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Here's an interactive way to learn ethical hacking

The Metasploit framework is an open source tool that lets you simulate real attacks against your system. You can get introduced to this essential cyber security software with this Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking course, available now in the Boing Boing Store.

Throughout these 23 lessons, you’ll exploit vulnerabilities, evade antivirus software, and gain unauthorized access to protected systems. After getting familiar with the Metasploit environment, you’ll analyze targets for system weaknesses and execute automated tests backed by the world’s largest database of exploits. You will learn how to escalate privileges and take over remote machines by executing your own penetration code, and discover how to effectively cover your digital tracks. It’s a great way to pick up the fundamentals of this critical security role, since you’ll be following along closely with their interactive lessons.

This Hands on, Interactive Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking course is usually $65, but you can pick it up here for $28.

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This week has been crazy. Here are some ways to relieve the stress.

Unless you’re fabulously wealthy or have stayed offline and away from news, your summer may be tinged with existential angst. This Trump stuff is super stressful.

We invite you to browse this list of some physical and digital comforts in our store, to lighten your load. Unfortunately, you will have to connect to the internet to do that, and pick them up for yourself. Just don’t read the news.


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Make board game night a brain buster with this puzzle-based board game

COGZ is a game where up to six players compete to see who can fix a mad scientist’s color-coded machine, and it’s currently available in the Boing Boing Store.

In this Mensa-endorsed tabletop game, players take turns laying gear tiles to connect like-colored segments. Points are scored when complex paths are finished, but your unfinished arrangements are constantly vulnerable to sabotage by your opponents. It’s great for all ages, but still takes plenty of strategy to master. COGZ rounds typically clock in under 30 minutes, and the game is fully accessible for colorblind players.

Usually $42, you can get the COGZ board game here for just $33.99.

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Surveil your own state with the PapaGo Dash Cam

If you don’t want to get stuck footing the bill for a hit and run, this dashboard-mounted camera offers up to 2K resolution to make sure you always have a reliable witness, and it’s available in the Boing Boing Store for 30% off it’s usual price.

The PapaGo mounts unobtrusively to your windshield to see everything in its 175º ultra-wide viewing angle. It supports recordings up to 12 hours in length onto a micro SD card, and can be set to activate automatically from nearby motion. To prevent against unexpected data loss, the included G-sensor ensures files are saved in the event of a collision.

You can pick up the PapaGo Dash Cam in the Boing Boing Store for $124.99.

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Get a 'crash course' in coding with this programming bundle

Learning to code is a perfect way to grow your technical sophistication, and open up a host of new career options. But since most “learn to code” initiatives focus heavily on web development, it can be tough to find good resources for general-purpose computer science outside of a 4-year degree program. To get a broad overview of programming topics in a variety of widely-used languages, take a look at the Crash Course Coding Bundle, offered in our Boing Boing store.

You’ll get familiar with low-level systems by learning how to write code for internet-of-things devices, as well as high-level language features offered in languages like Python and Java.This bundle includes the following courses:

  • Fundamentals of Operating Systems
  • C Programming Part 1 and 2
  • Java 8 Part 1
  • Java 8 Part 2
  • Perl Programming 1 and 2
  • Python Programming Essentials
  • Advanced Python Programming
  • IoT Programming

With unlimited access to over 60 hours of instructional content, you can pick up new programming skills at your own pace. Usually $2950, you can get this Crash Course Coding Bundle for 98% off—just $39.

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Get some use out of your car's CD player – with a phone mount

If you drive daily, especially to new destinations, it’s wise to have a smartphone car mount. Aside from making map directions considerably easier to follow, they also keeps your phone in a central location so you can keep an eye on notifications without taking your eyes off the road. While most mounts attach to your dashboard via suction cup, the ExoMount CD inserts into your CD player which you probably aren’t using all that much these days.

Plugging into the CD drive assures a sturdy mount while the grip is compatible with any kind of smartphone. It can even be rotated 360 degrees, letting you orient your screen however you like.

Until automakers start integrating smartphone mounts directly into the dashboard, this ExoMount CD is one of your best bets. You can get one here in the Boing Boing Store.

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Create a personal surveillance state!

Home security is important, but installing a full-scale security system can be some expensive overkill. For apartment dwellers, especially, that’s a complete non-starter. However, if you’re looking for a versatile home security solution or just need a simple way to make sure your dog (or teenager) isn’t wreaking havoc while you’re gone, the Oco camera offers excellent utility with minimal setup.

This HD, WiFi security camera is easily installed with a screw-in magnetic mount, and can be up and running in under a minute. With real-time streaming via the free app, you can keep constant tabs on what’s going on at home or the office. Not going to be near the app for awhile? Oco’s free cloud service stores footage automatically for remote access, or you can also add an SD card for local storage in case of network failure.

Its 140-degree wide-angle view can capture most of a room in crisp, 1080p resolution, day or night so you’re always in the know. The Oco WiFi Security Camera is currently available in the Boing Boing Store.

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Happy Socks make it cool to be a sock person

Working in an office with a straight-khaki dress code doesn’t mean that you have to eschew all forms of aesthetic expression. Even if the bossman won’t let you mock the liminal formality of work wear with your tuxedo t-shirt, you can still let your personality shine around the ankles. (Or in the secret place that coworkers don’t see unless you want to have a long meeting with HR.)

Happy Socks has a massive selection of unique socks and underwear for men, women, and unisex styles. From cartoon flamingos to pared-down dress patterns in a variety of colors, they have an enormous collection of fashionable socks and undergarments for anyone feeling like their outfits are missing that “it” factor. And they regularly partner with style icons like designer Iris Apfel and the Billionaire Boy’s Club for limited edition runs.

These Swedish darners definitely have something fun for everyone. You can get $40 of site-wide store credit for just $24.99.

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Hanging your headphones keeps them handy, but not smashed

Anyone who prefers the superior sound quality of over-ear headphones is all too familiar with the hassle of keeping your gear accessible but still out of the way when you aren’t using it. Instead of ruining your headphones by repeatedly shoving them in a drawer, why not hang them up to have them ready at a moment’s notice without crowding precious desktop real estate?

The Anchor is the perfect answer to your equipment clutter woes. This silicon hook sticks underneath your desk with industrial-grade adhesive to hold headphones and cables. Sturdy enough to hold even the bulkiest sets, its flexible material won’t send you into a cascade of pain when you inevitably bump your knee against it, unlike coat hooks.

Keeping your gear neat and tidy doesn’t mean you need to install extra shelves. Usually $19.95, you can get The Anchor here for $9.99.

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This durable smartphone tripod is the thinking person's selfie stick

It may be too late to stop the selfie stick craze entirely, but the ARMOR-X Mini-Flexible Phone Tripod is valiantly attempting to anyway. This lightweight, ultra flexible tripod has infinite greater flexibility and functionality than a selfie stick, and actually looks like something a real photographer might use.

The ARMOR-X is completely intuitive and easy to set up anywhere: on your couch, dashboard, surfboard, or even on bumpy surfaces like cliff faces (please watch your step). Made from stainless steel, high density foam, and hardened plastic, it’s engineered for a life of adventure and is universally compatible with any smartphone up to 5.5 inches long. If you want, you can still do the selfie thing by adding a CR2032 button battery to use the Bluetooth remote shutter to snap pictures from a distance. This handy photography tool is on sale for 42% off – $19.99 – today.

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Be a good guy hacker and keep WOPR from running amok

This is how it happens: the bad guys break into computers, steal all the information, and then Yahoo! sells for a whole lot less. (Comparatively.) After that, white hat hackers are called in to crack the same susceptible networks, evaluate their security, and plug the holes in the digital dam, all for a very cool wage. Ethical hackers are in constant demand these days as organizations seek to avoid becoming the next cautionary tale, and you can learn how to become one yourself with the Ethical Hacking A to Z Bundle.

This bundle includes 9 courses and 45 hours of hands-on learning on topics ranging from keylogging to DARKNET and wireless attacks. An extensive training in ethical hacking and penetration testing with a variety of tools and operating systems, this bundle will even go so far as to prepare you for the pinnacle of security certification exams, Certified Ethical Hacker.

Start working towards a career in netsec with the Ethical Hacking A to Z Bundle, on sale now for $49.

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Giveaway Alert: $500 Lyft Credit

The $500 Lyft Credit Giveaway

Driving to work every day can take its toll on you, no pun intended. Take some time away from your tedious commute and get driven to work by Lyft. This $500 credit is enough to cover a $10 commute and parking for a full month. Even if you work from home, you’ll have free transportation to the bar or airport whenever you need it.

Check out the Lyft Ride Calculator here. Just select your city, enter your pickup and drop-off locations, and see if this Lyft credit is worth it to you.

You can enter the $500 Lyft Giveaway here.

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Prepare for St. Patty's Day with a piñata-housed liquor cache

St. Patty’s Day is a boozy celebration of history and culture, and the ShamRockIt! Nipyata is a delightful fusion of traditions, packing ten assorted nips (or airplane bottles) and candy into a shamrock-shaped piñata, eager to be bludgeoned to a recyclable mess and relinquish its pot of confectionary gold.

The mental gymnastics to make sense of this fusion aren’t actually all that hard, either. Piñatas hail from Europe originally, coming into fashion in 14th century Italy before spreading throughout Western Europe and ultimately traveling with Spanish colonizers to Mexico, where the tradition has enjoyed the greatest staying power, and thus the strongest cultural association.

And here’s the important part: Piñatas, St. Patty’s Day – they’re all about fun, and fun is what you’ll have with the ShamRockIt! Nipyata. Booze, candy, twine, and even the blindfold and smashing stick are included so you don’t have to scramble around to set up the game. Get it right now in the Boing Boing store for $79.99.

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Enter, win, choose which DJI drone to harass your neighbors with – it's that easy

DJI is the world’s leading designer and producer of easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems. If you’re a drone enthusiast, you want a DJI. If you know absolutely nothing about drones and think they’re weird, if you win a DJI you’re going to become a drone enthusiast.

Enter this giveaway (for free, yes) and you’ll get a shot at winning either a DJI Phantom 4 Pro, or a DJI Mavic, two of the best drones on Earth. Or, well, hovering one hundred feet above it. You get the point.

The Phantom 4 Pro is equipped with a 1″, 20MP sensor capable of shooting 4K/60fps video and Burst Mode stills at 14fps, which is drone and cinematography talk for such dang good picture that you’d be foolish not to submit to National Geographic. The Mavic, meanwhile, boasts a similar 4K stabilized camera, but is considerably more portable than the Phantom. If you’re a climber or often find yourself in remote places, this one’s your buddy.

Regardless, you’re getting a top of the market drone for free. All you have to do is enter by March 6, and cross your fingers you win.

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This “retro” technique still makes the best coffee

Although there will never be a consensus about the best way to make coffee, any coffee connoisseur will agree that controlling the grind of your beans and balancing water temperature are the keys to a tasty cup. Since your plastic coffee pot doesn’t really allow for that kind of customization, going back to the French press is the first step in upping your coffee game.

For a straightforward brewing process that yields full-bodied flavor, this Nuvita French Press is a great choice. Aside from its classy looks, this press is all business with a stainless steel frame and a heat-resistant, dishwasher-safe glass beaker. Unlike other models, this one features a double-screened filter to minimize sediment at the end of your cup.

Because all it needs is hot water and grounds, it’s great for home and travel alike. And unlike pour-over devices that only brew a single serving, It makes 34 ounces, or 8 cups at a time.

Get this Nuvita French Press for just $14.99, 62% off retail.

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Here's how to get certified as an Amazon Web Services administrator

Managing servers is complex and expensive—that’s why countless businesses have switched to Amazon Web Services over in-house infrastructure. With so much demand for this cloud platform, mastery of AWS administration has become a valuable skill set. This Certification Training course can be your first step towards proficiency.

This extensive course packs everything you need to know about the AWS Management Console in just 7 hours of instructional video. You’ll learn all the necessary terminology and capabilities of Amazon’s Storage and Computing options to help make the right hosting choices for applications and organizations. As you progress, you’ll deploy two actual projects with managed services like the Amazon Relational Database, and test your accumulated knowledge with simulated certification exams.

AWS expertise will continue to be a critical need for any cloud-embracing businesses for the foreseeable future, and for a limited time, you can get the Amazon Web Services Technical Certification Training for 86% off—just $39 for 12 months of access.

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a 70% off all online courses sale

It’s a dog eat dog workforce and the more you can offer a potential employer, the more likely you are to get a competitive job. Fortunately, in the internet age, you don’t have to shell over big money or take out loans to gain an educational edge. Right now, you can take 70% off all online courses in the Boing Boing library using the coupon code LEARN70. Here’s just a taste of what you’ll find:

The Complete SEO Course

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is one of the most basic and important fields in tech. Companies of all sizes use intricate techniques to ensure their websites end up at the top of search engine listings. This course will introduce you to this valuable skill from both marketing and entrepreneurial perspectives.

Price: $19, 87% off


Learn Cloud Computing From Scratch

Cloud computing has revolutionized the way businesses manage their digital infrastructure and communicate both internally and externally with other organizations. This course will familiarize you with cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services, Red Hat, and Google Cloud Compute.

Price: $14, 30% off


Computer Hacking Forensic Investigation & Penetration Testing Bundle

With this course, you will explore an array of cybersecurity and computer forensics topics to prepare for conducting formal investigation. Learn how digital evidence is recovered and how data breaches and corporate espionage are prosecuted.

Price: $59, 98% off


Become a Professional Python Programmer

Python is one of the world’s most popular programming languages because it is easy to write, is highly readable, and is applicable to a huge range of general-purpose programs. In this course, you will make data visualizations, discover Python on the web, and build a functional game as you explore just the tip of the iceberg of Python’s functionality.

Price: $39, 78% off



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You can back up your VHS tapes with this digitization kit

Aside from taking up considerable space and being horrifyingly out-of-date, VHS tapes degrade with every play. But what about home movies or lesser-known titles that didn’t survive the digital transition? With this Video Digitization Device and Editing Software Package, you can save your old tapes from analog oblivion.

The conversion dongle connects to any composite video source, including VCRs, DVD Players, and CRT TVs. Just plug the USB end into any Windows PC and capture any analog video or audio source easily with the included software editor. High-speed rendering ensures you get a verbatim copy of your original source preserved forever.

Once you’ve recorded your media, use the software to trim off unwanted preview sections and blank screens. Burn your projects to DVD, or export a mobile-friendly file to take your VHS movies on the go.

For a limited time, get this Video Digitization Device and Editing Software Package for just $20.99. Usually $69.95, this is the best media preservation deal I’ve found.

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Last minute Valentine's gifts that spread some much-needed love

Between lingering cold weather, overpriced Valentine’s gifts, and the general state of the country, February is shaping up to be a rough one. That’s why we’re sharing four affordable and last-minute gift ideas that will show someone some love when they need it most.

#4 Teleflora Fresh Flower Delivery

Teleflora is a really cool company that works with local florists to deliver fresh bouquets around the country. Each bouquet comes in a vase, and can be ordered up until the day prior. You probably want to get a head-start on your Valentine’s Day order, but you’ll still save $20 rather than deal with the usual V-Day inflation.


Price: $20, 50% Off Retail


#3 Blue Apron: 3 Meals for 2 People

Do you have a reservation for Valentine’s dinner? If you don’t already, you probably won’t get one. Order Blue Apron’s gourmet meal prep kits and you’ll be able to throw together a restaurant-quality meal at home. Light a few candles and you’ve got a pretty romantic night on your hands.


Price: $27, 54% Off Retail


#2 Exhale Spa: 60-Minute Fusion Massage

You can book a massage at one of Exhale’s luxury spas for 26% off with this deal. When you throw in the perks of hitting the sauna and spa relaxation rooms, this package makes a really amazing gift. Plus, we could all use a little break from the Trumpocalypse.


Price: $99, 26% Off Retail


#1 Winc Wine Delivery: 4 Bottles

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to break away from your usual two buck Chuck. Winc includes tasting notes and pairing options with each delivery of bottles, which perfectly lays the groundwork for a romantic evening of wine tasting.


Price:$26, 52% Off Retail 



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Master full-stack web development and be your own boss

These days, websites are much more than collections of HTML pages. Web developers have moved to the forefront of the tech industry, and there has never been a better time to learn to code with this Complete Web Developer Course.

In this intensive course, I was able to quickly learn the fundamentals of web development by building 14 functional websites. It starts with HTML, CSS, and Javascript, which are all great languages for understanding the foundations of any webpage. Once I mastered the basics, I studied tools like jQuery and Bootstrap in order to understand how to get interactive webpages up and running.

I even learned to created complex, updatable sites with WordPress, and to communicate with remote servers using the PHP programming language and MySQL database management. All these skills together are what make you a full-stack developer, i.e. incredibly valuable to any modern company.

Marked down 92% from the usual price of $199, this Complete Web Developer Course is just $14.99 if you purchase today.

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3 tricks to make your bathroom the best room in the house

Sprucing up the throne room might not have been the resolution you told everyone about on New Year’s Eve, but it’s definitely not a bad idea. Take advantage of the new year’s promise by adding some flare to your bathroom with the following deals—all available for under $50.

#3 IllumiBowl 2.0 – $19.99


This motion-activated toilet bowl nightlight will add some colorful illumination to the least glamorous place in the house. No need to fiddle with a lightswitch in the dark—these vibrant LEDs are a great help for potty-training youngsters and sleepy parents alike. Get the Shark Tank-featured Illumibowl for just $19.99.

BUY NOW for $19.99

#2 FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker – $19.99

Keep the tunes playing while you wash up with this waterproof speaker. Attaching easily to bathroom walls and shower doors via suction cup, this wireless speaker provides audio playback controls and hands-free calls without getting your phone wet. Usually $49.95, this Bluetooth Shower Speaker is just $19.99 for a limited time only.

BUY NOW for $9.99

#1 Choose your own shower curtain

Give your drab shower curtain a monster makeover. Marked down from $49.99, get this tentacle shower curtain for just $31.99 so you can release the Kraken. If cretaceous thunder-lizards are more your thing, pick up this T-Rex Silhouette shower curtain for $49.99, 37% off the regular price of $79.99.

BUY NOW for $31.99

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Giveaway Alert: A trio of Google’s top devices

Google Pixel Phone, Google Home, Virtual Reality Headset…all items on my personal wish list (and probably yours too). That’s why I highly suggest entering the Google Hardware Giveaway and getting the chance to win them all for free.

The Pixel is Google’s answer to Apple’s tightly integrated mobile ecosystem. Bringing high-end refinement to an Android without any of the typical manufacturer-installed bloatware, the Pixel aims to give the iPhone a run for its money.

To pair with your new smartphone, this giveaway also includes the Daydream View VR Headset to take full advantage of the Pixel’s flagship specs. Rounding it all out, the Google Home upgrades your Wi-Fi network experience with voice control and compatibility for smart TVs, lights, and other connected home devices.

These new devices are exciting enough by themselves. Combined together, they unveil the true potential of Google’s services. Enter the Google Hardware Giveaway for free today—but act quickly, because this opportunity will be gone soon.

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Space putty is the best way to spend $10

Whether I’m trying to relieve some stress at work or entertain myself on the metro, Space Putty is there. You can bring this magical goo home and try it for yourself for just $9.99

Like Silly Putty of yesteryear, this viscoelastic substance can be molded into different shapes and stretched around in your hands. Use it as a malleable stress reliever, or bounce it off the walls for some impromptu office sports. Infused with iron particles, this putty can be manipulated and moved around with magnets or employed as a squishy refrigerator magnet when not in use.

This experimental substance provides endless tactile fun with a magnetic twist. For a limited time, get this Scientific Magnetic Space Putty for just $9.99, 60% off the usual price. It may just be the best $10 you’ve spent in a long time.

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This futuristic wallet handles your plastic

Traditional folding wallets are designed for paper bills—but these days, carrying cash is rarely a necessity. More often than not, I don’t carry cash at all. This Bogui Clik Wallet is the best answer I’ve found for avoiding the hassle of those tight-fitting credit card pockets.

This attractive, minimalist wallet features a protective lip, so my cards don’t fall out of my pocket. Everything is held in place with a simple metal clip that also doubles as a bottle opener, so you can still fit folded bills as well as up to eight cards and open your cold drinks. Additionally, this durable wallet is made from RFID-blocking materials, so you can stay safe from credit card skimmers.

I highly suggest this wallet for anyone looking to get a little more organized in 2017. For a limited time, get the Bogui Clik Wallet for just $42.99, 25% off retail.

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Learn to build multiplayer games for a living

There’s nothing quite like the rush of playing against a real human opponent. But from a developer standpoint, creating fun multiplayer experiences is incredibly complex. Fortunately, the Unity3D game engine has made all aspects of game creation, including multiplayer functionality, as accessible as ever.

This Unity Course Bundle introduces all of the necessary elements of creating a modern multiplayer game. I learned how to quickly build a 3D environment using voxels and modular game assets without any previous experience. I then explored character equipment and weapon use to allow players to customize their avatars. 

Aside from the surface details, network-enabled multiplayer games also need robust communication functionality. This bundle taught me how to host a game on a live server and interact with a database to match players and facilitate chat systems.

I highly suggest picking up this bundle to start working on your multiplayer masterpiece. For a limited time, the  Building Multiplayer Games with Unity Bundle is 95% off — just $39.

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These Cubs World Series plates are the perfect reminder that anything can happen

The 2016 World Series game 7 will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greatest baseball games of all time. With endless suspense, a nefariously-timed rain delay, and extra innings, it reminded over 40 million viewers why they love America’s pastime – and why all bets were truly off in 2016. Savor the Chicago victory forever with these commemorative press plates.

Featuring the Chicago Tribune front page and sports page, these plates make a perfect wall hanger for a den or office. For anyone looking to give the gift of limited-edition memorabilia to a Chicago sports fiend, or gloat to a Cleveland fan about the win that was just out of reach, I highly suggest this option.

These 11.5” x 22” aluminum plates will definitely last longer than the 108-year drought. For a limited time, pick up these Chicago Cubs World Series Press Plates for just $35, 55% off retail value.

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