The Nextdoor App Is Making My Neighborhood Safer

My neighborhood is experiencing a crime wave. Just on my block in the last week, several packages were stolen from doorsteps and tires have been slashed on at least two cars. I found all of this out from an app that's quickly becoming our neighborhood's best security system. "I heard it from Fred two doors down" is… » 3/27/15 12:00pm 9 minutes ago

Create an Ultra-Secure, Easy-to-Remember Passphrase Using Dice

So you replaced the letter "e" with "3" and capitalized a random letter, and now you think your password is secure? Nope. Hackers (and the NSA) know those tricks, too. That's why you should use this crazy dice technique to create a practically unbreakable passphrase. » 3/27/15 11:20am 49 minutes ago

The Nine Best Hoaxes to Have Hit Wikipedia

Snappy & Friends, a short animated show sponsored by Kellog's Rice Krispies, first aired sometime in 1949. In 1968, a visionary toy scientist named Alex Cartwright created an artificially intelligent robotic arm that could play full games of Stratego, Battleship, and Candyland, to the delight and vague unsettlement of… » 3/27/15 11:13am 56 minutes ago

The fascinating underworld living in flood channels beneath Las Vegas

Around 400 people live inside the flood channels underneath Las Vegas and it's such a fascinating underworld that is so different from the neon-lit indulgence and styrofoam extravagance that Sin City is known for. Matthew O'Brien has been visiting the community for 12 years and takes a tour of it in this video. » 3/27/15 10:05am Today 10:05am

The Dying Aral Sea Is Like an Abstract Depiction of Human Stupidity

This beautiful satellite image shows one of the most saddening long-term natural disasters on Earth. The black patch in the upper left corner is the remaining body of the Aral Sea, located on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia—which has lost around 90 percent of its water volume since 1960… » 3/27/15 7:55am Today 7:55am

When an Iceberg the Size of a Country Breaks Free, What Happens?

You never forget the first time you see an iceberg. The horizon of a ship at sea is a two dimensional space and to see a three dimensional piece of ice appear in the ocean is quite something. But, in truth, the first iceberg you see is likely to be small. Most icebergs that make it far enough north from Antarctica to… » 3/27/15 4:30am Today 4:30am

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Don't Be A Statistic: Be Smarter About Protecting Your Passwords

It's embarrassing and a bit terrifying, but it's time to admit an Internet behavior that many are guilty of. Nobody is proud of it, but it's happening in staggering numbers: password laziness. Chances are your password choice is not enough to guard your most important financial information, your clients' documents, or… » 2/18/15 4:00pm 2/18/15 4:00pm

Dollar Shave Club Delivers You Fresh Razors for a Few Bucks a Month

It's no secret that shaving with a fresh razor blade feels great. But razor prices are so high people try to make their blades last for weeks at a time. Doing so causes cuts, skin irritation, and generally painful shaves. But with Dollar Shave Club you can always get a smooth shave with a fresh razor because they… » 3/06/15 1:31pm 3/06/15 1:31pm