Internet of Things

Report: Internet of Things Devices Have ‘Alarmingly High’ Number of Attack Vulnerabilities

Womp womp. (Facebook)

Thinking of outfitting your home with some snazzy smart devices? Perhaps it’s time to think again — and no, not just because those smart thermostats might not actually detect smoke.

After analyzing 10 of the most popular Internet of Things devices, HP found them to contain an “alarmingly high average number of vulnerabilities per device,” according to a recent report. The vulnerabilities, they wrote, “ranged from Heartbleed to Denial of Service to weak passwords to cross-site scripting.” Oh, joy. Read More

Expert Thoughts

Here’s Why I Was Afraid to Look Up My Uber Rating

Mahbod Moghadam (Photo via Facebook)

Yesterday there was this meme where you could look up your own Uber rating, see what the DRIVERS thought of YOU.

When I first heard about this, I was deeply offended. I was like, “wait WTF, so I am paying all this money to be judged?!”

I am still pretty pissed about it, I think I am going to switch to Lyft. That way, I don’t have to be analyzed, I can just fist pound with my bruh-bruh. I am not a piece of meat, I am a human being! I think it is pretty shameful that Uber even lets the passengers judge the drivers, but whatever, at least I am paying to objectify this dude. Read More

Stream It

You Can Now Opt for Slower Amazon Delivery in Exchange For Free Instant Video Credits

The options are overwhelming. (Screengrab: via Amazon)

While it’s hard to miss Amazon while they’re flying drones around the Space Needle and building a 10,000 strong robot army, we would’t blame you if you’ve been too captivated by Netflix to care that Amazon has a ton of content available for instant streaming.

In what we assume is a tactic to bring some avid streamers to Amazon Instant Video, the company is offering Prime customers Instant Video credits in exchange for a little more time to deliver their packages. Read More

Rise of the Drones

Jerk Flies Drone Over Wildfire, Disrupts Firefighting Efforts

Not the wildfire, but a wildfire. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Perhaps it’s time we cool it with the drones. A drone owner angered officials battling a massive wildfire near Sacramento, California yesterday because the flying robot was hindering firefighting efforts.

The camera-equipped drone was recording the fire, zipping around an area where firefighting aircraft were also flying, Reuters reports. Alarmed about the possibility of a mid-air collision, firefighters contacted police to see if they knew the identity of the drone’s owner.   Read More

Eye Candy

Swappable Lens Startup ‘Frameri’ Is Coming For Warby Parker’s Throne

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Warby Parker is one of the hottest ecommerce companies of the past five years, and has been awarded all of the startup buzzwords (disruptive, innovative) for their great user experience and direct to consumer business model. But you can’t be an insurgent company without someone else coming up fast for your number one spot.

Frameri, an online eyewear site that makes glasses with interchangeable lenses, officially launched this morning. They’ve set their sites on the trail blazed by Warby, but claim that their product is actually something new in eyewear, as opposed to being the same old product in a new shape, style, or designer label. Read More