A couple of researchers (hackers) have been able to transmit WiFi signals on the 900 Mhz amateur ham radio band. Signals were successfully received as far as 20 miles away. But due to the technological approached being used using frequencies on the noise floor, the top speed is only achieved at 56 kbps, reminiscent of the dial modem speeds of the past. Nevertheless, the range is quite impressive. Read the rest of the article.
Apparently, there’s a website in Russia that has been caught exploiting the latest version of Firefox. In response, Mozilla has delivered an emergency update to patch the security flaw. The bug was found inside the built-in PDF viewer that allowed attackers to view sensitive data on users hard drives. The attack affected both Windows and Linux users. If you use Firefox, you should turn on automatic updates to allow the browser to apply the latest patches automatically.
If you’ve seen the Apple website lately, you probably haven’t notice anything new. However, there’s a somewhat significant but subtle change on Apple’s website. Gone is the Apple Store tab. You won’t find it on the top menu. It doesn’t mean Apple no longer has an online store. They still do. The store is now fully integrated on the entire website with Buy buttons on each product page. Also gone is the store.apple.com domain. It’s no longer being used. Lastly, the Add to Cart button is now called Add to Bag.
I just saw an article called ’14 Cool Hidden Tricks Inside Chromecast.’ It got my attention. It turned out to be an article with just a bunch of slideshows. I closed it right away. I understand why people would want to use slideshows. You can put more ads on each slide. But, how effective is the article if only a few people read them? There’s quite a few people like me who refuse to read articles with slideshows.
Microsoft’s decision to acquire Nokia was a mistake. The writeup is $10 billion and 18,000 laid off workers.