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Talking Cyber-Security With Homeland Security Advisor (and Former Hacker) Jeff Moss

Share To get a look at the world of cyber-security from an insider, Switched turned to noted and notorious hacker Jeff Moss, a.k.a Dark Tangent. Moss got his start hacking the phone system before founding DefCon, the long-running annual hacker convention in Las Vegas, in 1992. He then took his l337 skillz to big industry by founding the network security consultancy firm Black Hat. Moss's...

Comedian Frank Caliendo Does 'Street Fighter' Impressions

You may know him primarily for his work as John Madden, Andy Rooney, or one of a hundred other well-known celebrities, but master impressionist and comedian Frank Caliendo recently shed those facades for a rare moment of (somewhat) serious gadget and video games talk. The man of infinite voices told us (in more than one voice, including those of 'Street Fighter' characters) that he juggles his...

The Fray's Dave Welsh Is a Mac Man All the Way

If you've glanced at the Billboard charts, Rolling Stone magazine, or your little sister's iPod over the past few years, you're bound to have seen the name: The Fray. Fronted by the piano-caressing crooner Isaac Slade, this Denver, Colorado four-piece has brought the mellow sounds of Coldplay and U2 back across the pond to great popular acclaim; since its debut in February, the band's most...

James Dyson Explains How New Bladeless 'Air Multiplier' Fan Works

A fan with no blades? Sounds impossible, but when coming from the innovating mind of James Dyson (of the nifty, newfangled vacuum cleaners and hand dryers), maybe it's not so impossible. Then again, maybe that's why Dyson is calling his newest creation the Dyson Air Multiplier instead of the Dyson fan. Well, there is a fan of sorts in the base of the unit, but it's off limits to users because...

Stewart Copeland Double-Fists the BlackBerry and the iPhone

Forever known for his role as the steady hand driving the Police's white-boy reggae (and the lanky American whose surfer-dude demeanor buoyed Sting's British flamboyance), Stewart Copeland has earned his place in the pantheon of pop music. Since those halcyon days, he hasn't exactly retired to the couch, having shared the stage with artists ranging from neo-proggers Oysterhead to alt. rock...

Kim Wayans Writes Children's Books, Reads Amazon Kindle

It's hard to forget Kim Wayans's hilarious impersonations of everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Whitney Houston and Tracy Chapman, and her original characters like Bonita Butrell and Reesie Mayweather. With those characters, Wayans became one of the brightest stars on the hilarious early-'90s sketch comedy show 'In Living Color' along with other members of her famous comedy-showbiz family. (That's...

Atari and Chuck E. Cheese's Founder Writing Sci-Fi Book

Nolan Bushnell has always been a man slightly ahead of his time. After co-founding Atari in 1972 -- and some might say the video game industry as a whole -- he was forced from the company just before it became a multi-billion dollar business. He followed that up by launching the Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant chain, but again left the company in the mid-'80s over a disagreement with management....

Newest 'Two and a Half Men' Regular Uses Un-Hollywood PC and Pre

Unless you're a big fan of 'Two and a Half Men,' you probably haven't heard of Jennifer Taylor (pictured). But if you're one of the millions of viewers who watch the hit Monday night sitcom on CBS, or on countless local stations in syndication, then you probably know that Taylor plays Chelsea, Charlie Sheen's sometime girlfriend (and now fiancee). Next Monday (9/21), Taylor will reprise that...

Rob Zombie Hates Your Cell Phone

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Rob Zombie--rock star, screenwriter, film director, gore-fetishist--has little free time for messing around with all the electronic goodies the rest of us take for granted. But we get it. After all, his latest film, a remake of the classic slasher flick 'Halloween II,' only began filming in late February and yet barely six months later is already in...

Australian Rock Band Jet Collaborates Online, Loves YouTube

Recently, Aussie garage band Jet answered some of our questions about texting, YouTubing, and touring. When brothers Nic and Chris Chester, along with bandmates Cameron Muncey and Mark Wilson aren't on the road, they are either listening to Hall & Oates (so are we!) on their iPods at 5 o'clock in the morning or cracking up to old videos of a toasted Orson Welles. The boys, clad in leather...

Skater Stevie Williams on Watches, Gadgets, and Time-Killers

At last night's G-Shock "Shock the World" event, we caught up with pro skateboarder and soon-to-be watch-designer Stevie Williams to ask about his gadgets du jour. The event was packed with watch aficionados, Williams among them (as a G-Shock ambassador who is anticipating his own watch design). Last night also saw the debut of tattoo artist Mr. Cartoon's clown-emblazoned timepiece, of course, but...

Greg Grunberg's Secret HDTV Viewing Habits (and New iPhone App)

Like Heather Locklear of 'Dynasty,' 'TJ Hooker,' 'Melrose Place' and 'Spin City' fame, Greg Grunberg is one of those actors fortunate to have starred in three back-to-back hit series. His first big roles came in the J.J.-Abrams-produced 'Felicity' and 'Alias,' but now he is best known for the NBC show 'Heroes,' in which he plays Matt Parkman, a policeman who can hear what other people are...

When Not Holding a Mic, 'Idol' Brooke White Holds a Wii-Mote

'American Idol' finalist (Season 7) Brooke White may take her inspiration from the past -- sweeping national audiences (and Simon and Randy) off their feet with her knock-out renditions of Beatles and Carly Simon tunes on TV last season -- but she's firmly in the present when it comes to technology. White tweets, texts, and plays Wii, among many other gadget-oriented activities. Just a week...

Michael Ian Black Has Some Gadget Issues

Comedian Michael Ian Black is perhaps best known for his work on 'The State,' the early '90s MTV sketch comedy show that also launched the careers of director David Wain ('Role Models'), comedian Ken Marino ('Party Down'), and Michael Showalter ('Stella'). Fans of that show are rejoicing, because 'The State' just came out on DVD -- good timing considering Black this month debuted a new comedy...

What's Your Biggest Video Game Win? (We Asked These Pro Players.)

Just as there's plenty of video-game-induced damage, there are also plenty of glorious wins. We know it's not the point, but then again, when it comes to video games, winning is kind of all the matters, right? Especially when professional gamers (as in, folks who work in the electronic entertainment industry) are involved. Last week's 'Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles was the...