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iPadLock protects your iPad

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on December 8th, 2010

Apple’s iPad is a popular device, and so it is popular with thieves as well. Sadly the iPad doesn’t have any built-in security, but MacLocks is here to help with the iPadLock. It’s a clear case that will protect your iPad with a security slot, giving your tablet some extra protection.

The case is available for pre-order right now for $40 without the cable lock and for $65 for the version that comes with the lock.

AutoBot app lets you control your car

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2010

AutoBot is a new iPhone and Android app that works with a Bluetooth OBD-II dongle and lets you diagnose engine problems, keep track of maintenance, and even locate your car via GPS if it is stolen. It can even be configured to automatically send a text to loved ones if you get into an accident, telling them your GPS coordinates.

The app recently won a startup competition at i-Stage 2010. It sounds great, but sadly it isn’t slated to be available until 2012. When it does ship it will cost $300 for the hardware and the software, with an extra fee to get rid of pop-up ads.

Rock Lock protects your guitar from thieves

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2010

Guitar theft is apparently an epidemic and the Rock Lock Company wants to put an end to it and protect guitars everywhere. The lock is basically a buckle that snaps around your guitar neck, then you loop it around something immobile and lock it into place. Just like how you protect your bike.

It will cost you $49.99 and you can pre-order it now with free shipping. It’s a small price to pay to protect an expensive instrument.

Carbon Fiber iWallet sounds an alarm if stolen

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2009

Carbon Fiber iWallet sounds an alarm if stolenIf you are always worried about your wallet being stolen, the iWallet might help ease your mind and keep your cash and credit cards safe. The iWallet is a Kevlar and carbon fiber wallet that features a fingerprint reader, so that only you can open it.

It also has built-in Bluetooth so that the wallet can detect when it’s too far away from your cell phone(stolen) and sound an alarm. Thing is at $600, or just $300 for the fiberglass version, what money will you have left?

Flipside Wallet protects you from RFID theft

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2009

Flipside Wallet protects you from RFID theftThe Flipside Wallet is a wallet for the 21st century. It’s a front pocket wallet that acts like a traditional bi-fold, but has some added features for the times we live in. It’s secure, durable and functional. The Flipside Wallet is made from high strength polymers and anodized aluminum alloy components.

The interesting part is that the wallet will also shield your Credit and I.D. cards from RFID theft. Carry all of your cash, cards and pictures like you normally do. Everything is just more secure.

Guy steals prototype phones from Sony Ericsson

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on January 14th, 2009

Guy steals prototype phones from Sony EricssonThe details are a bit sketchy, but the word coming out of Sweden is that some 35-year-old tech obsessed dude was brazen enough to steal several prototype phones from Sony Ericsson’s Lund offices on Monday or Tuesday. As you might expect, he was arrested on Wednesday when police found the prototypes at his home. Oh and he apparently also had a hundred other phones.

According to Sony Ericsson, the thief wasn’t employed by them, but had a “working relationship” with the company. They think he used a pass card to gain entry to the building. Police also got their hands on a laptop with some questionable content. They’re estimating the total value of the theft totaled about $90,000.

Ericsson and Intel developing Laptop kill switch

Posted in Intel by Conner Flynn on December 11th, 2008

Ericsson and Intel developing Laptop kill switchThere’s always the chance that someone may steal your laptop and enjoy a nice relaxing day of browsing through your digital life. The very idea sucks, but Ericsson and Intel are developing a solution. The two companies are working on a remote kill switch for laptops.

Outfitted with both HSPA and GPS, the laptop can be SMS disabled and also globally located if stolen. A disabled laptop cannot be booted while third party software can handle aspects of extra data encryption. A thief with some tech know-how may be able to get around some or all of these measures, but at least this would be a deterrent to theft.


Exploding bike lock keeps your ride safe

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2008

Exploding bike lock keeps your ride safeBike theft is always going on, especially in big cities. And it really sucks to have your bike stolen and have to walk home. Chances are they can’t even catch the thief, because your bike is so similar to everyone else’s and he’s long gone. These problems are now solved thanks to the exploding bike lock. The exploding bike lock…explodes.

If a thief tries to cut it, bang! It goes off. It sprays permanent dye everywhere when it’s cut, so the thief is covered and thereby easily identified. Chances are he’ll leave the bike and he will also be identifiable. I personally think that it would be an added bonus if it smelled like, say, urine. Serves him right. It’s called Karma punk!

Fake stereo protects your real stereo

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2008

Fake stereo protects your real stereo
Whether you find yourself in a so called good part of town or bad, there are thieves everywhere just waiting to cash in on your devices. All it really takes to fool these fools is a bit of DIY to fake them out.

You’ll need some Velcro, a generous helping of epoxy glue and an old cassette tape. Just follow the instructions and hopefully it will keep you from getting ripped off. Because let’s face it, you’ve gotta be a real bottom feeder of a criminal to be stealing cassette decks in 2008.

Fingerprint recognition the future of credit?

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2008

Fingerprint recognition the future of credit?
The loss or misplacement of credit cards is a common worry. No one wants a thief to find it and go on a spending spree. You may not have to worry about it much longer, thanks to this new product in development. It’s a collaboration by Swiss company AXSionics and Siemens.

It’s in the shape and size of your average credit card, only a little thicker due to the fingerprint reader, an LCD display and a few optical sensors. It works just like a typical ATM or credit card but is far more secure. It will only work in the original card user’s hands. The company claims that the system can be put in place without any additional software on all commonly used PCs or laptops being needed. It’s in the process of being tested by several banks in Germany and Switzerland.

Disguise your iPod as a vintage Walkman

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2008

iPod Walkman
iPods are one of the most common devices that thieves will steal easily if given half a chance. Therefore, it’s better to have it disguised as something else. And while you might look a little odd listening to your vintage 80’s walkman, no one will ever suspect that there’s a valuable iPod inside.

This clever iPod concealer has authentic looks right down to a see-through clear plastic front. Unfortunately you can’t get one of these for your own right now. This one the owner made himself. Ever think you would see an iPod in an old Walkman? I know I never thought I’d live to see the day. He gets points for originality. Who knows, this sort of thing may just revive that old 80’s walkman style, that seemed so cool back then.