hardware

Hacking

Watch a Hacker Install a Firmware Backdoor on a Laptop in Less Than 5 Minutes

This demo shows that “evil maid attacks,” hacks where an attacker has physical access to a target computer, are not as complicated as you may think.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.23.18
Tedium

The Real Industry Behind Fake Electronics

The history of the fake electronics that you sometimes see in furniture stores or in houses for sale. No, that 60-inch flat-screen TV doesn’t turn on.
Ernie Smith
4.11.18
hardware

What Is Rapid Packed Math and How Does It Make 'Far Cry 5' Better?

Radeon's RX Vega will make extreme gaming more ... extreme.
Michael Byrne
8.2.17
great deal

This Ridiculous Laptop Cost $20,000 in the 90s

Buys a $20,000 computer, plays 'Doom.'
Samantha Cole
7.14.17
Inspirion

Dell Made the Least Embarrassing Gaming PC I’ve Ever Seen

Because not all gaming PCs have to look like Weber grills modified for street racing.
Emanuel Maiberg
5.30.17
privacy

This Spy App Can See If You’ve Visited Whistleblowing Sites on the Dark Web

It's not in hackers' hands—yet.
Jordan Pearson
5.18.17
computer science

Beware the Microsecond

Computers are optimized for nanosecond and millisecond scales, but that's not good enough anymore.
Michael Byrne
4.10.17
Paris

This Bionic Nerf Gun Can Be Fired Without a Hand

Parisian maker collective Hackerloop has lots of Nerf battles. They wanted their friend with no hand to be able to join in the fun, so they built him a custom nonlethal weapon.
Grennan Milliken
1.6.17
history

The Year That the Entire Computer Industry Ran Out of Memory

For a few years in the mid-1980s, the RAM industry and the oil industry had a lot in common: Supply fluctuations could get severe. That’s why the most common kind of RAM was hard to find in the summer of 1988.
Ernie Smith
11.26.16
DIY

Someone Built a Working Four-Bit Computer Out of Cardboard and Marbles

You don't need electricity to implement binary operations, though it certainly helps.
Michael Byrne
11.26.16
machines

It's Healing Time at Arduino

With new foundation, Arduino seeks to a heal long-stewing trademark dispute.
Michael Byrne
10.2.16
history

The Cloud Is Much, Much Older Than You Think

In 1940, even before proper digital computers had taken shape, mathematicians were offloading calculations to the cloud.
Michael Byrne
9.10.16