Google had a close call in October when someone took it upon themselves to purchase Google.com via Google Domains. Sanmay Ved paid just $12 for the most well-known URL on the planet and had the order cancelled in just 60 seconds by the search engine giant.
Google later did send Ved an undisclosed sum for the purchase, and it was announced in a blog post by Google earlier this week.
“You may have read about Sanmay Ved, a researcher from who was able to buy google.com for one minute on Google Domains. Our initial financial reward to Sanmay—$ 6,006.13—spelled-out Google, numerically (squint a little and you’ll see it!). We then doubled this amount when Sanmay donated his reward to charity.”
The clever numeric representation of “Google” should send some laughable good will among white hat hackers and innovative cyber security researchers, especially those interested to participate in finding internet security vulnerabilities within Google software via the Vulnerability Reward Program.
As it turns out, clever internet hi-jinks can and do pay off.
Thoughts of your own? Let us know in the comments.
Motorola has continued its long partnership with Verizon Wireless and the age-old Droid Moniker. The Droid Turbo 2 follows up its first generation model with an indestructible plastic screen known as ShatterShield, a larger 5.4” screen, yet featuring a svelter and sexier body in addition to other spec upgrades. These changes are testament to the changing market of consumer desires–larger screens, bigger batteries, and more rugged design features that still give a relatively nice feel in hand with elegant notes of style. Read on down for the full review on Verizon Wireless’ Motorola Droid Turbo 2.
The content management system WordPress comes with a default installation that leaves a lot to be desired. Whilst the system installs and is capable of running a website from the moment the installation is complete, there are many features that are missing. Here we provide a list of recommended WordPress plugins that can extend the default installation well beyond its initial limited capabilities:
Does your WordPress site not yet offer a mobile-ready version that will display a slimmed down version of the website for small mobile devices or tablets? WPtouch Pro provides new features for mobile users accessing the site, including alternative content delivery, e-commerce support, and mobile advertising instead of desktop advertising.
In case you missed it, Indie Arcade, an annual event hosted by the Smithsonian Museum of Art and American University’s Game Lab, featured 20 indie game developers this year. The games ranged from tabletop to choose-your-own-adventure to VR, most of them family-friendly and nonviolent. Although only the pop-up event was open for six hours, Indie Arcade pulled in over 4,000 people and exposed the public to the lesser known side of gaming. Below are some of the games we thought were pretty cool:
Dead Man’s Trail
Dead Man’s Trail is a zombie mobile game for both iOS and Android. Similar to the Oregon Trail series, the player will select a vehicle, keep the travelers happy (and healthy), and stock up on supplies in randomly generated cities. Unlike Oregon Trail, the player can loot in cities. However, taking too much will slow down the travelers as they run from the zombie horde back to their vehicle. Currently the release date is unknown.
The Town of Light
Winner of several awards, including GDC Awards’ Excellence in Story & Storytelling , The Town of Light takes place in a psychiatric hospital where the player will discover what’s happened to the other patients. Based on real places and events, The Town of Light gives us a glance of the history of psychiatric therapy, and it’s pretty scary. The Town of Light will be released on February 26th and will be compatible with the Oculus Rift.
Two players will face off and steal as much money as possible, even from each other in this strategy game. Play as animal banditos, shooting banks for their gold, and your opponents to steal. Winner of several awards last year, Fuego! is a fun PC game where the player will solve abstract problems and predict his opponent’s moves. Fuego! is currently available on Steam and Windows.
Trackoons is a silly little game similar to Mario Kart. Play with seven other local players as stuffed raccoons running a race. The only problem is that all of them are too full to jump the hurdles! Players will swap with each other to hit an obstacle and force each other to quit the race in downtown Toronto. Winner is the last survivor. Trackoons is available for free here.
SpaceX has released new footage of its successful Falcon 9 launch, payload delivery, and landing back on Earth on December 21. The video shows the Falcon team erupting in excitement during all stages of the Falcon 9 mission with amped up music (Absolution Calling by Incubus) and lots of cheering in the background. The Falcon 9 delivered 11 satellites into orbit while landing the first stage rocket back on the ground in Florida. It was also the first successful landing of Elon Musk’s first stage rocket after two failed previous attempts. The launch was only weeks after Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin landing of the New Shepard rocket in Texas.