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Nokia snatches clump of 16nm FinFETs, crafts 576 Tbps monster router
Thursday, 15 June 2017 02:35

The router market might be in the doldrums, but that hasn't stopped Nokia spending big on drive silicon to drive its latest operator-scale router iron.

At the heart of the company's just-announced 7950 Extensible Routing System XC is a packet processor, the FP4 , that Nokia reckons can sail along at 2.4 Tbps.

To get there, the company's ION (IP and optical) business CTO Steve Vogelsang told The Register , Nokia needed more density than its current 40 nm silicon could approach, so it skipped a couple of geometries, and designed the FP4 to use 16nm FinFET technology.

Memory's the

Radio Decoding Swiss Army Knife in a NES Controller
Saturday, 17 June 2017 16:00

If you wanted to name a few things that hackers love, you couldn’t go wrong by listing off vintage console controllers, the ESP system-on-chip platform, and pocket tools for signal capture and analysis. Combine all of these, and you get the ESP32Thang.

At its heart, the ESP32Thang is based around a simple concept – take an ESP32, wire up a bunch of interesting sensors and modules, add an LCD, and cram it all in a NES controller which helpfully provides some buttons for input. [Mighty Breadboard] shows off the device’s basic functionality by using an RFM69HW module to allow the …read more

New Brain for Smart Vacuum
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 16:00

The ESP8266 has found its way into almost everything now. With its tiny size, low price tag, and accessible programmer, it’s perfect for almost any application that requires WiFi. [HawtDogFlvrWtr] decided that will all of the perks of the platform, an ESP8266 was practically begging to be shoehorned into his automatic vacuum cleaner. This isn’t a Roomba, though, it’s a Neato that now has a custom WiFi interface.

The new WiFi modification comes with some additional features as well. First of all, it ditches the poorly designed default user interface (often the most annoying proprietary component of any consumer product). …read more

T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices
Friday, 26 May 2017 09:30

T-Mobile is taking a leaf out of the tech industry book and separating phones from their numbers.

The company's Digits service will allow you to pick up calls from any device – in much the same way Google does with its voice service and Apple does with its AppleID. It will launch on May 31.

The service has been in beta for roughly six months and represents a significant shift for a phone company, given that the single-number-to-single-device has been the foundation of the industry's economic models.

Customers' existing numbers will be "upgraded" to the new Digits service and can then

US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments
Friday, 26 May 2017 07:47

Fourteen Americans (with the help of an advocacy group) are complaining to the FCC that their names were used without permission to file fake comments on the proposed net neutrality overhaul.

A letter [PDF] sent to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and signed by the 14 people claims that their names and addresses were used to post comments in support of the planned Title II elimination for ISPs.

"We are disturbed by reports that indicate you have no plans to remove these fraudulent comments from the public docket," they write.

"Whoever is behind this stole our names and addresses, publicly exposed our private

Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis
Friday, 26 May 2017 05:12

Venezuela is increasingly censoring its internet and expanding online surveillance of citizens.

The country is currently in a state of emergency after two months of anti-government protests that have caused the deaths of over 50 people and led to violent confrontations with the police.

Citizens are furious with president Nicolás Maduro, who has been using emergency powers since 2015 to pass laws without congressional approval. He claims to be using the powers to fight an "economic war" with unseen enemies, but taxes on alcohol and tobacco alongside a collapsing economy have turned people against him.

As that anger has translated

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