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How To Pick a Lock Using Nothing But Hairpins

You can learn the basics of lock picking from a GIF, but for a more nuanced look at the techniques required to actually get a lock open without the key, check out NightHawkInLight's latest tutorial where he uses nothing but a pair of strategically bent hairpins in the process. Read More >>

Any Key You Can Photograph is a Key That Can be Copied

If you take a picture of a car or house key, could you use that picture to get a copy made? Yes—quite trivially, actually. I have a folder on my laptop that is filled with photos people have taken of their keys and put onto the internet. Every few weeks, I take some idle time and associate one of those keys to an address (lots of Googling, mostly) and then I decode the cuts in the key. Read More >>

A Multipurpose Key That Will Unlock Your Inner MacGyver

In addition to opening doors, that set of keys in your pocket also serves as makeshift knives, prybars, and even ice scrapers. But why risk accidentally bending a key and losing access to your home when this key sized multi-tool can do so much more? Read More >>

"World's Smallest" USB Stick Squeezes 64GB into a Tiny Silvery Peanut

This tiny USB stick is the K'1, a miniature USB 3.0 dongle designed to be left permanently plugged into your sleek ultrabook or clunky old laptop to compliment its groaning onboard storage space. You won't notice it's there. Or snap it off. Read More >>

An Emergency Lightning Cable That's No Bigger Than Your House Key

The makers of the ChargeCard—that wallet-friendly credit card-sized sync cable for smartphones—are back with a new product called the ChargeKey that's instead designed to hang out on your keychain. It's almost like a stripped down version of the ChargeCard that sheds most of the plastic so it can easily sidle up next to your keys, but at the cost of being incredibly short which limits where you can use it. Read More >>

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How to Harness Solar Energy to Make Your Own Post-Apocalyptic Keys

We all know the world's going to end at some point, and sure maybe it's not entirely 'likely' to happen anytime soon, but better safe than sorry. So assuming you've already been working diligently on your underground, radiation proof bunker, what's going to happen when you need extra keys made with nary a (non zombie) locksmith in sight? Fortunately, as Hack A Day shows us, there's an easy, accurate enough way to make your very own spare keys with nothing more than some plaster, the sun, and a giant fresnel lens. Read More >>

The iPhone 5C Looks Much More Scratch-Proof Than the iPhone 5

After seeing that shiny black plastic back shell the other day, which purported to be from the iPhone 5C, I was worried that it'd be a scratch-prone mess like the iPhone 3G and 3GS were before it. But a new video out of Taiwan seems to suggest it's pretty hardy, something akin to Samsung's plastic-backed Galaxy S III and S4. Read More >>

This Personal Alarm Weaponises Your House Key

The Hit's unique design actually makes it incredibly difficult to silence the alarm if you don't know the secret to deactivating it. So you'll want to encourage your friends not to mess around with it. And if the alarm doesn't scare off a would-be attacker, you can do a considerable amount of physical harm with the key that automatically pops up when the alarm is activated. Read More >>

KeyMe: Store Your Keys In the Cloud, Never Get Locked Out Again

Whether you've got to deal with a crotchety landlord or a dopey locksmith, we can all agree that replacing lost or stolen keys can be a drag. KeyMe, a new service launched this week in New York, seems to have found a solution by storing your keys in the cloud and making them accessible via a kiosk 24/7. Read More >>

Hilarious Car Key Hack Lets You Drive It Like You Stole It

Basic metal-working skills probably aren't going to hurt here, and will ensure your screwdriver key doesn't immediately fall apart the first time you use it. Be warned, though, as the creator of this hack points out, the handle hanging off your key adds a lot of weight and leverage that could probably screw your ignition if bumped. And if your car's key uses a chip, this hack unfortunately isn't for you. Read More >>

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How Keys Work Explained In One Perfect Animated GIF

Ever wondered how a key opens a lock? Wonder no more. If this is not one of the best animated GIFs I've ever seen, I don't what is. First, because creator Stian Berg Larsen taught me something new. And then, because it's so satisfying to see it work. Aaaaaah. Oh yes. [soupThanks Karl!] Read More >>

Would You Want To Use Your NFC-Enabled Phone As Car Keys?

Normally you hear about NFC in some kind of "mobile payments" context, but that's not the only place it could shake things up. Hyundai is working on some new prototype tech that could have you using your NFC smartphone as the keys to your car. Read More >>

Media Centre Update Flaw Makes Unlocking Easy for Windows 8 Pirates

Microsoft has been offering Windows 8 Pro users a free upgrade to the Media Centre edition of the OS, which is very kind. What's even kinder is that this key also lets pirate users fully unlock pirated versions of the code. Read More >>

Handcuff Key Cufflinks Would Get James Bond Out of Any Lock-Up

Seemingly targeted at dapper globe-trotting spies, or wealthy perpetrators of corporate crimes, these stylish Sparrow Uncuff Links feature a handcuff secretly incorporated into their design. Except that it's not so secret. How long is it really going to take for super-villain henchmen or law enforcement to recognize that distinctive telling keyhole logo on the cufflinks? Not very. Read More >>

Key Copying Vending Machines: For Burglars or Homeowners?

Maybe I'm just paranoid, but when I see a vending machine designed to easily duplicate keys, my immediate thought isn't, "Wow, that's convenient!" It's: "Wow, what an easy way to secretly duplicate someone's key without being seen doing it!" Read More >>


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