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RTL-SDR: Seven Years Later
Thursday, 01 August 2019 10:00

Before swearing my fealty to the Jolly Wrencher, I wrote for several other sites, creating more or less the same sort of content I do now. In fact, the topical overlap was enough that occasionally those articles would get picked up here on Hackaday. One of those articles, which graced …read more

Four Years Of Learning ESP8266 Development Went Into This Guide
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:00

The ESP8266 is a great processor for a lot of projects needing a small microcontroller and Wi-Fi, all for a reasonable price and in some pretty small form factors. [Simon] used one to build a garage door opener. This project isn’t really about his garage door opener based on a …read more

German data regulator ruminates on big 5G question, shrugs: We'll find Huawei around it
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:42

Germany's data protection and security regulator is not too stressed about the supposed threat of using Huawei equipment in 5G networks.

Arne Schönbohm, head of Germany's Federal Office for Information Security, told Der Spiegel the risks posed by the Chinese outfit are manageable and that a next-generation mobile network made up of equipment from a variety of vendors would be safer.

"There are essentially two fears: First, espionage – i.e. that data will be siphoned off involuntarily. But we can counter that with improved encryption. The second is sabotage – i.e. manipulating networks remotely or even shutting them down. We

GitHub builds wall round private repos, makes devs in US-sanctioned countries pay for it
Monday, 29 July 2019 21:25

Microsoft-owned GitHub has slapped restrictions on users residing in certain countries as the company bows to restrictions resulting from US sanctions, according to a hand-wringing tweet from CEO Nat Friedman.

Friedman took to Twitter over the weekend after users began noticing their accounts had been mysteriously blocked.

Affected users were presented with a yellow warning message with little or no warning last week as access to private repos on the service were summarily blocked.

Teams with developers spread across the globe will find it a little hard to collaborate should they have coders in the affected countries.

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Teardown: Catel CTP300 Restaurant Pager
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 13:00

I have a problem. If I go to a swap meet , or even a particularly well stocked yard sale, I feel compelled to buy something. Especially if that something happens to be an oddball piece of electronics. While on the whole I’m a man of few vices, I simply …read more

What Huawei to go: Hundreds of Chinese tech giant's US workers to get pink slips – report
Tuesday, 16 July 2019 10:08

Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer targeted by a Trump administration trade ban, is expected to dismiss a substantial number of people in the US in the coming weeks.

The number of individuals affected remains unclear but the layoffs, at the telecoms kit maker's US R&D subsidiary, Futurewei Technologies, could affect hundreds of workers in California, Texas, and Washington, according to the Wall Street Journal . Futurewei currently employs more than 800 people in the US.

The Register asked Huawei to comment but a spokesperson on Monday declined, saying the biz, as a policy, does not address "rumor and speculation."

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