Draw Something is one of the hottest apps on the App Store right now, but it looks like there are still a few kinks to work out. When you challenge a friend, you have to pick from three words which you are going to draw. If you don't like any of them, you can pay to get new ones. Or, you can force-quit the app and re-open it, and you'll get [...]
Not everyone is great at math. But this woman trying to explain how many miles you can travel in an hour when driving 80 MPH takes math skills to a new low. Since it's a little sad, it has, predictably, blown up on Facebook overnight. But the mathematically-challenged passenger is not actually the one who sucks here. Nor is she the idiot in this [...]
HoneyCups model Midori West, aka a hot girl in a bikini, explains how to upgrade your RAM.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a new guide, "Defending Privacy at the U.S. Border: A Guide for Travelers Carrying Digital Devices," which explains how the law, good technology choices, cryptography and backups can be combined to keep your data safe while you travel, especially when crossing into the USA, where customs officials [...]
What to do if you accidentally zip-tie your wrists together.
Learn how to play. You can't get better if you don't know the rules or how to move a piece correctly. Join a local chess club. Be social and free with chess. Don't make yourself feel good by playing people that clearly are worse than you. If you have to to make yourself feel better after a loss, chess is not the game for you. Learn the [...]
The term "Bugging Out" refers to the decision to abandon your home due to an unexpected emergency situation–whether a natural disaster or one caused by man. A "Bug Out Bag" is a pre-prepared survival kit designed to sustain you through the journey to your destination once you’ve decided to "bug out" in the event of an emergency evacuation. [...]
Christopher Maag, writing for credit.com, says that any attempt to maintain your privacy online is doomed. Deleting cookies won't work, banning cookies won't work, and using privacy tools won't work, either. Even after you set your browser to delete existing cookies and ban new ones, download super-cookies and use the tools created by [...]
Limor "Lady Ada" Fried and Becky "Lady Becky" Stern show you how to solder and sew electroluminescent wire borders to your favorite fabric accouterments and create exciting, tronesque glows: "Tote your Thinkpad and port your Apple in style with our custom TRON-inspired laptop bag tutorial. With a little soldering and sewing skills you can have [...]
Are you a murder investigator who is secretly ashamed of your inability to spot the signs of a Satanic ritual killing? Fear not: this gentleman will help you spot subtle signs like inverted pentagrams gouged into the victim's torso, as part of a video called "The Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults."
Hardware hacker Andrew "bunnie" Huang is living in Singapore, and he's finding it difficult to board the public transit system because he habitually carries so many RFID-embedded cards that the automated turnstiles can't get a read from his EZlink card. So he decided that he would remove the RFID from his transit card and delicately graft it [...]
Facebook's new Instant Personalization Program allows other sites to access your Facebook data and connect you with people on those sites. Not only can you turn this feature off, but you can keep sites from retrieving your Facebook information with Adblock filters. Not only does Facebook have an agreement with sites like Yelp and Pandora, [...]
Here's a fascinating case-study on how Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, prototyped and tested various titles and covers for his book, by buying various Google AdWords (for the title), and sneaking dust-jackets onto various business-books at the local Palo Alto Borders and [...]
Here is a proof of concept on obtaining *accurate* GPS coordinates of a user sitting behind a web browser via router XSS. The router and web browser themselves contain NO geolocation/GPS data. This is also not IP based geolocation. I'm not so amazed that a router firmware could be vulnerable to an XSS attack on the WAN facing GUI. Really [...]
A Reason.com column this week looks at the range of cameras, software, and other technology available for citizens interested in recording on-duty police officers... Qik and UStream, two services available for both the iPhone and Android phones, allow instant online video streaming and archiving. Once you stop recording, the video is instantly [...]
I've been doing this since I was taught it in the third grade or so. Huzzah, Mrs. Friday!
I want to offer a quick look inside the technology behind Facebook’s Open Graph initiative to show how easy it is to mark up your site and let Facebook users interact with it. This is only a part of the broad Open Graph strategy the company announced at its 2010 F8 developer conference. Basically, Facebook is offering up a set of widgets [...]
Facebook yesterday announced a new geolocation tagging feature, called "Places," an app which enables people to send updates about where they are right now to their FB friends. Here's how to turn it off. (more…)