By Charlotte Hannah on October 30, 2013 in News

Earlier this month, we reported on a security breach that supposedly exposed about 2.9 million Adobe customers’ personal info to hackers. As it turns out, it affected way more customers than that. As of right now, Adobe’s reporting that at least 38 million active users were affected.

Basically, what we’re saying is that if you’ve ever used any Adobe product and you use the same password for everything, you’re going to want to change it everywhere (and also not do that anymore).

From KrebsOnSecurity:

But just this past weekend, posted a huge file called “users.tar.gz” that appears to include more than 150 million username and hashed password pairs taken from Adobe. The 3.8 GB file looks to be the same one Hold Security CISO Alex Holden and I found on the server with the other data stolen from Adobe.


“So far, our investigation has confirmed that the attackers obtained access to Adobe IDs and (what were at the time valid), encrypted passwords for approximately 38 million active users,” [Adobe spokesperson Heather Edell] said. “We have completed email notification of these users. We also have reset the passwords for all Adobe IDs with valid, encrypted passwords that we believe were involved in the incident—regardless of whether those users are active or not.”

Reuters reports that Adobe isn’t aware of any attacks against Adobe customers, but its investigation is ongoing.

(via GigaOM)

By Charlotte Hannah on October 23, 2013 in Hardware News Videos

If you missed Apple’s event on October 22, you missed a lot. You’ve probably heard about the iPad Air by now, along with the Mac Pro’s exciting specs, but one thing you may not have heard about was Apple’s nifty video about the making of the Mac Pro.

Even if you know nothing about manufacturing or aren’t a fan of Apple, this video will make you fall in love with the Mac Pro a little bit. It’s so smooth! So shiny! So cylindrical! Maybe it’s just because I’m the type of person for whom watching the show How It’s Made induces a deep, trance-like state, but I find this video totally mesmerizing.

If pretty pictures and pleasant music aren’t enough for you, here’s a little explanation of the manufacturing process from industrial designer Greg Koenig at Atomic Delights:

Here, Apple is using a process known as hydraulic deep draw stamping.

Most metal stampings go through one or two die tools to produce the final shape. With the Mac Pro though, the challenge is to produce a massive amount of plastic deformation without tearing, rippling or deforming the perfect cylindrical surface. To do this, the enclosure is drawn through a series of dies that progressively stretch the aluminum into something approaching the final shape of a Mac Pro.

Deep drawing is a process that very efficiently produces a “net shape” part. Apple could have just chucked a giant hunk of aluminum in a lathe and created the same part, but that amount of metal removal is extremely inefficient. Deep drawing efficiently creates a hunk of metal that is very close to the final shape of a Mac Pro in just a couple of operations. After that, the Mac Pro enclosure is lathe turned to clean up the surface and achieve desired tolerance, polished, placed back in a machining center to produce the I/O, power button and chamfer features and finally anodized.

There’s a full, beat by beat walkthrough on Koenig’s site if you want the whole story.

Did the video make you want a Mac Pro even more? Well, all you’ve got to do is scrape together $2,999 and you can have one of your very own!

(via Mashable)

By Charlotte Hannah on October 21, 2013 in Inspiring News Video Games

Sony’s newest commercial promoting the upcoming PS4 is called “For the Players Since 1995,” and it’s a real treat for anyone who’s been rocking a PlayStation since the very beginning.

The awesome commercial follows a gamer from 1995 to the present day as he and his beloved PlayStation consoles age along with the styles and fashions of the time. (There’s a really conspicuous Doc Martens cameo at 0:21.) It’s really well made, and it evokes a ton of nostalgia.

The best part? He learns how to clean his room at the end. Gamer success!

When did you get your first PlayStation?

(via Mashable)

By Charlotte Hannah on October 16, 2013 in News Pop Culture Video Games

Were you hoping to get some important stuff done today? Had you planned to manufacture some widgets, or maybe put the new cover sheets on those TPS reports?

Turn back now.

Seriously, click Back on your browser and get the heck out of here. This is not a place you want to be right now. It’s about to get awesome up in here.

The rest of you slackers are going to love this. Check it: Now you can play the original Super Mario Bros. in its entirety from your browser on The whole thing is HTML5, so you don’t need to download anything to get started. It’s got all the original levels, as well as a Level Editor so you can create your own. (Plus, it’s open source, which is pretty cool.)

Supposedly it works best in Chrome, though I didn’t have any trouble playing it in Firefox.

Go forth, my friends, and waste some time!

(via The Next Web)

By Charlotte Hannah on October 7, 2013 in News

3D printers are absolutely amazing. We already know they can make everything from camera lenses to working guns to robotic prosthetics. But the technology behind 3D printing has far cooler applications than just making plastic models and copies of commercial products. In fact, it can be used to create working body parts. Full-sized, working organs aren’t that far off – and human tissue printing is already here.

A company called Organovo uses 3D printing technology to create smaller, simpler versions of organs. It works in a very similar way to your regular 3D printer, but with living cells in place of plastic. The cells, suspended in a liquid called Bio-Ink, are printed in layers to form a living organ.

Incredible, right? But what can you do with a tiny human heart, other than maybe make a miniature Frankenstein? Well, aside from the obvious – use it as a stepping stone toward making full-sized organs – these little body parts serve an important function: namely, for drug testing. With small organs to test new medications on, we can replace animal testing and speed up the process of drug development.

Researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, backed by the US Department of Defense, have also developed 3D printers that can print miniature organs – and even putting several organs together and measuring their response to diseases and drugs as a system. The tiny organs are then infused with a blood substitute, set on a chip, and monitored by sensors that keep track of temperature, oxygen levels, pH, and more.

The researchers’ hope is to eventually create a “body on a chip.” From LiveScience:

The 2-inch “body on a chip” would represent a realistic testing ground for understanding how the human body might react to dangerous diseases, chemical warfare agents and new drugs intended to defend against biological or chemical attacks. Such technology could speed up drug development by replacing less-ideal animal testing or the simpler testing done on human cells in petri dishes — and perhaps save millions or even billions of dollars from being wasted on dead-end drug candidates that fail in human clinical trials.

Kind of makes those 3D printed plastic camera mounts sound like child’s play, eh?

(via GigaOM, LiveScience)