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Protect Yourself Against Heartbleed, The Web’s Security Disaster

The recently discovered Heartbleed bug exposed a gaping hole in the security software that’s supposed to keep your information private while shopping, managing your finances or sending and reading email. While there still aren’t any signs that the bug has actually led to eavesdropping or theft—financial, identity or otherwise—it’s probably only a matter of time. The good […]

7 Heartbleed Myths Debunked

People are on edge thanks to Heartbleed, a coding mistake that inadvertently laid waste to the security of many big online services. The revelation this week shocked the world. And new reports coming out about Heartbleed only seems to inspire more worries, not less. The unfortunate result is a lot of misinformation going around.  Care […]

Windows Phone 8.1: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly [Review]

Windows Phone is finally all grown up. Well, almost. To date, Microsoft’s mobile operating system has been an attractive, if somewhat frustrating, member of the Windows family. Windows Phone did all the things a smartphone operating system should—like make calls and texts, download the most popular apps and listen to music and take pictures. But the […]

Who Should Buy Google Glass?

For one day only, Google will put its futurewear optics on sale to the general public. On Tuesday, April 15 at 9am ET, Google will be “opening up some spots in the Glass Explorer Program,” allowing any U.S. resident to buy the before-its-time wearable computer known as Google Glass. At $1500, the device’s early adopter […]

This Vending Machine Uses Arduino To Tweet-Shame Your Sweets

Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech. Meet the vending machine that tweet shames candy bar buyers. Would you think twice about your sweet treat if you knew that an automated dispensary would tell the world about it? A UK-based group of creative crafters called Nottingham Hackspace has revamped its […]

Eco Brick

I love heating my house with my fireplace and wood stove. Its carbon neutral, it targets the heat where I want it, and somehow it just feels warmer then forced air heat. I don’t love dealing with firewood. I don’t like storing it, trying to keep it dry, and I especially don’t like going outside […]

Google Beefs Up Android Security In Wake Of Fake App Scam

Google’s Android security bouncer is packing on some extra pounds for the spring. Earlier this week, Android users were rocked when they discovered a hot new app that had rocketed to the top of the Google Play charts was a total fake. The app—Virus Shield—promised security protection for apps that users had downloaded on their […]

Building A Raspberry Pi VPN Part One: How And Why To Build A Server

Free, unencrypted wireless is everywhere, but you shouldn’t be checking your bank account on it unless you don’t mind somebody else snooping. The solution? A virtual private network, or VPN. A VPN extends your own private network into public places, so even if you’re using Starbucks’ Wi-Fi connection, your Internet browsing stays encrypted and secure. […]

Facebook Begins Its News Feed Spring Cleaning

Facebook’s long-promised News Feed clean-up is about to begin. On Thursday, Facebook announced its three-pronged plan to prevent spammy content from filling up your News Feed. Specifically, Facebook is going after so-called “like-baiting,” in which users blatantly ask readers to like, comment, or share a story. According to the company, people consider these stories to be […]

Pebble’s Eric Migicovsky On How To Make Smartwatches People Want

There’s a problem with gadgets today, and Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky thinks he knows exactly what it is: “Technology shouldn’t change your own personal habits. It should mesh into the lifestyle you already live.”  It sounds like common sense, but in a world where inventors too often expect people to adapt and conform to new […]

How Codenomicon Found The Heartbleed Bug Now Plaguing The Internet

You know that song lyric about the first cut being the deepest? It’s complete rubbish. Heartbleed taught us all that. Because the more we learn about this online data-security wound, the deeper that threat seems to go.  Discovered independently by Google engineer Neel Mehta and the Finnish security firm Codenomicon, Heartbleed has been called “one […]

Armour39: A Fitness Tracker That’s Smarter Than Most

ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.  I’ve long been fascinated by Armour39, an activity-tracking device made by Under Armour. I got a chance to test it in March at the South By Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. Since then, I’ve continued to work out with the device […]

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