If you’re considering an Xbox One, you should know there’s no official adapter to connect existing Xbox 360 (or any other) headsets to it. All isn’t lost though. A headset comes with the console, and you can hack it into an adapter that works with your favorite headset. It’s surprisingly easy.
Instructables users octanechicken and DragonballZ Deep both had similar ideas, and both disassembled the Xbox One’s flimsy little headset and turned them into adapters that will work with any other headset you choose to use. The former ended his with a 2.5mm female plug, the latter ended his with a 2.5mm male plug. You can choose the one (links below) that you prefer.
Both mods require you to crack open the headset that shipped with the Xbox One and do a little rewiring, so say goodbye to it—it’s probably no big loss when compared to what you’ll get in the end. You’ll need a soldering iron, but ultimately what you’ll need to do is either cut or desolder the headphone cable, separate the individual wires, and then re-splice them to the adapter you want to use. Each walkthrough explains exactly how to do this. Once you’re all finished, you’ll have an adapter you can plug in to your current headset—or just about any headset on the market—to use with your Xbox One that will be far more comfortable and sound better than the one included in the package.
If I had to pick one, I’d choose octanechicken’s walkthrough, since it’ll work with any headphones you plug directly into it via 2.5mm plug, while DragonballZ Deep’s walkthrough ends with that male plug that you’ll have to plug directly into your headphones, assuming you have headphones that can use a patch cable. Either way, hit the links below, see which one works for your preferred headset, and give it a try.
In advance of Computer Science Education Week, which kicks off on Monday, Code.org has brought together some of the biggest names in the tech industry to teach everyone to code. All it takes is an hour to start learning.
Besides Gates and Zuckerberg, most of the major tech companies (e.g., Amazon, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Apple, Yahoo) are backing this endeavor—and trying to correct the fact that 9 out of 10 US schools don’t even teach programming.
Cyber operations are increasingly important for the NSA. Computer hacks are relatively inexpensive and provide the NSA with opportunities to obtain information that they otherwise would not have access to. The NSA-presentation shows their CNE-operations in countries such as Venezuela and Brazil. The malware installed in these countries can remain active for years without being detected. ‘Sleeper cells’ can be activated with a single push of a button
The malware can be controlled remotely and be turned on and off at will. The ‘implants’ act as digital ‘sleeper cells’ that can be activated with a single push of a button. According to the Washington Post, the NSA has been carrying out this type of cyber operation since 1998.
No company out there wants to admit it, but the fact is, there’s always a reasonable chance they’ll get hacked. If they don’t encrypt your data, those hacks reveal all kinds of information about you very easily. So, to see who’s doing encryption well, the Electronic Frontier Foundation decided to come up with a chart that looks at a number of the big companies.
The EFF looked at major companies like Apple, Amazon, Dropbox, and Google. They then looked at what type of encryption options they offered users and what they use to keep your data out of the hands of hackers. The results are pretty surprising, with some companies, like Comcast and Microsoft not doing very much at all to keep your data safe. You can find the full infographic below, as well as the EFF’s full report.
Photo Streams on iOS are kind of a confusing and horrible way to manage photos, but blogger Ben Walker points out that you can use shared photo streams as a massive storage system without using your iCloud storage space if you use the shared photo stream option.
It turns out that the shared photo streams do not count against your iCloud storage space. So, you can set up a shared photo stream, manually add pictures to it, and then you don’t have to worry about storage space. The sharing limits here are huge. You can store 5000 pictures on your shared photo streams, but you can make 100 different streams. That means you get free storage for about 50,000 photos. The downside is that this isn’t automatic. You have to add photos to shared photo streams manually, but that’s not a bad price to pay for a ton of free storage. Photo streams aren’t exactly intuitive, but if you’re on vacation and need to eek out a bit more space on your device, starting a shared photo stream might be the trick to do it.