Matt’s Favorites: Come To LTU Jan. 31; Mars Science, Bad Matches, And Nukes

SOUTHFIELD — So what’s the latest in the endlessly fun world of high technology? Here’s your daily fix…

* But of course I still think you should join us Jan. 31 at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield as we resume our monthly series of tech events, Last Thursdays Unwired @ LTU. This month we’re talking IT security — how to keep your family’s and your business’ information safe. Joining me will be a terrific panel of experts, including Detective Jerry DeRosia of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes Unit; Adam Goslin, COO of Rochester-based High Bit Security LLC; and Paul Chambers, CEO of Core3 Solutions of Birmingham. Bring your most vexing security questions. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the program runs from 8 to 9:15. It’s all free; coffee and donuts on us. Register at

* The boss of NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover talks about the microwave-sized space veteran’s future on its 10th birthday. And if you fancy a trip to Mars, check out these panoramas.

* A Las Vegas woman sues after a scorned date tries to kill her. (And I’m sorry, but doesn’t this guy’s face scream ‘psycho’?)

* Speaking of creeps, women are suing in Texas over the posting of ‘revenge porn’ by jilted ex-boyfriends.

* And more creepily, oh joy, more nuclear saber-rattling by North Korea.

* And if that’s not enough to make you sick, a new strain of the stomach bug norovirus is sweeping the United States.

* And here’s the technology they used to get those amazing pictures of a giant squid.

* Speaking of potentially amazing pictures, it looks like J.J. Abrams will direct the next Star Wars movie.

* Turns out one of Earth’s lowliest creatures, the dung beetle, navigates by the stars.

* And here’s the tech earnings roundup for Samsung, Microsoft and AT&T.

* NASA test fires a vintage Apollo rocket engine. Guess what: Still works perfectly.

* The Germans plan to build a hypersonic suborbital space plane that will whisk you from Europe to Australia in 50 minutes.

* And finally, Cisco opts to leave the consumer market, selling Linksys to Belkin.


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