100th Episode! Great Gadgets Under $100, Cellphone Security Hacked, Patrick @ Defcon


100th Episode! Great Gadgets Under $100, Cellphone Security Hacked, Patrick @ Defcon

DIY Home Audio Streaming, Wireless Headphones, Is Mint.com Secure? Flexilis, PronounceNames.com, Free Video Game. It's our one hundredth episode!

Welcome to Tekzilla... hands on reviews of the latest tech, and how to make the most out of the gear you already own! Veronica Belmont and Patrick Norton are your hosts.

Patrick's back from Defcon, the annual hacker convention, where folks presented vulnerabilities in the iPhone (update to 3.0.1 right now), SSL encryption, the FAA's need to update security and more! Yes, there was a fake ATM machine trying to capture ATM card and PIN numbers. (It's a fairly common scam!)

Patrick's favorite hack at the show: that Apple Keyboard Firmware's been Compromised. A researcher found a way to use flaws in apple keyboard to infect a machine or capture passwords.

It's Tekzilla's 100th Episode! Rather than throw a faux part on screen, we figured we'd fire up a list of our favorite gadgets under $100!

Veronica's list included:

  • Mophie juice pack for the iPhone $99.
  • (Patrick carries the Fastmac TruePower iV, $80)
  • MiFi $99 online price w/ contract.
  • Pogoplug $99.
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard upgrade $29.
  • Zen MP3 players from $44 -

    Patrick's picks included System Memory, USB Thumdrives, Flash memory, Grado's SR60 headphones, 1TB WD Black Hard Drives, Magnovox's $98 Blu-ray player from Walmart, and Windows 7 upgrades... crud, those aren't under $100. (Yet!)

  • System RAM.
  • USB flash drives.
  • Grado Labs SR60i headphones
  • Western Digital 1TB hard drives
  • Magnovox $98 Blu-ray player

    More picks include:

  • Sandisk Sansa Fuze - From $69
  • Belkin USB 2.0 Plus Hub (7 port) - $49
  • HeadRoom Total Airhead headphone amp - $99
  • Apple in-ear headphones - $79
  • SATA to eSATA/USB 2.0 Drive Dock - From $31
  • Roku Digital Video Player - $99. Great if you have Netflix.
  • PlayStation2 - $99
  • ATI 4850 video cards - from $92
  • Nvidia 9800 GT - from $77
  • Leatherman Multi-Tools - from $40
  • Hauppauge TV tuners - from $79
  • Joby Gorillapod Go-Go - $29
  • Tritton's SEE2 Xtreme - $89
  • BELKIN F8GFPC200 N52TE Tournament Edition - $69
  • EyeFi Cards - From $49
  • Creative Zen MP3 players - From $79
  • Griffin Simplifi Dock for iPod and iPhone, Media Card Reader, and USB Hub - $69
  • Geomate Jr. - $69
  • Wacom Bamboo - $99
  • Apple Airport Express - $99
  • Etymotic Research ER6i Isolator In-Ear Earphones - lists for $149 but can be found well under a $100 online. Did we miss something? Post your own suggestions in the forums!

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    Security tools for your cell phone sound silly until you realize that mobile devices are rapidly evolving into mobile PCs, or you were at BlackHat or Defcon and got a chance to see the attacks that the security researchers at Flexiliswere able to demonstrate. Flexilis founder John Herring joins us to talk mobile security research, demos an SMS hack and talksa about what you should be looking out for!

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    Last week we promised you a DIY multi-room music alternative for those who can't or won't spend the cash on a Sonos. We show off the basics of using iTunes along with Apple Airport Express and Apple's Remote application on the iPhone or iPod touch to roll your own any room in the house streaming audio setup!

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    Kyle wants to know if Mint.com< is safe... Veronica's use the site every day to keep an eye on her finances and walks Kyle through the site's safekeeping procedures.

    Alex wants some cheap wireless headphones that sound good. First off, cheap and sound good don't go together too often when talking wireless headphones. That said, Sennheiser makes some decent wireless models, and their portable headphones, the MX W1 use Kleer's wireless audio technology instead of sucky Bluetooth to deliver respectable sound with no wires to your iPod or other audio gadget. A lot of folks speak highly of the Etymotic ety8, but they're a bit bulky for our taste.

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