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Rafe Needleman

San Francisco, CA
As seen in:  Yahoo, CNET

Editor in Chief at Maker Media, Geek Dad, Skeptic

Block the Car Door Relay Hack with a Faraday Cage

makezine.com — Is your car door safe from electronic hackers? If you've seen the news lately ( Wired; New York Times), you might be worried that bad guys are now able to steal the electronic codes you car key sends when it unlocks your car from a distance using your remote.

6 Life Lessons from Robot Combat

makezine.com — While I was watching BattleBots with my 9-year-old son, he learned a valuable life lesson when the Overhaul team captain, Adam Bercu, refused to shake hands with Lock-Jaw driver Donald Hutson after a perceived illegal hit during a battle. "Why did he not shake hands?" my boy asked.

The Physics of a Record-Breaking Hot Wheels Loop

makezine.com — DETROIT-When you are trying to send Hot Wheels cars through a giant loop, you can tell you're getting a good run by the sound. If it's consistent and quiet, like a drop of water sizzling on a hot skillet, you're got a shot to make the loop.

I Wore the Ekso Bionics Industrial Exoskeleton

makezine.com — "You should come to our office and try on our exoskeleton," Nathan Harding told me at a group dinner. That is an offer a nerd cannot refuse. So I went. Harding is CEO of Ekso Bionics, a company that has been making battery-powered exoskeletons for medical and rehabilitation applications.

Vehicles star in upcoming ‘Skylanders SuperChargers'

yahoo.com — Due out September 20 for most home consoles, the fifth game in the series amps up the action by introducing 20 different vehicles to Skylands. They'll come in land, sea, and air varieties, so expect a colorful assortment of tanks, dragsters, submarines, choppers, and jets to clutter up your living room this fall.

Apple Delay Means Pebble Time Smartwatch Buyers May Get Watch Without Necessary Software

yahoo.com — Pebble recently began sending very happy emails: It is telling backers of its Kickstarter campaign for the new Pebble Time smartwatch that their watches are on the way. But then Pebble dropped a bomb: The iOS software necessary to set up and use the Pebble Time watch with an iPhone is "still in review," at Apple.
Jun 03, 2015

RT @YahooTech: Apple Delay Means Pebble Time Smartwatch Buyers May Get Watch Without Necessary Software yhoo.it/1ePTurk pic.twitter.com/ZPYFkzaUHa

Jun 03, 2015

A bug-fix update to @Pebble's iOS app for the Pebble Time has been "in review" at the App Store for 43 days: yahoo.com/tech/apple-del… Hmmmm.

Jun 03, 2015

RT @robpegoraro: A bug-fix update to @Pebble's iOS app for the Pebble Time has been "in review" at the App Store for 43 days: yahoo.com/tech/apple-del… Hmmmm.

Exclusive Deals on Tech Gifts for the Modern Dad

yahoo.com — Yes, they may spend their days coveting the latest technology, but what they crave most, in my experience, is a dank cave where the air is sweetly fouled by the aroma of cigar smoke and there's a complete absence of window treatments or cleaning products. The man cave: Every man hankers for one.

Google Improves the World’s Cheapest Virtual Reality Headset

yahoo.com — Google is continuing its push into the virtual world with a second version of Cardboard, its smartphone holder that converts any phone into a display for a virtual reality headset. The company also announced a new rig to hold cameras for creating surround video, software to stitch the images together into a cohesive VR scene, and a program to bring virtual reality "field trips" to schools.

104,000 taxpayers have personal info stolen from IRS website

yahoo.com — FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS.

Other Space Director Paul Feig: Virtual Reality is No Joke

yahoo.com — To check out one possible future of video entertainment, I recently took a trip to the headquarters of the virtual reality content company, Jaunt VR, in Palo Alto, California. Then I talked with one man who is using VR and other new forms of video to tell stories: the writer, director, and actor Paul Feig.
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