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Meet Codemoji: Mozilla's New Game for Teaching Encryption Basics with Emoji

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[he]#x1f302[/he][he]#x1f435[/he]?[he]#x1f613[/he][he]#x1f309[/he]?[he]#x1f4d2[/he][he]#x1f3e9[/he][he]#x1f4a5[/he][he]#x1f435[/he] [he]#x1f47b[/he][he]#x1f629[/he][he]#x1f4d2[/he][he]#x1f4d2[/he][he]#x1f3c2[/he][he]#x1f613[/he][he]#x1f601[/he] The above message may seem like a random string of emoji. But not so: When decoded, it reads: “Encryption Matters.” Today, Mozilla is launching Codemoji, a fun, educational tool that introduces everyday Internet users to ciphers — the [he]#8230[/he] Continue reading

Microsoft To Make Saying No To Windows 10 Update Easier

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Less than a week after a California-based woman won $10,000 lawsuit against Microsoft over Windows 10 upgrades, the Redmond-based company has announced it will make it easier for users to say no to Windows 10 updates. The company plans to change the Windows 10 update prompt to make it clearer and easier for Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users to schedule or reject upgrading to Windows 10. ZDNet reports:Microsoft officials said late on June 27 that the new update experience -- with clearer "upgrade now, schedule a time, or decline the free offer" -- will start rolling out this week. Microsoft also will revert to making clicking on the Red X at the corner of the Windows 10 update box dismiss the update, rather than initiate it, as it has done for the past several weeks. Microsoft officials said they are making the change "in response to customer feedback."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ground Meat Chopper

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I'm generally happy with Oxo Good Grips kitchen utensils, and this Ground Meat Chopper ($12 on Amazon) is no exception. We made tacos with ground beef last night and the three blades did a good job of efficiently breaking up the meat (it was partially frozen) - much better than a spatula, and fun to use, too!

Zero-Day Warning! Ransomware targets Microsoft Office 365 Users

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If just relying on the security tools of Microsoft Office 365 can protect you from cyber attacks, you are wrong. Variants of Cerber Ransomware are now targeting MS Office 365 email users with a massive zero-day attack that has the ability to bypass Office 365's built-in security tools. According to a report published by cloud security provider Avanan, the massive zero-day Cerber ransomware

Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Android tablet coming in July

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Asus unveiled a few new Zenpad tablets with entry-level specs in June. But now it looks like the company is getting ready to update its ZenPad S line of Android tablets with premium specs.

The company is holding an event in Taiwan on July 12th to introduce the new Asus ZenPad 3s 10.

We’ll have to wait a few weeks to get the full spec sheet or price, but several Chinese-language websites are reporting that Asus has shared a few details in the invitation to the press event.

Continue reading Asus ZenPad 3s 10 Android tablet coming in July at Liliputing.

Best looking flask I've found

Boing Boing -

Perfect for keeping your reputation for asocial behavior intact, but still maintaining a stylish image, I proudly introduce the Portside Flask.

Unless they leak, all flasks are pretty much functionally equal. This one is beautiful. I get compliments on it at every tech conference, panel or event I attend. Usually by people standing in the back of the room, near me, who wish they'd thought to bring a stiff drink.

I can confirm this flask works well with Bourbon, Irish Whiskey and Rum. It is super durable, I've had mine since 2010 and never lost a drop.

Cork Pops Nicholas Portside Flask via Amazon

Massive helium field found - scientists calling it game changer

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We've had a global shortage of helium for years now, but thanks to an aggressive search in Tanzania, scientists have just discovered 54 billion cubic feet of the gas, an amount that can last for several years. Scientists are calling this new approach to helium exploration a "game changer," according to the AP.

The discovery in Tanzania is the result of a new exploration approach for the precious gas that is essential to spacecraft, MRI scanners, nuclear energy, according to the Oxford University statement. Helium also fills party balloons.

This is the first time helium has been found intentionally, said the statement. Until now, the gas has been found in small amounts accidentally during oil and gas drilling. Scientists are optimistic that they'll now be able to find more helium in other parts of the world using the same search methods. Read the full story here.

Human or machine: can you tell who wrote these poems?

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NPR has a quiz that invites you to guess which of six poems were written by a computer program, and which were written by humans. A group of 10 judges weren't fooled, but I had trouble correctly guessing all of them. I appreciated the computer-generated poems as much as the human-written ones.


The dirty rusty wooden dresser drawer.
A couple million people wearing drawers,
Or looking through a lonely oven door,
Flowers covered under marble floors.

And lying sleeping on an open bed.
And I remember having started tripping,
Or any angel hanging overhead,
Without another cup of coffee dripping.

Surrounded by a pretty little sergeant,
Another morning at an early crawl.
And from the other side of my apartment,
An empty room behind the inner wall.

A thousand pictures on the kitchen floor,
Talked about a hundred years or more.

How Sony, Microsoft, and Other Gadget Makers Violate Federal Warranty Law

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Reader citadrianne shares a Motherboard article: There are big "no trespassing" signs affixed to most of our electronics. If you own a gaming console, laptop, or computer, it's likely you've seen one of these warnings in the form of a sticker placed over a screw or a seam: "Warranty void if removed." In addition, big manufacturers such as Sony, Microsoft, and Apple explicitly note or imply in their official agreements that their year-long manufacturer warranties -- which entitle you to a replacement or repair if your device is defective -- are void if consumers attempt to repair their gadgets or take them to a third party repair professional. What almost no one knows is that these stickers and clauses are illegal under a federal law passed in 1975 called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act . To be clear, federal law says you can open your electronics without voiding the warranty, regardless of what the language of that warranty says.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

A shampoo bottle that empties completely – every last drop

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Coatings that allow ketchup and other gel-like liquids to easily slide down plastic bottle interiors have been around for many years. Finding something that prevents liquid soap from clinging to the inside of a bottle has proven more elusive, because the qualities that make soap "soapy" also make it clingy to plastic. But researchers at The Ohio State University have created a microscopic texture that repels soap products, as reported in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society on June 27.

From Ohio State University newsroom:

The technique involves lining a plastic bottle with microscopic y-shaped structures that cradle the droplets of soap aloft above tiny air pockets, so that the soap never actually touches the inside of the bottle. The “y” structures are built up using much smaller nanoparticles made of silica, or quartz—an ingredient in glass—which, when treated further, won’t stick to soap.

Moto G4 goes up for pre-order, ships July 12th for $199 and up

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Motorola introduced the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus smartphones in May, and now the company says they’ll be available in the US starting July 12th.

They’ll be available from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, B&H, and other retailers, but you can already pre-order the phones from Motorola.com. The Moto G4 starts at $199, while the G4 Plus is priced at $250 and up.

Both models have 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processors, microSD card slots, 5MP front-facing cameras, and 3,000 mAh batteries.

Continue reading Moto G4 goes up for pre-order, ships July 12th for $199 and up at Liliputing.

Revolutionize your vape game with the FEZ Vaporizer - now 28% off

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If you want a quality vaping experience, it’s usually going to cost you. Vaporizers that deliver a fast, controlled burn will set you back up to $300, which is why the FEZ Vaporizer (now just $99) is an absolute steal.

The FEZ dry herb pen does everything that more expensive models handle at a reduced price. It heats up in under 60 seconds, and you can switch between to three temperature levels to set the optimal burning speed for your herb.

Specially designed for dry flower consumption, the FEZ sports a filtration system that eliminates any toxic compounds to produce as pure a vapor as possible.

The FEZ’s simple design makes it easy to use, while its USB-powered battery provides a charge that lasts up to 2,000 puffs on a single charge. And while many models are clunkier, the FEZ is only 3.5 inches long, making it ultra-portable.

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At 28% off MSRP, now’s the time to pick up your FEZ Vaporizer while this deal lasts.


How I welcomed an immigrant family with a Linux laptop

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I work at a public library in the Washington DC area that offers 27 Linux stations to residents, seven days a week.This town—Takoma Park, Maryland—is one of the most diverse in the nation, with more than 92 nationalities among its 17,700 residents. Once or twice a month, a new family moves to town, and half of the time they arrive from another country. Last month a Haitian family moved in: a mother and her 15-year old son Marcus and 7-year-old son Daniel.read more


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