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Arris made the first product to support the open Wi-Fi mesh networking standard - the beginning of being...

Posted on: Tue, 2018-08-14 - 02:51 By: admin

Arris made the first product to support the open Wi-Fi mesh networking standard - the beginning of being able to mix router brands for mesh networking

Last week, router manufacturer Arris announced that it would release the first EasyMesh-certified router, the VAP4641 Wireless Extender. The extender uses 802.11ac wave 2 technology, and will pair with other certified devices — once they become more widely available. Arris doesn’t say when the device will be available for purchase.

Up until this point, consumers were essentially locked into buying routers from a single brand. Mesh routers — devices which allow you to integrate more than one router into a single, larger network for your home or office — would only work with ones from like-minded companies. If you had to switch one out, you had to stay within that closed ecosystem. With this new standard, users can mix and match mesh routers to extend the WiFi in their homes or offices — provided they support EasyMesh.

That might be a bit of an uphill battle: the designation isn’t mandatory. But having at least one company releasing products adhering to the standard is a crucial first step towards wider adoption.

From a consumer point of view "open" is good as you can mix technologies without being locked into one vendor, and it forces vendors (indirectly in this case) to compete more.

See https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/12/17681172/arris-wifi-mesh-router-vap4641-easymesh-standard

#easymesh #arris


Arris made the first product to support the open Wi-Fi mesh networking standard
The standard was set earlier this year

Elon Musk’s mystery Tesla buyout funder is Saudi Arabia - "because of the important need to diversify...

Posted on: Mon, 2018-08-13 - 22:41 By: admin

Elon Musk’s mystery Tesla buyout funder is Saudi Arabia - "because of the important need to diversify away from oil"

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund is the mystery funder that has offered to finance a deal to take Tesla private, Elon Musk wrote in a Monday morning blog post. The post lays to rest a mystery that has bedeviled Wall Street and the news media since Musk tweeted last Tuesday that he had "funding secured" for a buyout.

"Going back almost two years, the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund has approached me multiple times about taking Tesla private," Musk wrote in his Monday post. "They first met with me at the beginning of 2017 to express this interest because of the important need to diversify away from oil."

Musk isn't ready to sign on the dotted line with the Saudis yet. "I am having discussions with a number of other investors, which is something that I always planned to do since I would like for Tesla to continue to have a broad investor base," Musk wrote.

Musk also noted that this will not be a leveraged buyout, where the acquisition is largely funded by borrowing money that would have to be paid off by Tesla later. Instead, the Saudis (or whoever ultimately funds the deal) will buy shares from existing shareholders who want to cash out—these funders would then become some of Tesla's biggest shareholders.

A total buyout of Tesla would cost more than $70 billion. But Musk says he's hoping that many of Tesla's major shareholders will choose to remain as shareholders in the new, private company.

My comment though is that it is a sign that more and more fossil fuel-based investors and companies are investing more heavily in renewable energy technology. In many cases startups in renewable energy were not traditional energy companies nor even car companies, but the mainstream players are now moving in. There is still pioneering ground to cover though as all renewable energy technologies are still innovating and evolving (meaning it gets replaced / outperformed by newer technology within 5 years).

See https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/08/elon-musk-considering-using-saudi-oil-money-to-buy-out-tesla/

#tesla


Elon Musk’s mystery Tesla buyout funder is Saudi Arabia
The Saudis have been seeking to fund a Tesla buyout since early 2017, Musk says.

HP OfficeJet multi-function Printer Fax machines are a massive security problem

Posted on: Mon, 2018-08-13 - 21:29 By: admin

HP OfficeJet multi-function Printer Fax machines are a massive security problem

Researchers at Check Point have disclosed a security vulnerability in HP OfficeJet multi-function printers, Wired reported. The security flaw allows an attacker to compromise affected printers with a specially-crafted fax and potentially gain access to a target network.

Fax is still widely used in several industries and is considered a secure method to transmit sensitive documents. Check Point warned that nothing could be further from the truth, however. Fax offers no encryption and no verification. Anyone who has tapped a phone line will potentially be able to snoop on faxes sent on it.

There is also no way to prevent anyone from sending a malicious fax to a particular machine if it is connected to the phone network. HP has released security patches to protect printers affected by the flaw.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/security/271727-fax-machines-are-a-massive-security-problem.html

#HPOfficeJet #fax


Fax machines are a massive security problem
Researchers at Check Point have disclosed a security vulnerability in HP OfficeJet multi-function printers.

Sony posts guide on building Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Android Pie on Xperia devices

Posted on: Mon, 2018-08-13 - 21:20 By: admin

Sony posts guide on building Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Android Pie on Xperia devices

When it comes to developer friendly OEMs, Sony is generally somewhere towards the top of the list. While they have been known to do things such as wipe DRM keys when the bootloader is unlocked, they have had multiple developer programs over the years. From giving devices back to the community for their hard work to releasing easy step by step instructions to unlocking your Xperia phone, the company definitely ranks high up in terms of custom development. They’re not deviating from that path just yet either, as the company has posted a guide for building AOSP Android 9 Pie on Xperia devices.

It’s not so much a surprise as it is a welcome guide, though. With every major Android revision, the company releases AOSP build guides complete with software binaries. You can check out the full compatibility list below.

Xperia Touch (G1109)
Xperia X Compact (F5321)
Xperia X Performance (F8131)
Xperia X Performance Dual (F8132)
Xperia X (F5121)
Xperia X Dual (F5122)
Xperia XA2 (H3113)
Xperia XA2 Dual (H4113)
Xperia XA2 Ultra (H3213)
Xperia XA2 Ultra Dual (H4213)
Xperia XZ1 Compact (G8441)
Xperia XZ1 (G8341)
Xperia XZ1 Dual (G8342)
Xperia XZ Premium (G8141)
Xperia XZ Premium Dual (G8142)
Xperia XZ (F8331)
Xperia XZ Dual (F8332)
Xperia XZs (G8231)
Xperia XZs Dual (G8232)

Nice going Sony!!

See https://www.xda-developers.com/sony-builde-aosp-android-pie-xperia-devices/

#sony #AOSP


Sony posts guide on building AOSP Android Pie on Xperia devices
Sony has posted a guide on how to build AOSP Android Pie for many of their Xperia devices. Check it out here if you're interested!

Several HP calculator emulators here, by Greg Sydney-Smith, both online and for Windows, some being ...

Posted on: Mon, 2018-08-13 - 20:44 By: admin

Hewlett-Packard HP25 emulator and e-book on inner workings of an HP29C

Unlike Casio it seems some of the old HP calculator code and emulators are available online. And despite these emulators being online in the last two years, I have bought an HP12C and an HP50g graphing calculator (because I love calculators and these emulators make me want the real thing). Casio seems to have a more aggressive attitude towards not wanting their emulators online free for use.

Several HP calculator emulators here, by Greg Sydney-Smith, both online and for Windows, some being workalikes and some running the original microcode. Also here, for sale, a massive e-book on the internals of the HP-65. And nearby, blog posts on the inner workings of the HP-29C:
http://www.sydneysmith.com/wordpress/category/hp29/
For example, here's the 25 emulator:
http://www.sydneysmith.com/wordpress/hp25u/
which you can run in-browser here:
http://sydneysmith.com/products/hp25u/run/

#HP25U #HP29C


Ed S originally shared:
Several HP calculator emulators here, by Greg Sydney-Smith, both online and for Windows, some being workalikes and some running the original microcode. Also here, for sale, a massive e-book on the internals of the HP-65. And nearby, blog posts on the inner workings of the HP-29C:
http://www.sydneysmith.com/wordpress/category/hp29/
For example, here's the 25 emulator:
http://www.sydneysmith.com/wordpress/hp25u/
which you can run in-browser here:
http://sydneysmith.com/products/hp25u/run/



Products - Calculators - sydneysmith.com
Calculators

Android has a lot more ARCore (Augmented Reality) based games and apps in the store now

Posted on: Mon, 2018-08-13 - 14:54 By: admin

Android has a lot more ARCore (Augmented Reality) based games and apps in the store now

I was just glancing through the store last night and noticed a lot of ARCore based games and apps now available. It is not just measuring apps, but also virtual cars, virtual doll houses, a good crime game, a tanks game, quite a few virtual wildlife/dinosaur apps, virtual furniture, makeup, tricking out your bicycle, etc. If you have an ARCore enabled phone it's well worth having another look at what is available now.

#ARCore


44 Cool New Features & Changes in Android 9.0 Pie ( good easy-to-read list)

Posted on: Mon, 2018-08-13 - 06:58 By: admin

44 Cool New Features & Changes in Android 9.0 Pie ( good easy-to-read list)

The list linked below really highlights some of the significant improvements with Android Pie. Many of them are long sought after usability tweaks. I posted yesterday about the notifications control and will next feature a post on the app dashboard.

See the list at https://android.gadgethacks.com/news/44-cool-new-features-changes-android-9-0-pie-0183109/

#androidpie


News: 44 Cool New Features & Changes in Android 9.0 Pie

The latest development in textiles and fibers is a kind of soft hardware that you can wear: cloth that...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-08-12 - 22:07 By: admin

The latest development in textiles and fibers is a kind of soft hardware that you can wear: cloth that has electronic devices built right into it

Researchers at MIT have now embedded high-speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and diode photodetectors, within fibers that were then woven at Inman Mills, in South Carolina, into soft, washable fabrics and made into communication systems. This marks the achievement of a long-sought goal of creating “smart” fabrics by incorporating semiconductor devices — the key ingredient of modern electronics — which until now was the missing piece for making fabrics with sophisticated functionality.

He says that the first commercial products incorporating this technology will be reaching the marketplace as early as next year — an extraordinarily short progression from laboratory research to commercialization. Such rapid lab-to-market development was a key part of the reason for creating an academic-industry-government collaborative such as AFFOA in the first place, he says. These initial applications will be specialized products involving communications and safety. “It’s going to be the first fabric communication system. We are right now in the process of transitioning the technology to domestic manufacturers and industry at an unprecedented speed and scale,” he says.

Beyond communications, the fibers could potentially have significant applications in the biomedical field, the researchers say. For example, devices using such fibers might be used to make a wristband that could measure pulse or blood oxygen levels, or be woven into a bandage to continuously monitor the healing process.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/science/271611-the-new-soft-hardware.html?source=newsletter


The new soft hardware
The latest development in textiles and fibers is a kind of soft hardware that you can wear.

Android Pie's Adaptive Battery management gives more information on battery life and notifications activity...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-08-12 - 20:17 By: admin

Android Pie's Adaptive Battery management gives more information on battery life and notifications activity

Can be seen from the screenshots that battery and app performance monitoring is a lot better on Android Pie.

The notifications management per app is also improved so that you can now not only see which apps most recently sent notifications, but also sort the apps by the total count of notifications, and then you can fine tune within each app what activities will trigger notifications or not (notifications wake the phone up every time so they can contribute to draining the battery).

#androidpie

12/08/2018


35% Battery life left on Fitbit Charge 2 after a week's use

Posted on: Sun, 2018-08-12 - 19:34 By: admin

35% Battery life left on Fitbit Charge 2 after a week's use

I've had this Fitbit for about 10 days now and quite impressed it is getting a full week on a charge vs the Fitbit Charge HR which got about 4-5 days. I have the heart rate on Auto and that included 4 exercise routines logged in the week, and wearing it 24/7 except for showering.

So far nothing negative to report on this Fitbit tracker. I'm still liking the ability to select the exercise type and the quick glance view that shows date/time, steps and heart rate on s singhle screen.

#fitbitcharge2


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