What If Your Electronic Parts Were More Like Legos?

This week Electric Dollar Store opened its doors, selling interchangeable postage-stamp sized I2C-based modules for prices between $1.00 and $1.80. The modules include lights, buzzers, counters and sensors — the range is aimed at electronic makers. These aren't manufacturing rejects shipping from… Read More »

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 9:34 am

Airline Passenger Walked Past Security With a Loaded Gun Magazine

An airline passenger "passed a security checkpoint with a loaded gun magazine," reports the Associated Press, citing information from an airport duty manager: Bob Rotiski said the passenger who apparently had visited a shooting range packed a loaded magazine in his carry-on bag. He said an officer identified the magazine during security screening,… Read More »

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 8:34 am

Facebook Now 'Vulnerable' To Government Regulators, Analysts Warn

Citing new warnings from several analysts, Fortune reports that Facebook's business model now faces threats from "a growing array of bi-partisan criticism and fresh regulatory issues." Analysts are now flagging an opinion piece in The New York Times, by Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, a Democrat who's chairman of the House Subcommittee on… Read More »

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 6:34 am

'Your AirPods Will Die Soon' -- The Shrinking Charge Capacities of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Some of the same podcasters who first extolled AirPods are now complaining about them, reports the Atlantic: The battery can no longer hold a charge, they say, rendering them functionally useless. Apple bloggers agree: "AirPods are starting to show their age for early adopters," Zac Hall, an editor at 9to5Mac, wrote in a post in January, detailing… Read More »

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 2:34 am

How The FBI Easily Retrieved Michael Cohen's Data From Both Apple and Google

Court documents unsealed Tuesday showed just how much information America's FBI was able to gather on Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen -- from both Google and Apple products. An anonymous reader quotes CNN: Notably, the FBI made use of Cohen's use of Touch ID and Face ID on his Apple devices, which allow users to quickly log into iPhones and… Read More »

Posted on 23 March 2019 | 11:34 pm

Pwn2Own Competitors Crack Tesla, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Windows 10

A research duo who hacked a Tesla were the big winners at the annual Pwn2Own white hat security contest, reports ZDNet. "The duo earned $375,000 in prize money, of the total of $545,000 awarded during the whole three-day competition... They also get to keep the car." Team Fluoroacetate -- made up of Amat Cama and Richard Zhu -- hacked the Tesla… Read More »

Posted on 23 March 2019 | 8:34 pm