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Amazon Prime Air Update, OpenSSL Author Speaks, Google Glass For All [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 11-04-2014

Today in Tech News Digest, an Amazon Prime Air progress report, OpenSSL Heartbleed culprit speaks, Google Glass for everyone, gamers get frustrated, Amazon buys ComiXology, Skype TX arrives, and S.E.L.F.I.E. automates the selfie-taking process.


Amazon Prime Air Drones In Flight Testing

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has issued his annual letter to shareholders detailing how the company is doing and where it’s going. The most interesting part of which concerns Amazon Prime Air, the delivery by drones initiative Amazon Delivery Drones, Facebook Hack, Kindle Fire Vs iPad Air [Tech News Digest] Amazon aerial drones, Facebook friends list hack, Google Nexus handsets vulnerability discovered, Black Friday numbers are released, Steam introduces user reviews, and the Kindle Fire HDX is compared favorably to the iPad Air. Read More first revealed in December 2013.

Bezos reveals, “The Prime Air team is already flight testing our 5th and 6th generation aerial vehicles, and we are in the design phase on generations 7 and 8.” Which is a rather epic achievement for an innovation many people still doubt will ever come to fruition.

Other highlights of the shareholder letter, printed in full on Business Insider, include:

Mayday Tech Advisors have received 35 marriage proposals from customers. 475 customers have asked to talk to Amy, our Mayday television personality.

The Amazon Appstore now serves … over 200,000 apps and games from top developers around the globe – nearly tripling in size over the past year.


Once a year, we offer to pay our associates to quit. The first year the offer is made, it’s for $2,000. Then it goes up one thousand dollars a year until it reaches $5,000.

OpenSSL Author Denies Malicious Intent

The developer responsible for the Heartbleed bug recently discovered in OpenSSL Twitter Mimics Facebook, Heartbleed Bug In OpenSSL, Netflix 4K Streaming [Tech News Digest] Twitter becomes Facebook, Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Update 1, OpenSSL suffers Heartbleed, IE6 declared dead, Netflix streaming in 4K, Sesame GO launches, and Rise Of The Patent Troll. Read More has spoken out to deny accusations he inserted the error on purpose for nefarious reasons. He describes the error as “quite trivial” before explaining how it found its way into the official release channel.

Dr Robin Seggelmann, of Münster in Germany, told the Sydney Morning Herald, “I was working on improving OpenSSL and submitted numerous bug fixes and added new features. In one of the new features, unfortunately, I missed validating a variable containing a length.


He further stated that “it was a simple programming error in a new feature, which unfortunately occurred in a security relevant area. It was not intended at all, especially since I have previously fixed OpenSSL bugs myself, and was trying to contribute to the project.

For more information on the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug Massive Bug in OpenSSL Puts Much of Internet At Risk If you're one of those people who've always believed that open source cryptography is the most secure way to communicate online, you're in for a bit of a surprise. Read More please read our full news piece on the subject.

Google Glass Available To Everyone

Google Glass will soon be available to everyone who wants it. Unfortunately, this offer is for one day only (Tuesday, April 15), applies only to those over 18 and resident in the U.S., and requires interested parties to part with $1500. You can sign up to the program on the Google Glass website.

Gamers Suffer Rage Through Frustration


Video games have long been blamed on many ills in society, not least of which is violence. The argument, as laid out by proponents of a link between violence in video games Six Ultra Violent Video Games That Are Ultra Awesome Video games are an inherently violent art form. Many of the most popular games involve killing hundreds of enemies without so much as a second thought. Call of Duty, the most popular video game ever... Read More and violence in the real world, is that gamers lose the ability to differentiate between the real and the make-believe.

A new study by the University of Oxford suggests this is nonsense. Instead, any added aggression witnessed in gamers is as a result of frustration borne out of failing to win. And the same aggression from incompetency is seen whether gamers are playing violent games or not. The solution? Play games that you can beat rather than games that will have you destroying your controller 7 Video Games So Hard They Will Make You Want To Throw Your Controller One of the major staples of old school video games is the incredible difficulty. I've talked about the level of challenge in older games before in an article about the things I miss most from... Read More .

Amazon Buys ComiXology For Comics

Amazon has acquired digital comics platform ComiXology for an undisclosed sum of money. According to ComiXology CEO David Steinberger, the deal means “the goal of making every person on the planet a comics fan” is “more possible than ever before.

In an open letter on the ComiXology website Steinberger assured fans worried about the acquisition that ComiXology will “retain its identity as an Amazon subsidiary.


Those not convinced by such assurances can rest safe in the knowledge that ComiXology isn’t the only way of buying comic books online 8 Places To Buy Comics Online, Whether You Like It On Paper Or Digital I am presuming here that you the reader are now an adult or at least in your late teens who is probably reading at least a Dan Brown or the latest bestseller on political philosophy.... Read More .

Skype TX Adds “Studio-Grade” Performance

Microsoft has detailed Skype TX Microsoft Introduces Skype TX With Studio Quality Features Microsoft is attempting to make Skype a better, more professional experience with the introduction of Skype TX, promising broadcasters "Studio-grade" performance, thus making their broadcasts better for themselves and their listeners/viewers. Read More , an “easy-to-use hardware and software combination” designed for use by broadcasters. Features include “full frame HD-SDI formats with embedded or balanced audio” and “video and audio … free from all notifications, signals, adverts or pop-ups.” Details on pricing and availability haven’t yet been released.

S.E.L.F.I.E. Isn’t A Late April Fool

And finally, Bradley Cooper’s short arms no longer need to mess with your selfie-taking mojo. This is thanks to S.E.L.F.I.E., the Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine from iStrategyLabs, as noted by Mashable. It isn’t an April Fool, but it is an experiment rather than a buyable product.

Using a two-way mirror, a Mac mini, an Arduino, a webcam, and some LEDs, S.E.L.F.I.E. lets you take selfies to your heart’s content just by standing still and striking a pose. It even posts the resulting photo to Twitter for you. Which is awesome, if not a little disingenuous.

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  1. Jon S
    April 17, 2014 at 9:21 am

    The Google Glass is going cause serious issues.
    Do *you* want someone w/ a Google Glass looking over *your* shoulder while you punch in *your* PIN?
    Didn't think so.
    On the other hand, that feature could really offset the $1500U.S. price.
    Maybe it could pay for itself in the 1st week.

    Have a GREAT day, Neighbors!

  2. Gavin
    April 14, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Regarding the Heartbleed bug; whether it was intentional or not, it put millions of people around the world at risk, and caused frustration. Also, the fact that in cannot be traced, makes this issue worse than it already is. At the same time, it forced people to change their passwords and hopefully choose stronger ones, and also have a better understanding of security.

  3. TxBlackLabel
    April 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Google glasses = too much boring social interaction, only .5 percent (family and friends) care the other 99.5 won't care watching you do day to day activities. Raged Gamer, there is a lot of people like this online, "Mr. I'm a terminating tea bagger", but face to face, limp as a wet noodle. The SELFIE, typical self absorbed generation that has nothing to add to society right now other than taking pictures of themselves, then brag about having hundreds of friends that apparently can't take a picture of them.

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      You're a fan of Google Glass, gaming trolls, and selfies then?! ;)