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Switch Hack Tegra

The Nintendo Switch was hacked back in February to run Linux, but now a team has revealed a flaw that enables users to run arbitrary code through an exploit of an unpatchable flaw in the console's Nvidia Tegra X1 chip. That's right, it's at the silicon level of the Tegra X1 chip's USB recovery mode, which normally prevents hardware hackers from accessing the system's bootROM, thus the vulnerability allows for the entire 'root-of-trust' for the processor to be compromised. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Nintendo Switch Linux

The Nintendo Switch is a fine game console, but unfortunately, you're not able to load your own software on it, that is unless...hacker team "FailOverflow" has gotten their hands on the device. That's right, they managed to get a full Linux distro running on a hacked Switch, complete with touchscreen support, web browser, as well as a GPU-powered demo application. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Mercedes Keyless Entry Hacked

What you're looking at above is newly released security footage that shows a Mercedes-Benz C-Class being stolen in the British town of Solihull. The two perpetrators approach the car with two relay boxes, and these little devices are reportedly able to receive the signals from a keyless remote through walls, doors, and even windows. Once the signal is captured, it's automatically transmitted through to a second box being held near the car, thus opening its doors. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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DIY iPad Holder

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Wall hooks are great for hanging clothes, pictures, and apparently, tablets as well. For those who want to watch their favorite videos in the shower, provided you have a water-resistant case, there's specialized hooks for that job too. That is just one of the many everyday life hacks that you can actually use on a regular basis. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus life hacks.

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Equifax Hack

Equifax, a provider of consumer credit scores, announced today that a hack exposed the personal details of potentially 143 million U.S. consumers between mid-May and July. Cyber criminals allegedly accessed details, including names, social security numbers, and, in some cases, driver's license numbers by exploiting a U.S. website application Plus, credit card numbers of around 209,000 U.S. consumers and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information of around 182,000 U.S. consumers were accessed. Continue reading for the news report and more information, including a link to check yourself.

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16GB Fire Tablet

Amazon's 16GB Fire Tablet can be hacked to run just about any app from the Google Play store, and it's being offered for just $59.99 shipped, today only. The fast quad-core processor consists of four high-performance 1.3 GHz cores for quick app launches, smooth games and videos, and great overall performance. It also features a 1024 x 600 IPS display with 171 ppi for a bright display with vivid colors and whiter whites. Product page. Continue reading for another video tutorial and more information.

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How to Extract a Splinter

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Survival hacks are one thing, these strange life hacks, digitized by the New York Public Library, found in cigarette boxes from over 100 years ago, are another. Many of them may not be practical in today's world, but learning how to extract a splinter back in the day wasn't as simple as hopping on Google. These cigarette cards were popular collectibles, and were included in every pack purchased. Yes, the famous 1909 T206 Honus Wagner baseball card was also found in American Tobacco Company cigarette packs. Continue reading for more interesting life hacks from the early 1900s. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Amazon Alexa Skull

Amazon Echo is great for simple tasks, but one man has transformed it into "Yorick", something worthy of a haunted house or horror movie. That's right, Mike McGurrin has managed to make Alexa talk in sync with a skull prop, and it's powered by Raspberry Pi running AlexaPi software. "I like to decorate for Halloween, including various talking skeletons that I've set up over the years. For Christmas 2015, my wife gave me a great 3 axis talking skull with moving eyes so I could upgrade one of the skeletons from just a moving jaw skull. Then a friend suggested that there had to be other applications for the rest of the year. This got me thinking, and when I saw the Alexa Billy Bass I knew what I had to do, and the Yorick project was born. I'm pretty happy with the result," said McGurrin. Continue reading for another video, pictures and information.

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LEGO Keyholder

LEGO sets are nothing new, but sometimes, you're left with a bunch of a extra pieces. Before throwing them out, or selling the lot, consider turning at least a few of the pieces into functional key holders. All you'll need is: a base plate, selection of bricks / plates, adhesive putty or pads, a spirit level, and keys on a keyring or chain. Continue reading for more creative ways to use everyday things. Click here for a few bonus life hacks.

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Secret iPhone Display

Celal Goger, a 42-year-old mobile phone repairman from the Turkish town of Bismil, Diyarbakır province, has created a special mobile display that can only be seen with special privacy glasses. He programmed a small chip to turn the display on an iPhone, iPad, etc. completely white, while another chip that is mounted on any pair of glasses and connects via Blutooth, to unmask the content. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral drone footage showing the devastating power of flood waters.

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