Injecting Code Into Mouse Firmware Should Be Your Next Hack

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Here’s a DEF CON talk that uses tools you likely have and it should be your next hacking adventure. In their Saturday morning talk [Mark Williams] and [Rob Stanely] walked through the process of adding their own custom code to a gaming mouse. The process is a crash course in altering a stock firmware binary while still retaining the original functionality.

The jumping off point for their work is the esports industry. The scope of esporting events has blown up in recent years. The International 2016 tournament drew 17,000 attendees with 5 million watching online. The prize pool of $20 …read more

Injecting Code Into Mouse Firmware Should Be Your Next Hack

See the original posting on Hackaday

Here’s a DEF CON talk that uses tools you likely have and it should be your next hacking adventure. In their Saturday morning talk [Mark Williams] and [Rob Stanely] walked through the process of adding their own custom code to a gaming mouse. The process is a crash course in altering a stock firmware binary while still retaining the original functionality.

The jumping off point for their work is the esports industry. The scope of esporting events has blown up in recent years. The International 2016 tournament drew 17,000 attendees with 5 million watching online. The prize pool of $20 …read more

Everything You Need To Know About Logic Probes

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We just spent the last hour watching a video, embedded below, that is the most comprehensive treasure trove of information regarding a subject that we should all know more about — sniffing logic signals. Sure, it’s a long video, but [Joel] of [OpenTechLab] leaves no stone unturned.

At the center of the video is the open-source sigrok logic capture and analyzer. It’s great because it supports a wide variety of dirt cheap hardware platforms, including the Salae logic and its clones. Logic is where it shines, but it’ll even log data from certain scopes, multimeters, power supplies, and more. Not …read more

Tracking my life with tech to improve my life

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 There’s this idea that if we quantify and track our lives, our lives will be better. But I’m not so sure about that. Over the past week, I’ve tracked both my sleep and bedroom air quality. Let’s first take a look at the Beautyrest Sleeptracker. The Sleeptracker comes with a couple of sensors that you put underneath your mattress. It tells you how much time you spent… Read More

The iPod shuffle’s death marks the end of an era for physical buttons

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This week, Apple announced that it would be unceremoniously killing off the iPod nano and the iPod shuffle, two of the last vestiges of the iPod era. While the nano may have been the spotlight product (quite literally stealing the show from the Motorola ROKR when they were announced alongside one another), the shuffle has always been a sort of black sheep in the iPod family, remaining frozen in time while the rest of Apple’s lineup leapt forward into the future.

While Apple would iterate slightly on the shuffle’s design over the years — including the incredibly puzzling third-generation shuffle, which killed playback controls entirely — the product was a constant in…

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Watch a short documentary about robotic mannequins in South Korea

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In Plastic Girls, a short film from German director Nils Clauss, robotic mannequins have sentient thoughts like, My smiles bring comfort, Money comes easy for me, and You have to work hard and follow rules. The seven-minute short is Clauss’ attempt to comment on the intersection of commerce and objectification in robotic mannequins in South Korea.

The film gives the mannequins a narrative as employees of small businesses, but as ones who must always be smiling and submissive. Clauss’ collaborator Udo Lee told Creators that they saw the mannequins as “products of a society in which gender related issues are not addressed sufficiently.”

As Creators points out, the documentary was inspired by a photo series Clauss shot in 2015 called P…

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The US Navy 3D printed a concept submersible in four weeks

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Militaries around the world have eyed 3D printing as a cost and time-effective resource for future missions, whether it’s printing up replacement parts for warplanes, grenade launchers, or meals for soldiers. Recently, the US Navy has partnered with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop a proof-of-concept submersible that was printed in under four weeks.

The idea of printing up weapons or vehicles is something out of science fiction, but this is something that the military could begin using in the next couple of years, if everything goes well. The 3D printed submersible was developed by a team from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Carderock Division’s Disruptive Technology Laboratory (DTL), and comes with the…

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Niantic is delaying some of its European events after Chicago’s disastrous Pokémon Go Fest

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Niantic Labs threw a big event in Chicago last weekend to celebrate the first year of Pokémon Go, only to run into cellular data congestion and server issues that made the game unplayable for many attendees. Now, the company has announced that it’s delaying several planned European events to ensure that trainers will be able to play the game.

In a blog post, Niantic said that its delaying two sets of events planned for Copenhagen and Prague (August 5) and Stockholm and Amsterdam (August 12), until later this fall. Several other planned events for Japan (August 14th), and France, Spain, and Germany (September 16th) are moving forward as scheduled.

The delay comes after Chicago’s Pokémon Go Fest got off to a disastrous start last week….

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Bessel Filter Design

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Once you fall deep enough into the rabbit hole of any project, specific information starts getting harder and harder to find. At some point, trusting experts becomes necessary, even if that information is hard to find, obtuse, or incomplete. [turingbirds] was having this problem with Bessel filters, namely that all of the information about them was scattered around the web and in textbooks. For anyone else who is having trouble with these particular filters, or simply wants to learn more about them, [turingbirds] has put together a guide with all of the information he has about them.

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Forget Super Soakers — check out this molten metal squirt gun

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YouTuber Kevin Kohler, aka The Backyard Scientist, has done all sorts of weird, amazing, and also probably dangerous things in the name of science and needing an excuse to set things on fire. Though he’s played with metal plenty in the past — from pouring molten aluminum in a watermelon to dropping an iPhone in a homemade foundry filled with molten metal — for his new video he’s created a combination of wholesomeness and danger even greater than that of lawn darts: a squirt gun that shoots molten pewter.

The squirt gun is made out of stainless steel. Kohler used pewter for its low melting point, which is around 400 degrees. After finishing the build, he puts it to work, blasting an array of objects with variable effect. It cuts straight…

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The LG V30 will reportedly go on sale on September 15th in South Korea

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Earlier this month, LG sent out invitations for an upcoming event expected to reveal the company’s flagship LG V30 phone on August 31st. It now looks like consumers will be able to get their hands on one soon thereafter: Android Authority reports that it’ll first go on sale in South Korea on September 15th, and in the US on the 28th.

Android Authority says that its reviewed internal documents that lay out the timeline for the phone’s release: it’ll be announced on August 31st at IFA Berlin, before going on sale later in the month, with the company taking preorders on September 17th for US customers. The documents also indicate that the phone will be available in Europe for the first time, although it’s not clear if it’ll do so at the…

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I’m going to do exactly what this travel startup tells me to do

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 I’m gearing up for another trip, but instead of taking a sleep pod bus, I’m flying (like a normal person) to Berlin. I’m going with my mom, who has never been out of the country, so I want to make sure it’s a good trip. That’s where Journy, founded by Leiti Hsu and Susan Ho, comes in. Journy is essentially a travel startup for millennials that is designed to… Read More

Rare discounts on the new iPad Pro, the best deal on the Samsung Galaxy S8, and more tech sales

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Apple’s new iPad Pro just came out a few months ago, and already you can get the 10.5-inch for $50 off at B&H and Staples. But this doesn’t last for long — the deal ends tomorrow — so act fast if you’ve had your eye on it.

Our other favorite tech sales of the week consist of three good headphones (including Massdrop’s Sennheiser 650 mentioned last week, priced at $200 for three more days) and a great deal on the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones. There’s been a lot of S8 promotions lately, but eBay’s unlocked discounts are the best we’ve seen yet.

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  • Apple iPad Pro 10.5-Inch: B&H and Staples are discounting the new iPad by $50, allowing you to get the 64GB for $599 and the 256GB for $699.
  • Amazon Prime Student Exclusives: Just in time…

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Bryan Fuller originally envisioned Star Trek: Discovery as an anthology show

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When Star Trek Discovery begins airing later this year, it’ll bring some new changes to Gene Roddenberry’s world, including an overarching, serialized story, rather than an episodic season. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, former showrunner Bryan Fuller explained that his original pitch for the show was even more ambitious: an anthology that would to do to Star Trek “what American Horror Story [did] for horror.”

According to Fuller, his vision would begin with a prequel series (Discovery is set before Star Trek: The Original Series), and would continue through the eras that followed in Voyager, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and beyond. CBS instead decided to move forward with a serialized season, and would see how…

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New trailers: George Clooney directs a Coen brothers film, Jon Hamm is an AI, and more

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No less than three people discussed the ending of Rogue One in front of me in the week after the movie came out. So between that and the film’s lukewarm reviews, I kind of just figured I’d wait for it to start streaming on Netflix.

Now that the movie is finally available, I’m glad I waited. Rogue One has a lot of cool ideas about how to build out the Star Wars universe, but it falls short in the one way that matters most: building fun, interesting characters.

For the most part, the film pretty much just ignores that. And I get the impression that Disney knows this and tried to fix it before the film came out.

If you look through stories about the film’s extensive reshoots, you get the sense that most of what was added was new…

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New York property speculators have figured out how to evict everyone

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New York’s catastrophic homelessness is about to get much, much worse: the skyrocketing property values (driven by speculators who buy apartments in order to get their money out of corrupt and failing states abroad, leaving them empty with the understanding that they can be cashed out on short notice, thanks to the white-hot market of other money-launderers) have attracted very deep-pocketed, anonymous hedge-funds that are snapping up buildings with rent-stabilized and rent-controlled units, who use a ruthless set of highly refined tactics to kick out all their tenants and then flip the building.
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A closer look at Tesla Model 3’s spartan interior

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My Verge colleague Sean O’Kane put it well when he wrote that the Tesla Model 3 interior doesn’t look like any car you’ve ever seen. It’s stunningly austere, with a smooth strip of wood across the dashboard that looks like it was carved straight out of a bamboo stalk; zero instrumentation behind the steering wheel; and none of the usual interior handles: the glovebox is opened via virtual button on the display, and you exit the car by pushing on a small button on the door. There isn’t even a place to insert a key.

But a big part of that interior is the display, and a lot of people will want to know: How does the display in the $35,000 Model 3 compare to the display in the Model S or the Model X? After riding in a Model 3 for a mere five…

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This shower speaker is twice as powerful as your average shower speaker

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The XXL Shower Speaker sticks to your bathroom wall with a sturdy suction cup, and it promises to be the best accompanist you’ve ever had in the shower.

Aside from hearing your own singing voice, how often do you really get to enjoy the excellent acoustics of the bathtub? This Bluetooth speaker is totally waterproof, so you can bring your music, podcasts, and audiobooks with you into the shower. It puts playback controls front and center, with raised rubber texture so you can always find the play button when your eyes are full of soap. And you can easily answer or decline calls, depending on how hectic your morning is.

The XXL Shower Speaker comes in several bright colors, or flat black if that fits better with your bath decor. You can get it here for $19.99.

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