Latest Michael Harper Stories

Charging Station Death Prompts Apple To Offer Replacements
2013-08-06 10:23:30

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Following the electrocution and death of a young Chinese woman last month, Apple has said it will begin trading third party power adapters for officially licensed gear. The USB power adapter take-back program allows customers to bring in their third party power adapters to be exchanged for "properly designed" units Apple says are much safer. Beginning August 16, customers can bring any iPad, iPhone or iPod power adapter that did not...

Sophisticated Viruses Update Each Other
2013-07-01 13:26:53

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Microsoft has finally discovered what makes a pair of PC viruses so difficult to get rid of. According to Hyon Choi of Microsoft's Malware Protection Center, the viruses known as Vobfus and Beebone work in concert with each other to not only download newer variants of one another but also avoid most antivirus software. While some software is able to find and destroy one variant of one of the viruses, the second can automatically...

Apple Applies iWatch Trademark In Japan 32213
2013-07-01 10:26:14

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Further fueling the speculation that Apple is looking to build a smartwatch, the Cupertino company has applied for a trademark in Japan for an iWatch. The filings with the Japan Patent Office are dated to the beginning of June, but according to a report in Bloomberg, it was only made public last week. The Japanese filing is listed in a category for hand-held computing and watch-like devices. Should this trademark lead to a real...

Anchor App Encourages Closer Coworkers
2013-06-28 11:25:31

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After years of being wary of becoming Facebook friends with colleagues, it may be hard to bring teams together on social sites. Tomfoolery, a San Francisco startup with some serious tech cred, aims to change this trend with an app called Anchor. Hailed as the "Facebook for work," Anchor exemplifies the modern attitude on work, promoting team relationships and a laid back, fun atmosphere in the work place. Complete with status updates,...

LeaseWeb Deletes Megaupload Servers
2013-06-20 10:03:53

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online What's a hosting provider to do with 630 inactive servers sitting in a cellar that no one has shown interest in for over a year? If you're Europe's LeaseWeb, you simply wipe them clean of any data and put them back into service. The issue with these particular 630 servers, however, is that they once hosted Kim Schmitz's Megaupload, a file storage site which was shut down last January following accusations that the files being stored...

New Research Reveals Origin Of Hoff Yeti Crab
2013-06-19 11:26:51

[WATCH VIDEO: Uncovering History of Yeti Crabs] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For all we know about the natural world, scientists are still finding new creatures and species living in the farthest corners of earth. Just last year, for instance, oceanographers from the University of Oxford and University of Southampton discovered a species of yeti crab covering hydrothermal vents more than a mile below the Southern Ocean. These crabs, later nicknamed...

Eyeball-Licking Fetish Leads To Pink Eye Infections
2013-06-14 12:33:17

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Teenagers from every generation will always find a way to behave in a way that completely confounds adults from generations prior. Flagpole sitting, music festivals, planking and others have been curious yet mostly safe ways for kids to act out. Yet there are other dangerous trends out there that teenagers pick up that are more than confusing -- many of which can be frightening and dangerous. A new story this week describes...

Shift Work May Affect Sleep Patterns In Offshore Workers
2013-05-31 13:47:23

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Working long and late shifts on an offshore oil rig can affect your circadian rhythm, creating sleep troubles, says a new study from the University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway. While this seems like commonly understood logic, researcher Siri Waage with the UiB´s Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care says that the long hours and late nights don´t have the same effect on oil workers on dry land. She studied...

Social App Path In Hot Water Yet Again
2013-05-01 12:16:53

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online One social network is being called out for privacy concerns, and this time it isn´t Facebook. Path, the social app for smaller networks, has been busted before snooping into users´ smartphone address book and keeping these contacts without their permission. These allegations resulted in independent privacy assessments and an $800,000 fine by the Federal Trade Commission. Yesterday, one blogger called the...

Why Koozies Keep Your Beer Cold
2013-04-26 12:01:46

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Countless theories on the best way to quickly cool down a beer (or soda for the teetotalers) have been formed in the past, some of which were even put to the test by the MythBusters. But just as important as cooling beer is the challenge of keeping it cold, an aspect which is suspiciously absent from these frat-born theories. According to a new study published in Physics Today, a koozie is the best defense against condensation...

Word of the Day
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'