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KICKSTARTER is the world’s largest funding platform for various types of projects. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing, creative people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields. Something that is different about Kickstarter is that it is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project. Another interesting part of Kickstarter is, on Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands at all. You may ask why, their answer is so that it protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.

If you would like to help some inventors with as large or small of a donation as you wish. Or if you have your own genius idea that you might need some funding for, visit Kickstarter.

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Security Camera Error Exposes Video Feeds

FEEDS from thousands of Trendnet home security cameras have been breached, allowing any web user to access live footage of their camera without needing a password.

Internet addresses which link to the video streams have been posted to a variety of popular messageboard sites.Users have expressed concern after finding they could view children’s bedrooms, among other locations. US-based Trendnet says it is in the process of releasing updates to correct a coding error introduced in 2010.

It said it had emailed customers who had registered affected devices to alert them to the problem. However, a spokesman told the BBC that “roughly 5%” of purchasers had registered their cameras and it had not yet issued a formal media release – despite being aware of the problem for more than three weeks.

“We first became aware of this on 12 January,” said Zak Wood, Trendnet’s director of global marketing.

“As of this week we have identified 26 [vulnerable] models. (In) seven of the models, the firmware has been tested and released.

“We anticipate to have all of the revised firmware available this week. We are scrambling to discover how the code was introduced and at this point it seems like a coding oversight.”

Mr Wood added that the California-based firm estimated that “fewer than 1,000 units” might be open to this threat in the UK, but could not immediately provide an exact global tally beyond saying that it was “most likely less than 50,000”.

Tech news website The Verge first publicised the issue last week after discovering a blog which had published details of the vulnerability on 10 January. The author discovered that after setting up one of the cameras with a password, its video stream became accessible to anyone who typed in the correct net address.

Trendnet says it is in the process of releasing firmware updates for its devices. In each case, this consisted of the user’s IP address followed by an identical sequence of 15 characters.

The writer then showed how the Shodan search engine – which specialises in finding online devices – could be used to discover cameras vulnerable to the flaw. “Last I ran this there was something like 350 vulnerable devices that were available,” the author wrote at the time. However, it appears that others then took advantage of the technique to expose other links and uploaded them to the net. Within two days, a list of 679 web addresses had been posted to one site, and others followed – in some cases listing the alleged Google Maps locations associated with each camera.

Messages on one forum included: “Someone caught a guy in denmark (traced to ip) getting naked in the bathroom.” Another said: “I think this guy is doing sit-ups.” One user wrote “baby spotted”, causing another to comment: “I feel like a paedophile watching this.”

Some screenshots have also been uploaded.

The firm – whose slogan is “networks that people trust” – said it had halted shipments of affected products to retailers and that any delivery received since the start of this month should be safe. However, it said that items delivered at an earlier date might need a firmware update.

“We are just getting to that point to be able to succinctly convey more information to the public who would be concerned,” said Mr Wood.

“We are planning an official release of information to the public concerning this, but in advance I can tell you that this week we are targeting to have firmware to all affected models.”

At the time of interview, Trendnet’s home page and its press release section made no mention of the problem.

However, a warning was lated added to its front page linking to a statement that says: “It is Trendnet’s understanding that video from select Trendnet IP cameras may be accessed online in real time. Upon awareness of the issue, Trendnet initiated immediate actions to correct and publish updated firmware which resolves the vulnerability.”

Motorola Forgot To Delete Secret Information Off Xoom

MOTOROLA (NYSE: MMI) has publicly announced that about 100 Xoom devices were not cleared of all of the original owners content during the refurbishing process. About 100 Motorola Xooms were sold to Woot.com between October to December 2011 were the only tablets affected. According to Motorola, any information may be vulnerable, including: photographs, documents, passwords, usernames and more.

In their press release, they deeply apologized: “Motorola sincerely regrets and apologizes for any inconvenience this situation has caused the affected customers. Motorola is committed to rigorous data protection practices in order to protect its customers, and will continue to take the necessary steps to achieve this objective.”

Motorola is offering customers who purchased and then returned a Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi tablet to Amazon.com, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale, eBay, Office Max, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, or Staples and a few other independent retailers between March and October 2011 a complimentary two-year membership of Experian’s ProtectMyID Alert to mitigate any risks. Original owners are advised to contact Experian at 1-866-926-9803 to sign up for the credit monitoring service. These original owners are also advised to take precautionary measures to protect their identity, such as changing their email and social media passwords. Original owners who performed a factory data reset prior to returning the device are not impacted.

If you purchased a refurbished Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi tablet from Woot.com between October and December 2011 you are encouraged to visit motorola.com/xoomreturn or to call Motorola Mobility Customer Support at 1-800-734-5870, select Option 1, in order to determine if their tablet is affected.

To view the Press release from Motorola, please visit this site: http://preview.tinyurl.com/7amzn3p

Mark Zuckerberg’s One Dollar Salary

An article from TechCrunch.

Here’s another way that Mark Zuckerberg is following his idol Steve Jobs: He will have a $1 salary, starting in 2013.

According to Facebook’s S-1 filing for its $5 billion IPO, in the first quarter of this year (which presumably means sometime in January) Zuckerberg requested that his base salary be reduced to $1 per year, effective January 1, 2013. His 2011 base salary was $500,000, and he also received a $220,500 bonus for the first half of the year. The S-1 also lists $783,529 in “other compensation”, which includes $692,679 for “costs related to personal use of aircraft chartered in connection with his comprehensive security program and on which family and friends flew during 2011″

GoDaddy Loses Thousands of Domains Over SOPA

GODADDY as we all know is a domain/web hosting service. Recently GoDaddy has publicly came out and said that they agree with the S.O.P.A. (Stop Online Piracy Act) bill. This has made a large amount of people angry; so mad that they have actually pulled their domain from GoDaddy.

It has been estimated that 75 thousand customers have terminated their service.

I have pulled all of my domains from GoDaddy, and I encourage that you do too.

Happy Birthday Angry Birds

THE wonderful and addicting game Angry Birds is officially two years old, two years ago Rovio launched Angry Birds. Happy birdday (pun intended)

Fans everywhere can enjoy a new “Happy Birdday” update for Angry Birds, which features 15 delectable new birthday cake levels, spiffy new menus and graphics, and special birthday achievements. As a birthday gift to our fans, all episodes are now unlocked! Also make sure to check out our new Rovio channel, which gives you instant access to your favorite Angry Birds content. You are just one tap away from news, games, videos, Facebook, Angry Birds shop, and much more! The update will be available for iOS on Sunday, with other platforms coming soon.

You can show your Angry Birds support by going to their store and buying some really cool stuff. Or, you can learn more about their birthday celebration by viewing their blog post.

The Worst Passwords

YOU would be amazed at how many people choose such week passwords. So, here I have brought you the top 25 worst possible passwords.

  • 1. password
  • 2. 123456
  • 3.12345678
  • 4. qwerty
  • 5. abc123
  • 6. monkey
  • 7. 1234567
  • 8. letmein
  • 9. trustno1
  • 10. dragon
  • 11. baseball
  • 12. 111111
  • 13. iloveyou
  • 14. master
  • 15. sunshine
  • 16. ashley
  • 17. bailey
  • 18. passw0rd
  • 19. shadow
  • 20. 123123
  • 21. 654321
  • 22. superman
  • 23. qazwsx
  • 24. michael
  • 25. football

So, if you have any of these passwords, I recommend changing them immediately.

Steve Jobs Has Died

As of today October 5th 2011. Steve Jobs has been announced dead. Apple has confirmed his death.

Below is the statement from Apple:

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

The Apple Home Page has been set to remember Steve.

Rest In Peace Steve, you will be missed.

Apple Home Page-In Memory of Steve Jobs

 

 

Steve Jobs has been announced dead as of October 5th 2011. The picture below is a screenshot of Apple’s home page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Jobs Rest In Peace, You will be missed.

Apple Releases New Products

TODAY at Apple’s special event Apple released a few new products.

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPod Touch
  • iPod Nano

More articles will becoming later today on each individual product.

Google Plus is Now Open To The Public

GOOGLE has decided to open its closed [not really] doors to the public. Google is now officially making Google Plus open to any one with a google account — or anyone in the world for that matter. This picture that you can see below, is what they put on their website, along with this they also made a huge advertising motion with some large arrow illustration pointing to Google Plus on the home page. They have also officially put it with the list of other Google products. If you do not have a google plus account, I recommend that you try it out.

 

 

 

Steve Jobs’ Letter of Resignation

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

Steve Jobs Resigns From Apple

YESTERDAY Steve Jobs made it official that he will be no-longer with Apple Incorporated. Steve has resigned from Apple as the CEO. Jobs has named Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, to take his place and to become the new Chief Executive Officer. Steve Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately. Steve Jobs will be on the board of directors along with seven others.

As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.

However, with this change in roles, there is currently no C.O.O., who might it be?

Mr. Steve Jobs will always be remembered. I believe that no one will be as good as Steve was.

Apple even made this official on their  Executive Profiles page.

You can view his letter of resignation here.

Rebecca Black’s Music Video Disappeared

REBECCA Black’s music video “Friday” was removed from YouTube a day or two ago. Apparently she made a copyright claim. So now the video cost $2.99 to rent on YouTube. Then the video was set to “private.” Did the pressure finally get to Rebecca Black?  This would make sense, as Black and Ark Music Factory, the proto-music label that produced the song, have been battling over rights to “Friday.” Now that Friday’s gone, how do you feel about making fun of it, internet? Bet you kind of miss it! If you miss it too much, don’t worry I was able to find a separate video source for you.

 

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Social Media-Every 60 Seconds

ONE minute may not seem like a long time to a lot of us, especially when we are really busy. But, after you look at this you will be amazed at what happens on the web in just one minute.


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