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Watch A Robot Crack A Smartphone Passcode Using Brute Force

Next up: ATM PINs.<p>A team of engineers attending next week's Black Hat hacking conference created R2B2, the incredibly patient Robotic Reconfigurable Button Basher. The 'bot punches four-digit combinations at a rate of about one-per-second until it breaks past a phone's security screen. Working at …

The 10 Coolest Things You Can 3-D Print Right Now

Cameras, guitars, RC aircraft and more!<p>One survey of the 3-D printing landscape will quickly show you that it's brimming with novelty items and useless junk. But don't let that overwhelm you! We sorted through the clutter to create this list of 10 projects that are both awesome and practical.<p>Don't …

13 Simple Hacks For Enjoying Music So Much More

DIY a floating waterproof speaker, find the track you can't get out of your head, and banish tangled headphones from your life forevermore!

Steerable Paper Airplanes Put Your Harassment Right On Target

Technically, this steerable paper airplane wasn't designed for making pinpoint attacks on a teacher or college lecturer—more as a highly affordable …

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Bubba Watson's hovercraft golf cart available now for $58k, that's one dollar for every jealous comment

When we first saw the BW1 golf cart hovercraft, it's fair to say we were excited. But now -- if you've got burdensome disposable income -- you can buy one for yourself. If you're willing to drop the requisite $58,000, you can cruise the fairway (not to mention the rough and water obstacles) in a …

What's the Best Language for a Beginning Programmer?

More and more high schools are teaching computer programming. But what's the best language for students just getting started?<p><b>PRINT "Hello World"</b><p>There was a time when you could type those words into any home computer and get it to say "Hello World," because virtually all of them came with BASIC …

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NASA Successfully Tests First 3-D Printed Rocket Engine Injector

Another step toward the day when 3-D printers spit out entire spacecraft.<p>We've seen 3-D printed aircraft and drone parts, and even plans for a printable private jet. Now NASA has demonstrated another 3-D printing first: The agency has just finished successful tests of a 3-D printed rocket engine …

Robugtix's 3D-printed T8 spiderbot will terrify your friends for $1,350 (video)

Whether they run, jump or swim, there are plenty of robots around to be fearful of. None have quite exacerbated our arachnophobia as much as Robugtix's T8 octopod, however. The 3D-printed spiderbot not only looks the part, but employs 26 servo motors to drive its unnervingly life-like movement. …

How Much Is Your Gmail Worth To A Hacker?

My life on the internet is worth surprisingly little cash.<p>Earlier this year, cyber attacks were listed as America's top security threat. The internet is a dangerous place! While it's one thing to talk about hacking weapons secrets or banks, let's get personal: What about our email accounts?<p>When it …

How Nokia makes money on a $20 phone

Nokia’s ultra-low-cost handsets might not be as sexy as the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. But they are a much-needed source of cash for the ailing Finnish company, as well as a staple of the telecom networks of the developing world. If you—like a good many of the people on earth—need a phone …

How To Build Your Own DIY Water Blaster

Grab some PVC pipes and other supplies, then get ready to fire.<p>Materials<p>2-inch-by-24-inch Schedule 40 PVC pipe<br>• 1¼-inch-by-24-inch PVC pipe<br>• Two 2-inch PVC caps<br>• Two 1¼-inch PVC caps<br>• 1¼-inch PVC coupler<br>• Buna-N 1.6-inch ID by 0.21-inch CS O-ring<br>• PVC glue (8 ounces is plenty)<br>• Tube of waterproof silicone …

Inside The Most Expensive Science Experiment Ever

Many machines over the past 60 years have been billed as the one that will make the big breakthrough in fusion science, only to stumble. This one could be different.<p>Some people have spent their whole working lives researching fusion and then retired feeling bitter at what they see as a wasted …

How-To: Make Ice Cream Into Bread in Five Minutes

The Science Channel shared this amazingly simple recipe for ice cream-flavored bread from just ice cream and self-rising flour in 5 minutes!<p>[via Laughing Squid]

Driving Volkswagen's 261 MPG Car Is Like Driving The Future

Volkswagen wanted to build a 235 MPG car. Now, 15 years after setting that challenge for themselves, they've exceeded their goals in almost every …

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NVIDIA unveils GeForce GTX 760, brings modern Kepler down to $249 (video)

NVIDIA has been gradually lowering the base pricing for its desktop GeForce 700 series, but few outside of the hardcore gamer set would say the $399 GTX 770 was affordable. Enter the GeForce GTX 760: the Kepler-based chipset supports all the visual effects of its faster cousins, but at a more …

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Burn after reading: Privatext messaging app allows secure texts, pictures to self-destruct

Advertisement<p>23 Comments<p>Knowing that intelligence agents could be collecting and storing your private communications is disturbing. But if you’re not …

Sony puts micro ads on Wimbledon player, ushers in an era of 4K marketing

Sony is shipping its Bravia X9 line of 4K TVs in the UK this week, and it wants to convey the advantages of all those extra pixels. The solution? Advertising that's as finely detailed as the screens themselves. It's putting micro ads on the fingernails and uniform of tennis player Anne Keothavong …

This Brilliant Subway Hack Guarantees You'll Never Fall

The only thing worse than getting on a full subway car where there's no place to sit, is getting on an even <i>fuller</i> subway car where there's no place …

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10 Inspiring Entries in National Geographic's Traveler Photo Contest

You now have less than a week to enter the ultimate photo contest! To date, we've shown you both some nature standouts as well as some stellar animal entries in the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. If you think you've got what it takes, you have until June 30th to enter and win a …

The History of Early Computing Machines, from Ancient Times to 1981

From the abacus to the IBM personal computer, calculating devices have come a long way. Let's take a look through the history of these machines and …

World's First 3-D Printed Battery Is The Size Of A Grain Of Sand

A team of scientists have used a custom-made 3-D printer to create high-power microbatteries.<p>Scientists at Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have 3-D printed lithium-ion batteries as small as a grain of sand. The batteries could be used to power …

Soylent crowdfunding campaign attracts $755K so people can survive without food

6,144 people are willing to live without food.<p>The crowdfunding campaign for Soylent raked in $754,498, greatly exceeding its $100,000 goal and bringing humanity one step closer to an existence that doesn’t require actual food for survival.<p>Soylent is a controversial food replacement product that …

Google: The Xbox One Is 'Terrible'; Bing: The Xbox One Is 'Amazing'

A tale of two searches<p>Here's a game: do a Google search for "the xbox one is." And then do a Bing search for the same thing. You'll likely get results like Twitterer @evlbzltyr did -- and like I did, too, to create the image above.<p>So, yes. A tale of two searches. It was the best of gaming consoles; …

Raise Your Own Edible Bugs With This Decorative Kitchen Pod

In case the only thing keeping you from adopting a sustainable bug diet was a lack of attractive appliances.<p>The U.N. recently suggested (not for the first time) that we put a bit more crunchy insect protein into our diets. Eating bugs could provide a sustainable source of snackage--they produce …

DIY Nesting Rope Bowls in Under 10 Minutes

Got keys, loose change, and other odds and ends in desperate need of a stylish handmade home? We thought so. That’s why we took it upon ourselves to hack our own set of nesting bowls or baskets… using nothing but rope and hot glue!<p><b>Materials:</b> – rope<p>– hot glue<p><b>Tools:</b> – scissors<p>– hot glue gun<p>We found …

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