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Boing Boing

  • How to play a Hammond organ
    I have a 1956 Hammond M3, youtube and this here book. Wish me luck!I bought Hammond Organ Complete because I literally had no clue how to even turn on the Hammond M3 I decided would complete my living room. Took me a while to figure out it wasn'…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 5:56pm -
  • Share anything from your Mac instantly with Dropshare 4
     Dropshare is a dead-simple file sharing utility that doesn’t tie you to any specific cloud service. A license for the Mac version is available now in the Boing Boing Store for $12.99.Sharing files with other people usually kicks off the same tedi…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 4:00pm -
  • Vote for the best Halloween candies, for science
    Remember last year? Remember the above figure (direct link), where all was laid out? This is how SCIENCE ranks your Halloween haul. Kit Kat and actual cash at the top, dental floss and anything whole wheat near the bottom. Well, now it's time for t…
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 1:51pm -
  • Kids' smart watches are a security/privacy dumpster-fire
    The Norwegian Consumer Council hired a security firm called Mnemonic to audit the security of four popular brands of kids' smart watches and found a ghastly array of security defects: the watches allow remote parties to seize control over them in or…
    - 9 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 12:43pm -
  • Sailor tattoos decoded
    Tall ship sailor-turned-cartoonist Lucy Bellwood's gorgeous "The Art of the Sailor" is an informative guide to the meaning of sailor tattoos. It first appeared in Vancouver Maritime Museum's traveling exhibit, "Tattoos and Scrimshaw: the Art of the S…
    - 9 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 11:59am -
  • Take a look at the Gonzo Gizmo author's favorite tools
    My guest on the Cool Tools Show podcast this week is Simon Quellen Field. Simon is a chemist and former Google software engineer and is the author of over a dozen books, including Gonzo Gizmos, Return of Gonzo Gizmos, Culinary Reactions, Why is Milk…
    - 21 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 12:31am -
  • A new IoT botnet called Reaper could be far more virulent than Mirai
    In 2016, an Internet of Things worm called Mirai tore through the internet, building botnets of millions of badly designed CCTVs, PVRs, routers and other gadgets, sending unstoppable floods of traffic that took down major internet services from Payp…
    - 22 hours ago, 20 Oct 17, 11:11pm -
  • There's nothing like relaxing at home with your dog
    "Petting your dog," writes Blake Boege, "is the most relaxing thing you can possibly do."
    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 17, 7:24pm -


  • New Twitch tools help you become a pro streamer
    Many Twitch streamers dream of turning pro, but getting there is a fuzzy process. How do you know you've 'made it' and can apply to become an affiliate or partner? And how do you make a big deal out of staple events like channel raids and new viewe…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 4:31pm -
  • The best devices and apps to up your selfie game
    The first time a stranger on the train told me I had a nice smile, I didn't believe her. Back then, I hadn't yet had my crooked teeth fixed, and my self-esteem wasn't anywhere as high as it is today. I was an ugly kid, and it took a shocking number o…
    - 6 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 3:00pm -
  • How Microsoft embraced 'messy’ creativity with Windows Ink
    Windows Ink isn't Microsoft's first stab at bringing stylus support to PCs -- that would be Windows XP Tablet Edition -- but it is the company's most successful. It made stylus support a core part of Windows 10, and it's a big reason you're seeing so…
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 1:30pm -
  • The Morning After: Weekend Edition
    Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.Welcome to the weekend. We'll recap this week's news highlights, plus big stories from Friday like Project Loon-distributed internet going live in Puerto Rico.
    - 9 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 12:00pm -
  • Google's annual report shows more web traffic is encrypted
    For several years now, Google has been exerting pressure to increase the usage of HTTPS across the internet. By defaulting to secure connections on both ends, users can be protected from anyone who may intercept or even manipulate data as it flows ba…
    - 12 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 8:59am -
  • Apple's Upgrade Program offers a 'head start' on iPhone X
    While initial pre-orders for the iPhone X are still a week away from opening, some Apple die-hards will be able to get started early. Apple's installment-based Upgrade Program that lets customers get a new phone every year will, just like it did with…
    - 17 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 3:59am -
  • Vector plans three 'microsatellite' launches in Virginia
    Virginia's governor announced that microsatellite delivery company Vector has arranged a trio of launches from the state's spaceport on Wallops Island. While the notice gave no information on the payloads or customers, they will be very small compare…
    - 19 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 2:02am -
  • Senators want to know if Apple fought back on China's VPN ban
    Apple CEO Tim Cook wasn't pleased about pulling VPN software from the company's App Store in China, but this July, it happened anyway. As a result, many users who once counted on such software to dodge the country's Great Firewall were left to their.…
    - 21 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 12:54am -


  • Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Might Only Be Announced In November
    As you might have heard, Sprint and T-Mobile are apparently working towards merging together. It was previously reported that the merger, or at least plans for the merger, could be announced later this month. However according to a report from Bloomb…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 17, 11:05am -
  • Tim Cook Questioned Over Apple’s Removal Of VPN Apps In China
    Different countries have different rules and regulations, so what might be legal and allowed in one country might not be in another country. Take for example VPN apps which used to be widely available in the iTunes App Store in China, but in recent t…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 17, 11:04am -
  • Google Launches Bug Bounty Program For Third-Party Android Apps
    Bug bounty programs aren’t new and usually most companies have something similar in place where rewards are offered to users, developers, and/or hackers who discover a bug or a security flaw in their services or software. The amount will range depe…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 17, 11:04am -
  • 3 Million iPhone X Units Expected To Be Available At Launch
    If you’re hoping to get your hands on the iPhone X come 3rd of November, you might have heard reports that Apple is facing some supply issues and that there might not be many units available at the start. This seems to be further reinforced by anal…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 17, 11:02am -
  • Facebook’s ‘Explore Feed’ Feature Is Now Rolling Out To Users

    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 17, 11:01am -
  • Ultimate Ears BLAST & MEGABLAST Alexa-Powered Speakers Announced
    If there is one reason Amazon’s Alexa has made so much headway compared to the competition from the likes of Apple or Google, it is because pretty much right from the start, Amazon made Alexa open to third-party developers and manufacturers, thus a…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 17, 10:06am -
  • The UK Could Force Petrol Stations To Install EV Chargers
    The range on electric vehicles these days have definitely come a long way from what they used to be back in the day. However for the most part it’s hard to beat a gas-powered car in terms of range, and also in terms of how quick and easy it is to r…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 17, 10:05am -
  • BBC To Use Artificial Intelligence To Improve Its Programming
    So what makes a television program or a movie successful? Or rather how do studios determine whether or not a brand new movie or TV show idea is worth investing in? There are many factors that are taken into consideration, but it seems over at the BB…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 17, 10:05am -

The Wirecutter

  • The Best Binoculars for Birds, Nature, and the Outdoors
    To find the best binoculars, we had a professional ornithologist spend over 100 hours field-testing 17 pairs against his own $2,500 Leica Ultravids. After using our test pairs in the mountains and hills of Southern California, then on a rese…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 17, 10:27pm -
  • The Best Intermediate Sewing Machines
    After talking with two sewing machine dealers, a teacher, and seasoned sewers, we think computerized machines are the best bet for intermediate sewers and for beginners who know they love sewing and can invest a little more for features that…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 17, 9:42pm -
  • The Best Portable SSD
    After researching 28 external solid-state drives and testing the four most promising contenders in 2017, we found that the best portable SSD is the 500 GB Samsung T5 Portable SSD. Samsung’s solid-state drives work reliably, and the T5 was c…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 17, 8:14pm -
  • The Best Cat Litter Boxes
    After considering nearly 30 litter boxes, we chose 10 and had 12 cats use them and three humans clean them. The Nature’s Miracle High Sided Litter Box is the best. It’s a simple, open box that’s big enough for most cats, with higher sid…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 17, 7:40pm -
  • The Best Wi-Fi Mesh-Networking Kits for Most People
    Mesh-networking kits, which use multiple access points spread around your house, are a great alternative to traditional routers for large and troublesome homes where a single powerful router won’t cut it. After spending over 50 hours testin…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 10:23pm -
  • The Best Shoe Rack
    After spending more than 30 hours researching shoe racks, interviewing professional organizers, and assembling 15 racks by hand, we think the Seville Classics 3-Tier Resin Slat Utility Shoe Rack is the best choice for most people who need ext…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 7:22pm -
  • The Best Napkins and Tablecloth
    Over the course of four years, we spent 75 hours researching almost 100 napkins and tablecloths, and tested 22 to find the best for most people. We like the Williams Sonoma Hotel Dinner Napkins and Tablecloth because they are made from 100 pe…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 6:54pm -
  • Our Guide to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6, 6 Plus, and SE
    If you’re considering a new iPhone—especially if you’re on an upgrade plan from Apple or your carrier—we think the iPhone 8 is the best one for most people. The iPhone 8, along with its larger sibling, the iPhone 8 Plus, offers a numb…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 4:49pm -

Gadgets and Gizmos

  • Fidget Spinners – stress relief, fad, menace or health magic bullet?
    The meteoric rise of fidget spinners in 2017 has surprised many, including me. These palm sized contraptions, fitted with bearings to make them spin, are hugely popular in the playground and are becoming more commonplace in the work environment. But…
    - 27 May 17, 8:24pm -
  • Apple iPhone 8 – News on dates, specs, prices and rumours
    It’s nearly that time again; that time when Apple dim the lights and unveil their new flagship iPhone. The internet has been buzzing with rumours ranging from mediocre to bat shit crazy and I’ve been pretty slow in gathering these together. But h…
    - 26 May 17, 8:49pm -
  • What Are the Snapchat Sunglasses All About?
    The release of new Snapchat sunglasses has raised more than a few eyebrows. So what are these glasses all about? Well, they have been described as being a bit like Google Glass, although they are a good deal cheaper and more limited in what they can…
    - 13 Dec 16, 5:41pm -
  • Samsung Considering Facial Tracking for Gear VR
    The battle for virtual reality supremacy has really warmed up in recent times. While the Samsung VR gear is widely seen as being an affordable option, there are other VR headsets that are regarded as being of higher technical quality. However, news o…
    - 7 Dec 16, 5:35pm -
  • Nike Self-Tying Sneakers Now on Sale
    Those of us who love Back to the Future have been craving self-tying sneakers for a long time. Well, provided that you have a healthy bank account then you can now get hold of the Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 trainers. They only cost a mere £575, which some…
    - 5 Dec 16, 5:27pm -
  • Google Earth VR Will Transport You Anywhere
    The exciting possibilities of virtual reality are perhaps most clearly shown with the recent release of Google Earth VR. As the name suggests, this is an incredible way of seeing the Earth in all its glory by using a virtual reality headset on Google…
    - 29 Nov 16, 7:51pm -
  • Impressive OnePlus 3T Phone Now Launched
    One of the latest interesting handsets to get launched is the exciting looking OnePlus 3T. This manufacturer has gained something of a reputation in recent years for offering high spec phones at decent prices, so how does the new model stack up? Cert…
    - 24 Nov 16, 4:46pm -
  • Mini Countryman SE is First Hybrid Model
    Mini, the world famous manufacturer of tiny cars, has revealed to the world its first ever hybrid vehicle. The Mini Countryman SE was unveiled at the LA Auto Show and immediately made a big impression. This is a 4 wheel drive model but there is somet…
    - 22 Nov 16, 11:39pm -

Slash Gear

  • Sharp’s Aquos R Compact barrows the Essential’s camera notch
    It’s been less than half a year since the Essential Phone debuted with a camera cutout in its display, introducing us to the soon-to-be-ubiquitous “notch.” Apple’s iPhone X was next, of course, and now the design is making its way to Japan’…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 5:25pm -
  • Experience The Walking Dead in VR with AMC’s new app
    AMC’s The Walking Dead returns for its eighth season this weekend, and to help celebrate the TV network has released a new VR app that will let viewers finally step into the role of the show’s titular zombies. Titled AMC VR, the app is available…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 4:20pm -
  • YouTube Red’s next original series is a Tinder-based comedy called ‘Swipe Right’
    YouTube Red‘s original programs have yet to catch up to those from Netflix and Amazon in terms of quality and viewership, but the premium service continues to expand its catalog of content. The company has now greenlit a scripted comedy series base…
    - 6 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 3:25pm -
  • Apple Upgrade Program users get an early start on iPhone X pre-orders
    We’re less than a week away from when Apple opens pre-orders for the highly anticipated iPhone X. While there’s little you can do to guarantee a device on day one, Apple has revealed it’s allowing members of its iPhone Upgrade Program to “get…
    - 7 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 2:24pm -
  • OnePlus 5T renders leak, pairing rear fingerprint sensor with Galaxy S8 design
    It was recently revealed that the OnePlus 5 is completely out of stock in most markets around the globe, including the US and Europe, prompting the smartphone maker’s CEO, Carl Pei, to admit that demand for the device has been higher than expected.…
    - 9 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 12:43pm -
  • Project Loon LTE balloons restore some communications in Puerto Rico
    Alphabet’s Project Loon has brought basic communications back to parts of Puerto Rico for individuals who have LTE phones. The communications are being made possible by Project Loon’s balloons; they’re currently giving people access to the Inte…
    - 20 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 1:41am -
  • 808 Audio XL-V smart speaker arrives with Alexa next month
    808 Audio has just launched its first smart home device, the 808 Audio XL-V. This smart speaker is cylindrical with a tower design and, most importantly, it has Alexa built-in. As with other Alexa devices, 808’s new smart speaker allows users to as…
    - 21 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 12:44am -
  • Adobe Scribbler AI can create a realistic color image from a sketch
    Adobe has detailed a research project in which it has developed an artificial intelligence capable of generating realistic colored images from a sketch. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an AI able to generate realistic images, but they genera…
    - 22 hours ago, 20 Oct 17, 11:43pm -