News Category: Hardware

Storj Labs Forges Open-Source Vendors and Cloud Services Alliance

At the Linux Foundation's Open Source Summit in Vancouver, Storj Labs a decentralized cloud storage company, announced a partnership that will enable open-source projects to generate revenue when their users store data in the cloud: The Open Source Partner Program. Why? Ben Golub, Storj's executive...
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Leap Motion Open Sources the Project North Star AR Headset's Schematics

Leap Motion has long been a proponent of immersive technology. When VR hardware began to emerge in the consumer market, Leap Motion quickly adapted its technology for VR input. Now it has turned its sights to the budding AR market, but instead of offering to license its tracking technology to...
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The Ars Guide to Building a Linux Router from Scratch

After finally reaching the tipping point with off-the-shelf solutions that can't match increasing speeds available, we recently took the plunge. Building a homebrew router turned out to be a better proposition than we could've ever imagined. With nearly any speed metric we analyzed, our little DIY...
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5 Raspberry Pi Operating Systems That Aren’t Linux

Looking for a way to get the most out of your Raspberry Pi? Running a project that just needs something more? Odd as it may seem, Linux might be the problem, so why not consider a non-Linux operating system? Several have been released, or adapted, for use on the Raspberry Pi. 1. Plan 9 Released as...
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Linux All-in-One: Slimbook Curve Comes with Your Distro of Choice Pre-Installed

Spanish computer maker Slimbook has unveiled the Slimbook Curve, an all-in-one with a 24-inch curved screen made for GNU/Linux. The all-in-one is available with either Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPUs and can be configured with 8GB or 16GB DDR4 memory with a 32GB option coming soon. The Curve 24 is...
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Linux on Raspberry Pi: SUSE Support Turns $35 Board into Enterprise IoT Platform

SUSE has released a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 (SLES) for the popular Raspberry Pi, which comes with full commercial support for enterprise customers. The release upgrades an unsupported version of SLES SP2 Raspberry Pi image released at 2016 SUSECON, which offered enterprises an...
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The Last Barrier To Ultra-Miniaturized Electronics Is Broken, Thanks To A New Type Of Inductor

In the race for ever-improving technology, there are two related technical capabilities that drive our world forward: speed and size. These are related, as the smaller a device is, the less distance the electrical signal driving your device has to travel. As we’ve been able to cut silicon thinner,...
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How to Build Something ‘Useful’ With a Raspberry Pi

In honor of Pi Day, Chaim Gartenberg and I cooked up a tiny little Raspberry Pi project for yesterday’s episode of Circuit Breaker Live. We started with a simple concept: a button that says “Why?” when you press it, in honor of our favorite podcast. So we knew we’d need a button, some sound files,...
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Researchers Find 29 Types of USB attacks, Recommend Never Plugging into a USB You Don't Own

It's long been known that you should never insert an unknown USB drive to your computer because it could be loaded with malware. However, new research from Ben-Gurion University has exposed 29 types of USB attacks, and extends to your smartphone. It shows that you should never use a USB charger you...
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​Purism Adds Open-Source Security Firmware to its Linux Laptop Line

In its latest news, Purism announced that it has successfully integrated Trammel Hudson's Heads security firmware into its Trusted Platform Module (TPM)-equipped Librem laptops. Heads is an open-source computer firmware and configuration tool that aims to provide better physical security and data...
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