This Massive Hurricane Is Barreling Towards the East Coast

Today, Irene is a Category 2 storm moving through the northern coast of Haiti. By this weekend, it could be a Category 4 that's ravaging the east coast from South Carolina to NYC. Gulp. » 8/23/11 12:24pm 8/23/11 12:24pm

"Every Android Device" Could Be Affected by HTC Patent Infringement

Hyperbole ahoy! Friday's ITC pro-Apple patent ruling against HTC is creating waves this weekend because it theoretically means a number of Android handsets could be barred from sale within the U.S. beginning in December. » 7/17/11 4:00pm 7/17/11 4:00pm

Utah Bioweapon Defense Facility Locked Down Over 'Serious Concern'…

It's probably nothing, but Utah's Dugway Proving Ground — where the Army tests biological weapon defense systems — is on lockdown and no one can leave. "We are working [...] to resolve a serious concern within the Test Area." (Updated) » 1/27/11 10:00am 1/27/11 10:00am

ZDNet Blogger Disappears Mysteriously in Bulgaria

This isn't good. Dancho Danchev, a ZDNet blogger specializing in malware and cybercrime, has been missing since August, thought to be somewhere in Bulgaria. ZDNet's only lead? This cryptic message: "Dancho's alive but he's in a lot of trouble." » 1/14/11 4:00pm 1/14/11 4:00pm

Watch IBM's Jeopardy-Playing Computer Obliterate Humanity's Champions

You may have heard about IBM's Jeopardy-playing Watson supercomputer. You may have also heard about its practice match against human Jeopardy superstar Ken Jennings. But it's not until you watch the bloodbath that you finally get it. We're doomed. » 1/13/11 4:20pm 1/13/11 4:20pm

Why Was Nearly Every Yahoo Search Suddenly Resulting in Porn?

Uh oh! Something very odd and naughty is going on over at Yahoo right now. Any searches which result in thumbnails will wind up showing you an unrelated and rather pornographic image. » 12/14/10 9:21pm 12/14/10 9:21pm

Police Find Record Stash of Homemade Explosives in California Home

Bomb technicians are currently clearing a house in Escondido, California containing the largest cache of certain homemade explosives ever found in the U.S. Among other weapons, the stash includes 9 pounds of suicide bomber-favorite HMTD. » 11/24/10 5:03pm 11/24/10 5:03pm

New Virus Holds Your Weird Fetishes For Ransom

The internet's newest, scariest trojan virus doesn't just destroy your computer, it destroys the esteem in which you're held by your loved ones and colleagues, too! By publishing your browser history unless you pay a $15 ransom, that is. » 4/15/10 10:20pm 4/15/10 10:20pm

Conficker'd Machines Are All Doing... Something

Whether it's an actual functional update or a ploy to further inflate the worm's horrifying reputation, an encrypted, mysterious thing is downloading to machines infected with Conficker C, right now. UPDATED » 4/09/09 8:30am 4/09/09 8:30am

Verizon's BlackBerry Storm Private Pre-Sale Has No Storms

Oops. You know that pre-sale flyer » 11/18/08 7:26am 11/18/08 7:26am that was doing the rounds to Verizon "VIPs", the one with the BlackBerry Storm on the left hand side? Turns out that if you, a VIP, turn up at a store with that very flyer you'll not be able to buy a Storm ahead of its launch. You won't, in fact, be able to touch one to see what it's…

Bad News: Cellphones Make Your Sperm Stupid

Bad news, dudes and ladies who hope to someday be impregnated by said dudes! According to some researches from the Cleveland Clinic, cellphones wreck your sperms up, making them too stupid to knock ladies up. Basically, because we keep phones in our pockets within a few inches of our hanging brains, there's a decent… » 9/19/08 10:52am 9/19/08 10:52am

Microsoft Says Vista More Secure Than XP, OSX and Linux

Click to viewUh oh. You've done it this time, Jeff Jones. As the security strategy director in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group, you've just made the bold claim that Vista, from a first year on the market comparison, has been more secure than Windows XP, Red Hat rhel4ws, Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, and Apple Mac OS X 10.4. » 1/24/08 9:46am 1/24/08 9:46am

ATTENTION LAST MINUTE ONLINE SHOPPERS

Ding ding ding. You're officially fucked! If you wanted to get your package by Christmas from Amazon and a number of other online retailers, it's too late now no matter how much you spend. Time to face the crowds. » 12/22/07 5:02pm 12/22/07 5:02pm

Coby Recalls 12,000 Units, Admits Fire is Bad

Low End Theory megastar Coby has just announced a recall for approximately 12,000 of their DVD/CD/MP3 player/TV tuner units. The affected models are the TF-DVD170 and the TF-DVD176, which sold for between $140 and $170 over the last couple of years. » 11/11/07 3:35pm 11/11/07 3:35pm

Running Any Third Party iPhone Apps? Bye-Bye Warranty!

Click to viewYou heard that the new firmware bricks unlocked iphones? Get this: Apple just confirmed to me that running any third-party app at all voids the warranty, and you won't be covered if your iPhone bricks for whatever reason. The reasoning is that Apple cannot distinguish between other third party apps and… » 9/24/07 6:57pm 9/24/07 6:57pm

EC Investigates Blu-ray Competitive Practices

The European Commission has opened an investigation regarding hi-def discs, demanding access to Hollywood movie studios' files regarding Blu-ray and HD DVD agreements. Because some believe that the Blu-ray Disc Association has signed studios in contracts that aren't only exclusive, but anti-competitive. » 7/08/07 10:17am 7/08/07 10:17am

Pirate Fighting Rumor: Apple Locking Hacked Apple TVs?

I was about to write a post—a non CTIA, non-cellphone post—about Apple TV hack tutorials over at Tutorial Ninjas. They've got Joost running on an Apple TV, along with a nice collection of useful hacks. Then I noticed they'd put up a post claiming that Apple used the Apple TV's live Internet connection to detect mods… » 3/29/07 1:50am 3/29/07 1:50am

Uh-Oh: Satellite Launch Ends in Tremendous Explosion


Let's start your day off with a bang: This is what happens when an unmanned launch vehicle with nearly a million pounds of fuel on board explodes. As the 209-foot Zenit-3SL rocket slumped to its Sea Launch platform, an enormous conflagration consumed its payload, a 96-transponder communications satellite belonging… » 2/02/07 7:30am 2/02/07 7:30am