Welcome to Saturday! It seems like everyone is talking about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency these days, and we’re going to delve into the topic too. But before we get into the nitty-gritty of cryptomining and the environment (that’s a Sunday preview for you!), let’s talk about a wild story first.
Over in the UK, police got a tip that something fishy was going on at an industrial unit. It looked like a cannabis operation, so law enforcement executed a drug warrant. What they found instead was a Bitcoin farm stealing massive amounts of electricity. That’s one way to maximize profits. Except for the getting caught part.
Fitbit might tell let you know if you snore soon. And it will compare your sleep style to cute animals. Pretty sure my sleep animal is an Owl, cause I stay up way too late.
Police in the U.K. stumbled across an illegal cryptocurrency mining operation after conducting a raid at what they expected to be a cannabis farm. Bitcoin mining uses a ton of electricity, and now all that energy is causing problems for law enforcement. Read More »
In May, Wyze announced that component shortages could lead to sporadic price changes across its catalog. The company has since increased the price of its Video Doorbell, Wyze Cam, and more recently, its Wyze Home Monitoring kit. Now it seems that Wyze has quietly raised the price of its Thermostat, Bulb Color, and several other items. Read More »
Ransomware attacks are nothing new, but two recent hits have received a lot of attention, and in both cases, the decryptor was too slow to do any good. Essentially, victims often resort to backups or find a different solution, even after paying a ransom for the decryptor key. Read More »
Every so often LEGO announces something so big, it sets new records like the tallest Marvel set ever, or most pieces in a single set … twice. But now LEGO has something truly big coming and—well frankly we don’t know what it is. But the teaser has us thinking. Read More »
It looks like Twitter is getting ready to launch its rumored subscription service. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered and tested a $3 per month “Twitter Blue” in-app purchase on Twitter’s App Store page, revealing exclusive features like an undo Tweet button, a reader mode for long threads, and more. Read More »
Warmer weather can only mean one thing: it’s time for camping, hiking, and picnics! And of course, you’ll need a cooler to keep your drinks ice cold and your food fresh and ready to enjoy and we love this one from Lifewit. It’s constructed with high density water-resistant dirt-proof Oxford fabric on the exterior, and is lined with PEVA foil and padded with 6mm EPE foam on the interior for thermal resistance. The 24-liter collapsible cooler can hold plenty of drinks and food, plus it has two side mesh pockets and a zip-close front pocket for holding napkins, bottles, plates, silverware, and other accessories.
Nearly a year ago, the data breach tracking platform Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) announced plans to become an open source project. The first step in that transition is now complete—HIBP’s Pwned Passwords code is open source and available on GitHub. The change provides transparency for HIBP, and oddly enough, opens the door to contributions from the FBI. Read More »
Tesla’s Autopilot system has been subject to heavy criticism this year, and you’ve probably seen the YouTube and TikTok videos of people abusing it. However, it looks like the latest update to autopilot is finally using the in-car camera for driver monitoring. Read More »
Fitbit’s latest app update lays the foundation for potential features, including nighttime snore detection, ambient noise tracking, and “Your sleep animal,” a tool that compares your sleeping habits to animals. The test features, which are unfinished and currently unusable, were discovered by 9to5Google in an APK analysis. Read More »
The UK will start new trials of three driverless electric shuttle buses in the city of Cambridge in June. The small-capacity shuttle will drive a 20-minute two-mile journey between three points, including parts of the University of Cambridge. Read More »
Staying connected when traveling can be tricky if you’re not in a hotel, but it’s possible. Whether you’re on a cross-country road trip or going camping, or even if you just need some Wi-Fi on a long drive, there are ways to stay connected while you’re on the road. Read More »