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Two Israeli teens arrested for running major DDoS service

Last week, the FBI arrested a pair of Israeli teenagers who allegedly ran an online booter service called vDOS, as reported by Brian Krebs. vDOS was an online service that helped carry out distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against websites. The business allowed buyers to choose from various subscription options …

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The weird, wonderful phones of Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars, the teen version of Desperate Housewives but with fewer Emmys for some reason, is coming to an end after seven seasons. “After seven seasons” is being used loosely here since every season was broken up into two half-seasons that were each 10 to 12 hours long. There …

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Truth, lies, and hair products

For a quarter of a century, I willfully deceived myself into believing that hair care was simple. I’d used the same Pantene 2-in-1 for a decade, didn’t own a blow dryer, and until two months ago thought Drybar — a fancy salon that does “blowouts” — was a place that …

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Review: Weber Summit Charcoal Grill

Jeff the Weber grill rep arrived, huffing and puffing at the top of the steps as he introduced himself. His wife Jill looked on worriedly from the door, beyond which lay their big, white delivery van. “I don’t think it’ll fit,” Jill said. “That grill’s big.” This was an understatement. …

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Our Connected World and the Unseen Legacies of 9/11

Tom Drake arrived at work on his first day as a full-time employee of the National Security Agency before sunrise on a cool, clear morning: September 11, 2001. As he shadowed the NSA’s director of signals intelligence in a briefing about a new $4 billion plan, codenamed Trailblazer, that would better …

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Music’s Salvation Might Be Selling Not Songs, But VR

So here’s a strange thing about making VR videos: turns out it’s really hard to show a rough cut. Even once you’ve done the complicated 360-degree shooting, and your computational algorithms have stitched all the footage together into something realistic and immersive, you still need to fine-tune the edits, sound effects, and …

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Why the headphone jack must die

Wednesday morning, Apple (APPL) will unveil the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. As you’ve probably heard, they won’t have headphone jacks. Yes, that’s right: The headphone jack is going away, starting now. And not just on the iPhone. In fact, Apple’s not even first. Moto led the revolution in the US …

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UNVEILED: Apple announces iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2

Apple CEO Tim Cook and company just took the wraps off of the highly-anticipated, widely-speculated new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2. As expected, Apple did away with the headphone jack for its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. For those who want to plug in their headphones, they’ll have to go through the …

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