Alleged iCloud Hack Sees Hundreds of Celebrity Photos Leaked Online

Technology
  In case there weren’t enough examples of the perils of storing private information on the web, an anonymous hacker (or hackers) has provided users of connected devices with yet another cautionary tale illustrating what and what not to share online. On August 31, the personal photos and videos of over a dozen actresses, models, and musicians were leaked on the anonymous online image board 4chan.org. The leak quickly spread onto the popular news and media sites reddit.com and imgur before finally making its way to more mainstream outlets like Facebook and Twitter. More torrent than leak, the posts feature hundreds of selfies of 20 female celebrities that, based on the subject matter, were not intended for mass public consumption. The images were posted anonymously by several users on multiple…
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Amazon Enters the Smartphone Market with Their New Fire Phone

Opinion, Technology
Amazon has worked hard to establish itself as one of America’s most-loved and well-recognized brands. The number of Amazon Prime subscriptions is growing exponentially and Kindle Fires and Paperwhites are flying off the (virtual) shelves. In lieu of taking a break to bask in their recent success, the Amazon crew has decided to make a foray into yet another market with their new Fire smartphone. Jeff Bezos donned his best CEO blazer and jeans ensemble to show off the new device in a 90-minute presentation on June 17. Bezos and his team were acutely aware of the crowded smartphone landscape during development of the Fire Phone. In addition to the giants Samsung and Apple, Amazon will have to contend with the likes of LG, Google, Motorola, and Nokia, all whom…
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Wi-Detroit: Bridging The Digital Divide in the D

Life & Community, Technology
It's no secret that the effects of Michigan's “brain drain” have impacted the city of Detroit. In April of last year, Mobilize.org called upon a cohort of 18-30-year-olds from greater Detroit to attend a weekend-long convention in order to answer a daunting question: how can the state's largest city attract and retain Millenials? The conversations that followed were profound and the solutions were people-based and exciting, yet one glaring disconnect united one group of strangers in an instant. As conversations progressed, the participants seated at table 11 noticed a pattern in the solutions proposed. In today's increasingly digital world, many revitalization efforts, especially those concerning Millennials, depend on reliable Internet access. This poses a big problem in a city where, according to a 2012 Knight Foundation report, less than 40%…
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Heartbleed: A Bloody Catastrophe

Heartbleed: A Bloody Catastrophe

Technology
  The internet as we know it is on the verge of collapse! OK, this may be a bit of hyperbole, but according to many internet security analysts, just barely. Anywhere from 20%-40% of internet servers were compromised by the now-infamous Heartbleed bug, an error in the OpenSSL security implementation that protects many of our everyday online activities. Heartbleed is as about as bad as a security hole gets. By exploiting Heartbleed, malicious attackers can very easily gain access to unencrypted usernames, passwords, and other sensitive information. Like many stories from the tech world, Heartbleed just begs for an apt analogy, so here goes. Heartbleed is tantamount to locking your sensitive documents in a safe, with one caveat: the safe contains a tiny hole that allows thieves to steal bits…
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What is Bitcoin?

What is Bitcoin?

Finance, Technology
If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve no doubt heard the term “Bitcoin” thrown around fairly often. So what exactly is it? Simply put, Bitcoin is a digital currency that exists solely in cyberspace. It was created in 2009 by mathematician Satoshi Nakomoto, a man so elusive and enigmatic that many doubt his very existence. Bitcoin is traded, generated, and stored on a peer-to-peer network using virtual wallets for each user. The rate and overall number of Bitcoins generated is limited, making it free from the perils of inflation that plague traditional official currencies. Bitcoin has been gaining in popularity, circulation, and media coverage of late, and while the number of businesses willing to accept it is growing, many people remain skeptical of its value and stability. In his…
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Microsoft Unveils its New Xbox One All-In-One Entertainment System

Microsoft Unveils its New Xbox One All-In-One Entertainment System

Technology
After a long, protracted wait, Microsoft finally took the wrapping off of its next-generation gaming console, the Xbox One, during a special May 21st press event. Microsoft has successfully infiltrated millions of living rooms with their current generation Xbox 360/Kinect bundle, and after their latest event, it seems the new Xbox One is well equipped to become Redmond’s next entertainment Trojan horse. Seven years have passed since the release of the Xbox 360, and the technological advancements during that period allowed the Xbox One to dwarf its predecessor in terms of features and raw power.  The Xbox One boasts an 8-core 64-bit CPU, proprietary GPU, 8 gigabytes of RAM, a Blu-Ray player, and a 500-gigabyte internal hard drive to store games, movies, and apps. By Microsoft’s measurement, the new Xbox…
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