Amazon has patented a system that pulls the pointer toward a link or button, just the thing to help you click links — and buy products associated with those links.
Mat Honan tells us the gory details of how he resurrected his digital life after his epic hacking.
Well, at 10am, really.
Our Google+ Hangout with Mat Honan!
The Hangout will occur at 10 a.m. Pacific time, Friday, August 17, on Wired’s Google+ page, which can be accessed here. Please add Wired to your Google+ circles, and listen while we interview the new (and reluctant) poster boy for digital identity theft, asking him some of your user-submitted questions!
Note: A huge THANKS to all our Tumblr friends for sending us your questions yesterday. Tune in to see his answers! We’ll also post the video for y’all next week, so for those of you who can’t “hang” this morning, you can still check it out.
By now, you’ve probably read or heard about Wired staff writer Mat Honan’s journey through digital hell, in which hackers social-engineered Apple into giving them the keys to his digital life, allowing them to scrub his laptop, iPhone and iPad, hijack his and Gizmodo’s Twitter accounts and delete eight-years-worth of email from his Gmail account.
Honan admits to making a number of mistakes — such as failing to enable two-factor authentication and not backing up his data — that allowed the hack to escalate to the point from which there was no return.
In the hope of preventing you from experiencing a similar fate, we’ve listed a number of steps you can take to protect your data and your identity online. While nothing is foolproof — if hackers install a keystroke logging Trojan horse on your computer, all bets are off — these steps will help protect you from the tactics that Honan’s hackers used, and other ones out there.
[Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired]
For $775 million Amazon has acquired robot company Kiva Solutions, looking to “improve productivity” in those fulfillment centers we’ve heard such un-fun things about. Specifically, the little orange bots will bring products to workers, who as of now can walk up to 13 to 15 miles a day hand-picking and delivering items,according to a report from last September. Amazon bought the organization hoping to improve its margins — a packer working with Kiva bots can fulfill three to four times as many orders per hour, according to Kiva via The Wall Street Journal. But it looks like the tech will also reduce the exhausting walking that Amazon warehouse work now requires. […]
The robot to human delivery system will replace this kind of painful-sounding work we hear Amazon’s warehouse workers now experience, as described last September in a Morning Call exposé:
One former temporary warehouse employee said he worked seven months before he was terminated for not working fast enough. In his 50s, he worked 10 hours a day, four days a week as a picker, plucking items from bins and delivering them to packers who put them in boxes for shipment. He would walk 13 to 15 miles daily
Read more. [Image: kiva]
It’s cuter than expected.