Car thieves are hacking and stealing Jeeps

Remember those halcyon days when car thieves had to actually work to steal your car by cutting a few wires or jamming a screwdriver into the ignition? Well kiss them goodbye, because the dude boosting your new baby is going high tech. According to Engadget, which picked up the news …

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Pogue's Basics: Catch every error when proofreading

As anyone who writes or publishes can tell you, attaining a perfect proofread—ferreting out every typo, missing word, and so on—is staggeringly difficult. You can read over something six times, swear it’s perfect—and then show it to someone else who spots a typo instantly. Somehow, your brain gets lulled into …

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Surprise: a lot of smart locks have terrible security

Gadget makers love the Internet of Things. Just look at connected refrigerators, connected tampons, and connected pregnancy tests as some examples. As I’ve said before, and I’ll say again, the security of these devices is often inadequate. This week at DEF CON, two researchers, Anthony Rose and Ben Ramsey, emphasized …

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A bot is using Trump's conspiracy playbook against him

Donald Trump probably didn’t donate to the North American Man/Boy Love Association. I say probably because there’s absolutely no proof that he did, and he doesn’t really seem to donate to anyone. But there’s no proof that he didn’t donate to NAMBLA either. So how can we really know? By most …

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Brave dolphin reminds world not to use an iPad as a camera

In 2016, it’s become acceptable to use an iPad as a camera. No longer the domain of parents on vacation, iPad photography has been coopted by the young, who shamelessly lift their large screens in the air, obstructing the view as they film entire concerts. Notably, The Verge‘s own Sean O’Kane …

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