hacks

  • Twilio Evangelist Builds Popular Phone-Powered Rolling Robot, Hints Flying Bot Is Next

    Twilio Evangelist Builds Popular Phone-Powered Rolling Robot, Hints Flying Bot Is Next

    So here’s something you may have seen floating around on Hacker News or elsewhere, but we thought it was cool enough to share in case you’re looking for something to do with your weekend. After all, there are few of us who don’t love stories that end with robots. Especially robots controlled by phones. Robots have indeed fascinated many of us since childhood, and thanks to… Read More

  • DIY Electronic Bike Shifter

    DIY Electronic Bike Shifter

    WHy ride like the rest of humanity when you can turn your bike into a robo-shifting supermachine? This Instructable by programmer and maker Nabil Tewolde shows us how to create a push-button-controlled electronic derailleur system with parts you can pick up at your local electronics shop. Read More

  • Now You Know: Hotels Inject Banner Ads Into The Wi-Fi They Charge You For

    Now You Know: Hotels Inject Banner Ads Into The Wi-Fi They Charge You For

    This story made the rounds a few days ago but I think generally it’s something more people should know. During a visit to the very expensive and not very nice Times Square Marriott, Justin Watt noticed a strange bar at the top of his blog’s home page. He had recently dealt with a PHP hack and so was alert for changes on the site and when he dug further he found some strange… Read More

  • BrowserQuest Is A Massively-Multiplayer Adventure Game Written In HTML5

    BrowserQuest Is A Massively-Multiplayer Adventure Game Written In HTML5

    BrowserQuest, playable in a browser near you, is a proof of concept so ingenious that you’ll wonder why they didn’t just build a Zelda clone and be done with it. In short, the site is a multi-player RPG based entirely on HTML5 with no Flash to be found. The source code is free and open source and it uses WebSockets to communicate with a central server in order to render the movement… Read More

  • Android Hack Exposes Google Wallet PIN On Demand

    Like most hacks, this discovery of a way to find an Android phone’s Google Wallet PIN requires a lot of initial access but is disturbing nonetheless. Google knows about the hack and is repairing it. Discovered by Joshua Rubin of Zvelo, the hack is one of the most interesting attacks on Google Wallet so far. In short, this hack allows access to credit card data and purchase history and… Read More

  • Miss Your Cat? Now Fluffy Can Send You Tweets All Day Long

    Miss Your Cat? Now Fluffy Can Send You Tweets All Day Long

    You like cats. Even if you’re a “dog person,” or allergic, I still know your little cat-loving secret. And how do I know? Well, since you’re here on TechCrunch it’s apparent that you’re at least mildly interested in the internet, which happens to be infested with cats. Read More

  • Spire: A New Legal Siri Port For Any iOS 5 Device

    Spire: A New Legal Siri Port For Any iOS 5 Device

    Well-known iOS hacker chpwn (aka Grant Paul) along with Ryan Petrich have released a new tool for installing Siri on jailbroken phones. The Siri port, called “Spire,” works on any phone that can run iOS 5. However, because Apple only officially supports Siri requests coming from the iPhone 4S, a proxy server address is still required. Oh, there’s one more thing: Spire… Read More

  • Siri Ported To iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G

    In a moment as historic as Alexander Bell’s call to his assistant, an iPhone hacker wrote on Twitter that he had successfully ported Siri to the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch. Read More

  • Handheld Console Compresses Super Mario Brothers Down To 64 Pixels

    Handheld Console Compresses Super Mario Brothers Down To 64 Pixels

    Doot doo doot doo doo doot! Hacker Retrobrad created a handheld console that displays Super Mario Brother in a very special way: each sprite is reduced to one pixel. The console, called Super Pixel Brothers, includes all 20 levels as well boss fights. The game is played on an 8×8 mutli-colored LED board and to hit enemies you need to position your single-pixel Mario over their… Read More

  • Google Urges Iranian Users To Re-Secure Gmail Accounts After Attacks

    Google Urges Iranian Users To Re-Secure Gmail Accounts After Attacks

    Google is advising users in Iran to take specific steps in order to re-secure their Gmail accounts after last week’s reveal of the man-in-the-middle attacks that targeted Iranian users. The attackers used fraudulent SSL certificates issued by a compromised root certificate authority in the Netherlands, DigiNotar. These fake certificates allowed hackers to impersonate Google.com and others. Read More

  • Wingardium Leviosa: This Rotocopter Is Controlled By The Kinect

    This project is part of a bachelor’s thesis by Armin Ambühl and involves a quadrocopter, a Kinect sensor, and what I assume is dark magic. To activate the copter the user lifts his arm and to stop it he claps. The rest of the interaction is performed by swinging his arms around to rotate and steer the vehicle. What was it that Arthur C. Clarke said? Read More

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