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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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Lime Microsystems is collaborating with the European Space Agency to make its Ubuntu Core-driven LimeSDR Mini boards available for developing applications running on ESA’s communications satellites.

Open Source LimeSDR Mini Takes Off in Satellites

The topic of 5G mobile networks dominated the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, despite the expectation that widespread usage may be years away. While 5G’s mind-boggling bandwidth captivates our attention, another interesting angle is found in the potential integration with software...
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HardwareCon: The Slope of Enlightenment

Having spent the last 13 years helping over 900 hardware startups (they used to be called inventors) taking innovative, physical products to market, I’ve seen the industry go from one that was dominated by large established companies to the burgeoning hardware revolution that has already brought...
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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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Postage-Stamp Linux

We’ve come a long way from the early days of big iron, and few things demonstrate that better than Microchip’s new SAMA5D27. What’s a SAMA5D27, you ask? It’s a postage stamp that runs Linux. Well, not literally a postage stamp, but a fully realized microcontroller that measures about 1½ inches (...
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AMD Ryzen
Eric Brown rounds up some recently announced processors along with news from this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Embedded World in Nuremberg. (Image courtesy AMD)

Hot Chips Face Off at MWC and Embedded World

This week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Embedded World in Nuremberg are primarily designed to showcase smartphones and embedded systems, respectively. Yet, increasingly the shows are focused on the processors that drive them. The only major chip announced in conjunction with this week’s...
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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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Can Open Source Hardware Be Like Open Source Software?

Hardware and software are certainly different beasts. Software is really just information, and the storing, modification, duplication, and transmission of information is essentially free. Hardware is expensive, or so we think, because it’s made out of physical stuff which is costly to ship or copy...
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The Next Generation of TinyFPGAs

Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have come of age. Once viewed as exotic and scary there are a number of FPGA boards targeting the maker market and among them is a new range of open source TinyFPGA boards. The latest TinyFPGA board is the TinyFPGA BX board, an updated version of their B2 ...
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GPUs on Google’s Kubernetes Engine Are Now Available in Open Beta

The Google Kubernetes Engine (previously known as the Google Container Engine and GKE) now allows all developers to attach Nvidia GPUs to their containers. GPUs on GKE (an acronym Google used to be quite fond of, but seems to be deemphasizing now) have been available in closed alpha for more than...
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