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Samy Kamkar: Reverse Engineering for a Secure Future
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 16:31

Show of hands: how many of you have parked your car in the driveway, walked up to your house, and pressed your car’s key fob button thinking it would open the front door? We’ve probably all done it and felt a little dopey as a result, but when you think about it, it would be tremendously convenient, especially with grocery bags dangling off each arm and the mail clenched between your teeth. After all, we’re living in the future —  shouldn’t your house be smart enough to know when you’re home?

Reverse engineer par excellence Samy Kamkar might think so, …read more

Wireless Charger Truck Mod Keeps Juice Flowing On The Move
Monday, 01 January 2018 06:00

Wireless charging is great tech, but its relative novelty means it may not be everywhere you want it. When one of those places is your vehicle, well, you make like [Braxen McConnell] and crack it open to install a wireless charger!

After dismantling the centre console, [McConnell] had to make a few cuts behind the scenes to make room for the wireless charger — as well as cutting down the charger itself. He also took apart the charger and flipped the board and charging coil around inside its case; the reason for this is the closer the coil is to …read more

Hunting Rogue Access Points with the ESP8266
Friday, 29 December 2017 12:01

Cantennas outperform every consumer-grade Wi-Fi antenna I’ve had the bad luck of purchasing. Cantenna is a mashup of ‘can’ and ‘antenna’ creating the nickname for a directional waveguide antenna built from re-purposed steel cans. For anyone who has yet to build one, it makes an excellent afternoon project. Here are some build instructions and technical details. I went beyond that, and ended up catching a rogue WiFi access point in the process.

When I needed to extend the range of some ESP8266-based sensors, cantennas were right at the top of my list of things to try. It was easy enough …read more

The WiFi Repeater You Probably Have on Your Bench
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 00:00

Few things are as frustrating as a WiFi signal that drops in and out. On a public network it is bad enough but at home? Even if you can live with it, your cohabitants will certainly impune your technical abilities if they don’t have solid WiFi.  One solution is a WiFi repeater. You can buy one, of course. But you can also make one out of an ESP8266 and some code from GitHub. There is also a video about the project, below.

[Martin Ger’s] code implements NAT, so it isn’t a true WiFi repeater, but more of a bridge or …read more

LMFAO cu l8r: Dump ur mobile provider via txt by 2019
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 22:09

Mobile users will be able to divorce their providers by text within a single working day, thanks to new Ofcom rules announced today.

In its announcement, the regulator said: "Consumers need to be able to switch providers easily to exercise choice and take advantage of competition in the communications sector."

However, it believes there are "unnecessary difficulties" in doing this, and has elected to change the rules.

Currently, users have to call service providers to cancel their contract outright, or request their PAC code if they want to keep their number. With the first provider dealt with, users then set

Sea-Me-We 3 cable down, again, Oz-Asia traffic slows down
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 11:55

The fragile Sea-Me-We 3 cable that provides one of Australia's primary connections to Asia is out of action and awaiting repair.

The break was first announced by Vocus on December 3. At that time, the company's status page said the cut was around 1,126 km from the cable's Singapore landing station (that would put the break in the vicinity of Jakarta).

Yesterday, the Vocus status page included an announcement that a repair ship has been assigned to the task.

Subject to approvals, Vocus said, repairs should be completed by January 9, 2018.

Sea-Me-We 3 has been in service since 1999,

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