The 10 most epic Rube Goldberg machines of all time

The 10 most epic Rube Goldberg machines of all time

The 10 most epic Rube Goldberg machines of all time There isn’t anyone on the planet who can deny watching a good Rube Goldberg machine. For those of you who don’t know, Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist, often referred to as the father of invention, for his series of comics depicting complicated, deliberately over-engineered contraptions that perform a very simple task. One step triggers the next in a chain reaction until the final task is complete. Once it starts it’s practically impossible to peel yourself away from the anticipation of what’s coming next. From Japan to the U.S., Goldberg contraptions have flooded cultures around the world in commercials, contests, movies, and TV shows. We’ve compiled the best Rube Goldberg machines, apparatuses, inventions, and devices for your visual entertainment.   Six hundred and six takes later, this Honda commercial titled “Cog” first aired in the UK in 2003. Hoping to boost car sales, Honda got a team of engineers, car designers, and even a sculptor to design the machine — made up parts from two disassembled Honda Accords. The two minute commercial, which only aired on TV a handful of times, cost over $1 million and seven months to film. That said, it proved to be money well spent. The commercial’s popularity skyrocketed in the UK, hitting the highest web traffic records for the Honda UK domain in its history the day after the commercial aired. “Cog” has also nabbed the most awards of any commercial in history to date. No graphics or digital tricks were used in the making of the commercial, despite what YouTube commenters would have...
Google has plans for a lot more of its self-driving cars

Google has plans for a lot more of its self-driving cars

Google has plans for a lot more of its self-driving cars If you’re a fan of Google’s bubble-shaped self-driving cars, good news: The company wants to make a lot more of them. In fact, its edging closer to mass production, Google’s Sarah Hunter told the California Public Utilities Commission earlier this week. The autonomous vehicles — designed from the ground up by Google — have recently begun testing in Austin, Texas after operating in California for several years. “We’re… making a few hundred of them,” said Hunter, as the Guardian reports. “We’re making them to enable our team to learn how to actually build a self-driving vehicle from the ground up.” Hunter is head of policy at GoogleX, the division that handles its “moonshot” projects, developed with the far future in mind. For the time being, the vehicles are limited to a top speed of 25mph. They also require detailed maps of the places they operate in, on top of the advanced scanning equipment incorporated into the car itself — that’s one of the reasons why the cars have been trialled in a limited number of locations so far. Current U.S. legislation only permits the testing of self-driving car if a human is present to seize control if necessary. Should Google get into the business of mass manufacturing, the roll-out of these vehicles would still be several years down the line. The cars on the road today are built by Google’s manufacturing partner Roush on the outskirts of Detroit. Original text...
How to turn off Windows 10 keylogger?

How to turn off Windows 10 keylogger?

How to turn off Windows 10 keylogger? I was told that Windows 10 records every keystroke and sends it back to Microsoft. Is this true, and if so, can I disable keylogging on Windows 10?   Disable Windows 10 keylogger: 1. Go to Start Menu > click on the Settings menu. 2. Click on Privacy. 3. under the General section, tweak different privacy settings. 4. For instance, you can toggle the following setting off: Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future. 5. Also, click go to Speech, inking and typing section to switch off the Stop getting to know me feature. 6. Apart from these, you can also turn off different other privacy invading features. Go to Microphone or Camera to turn these off for the device or for specific apps. You can also explore several more settings in the Privacy section that you may want to check out to see what else you want to switch off. Original...
13 Crazy Gadgets Coming in 2015: Genius or Pointless SE

13 Crazy Gadgets Coming in 2015: Genius or Pointless SE

We take a look at 13 eye-catching gadgets from this year’s CES and ask whether they’re genius or crazy. Do we need a smart belt, a robot for luggage, or a bionic bird? We love tech here at DT and we believe in its ability to enrich our lives. We can’t think of a better way to kick off a new year than with CES, but there are some gadgets on show in Vegas that would give even the most hardened technophile pause for thought. Amid the glittering nuggets of gold, there are plenty of answers to questions no-one posed. They say there’s a fine line between genius and insanity. These gadgets challenge you to define it. Logbar Ring https://youtu.be/nBUWxROnqwA This ring lets you point and gesture to turn on the TV, switch off the lights, or launch an app on your smartphone. It could make you feel like a wizard, but how much would you be willing to pay for precious gesture control? At $270, it’s not cheap, and according to early reviews and Kickstarter backers, it has more than a few problems. Digitsole smart insoles How would you like to get your hands on a rechargeable insole that can be used to heat your feet and track your steps? You can link up to Digitsole via Bluetooth and use an Android or iOS app to adjust the temperature of your feet (separately if necessary). The insoles will also track your steps and tell you how many calories you’ve burned. This first caught our eye last year when there was a successful Kickstarter campaign that brought in more than double the $40k...
glitter-nail-polish-the-new-way-to-protect-your-data-news-gadgets-and-tech-the-independent

glitter-nail-polish-the-new-way-to-protect-your-data-news-gadgets-and-tech-the-independent

Security experts have come up with a novel way to ensure your laptop or tablet hasn’t been tampered with and your data compromised – glitter nail polish. Physical tampering with devices to steal data, or install malware for monitoring purposes, is becoming an increasing problem, especially when travelling, where border officials can easily confiscate devices for ‘inspection’. Problems with hardware interference and data theft have been particularly reported by business travellers to China. The UK government meanwhile has the right to suck all the data from a device and store it when people enter and leave the country. Many people do fit tamper-proof seals over ports and screws, but these can easily be opened cleanly or replicated in minutes by anyone with minimal training, security researchers Eric Michaud and Ryan Lackey said, while presenting at the Chaos Communication Congress, reports Wired magazine. The pair’s answer – create a seal that cannot be copied. Glitter nail polish is the perfect candidate for making the seal, the pair added, as a completely random pattern is created, unlike with standard paint or a sticker. Once applied, a photo can be taken on a device such as a smartphone that will not leave your side – or can be left at home – to ensure the image has not been tampered with. Taking a second picture once you’ve returned from a trip or become suspicious that your laptop has been meddled with, then running the two through a program that allow the two images to be rapidly switched between, will allow you to spot any differences if the glitter nail polish has been...
Wild watches: Indies stir passions at Baselworld 2015

Wild watches: Indies stir passions at Baselworld 2015

Wild watches: Indies stir passions at Baselworld 2015 In all likelihood you’ve never seen a watch quite like the Astronomia Tourbillon. Inside its domed sapphire case, a spinning 288-sided diamond represents the moon, which orbits around a hand-painted model of the earth as they both rotate around the centre once every 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the brains of the watch – a part known as the tourbillon – projects out in another direction, spinning across three axes simultaneously, while a revolving watch face on a fourth arm completes the celestial choreography. Such showmanship doesn’t come cheap, costing more than half a million dollars (£370,000), but it illustrates how independent watchmakers are attempting to push the boundaries of a centuries-old craft. ”To achieve this movement required engineering involving CAD [computer aided design] to see if everything works,” says Maurizio Mazzocchi, managing director of the watch’s creator Jacob&Co. ”Without today’s technology we could not do a watch like this, it would be impossible. ”But then everything is made by hand.”   Smarter watches Jacob & Co is one of the biggest privately-owned firms at this year’s Baselworld trade show. At the other end of the scale is 4N – a one-man operation consisting of Francois Quentin, a former designer for Louis Vuitton and Tissot. He calls his watches ”digital” because they tell the time by displaying digits in a central rectangular box. But the mechanical mechanism he uses to achieve this is brain-achingly complex, requiring 540 components, each finished and fitted together by hand.   ”Collectors want very complicated watches with high finishing,” Mr Quentin explains. ”To make each watch I need...
Fully patched versions of Firefox, Chrome, IE 11 and Safari exploited at Pwn2Own hacking competition

Fully patched versions of Firefox, Chrome, IE 11 and Safari exploited at Pwn2Own hacking competition

As in years past, the latest patched versions of the most popular web browsers around stood little chance against those competing in the annual Pwn2Own hacking competition. The usual suspects – Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer – all went down during the two-day competition, earning researchers a collective total of $557,500 in prize money. The event, which took place at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, was sponsored by the Hewlett-Packard Zero Day Initiative. During the first day, HP awarded $317,500 to researchers that exploited flaws in Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer and Firefox. eWeek notes that the first reward, paid to a hacker by the name of ilxu1a, was for an out-of-bounds memory vulnerability in Firefox. It took less than a second to execute which earned him a cool $15,000. Firefox was exploited twice during the event. Daniel Veditz, principal security engineer at Mozilla, said the foundation was on hand during the event to get the bug details from HP. Engineers are already working on a fix back at home, he added, that could be ready as early as today. Another security researcher, JungHoon Lee, managed to demonstrate exploits against Chrome, IE 11 and Safari. As you can imagine, he walked away with quite a bit of money: $75,000 for the Chrome bug, $65,000 for IE and $50,000 for the Safari vulnerability. He also received two bonuses totaling $35,000....
Adult Site Xhamster Hit by ‘Huge’ Malvertising Attack

Adult Site Xhamster Hit by ‘Huge’ Malvertising Attack

Security experts are warning of a new malvertising attack on adult site xhamster which is serving up a recently discovered zero day exploit in Adobe Flash to infect users. Malwarebytes said in a blog post that it had witnessed a 1500% increase in infections from the popular porn site over the past couple of days alone. Unlike most drive-by-downloads of this sort, the attack doesn’t use an exploit kit but merely embeds a landing page and exploit in a rogue ad network, the security firm claimed. The malicious ad can be found on traffichaus.com, launched from an iframe. It takes the user to a simplified landing page hosted by what Malwarebytes believes is a rogue ad network. The Flash Player exploit in question, hosted on this ad network, has a detection rate of 0 out of 57 vendors on Virus Total. In turn it downloads Bedep malware, which is known for loading ad fraud payloads or dropping additional malicious code onto a victim’s machine. The Adobe Flash zero day was discovered last week by researcher Kafeine. However, at the time it was being distributed via the Angler exploit kit. It also dropped Bedep onto victim machines, with the same ad fraud payload. “While malvertising on xhamster is nothing new, this particular campaign is extremely active,” wrote Malwarebytes. “Given that this adult site generates a lot of traffic, the number of infections is going to be huge.” The xhamster site is thought to generate around 500 million visits each month. A Malwarebytes spokesperson warned that IT security teams need to tweak their strategies to counter the growing volume of advanced malware,...