Notorious download site Megaupload began serving visitors a feed of malicious ads last week; this would not be very surprising, until one remembers that the domain was seized by the FBI not too long ago. What follows is a series of embarrassing errors from both the American law enforcement bureau and the black hat hacker who got himself involved.
A lot of household items have gotten “smart” lately, your glasses, watch, weighing machine, and such, and it looks like plush toys are going down the same route. It has recently been discovered that several years ago, Google filed a patent for a connected toy that can interact with children and even show certain facial expression in response.
Opened in 1996, Kuala Lumpur Tower is currently the seventh tallest telecommunication tower in the world which also contains an observation deck – the second highest publicly accessible viewpoint in Kuala Lumpur after the one in Petronas Twin Towers. If viewing the city from the deck might induce vertigo to some of us, imagine how it would feel like to climb further up to the tower’s antenna.
Well, imagine no more: the selfie above showed exactly how Kuala Lumpur looks like from the tip of KL Tower’s antenna, at the height of 421 meters from the ground.
You can always find something peculiar over at Kickstarter. Started by Joe Hollier and Kaiwei Tang – who met at Google’s 30 Weeks program, the Light Phone is meant to be a “phone away from phone”. Basically, it’s a phone the size of a credit card that makes and receives calls…but nothing else.
The older generation has long suspected that technology is shortening our attention spans, making it very difficult for us to concentrate on a single task. A study from Microsoft in the UK now has evidence that this is now true, and that humans have seen their ability to concentrate drop from 12 seconds in 2000 to a mere eight seconds in 2013 – for reference, according to the UK’s National Centre for Biotechnology Information a goldfish is capable of concentrating for nine seconds.
The internet of things is a big deal for the technology industry, but it looks like mattress maker Dunlopillo is also getting in on the act. The company has released the Respark, a mattress equipped with sensors and an algorithm for measuring the health of a couple’s relationship. It is also capable of suggesting ways of rekindling romance in case it decides that the two people aren’t doing enough in bed.
Remember when an imagery of an Android mascot urinating on Apple’s logo appeared on Google Maps? It was pretty funny and entertaining when it was first discovered, but for Google, the case is anything but fun. After some investigations, the company found that it was a user-created prank submitted through the company’s own Map Maker service and hence, they are suspending it, for now at least.
The Grand Theft Auto franchise is no stranger to mods, but the Vehicle Cannon Mod probably takes the cake as the craziest-looking mod out there for GTA V. Just as its name suggests, it lets players shoot out cars instead of bullets out of (presumably) any gun in the game, including a minigun. Let the mayhem ensue.