Tech

Here's How Easy It Is to Make Your Own IMSI-Catcher
vice.com/en_us/article/gy7qm9/how-i… 
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Surveillance takes on different character when it trickles down to more ordinary, everyday users. The significance and threat from IMSI-catchers is multiplied when a lot more people can deploy one using cheap tech from Amazon and free code from Github.

VPN with 'strict no-logs policy' exposed millions of user log files including account passwords
betanews.com/2020/07/15/ufo-vpn-dat… 
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An unprotected database belonging to the VPN service UFO VPN was exposed online for more than two weeks. Contained within the database were more than 20 million logs including user passwords stored in plain text.

Searching for Video? Google Pushes YouTube Over Rivals
wsj.com/articles/google-steers-user… 
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Facebook and other competitors host the same videos, but engineers have made changes that effectively preference YouTube—owned by Google—over other video sources. Journal tests show YouTube usually ends up first and takes most of the slots in Google Search video carousels, prime results real estate.

Ex-Googler's Startup Comes Out of Stealth With Beautifully Simple, Clever Robot Design
spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotic… 

Today, a company called Hello Robot is announcing a new mobile manipulator called the Stretch RE1.

LoRa Mesh Communication without Infrastructure: The Meshtastic Project (ESP32, BLE, GPS)
youtube.com/watch?v=TY6m6fS8bxU 
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Cool projects are rare. Here I found one I want to show to you. An undercover personal communicator. It includes a lot of new technologies: ESP32, Smartphone...

An interview with Paul Mockapetris, the creator of the DNS
welcometothejungle.com/en/collectio… 
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Mockapetris considers the current state of the DNS and its future in a world where countries are seeking to build their own intranets.

FCC has “serious doubts” that SpaceX can deliver latencies under 100ms
arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/06… 
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SpaceX can apply in low-latency tier, but FCC says it faces “substantial challenge.”

Apple's challenges as it swaps out the Mac's brain
axios.com/apples-challenges-as-it-s… 
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Even if it pays off in the long term, could mean hassles and tough choices over the next few years for developers and consumers.

Honda's global operations hit by cyber-attack
bbc.com/news/technology-52982427 
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Car-maker says cyber-attack has affected production, sales and development worldwide.

This robotic basketball hoop won't let you miss
youtu.be/FycDx69px8U 
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I wasn't totally satisfied with my previous basketball hoop so I made another try at the problem. This time with robots and computer vision! My old solid sta...

A new way to harvest honey
vimeo.com/127851841 
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Turn a tap right on your beehive and watch pure fresh honey flow right out...

Mosquito night navigation inspires new drone obstacle avoidance system
newatlas.com/science/mosquito-night… 
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Researchers have taken inspiration from a mosquito's ability to fly and land in the dark to develop a new collision-avoidance sensory system that has been tested on a quadcopter. The international team of scientists, led by Professor Richard Bomphrey at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London,…

Triton launches spectacular 24-seat DeepView tourist submarine
newatlas.com/marine/triton-deepview… 
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Triton submarines is the biggest name in deep-sea exploration submersibles, having built the extraordinary DSV Limiting Factor, a "deep-sea elevator" capable of popping down to the bottom of the Mariana Trench several times a week for extended visits.

World's fastest camera captures 70 trillion frames per second
newatlas.com/electronics/worlds-fas… 
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The best phone cameras can record slow motion with under 1,000 frames per second. Commercial rigs generally shoot with several thousand. But that all absolutely pales in comparison to the new record holder for the world’s fastest camera, boasting a mind-boggling rate of 70 trillion frames per…