How Hackers Can Hack You Using Social Engineering

Gone are the days when hackers use malicious code that you have to run on your computer for a hacker to get access to your machine.

Did you know that they can even watch you using your own web cam?

Watch how hackers obtain your personal information. This is from DEF CON.

Save Your Wrist, Ditch the Mouse, Use Keyboard Shortcuts Instead

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Who doesnt love their mouse?

But what most people dont realise is that improper positioning  of your wrist while using the mouse can cause you to suffer from “carpal tunnel” syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition in which the middle nerve in your wrists are compressed as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel and causes pain, numbness and tingling. Pain in carpal tunnel syndrome is primarily numbness that is so intense that it wakes one from sleep.

What most people dont realise is that most of the functions that the mouse performs can be done with the keyboard.

For example, if you want to select the five words in this sentence from this point onwards, instead of moving your hand from the keyboard to the mouse, just press the Ctrl key, the Shift key and either the right arrow key simultaneously to select the words to the right of the selection point. Then you can press the Delete button on your keyboard to delete the words. And if you made a mistake, instead of using the mouse to go to File-Edit-Undo, just press the Ctrl and z button simultaneously and voila, the deleted words are back.

Windows has tons of keyboard shortcuts. Using them helps improve your productivity and causes less strain on your wrist.

If you’re a Windows 7 user, here is a cheat sheet for Windows 7.

If you’re a Windows 8 user, this this Windows 8 cheat sheet instead.

Long live the keyboard!

 

Android Free App of the Day

Google recently launched a new service where it gave for free a new app every day on the Google Play store.

 

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Download the free App of the Day icon to be notified of the newly available app daily. Most of the apps offered are paid versions offered for free. Each offer only lasts for 24 hours.

 

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Copenhagen Wheel – Making Your Bicycle Smart

This is not about the bike.

This is about a wheel.

A “smart wheel” that fits on just about any bike, the Copenhagen wheel captures energy from braking or riding downhill and then gives the rider a boost when he needs it. An app lets the cyclist adjust the settings and the wheel learns the users habits to optimise the ride.

 

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The features the wheel provides are:

POWER ASSIST
Riders are given a boost as they pedal by measuring their effort, instead of using a throttle. This preserves the normal biking experience while enabling riders to bike faster, farther, and easier.

REGENERATIVE BRAKING
As you bike, the wheel is able to capture energy when braking or going down hill that it stores in the integrated lithium battery pack.

SMART CONTROL
All actuation of the wheel happens automatically via the pedals through sensing and control algorithms. When the rider pedals harder, such as when going uphill, the wheel pushes with increasing power. Using your smartphone with the Superpedestrian app, you can vary the level of powered assist.

SDK
The Copenhagen Wheel SDK enables developers to get creative and develop a host of applications ranging from navigation to customizing the behavior of the wheel.

SEAMLESS DESIGN
The Copenhagen Wheel makes your bike look even better. It’s completely wireless, compact and simple; all designed for your everyday commute. Twist two nuts, install the wheel, download the app and you’re ready to go!

MOBILE APP
Get more from your Wheel by downloading the complimentary mobile app, which allows you to lock/unlock your wheel, choose amongst a menu of customizable rides, and track personal usage statistics including time, distance, calories burned, elevation climbed and more, all of which can be compared and shared with friends.

Here’s the wheel in action:

How Do You Find Your Missing Camera?

If you’ve had the unfortunate experience of losing your camera, don’t fret. You can now use an online tool to locate your camera.

 

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StolenCameraFinder.com helps locate your missing camera by using the serial number from the EXIF information of your picture (you have to upload an unmodified JPEG image) and searches the world wide web for a matching serial number. StolenCameraFinder.com only works with JPEG and not RAW images (mainly due to the size of RAW files).

Then what happens?

There is no indication how fast you’ll get your camera but if StolenCameraFinder.com finds a matching serial number on any picture posted online, it will attempt to gather as much information about the poster and send you the information. You can then forward the details to the local police.

Has this worked?

Let’s see what Kevin Hayes from Melbourne has to say about it.

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And this is a map of cameras reported stolen and found.

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Some of the best things in life are FREE ( I am referring to this site and not the stolen cameras 🙂  )

Home and Hotel Safety

This news is courtesy of a good friend who travels a lot and stays alone at hotels and at home. She saw this while on her trip to the US.

Police in the US recommends a simple safety device called the Super Grip Lock to be placed on your door lock to prevent someone from breaking in or opening your door even if they have a key.

Here’s a video showing how the device works.

If it’s not available in your local hardware store, its available on Amazon.

Organize Your Mobile and Web Reading with Pocket

I’m a voracious reader. I have more books than I can read. I have more ebooks that I can possibly find the time to read. And yet I scour the web for interesting snippets to keep my mind happy.

And it irritates me when I don’t have a pen and paper to bookmark interesting sites on my phone. I used to use Evernote to keep track of interesting web sites until I bumped into Pocket!

Pocket lets you easily save articles, videos, and other web content for later. All your items go to one place, so you can view, organize and share them anytime, on any device, even offline

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You can save articles, news stories, blog posts, videos, recipes, and any web links that you find online or from your favourite apps and view them on your tablet, smart phone or computer (everything synchronised).

 

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Pocket even works when you’re offline. Access links and articles you’ve saved even without an Internet connection. You can also set Pocket to only download when connected to Wi-Fi to reduce data usage.

 

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Archive or Favorite links you’ve read or watched. Add Tags to organize related content into topics or categories and stay in sync across all your devices.

Whether you’re browsing online or on-the-go with apps like Flipboard and Feedly, you can easily save interesting articles to Pocket that lets you access them whenever you want.

After you’re done reading or watching, send the articles and videos you enjoyed to another friend’s Pocket, or share to Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, or email.

Pocket’s available on Android and iOS.

This is one tool you’ll be glad to have on your mobile.

 

Drinking Smarter

Yes, finally a cup that measures how much you drink and synchs it with your smartphone app.

Meet the Vessyl smart cup.

It’s a smart cup that can detect the liquid you’re drinking. The funny thing is it can apparently even detect the brand of what you’re drinking!

Vessyl can detect most liquids, including alcohol, yoghurt, smoothies. However, for the moment, it can’t detect any trace contaminants but apparently its on their to do list.

The Vessyl monitors the calories that you’re drinking. So if you’re into a healthy lifestyle, your Vessyl will tell you how many calories you’re consuming from your drinks.

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Vessyl monitors sugar, caffeine of every hot and cold drink you’re having. Just don’t put your Vessyl in a dishwasher or microwaves, I am sure the sensors in the cup wont like it.

So now when you go into a restaurant and ask for Diet Coke and they give you Coke, you’ll know!

Get your Vessyl at http://www.myvessyl.com