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Smart Gun Beaten by Dumb Magnets
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 16:00

[Plore], a hacker with an interest in safe cracking, read a vehemently anti-smart-gun thread in 2015. With the words “Could you imagine what the guys at DEF CON could do with this?” [Plore] knew what he had to do: hack some smart guns. Watch the video below the break.

Armed with the Armatix IP1, [Plore] started with one of the oldest tricks in the book: an RF relay attack. The Armatix IP1 is designed to fire only when a corresponding watch is nearby, indicating that a trusted individual is the one holding the gun. However, by using a custom-built $20 …read more

European Telecoms Standards Institute emits mobile edge APIs
Monday, 10 July 2017 14:58

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute has unveiled the first APIs created under its Multi-Access Edge Computing project.

The name of the multi-access edge (MEC) game is to open up computing in mobile base stations to third-party developers. The API releases cover mobile edge services, application lifecycle management, applications running on edge platforms, a location service (LS) API, and a radio network information service (RNIS) API.

The last two are pitched as value-add APIs, designed to help third party applications get information about the state of the radio network and user location.

The full specs are:

Robot: Do My Bidding!
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 19:00

Remote control robots are nothing new. Using Bluetooth isn’t all that unusual, either. What [SayantanM4] did was make a Bluetooth robot that accepts voice commands via his phone. The robot itself isn’t very remarkable. An Arduino and an HC05 module make up most of the electronics. A standard motor driver runs the two wheels.

The Arduino doesn’t usually do much voice processing, and the trick is–of course–in the phone application. BT Voice Control for Arduino is a free download that simply sends strings to a host computer via Bluetooth. If you say “Hello” into your phone, the robot receives *Hello# …read more

Virgin Media biz service goes TITSUP* across London
Friday, 07 July 2017 21:31

A London-wide Virgin Media outage caused by a "fibre break" has left business customers across the capital without broadband - including a number of borough councils.

Bromley Council apologised for its phones and online systems being out of action, blaming the "London wide technical issue" caused by the outage.

Virgin Media confirmed the outage was affecting a number of local government bodies.

A spokesman said: “We’re aware of a fibre break which has caused a temporary loss of services for some of our business customers in London, including Borough Councils.

"We’ve identified the problem, engineers are on site and we’re

Gov hands £16m to universities for 5G test
Friday, 07 July 2017 21:29

The government has handed £16m to King's College London and the Universities of Surrey and Bristol to test 5G technology.

This investment will fund a 5G end-to-end trial in early 2018. This could include a trial in which a signal is sent from a mobile device, such as a phone or in a car, to a data centre and back again. The intention is to test the capability of 5G to make an application or service work in a real-world environment.

The funding comes from the previously allocated £740m in the new National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), which is being

Crashed RadioShack flogs off its IPv4 stash
Saturday, 08 July 2017 06:04

Collapsed retail store RadioShack will auction off its public IPv4 addresses as part of its ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.

The 32,000-odd addresses will be sold off in /24 and /20 subnets by auction site IPv4Auctions.com, which specializes in the sale and resale of the increasingly valuable online space. The website says it has "exclusivity" on RadioShack's IPv4 blocks.

With the current market rate of between $12.50 and $13 per address, that means the IPv4 blocks will be worth around $410,000. The failed electronics chain owns a bunch of stuff in the 139.60.x.x range plus a few other bits and pieces:

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