August 28, 2014

7:40 PM | Supersize Your DIY Computing With Tiny Titan
Tiny Titan runs a particle simulator. Each Raspberry Pi chip calculates the motion of one set of objects, communicating with its neighbors about the other particles’ locations. On a real supercomputer, this type of code can model galaxies or ocean wave Photo Courtesy of Adam Simpson Oak Ridge National Laboratory is most famously home to the Titan supercomputer, capable of performing more than 20 quadrillion calculations every second. But the lab also houses the lesser known […]

August 27, 2014

6:45 PM | The Rise Of The Crypto Phone
Good luck hacking into this guy. Photograph by Brian Klutch Between revelations of NSA spying and a sense that marketers and hackers are picking our digital pockets, we’re all getting a little edgy about cellular security. Hence the rapid growth of the cryptophone industry. Most of the handsets run on “hardened” versions of Android that make privacy the default for app permissions and network connections. Wary users can also employ tools to convert voice or text messages […]
5:00 PM | Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls
Unencrypted Connection Les Goldsmith Like many of the ultra-secure phones that have come to market in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks, the CryptoPhone 500, which is marketed in the U.S. by ESD America and built on top of an unassuming Samsung Galaxy SIII body, features high-powered encryption. Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, says the phone also runs a customized or "hardened" version of Android that removes 468 vulnerabilities that his engineering team team found in the stock […]
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