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Change Your Passwords. Now. Gigantic Leak Exposes Millions Of Accounts -- Change Your Passwords NOW
Change Your Passwords. Now.
by Charles Mohapel

Having received several warnings in the last 2 days to reset our passwords on various unrelated accounts, we checked the primary websites to verify that these were not phishing scams.  It turns out that the warnings to reset our passwords are legitimate.  Apparently a massive memory leak from web services and security company Cloudflare may have exposed user data for thousands of sites.  It occurs to us that anyone using Cloudflare may wish to switch over to someone with better security.

Will Pluto Get Its Planethood Back? Proposal By NASA Scientists Could Change Pluto's Status Again
Will Pluto Get Its Planethood Back?
by Charles Mohapel

In 2006 Pluto was downgraded from a full-fledged planet to a dwarf planet, but many people, including a number of distinguished scientists and astronomers disagreed strongly.  Now we hear that NASA scientists intend to propose a new definition of "planet" next month at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas.

CRS-10 Mission In Photos (Ongoing) SpaceX's Falcon 9 Launched Successfully, Cargo Craft Fails To Dock With Space Station
CRS-10 Mission In Photos (Ongoing)
by Charles Mohapel

On February 19, 2017, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, lifted off from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A.  Plans were for it to rendevous with the International Space Station in order to deliver nearly 5,500 lbs of cargo and supplies.  While the launch and successful return to Earth of the Falcon 9 rocket, the Dragon spacecraft failed to rendevous on Wednesday February 22, 2017 and will attempt again on Thursday February 23rd.

The Difference Between SD, SDHC, & SDXC Back To Basics: The Difference Between SD, SDHC, & SDXC, And Which Is Best For You
The Difference Between SD, SDHC, & SDXC
by Charles Mohapel

Since the number of SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards in worldwide use combine to dwarf the numbers of Compact Flash (CF) cards, the Memory Stick family from Sony, and discontinued card formats such as Smart Media (SM) and eXtreme Digital (xD) cards, this article will only deal with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.  While the speed class of a memory card is arguably one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a memory card for use with your camera, there are some other important things that you should take into account as well.  Its storage capacity (2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 48GB, 64GB, 128GB,256GB, 512GB, etc.), what type of SD card it is (SD, SDHC, SDXC), its brand/quality (SanDisk, Samsung, Kingston, PNY, etc.), and even the length of its warranty (1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, Limited Lifetime, etc.).

Boeing Blue Starliner Space Suit Boeing's Launches Advanced Space Suits for the Starliner
Boeing Blue Starliner Space Suit
by Ernest Lilley

Somewhere between the sleek pulp cover suits of the 1950s and the reality of spaceflight, space suits got big, bulky, and hard to get into. Boeing has just released the next generation in space suits, and while they're not rated for hard vacuum, they're not nearly as bulky or heavy as the official NASA versions, being intended for use getting people safely from the Boeing Starliner to a space station. Coolest feature? The helmet zips on and hangs behind you when you're not wearing it.

DERN@CES2017, Part 3 of 3: From Media & Entertainment to Power, Home, Sundries & A Dangdest Thing DERN@CES2017, Part 3 of 3 - A Few Final Things I Saw
DERN@CES2017, Part 3 of 3: From Media & Entertainment to Power, Home, Sundries & A Dangdest Thing
by Daniel P. Dern

As always when I go to the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas in early January, I see lots of interesting stuff I saw, and 2017 was no different. Here's the third and final installment of brief looks at some of the interesting things I saw at CES 2017, including Media & Entertainment to Power, House & Home, Sundries And A Dangdest Thing Or Two.

DERN@CES2017, Part 2 of 3: Storage, Desktop/Notebook, Headphones, Cables, Even a UMPC DERN@CES2017, Part 2 of 3: More Stuff Seen!
DERN@CES2017, Part 2 of 3: Storage, Desktop/Notebook, Headphones, Cables, Even a UMPC
by Daniel P. Dern

As always when I go to the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas in early January, I see lots of interesting stuff I saw, and 2017 was no different. Here's the second installment (of 3) of brief looks at some of the interesting things I saw at CES 2017, including storage, desktop/notebook, headphones, cables, and even a UMPC.

DERN@CES2017 - Part 1 of 3:  Some Things I Liked, And That You Might DERN@CES2017 - Part 1 of 3: A Few Dozen Of The Hundreds Of Things I Saw
DERN@CES2017 - Part 1 of 3: Some Things I Liked, And That You Might
by Daniel P. Dern

As always when I go to the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas in early January, I see lots of interesting stuff I saw, and 2017 was no different. Here's Part I (of 3) of my shortlist answers to "what's the coolest|most interesting|weirdest thing you saw?" -- followed by a paragraph or so, and some pix, on a few dozen of the hundreds that I saw, out of the thousands that were being shown at CES 2017... including, as always, a few of what tech veteran Jerry Pournelle calls "The Dangdest Thing I Saw."

AMC Greenlights James Cameron Docuseries About The Evolution Of Sci-Fi AMC Greenlights 6-Part James Cameron Docuseries About The Evolution Of Sci-Fi Into The Mainstream
AMC Greenlights James Cameron Docuseries About The Evolution Of Sci-Fi
by Charles Mohapel

It's only halfway into January 2017 and we're already looking forward to 2018, thanks to AMC giving the green light to a 6-part docuseries by director James Cameron on the evolution of Sci-Fi from Niche Market to Mainstream.

SpaceX Sticks The Landing In Triumphant Return SpaceX Successfully Launches And Lands Falcon 9 Rocket At Sea
SpaceX Sticks The Landing In Triumphant Return
by Charles Mohapel

For the first time since September 1, 2016 when a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with Facebook's $200 million Amos-6 satellite, was destroyed in a catastrophic accident on a launchpad at Cape Canaveral, Florida., SpaceX successfully launched another Falcon 9 rocket and then the first stage returned to Earth and landed on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean.  It's good to see them succeeding once again.

(Show Me The) Biggish Tablets, USB-C Gear, Mirrorless Cameras, Mobile Power, And More Please!
Dern@CES2017: Some Things I'll Be Looking For/At This Year
by Daniel P. Dern

It's mid-December, which means that the lists I'm putting together are what to look for, ...cont

Next Samsung Update To Kill ALL Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones
Samsung Plans To Update The Galaxy Note 7 To Completely Kill Its Battery
by Charles Mohapel

Beginning on December 19th, the next Samsung update will effectively kill off all of the approxim...cont

What Is Causing Apple's New MacBook Pro With Touch Bar To Have Abysmal Battery Life?
New MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Suffers From Serious Battery Issues
by Charles Mohapel

Although far from confirmed yet, a prime suspect for the abysmal battery life of the brand new 15...cont

Possible Cause Of All Those Galaxy Note 7 Fires
Galaxy Note 7 Fires Likely Caused By 'Super-Aggressive Manufacturing Process'
by Charles Mohapel

Remember all those superthin iPhones and Samsung smartphones that had bending problems a couple o...cont

Col. John Glenn -- Semper Fi & Requiescat In Pace
NASA Remembers American Legend John Glenn
by Charles Mohapel

On December 8, 2016, the World lost a great man when John Glenn passed away at the age of 95.&nbs...cont

'VSS Unity', Newest SpaceShipTwo Make First Solo Flight
New SpaceShipTwo Flies Free For The First Time
by Charles Mohapel

On December 3, 2016, Virgin Galactic's new six-passenger SpaceShipTwo made its first solo fli...cont

Tips - Make Sure Your Smartphone's Battery Doesn't Go Up In Smoke
Cheap and Dangerous: Avoid Risky Tech Purchases
by Charles Mohapel

These days the terms Caveat Emptor and Let The Buyer Beware should be on the minds and tongues of...cont

Shockingly, More Than 99% Of Fake Apple Chargers Fail Basic Safety Tests
Fake Apple Chargers Fail Safety Tests
by Charles Mohapel

A mark of 99% is normally considered "Excellent" -- EXCEPT when that is the cont

Kaspersky Lab Launches Its Own Secure Non-Linux-Based Operating System
Antivirus Firm Kaspersky Launches Its Own Secure Operating System
by Charles Mohapel

After 14 years in development, Kaspersky Lab finally released their own secure non-Linux-based op...cont

Internet of Things (IoT) Devices Cause Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks
Cyber Attack Knocks Nearly A Million Routers Offline
by Charles Mohapel

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the current Flavor-of-the-Day and not surprisingly it resulted in...cont

Android App For Tesla Cars Makes Stealing Them Much Easier Due To Owners Being Tricked
Researchers Show How To Steal Tesla Car By Hacking Into Owner's Smartphone
by Charles Mohapel

In September 2016, Chinese security researchers from Keen Lab managed to hack a Tesla Model S&nbs...cont

With More Than 13,000 New Accounts Affected Daily, More Than1 Million Google Accounts Have Been Hacked By 'Gooligan' Android Malware
Over 1 Million Google Accounts Hacked by 'Gooligan' Android Malware
by Charles Mohapel

Open source Android is the most widely used operating system for smartphones and tablets, but tha...cont

Warning All Windows 10 Users -- Windows BitLocker Hard Drive Encryption Is Vulnerable To Attack!
Press Shift + F10 During Windows 10 Upgrade To Launch Root CLI & Bypass BitLocker
by Charles Mohapel

If you're a Windows 10 user who relies on Windows BitLocker Hard Drive Encryption softwa...cont

Firefox And Tor Have Patched Newest Critical Zero-Day Vulnerability
UPDATE Firefox And Tor To Patch Critical Zero-Day Vulnerability
by Charles Mohapel

In late November a new Zero-Day Vulnerability affecting users of Firefox and the cont

Apple Announces Program For Unexpected Shutdown Issues With iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Program For Unexpected Shutdown Issues
by Charles Mohapel

As of November 20, 2016, Apple has determined that a very small number of iPhone 6s phones may un...cont

GoPro Recalls Its Brand New Karma Drone
GoPro's Karma Drone Just Came Out -- And Now It's Getting Recalled
by Charles Mohapel

Famous for its industry-leading action cams, GoPro has sold about 2,500 Karma drones in the 16 da...cont

Samsung to Permanently Discontinue Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone
Samsung Kills Off Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone
by Charles Mohapel

When Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone began catching fire, Samsung paid attention and did a...cont

Samsung Issues Worldwide Recall After At Least 35 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone Batteries Explode
The FAA Is Considering a Ban on Samsung's Exploding Smartphones
by Charles Mohapel

While Samsung's Android smartphones don't have the cachet of Apple's iPhones, you kno...cont

SpaceX And NASA Have Released Full Statements About Thursday's Rocket Explosion -- Here's What They Said
SpaceX And NASA Have Released Full Statements About Thursday's Rocket Explosion
by Charles Mohapel

On September 1, 2016, one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets, complete with Facebook's $20...cont

Three Separate 'Zero-Day Vulnerabilities' Mean You Should Update To iOS 9.3.5 IMMEDIATELY
Why You Should Update Your iPhone Right Now
by Charles Mohapel

If you own an iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2or later, or iPod touch (5th generation) or later, you ne...cont

Tech News/Leads

TRANS BOARD 2.0 Mercane Wheels Introduces Version 2.0 Of Its Eco-Friendly 3-Wheel Electric Kickscooter TRANS BOARD 2.0

The first generation of the Trans Board was launched in late 2016, but this spring an update is b...more

Aston Martin Valkyrie: Name Announced For AM-RB 001 Hypercar Aston Martin New AM-RB 001 Hypercar To Be Named The Valkyrie Aston Martin Valkyrie: Name Announced For AM-RB 001 Hypercar

We have always associated Aston Martin with James Bond and high performance automobiles.  No...more

Empower and Let Go A Closer Look at Agile Methods Empower and Let Go

O'Connor's companion volume to his upcoming online course (see links) gives a thorough ov...more

As CRT Supplies Vanish The Classic Arcade Machine Is Virtually Dead The Demise Of The Classic Arcade Video Game Is Imminent As CRT Supplies Vanish The Classic Arcade Machine Is Virtually Dead

If you remember playing those early video games on a big arcade console, savor those memories bec...more

Mama Mia, The Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Sounds Amazing Check Out The Sweet Sounding Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Mama Mia, The Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Sounds Amazing

If you love the sound of an awesome racing engine, check out the sweet sounding 5.2-liter Audi-ba...more

Huawei P10 Release Date, News, And Features Upcoming Huawei P10 and P10 Plus Phones To Feature Dual Leica Cameras Huawei P10 Release Date, News, And Features

If you own a Huawei P9 and its built-in Leica camera, then you will probably love the upcoming Hu...more

Fujifilm X-Pro2 vs Leica M: Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery? Fujifilm X-Pro2 Targets Leica M With More Features For Less Money Fujifilm X-Pro2 vs Leica M: Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery?

Having used a Leica M9 at Leica's North America Road Show M-Event in June 2010, we know what ...more

New Canon EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D Cameras Introduced Canon Unveils New 77D and Rebel T7i, 18-55mm Lens, and Bluetooth Remote New Canon EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D Cameras Introduced

On February 14, 2017 Canon USA announced two new DSLR cameras, the EOS Rebel T7i and the EOS...more

Nikon Cancels The DL Series Amidst 'Extraordinary Loss' And Restructuring Nikon Kills Planned DL Series Due To Major Technical Reasons And Financial Issues Nikon Cancels The DL Series Amidst 'Extraordinary Loss' And Restructuring

Nikon's much delayed DL Series cameras, their planned direct competition to Sony's RX100 ...more

Rumor: Sigma To Release Two New ART Lenses This Year Rumor: Sigma To Release 14mm f/1.8 And 135mm f/1.8 ART Lenses This Year Rumor: Sigma To Release Two New ART Lenses This Year

Since the introduction of Sigma's premium ART series of lenses, photographers have been able ...more

Updated Airport TakeOff V2.0 Rolling Backpack Is 15% Lighter Think Tank Photo Introduces Updated Airport TakeOff V2.0 Rolling Backpack Updated Airport TakeOff V2.0 Rolling Backpack Is 15% Lighter

One of the best things about the original Think Tank Photo Airport TakeOff Rolling Backpack was t...more

Airport Helipak V2.0 Backpack Upgraded to Fit the DJI Phantom 4 and Accessories Think Tank Photo Introduces Airport Helipak V2.0 Backpack Designed For DJI Phantom 4 Airport Helipak V2.0 Backpack Upgraded to Fit the DJI Phantom 4 and Accessories

On February 13, 2017, Think Tank Photo introduced the Airport Helipak V2.0 for DJI Phantom. ...more

New 'Signature' Shoulder Camera Bag Series Features Advanced Fabrics New 'Signature' Shoulder Camera Bag Series Features Advanced Fabrics For A Modernized Classic Shoulder Bag New 'Signature' Shoulder Camera Bag Series Features Advanced Fabrics

Looking at the images of the new Think Tank Photo 'Signature' Shoulder Camera Bag, i...more

Apple To Release Three iPads Next Quarter (AAPL, IBM) Apple Expected To Release Three New iPads In Second Quarter Of 2017 Apple To Release Three iPads Next Quarter (AAPL, IBM)

With Apple releasing new MacBooks and the iPhone 7 family, iPad users have been feeling like thei...more

Norway Will Be First Country To Shut Down FM Network, Go All-Digital Norway To Switch From FM To All-Digital Radio Second Week Of January Norway Will Be First Country To Shut Down FM Network, Go All-Digital

The second week of January will see Norway becoming the world's first country to switch from ...more

Nikon Introduces New 24.2MP D5600 DSLR At CES 2017

On January 4, 2017, Nikon introduced the new ...more

Nikon Introduces New D5600 DSLR, Plus COOLPIX W100 and COOLPIX A300

On January 4, 2017, Nikon introduced the new New 24.2MP D5600 DSLR, plus the 13.2MP COOLPIX W100 ...more

Security Research Firm Discovers 'Critical' Flawed Security Tool, Threatened With Legal Action

We really don't understand the actions of auditing and tax giant PwC, who upon being informed...more

Northrop Grumman's Tern UAV Expected To Launch From Navy And Marine Corps Ships In 2018

In conjunction with DARPA and the US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR), Northrop Grumman&...more

MakeUseOf and Adobe Invite You To Become A Creative Cloud Photography Plan Member Today

For many people, Adobe Photoshop and its related products (Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop Elem...more

Microsoft Issues New Patch For Last Week's Faulty Patch

On December 13th Microsoft issued Patch #KB3206632 in response to significant problems caused by ...more

Western Digital Subsidiary HGST To Introduce 12TB, 14TB Helium-Filled Hard Drives

In December 2015, Western Digital subsidiary HGST introduced the World's First helium-filled ...more

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