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High-Tech Gifts Your Favorite Car Nerd Will Actually Use

We car enthusiasts are a hard bunch to buy gifts for. Most non-gearheads throw their hands up in defeat and opt for cheesy car-branded stuff. Don't …

Sync two iPhones on one computer

I've actually lost track of all the iOS devices I have. From iPhones to iPads and iPods, there are a few generations of mobile Apple gadgets populating my home that are occasionally adopted or abandoned by my wife and kid.<p>For the most part, today's iOS devices are self-supporting. They get their …

How to encrypt one volume on a drive in OS X

Encrypting data is a convenient method for keeping your data secure, especially when using external hard drives and thumbdrives that may be stolen or lost. While it might be easiest to encrypt an entire drive, sometimes doing so may be a touch inconvenient, especially if the drive is used for more …

High-resolution Battlefield 4 screenshots leaked

If you're starving for information about Battlefield 4, three new screenshots found on EA's Web server might whet your appetite.<p>CNET confirmed the authenticity of the screenshots after downloading the files from an insecure EA Web directory associated with the official Battlefield blog. In …

How one journalist cracked 8,000 passwords in 24 hours

In the name of journalism, Ars Technica's Nate Anderson trained himself to crack passwords. In a detailed longform piece, Anderson describes his journey into the world of script kiddies, using a program called Hashcat to crack a list of passwords left circulating online after an earlier leak. It's …

Apple's broken promise: why doesn't iCloud 'just work'?

Frustrations mount as developers deal with Apple's inability to manage another cloud service<p>iCloud, perhaps more than any Apple software product, is meant to "just work." When Apple introduced iCloud, it made clear its hopes to eradicate settings menus and file systems in favor of automation. Steve …

Five things to consider before buying LED bulbs

As your incandescents burn out, it's a good time to consider switching to LED bulbs.<p>LEDs have an impressive lifespan (20-something years!) and are very cost-effective.<p>Now's the right time to switch to LEDs. These bulbs have made significant advances over the last few years, finally delivering the …