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While everyone was yelling at Apple about their wireless headphones, hackers were busy figuring out how to hack the ones in your ears.

Wired magazine is reporting about a group of researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University who were able to turn a pair of earbuds into a couple of microphones that could be used to spy on you. They are calling the project “Speake(a)r.” Now that’s some clever marketing.

This wasn’t designed to do anything malicious, but rather to alert us to how hackers could find a way “to hijack a computer to record audio even when the device’s microphones have been entirely removed or disabled.”

via Waywaw

While it’s long been known that you can turn a pair of headphones into a mic, the researches were able to display a real vulnerability. This piece of malware can record audio even when the headphones remain connected into an input-only jack and don’t even have a microphone channel on their plug.” What’s more, it works on Windows, MacOS, and most laptops. So if this piece of malware ends up on your computer, consider your line bugged.

Cool. I guess that that piece of tape over your laptop camera isn’t enough. Time to snip those earbuds as well.

If anyone needs me, I’ll be in a secret underground bunker surrounded by cans of Heinz baked beans and three feet of concrete.

iphone 8 rumors emerge to replace iphone 7
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Ew, you're still using an iPhone 7? How quaint.

Despite being just eight weeks old, the iPhone 7 is already old hat, as rumors of the iPhone 8 have already begun to surface. A report from the Nikkei Asian Review says that tests at Foxconn, the infamous iPhone production plant, have started. After all, the iPhone 7 is really old and can barely even function anymore.

Let's breeze past the obvious new features of the iPhone 8. It will likely be the thinnest, lightest, and fastest iPhone ever, with the best camera ever put in an iPhone. Cool. Where's the good stuff?

"Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group, is making wireless charging modules," says Nikkei. Finally, wireless charging, and to think, the iPhone 7 (remember that thing?) still uses a wire.


The addition of wireless charging should please iPhone 7 users. If you can recall about 60 days ago, Apple took a “courageous” step and removed headphone jacks from their phones, leaving just one port to charge the battery and listen to music. But who can even remember such things? It was so long ago.

One thing's for sure, these are all unconfirmed rumors, and we have no idea when the next iPhone will actually be released. In the meantime, you'll just have to stick it out with your decrepit iPhone 7. Who knows? Maybe 2017 will be the year we finally get the Transformer iPhone.

via iFunny

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Parrot's new Disco drone is now for sale!

The drone has impressive new specs for the market:

-Removable wings that resemble a hawk in flight:

-Ultralight, 725 g (1.6 lb)
-Made from expanded polypropylene
-Extended 45-minute flight time (compared to the 20 to 25 minutes most drones run)

-Speeds up to 50 mph (80 km/h), killing average 37 mph (60 km/h) drone speeds
-First-person view (FPV) capability, where a nose-camera live streams the drone's view back to a set of virtual reality goggles

Grab it here for just under $1,300, just don't fall down a mountain in those goggles.