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Hackers Target Babies, Google Fun Facts!… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 03-09-2015

Hackers spy on babies, Google kills your curiosity, Hulu drops the ads, Cortana translates your nonsense, Obama loves selfie sticks, and an honest look at Metal Gear Solid.


Hackers Can Spy on Your Baby Monitor

Some Internet-connected baby monitors How To Build Your Own Baby Monitor If you're a recent parent, you've probably considered getting some sort of baby monitor. You possibly considered the utility of a video monitor and then you may or may not have balked at the exorbitant... Read More have serious security flaws which could allow hackers to spy on the babies being watched over. That’s according to computer security firm Rapid7 Inc., which tested a selection of the most popular Internet-connected baby monitors to find out how safe they are.

It turns out they’re not that safe at all, as all of those tested were found to have some kind of security problem. However, some were found have major flaws allowing hackers to view images and footage from afar. Essentially allowing those who are so inclined to do so to spy on sleeping babies.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the flaws found potentially allow hackers to “log in at will to view the stream of any camera” without the need of a password, or use a “brute force” attack to watch a live stream of a camera broadcasting online. Which is all rather worrying, if not completely new information How Easy Is It For Someone To Hack Your Webcam? Read More .

The advice to anyone who owns an Internet-connected baby monitor is to use strong passwords, keep the device fully updated at all times, and to disconnect it when it’s not in use. Beyond that, we’re all just reliant on hackers not being creepy enough to want to spy on children.

Google Has Some Fun Facts For You


Google has a new trick up its sleeve, and its one that could provide hours of fun for anyone stuck at home in need of some simple entertainment. In fact, it could be described more accurately as infotainment or edutainment, as you’re likely to learn something in the process.

Simply type “fun facts” into Google Search, and you’ll be presented with a fun fact pulled at random from the millions of websites indexed by Google. Hit the “Ask Another Question” button, and Google will change the query to, “I’m feeling curious,” giving you another fun fact from its arsenal.

Google has always offered these extra little options to help shortcut the search process. We previously listed a bunch of Google Search tips 8 Google Search Tips To Keep Handy At All Times Figures don't lie, and the figures suggest that the majority of Internet users choose Google over the rest of the competition. With that in mind it's important to make sure all of those Google users... Read More , including how to instantly check stock prices and weather in certain locations. But this new one seems particularly inspired. And fun. Just like Google’s new logo Google Unveils New Logo, Wikipedia Bans Bad Editors... [Tech News Digest] Google brightens up its logo, Wikipedia breaks protection racket, Amazon Prime lets you download videos, Colbert voices Waze, CBS streams NFL, and Jimmy Kimmel makes enemies of gamers. Read More .

Hulu Drops the Ads, For a Price

Hulu has finally listened to the demands of its users to drop the ads, introducing a new tier to its streaming service completely devoid of commercials. Unfortunately, removing the ads will cost you an extra $4 every month on top of the $8 Hulu already charges for Hulu Plus Hulu Plus vs. iTunes vs. Netflix vs. Amazon Instant Video: Which Is Best? Hulu. iTunes. Netflix. Amazon Instant Video. The lifeblood of online cinema and television. The new wave of home media. The providers of endless entertainment in which pants are not necessarily required. They are the contenders... Read More .


Hulu subscribers now have three distinct options: Hulu, which has limited content and ads but is free to use; Hulu Plus, which has all available content and ads but costs $7.99-per-month; and Hulu No Commercials, which has all available content and no ads but costs $11.99-per-month.

This is a good move for Hulu, at least giving viewers a choice, However, Netflix is priced at $8-per-month and never shows ads, while Amazon Prime Is Amazon Prime Worth Your Money? We Help You Decide! Amazon Prime is a big deal. But is it worth the money you pay for it? We answer your questions and concerns. Read More (which gives you access to Instant Video) is priced at $99-per-year (or $8.25-per-month) and also never shows ads. So, there’s still some room for maneuver.

Cortana Ups Its Translating Game

Cortana How Cortana Became The "Other Woman" In My Life She appeared one day and changed my life. She knows exactly what I need and has a wicked sense of humour. It's little wonder that I've fallen for the charms of Cortana. Read More is becoming more useful by the day, with Microsoft announcing she is now able to translate words and phrases in almost 40 languages. This means anyone with Windows 10 can ask Cortana Cortana Arrives on the Desktop & Here's What She Can Do for You Is Microsoft's intelligent digital assistant as competent on the Windows 10 desktop as she is on Windows Phone? Cortana has a lot of expectation on her shoulders. Let's see how she holds up. Read More to translate from one language to another, and she should comply with an instant translation.

This feature is currently only available in the United States and China, but is promised to be rolled out to more countries “in the near future”. The languages available include Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Urdu, Welsh, and… Klingon.


President Obama Uses a Selfie Stick

It’s difficult to say whether the selfie stick craze Battle of the Selfie Sticks [Round-Up Review and Giveaway] A week can't go by without somewhere banning their elongated presence. Despite this, selfie sticks are as popular as ever. We thought it was worth having a look at what's out there. Read More is over or not. People are still buying them, but supply seems to be outstripping demand already. However, it seems dear ol’ Barack Obama didn’t get the memo telling him the world has moved on from selfie sticks.

The U.S. President is currently touring Alaska to see for himself what effect climate change is having on glaciers. And using a selfie stick to document his findings. Which is fine, obviously.

After all, climate change is an important issue, so tackling it head-on is exactly what world leaders should be doing. Unfortunately, just as everybody else in the world, Obama looks a little silly when using a selfie stick I Acted Like A Prick With a Selfie Stick, Here's How People Reacted Basically, no one reacted. No glares, shouted warnings, or lobbed projectiles. People just weren't that fussed. Read More . Especially when he’s shooting video rather than a selfie.


Metal Gear Solid: The Honest Game Trailer

And finally, with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain having been released, now seems as good a time as any to take an honest look back over Hideo Kojima’s groundbreaking series 3 Games You Probably Never Knew Were Created By Metal Gear's Hideo Kojima Of course, while he is known for Metal Gear, Kojima has worked on plenty of other games throughout his illustrious career. Although the quantity of games is no where near some of the other greats,... Read More . Which is exactly what YouTubers Smosh have done with their latest Honest Game Trailers segment.

Let’s be honest about it, Metal Gear Solid is equal parts amazing and odd. It has more WTF?! moments than probably any other game series ever produced, and only the bravest souls would even attempt to figure out the twisting, torturous plot. Still, The Phantom Pain does look rather epic.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you worried about hackers spying on babies? Will you be asking Google to provide some fun facts? Are you willing to pay more for an ad-free version of Hulu? Are you actively using Cortana yet? Do you support Obama’s use of selfie sticks? What is your honest opinion of the Metal Gear Solid series?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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