Tech Today w/ Ken May

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Build Your Own LED Light Panel with a Brownie Pan

Posted by kenmay on April - 27 - 2015

LED lighting panels for photography can cost around $500, but if you’re willing to put in a little of your own elbow grease, Make shows you how build your own for about $100. Read more…

The CD Factory Worker Who Broke the Music Industry 

Posted by kenmay on April - 26 - 2015

Welcome to Reading List , a weekly collection of great tech reads from around the web. This week explores the early days of online music piracy, the implications of America’s military drone base in Germany, the potential pitfalls of artificial intelligence, and more! Enjoy. Read more…

Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid

Posted by kenmay on April - 26 - 2015

An anonymous reader writes: An archaeologist has discovered liquid mercury at the end of a tunnel beneath a Mexican pyramid, a finding that could suggest the existence of a king’s tomb or a ritual chamber far below one of the most ancient cities of the Americas. Mexican researcher Sergio Gómez … has spent six years slowly excavating the tunnel, which was unsealed in 2003 after 1, 800 years. Last November, Gómez and a team announced they had found three chambers at the tunnel’s 300ft end, almost 60ft below the the temple. Near the entrance of the chambers, they a found trove of strange artifacts: jade statues, jaguar remains, a box filled with carved shells and rubber balls. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Russian hackers may have had more success in breaching the White House network than first thought. New York Times sources understand that intruders who got into the White House’s unclassified systesm managed to collect some of President Obama’s email. They didn’t compromise the account itself, and they didn’t snap up the classified messages passing through the President’s BlackBerry. However, these messages likely included some “highly sensitive” material, like policy dicussions, schedules and staff changes — the data could have been abused in the worst circumstances. Officially, the government isn’t acknowledging the email invasion. It’s reportedly trying to keep a lid on details to avoid letting the Russians know just what data escaped into the wild. However, the revelation shows just how much of a security issue the White House faces. Unless it can clamp down on vulnerabilities, it may have a hard time keeping the President’s activities under wraps. Filed under: Internet Comments Source: New York Times

Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

Posted by kenmay on April - 25 - 2015

Okian Warrior writes: Billionaire Elon Musk will announce next week that Tesla will begin offering battery-based energy storage for residential and commercial customers. The batteries power up overnight when energy companies typically charge less for electricity, then are used during the day to power a home. In a pilot project, Tesla has already begun offering home batteries to SolarCity (SCTY) customers, a solar power company for which Musk serves as chairman. Currently 330 U.S. households are running on Tesla’s batteries in California. The batteries start at about $13, 000, though California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PCG) offers customers a 50% rebate. The batteries are three-feet high by 2.5-feet wide, and need to be installed at least a foot and a half off the ground. They can be controlled with a Web app and a smartphone app. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mario Kart 8’s 200CC Mode Changes Everything

Posted by kenmay on April - 25 - 2015

Ever since Nintendo made its surprise announcement that Mario Kart 8 was getting a new high-speed difficulty level, excited fans have had one question: what would it do to Mario Kart? Read more…

Who needs a bird’s eye view when you could go with an astronaut’s? One company’s partnering with NASA to give us just that. Read more…

It seems that Google Glass is down, but not out: Italian eyewear maker Luxottica — better known as the company behind Oakley and Ray-Ban — has confirmed that it’s working with Google to make version 2.0 of the company’s faceputer. Read more…

Pepsi Is Ditching Aspartame. So What? 

Posted by kenmay on April - 25 - 2015

You might not know it from certain conspiracy-minded corners of the Internet or 1990s-era chain emails , but aspartame is one of the most well-studied food additives ever . And yes, it is safe. Pepsi’s decision today to replace aspartame with, oh, another chemical sweetener may be a canny PR move—but it’s really a win for widespread misinformation. Read more…

Ransomware decryptor

Posted by kenmay on April - 25 - 2015

If you or someone you love has been hijacked by Coinvault ransomware — malware that encrypts your data and won’t decrypt it unless you transfer Bitcoin to criminals — Kaspersky may be able to help you ( via Hacker News )