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An Introduction to Solid State Relays

When we think of relays, we tend to think of those big mechanical things that make a satisfying ‘click’ when activated. As nice as they are for …

An Internet-Famous Cookie Worthy of Baking in Real Life

Last fall, an aberrant chocolate chip cookie turned up in my Instagram feed. As wide as a salad plate and flat as a flounder, it appeared thin, but it was somehow layered with slabs of chocolate. Oddest of all, it was ringed, like a tree trunk — as if a chunk of chocolate had been dropped in the …

Dessert

Bill Gates now uses an Android phone

Windows Phone has been dead for a good year now, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has decided it’s also time to move on. In an interview with <i>Fox News Sunday</i> (spotted by <i>On MSFT</i>), Gates reveals he’s now using an Android phone. While Gates doesn’t reveal the exact model, he does note that it has “a …

Nest takes on home defense with its Secure alarm system

Nest wants to manage every aspect of your home's security -- not just its thermostats and cameras. The company has announced a slew of products designed to keep an eye on your home while you're away, under the Nest Secure banner. That includes a Google-Home-looking Guard control system, Detect …

Delete yourself from the internet with this website

If endless cyber attack scare stories, viral fake news articles, online abuse and the election of Donald Trump have given yourself the resolve to walk away from the internet, you're in luck.<p>Developers in Sweden have created a website that can help you delete your online presence with just a few …

Build a Raspberry Pi Scanner that Tracks the Devices Connected to Your Local Network

We’re going to make use of a Raspberry Pi to build a network scanner to keep track of the hosts connecting to our local network. It’s actually pretty easy to do. And as we’re going to make use of ARP scans to do it, which are moderately stealthy unless you heavily hammer the network, it would be …

Infected DNA successfully hacks computer in terrifying experiment

Remember a few month ago when we were all laughing at Harvard scientists for putting a GIF inside a strand of DNA? Now that bridge between technology …

How to make a $7 cellphone sniffer

Please don’t use it for anything creepy<p>Tracking cellphone signals is much, much easier than you think. This demo from Danish IT pro Keld Normal uses a $7 USB device to snoop in on cell signals, essentially sniffing out any cellphones connected to a tower nearby.<p>There’s a lot of Ubuntu and Python …

Surveillance

4 reasons why you should not be browsing the internet without the Disconnect app

<b>Disconnect App</b><p>Feel the need to step up cyber-security on your devices? There’s an app for that!<p>Salon Marketplace<p>July 25, 2017 10:20pm (UTC)<p>In a time when cyber-attackers are becoming more sophisticated every day and net neutrality regulations are constantly under fire, it's a good idea to invest in …

Cybersecurity

3 smart investments you can make with just $500

You don't need thousands of dollars to get started investing.<p>If you want to get started investing but don't have a ton of money to invest, don't let that fact discourage you. While it's true that you need at least a few thousand dollars to create a properly diversified portfolio of individual …

Investing

How to build your own VPN if you’re (rightfully) wary of commercial options

While not perfect, either, cloud hosting providers have a better customer data record.<p>In the wake of this spring's Senate ruling nixing FCC privacy …

ISPs

How to create an Internet-in-a-Box on a Raspberry Pi

If you're a homeschool parent or a teacher with a limited budget, Internet-in-a-Box might be just what you've been looking for. Its hardware …

Raspberry Pi

PoisonTap $5 Device Can Hack Even Password-Protected PCs

The most expensive security systems running on the most advanced devices can now be circumvented using nothing more than a $5 tool and access to a …

Information Security

How I made my own VPN server in 15 minutes

People are (rightfully) freaking out about their privacy as the Senate voted to let internet providers share your private data with advertisers. While it’s important to protect your privacy, it doesn’t mean that you should sign up to a VPN service and tunnel all your internet traffic through VPN …

Raspberry Pi rival NanoPi NEO's answer to cheap NAS: Build your own for $31

Why buy a network-attached storage device when you can build your own in 10 easy steps?<p>The maker of Raspberry Pi Zero rival NanoPi NEO has released a …

Build a miniature NAS out of a NanoPi NEO with this simple kit

The NanoPi NEO is an $8 version of the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero built by a company called FriendlyARM that launched last summer. Except the NanoPi NEO has the added advantage of usually being in stock to purchase (something that the Pi Zero has had difficulties with in the past).<p>To go along with the …

9 Business Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2017

Read these business books in 2017 to stay ahead of the curve (or at least keep up).<p>At the end of 2016, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman's book <i>Thank You for Being Late</i> opened our eyes to the accelerations of technology and globalization happening in the world today--accelerations that will …

From $0 to Millionaire: How 6 Entrepreneurs Went Broke, Then Became Successful

When they hit rock bottom, they turned disaster and persistence into millions.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Going broke. Hitting rock bottom. Crashing and burning. Whatever you call it, these mega-successful entrepreneurs—and members of The Oracles—have lived it. They …

Entrepreneurship

How To Keep Your Browsing History Actually Private

Congress voted to allow your internet service providers to sell your online activity to advertisers – here’s the simplest way to prevent that from happening.<p>Last week, the House repealed internet privacy rules requiring broadband companies to ask for your consent before sharing or selling your …

Here’s How To Protect Your Privacy In Trump’s America

Easy tips to shield yourself from expanded government surveillance.<p>You’d think texts to your mom and calls to your takeout place would hardly be of interest to the government, but the feds might be monitoring your communications anyway. Sweeping government surveillance programs have grown in recent …

Triple your privacy with a Chromebook and two VPNs

Now that Republicans in Congress have sold us out, everyone is writing about technical ways to prevent your internet service provider (ISP) from …

How To Build a Hack-Proof Smart Home

Keep digital intruders off of your property with these products and practices<p>From election year email leaks to smart homes spying on homeowners, …

Thinking of Rigging Your Home With Smart Devices? Start Here

<i>Shopping for consumer electronics can be overwhelming. The staff of the The Wirecutter and The Sweethome, product review websites owned by The New York Times Company, do the hard work of narrowing down the options. We spoke with Grant Clauser,</i> <i>smart home</i> <i>editor at The Wirecutter, about how to sort</i> …

Home Automation

HomeAlarmPlus Pi

<b>Home Alarm System using Raspberry Pi, Netduino Plus and ATtiny85 (HomeAlarmPlusPi project)</b><p>Latest update: Friday, November 8, 2013 <br>This is an open …

Your data is not safe. Here's how to lock it down

If you haven't already heard, you should probably download encrypted messaging app Signal.<p>At least, that's experts' advice for people after the U.S. election.<p>Between high-profile security failures and the Russian hacks before the election, we should know by now to secure our personal data.<p>But some …

Information Systems

3D-printed gun maker Cody Wilson is raising $50,000 for an anarchist Bitcoin wallet

<i>Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, in the crowdfunding campaign video for a new Bitcoin wallet.</i><p>Cody Wilson, creator of the 3D-printed gun, is raising $50,000 on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to develop a service aimed at returning the digital currency Bitcoin to its anarchist roots.<p>Dark …

Kello trains your sleeping habits without using sensors

While there are already a handful of devices that claim to improve our sleep quality, one little startup from Hong Kong's Brinc IoT accelerator thinks that it can do a better job. Kello is a sleep trainer that comes in the form of an internet radio alarm slash Bluetooth speaker slash home …

Jet Lag

Home Security and Automation Services in Boca Raton

<b>Audio Tec Design</b> specializing in 24/7 Monitoring & Support, Access Control, Energy Control, Home Audio, Home Automation, Home Theater, Intercom …

Wink 2 Hub Review: A smart home hub built for the future

If the Amazon Echo is the face of home automation, a smart home hub is the brains. It sits silently, stuffed under a couch or on a bookshelf, connecting all the smart devices around a person’s home. There are a few competing hubs available, but the latest from Wink packs the most connectivity …