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Spice up your dice with Bluetooth
Monday, 11 December 2017 06:00

There’s no shortage of projects that replace your regular board game dice with an electronic version of them, bringing digital features into the real world. [Jean] however goes the other way around and brings the real world into the digital one with his Bluetooth equipped electronic dice.

These dice are built around a Simblee module that houses the Bluetooth LE stack and antenna along with an ARM Cortex-M0 on a single chip. Adding an accelerometer for side detection and a bunch of LEDs to indicate the detected side, [Jean] put it all on a flex PCB wrapped around the battery, …read more

A Wireless Webcam Without A Cumbersome Cloud Service
Sunday, 10 December 2017 00:00

After a friend bought a nannycam that required the use of a cloud service to make the device useful,  [Martin Caarels] thought to himself — as he puts it — ”I can probably do this with a Raspberry Pi!”

Altogether, [Caarels] gathered together a 4000mAh battery, a Raspberry Pi 3 with a micro SD card for storage, a Logitech c270 webcam, and the critical component to bind this project together: an elastic band. Once he had downloaded and set up Raspbian Stretch Lite on the SD card, he popped it into the Pi and connected it to the network via …read more

Yes, Britain has an urban-rural 4G schism. This is what it looks like
Thursday, 07 December 2017 23:00

Real world performance gleaned from thousands of British mobiles sheds light on how LTE in the boondocks performs outside major urban areas. And it may not be as bad as you think.

Tutela, whose network performance measurements we highlighted earlier this week was able to determine how long users spend on LTE, or whether they’re on a 3G network. It measured how long users spent on LTE on each network, inside or outside the 10 largest UK cities.

And this is what it looks like.

average 10 uk cities

Source: Tutela. Click to enlarge

Coverage isn’t the only determinant here: some users may still

Google pushed update that broke managed Chromebooks' Wi-Fi
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:02

A Google slip-up left educators scratching their heads after schools' Chromebooks developed mass wireless network SSID amnesia.

The issue came to light in four rather cross Reddit threads ( here , here , here and here ).

What happened was an apparent update slip-up resulting in devices forgetting Wi-Fi settings managed through Chromebooks' admin consoles.

One poster identified at least two vectors for the bug: Google Apps for Education, and Google Apps Password Sync.

“For those of you who have managing Chromebooks via GAFE/GAPS, Google has confirmed an issue where managed Chromebooks will 'forget' the wireless settings. In our case,

Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page
Friday, 08 December 2017 23:05

A street in Suffolk has been revealed as the slowest area in Blighty for broadband, where residents have to wait a painful eight hours to download just 45 minutes of telly.

Average speeds on Thorpe Lane in Trimley St Martin are 0.68Mbps, 260 times slower than the fastest street, Benford Avenue in Motherwell, Scotland, which record speeds of 177.01Mbps.

It is also 53 times slower than the UK average speed of 36Mbps, research by comparison site uSwitch discovered.

One in five broadband users struggle along with speeds of less than 10Mbps, while nearly one in ten experience less than 5Mbps,

Don't rely on us to protect the open internet, warns FTC Commissioner
Friday, 08 December 2017 07:20

One of the US government's top regulators has warned that her department is in no position to take on the mantle of protecting the open internet if its sister organization, the FCC, votes on repealing net neutrality regulations later this month.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner Terrell McSweeny has repeatedly warned that her organization is not able to do the job it may be handed later this month but in an article , she goes into some detail over why.

"The FTC does not have specialized expertise in telecommunications. We don’t have engineers with technical experience in data network management

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