Years ago, someone came up with the bright idea of building little pop-ups into greeting cards so, when you open them, a little paper birthday cake or present jumps out at you. That concept is not too far off from what greeting card company Artiphany and augmented-reality tech company DAQRI are trying to do with the Gizmo Kickstarter project.
Gizmo greeting cards all sport a red robot on the front. Download the DAQRI app, point your phone or tablet at the front of the card, and watch an interactive animation come to life. The cards can be customized with stickers for sharing birthday, winter holiday, and Valentine sentiments.… Read more
The data was exposed via a software glitch and included customers' names, contact information, credit card numbers and security codes, passwords, and birth dates.
While the data leak apparently took place on April 15, a few weeks before the program launched in the city, the company didn't notify the affected customers until July 19. According to the Wall Street Journal, Citi Bike discovered the breach at the end of May and … Read more
A vulnerability on SIM cards used in some mobile phones could allow malware infection and surveillance, a security researcher warns.
Karsten Nohl, founder of Security Research Labs in Berlin, told The New York Times that he has identified a flaw in SIM encryption technology that could allow an attacker to obtain a SIM card's digital key, the 56-digit sequence that allows modification of the card. The flaw, which may affect as many as 750 million mobile phones, could allow eavesdropping on phone conversations, fraudulent purchases, or impersonation of the handset's owner, Nohl warned.
"We can remotely install … Read more
Wedding Cards works well enough, but with the limited number of invitations, bare-bones customization tools, and limited sending options, it is hard to imagine using this as your only wedding announcement or invitation tool. There simply are not enough features and the resulting invitations don't look as polished or as personal as most couples will want.
Wedding Cards has five total cards to choose from, two of which are invitations. Each of them can be customized with your own text, but in most cases that is all you can change. There are no options to add photos, print the … Read more
Over the years, "Ender's Game" author Orson Scott Card has written screed after screed railing against gay marriage.
Here's just a selection: In 1990, he wrote an essay defending a Georgia law against sodomy, even in private. In 2004, he argued that gays have the legal right to marry, just not each other. In 2008, he published a long article arguing that homosexuality is a mental illness and a dysfunction, and that gay marriage would spell the end of democracy in the U.S. In 2012, he argued (incorrectly, at least in the U.S.) that no laws remained that discriminated against gay people.
In response to this well-documented history, queer geek organization Geeks Out called for a boycott of the upcoming sci-fi film "Ender's Game," which is based on Card's 1985 book, a mainstay of geek teen libraries since its release. "Stand against anti-gay activism and deny Orson Scott Card your financial support by pledging to skip Ender's Game," Geeks Out said. … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions sent in by our readers.
This week, readers asked questions about whether or not a memory upgrade will result in more power draw and affect battery life, managing a nonfunctional SD card after a crash, how to dismiss update notifications for one application vs. another in the Mac App Store, and how to undo a command that forces the system to boot to Safe Mode at each start-up.
I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in … Read more
With the ability to make flash cards covering any topic, Flash Cards for Mac would be useful for users who want to improve their memory and knowledge. Available for free, the application downloads and installs quickly.
The design of the main menu is basic, with no graphics to distinguish buttons or functions. The text labels were accurate, but a better interface would have helped new users navigate Flash Cards for Mac more effectively. By clicking on the Setup button the user can choose between two modes: Text and Picture. Here the user can also set the period between displays as … Read more
Your MacBook could one day save space by combining two ports into one.
"Combined Input Port," an Apple patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, describes a way to unite a USB port and a memory card slot into a single unit.
Combining two ports with two different connectors poses a challenge. But the invention envisioned by Apple would vary the depth and position of the respective connectors, allowing for both a USB device and a memory card to be inserted.
As the patent application describes it in technical jargon:The input port … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- This font was created to subvert NSA surveillance.
- Famous actor upset about the "Last of Us's" Ellie likeness.
- Meet the interpreter who has signed for the Wu-Tang Clan, Killer Mike, and the Beastie Boys.
- How much Beanie Babies were predicted to be worth in 1998.Episode 1,290