drew maddox

18,741 Flips | 11 Magazines | 9 Likes | 23 Following | 2,308 Followers | @maddoxa | Enjoy all the content on flipboard and hoping to define a few themes that others will find interesting...

Hacker discovers bypassing iPhone passcode limit just requires a keyboard

Companies like Grayshift help police bypass the passcodes on locked iPhones. One might think that this requires some byzantine hacking skills. Apparently not.<p>A hacker reports that iOS has a soft spot when it comes to external keyboards, allowing someone to send as many passcode attempts as desired. …

iOS

Developer Creates Amazingly Realistic ‘Red Rover’ Computer Game Using Terrain Scans Of Mars

Alan Chan has used data from The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) to create a simulated journey across nine regions of Mars.<p>If you …

Mars Orbiter

HP ENVY All-in-One

Artful style<p>Modern grace and timeless elegance<p>Picture this: a 27" diagonal floating glass Micro Edge display balanced perfectly on a thin metal …

Computer Hardware

Reinventing The Wheel

The shift from gasoline to the grid could affect the energy industry as much as the advent of the first passenger cars did<p>Explore moving further<p>Urban …

Innovation

Here's why I fell in love with Amazon's $150 Echo Show smart speaker and how it helped me organize my life

1/<p>It's a dream for any extremely organized person who lives with anyone who's...let's say, less organized.<p>Prachi Bhardwaj<p>Our apartment has a calendar …

Smart Homes

Learn to code with Unreal Engine 4 by taking this online course that's on sale for $19

What do games like <i>Gears of War</i>, <i>Mass Effect</i>, and <i>XCOM</i> have in common? Besides their shared objective of blowing aliens to bits with great big laser …

Game Development

Sphero bought a crowdfunded music tech company to expand its unlicensed toys

Sphero, the maker of connected toys like BB-8, announced this week that it’s acquired Specdrums, a company that makes rings that produce music through taps on different colors. We don’t know how much Sphero spent to acquire the company’s technology, but Specdrums raised over $175,000 on Kickstarter …

Music Technology

Five feature Apple Maps should copy from Waze and Google Maps

I love Apple Maps. No, it didn’t launch well back in iOS 6, but it’s turned out to be an impressive app. I like the overall design, Siri support, and Apple Watch support. My family also make a lot of dinner reservations through Yelp and OpenTable, so being able to launch it with a single tap is …

Maps

What's the best blender for smoothies?

<i>By Lesley Stockton</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>A thick and velvety smoothie is one of the most difficult things you …

Customer Service

50 most useful Alexa skills

Out of the box, Alexa can do an impressive number of things. It can stream Amazon Music or Spotify, control your Philips Hue smart bulbs or anything connected to a SmartThings hub and integrate with IFTTT for a laundry list of other functions. You can also order millions of products off Amazon …

Smart Homes

MacBook Pro 13 Vs. Dell XPS 13: Ultimate 13-Inch Laptop Head-To-Head

The Dell XPS 13 9370 may be the planet’s best 13-inch laptop but the MacBook Pro is still enormously popular. Which is a best-buy? Read on.<p>(<i>Note: I have both laptops: a mid-2017 MacBook Pro 13 MPXQ2LL/A and an early-2018 Dell XPS 13 9370</i>. <i>Below,</i> <i>I will also use my mid-2017 MacBook Pro 15 for</i> …

Computer Hardware

Behind the Scenes of Yeti’s Top Secret Innovation Center

Beyond the Cooler<p>It seems impossible that something as mundane as a cooler could become a status symbol among fishermen, rodeo cowboys and tailgating …

Prototyping

While E-Books Are Faltering, Audiobooks Are Strong

A couple of organizing bodies have released publishing sales figures for year-ends, and the results are pretty conclusive: audiobooks are doing very well.<p>A few weeks ago, the Association of American Publishers reported that in 2017, publishers (around 1,200 of them, as AAP doesn’t collect data on …

Audiobooks

This compact bag puts your entire office -- and a change of clothes -- on your back (pictures)

Backpacking

Facial recognition is here to stay. And we should all probably accept it

For the past few years, the world’s biggest tech companies have been on a mission to put artificial-intelligence tools in the hands of every coder. The benefits are clear: Coders familiar with free AI frameworks from Google, Amazon, Microsoft, or Facebook might be more inclined to someday work for …

Artificial Intelligence

The Shift From 4G to 5G Will Change Just About Everything

Telecom experts are going so far as to herald the arrival of 5G as the advent of the fourth industrial revolution. There are an ever-expanding number …

Telecoms

NookDesk offers three levels of workspace and one-touch adjustments

Previous Next<p>1 of 5<p>Standing at your desk has never felt so roomy — if that standing desk is of the NookDesk variety, that is. The recently launched …

Cord-Cutting

Logitech's school-targeted Crayon stylus is so good, Apple should copy it for iPad

Apple's latest iPad push to take on Chromebooks in schools didn't just come with a new Apple tablet and software, but new specialized accessories. These accessories, announced by Apple at its education event back in March, are made by Logitech, not Apple: a super-rugged keyboard case called the …

Apple Pencil

Here Are Six New Features Google Added To Its Apps And Devices This Week

Keeping up with Google can wear you out because the company always has something new to offer. Not everything works, but Google never stops trying. Here are six new features that are rolling out now for Google’s apps and devices.<p><b>Personal overview page added to the Assistant app</b><p>Android Police …

Apps

An Apple store employee told me I was charging my iPhone wrong

As rumors abound that Apple might dispense with its Lightning port, I dream of the day.<p><i>Video: Uh-oh: Your iPhone's battery doesn't get a break with</i> …

Mobile Technology

How to clean your Apple AirPods

My Apple AirPods started to lose their bright, white luster recently. A bit of grime and, yes, ear wax began to build up on them. I went hunting for the best way to clean my AirPods ($159 at Abt Electronics). Here's what I found. And after cleaning your AirPods, here are 11 more AirPod tips and …

Cleaning

Build your own motion-triggered "Internet of Things" camera

Gizmag regulars will be aware of the term Internet of Things, but in case this is a new one on you, it's a term that basically describes the notion …

Arduino

Save 88% On the CyberGhost VPN Lifetime Subscription

We have an awesome deal on the CyberGhost VPN Lifetime Subscription in the Geeky Gadgets Deals store you can save 88% off the normal price.<p>The …

Gear & Gadgets

Weekend deals on Razer laptops, an LG soundbar, and more

The sound of summer savings<p>Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.<p>The best time to buy gadgets during the summer is usually around …

Gear & Gadgets

7 Classic Game Consoles Built Into TV Sets

These console-display hybrids never took off, but that didn't stop companies from trying the idea over and over again between 1976 and 2010.<p>PCMag …

Retrogaming

Cult of Mac Magazine: HomePod is still hopeless, and it’s (mostly) Siri’s fault

In this week’s <i>Cult of Mac Magazine</i>: HomePods went on sale in Europe this week, and I ordered one. It arrived the very next day. I tried it out, and then sent it back to Apple the day after that. Why? Because it’s a half-finished product. Siri is just as glitchy and annoying on HomePod as elsewhere. …

iOS

Snapdragon-based Chromebook could rival always-connected PCs

You don't have great choices for non-Intel processors on Chromebooks at the moment -- the Rockchip-made parts you often see in low-end systems keep costs down, but they struggle with intensive tasks. That might not be an issue in the future. <i>About Chromebooks</i> has discovered multiple code submissions …

Mobile Technology

There's a Brute Force Hack That Can Bypass the iPhone's Passcode Limit

Apple is a perpetual battle to stay ahead of hackers and secure its devices but a new bug discovered by a security researcher and reported by ZDNet …

Information Systems

Sony's Newest Mirrorless Camera Flaunts Its Sensor Smarts

Crack open some of today’s best compact cameras and you’ll find Sony sensors embedded in their guts. However, the Japanese giant hoards its best work …

Cameras

Alpen Bike Capsule

When you see an Alpen Bike Capsule in a back yard or on a patio, rest assured, it's just a piece of roto-molded polyethylene safe storage for …