How to hack your air conditioner thermostat to make a wall explode

Sponsored by the game Watch Dogs, the folks at RatedRR explain how you can hack into anything in real life—from cameras to AC units to smart power outlets to wireless LED lights—to use those home devices as remote bomb detonators. And of course, their demonstration includes actual bombs and explosions for your cheering … » 4/01/14 1:53pm 4/01/14 1:53pm

New Netflix Phishing Scam Tricks You Into Calling Fake "Tech Support"

If the screen below has ever popped up as you were supposedly logging into Netflix, we've got some bad news for you. No, it's not your Netflix account—that's perfectly safe (at least for now). But if you followed the instructions on the screen, you've been duped by a new phishing scheme that seems so painfully obvious, … » 3/03/14 12:23pm 3/03/14 12:23pm

Target Hackers Also Swiped Personal Info of 70 Million Customers

So remember a few weeks ago when Target admitted that hackers had swiped the data of 40 million customers, but no one needed to worry because it was all encrypted? Well, Target's starting to realize that quite a bit more data was swiped than it previously thought—specifically, the names, mailing addresses, phone… » 1/10/14 9:46am 1/10/14 9:46am

Get This App That Lets You Secretly Save Snapchats While You Still Can

Dick pic enthusiasts and general voyeurs, rejoice! The new app SnapHack lets you effortlessly download any Snap (pic and video alike) without the person on the other end ever having any idea that their privacy has just been demolished. » 10/15/13 12:30pm 10/15/13 12:30pm

A $10 Hack Fixes One of Apple’s Most Annoying Product Design Missteps

Apple's stock headphones aren't exactly the most-loved product in the company's oeuvre, even after Jony Ive's team revamped them last year. Yet they're free (with purchase) and produced by the millions. So Sprng, an inexpensive little plastic do-dad that makes them useful, is worth paying attention to. » 8/05/13 5:05pm 8/05/13 5:05pm

The Shark Fin: How to Shotgun Your Beer With Class


Beer cans, once the vessels of crap beer only, have recently been embraced by craft brewers nationwide. It's a beer can renaissance! But despite the surge in popularity, beer cans aren't perfect. Invert the can too quickly and you're going to get a very uneven pour and a mouthful of air. But this simple hack, known as… » 8/02/13 5:00pm 8/02/13 5:00pm

What's Your Favorite Life Hack for Technology?

Because smart people who are good at solving problems with DIY methods or life hacks also happen to be very good at the Internet and because people who are good at the Internet also happen to be very good at finding DIY methods or life hacks to solve problems, it seems like we've come to a point where we already know… » 7/29/13 10:00pm 7/29/13 10:00pm

Sky's Apps Have Been Hacked And Are Off Google Play

The British Sky Broadcasting Group has removed their Android apps (Sky News, Sky Go, Sky+ and Sky Wi-Fi) from Google Play because of concerns that the Syrian Electronic Army has hacked the apps. Sky is advising users to delete the apps while they respond to the problem. » 5/26/13 12:15pm 5/26/13 12:15pm

Free In-App Purchases Hack Will Be Dead in iOS 6

Late last week, Apple told developers that they'd have to use a workaround in their apps to prevent the in-app purchasing hack—which lets users avoid paying for in-app purchases— but that the same solution would also be rolled in iOS 6 as standard. Now, Alexey Borodin, the Russian behind the discovery, claims the… » 7/23/12 8:45am 7/23/12 8:45am