hacks

  • The Xbox Slim Laptop Is Ready To Ship

    This one-of-a-kind Xbox “Slim Laptop” is ready to ship if you have $1,600 and a need to play 360 games on the road. Built by a blogger named [Ed], it’s basically a fully-functional Xbox 360 inside a laptop case with 17″ 720p HD screen, multiple outputs, four USB ports, and a built-in power brick. Essentially, except for the controller, this is a self-contained Xbox in a clever… Read More

  • Tell Your Gullible Relatives Not To Click On Any Banned Lady Gaga Video Links

    Tell Your Gullible Relatives Not To Click On Any Banned Lady Gaga Video Links

    There is a fairly egregious worm going around now that masquerades as a YouTube link for a "banned" Lady Gaga video. When you click on the bit.ly link it sends you to a fake YouTube page and then asks for permission to access your Twitter account. This results in another infected tweet being sent out on your Twoot stream, thereby continuing the long, sad cycle. Read More

  • iGeigie: A Geiger Counter For Your iPhone

    iGeigie: A Geiger Counter For Your iPhone

    The RDTN project is working on an easy-to-build and simple Geiger counter for the iPhone. Read More

  • AR Drone And Kinect, Enough Said

    Check out this Kinect-controlled Parrot AR Drone. The man operating the AR Drone shows that you’re never too old to be a pretend airplane. Read More

  • Drink-Making Unit 2.0 Makes Mixology Into Actual Science

    Drink-Making Unit 2.0 Makes Mixology Into Actual Science

    Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories put together an impressive automatic drink-making machine last year which they called the Drink-Making Unit. This year they've reinvented it with a whole new style and twice as many ingredient options. And in keeping with the descriptive style of naming, it is known as the Drink-Making Unit 2.0. Read More

  • Watch-Controlled Gripper Bot Is All Kinds Of DIY Cute

    Watch-Controlled Gripper Bot Is All Kinds Of DIY Cute

    I love that there are tons of tinkerers out there just putting together robots for no other reason than "hey, this might work." Home hacker Lars Kristian Roland made this one, a simple rover bot with a gripping claw (it runs on modular hardware and an Arduino, naturally) — but the twist in this case is that it's controlled by a Chronos watch that has a built-in accelerometer and antenna. Read More

  • Left-Handed DSLR Hack – Take That, Righty!

    Left-Handed DSLR Hack – Take That, Righty!

    Matt over at Gizmodo points out a nice bit of DIY work done by Andrew Scrivani, a left-handed photographer for the NY Times. His right arm is out of commission for a while, and left-handed SLR bodies are expensive as hell, so he went to his gear closet and put together this little hack. Basically it’s just a rigid bracket for him to hold while he fires the remote with his incapacitated hand… Read More

  • Is Apple Too Quick To Shut Down Potentially Hacked Accounts?

    Is Apple Too Quick To Shut Down Potentially Hacked Accounts?

    A reader, Mike, sent in a tale of woe so odd and draconian that I'm not even sure what to think of it. On one hand, Apple is protecting its interests when it comes to fake gift cards and other potentially costly hacks and, on the other hand, their reaction is far out of proportion to the actual situation. Mike's account was hacked in January of this year and $80 worth of iTunes cash drained from… Read More

  • Russian Hacker Jailed For Putting Porn On Video Billboard

    Russian Hacker Jailed For Putting Porn On Video Billboard

    In Moscow, naked woman find you. At least that's what many Russians found out last year, when a 40-year-old Russian hacker named Igor Blinnikov somehow found his way onto a 600 square foot video billboard where he played NSFW video for passing motorists. Igor called it a "bad joke" when he confessed, but that didn't stop him from getting sentenced to one and a half years in jail. Read More

  • Man Creates Microwave Gun From Small Appliance, Starts Burning Things (Video)

    Have you done anything worthwhile today? This guy made a microwave gun from a microwave oven, a few computer fans, sheet metal, and wood. His magnetron puts out 1 kW of microwave energy directed into a 35 degree cone — enough juice to fry your eyeballs in seconds. If that’s not enough, it can also jam any radio or cellphone within 20 feet. Read More