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Apple's Development Center Breached by Hackers

Apple's Development Center Breached by Hackers | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Apple's Dev Center went down on Thursday causing issues for developers around the world. The system remained down for three days and is still currently unavailable.

 

This brings up an interesting question regarding single points of failure in the mobile application distribution system. When one component goes down, or is breached in this case it affects the entire ecosystem.

 

===> We hear a lot about mobile apps and devices being hacked, however as I have stated before that is small potatoes when compared to the treasure trove of the back-end systems that power mobile applications and services. <===

 

What is the point of hacking one person’s phone when there are entire app store infrastructures to target?


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going up the network, identify the bottle neck and get at it - pretty simple, but they probably had to sweat a little to do it.

 

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===> We hear a lot about mobile apps and devices being hacked, however as I have stated before that is small potatoes when compared to the treasure trove of the back-end systems that power mobile applications and services. <===

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apple-mac-ios4-ipad-iphone-and-in-security

 

Gust MEES's curator insight, July 21, 2013 8:20 PM

 

===> We hear a lot about mobile apps and devices being hacked, however as I have stated before that is small potatoes when compared to the treasure trove of the back-end systems that power mobile applications and services. <===

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apple-mac-ios4-ipad-iphone-and-in-security

 

Gust MEES's curator insight, July 21, 2013 8:22 PM

 

===> We hear a lot about mobile apps and devices being hacked, however as I have stated before that is small potatoes when compared to the treasure trove of the back-end systems that power mobile applications and services. <===

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apple-mac-ios4-ipad-iphone-and-in-security

 

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60 Minutes profiles Elon Musk, reveals struggles and successes at Tesla and SpaceX (video)

60 Minutes profiles Elon Musk, reveals struggles and successes at Tesla and SpaceX (video) | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
"If something's important enough, you should try it even if the probable outcome is failure."
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a 60minutes (sic) profile of my personal hero: Elon Musk.

 

 

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Green Chemists Use Rocket Science And Chicken Feathers to Create Cow-Less Leather

Green Chemists Use Rocket Science And Chicken Feathers to Create Cow-Less Leather | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
With heat and pressure, the feathers are combined with natural fibers and plant oil resins, which can be made soft or rigid.
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clever use of chicken feathers
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IPAD 7 - Insanely Powerful Arrow Driver

IPAD 7 - Insanely Powerful Arrow Driver | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
DIY crossbow design has always been such a callback.
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The Maker King

How Carl Bass, the CEO of Autodesk, is shaping the maker movement—from his garage.
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"Bass isn’t boasting. He has poured at least as much money into his workshop as other CEOs pour into vintage wine collections or boats, but his hobby isn’t about impressing anybody else. It’s just for him. He still spends every Saturday morning from 6 to 11 beavering away on various projects in pleasant isolation. And yet, his weekend work is having a profound effect on the maker movement.

A few years ago, Bass recognized that two powerful forces were poised to intersect: the rise of online sharing and the return to analog building in maker spaces. [...] Bass saw that Autodesk could fill a crucial niche by helping everyday people bridge the gulf between digital design and physical manufacture."

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Onewheel by Future Motion is a Self-Balancing Electric Skateboard that Lets You Glide Over the Pavement

Onewheel by Future Motion is a Self-Balancing Electric Skateboard that Lets You Glide Over the Pavement | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
The Onewheel is an electric, self-balancing skateboard that uses sensors to keep the rider steady on only a single wheel.
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Saw another version on a sidewalk recently, but the person had both feet pointing towards him. That one looks closer to a smooth skateboarding experience.

And generatiing power through regenrative braking is definitely the way to go when it comes to electric vehicles (such as bikes)

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Open source DIY electric car can be built in less than an hour

Open source DIY electric car can be built in less than an hour | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Could this open source vehicle usher in a new era of DIY electric cars?
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Open source engineering hitting the road?! awesome

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AdrenaSuit - Bulletproof & Superpowered

AdrenaSuit - Bulletproof & Superpowered | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
wow. bulletproof full body armor with hormone diffusion system. superhero gear.
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Programming For Artists: Learn How To Code In An Hour And Expand Your Creativity | The Creators Project

Programming For Artists: Learn How To Code In An Hour And Expand Your Creativity | The Creators Project | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
This new step-by-step tutorial teaches you how to create fantastical art during your lunch break.
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After Obama's promo speech for CODE.org Hour of Code initiative, another take at the necessity to learn code in the digital age

 

Other related articles that popped up recently:

http://www.good.is/posts/if-a-90-year-old-can-learn-to-code-what-s-your-excuse

http://www.ea.com/news/code-org-win-an-ea-game

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Amazon Prime Air

Amazon Prime Air | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

Amazon Prime Air - The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicle.

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wut! Cannot wait to see that happening. There is going to be an ever-growing need for air traffic regulation at low altitude if they don't want to bump & crash into the Homeland Sec ones ;)

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Asia University – Sign Language Ring

Asia University – Sign Language Ring | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
awesome concept
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Leap Motion releases Free Form, an app that lets human hands sculpt digital clay (video)

Leap Motion releases Free Form, an app that lets human hands sculpt digital clay (video) | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

Free Form is a 3D sculpting app (not unlike 3D Systems' Sculpt) built in house at Leap Motion that lets you manipulate and shape digital objects using your fingertips. David Holz, company co-founder and the man who figured out the math behind Leap Motion's technology, gave us a demo of the app and talked a bit about why Leap built it

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"A lot of new input devices, traditionally, there was some kind of content creation tool launched with them, like MS Paint," according to Holz, and he sees Free Form as the Paint equivalent for Leap Motion."

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neurocam / neurowear

neurocam / neurowear | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

The "neurocam" is a wearable camera system that detects your emotions. It automatically records moments of interest based on an analysis of the users brainwaves.

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Google Glass upgrade?

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Water Powered Flashlight

Water Powered Flashlight | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
The water powered flashlight is a very interesting prototype. It can work on tap water even if salt water provides an extra boost.
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A New Geo-Tagged Storytelling Site Might Be The Ultimate Travel Tool: Hi

A New Geo-Tagged Storytelling Site Might Be The Ultimate Travel Tool: Hi | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

From the outset, Hi works like Twitter or Instagram. You start by posting a "sketch"-a photo and a caption-which gets geo-tagged and published to your stream. You can leave the sketch the way it is, if you'd like, and never add anything more, but this is where the community part comes in [and] nudge you to expand upon your sketch by tapping the "Tell me more" button. Now you can expand your photo and caption into a story, or "moment," which can be a paragraph or thousands of words. Instead of likes or thumbs up or hearts, you can simply thank a person with a one-line note.

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social media at its best... real people, real experiences, real interaction

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Latest Invention: 'Triton Oxygen Respirator Extracts Air Underwater'

Latest Invention: 'Triton Oxygen Respirator Extracts Air Underwater' | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

A brilliant invention yet a revolutionary. A new invention looks set to change Scuba and diving in general. It's shocking task lies in the idea of microscopic, nano scale 'artificial Gills', can effectively separate the Oxygen from the water while diving, on demand. A series of tiny threads or strands have microscopic holes along their width, which are smaller than water molecules

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if it works, then it is a dream come true for scuba divers :)

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Heart-Monitoring Horror Game That Gets Tougher As You Get Scared

Heart-Monitoring Horror Game That Gets Tougher As You Get Scared | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Horror games can be scary enough on their own—do we really need one that measures our heart rate and gets harder as we get more scared? Maybe we do. Maybe. We. Do.
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Google Buys Nest for $3.2 Billion in Cash. Wired.com

Google Buys Nest for $3.2 Billion in Cash. Wired.com | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Google now owns a little piece of Apple. Today, Google announced that it's spending $3.2 billion to acquire Nest, a successful home hardware tech startup founded by Tony Fadell, the father of the Apple iPod.

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Google extand its reach in your home - and will probably reshape the aging domotic concept on the way.

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wow... following reading Wired article on her, best line in this story:

 

'...with Google’s support, “Nest will be even better placed to build simple, thoughtful devices that make life easier at home, and that have a positive impact on the world.”'

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Einstein’s Camera  — Matter — Medium

Einstein’s Camera  — Matter — Medium | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

ADAM MAGYAR IS A computer geek, a college dropout, a self-taught photographer, a high-tech Rube Goldberg, a world traveler, and a conceptual artist of growing global acclaim.

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The guy deserves credits. Merging tech and art in very beatutiful way.

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This Is The Prima Ballerina Of Robots

This amazing cube can walk jump and stand on a tip!
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not sure if useful but definitely cool :)

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Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots

Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Boston Dynamics and its animal kingdom-themed machines bring significant cachet to Google’s robotic efforts.
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It is the 8th robotic company that Google is buying. They will have to come up with something big!!!

Having agile robots and strong localization capabilities is definitely a direction worth investigating. Can't wait to see what they come up with :)

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The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There's no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.
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"This video makes learning about Bitcoin as fun as dropping a tab and hitting the planetarium for a Pink Floyd laser show."

 

Well, ti does a nice job explaining what it is and what makes it a special currency.

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E-Volo Electric Helicopter

E-Volo Electric Helicopter | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

  The E-Volo Electric Helicopter has achieved flight, the first of its kind to sustain lift from electric power.  An array of eighteen rotors spin in unison to lift the E-Volo VC200 to 22 meters above the ground for a sustained period.  Sure, that might not get you to your Jetson house in the sky yet, but it’s a welcome start.

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awesome.... flying cars around the corner :)

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Neptune Pine Smartwatch Launches On Kickstarter (video)

Neptune Pine Smartwatch Launches On Kickstarter (video) | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Neptune the company behind the Neptune Pine Smartwatch, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the next generation of smartwatch devices.
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yet another smartwatch - or maybe the first "real" smart watch.

 

more here:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Neptune-Pine-is-less-a-smartwatch-and-more-a-smartphone-for-your-wrist_id49636

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Tangible Media Group

Tangible Media Group | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

The Tangible Media Group, led by MIT Professor Hiroshi Ishii, explores the Tangible Bits vision to seamlessly couple the dual world of bits and atoms by giving physical form to digital information.

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InForm is such an awesome R&D project. You can see all kind of concrete applications - from the most useless and fun to the most serious & useful :)

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Ask Hackaday: Does Project Ara Solve the Phonebloks' Problems?

Ask Hackaday: Does Project Ara Solve the Phonebloks' Problems? | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

Our tips line is blowing up again, this time directing us to Motorola's Project Ara: a phone with modular components that plug into a base "endoskeleton." 

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... and yes it sounds exactly like Phonebloks :)

 

UPDATE: seems that the whole concept gets traction. Today I heard of that new concept - Mobius

http://inhabitat.com/modular-eco-mobius-phone-eliminates-electronic-waste/

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