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Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

Slashdot - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader writes "Anyone who might have been interested in the miniature Raspberry Pi compatible board mentioned here a month ago should know the board has been cancelled due to problems sourcing the Broadcom SoC. Given the less than welcoming response from the rpi community to the board's release, there is speculation as to why Hardkernel is having trouble buying the chip.

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Weak WPS randomization on some routers lets attackers in Wi-Fi range easily guess PINs (Robert Lemos/Ars Technica)

TechMeme - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 12:30pm

Robert Lemos / Ars Technica:
Weak WPS randomization on some routers lets attackers in Wi-Fi range easily guess PINs  —  Offline attack shows Wi-Fi routers still vulnerable  —  A researcher has refined an attack on wireless routers with poorly implemented versions of the Wi-Fi Protected Setup that allows someone to quickly gain access to a router's network.

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Feynman Lectures Released Free Online

Slashdot - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 11:48am
Anna Merikin writes In 1964, Richard Feynman delivered a series of seven hour-long lectures at Cornell University which were recorded by the BBC, and in 2009 (with a little help from Bill Gates), were released to the public. The three-volume set may be the most popular collection of physics books ever written, and now the complete online edition has been made available in HTML 5 through a collaboration between Caltech (where Feyman first delivered these talks, in the early 1960s) and The Feynman Lectures Website. The online edition is "high quality up-to-date copy of Feynman's legendary lectures," and, thanks to the implementation of scalable vector graphics, "has been designed for ease of reading on devices of any size or shape; text, figures and equations can all be zoomed without degradation." Volume I deals mainly with mechanics, radiation and heat; Volume II with electromagnetism and matter; and Volume III with quantum mechanics. Last year we told you when Volume I was made available. It's great to see the rest added.

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Apple partnering with American Express to let iPhone 6 owners use their phone to pay for goods in physical stores (Jason Del Rey/Re/code)

TechMeme - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:40am

Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Apple partnering with American Express to let iPhone 6 owners use their phone to pay for goods in physical stores  —  Apple Working With American Express on iPhone 6 Mobile Payments  —  Apple has reached an agreement with American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system …

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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

Slashdot - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:40am
First time accepted submitter airfuz writes Microsoft took a bold move announcing that users have to move away from the old version of internet explorer to the new version 11. And now not long after that, Microsoft announced that they are shutting down the 15 year old MSN Messenger. Most people have moved away from the service to Facebook and other mobile based messenger such as Whatsapp and so MSN is left with few users. But still, ending a 15 year messaging service like the MSN Messenger means something to the one's who grew up using it.

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A history of Motorola: how interdivisional fights starting in the '80s nearly doomed the company (Ted C. Fishman/Chicago Magazine)

TechMeme - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 9:50am

Ted C. Fishman / Chicago Magazine:
A history of Motorola: how interdivisional fights starting in the '80s nearly doomed the company  —  What Happened to Motorola  —  On the 18th floor of the Merchandise Mart, in a soaring two-story space underneath a vast industrial-looking stairway, a small crowd of business types, pols, and journalists gathers.

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Iceland Raises Volcano Aviation Alert Again

Slashdot - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 9:38am
An anonymous reader writes Iceland's authorities have raised an aviation warning for a region close to the Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area. The eruption began around 0600 GMT prompting the Icelandic Met Office to raise the aviation warning code to red for the Bardarbunga/Holuhraun area, the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management said in a statement. The country's meteorological agency described the eruption as a "very calm lava eruption and can hardly be seen on seismometers."

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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

Slashdot - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 8:28am
schwit1 writes: Check out this detailed and informative look at the unspoken competiton between NASA's SLS rocket and SpaceX's planned heavy lift rocket. It's being designed to be even more powerful than the Falcon Heavy. Key quote: "It is clear SpaceX envisions a rocket far more powerful than even the fully evolved Block 2 SLS – a NASA rocket that isn't set to be launched until the 2030s." The SpaceX rocket hinges on whether the company can successfully build its new Raptor engine. If they do, they will have their heavy lift rocket in the air and functioning far sooner than NASA, and for far less money.

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Coinbase announces accredited insurance covering the bitcoins it holds online at any time (Michael Carney/PandoDaily)

TechMeme - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:50am

Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Coinbase announces accredited insurance covering the bitcoins it holds online at any time  —  Coinbase surprises with news of a year-old deposit insurance program, but what of its cold storage?  —  Coinbase dropped a bombshell on the bitcoin world yesterday by revealing …

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Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

Slashdot - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 5:30am
jfruh writes: With Nokia's Windows Phone handset line sold off to Microsoft, one of the company's remaining businesses is its Here digital mapping service. No longer feeling loyalty to Microsoft or its OS, Nokia has inked a deal with Samsung to supply Here services to both Tizen and Android devices, including the upcoming Samsung smartwatch.

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