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In the Tech: Evil 3D printing and Instagram Anniversary

I’ve often talked about 3D printers and how they can and will take an ugly turn some day. It seems that day is going to come sooner than later. A hacker has created a key that can be printed by a 3D printer and opens the doors for criminals, literally. The key, which still needs to be cut with a laser cutter after being printed, can open handcuffs made by German and English handcuff manufacturers. What’s worse? He is open sourcing the design and uploading CAD files to let anyone produce these keys. This doesn’t just spell bad for business but also for law enforcement agencies who’ll now have fake keys floating around, just like the government has to deal with fake notes.

Hacker Opens High Security Handcuffs With 3D-Printed And Laser-Cut Keys – ForbesTwo 3D-printed and one laser-cut copy of restricted handcuff keys. (Click to enlarge.) The security of high-end handcuffs depends on a detainee not having access to certain small, precisely-shaped objects. In the age of easy 3D printing and other DIY innovations, that assumption may no longer apply. In a workshop Friday at […]

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The second interesting link I came across today was about Instagram’s second year anniversary. Open it to check out the photo that began a wave that continues today with 50 million users and 1 Billion photos…

2 Years Later: The First Instagram PhotoTwo years ago today, we tested the first photo upload to an app we called Codename. Three months later, in October 2010, Instagram launched to the public. Today, 1 year and 9 months later, over 50 million people have shared more than 1 billion photos on Instagram.

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