Ben Heck Shows You How To Build an Apple-1 Replica From Scratch

Few of us have the $905,000 needed to purchase one of the remaining original Apple-1 computers that *Steve Wozniak built in Steve Jobs' garage, but modder-extraordinaire Ben Heck has the next best thing: a new three-part series of tutorial videos showing you how to build a fully-functional Apple-1 replica from scratch. » 11/10/14 11:08am 11/10/14 11:08am

Hackers Ravaged Home Depot With a Password Stolen from a Vendor

Earlier this year Home Depot confirmed that 56 million cards had been compromised in one of the biggest retail security breaches in history. Now we know that much like the Target hack—which was traced to a heating company—Home Depot was infiltrated by custom malware and passwords stolen from a third party vendor. » 11/06/14 6:57pm 11/06/14 6:57pm

Smartwatches Fulfill Their True Destiny With a Game Boy Emulator

Google and Apple can pitch them as productivity tools all they want, but the real reason anyone would strap a smartwatch to their wrist is as a more covert way to kill time and avoid boredom. So it's good to know that when your Twitter and Facebook feeds run dry, you can always boot up a Game Boy emulator on your… » 10/14/14 8:50am 10/14/14 8:50am

Hack-O-Lantern Turns Your Kid's Pumpkin Into an Interactive Spooker

Except for maybe the addition of child-safe power tools, not much has changed in decades when it comes to carving a Jack-o-lantern. But if you want Halloween to be about more than gutting a pumpkin and sugar rushes, LittleBits has come out with a simple kit that turns a Jack-o-lantern into a lesson about basic… » 10/03/14 8:47am 10/03/14 8:47am

How to Hack an Inkjet to Print Custom-Colored Makeup

After graduating from Harvard, Grace Choi decided that she wanted to target the makeup industry with a low-cost device that would actually let consumers simply print their own. And while she's working on perfecting (and raising the needed funding) to put her Mink printer into production, she's created a tutorial on … » 9/22/14 5:30pm 9/22/14 5:30pm

GE's New Chip Lets You Easily Hack and Mod Its Appliances

At one time hardware manufacturers frowned on consumers trying to hack or modify their products, but they're slowly coming around to the idea. In fact, GE finally sees being able to hack an appliance as a value-added feature, so the company is releasing an interface board that makes it easy to mod your fridge, dryer,… » 9/22/14 12:21pm 9/22/14 12:21pm

How To Make a 1000x Microscope With Your Phone and a Glass Bead

In the aftermath of our annual ritual for receiving the newest and shiniest iPhones, let's not forget that even our slightly outdated phones are pretty nifty devices. With a cheap glass bead, a 3D-printed clip, and the camera of an old phone, scientists have made a powerful microscope with up to 1000x magnification.… » 9/19/14 1:50pm 9/19/14 1:50pm

A Mobile Aquarium Steered By a Fish Named José

As mesmerizing as an aquarium full of fish can be, it's hard to not feel bad about imprisoning them in a glass cell. And maybe that's partly what inspired Adam Ben-Dor, the creator of that awesome animated Pixar-like desk lamp, to build the Abovemarine; a glass bowl on omni-directional wheels that lets its sole… » 9/16/14 8:50am 9/16/14 8:50am

Why Social Engineering Should Be Your Biggest Security Concern

We all know the basics—strong passwords, two-factor authentication, and so on. However, the most recent security and privacy breaches have had less to do with bad passwords and more to do with social engineering. Let's look at what that is, why it can happen without you knowing, and how you can protect yourself. » 9/04/14 9:14am 9/04/14 9:14am

This Firewall Keeps Phony Towers From Intercepting Your Phone Calls

Earlier this week, we reported about how rogue cellphone towers all over the U.S. could be intercepting your phone calls and loading malware on your device. The good news: there's a firewall that identifies these towers and alerts you instantly. The bad news: You need a $3,500 device to use it. » 9/04/14 4:30am 9/04/14 4:30am

Hackers Steal Gigabytes of Customer Data From JPMorgan And Other Banks

Hackers broke into the computer networks of at least five U.S. banks including JPMorgan Chase and siphoned off gigabytes of data, which included checking and savings account information of millions of customers, the New York Times reports. Security experts are describing the attack as "extremely sophisticated". » 8/28/14 3:11am 8/28/14 3:11am