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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aftermath of our annual ritual for receiving the newest and shiniest iPhones, let’s not forget that even our slightly outdated phones are pretty nifty devices.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.


The iCloud Flaw That Could Have Caused The Nude Celeb Leaks

Over the weekend, there’s been a slew of images released showing celebrities in varying states of undress. Now, it appears that a flaw in iCloud could be responsible for the images making their way online.


Hackers Steal Gigabytes Of Customer Data From JPMorgan And Other Banks

Hackers broke into the computer networks of at least five US banks and siphoned off gigabytes of data, which included chequing and savings account information of millions of customers, the New York Times reports. Security experts are describing the attack as “extremely sophisticated”.


Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Had Her Phone Hacked

At the height of the diplomatic and humanitarian crisis that was the MH17 disaster, it’s understandable that the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop MP, would have been glued to her phone carefully negotiating access to the site. Upon her return to Australia, however, intelligence officials seized the device following reports it had been hacked.


The Gyroscope In Your Smartphone Can Be Easily Used To Spy On You

Sure, the gyroscope in your smartphone is great for whizzing past the competition in Need For Speed. But did you know that it can also be used to eavesdrop on your conversations?


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