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Robot Hand Goes Wireless
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 23:00

We can’t decide if [MertArduino’s] robotic hand project is more art or demonstration project. The construction using springs, fishing line, and servo motors isn’t going to give you a practical hand that could grip or manipulate anything significant. However, the project shows off a lot of interesting construction techniques and is a fun demonstration for using nRF24L01 wireless in a project. You can see a video of the contraption, below.

A glove uses homemade flex sensors to send wireless commands to the hand. Another Arduino drives an array of servo motors that make the fingers flex. You don’t get fine …read more

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WiFi Power Bar!
Sunday, 05 March 2017 09:01

Ever wanted to access a file or run some program on your computer while away from home, but the darned thing is turned off? Finding themselves occasionally working away from home and not wanting to leave their computer on for extended periods, [robotmaker]’s solution was to hack into existence a WiFi-controlled power bar!

Inside the junction box, an eight-channel relay is connected to an ESP8266 module. The module uses MQTT to communicate with Home Assistant and is powered by a partially dismembered USB AC adapter — wrapped in kapon tape for safe-keeping. The entire bar is wired through a 10A …read more

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SAP eyes up BT's biz ahead of £550m EE integration
Friday, 03 March 2017 02:00

Software biz SAP is eyeing up BT's business following its acquisition of the firm's existing customer EE for £12.5bn last year, with the former state monopoly having already set aside £550m for integration costs .

Speaking to The Register at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Stephen Gatien, global head of telecommunications industry at SAP, said the firm had been in talks with BT this week.

"We have had a number of very interesting conversations with BT on the various options that will be available to them as they absorb EE and how they will integrate it," he said.

EE currently

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GoDaddy DNS has gone diddy
Thursday, 02 March 2017 22:09
GoDaddy DNS has gone diddy

More like "go and fix your service" time, guys, am I right?

Updated An unspecified technical infrastructure issue has left GoDaddy customers with serious DNS issues this morning.

Despite a status page claims that all is green and healthy at registrar and web hosting business GoDaddy, customers have been complaining on Twitter, as well as to The Register , and to GoDaddy itself, that their domains are disappearing from DNS.

There is currently a 17-minute wait to get through to a customer service representative, although such representatives are confirming to El Reg readers that they are investigating the issue and

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HPE comms CTO: Our unit is growing even if our customers aren't
Thursday, 02 March 2017 21:01

MWC Interview On the basis of its first quarter results last week , HPE still seems to be in troubled waters. Despite numerous major reorgs to dramatically shrink the biz, revenue still fell 10 per cent in the last three months to $11.4bn (£9.3bn).

To that end, chief technology officer for communications and media Jeff Edlund's unit is somewhat an anomaly, having posted modest growth for a number of years.

Edlund looks after software services for mobile operators and carriers, a subdivision within the Enterprise Group's Data Centre Infrastructure Group (DCIG).

DCIG sits within the servers and storage unit, revenues

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Aruba AirWave admin? Get the latest patch
Thursday, 02 March 2017 15:02

Aruba AirWave systems need patching against multiple bugs in their control interface.

Posted to Full Disclosure by SEC Consult, there are two problems with the kit: an XML External Entity Injection attack; and a reflected cross-site scripting (XSS) attack.

Both can be exploited remotely.

In CVE-2016-8526, the XML parser used by the AirWave control panel resolves external XML entities, so an attacker can read files and port-scan the internal network by sending commands to the parser.

The advisory adds that files on the AirWave are encrypted using a shared static key, meaning privilege escalation is also feasible.

The second bug,

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