Archive | December 2013

Spider-Man Takes Over Times Square for New Year's Eve

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Sorry, Batman and Superman — you’re so last year. 2014 is the year of Spider-Man

Spidey has been dubbed the official superhero of Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment announced Monday

The superhero will help ring in the new year to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2, slated for release on May 2. An exclusive clip from the upcoming film will debut during the celebrations on the video screens in the middle of Times Square

“There’s no celebration like New Year’s Eve in Times Square,” Marc Webb, director of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 said in a Marvel Entertainment press release. “There’s the sense of energy and excitement that you can only get in New York and we certainly felt that energy and excitement as we shot the entire film here. The people of New York City truly embraced our production, and it’s a wonderful feeling to be returning to Times Square to ring in the New Year.” Read more…

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

The NSA and Your iPhone: What You Need to Know

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Apple has responded to documents that claim the U.SNational Security Agency has implemented a backdoor to access communications sent via the iPhone.

The company denies working with the NSA to create any so-called backdoors — lines of code in the OS that would allow the agency to remotely access, monitor or intercept communications on the phone.

Here’s the company’s full statement:

Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customers’ privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it easy for customers to keep their software up to date with the latest advancements
Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple’s industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to protect our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them. Read more…

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

Grad School Resolutions: 5 Ways to Make This Semester Better

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I loved my first semester in grad school, but it was also a complete whirlwind. While I had a great time, I also didn’t do as well as I could have at managing time and logistics, and I finished the semester feeling pretty exhausted. Given what I’ve heard from others in grad school, I imagine that I’m not the only one ready for a break now that finals are over.

Because this time of year is all about making resolutions, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I can do to make next semester even better than this past one. Here are my goals for the next six months — I hope they inspire you to make some changes that will make your spring much more manageable, too. Read more…

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

Apple Denies Knowledge of NSA Spying Through iPhone ‘Backdoor’

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Over the weekend, German news magazine Der Spiegel published leaked documents from Edward Snowden that showed the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Access Network Technology (ANT) division had access to specialized hardware that would allow them to spy on people through a variety of ways, one of them including a “backdoor” to Apple’s iPhone.

Since then, tech writers, bloggers, and Apple-haters around the globe have been accusing the iPad maker of collaborating with the government to spy on U.S. citizens. One commenter on an unrelated blog post said iOS 7 should be changed to “iOS/NSA 7.”

Today, Apple sent an official statement to AllThingsD, which says the company is unaware of the NSA’s program targeting the iPhone, known as DROUPOUTJEEP. Additionally, Apple also stated that it works hard to protect user privacy, regardless of who is trying to access information.

Apple’s Statement:

“Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customers’ privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it easy for customers to keep their software up to date with the latest advancements. Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple’s industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to protect our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them.”

Further investigation from AllThingsD revealed that DROUPOUTJEEP would require “close access methods.” Meaning that an agent would have to physically install the spy hardware in order to access it. At the time, the program stated that remote installment was “in the works.”

Additionally, the leaked slide regarding DROPOUTJEEP, dated Oct. 2008, showed the program as “in development,” which means that the spyware may not have ever been implemented at all. None of the leaked documents have shown any further work on the DROUPOUTJEEP program for later versions of iOS devices.

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This entry was posted on December 31, 2013, in Pad Gadget.

Smart Lighting Tech Brings Space Bulbs to Your Home

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Think it’s tough to fall asleep on earth? Just try to imagine what it’s been like for all the astronauts inhabiting the International Space Station (ISS) over the last 15 years. They experience day and night light patterns once every 90 minutes. Lighting can help. Even back on terra firma, people use lights to help lift spirits and regulate sleep when, say, the light is scarce in the winter

Now, a space-age solution is, figuratively, making the trip from the ISS to Earth thanks to Lighting Science. The company developed lighting technologies that sought to mimic natural light patterns and, as a result may be helping astronauts find some semblance of circadian rhythm normalcy. Prototypes featuring similar, LED-based technology were first installed on the ISS in 2008. Read more…

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

Watch the New Year's Eve Ball Drop Live From Times Square

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No matter where you’re ringing in the new year, you’ll be able to watch a live stream of the festivities in New York City’s Times Square right here on Mashable or via mobile apps

The commercial-free live stream — which begins at 5:55 p.m. ET and ends after the crystal ball drops at midnight to celebrate the beginning of 2014 — will include musical performances, celebrity interviews and the iconic ball drop atop the One Times Square building. The live stream will also debut footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie.

Mashable‘s Associate Entertainment Editor Brian Anthony Hernandez will be in Times Square documenting the action live. You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Read more…

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