Archive | October 2013

21st Century Kids Just Don't Get Trick-or-Treating

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Remember the good ol’ Halloween days when the houses with bad candy just got egged? Not anymore — in the 21st century, if you’re giving out toothpaste, prepare to be the butt of a trending hashtag

In this comic, Maria Scrivan shows that trick-or-treating just isn’t the same now that every kid has a cellphone (and will probably spend more time Instagramming their candy than eating it)

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But here’s a simple ground rule: If you’re old enough to tweet, you’re too old to trick-or-treat

Comic written and illustrated by Maria Scrivan. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more…

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This entry was posted on October 31, 2013, in Mashable.

Researchers Find a Way to Hack Spanish Language HealthCare.gov

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Until fixed on Wednesday afternoon, a security flaw in CuidadoDeSalud.gov — the Spanish-language version of HealthCare.gov — could have allowed hackers to steal personal information from enrollees as they typed, according to three independent software developers. The Health and Human Services Department repaired the software error after Nextgov inquired about the defect early Wednesday.

HHS remedied a similar bug on the English-speaking site at some point between Oct. 4 and Oct. 10.

While citizens bemoan the online healthcare shop’s inelegant functionality, some programmers say the same clumsiness is creating vulnerabilities that criminals could exploit, especially as the site becomes more reliable and attracts more users. Read more…

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This entry was posted on October 31, 2013, in Mashable.

Epic NBA Promo Isn't Fake — But It Is Awesome

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Imagine a world where Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat for the 2012 NBA title. Imagine a world where James Harden won last season’s MVP award. Imagine a world where LeBron James finally enters the dunk contest

In short, imagine a drastically different NBA — but still one well within the realm of possibility. That’s the premise of the extremely creative promo embedded above, which has become a hit with fans to the tune of 130,000-plus YouTube views in two days.

But is it real? Is it fake? The ad’s clever approach has some online thinking it’s actually a fan-generated fraud. After all, hoops-obsessed YouTubers have recently cut together some very cool videos, such as this comparison of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan and this mashup of Derrick Rose and The Dark Knight Rises. Read more…

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This entry was posted on October 31, 2013, in Mashable.

Tech Giants Urge Senate to Reform NSA Surveillance Powers

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Tech giants, including Google, Facebook and Apple, have sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to reform the NSA surveillance programs

The letter, sent on Thursday to top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, implicitly endorses a specific bill, the USA Freedom Act, which would end the NSA program that collects U.S. phone call records

Tech companies have been asking for permission to be more transparent in the months following the revelations fueled by Edward Snowden, but this time, they’re taking one extra step. Read more…

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This entry was posted on October 31, 2013, in Mashable.

Halloween Dissected With Nonsensical Charts and Graphs

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There’s something just a little strange about the premise of Halloween

Dressing up like murderers to beg strangers for candy doesn’t sound the best of ideas during most of the year, but on Oct. 31, it’s completely acceptable

The blog A Gentleman’s Armchair questions some of the odd traditions of this fine holiday in a series of charts and graphs — based on absolutely no real data

iPad Air Takes On Every iPad Ever Made

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In the battle for speediest tablet, there can be only one victor. In our side-by-side tests of every single full-sized iPad generation ever made, not surprisingly, the Apple iPad Air makes a strong case for supremacy.

Since Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, it’s been continually upping the ante on its processor. The very first iPad featured a custom-built A4 mobile CPU, which ran at 1 GHz. The iPad 2 got an upgrade to the more powerful A5 chip. It, too, was clocked at 1 GHz

But, as with all Apple’s ARM-based chips, the performance was more than the sum of its Hertz.

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This entry was posted on October 31, 2013, in Mashable.

Make presents: Raspberry Pi Make:Off competition at Expand!

As if there wasn’t already enough fun to be had at Expand, with our incredible lineup of speakers and our Insert Coin competition, we’ve got another treat for attendees. We’re gonna have a Raspberry Pi Make:Off hosted by Matt Richardson of Make Magazine! Here’s the deal: two teams of four …