designed by Technicon Design, aims to give passengers the sensation that they are traveling in a completely open plane. The plane will have cameras on its exterior that project a 360-degree view of the outside onto the inside walls of the plane’s cabin. The displays, however, aren’t limited to the outside view of the plane. If it is a cloudy night with limited visibility, the displays can show a trip to the Grand Canyon or even the moon. Another strength of the plane’s unique design is that without windows, the plane will require less material to manufacture, which will make the plane cheaper and lighter. As adaptations to long distance transportation continue to be considered, the Windowless Jet is a feasible, economical option.

For the full story on Mashable.com, click here

New App Tells You Your Friends Got Home Safely

A new app called Companion, wants to use your GPS to keep you safe when travelling alone. The app, created by a group of University of Michigan students, is able to predict what time you will get home and notifies your friends if you do not make it. Users can also contact family or the local police department in the event of an emergency by just tapping their phones. Alerts are sent via text message, so your friends do not have to have the app in order to be notified in case of emergency. The University of Michigan’s Department of Public Safety & Security is already looking into working with the app’s developers to gain data for campus patrolling. Companion could definitely be useful on other college campuses, and serves as another great example of how technology can be utilized to improve personal safety.

For the full story on HuffingtonPost.com, click here

 

The Weekly Roundup 9.4 Edition

by Cassie September 4, 2015

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Automakers form Alliance to Enhance Cybersecurity

With the recent exposure of cybersecurity vulnerabilities in many different cars, the automotive industry has come under fire for its inadequate response to the situation. To address these concerns, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers are forming an Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC). The ISAC will be more proactive in its approach to vehicular cybersecurity, and will hopefully predict potential vulnerabilities as opposed to only responding after a weakness has been discovered. At the moment, Tesla is considered to be the gold standard in preventing cybersecurity threats. The ISAC aims to stay ahead of hackers by employing trained security experts to handle any threats so that consumers can be comfortable purchasing any brand of automobile.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here 

Common and Solvable Home Safety Risks

Your home is supposed to be a place where you feel safe and secure, yet accidents at home are common. Follow these safety tips to keep your home free of health and safety risks:

  • Make sure stairways are equipped with well-mounted hand rails
  • Prevent slipping by adding grab bars in shower and toilet areas
  • To avoid falls, make sure hallways are adequately lit at night
  • If someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, consider removing indoor carpets
  • Replace old and unreliable smoke detectors with newer models
  • Use a safety screen to catch sparks if you have a wood burning fireplace

With these safety tips, you can avoid home emergencies and keep you and your family safe.

For the original article on ReviewJournal.com, click here

Superhero-inspired Robotic Hand Wins UK Dyson Award

Joel Gibbard is using technology to create low-cost, robotic hands for amputees. His design utilizes 3D printing to quickly create prosthetics that are both functionally and visually appealing. The robotic hand is operated by sensors placed on the skin that cause the hand to respond when the wearer flexes his or her residual muscles. Gibbard’s goal is to create prosthetics that people are proud of as opposed to embarrassed by, and winning the UK Dyson Award is validation that he is achieving his goal. The 3D printing process employed by Gibbard, allows his prosthetics to be lighter than other prosthetics on the market. This is especially important for younger recipients of the robotic hand who may be unable to fully manipulate larger, heavier prosthetics. With the possibilities of 3D printing still being explored, ideas like Gibbard’s may come to shape the face of the modern health science world.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here

Innovative Bricks Suck Pollution from the Air

As the population continues to increase and more people move into cities, pollution becomes an even bigger factor in our daily lives. A new brick called Breathe Brick, hopes to reduce the pollution in major cities by actually sucking the pollution out of the air. The brick, developed by Carmen Trudell, filters out heavy pollutant particles and drops them into a removable tray at the base of the wall. The multifaceted bricks combine a plastic exterior with a hollow concrete interior to create the bricks’ filtration system. Although they have not been implemented in large construction projects yet, the Breathe Brick could be instrumental in driving further innovation in the construction industry.

For the original article on Sourceable.com, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekly Roundup 8.28 Edition

by Cassie August 28, 2015

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Senators Aim to Fund Tech that Disables Your Car if You’ve Been Drinking

Technology has been developed to tackle safety issues in many different ways. Recently, U.S. Senators are backing a bill that will fund the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), a system that will disable a driver’s vehicle if he or she is intoxicated. The bill aims to give $48 million in funding over 6 years to develop the DADSS technology so that it can be implemented in all car models. The unique DADSS does not rely on the driver blowing into a Breathalyzer. Instead, the technology is able to detect alcohol on a person’s breath through a console above the steering wheel and test for alcohol in the blood stream through a sensor in the start button or on the wheel. This technology could be utilized in the vehicles of people who have been convicted of a DUI, to prevent them from driving while intoxicated. Ultimately, the DADSS wants to make our roads safer and help to eliminate fatalities caused by drunk drivers.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here

Background Noise Could Strengthen Your Passwords

Online account breaches are one the biggest threats to modern personal security. Strong passwords can alleviate some of your risk, but new two-factor authentication methods may be your best bet to protect your personal information. Two-factor security sends a 4-digit pin to your phone when you sign into an online account that you must then type in along with your password. While this method is effective, it can be time consuming and tedious. Swiss researchers have developed a tool called Sound-Proof that will enable you to use two-factor authentication to secure your accounts without having to unlock your phone and search for a pin. Sound-Proof simply sends a signal to your phone when you log into an account and the phone and the computer record the noise around you. If the sounds match up, you are granted access to your account. Tools like Sound-Proof will hopefully spawn even more technology that will allow individuals to personally ensure account security.

For the original article on Wired.com, click here

Hyperloop Tube Moves Closer to Reality

The Hyperloop, a tube encased train proposed by Elon Musk, is inching closer to creation. This is evident by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies’ (HTT) new partnerships with the Swiss company, Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum and LA based engineering firm, AECOM. The aim of the project is to revolutionize travel by propelling passengers at speeds of up to 800 miles per hour in a partial vacuum. With the latest addition of Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum, it appears that HTT is preparing to move forward in the production of the Hyperloop. Craig Hodgetts, who is working on the project, believes that we could see the high speed train become a reality before 2030. We have seen Elon Musk spur on change in the automotive industry with his Tesla electric cars; his spirit of innovation may now reshape the way we travel long distances.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here
 

School Bus Safety Tips

The back to school season is upon us, and many children will be riding the bus every day to and from school. Here are some safety tips to share with your children for their daily school bus commute:

  • Designate a spot for your children to wait for the bus that is away from traffic
  • In inclement weather, dress your kids in brighter colors so that the bus driver can see them more easily
  • Do not board the bus until it comes to a complete stop
  • File onto the bus one at a time so that no one trips
  • Find a seat quickly and use the safety belt if one is available
  • When you get off the bus, make sure to cross the street in front of the bus so the driver can see you
  • Follow the bus driver’s instructions and avoid distracting the driver

 

The bus can be a fun and exciting new experience for your child. Use these tips to make sure they are happy and safe on their ride.

For the original article on Centralmaine.com, click here

 

 

 

The Weekly Roundup 8.21 Edition

by Cassie August 21, 2015

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This Hacker’s Tiny Device Unlocks Cars and Opens Garages

If the unlock button on your key fob doesn’t work on the first try, it may not be due to its batteries. A new device developed by hackers allows them to intercept your key fob’s wireless command and record it to be used on your car later. While this technique is not new to the hacking industry, this device makes it far easier to exploit signals from your key fob to easily break into your car at any time. The device is not just limited to cars, it can also be used to steal your garage door signal and break into your house. The device, called RollJam, does not have to actually be placed on the car or garage, it just has to be close enough to intercept the signal being sent when you press your opener. Automakers and garage door manufacturers have not done anything to combat this new device yet. Given the implications of RollJam, however, it is important that companies work to get away from common radio operated remotes.

For the original article on Wired.com, click here

New App Lets Anyone 3D Print “Do Not Duplicate” Keys

University of Michigan researchers have released a web-based app that lets anyone 3D print thousands of “restricted” keys that are specifically designed not to be copied. The app called Keysforge, was developed to demonstrate that given current technology, not enough is being done to protect business and apartment renters. The software can easily create a CAD file that can 3D print a key using only a picture of the key and a picture of the front of the lock. This is further proof that physical security measures, such as standard key operated locks, are outdated and need to be improved upon to enhance our safety. With 3D printing becoming more prevalent, it will be interesting to see what other industries are affected.

For the original article on Wired.com, click here

Earables: New Wearable Technology

The success of the Apple Watch is proof that wearable technology is, in fact, the direction technology is heading. Although, the Apple Watch just scratches the surface of how we will eventually use wearable technology in every day life. The Hear Active Listening System by Doppler is more than just a wearable upgrade to a device that you already own. The System actually augments the sound of the world around you to completely change the way you experience life. If you are watching a concert and want to heighten the sound of the bass or another aspect of the music, the Listening System will allow you to do that. Earables plan to allow technology to immerse itself in your every day routine without hindering your lifestyle or bothering you with the constant buzzing notifications we currently deal with on our smart devices.

For the original article on TechRepublic.com, click here

Solar Panels Double as Highway Sound Barriers

With the ever-changing technological landscape aiding the development of eco-driven utilities, we are seeing new, creative uses for energy conscious equipment like solar panels. An Eindhoven University of Technology team has taken solar technology to a new level, by lining the A2 highway with solar panels both as a way of producing energy and blocking the sound of the highway. Unlike typical solar panels that are usually placed on top of buildings, the solar panels used around the highway are cheaper, colorful and translucent. The experiment hopes to demonstrate the practical use of these panels, while also proving that they do not have to be an eyesore. If the experiment continues to be successful, we could see these panels become more widely used in other countries due to their energy producing and sound trapping capabilities.

For the original article on Wired.com, click here

 

 

 

 

The Weekly Roundup 8.14 Edition

by Cassie August 14, 2015

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The Top Passwords of 2014

With more personal information being stored online than ever before, account security has become incredibly important. Websites often force you to add symbols, letters and numbers to your passwords to decrease the possibility that someone can guess your account password. Therefore, it is alarming that the top passwords used in 2014 are reminiscent of the passwords you used on your first e-mail account. The top most commonly used password in 2014 was “123456” followed by the far more creative “password.” Obviously, these passwords are both easy to remember and to type, but more importantly they are easy to guess. The only upside to using these passwords to protect your personal information is the fact that, for many people, they are out of the realm of consideration. However, if you’re currently using any of these passwords to protect an online account, we strongly recommend you update your password to something stronger.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here

Hacker Discovers Vulnerability in GM Vehicles

Hacker, Sammy Kamkar, who runs the popular YouTube page “Applied Hacking” recently demonstrated his ability to hack a 2013 Chevy Volt that was equipped with OnStar. Using a $100 device, Kamkar was able to trick the RemoteLink mobile app into linking with a fake Wi-Fi hot spot he had created. Once connected, Kamkar had access to car controls like locking, remote starting, tracking and accessing the personal information of the vehicle owner. This new hack demonstrates a severe vulnerability in the OnStar system that is installed in many cars. After being notified by Kamkar, GM is working to fix this OnStar weakness and expects to have a remedy soon. This new development makes one wonder how susceptible self-driving vehicles may be to hacking in the future.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here 

Software That Sees If Your Brain is Busy

Between social media platforms and messaging apps, we are frequently hit with a barrage of notifications that can interrupt our concentration. A new software called Phylter aims to limit our distractions and thereby render us more effective, especially in the workplace. The software, which uses a headband to detect when you are concentrating on something, filters out notifications when you are focused and do not wished to be disturbed. Airplane Mode is the only current method for avoiding notifications without simply turning your phone off, but unlike Phylter, Airplane Mode actually blocks your messages from being received. Phylter hopes their new technology can be a more suitable solution to a distracted world.

For the original article on TechRadar.com, click here

The Shape-shifting House

Smart homes are an ever-increasing trend in the tech world, but we are learning that there are different degrees of “smart.” Architect Todd Fix has created a concept for a new smart home called the “Motus.” The “Motus” wants to take a giant leap forward in the realm of smart homes by adapting the home’s material based on changes in the weather. The home is a zero energy home that would be incredibly cost effective, once it was built. Building the “Motus,” however, is no small task and it’s certainly not cheap. Fix estimates that the home would cost between $3.5 and $10 million to construct, not including any repairs you would have to make if the house encounters functional issues. So while the house is a cool idea, at the present, less drastic home automation will do just fine.

For the original article on TechRadar.com, click here

Weekly Roundup 8.07 Edition

by Cassie August 7, 2015

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Artificial Intelligence: How far should technology go?

Many top scientists believe that artificial intelligence is not just a possibility, but an inevitability. Viewed as an evolution of substantial scientific advancement, it does, however, bring cause for concern considering the opportunities available to weaponize artificial intelligence. The Future of Life Institute has penned a letter urging a ban on offensive autonomous weaponry (“killer robots”), signed by Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak, to name a few. The group does not want to eliminate artificial intelligence or slow its progression, but rather, it wants to prevent a military AI arms race by countries and other organizations already developing autonomous AI weapons. Sorry gang, perhaps robotic super-soldiers from our favorite movies are not in the best interest of mankind after all.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here

Bank Robber Captured After Starring in Horror Movie

It’s rare that a bank robber makes a career switch and becomes a horror movie actor, but Jason Strange did just that. What he didn’t think through, however, was the fact that a bank robber on the run should try to remain slightly less conspicuous. He was recognized by a U.S. Marshal of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force when a picture from the set of the movie, Marla Mae, appeared in a local newspaper. The movie wrapped before Strange was arrested, so his scenes will remain in the movie. In fact, when asked about Strange, producer Brandon Roberts said, “He really nailed the audition.”

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here

Android Devices Vulnerable to Texting Hack

Do you own an Android device? Well, you and 950 million other Android users may be at risk for a new texting hack. Unlike e-mail hacks which require the receiver to actually open the message, this new SMS hack, discovered by research firm Zimperium, requires only that the phone receive the message, for hackers to gain access. What is most troubling about this development is that hackers only need your phone number to exploit this vulnerability. Fortunately, from what Google reports, the hack has not been applied outside the lab, but that does not mean it is not being used elsewhere. New Android updates are available to help address this issue, so make sure to update your phone.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here

New Smart Window Can Block Heat or Light

Researchers from the University of Texas have developed a new window that can adjust its physical qualities to differentiate between light and heat. Smart windows in the past have been able to block heat from entering a room, but in doing so they also blocked light. The new window can stop heat from getting in on a hot day without forcing the owner to sit in the dark. Another key feature of the window is its ability to change between light- and heat-blocking in a few minutes, as opposed to the hours it takes other smart windows to adjust. With this new technology, smart windows could greatly enhance the energy efficiency of buildings in the future. Although they are not currently available to consumers, these smart windows have been deemed ready for commercial production.

For the original article on Sourceable.net, click here

Weekly Roundup 7.31 Edition

by Cassie July 31, 2015

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New Microsoft Lumias May Feature Iris Scanners

Following the dismissal of nearly 8,000 employees from Microsoft’s phone division, the future of Microsoft’s Lumia devices was unclear. New reports, however, suggest that the tech giant is prepping for two new phones, codenamed Talkman and Cityman, in the Lumia line. These new devices, expected to launch in September at the Berlin tradeshow, are reported to have Qi wireless charging and an infrared iris scanner. While Microsoft is not the first to employ an iris scanner in mobile devices, they still represent a small fraction of tech companies that have moved beyond fingerprint scanners. With such a high profile industry leader adopting this new technology, it’s only a matter of time before other companies follow suit.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here

Sony Drones for Business

Gone are the days of data collection relying solely on user submitted surveys and on-site observation. Sony’s latest endeavor looks to take surveying to the skies with autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles. These new drones, brought about by Sony’s partnership with the Japanese company ZMP, have image capture and cloud-based data processing capabilities. These are not your standard off-the-shelf drones that allow you to take cool videos for your Facebook page; Sony’s drones will not be on sale to the average consumer. Still, with more uses for drones beyond just warfare being discovered, it’s only a matter of time before the drones available to the public get some cool new capabilities.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here

15% of Smartphone Apps Can Scam You

Many people are guilty of downloading large amounts of mobile apps that, though rarely used, still cause a tinge of guilt when it comes time to delete them. Maybe purging our phones of unnecessary apps is a little more important than we might have thought. A new study by ad fraud detection firm, Forensiq, has found that 15% of apps can launch operations in the background of your phone even when they aren’t open. These operations not only artificially inflate user numbers of the app, but also drain your battery and use your data without your consent. The purpose of this fraudulent activity is to entice advertisers to pay for ads within the applications, based on an inaccurate perception of the users they will be able to reach. To protect yourself from these hazardous apps, try to avoid apps by lesser-known developers and read app reviews for mentions of excessive data drain.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here

3 Best Ways to Protect Your Social Security Number from Thieves

With recent news that hackers made off with over 21 million Social Security numbers from the Office of Personnel Management, it’s important to remember to always protect your Social Security Number. Here are some useful tips to help you guard your identity:

  1. Keep the information secure:

– Avoid saving your number in your phone, delete old messages and shred any documents that contain personal information

  1. Keep your account secure

– Make sure to keep close watch on your bank account and always report any suspicious activity

  1. Consider identity protection services:

– For around $10 a month, you can have a reputable company monitor your account and assist you in the event your account is breached

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here

The Weekly Roundup 7.24 Edition

by Cassie July 24, 2015

 

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Uber Expands Service for Seniors and People with Disabilities

If you’ve ever experienced the misfortune of breaking an ankle or foot, you know how challenging it can be to get around. Particularly if a cast or crutches prohibits your ability to drive. The start-up cab service, Uber, understands those struggles too. uberASSIST, a niche division, recently introduced new vehicles, with specially trained drivers, prepared to handle disabled or injured passengers who require assistance with crutches, walkers, scooters or wheelchairs. Currently operating in limited areas, uberASSIST intends to expand its service in the near future.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here

Tweet an Emoji and Get a Sandwich Delivered, Hot and Fresh

When you’re home, and hungry, and just want to eat, delivery is the next best thing to take out. But the ordering process can often be long and laborious, pouring over lengthy online menus with too many options and choices. Introducing Fooji, a creative new way to order food fast, through your Twitter account and a simple emoji selection. Food choices are grouped into basic categories; pizza, burgers, pasta, for example. Simply select and tweet the category emoji you’re hungry for, and let Fooji do the rest. WARNING: For adventurous eaters only.

For the original article in Mashable.com, click here

5 Home Security Tips for Frequent Travelers

With more than two million home burglaries in the United States each year, it’s important to secure your home from invasion. Here are five steps you can take to protect your home if you plan to be away:

  1. Monitor your home
  • Install security cameras or invest in a monitoring service with a trusted security company.
  1. Make it look like you are home
  • Precautions such as stopping your mail, keeping up with yard work, and automating your lights will make it appear that you are home.
  1. Keep your travel plans to yourself
  • Don’t tweet or post your travel plans; you never know who is looking at your social accounts.
  1. Pull the plug on electronics
  • This not only reduces the risk of fire, but makes it harder for burglars to mess with your stuff.
  1. Prepare for the worst
  • Check in with a neighbor while you’re away, and make sure your homeowners insurance is up to date.

For the original article in Mashable.com, click here

Computer Chip Made of Wood Works as Well as the One in Your Phone

As mobile phone use continues to increase, so too, does electronic waste. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, however, may have found a viable alternative to the often toxic, semi-conducting plastics found within electronic devices. The new invention, called nanocellulose paper, is a high performing, wood derived material that is both efficient and biodegradable. Phone chips manufactured from nanocellulose paper show early promise, but don’t expect them in your smartphone any time soon. Professor Ma, head of the research group, believes it will take strong environmental pressure before electronic manufacturers adopt this new material. With that in mind, one thing is clear: at the rate consumers are disposing of old cellphones and upgrading to new ones, the sooner an environmentally friendly production solution is necessary.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here

 

The Weekly Roundup 7.17 Edition

by Cassie July 17, 2015
Nature Valley Ad Validates Current Generation Addicted to Technology

Nature Valley, a granola bar company, is urging customers to get back in touch with nature. Their new ad asks three generations of families what they most liked to do when they were children. The first two generations fondly remember outdoor activities like fishing, picking blueberries and playing baseball. The third generation recalls vastly different activities; texting, surfing the web, playing video games and watching TV are commonplace. One little girl went as far as to say she would “die without her tablet.” After watching the ad, new questions arise; is too much technology a bad thing? And if so, how will this affect future generations.
For the original article on Mashable.com, click here 

Home Security Camera Helps Catch Alleged Burglar in Cedar Grove

This week is yet another win for home security systems. A motion-activated security camera assisted police in catching a burglar in Cedar Grove, NJ. A vacationing homeowner was alerted by her system that something was amiss, and promptly called 911. Upon arrival of the police, the suspect was apprehended and charged with attempted burglary.

For the original article in Patch.com, click here

New York City Asks Google Maps to Discourage Left Turns

New York City’s department of transportation is urging Google to alter their popular app, Google Maps, in an effort to make their city safer. According to data pulled from NPR, 25% of all vehicle crashes involving pedestrians happened when those vehicles were turning left. Google and New York DOT are jointly discussing the development of an advanced feature that would reduce the number of left-hand turn options the navigation app currently provides.

For the original article in Mashable.com, click here

Home Security Video Captures Burglar Inside Upper East Side Apartment

A burglar made the mistake of robbing an Upper East Side apartment which was equipped with a hidden security camera. After targeting one complex and breaking into two apartments, it was during a third break-in that the burglar was caught on camera, stealing jewelry and other valuables. Although the crime is still being investigated, police are optimistic that the advantage of having video surveillance footage will help bring swift justice.

For the original article on nbcnewyork.com, click here

The Weekly Roundup 7.10 Edition

by Cassie July 10, 2015

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NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on His iPhone 6 Plus

Could it be that technology is literally causing us physical pain? With technology following the Texas philosophy of “bigger is better,” devices are literally hard to handle. New smart phones like the Apple iPhone 6 Plus are frustrating consumers by forcing them to overreach. “It was a strain to use [the iPhone 6 Plus], you have to stretch further to hit the buttons,” said NBA player Matt Bonner. Bonner developed an injury from his Apple device and has since complained about the popular smartphone to the press. In response to the negative feedback Apple produced iOS 8, which has a special software feature called Reachability. The app allows the screen to slide down so the top row of app icons is easier to reach.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here

 

Does Your Security Sign Make You Vulnerable?

Yard signs are helpful in deterring criminal activity by repelling burglars, but they may attract scammers. Each year, thousands of homeowners are scammed into switching their service to another provider. These deceitful scams work by having a sales person of another security company trick a homeowner into “upgrading” their service. Unknowingly, the homeowner then ends up canceling their current service and gets locked into a lengthy and expensive contract. The best advice to avoid scams is to ask to see an ID and follow up with a call to your current provider before purchasing or upgrading your system.

For the original article in ABC7News.com, click here

 

Olympus Air Crams a Mirrorless Camera Into a Smartphone-Controlled Lens

Attention all Instagram lovers! Step up your selfie game by purchasing Olympus’ latest mirror-less camera. The Olympus Air A01 is a handheld interchangeable lens camera that is controlled using a smartphone. The camera itself is equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, making it easy for consumers to swap out lenses while their smartphones acts as a controller. The release of this new smart lens is yet another step forward in the technology automation market.

For the original article in Mashable.com, click here

 

Home Security: Landscape Advice

When people think of home security they rarely consider their home’s landscape. Unkempt bushes or trees give burglars the opportunity to conceal themselves without getting noticed. In an effort to educate homeowners on the importance of proper external home safety, Officer Brent Forgey with the Nixa Police Department shared these three important tips:

  1. Utilize hostile landscaping by planting rose bushes or thorns underneath windows and along your home’s walls.
  2. Trim your bushes or shrubs regularly and keep them below the window line at all times.
  3. If you are unable to remove a tree or bush that could be a potential safety hazard, make sure to keep your blinds down and windows locked.

For the original article on KY3.com, click here

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