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The Fairphone 3+ Is a Repairable Dream That Takes Beautiful Photos
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Without access to parts for a device that’s no longer in production, or when the cost of a repair on an older device is only a hair cheaper than just buying a newer one, most consumers are driven to purchasing a new product, possibly before they really need one.

Ansible|CFEngine white paper - CFEngine
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Are you a DevOps sniper making small but precise and well-targeted changes in your infra and then watching the plan coming together? check out how Ansible and CFEngine could help you in your role!

A Utah Company Claims It Invented Contact Tracing Tech
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Blyncsy wants states using Apple and Google technology to pay it $1 per resident. It may not win, but the patent tussle could deter others from adopting apps.

The Amazing $1 Microcontroller
jaycarlson.net/microcontrollers/ 
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A new series that reviews 21 different microcontrollers — all less than $1 — to help familiarize you with all the major ecosystems out there.

The Big Tesla Hack: A hacker gained control over the entire fleet, but fortunately he's a good guy
electrek.co/2020/08/27/tesla-hack-c… 
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A few years ago, a hacker managed to exploit vulnerabilities in Tesla’s servers to gain access and control over the automaker’s entire fleet. In July 2017, Tesla CEO Elon Musk got on stage at the National Governors Association in Rhode Island and confirmed that a “fleet-wide hack” is one of Tesla’s biggest concerns as the automaker...

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce RTX 30 Series: Ampere For Gaming, Starting With RTX 3080 & RTX 3090
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With much anticipation and more than a few leaks, NVIDIA this morning is announcing the next generation of video cards, the GeForce RTX 30 series. Based upon the gaming and graphics variant of NVIDIA’s Ampere architecture and built on an optimized version of Samsung’s 8nm process, NVIDIA is touting the new cards as delivering some of their greatest gains ever in gaming performance.

How does the Time-Based One-Time Password (TOTP) algorithm work?
blog.digitalbunker.dev/2020/08/27/h… 

Let's take a look at how applications like Authy work. We'll look at the code behind the time-based one-time password algorithm and more.

The Last Barrier To Ultra-Miniaturized Electronics Is Broken, Thanks To A New Type Of Inductor
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One of the three basic circuit elements just got a lot smaller for the very first time, in what promises to be a trillion-dollar…

How to run Confluence over SSL / HTTPS (version 7.6.0)

After having to set this up today and since the official Confluence documentation leaves out some important information, I decided to write down the steps I had to take in order to get this configured on a Windows Server.

Apple showing signs it may soon launch a search engine to compete against Google Search
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Changes in Spotlight Search on iOS and iPadOS 14 beta, a significant update to its Applebot support page, and an increase in crawling from AppleBot signify that Apple may be launching a search engine soon.

Apple ordered to not block Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, but Fortnite to stay off App Store
techcrunch.com/2020/08/24/apple-ord… 
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A district court denied Epic Games’ motion to temporarily restore Fortnite game to the iOS App Store, but also ordered Apple to not block the gaming giant’s ability to provide and distribute Unreal Engine on the iPhone-maker’s ecosystem in a mixed-ruling delivered Monday evening. …

DIY Satellite Ground Station
publiclab.org/notes/sashae/06-26-20… 
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This guide is a Beta version and is currently being tested! Testing may take longer than planned...

Achilles: Small chip, big peril. - Check Point Software
blog.checkpoint.com/2020/08/06/achi… 
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Over 400 vulnerabilities on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip threaten mobile phones’ usability worldwide. Attackers can turn the phone into a perfect spying tool, without any user interaction required – The information that can be exfiltrated from the phone include photos, videos, call-recording, real-time microphone data, GPS and location data, etc.

Latches inside: Reverse-engineering the Intel 8086's instruction register
righto.com/2020/08/latches-inside-r… 
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The Intel 8086 microprocessor is one of the most influential chips ever created; it led to the x86 architecture that dominates desktop an...

How to hack a satellite
nyan-sat.com/chapter0.html 

We'll be guiding you through a crash course on satellites - their history, where in (well, around) the world they are, and how they send and receive data. Accompanying this guide (though not strictly required for it) is a set of equipment we've used ourselves to get everything going.

Here's How Easy It Is to Make Your Own IMSI-Catcher
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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.