Woodstock Wire: Tech Tickler

September 18, 2021

Foot pressure sensors detect Parkinson's disease

EE -- Raspberry Pi Blog - A team from National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University has developed a foot-pressure-sensing insole to detect Parkinson's disease. Using our tiny computers, they managed to create something discreet that can monitor people as they walk...

September 18, 2021 10:24 PM

Path set for commercial communications around the moon

Life -- Phys.org - ESA confirmed a contract signature yesterday with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) to be the main customer for their Lunar Pathfinder satellite launching in 2024 that will provide communications services around the moon.

September 18, 2021 09:39 PM

Raspberry Pi-based Home Assistant Amber lets you build your own smart home hub (crowdfunding)

Tech -- Liliputing - Home Assistant is free and open source home automation software that allows you to control and interact with smart home gadgets. You can install the software on a single-board computer or in a virtual machine on a Windows, Mac, or Linux PC.


September 18, 2021 02:46 AM

September 16, 2021

Diana Trujillo: From Colombia to Mars

Life -- NASA Image of the day - Diana Trujillo, an aerospace engineer, is currently Technical Group Supervisor for Sequence Planning and Execution and a Tactical Mission Lead for Perseverance.

September 16, 2021 07:07 PM

Five key facts on Inspiration4 space mission

Life -- Phys.org - SpaceX is set to launch four people into space Wednesday on a three-day mission that is the first to orbit the Earth with exclusively private citizens on board.

September 16, 2021 07:06 PM

Pushing the Limits of Weight and Power Delivery in EV Hypercars

Aspencore -- EETimes Europe - When I wrote in June that Ferrari was appointing a CEO from the semiconductor industry in pursuit of its electrification strategy, I didn't imagine that a few weeks later, I'd be out at a show for supercars and hypercars, talking to car...

September 16, 2021 06:57 PM

DARPA Seeks an Interoperable 'Space Layer'

Aspencore -- EETimes - Low-earth orbit is getting crowded, with constellations of communications satellites like the SpaceX Starlink internet service and a growing list of cubesats forming a hodge-podge rather than an interoperable network. What used to be called...

September 16, 2021 06:55 PM

Microsoft wants you to stop using passwords for its apps and services - here's how

Media -- The Next Web - Companies and consortiums have been waging war against passwords through security keys and authenticator apps for years now. Microsoft has taken one more step towards a passwordless future by allowing you to remove the password from your...

September 16, 2021 06:43 PM

Will The Fitbit Charge 5 Outshine The Fitbit Luxe?

Media -- Semiconductor Engineering - We don't know, and we do not comment on whether one device is better than its previous generation. What we do is look at and compare generations of devices. And while we wait for our pre-order of our Fitbit Charge 5 to arrive,...

September 16, 2021 06:41 PM

September 14, 2021

Chrome OS may include native Chromebook recovery software, no USB needed

Tech -- About Chromebooks - There's an effort underway to restore a Chromebook's firmware without needing a USB drive, which is required in the current process. Essentially, Chrome OS would have its own native Chromebook recovery software. This means you wouldn't...

September 14, 2021 09:04 PM

Akamai launches new, on-demand learning platform for customers

PR Newswire -- Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the world's most trusted solution for protecting and delivering digital experiences, today announces the launch of Learn Akamai, a free, on-demand learning platform designed to help customers...

September 14, 2021 07:18 PM

SpaceX to launch private, all-civilian crew into Earth orbit

Life -- Phys.org - SpaceX is set to launch four people into space Wednesday on a three-day mission that is the first to orbit the Earth with exclusively private citizens on board, as Elon Musk's company enters the space tourism fray.

September 14, 2021 06:56 PM

UiPath Academic Alliance Reaches More Than 1,000 Higher Education Institutions Worldwide as Demand Climbs for Automation Skills

Business Wire -- UiPath's Academic Alliance program now includes more than 1,000 higher education institutions and workforce development organizations.

September 14, 2021 06:27 PM

Android 12 may be released on October 4th

Tech -- The Verge - Android 12 may be released on October 4th, according to an internal document shared by XDA Developers. The next version of Google's mobile operating system features the new Material You visual design and has been in public beta since May.


September 14, 2021 03:31 AM

Long-Haul Trucking With Fewer Drivers

Media -- Semiconductor Engineering - The trucking industry is betting heavily on increasing levels of autonomy and electrification to reduce the cost of moving goods and to overcome persistent problems.

The economics of autonomous driving are compelling, not least...

September 14, 2021 03:19 AM

Intuit to Acquire Mailchimp

Business Wire -- Intuit (Nasdaq: INTU), the global technology platform that makes TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint, and Credit Karma, today announced that it has agreed to acquire Mailchimp, a world-class, global customer engagement and marketing platform for growing small...

September 14, 2021 03:15 AM

September 11, 2021

NASA's Perseverance Rover Collects Puzzle Pieces of Mars' History

PR Newswire -- NASA's Perseverance Mars rover successfully collected its first pair of rock samples, and scientists already are gaining new insights into the region. After collecting its first sample, named "Montdenier," Sept. 6, the team collected a second,...

September 11, 2021 03:32 AM

The New Energy Frontier: Energy Harvesting from Ocean Waves

Aspencore -- Power Electronics - The ability to harness ocean waves energy is a rapidly evolving field offering a whole range of applications in oceanographic research, aquaculture, and national defense. Columbia Power Technologies is helping to expand the...

September 11, 2021 02:04 AM

September 10, 2021

5 Steps For Securing Your Remote Work Space

Infosec -- Threatpost - With so many people still working from home, cybercriminals are trying to cash in. Cyberattacks have increased 300% and the risk of losing important data or being compromised is much greater at home.

Here are five recommendations for securing...

September 10, 2021 11:35 PM

Maker Faire Prague Goes Big Again in 2021

Media -- Makezine - The biggest Maker Faire in Czechia is back in full force! Czech DIYers, inventors, designers and creators will finally meet again offline in Prague this weekend (11th and 12th September) as Maker Faire Prague is just around the corner. Held...

September 10, 2021 08:24 PM

Thermoelectric power generators for wearable electronics

Media -- Electronics360 - Thermoelectric generators transform thermal energy into electrical energy, and hence are active devices.

September 10, 2021 08:21 PM

Google is making it easier to find files and downloads on your Chromebook

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - Google's latest Chrome OS update isn't big, but it does clean up a useful feature and goes some way to addressing incompatible Android apps.

September 10, 2021 12:29 AM

September 09, 2021

NASA Helicopter Marks 6 Months on Mars, Is Still Flying High

Tech -- ExtremeTech - Isn't it great when the news comes back better than expected? Six months into its daunting "30-day" proof-of-concept Mars excursion, Ingenuity is still sitting pretty and flying high. NASA has just made a few announcements on Ingenuity,...

September 09, 2021 09:41 PM

September 07, 2021

Chrome OS still has its generic, ugly web app icon issue, but there could be an easy fix

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Alright, today, I'm going to complain about something again - I seem to be good at that. Truly though, I'm complaining about something that many of my customers did when I used to work with Chromebooks in big box stores, and I think...

September 07, 2021 11:08 PM

Even if Google won't make it, we need a new Chromebook built like the original Pixelbook

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Back in 2017 when Google unveiled the original Pixelbook, I was mesmerized with it. From the screen ratio (3:2) to the ultra-thin chassis to the unique aesthetic, Google did something quite amazing with the design and construction of...

September 07, 2021 11:04 PM

Piaggio, KTM, Honda and Yamaha Set up Swappable Batteries Consortium

U.S. News -- Italian scooter maker Piaggio said on Monday it had set up a consortium with Honda Motor Co., KTM AG and Yamaha Motor Co. to...

September 07, 2021 12:30 AM

The clamshell to tablet Chromebook experience is a hot mess, but I have a solution

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Over the years, I've used a lot of Chromebooks, and often, I've used both clamshell and tablet devices simultaneously for a variety of reasons. For example, clamshell Chromebooks are great for hammering out some writing, while tablet...

September 07, 2021 12:23 AM

Intel NUC P14E Laptop is a modular powered by an Intel NUC 11 Compute Element

Tech -- Liliputing - The Intel NUC P14E Laptop Element is a thin and light notebook computer with a 13.9 inch, 3000 x 200 pixel touchscreen display, an aluminum body, and a modular design: the brains of the system are on an Intel NUC 11 Compute Element card that...

September 07, 2021 12:21 AM

Volkswagen and Argo AI reveal first ID Buzz test vehicle for autonomous driving

Tech -- TechCrunch - Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, a standalone VW brand responsible for the development and sales of light commercial vehicles, and Argo AI, an autonomous driving technology company, unveiled the first version of the ID Buzz AD (Autonomous...

September 07, 2021 12:19 AM

September 05, 2021

Perseverance rover captures core Earth-return sample on second attempt

gizmag -- NASA has released an image showing that the space agency's Perseverance Mars rover has successfully retrieved its first rock drill sample for return to Earth. Taken by the Mastcam-Z camera on September 1, the image shows a drill bit holding a pencil-thick...

September 05, 2021 11:07 PM

September 03, 2021

The Best Tablets

Life -- The Wirecutter - After hundreds of hours of research and testing over the past seven years, we think Apple's 8th-generation iPad is the best all-around tablet, with all the performance and features most people need for watching video, browsing the Internet,...

September 03, 2021 07:49 PM

First light from Sunstorm CubeSat

Life -- Phys.org - Around the same size as two big Harry Potter paperbacks, ESA's Sun-watching Sunstorm CubeSat has produced its first solar X-ray spectrum, coming just over a week after its launch to orbit aboard a Vega rocket.

September 03, 2021 07:22 PM

Team captures data from unarmed Minuteman III test launch

Life -- Phys.org - A team from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) successfully collected data from the recent operational test of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from Vandenberg...

September 03, 2021 07:04 PM

10 Apps Every College Student Should Have on Their Phone

Life -- Lifehacker - In 2021, a smartphone and a tablet are a college student's lifeline. Thanks to innovative and useful apps, these devices can help you manage your tasks, keep your calendar, and even help you be a better student through innovative note taking,...

September 03, 2021 06:49 PM

Martian snow is dusty, could potentially melt, new study shows

Life -- Phys.org - Over the last two decades, scientists have found ice in many locations on Mars. Most Martian ice has been observed from orbital satellites like NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. But determining the grain size and dust content of the ice from...

September 03, 2021 06:40 PM

September 01, 2021

Xiaomi Joins the Open Invention Network

Globe Newswire -- Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, announced today that Xiaomi Corporation has become a licensee and community member of OIN. As a leading global smartphone, smart device and IoT platform provider, Xiaomi...

September 01, 2021 04:55 PM

Excellent Write-up of the SolarWinds Security Breach

Infosec -- Schneier on Security - Robert Chesney wrote up the Solar Winds story as a case study, and it's a really good summary.

September 01, 2021 04:13 AM

August 30, 2021

LastPass Identifies Risks, Solutions, and Strategies for Higher Education Institutions

Globe Newswire -- Technology - Password management proves a reputable solution amid growing cyberattacks facing IT teams in Academia Password management proves a reputable solution amid growing cyberattacks facing IT teams in Academia

August 30, 2021 01:17 AM

The best browsers for privacy and security

Infosec -- Malwarebytes Unpacked - Unfortunately there is a low correlation factor between what most people find the best browsers and what are the best browsers when it comes to privacy and security. If you look at the market share of the most popular browsers,...

August 30, 2021 01:07 AM

What CISOs need to know about Wi-Fi 6E

Infosec -- CSO Online - Wi-Fi 6E is a technical extension of the Wi-Fi 6 standard to deliver improved Wi-Fi capacity, less interference, and higher throughput. Introduced in January 2021 by the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wi-Fi 6E allows for an increased frequency band of 6...

August 30, 2021 01:03 AM

August 29, 2021

UiPath Announces Major Partner Sponsors Supporting FORWARD IV, the Largest Global Conference for Automation Professionals

Business Wire -- UiPath announces sponsorships are nearly sold out for FORWARD IV, the largest global conference for automation professionals taking place Oct. 5-6

August 29, 2021 10:33 PM

August 23, 2021

Best Raspberry Pi kit 2021: Top starter and pro kits

Enterprise -- ZDNet News - CanaKit and Vilros are dominating the Raspberry Pi kit market.

August 23, 2021 03:43 AM

How to use Xubuntu on Raspberry Pi 4

Tech -- Addictive Tips - Xubuntu is an excellent desktop operating system, but did you know you can also use it on the Raspberry Pi 4? That's right, thanks to Ubuntu for Raspberry Pi, it is possible to run your favorite Linux desktop distribution on the Pi 4....

August 23, 2021 03:11 AM

Unboxing the Pixel 5a that is here to basically replace the Pixel 4a 5G [VIDEO]

Tech -- Chrome Unboxed - Today, Google has officially unveiled the Pixel 5a and in the simplest terms, it is here to replace the generally-unavailable Pixel 4a 5G. If you remember back to just under a year ago, Google announced the Pixel 4a a bit later than...

August 23, 2021 02:39 AM

August 22, 2021

macOS 11's hidden security improvements

Infosec -- Malwarebytes Unpacked - A deep dive into macOS 11's internals reveals some security surprises that deserve to be more widely known.

August 22, 2021 11:42 PM

August 17, 2021

Chrome OS 94 brings Debian Bullseye to Linux on Chromebooks

Tech -- About Chromebooks - Did you hear? There's a new major update of a desktop operating system now available. No, it's not Windows, macOS, or even Chrome OS. It's Debian Bullseye, which is version 11 of the popular Linux platform. And Chrome OS 94 brings...

August 17, 2021 06:42 PM

August 16, 2021

Google Pixel 5a launch date and specs revealed in new leak

Tech -- Mashable - It's been a long wait, but Google's Pixel 5a 5G is finally coming. Probably. According to Android Police, who has obtained some new information and photographs of various parts of the device, the Pixel 5a 5G will be launched really, really soon:...

August 16, 2021 05:39 PM

AmateurLogic 16th Anniversary Contest

Tech -- AmateurLogic.TV - AmateurLogic.TV is celebrating our 16th Anniversary and you could win a complete Icom IC-705 prize package along with accessories from MFJ.

Get all the detail at www.amateurlogic.tv/contest

August 16, 2021 05:38 PM

Microsoft catches hackers using Morse Code to help cover their tracks

Infosec -- CyberScoop - Clever hackers use a range of techniques to cover their tracks on a target computer, from benign-looking communication protocols to self-erasing software programs.

It's not very often, though, that digital attackers turn to Morse Code, a...

August 16, 2021 03:51 AM