Spy tech stories

 
Maybe you want to record events with your iPhone without holding up your handset and looking like a hapless tourist. Or maybe your intentions are of the covert sort and you'd like to surreptitiously record video for classified reasons. Well, whether you're would-be spy or just easily embarrassed, now there's a solution that actually works.
 
Do you have a special somebody in your life who has watched one too many Bond movies? Someone who's always looking over his or her shoulder, suspicious of being tailed? Someone who won't talk to you over an unsecured line? The signs are there: Your friend's a real paranoid. While this might indicate a deeper underlying problem, you probably don't want to spend the holidays staging an intervention, so short of that, you can do the next best thing: indulge it. Conveniently for you, we've rounded up a number of great gifts for the aspiring spy from covert recording devices to a lie detector test that will shock the truth out of suspects. All of these will prove practical for your friend's next mission.
 
Sure, spies have charm, cat-like reflexes and an uncanny ability to seduce anything that walks, but without their gadgets, they'd have a tougher time getting out of sticky situations. While the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. doesn't sell the infallible Cone of Silence (my favorite spy gadget of all time), it does have a nifty pen camcorder to help you get started on your next mission, should you accept it. Embedded within this $75 ballpoint pen, the MP9, is a tiny camera that can capture more than two hours of footage on 4GB of storage (up to 80 minutes on a full charge). The pen untwists into two halves: the bottom part for writing (yes, it works as an actual pen) and the top half for recording. After you're done capturing all the details of an evil mastermind's plan for irradiating America's gold supply — or something to that nature — you plug the pen into a USB port to transfer the incriminating evidence onto your computer. Novel as this might be, how does it perform in real life? We find out.
 
Great Britain's agency of intelligence experts, the GCHQ (or Government Communications Headquarters, the self-described "center for Her Majesty's Government's Signal Intelligence") has come up with a surefire way to recruit the most talented fledgling spies. Challenge them to crack an online code game via the website called "Can you crack it."

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