Dan Nosowitz
at 01:16 AM Jul 30 2013
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Lenovo is either the world's biggest or second-biggest PC manufacturer, depending on who you ask (the other potential is HP), and certainly one of the best. But according to the Australian Financial Review (AFR), they've been banned by spy agencies around the world, from the US to the UK to Australia, because of concerns about their hackability - and where those hacks might be coming from. Lenovo, you see, is a Chinese company, and was originally created by a wing of the Chinese government.

Francie Diep
at 00:32 AM Jul 30 2013
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A pair of researchers have demonstrated they're able to take over the steering and braking of two popular models of cars while someone is driving them, the BBC reported.

Dan Nosowitz
at 00:00 AM Jun 7 2013
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Imagine the Kinect. Now imagine you can use gestures like you'd use with the Kinect to control anything - appliances, lights, gadgets, whatever. Now imagine you can do all of that from a different room entirely.

Dan Nosowitz
at 02:45 AM May 14 2013
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Twivo is a simple idea: protect yourself from spoilers by censoring references to a given TV show until you can get home and catch up. It's a nice little tool with a great backstory: it was created in only 10 hours by a high school student, who was the only female entrant to finish her project in a local hackathon.

Dan Nosowitz
at 07:27 AM Feb 20 2013
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Yesterday, the password for Burger King's official Twitter account was stolen, and whoever was behind it began doing some kinda funny things, like pretending Burger King had been bought by McDonald's, or insisting BK employees "sniff percocets" in the bathrooms, or tweeting at journalists who wrote about the hack. Today, all hell has broken loose; Jeep's account is displaying a similar streak of weirdness ("bought by Cadillac"), and just now, @MTV began behaving weirdly.

Clay Dillow
at 00:00 AM Sep 21 2012
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An Instrument for the Sonification of Everday Things from Dennis P Paul on Vimeo.

Clay Dillow
at 08:39 AM Feb 29 2012
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Launching Angry Birds from a slingshot on your iPhone screen is fun, but actually launching Angry Birds from a slingshot sounds difficult, and borderline dangerous (well, definitely dangerous to the bird, variably dangerous to you depending on size of bird and degree of anger). A clever hack over on mbed shows you how to have the best of both worlds - real slingshot, digital birds - by turning a slingshot into a USB peripheral for playing Angry Birds.

 
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