If you're into feeling old, this video ought to scratch that itch. The Fine Brothers regularly gather a gaggle of kids together to film them exploring ancient (twenty-year-old) technology, to often hilarious and sometimes profound results. This time, kids have to figure out what a portable cassette player is and how it works. It's pretty wild to watch them go from perplexed to mystified to nearly outraged ("You need headphones just to listen to music?")—and they're nearly horrified at the concept of "rewinding." That said, the Fine Brothers don't tell these kids about that ancient, sacred art of making a mixtape. If these kids knew about mixtapes, they'd probably come around ... Discuss

 

Amazon is about to revolutionize the way you play Angry Birds. The Wire has quoted two Wall Street Journal editors who say that the new product from the online retail giant will use “retina-tracking technology embedded in four front-facing cameras, or sensors, to make some images appear to be 3-D, similar to a hologram." The description leaves a lot to the imagination, but we’re just going to assume it will allow you to easily project fully life-size images of Tupac and the Iron Man suit that will pretty much be indistinguishable from reality. According to the report, the phone should go on sale later this fall ... Discuss

 

In case you've been living under a rock, the Heartbleed bug has swiftly torn down the illusion that our online security is airtight. Nearly a third of all secure websites were swiftly and unequivocally deemed insecure, forcing just about everyone who's been online in any capacity over the past few years to change a few (if not all) of their passwords. But now comes word that while the bug—dubbed "Heartbleed"—may be new to us, the National Security Agency may have known about it for years. And according to anonymous sources, instead of warning the public, they may have been using it to gather intel.

“It flies in the face of the agency’s comments that defense comes first,” Jason Healey, director of the cyber statecraft initiative at the Atlantic Council and a former Air Force cyber officer, told Bloomberg. “They are going to be completely shredded by the computer security community for this.” In the meantime, NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines has declined to comment ...

Update: The White House has denied the report, with National Security Council Spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden saying “Reports that NSA or any other part of the government were aware of the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability before April 2014 are wrong,” Hayden said. “The Federal government was not aware of the recently identified vulnerability in OpenSSL until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report.” Discuss

 

This is "Selfeed," and it's nothing more than a live stream of everything hashtagged "selfie" on Instagram, in real time, flashing in mind-numbing, life-wasting succession. It's also the worse thing in the world—to watch dozens, hundreds even thousands of selfies flash in front of your eyes before you've even had time to take them in. It's what you see before you die, and you can look at it if you want but, be warned: Once you click it, you can never go back ... Discuss

 

Want to get a set of Google Glass for yourself? Up to now, owning a pair of the wearable computer technology was relatively difficult: You had to be a part of the “Explorer” program by applying as a tech developer, getting on a waiting list or receiving a coveted referral. But, as The Verge first reported, on April 15, for one day only, Google will let anyone become an Explorer for the price of $1,500. That will also get you a free pair of custom frames or shades. Google isn’t expected to announce a full consumer release of Glass until later this year, so this may be your last opportunity for a while to get your hands on the technology. That is, if spending $1,500 for your own personal Terminator eye is your thing ... Discuss

 

Photographer and Mars Hill Bellevue pastor Thomas Hurst has invented a new kind of iPhone technology that’s getting a lot of attention. His COVR iPhone case let’s users take pictures while still holding the phone downward. Though, as Wired notes, the lens lets you “take photos on the sly,” Hurst says his invention is about capturing moments that aren’t interrupted (or subjects that aren’t distracted) by holding up a smartphones. So far, Hurst, who is a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and an acclaimed photographer, has raised more than $33,000 of his $80,000 Kickstarter goal, though there are still more than three weeks to go. According to a story in The Christian Post, Hurst’s goal is bigger than just launching a successful tech product—he’s planning on using the money to help pay for his wife’s cancer treatment ... Discuss