Batteries and Conspiracies

It was recently revealed that Apple intentionally slows down iPhones when their batteries are losing capacity. Upon being made aware of this, the Internet proceeded to lose its mind. Let's look at why this is being done, examine how good of an idea it is, and discuss how it can…

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A Basic Explanation of FAA UAS Regulations for Hobbyists Flying Model Aircraft

Introduction Back in 2012, Congress passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Amongst many other things, it introduced Section 336 - the rules by which model aircraft - including Unmanned Aerial Systems - or "drones" - are flown. Section 336, in turn, created a totally confusing…

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On The Vulnerability Of TouchID

There has been a lot of media attention given to the teams of researchers who claim to have "hacked" the TouchID fingerprint system that can be used to secure access to an Apple iPhone 5S.    However, these researchers had two unfair advantages:  They knew which finger to use, and they…

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A Comparison of Credit Card Technologies & Security

Given all of the recent credit card breaches at merchants like Target and Home Depot, you may be wondering how your credit card payments could be more secure and out of the reach of hackers. You're not alone! However, the buzzwords and technical terms surrounding credit cards and mobile payments…

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The Palm VII - High Tech 15 Years Ago!

While cleaning out a storage unit, I happened upon my old Palm VII. (It still works!) I bring this up to note a few interesting things. First, this 15 year old device was the first "connected" mobile device, meaning that it had it's own connection to the internet…

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