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This Old Cassette Recorder Actually Plays Spotify

Don’t judge a gadget by its outer casing. This might look like the kind of device that you — or, depressingly for us, your parents — used to make mix tapes on many moons ago, but inside lurks the ability to play tunes from Spotify.


Smartwatches Fulfil Their True Destiny With A Game Boy Emulator

Google and Apple can pitch them as productivity tools all they want, but the real reason anyone would strap a smartwatch to their wrist is as a more covert way to kill time and avoid boredom. So it’s good to know that when your Twitter and Facebook feeds run dry, you can always boot up a Game Boy emulator on your Android Wear watch to stay distracted.


Dropbox Usernames And Passwords Leak Online: Time To Change Your Logins

Hope you can think of another completely random series of letters and numbers to carry around in your head: usernames and passwords of Dropbox users have leaked online, with the cloud storage service reportedly forcing a reset of every user’s password this afternoon.


Hack-O-Lantern Turns Your Kid's Pumpkin Into An Interactive Spooker

Except for maybe the addition of child-safe power tools, not much has changed in decades when it comes to carving a Jack-o-lantern. But if you want Halloween to be about more than gutting a pumpkin and sugar rushes, LittleBits has come out with a simple kit that turns a Jack-o-lantern into a lesson about basic electronics.


How To Hack An Inkjet To Print Custom-Coloured Makeup

After graduating from Harvard, Grace Choi decided that she wanted to target the makeup industry with a low-cost device that would actually let consumers simply print their own. And while she’s working on perfecting (and raising the needed funding) to put her Mink printer into production, she’s created a tutorial on how to hack a run-of-the-mill inkjet to actually print makeup.


How To Make A 1000x Microscope With Your Phone And A Glass Bead

In the aftermath of our annual ritual for receiving the newest and shiniest iPhones, let’s not forget that even our slightly outdated phones are pretty nifty devices. With a cheap glass bead, a 3D-printed clip, and the camera of an old phone, scientists have made a powerful microscope with up to 1000x magnification. And, better yet, they have shared the instructions — all two steps of it.


GE's New Chip Lets You Easily Hack And Mod Its Appliances

At one time hardware manufacturers frowned on consumers trying to hack or modify their products, but they’re slowly coming around to the idea. In fact, GE finally sees being able to hack an appliance as a value-added feature, so the company is releasing an interface board that makes it easy to mod your fridge, dryer, freezer or whatever.


A Mobile Aquarium Steered By A Fish Named José

As mesmerising as an aquarium full of fish can be, it’s hard to not feel bad about imprisoning them in a glass cell. And maybe that’s partly what inspired Adam Ben-Dor, the creator of that awesome animated Pixar-like desk lamp, to build the Abovemarine; a glass bowl on omni-directional wheels that lets its sole swimming occupant steer it around.


This Firewall Keeps Phony Towers From Intercepting Your Phone Calls

Earlier this week, we reported about how rogue mobile phone towers all over the US could be intercepting phone calls and loading malware on devices. The good news: There’s a firewall that identifies these towers and alerts you instantly. The bad news: You need a $US3500 device to use it.


Phony Mobile Towers Could Be Intercepting User Data In The US

You wouldn’t know an interceptor from an ordinary mobile phone tower, there’s no way you can. Except that when your phone connects to one, a variety of over-the-air attacks become possible — everything from eavesdropping to pushing spyware on the device. It all happens stealthily, silently.


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