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The FBI missed a trick to hack the San Bernardino iPhone

The FBI told Congress it couldn't hack the San Bernardino shooter's phone without Apple's aid, but a researcher has proved that claim was inaccurate. "The process does not require any expensive and sophisticated equipment," wrote University of Cambridge researcher Sergei Skorobogatov. "All needed …

Malicious smartphone apps turn your phone into tracking device

Researchers find apps spying on their users available for download in the Android play store.<p>Be careful what you download.<p>Four apps available on the Google Play Store were spying on users in secret, according to research released Friday by Mobile security company Lookout. Running a malicious code …

Apps

Microsoft broke millions of webcams with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Oops!<p>Microsoft is facing a torrent of backlash from consumers and businesses complaining that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update has broken some third-party USB cameras. The update, released on August 2nd, reportedly dropped support for two major video compression formats — specifically the H.264 …

Windows Apps

Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust Is the Best Idea You've Never Tried

Because pie season is the best season.<p>With pie season quickly approaching, we've been busy searching Pinterest for ways to give Grandma's trusty recipe an update. That's when we stumbled upon cinnamon roll pie crust, the most genius baking trick you'll try this fall.<p>To make this recipe at home, …

Baking

10 apps to help make you a morning person

It's time to kick that snooze habit once and for all.<p>How you spend your morning can be a good indicator for how you spend your entire day. A good …

Someone made a smart vibrator, so of course it got hacked

The We-Vibe 4 Plus is a vibrator with a computer inside it – but hackers say it also phones home, telling its makers when it’s being used<p>The Internet of Things That Can Be Hacked grows daily. Lightbulbs, trucks, and fridges all have computers inside them now, and all have been hacked by someone. …

San Francisco

Buying a smart lock might be a dumb investment

We’ve known for some time that the Internet of Things (IOT) was basically a connected dumpster fire. Time and time again, these connected devices have proven that, while convenient, they aren’t necessarily safe. In fact, many manufacturers have a rather apathetic view on security, which leads to a …

Thieves have figured out a crafty way to break into locked iPhones after stealing them

Enterprising thieves have now figured out a way to break into stolen iPhones after they've been locked if the owner isn't careful.<p>It requires duping the target, so it's possible to detect and block — but you need to know what you're doing.<p>We heard about the trick from Joonas Kiminki, who wrote a …

Identity Theft

Using Your Smartphone as a GPS Unit

Did you know your smartphone is a powerful navigational tool, whether you have cell service or not? Download an app and the world is literally at …

Bikepacking

How to sync all your passwords using Google

Passwords – none of us like them, but we must live with them if we want to keep our private information secure. It’s also a good idea to make safe passwords, which involves creating unique, hard-to-guess keys that no one will ever decipher.<p>Because passwords should be one-of-a-kind, it is paramount …

Android News

Samsung wants to give you $30 if you fall into a weirdly specific category of user

So Samsung is well aware that the smartphone market is in a global state of cool-down. Perhaps that’s why they’re pressing some of their other markets and services so aggressively. Samsung Pay is a big item on this list, and the Korean company has been pushing hard to make it the go-to method of …

Mobile

Shortened URLs make it easy to spy on people

Security researchers have discovered that short URLs are able to be brute-forced, potentially exposing personal data to anyone motivated to look. The issue was found by Martin Georgiev and Vitaly Shmatikov after looking at the abbreviated web addresses used by companies like Google, Microsoft and …

Google Maps

Horchata Latte Recipe with Starbucks VIA® Instant Coffee

Our version of this traditional beverage is cool, creamy, and easy to make.<p>A popular tradition in Mexico and Spain, this beverage often features …

Coffee

Hackers target firm protecting against denial of service attacks

When you dedicate your company to protecting against hacks, you make yourself a bigger target for those hacks... and one firm is learning this the hard way. Staminus, an online hosting service that focuses on protecting against distributed denial of service attacks, was the victim of an apparently …

11 Secret Fast Food Menu Items You Need to Order

Fast food restaurants keep offering crazier new options, but some of their craziest foods aren’t even on the menu.<p>With the help of Hack the Menu, we …

Taco Bell

5 Ways to Amp Up Jarred Pasta Sauce

Recently my fellow Epi Test Kitchen bud Anna Stockwell was making batches and batches of eggplant Parmigiana, and the Epi staff was pleasantly …

HP's monster spec Windows 10 smartphone is a brave move

With Mobile World Congress unofficially kicking off already, seeing new smartphones announced isn’t much of a surprise. Seeing a Windows smartphone from HP with a ridiculously impressive spec list was, however.<p>Called the Elite x3, the device offers up a 6-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) …

Skip Seamless? This app connects people with home cooks.

It's 6 p.m. and you are still on the train headed home. You can't bear another night of greasy restaurant takeout, and there is no way you are …

Windows 10 Worst Secret Spins Out Of Control [Updated]

<i>Update 15/02/2016: Microsoft has dismissed the data on the Voat thread as completely flawed. This supersedes the ‘no comment’ initially supplied for this story and all parties acknowledge this changes the context from which the original story was written.</i> <i>An apology from Microsoft UK press agency</i> …

Windows 10

Ben Heck's Raspberry Pi Bitscope mod

If you need to troubleshoot or design electronic hardware, an oscilloscope is a useful bit of kit. This week Ben and Felix put together a Raspberry Pi-based Bitscope Micro Oscilloscope with a 7-inch touchscreen. Using Autodesk Fusion 360 to design a case for 3D printing in combination with a laser …

Comcast customer's Raspberry Pi bot tweets when speeds are lousy

No one likes complaining to an internet service provider, but it's especially frustrating when you're not getting the performance you're paying for. Many ISPs refuse to do anything unless your speeds are truly glacial, even if the slowdowns create serious problems. Well, Comcast customer AlekseyP …

A chemist says most people overlook a huge factor when brewing coffee

Christopher H. Hendon, a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry at MIT, was sitting in a coffee shop near his graduate school in the UK a few years ago when he overheard a conversation between two frustrated baristas.<p>"They were having problems with coffee that tasted good one day and not another," he …

Coffee

Ace the Amazon Web Services Certification Exams for just $29

For IT professionals, getting your Amazon Web Services Certification is quickly becoming a must in an increasingly competitive job market.<p>Whatever your experience level, this AWS Engineer Certification Bundle will help you pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate, AWS Certified …

16 of the coolest apps for Cardboard, Google's DIY virtual reality headset

Google Cardboard is one of the search giant's coolest projects in a long time.<p>Sure, it's not as immediately useful as Google Maps, and you won't find yourself checking it as often as Search — but it's virtual reality! Using your smartphone!<p>With just a piece of cardboard and a compatible smartphone, …

Virtual Reality

Pin links to the Start menu from any browser

Edge has Start menu pinning built in, but that doesn't mean you can't do the same thing from Chrome or Firefox.<p>What if you could open a Web page directly from the Start menu or the Taskbar? That might be a pretty cool feature, right? Microsoft thought so too, which is why they built the feature …

Software

How to find an IT job with better work-life balance

The United States is one of the worst countries for a work-life balance, reveals a recent report from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and …

Lenovo's 'Smart Cast' phone projects a keyboard onto your desk

Typing on smartphones has never been tremendously easy, but Lenovo thinks it has a solution to the physical limitations of a 5-point-something inch …

Lenovo

Mary Meeker's 2015 Internet Trends (Slides)

In the 20 years since the Netscape IPO, 39 percent of the world's population came online, up from .06 percent.<p>Two decades after 1995, the year of the Netscape IPO, the Internet population has exploded in size, it’s much more mobile, and it’s increasingly driven by user-created content and flexible …

Advertising

Apple, Google said to refine their mobile wallet offerings

Watch for a revamp of Google Pay as a peer-to-peer payments system, as Apple tinkers with its rewards program, says the New York Times.<p>Apple and Google are getting ready to up their ante in the mobile wallet market, going head-to-head for dominance of a sector expected to explode in consumer …

FinTech