C.S. Magor

C.S. Magor is the editor-in-chief at Uberreview.com, which has been committed to bringing readers the latest science, technology and gadget news since 2004. We tackle the big stories, the little stories and everything in between with a sense of humor and a pinch of fun.

Google Said to Be Readying iOS 6 Native Maps

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A set of mysterious screen shots that surfaced on Sunday are reported to belong to an alpha version of a native Google Maps app running on an iPhone 5. If the whole Apple Maps fiasco is getting you down, take heart. If a recent rumors is to be believed, Google’s hard at work on a native version for iOS 6. According to San Francisco developer Ben Guild, the application is vector-based, features two-feature rotation to any angle, and supports the full… continue…

Lockitron Monitors Your Front Door by Smartphone

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Meet the Lockitron, a door lock that allows you to access your home via your smartphone. It isn’t the first phone-based door lock system we have seen, but it definitely looks to be the most intuitive. What sets the Lockitron apart is that it can be installed on a home’s existing locks, a process that the manufacturer claims can be performed on most standard deadbolts in less than a minute. Once installed, things start to get interesting. A user can… continue…

Irony: McAfee, Trust Guard Certifications Invite Trouble

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These days it’s tough to find an online merchant that doesn’t display either a McAfee Secure or Trust Guard logo somewhere. The marks indicate that the websites undergo vigorous daily security scans. We consumers are then meant to feel safe to shop away in confidence that our credit card details won’t end up in the wrong hands. Now, a pair of security consultants is arguing that the programs may inadvertently place websites at greater risk. Unintended Consequences The problem isn’t… continue…

Hitachi Makes Data Practically Eternal

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A novel long-term data storage technology from Hitachi may be able to preserve binary code for hundreds of millions of years. Hundreds. Of. Millions. The technology uses a high-precision laser to print dots of binary code across a square of quartz glass. The means for reading the data seems somewhat cumbersome, however, involving coupling an optical microscope to a compatible computer. Hitachi claims the technology is practically fireproof — one of the tests involved the retrieval of data after heating… continue…

Miracast Lets Mobile Players Take Aim at AirPlay

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The WiFi Alliance has taken the wraps off a certification program for Miracast, a new wireless technology that allows streams video from mobile devices to television sets. Miracast is essentially a beefed-up version of WiFi Direct, an earlier streaming technology developed by Intel that failed to gain traction – possibly because it was tough to use. What makes Miracast interesting is not so much what it does as who is involved. The list of device manufacturers behind it includes LG,… continue…

Kickstarter Project Could Make High-Res 3D Affordable

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A 3D printer that’s said to deliver 25-micron resolution has been successfully funded on Kickstarter. 3D printing is experiencing something of a surge at the moment. Given ongoing improvements to printing technology and the falling costs of printers, it’s no surprise. Here’s the thing: While there are a number of affordable 3D printers on the market, most of them are not particularly precise. The MakerBot Replicator 2, for example, boasts 100-micron resolution, which can be a problem if you want… continue…

Sony’s New PlayStation 3 Will Be a Tough Sell

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Sony has lifted the lid on what might be its least exciting console-related grand unveiling to date – the redesigned PlayStation 3. Give credit where credit is due: The updated PlayStation is 25 percent slimmer than the previous version, and 50 percent slimmer than the portly first generation model. It looks good, but it’s still a PlayStation 3 that rehashes an almost decade-old piece of gaming equipment. Meanwhile, Nintendo has a new console ready to roll, and Microsoft is putting… continue…

This Robot Doesn’t Want to be Your Overlord

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Boston-based Rethink Robotics may soon help smaller manufacturers take advantage of newer, friendlier mechanical colleagues. Until now, small- to medium-sized businesses have faced significant obstacles to robot use. Money, comes to mind. But with Baxter, its two-armed robot, Rethink may have overcome these obstacles. First, and most importantly, Baxter is capable of “learning” to perform through actions rather than code. To teach Baxter a task, a human worker guides it through the actions it has to perform. Another significant problem… continue…

Simple Theft: No FBI Conspiracy in Apple UDID Hack

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First, hackers affiliated with Anonymous claimed they’d gained access to the laptop of an FBI agent, along with a database of more than 12 million Apple unique device identifiers. To prove it, they released a redacted list of some 1 million of them. Then, the FBI denied the claims, and Apple unambiguously said the UDIDs hadn’t come from them. So, obviously, somebody’s wasn’t being entirely honest. Had Apple and the FBI been cooperating in order to secretly monitor digital communications?… continue…

Smartphones Help Detect Mines in Cambodia

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Red Lotus Technologies is in the process of putting the finishing touches on a landmine sensing device that uses a smartphone to determine what is under the ground. The technology is called PETALS (Pattern Enhancement Tool for Assisting Landmine Sensing). The device pairs an acoustic sensor with a smartphone and uses the phone’s processor to determine what is lying under the soil and display it on the phone’s screen. If everything works out, it could cut equipment cost, as it… continue…