Slickwraps apologizes to customers after comically bad data breach

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  • Slickwraps apologizes to customers after comically bad data breach

    Slickwraps, which makes vinyl skins for phones, tablets, and other electronics, announced last week that it suffered a data breach. The announcement came after many customers received an email from Slickwraps that appeared to be sent by a hacker claiming to have stolen customer data.

    What’s unusual about this case is how the hacker apparently breached Slickwraps’ systems: not by discovering the vulnerability on their own, but by reading a now-deleted Medium post from an anonymous fellow hacker. The takeaway is that Slickwraps may have had comically bad security, leaving it both wide open to breaches like this and flat-footed when it came to responding to any concerns brought to its attention.

    In its blog post, Slickwraps said customer…

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  • Music Fingers is the newest weird beat-making gadget

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    The trend of gadgets that rethink the physical ways we make music is continuing with a little wearable device called Music Fingers. It literally puts music at your fingertips, and lets you physically tap out beats.

    It’s a clip-like device that’s goes on your finger, and sort of looks like any pulse reader you’d see in a hospital. The clip then connects to the Music Fingers app on your smartphone via Bluetooth, where sounds or loops can be assigned to the clip’s two buttons. Then, start playing by tapping away on any surface.

    It’s just one example of a weirdo gadget for making beats — and there have been a lot of attempts at making these kinds of gadgets. There’s Oddball, which is an actual bouncy ball that’s also a drum machine. There’s…

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  • Fraidycat is a fantastic new app for keeping tabs on your favorite internet gems

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    Keeping up to speed with the galactic firehouse of daily internet detritus that gets blasted at our eyeballs every minute of every day can be a taxing endeavor. It often involves using RSS readers, Twitter lists, YouTube and Twitch channel notifications, and all-too-frequent email inbox refreshing, among dozens of other methods for staying on top of your favorite internet oddities and sifting through all the junk to find them.

    Thankfully, something like Fraidycat now exists.

    A free, open source tool released late last year and significantly updated just yesterday, Fraidycat works as a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox or as an app for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It bundles together all of your favorite internet stuff into one…

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  • The Smithsonian has released more than 2.8 million images you can use for free

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    The Smithsonian Institution is releasing 2.8 million high-res images from its massive collection into the public domain, putting them online for anyone to use and download for free. The open-access online platform will include 2D and 3D images from its 19 museums, nine research centers, archives, libraries, and the National Zoo, Smithsonian Magazine reports.

    “Being a relevant source for people who are learning around the world is key to our mission,” Effie Kapsalis, the Smithsonian’s senior digital program officer, says. “We can’t imagine what people are going to do with the collections. We’re prepared to be surprised.”

    A quick scan of the Smithsonian’s access platform gives users a small taste of what’s included in the enormous…

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