Crime and Punishment
A Verizon worker recently learned the hard way that yes, he can hear you now–even in underground vaults.
Mike Hathaway parked his van on 71-year-old Howard Cook’s lawn, CBS Boston reports. The cranky Mr. Cook got so pissed he trapped Mr. Hathaway in an underground storage vault, slammed the door, and then, as if that wasn’t enough, piled huge rocks on top of it.
A new phone case promises to protect your mobile device better than a refrigerator does, according to VentureBeat.
The OFF Pocket is “Untrackable. Unhackable. Undistractable,” its website insists. It blocks 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, keeping prying eyes away from your data and also pretttttty much turning your phone into a paper weight.
Good news for those of you who’ve bought into the cruel, mosquito-filled lie that is the “great outdoors”: The city is partnering with Cablevision and Time Warner Cable to bring free Wifi to 32 more parks, most of them in the outer boroughs. That’s in addition to those spots already wired through a prior deal with AT&T.
Go Home Science You're Drunk
Tear up your Christmas lists, folks, because Intel director of creative innovation Will.i.am has got everyone covered, forever.
Metro reports that recently, he was wandering through Harrod’s (as one does), presumably having the chillest day. That’s when serendipity struck: He happened upon “a little stuffed animal.” Next to it: a speaker, then, a MiFi wireless box. The wheels in his head started to turn:
The Future Will See You Now
Are you really curious about what your neighbors are doing at 2AM that makes it sound like a herd of buffalo are stampeding across your ceiling? Well, one day you may be able to find out, thanks to researchers at MIT’s computer science and artificial intelligence lab, who’ve developed a way to look through Read More
What’s a better way to keep track of what your dog is doing aside from poking it and asking if it wants a treat? Attaching a $100 wearable device called Whistle that collects health data from your dog, so you can be over-controlling in all arenas of your cloying existence.
Hack Hack Hack Hack It Apart
Now social media editors can finally afford to leave their desks and shower. The MTA is announcing later today that it’s rolling out cell and Wifi service to 30 additional subway stops, including Times Square, Columbus Circle, and Rockefeller Center. Prior to today, the only stations that offered the free service included the C & E platform at 23rd Street, two stops on the L line, and several platforms at the 14th Street station.
If you’re a computer-savvy college student, one way to illustrate that your university wifi network is terribly insecure is to write letters to the dean expressing your concerns. Another way is to simply hack the network and have all traffic redirect to gay porn.
The list of things that go well with potatoes is almost endless. We can prove that by noting that now that list even includes wifi. Boeing engineers, in an effort to improve wifi transmission during flight, have been using tons of potatoes to test connectivity and signal distribution.
Boeing uses truckloads of Idaho’s finest because humans apparently have a lot more in common with potatoes than just a tendency to sit there on the couch:
The Gmail app for iPad and iPhone got an upgrade. [Gmail Blog]
Despite the cluttered app market, half of all revenue from the app store goes to just 25 developers. [The Register]
Techstars company Karma has launched its $79 4G mobile hotspot that rewards users for sharing their connection. [TechCrunch]
If the Curiosity Rover can last eight more years, it will get a friend. NASA plans to send another rover to Mars in 2020. [BBC]
Why walk or drive to work when you could trampoline? [The Guardian]