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Jetson carrier offers mmWave radar, FPD-Link, and GMSL for AI-enhanced sensor fusion

Wednesday 14th of October 2020 04:42:00 PM
Mistral’s $139-and-up “Neuron Base Board” carrier for the Jetson Nano and Xavier NX offers GbE, HDMI 2.0, CAN, USB, M.2, and optional mmWave radar. A Turbo model adds WiFi/BT, FPD Link III, GMSL, and IMU. Mistral, which we last heard from in February with its AM65x Industrial SoM built around Texas Instruments’ Sitara AM6548, has […]

SBC showcases AI-equipped octa-core MediaTek i500

Tuesday 13th of October 2020 08:55:54 PM
VIA’s EPIC form-factor “VAB-950” SBC runs Yocto 2.6 or Android 10 on an octa-core -A73 and -A53 based, AI-enabled MediaTek i500. The SBC offers up to 4GB LPDDR4, 16GB eMMC, WiFi/BT, 2x LAN, HDMI, MIPI-DSI and -CSI, and mini-PCIe. VIA Technologies has announced one of the first SBCs based on the MediaTek i500, joining MediaTek’s […]

Apollo Lake panel PCs offer 7H hard, IP65 touchscreens

Tuesday 13th of October 2020 02:54:29 PM
Vecow has released an “MTC-8000 Series” of IP65-protected industrial panel PCs that run Linux or Win 10 on Apollo Lake with 10.1- to 21.5-inch, 16:9 capacitive touchscreens plus SATA and 2x mini-PCIe. In June, Vecow announced an MTC-7000 Series of 10.1- to 21.5-inch panel PCs with 8th Gen Whiskey Lake processors. Now it has followed […]

Axiomtek launches Kaby Lake based machine vision and railway computers

Monday 12th of October 2020 08:03:07 PM
Axiomtek has launched two embedded PCs based on 7th Gen Kaby Lake: a “MVS900-511-FL” machine vision system with triggering features, 4x GbE with PoE, and Basler camera support and an EN 50155-certified “tBOX510-518-FL” railway computer. Axiomtek has yet to announce any products based on Intel’s latest 11th Gen Tiger Lake and Atom-class Elkhart Lake processors, […]

Gaming system raises ante with Tiger Lake CPU

Monday 12th of October 2020 03:43:07 PM
Advantech’s fanless, Linux-ready “DPX-E145” gaming system offers 11th Gen Tiger Lake with up to 4x 4K or 2x 8K video, 2x GbE, 9x USB, serial and discrete I/O, and SATA, CFast and M.2 NVMe storage. Advantech-Innocore has announced the first Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake based computer for the regulated casino and AWP (amusement with […]

Coffee Lake AI edge system supports up to 250W graphics

Thursday 8th of October 2020 07:36:09 PM
Aaeon’s Ubuntu-ready “Boxer-6842M” industrial PC delivers an 8th or 9th Gen Coffee Lake CPU with up to 128GB DDR4, 3x GbE, 2x SATA, 6x USB, 2x HDMI, M.2 for NVMe, 2x mini-PCIe, PCIe x4, and up to 2x PCIe x8. Aaeon has unveiled a beefy AI edge computer that runs Ubuntu 18.04.4 or Win 10 […]

Net appliance with dual 10GbE runs mainline Linux on octa-core LS1088A

Thursday 8th of October 2020 04:24:12 PM
Traverse Technologies’ $579 “Ten64” networking appliance runs mainline Linux on NXP’s octa-core -A53 LS1088A and offers up to 32GB DDR4, 2x M.2, 2x mini-PCIe, and individually controllable 8x GbE and 2x 10GbE SFP+ ports. Traverse Technologies has gone to Crowd Supply to launch a partially open source, $579 networking appliance with 8x GbE and 2x […]

First Tiger Lake embedded PCs earn their stripes

Wednesday 7th of October 2020 08:59:24 PM
Vecow’s rugged “SPC-7000/7100” system runs Linux or Win 10 on 11th Gen Tiger Lake with up to 32GB DDR4-3200, GbE and 2.5GbE, 4x USB, 2x COM, 3x M.2, and dual 4K displays. Vecow has announced the first embedded system we have seen that runs Intel’s new 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs. The 150.4 x 106.2 […]

11th Gen COM-HPC modules focus on Functional Safety

Wednesday 7th of October 2020 04:08:03 PM
Eurotech announced several Linux-friendly “CPU-180” COM-HPC modules with 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors that support 2.5GbE, TCC/TSN, quad displays, USB 4.0, and on some models, Functional Safety features. Last month, Congatec unveiled a Conga-HPC/cTLU module that deploys a 10nm-fabricated 11th Gen Tiger Lake Core processor on the new COM-HPC form factor. Now Eurotech has adopted […]

Networking module and dev kit tap 2.5GbE and 802.11ax ready IPQ6000

Tuesday 6th of October 2020 08:33:15 PM
8devices’ $79 and up “Mango” module and $219 “Mango-DVK” run OpenWrt Linux on an up to 1.8GHz, quad -A53 Qualcomm IPQ6000 or IPQ6010 SoC with 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6). The DVK features 2.5GbE with PoE, SFP, and 2x GbE. 8devices has opened pre-orders on a surface-mountable Mango compute module that runs OpenWrt Linux on the Qualcomm […]

Fanless Elkhart Lake embedded PC features 2.5GbE with TSN

Tuesday 6th of October 2020 03:53:54 PM
Vecow’s rugged “SPC-6000” system runs Linux or Win 10 an Elkhart Lake Atom x6425RE with up to 32GB DDR4-3200, GbE and 2.5GbE with TSN, 4x USB, 4x COM, 3x M.2, dual 4K displays and an optional VHub AI SDK. We have seen several SBCs and compute modules based on the new Elkhart Lake Atom x6000E, […]

12MP Raspberry Pi based AI camera supports 300fps video

Monday 5th of October 2020 09:03:11 PM
Charmed Labs has launched a $229-and-up “Vizy” AI camera built around the Raspberry Pi 4 and a 12MP, up to 300fps Sony iMX477 sensor. You also get a switchable IR filter and support for M12 and C/CS lenses. Charmed Labs, which has previously developed an MCU-based Pixy camera, has returned with a Vizy AI camera […]

7-slot Raspberry Pi CM3 cluster board returns in limited run

Monday 5th of October 2020 03:56:10 PM
Turing Pi has launched preorders for its last batch of $189 “Turing Pi” cluster boards, which integrate 7x GbE-switched Raspberry Pi CM3 modules for private cloud applications, each with its own 40-pin GPIO. Our July 2019 report on the Turing Pi Clusterboard was one of our more popular posts of the year so we thought […]

Jetson Nano 2GB dev kit to launch for $59

Monday 5th of October 2020 02:07:32 PM
Nvidia unveiled a $59 “Nano 2GB Developer Kit” for makers and students with a Jetson Nano limited to 2GB RAM. The kit lacks the M.2, PoE, and DP of the $99 kit and has fewer USB ports. In March of last year, Nvidia reached out to the maker community by launching a hacker-friendly, $99 dev […]

New UP boards coming with Tiger Lake and Elkhart Lake

Saturday 3rd of October 2020 03:22:23 PM
Aaeon is prepping several boards based on Intel 11th Gen and Atom x6000E chips including “UP Xtreme i11” and “UP Squared Pro 2” SBCs. Meanwhile, Congatec unveiled two Tiger Lake COM models with the new embedded “GRE” parts. The recent flurry of product introductions based on Intel’s 10nm fabricated 11th Gen Tiger Lake Core and […]

Intel-based Rock Pi X SBC arrives

Friday 2nd of October 2020 08:24:24 PM
Radxa’s has launched its open-spec “Rock Pi X Model B” SBC for $49 to $75. The Pi-like board runs Ubuntu 20.04 or Win 10 on a Cherry Trail Atom x5-Z8300 plus GbE with PoE, WiFi/BT, 4K-ready HDMI 2.0, 4x USB, and a 40-pin header. Radxa unveiled the Rock Pi X back in Sep. 2019 and […]

The future of data in robotics

Friday 2nd of October 2020 04:58:00 PM
( Circuit Cellar article) Distilling Insights from Tomorrow’s Digital Exhaust — Modern robotics data works on a whole different scale these days. They need to by ingest, process and transmit lots of complicated data. Jeff Linnell explains this transformation.

Kontron unveils Tiger Lake Type 6 module and SBCs

Thursday 1st of October 2020 07:39:22 PM
Kontron announced a Linux-friendly “COMe-cTL6” COM Express Compact Type 6 module and “VX3060” VPX blade with Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs. A 3.5-inch SBC is in the works. Kontron recently announced several embedded boards based on Intel’s latest 10nm processors. Earlier this week we covered Kontron’s new Elkhart Lake based COM Express and SMARC […]

3-TOPS per Watt Hailo-8 NPU arrives on M.2 module

Thursday 1st of October 2020 03:31:58 PM
Hailo has launched a line of M.2 and mini-PCIe cards for Linux systems equipped with its up to 26-TOPS, 3-TOPS per Watt Hailo-8 NPU. The Hailo-8 is featured in Foxconn’s BOXiedge v2 AI edge server. In May we reported on Foxconn’s BOXiedge v2, which runs Linux on Socionext’s 24x Cortex-A53 SynQuacer SC2A11 SoC and a […]

Jetson Nano based system can be powered over Ethernet

Wednesday 30th of September 2020 08:47:47 PM
Aaeon’s compact, $475 “Boxer-8222AI” embedded box runs Linux on a Jetson Nano along with 4x USB 3.1 Gen2, HDMI 2.0, RS-232, M.2, mini-PCIe, 40-pin GPIO, and 2x GbE ports, one with PoE/PD. In April, Aaeon unveiled two compact systems: the Nvidia Jetson Xavier NX-based Boxer-8251AI and similar Jetson Nano based Boxer-8221AI. At the time, the […]

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Games: HIVESWAP: ACT 2, Gaming Rack Design and Construction, Parkitect and DualSense

  • Amusing adventure game HIVESWAP: ACT 2 is out now | GamingOnLinux

    With no prior knowledge of the Homestuck web comic series needed, the second part of the video game adventure is out now with HIVESWAP: ACT 2. "The artistry and humor of the golden age of adventure games meet hand-drawn 2D animation in this love letter to the point-and-click classics. Bizarre, beautifully illustrated alien landscapes and colorful characters make Alternia a joy to explore."

  • Gaming Rack Design and Construction – CubicleNate's Techpad

    I have collected a number of gaming systems throughout my life and there is little point in having them if they sit in a box or using them takes an annoying level of set-up time, making it fun prohibitive. I was then inspired by Perifractic Retro Recipes video where the computer museum has everything so nicely laid out. I looked at my mess and decided that I had to do something about it because my arrangement just isn’t presentable.

  • Theme park building game Parkitect is getting 8-player online multiplayer | GamingOnLinux

    With the second year release anniversary of the great theme park building game Parkitect coming up, Texel Raptor had a quite a huge surprise ready. Releasing on December 8 is the free cooperative online multiplayer mode. This is absolutely crazy considering the type of game it is, and one I can only imagine right now being ridiculously fun to play online with others. Eight people in total too, that's a lot of building that can get done. Texel Raptor mentioned you can see what everyone else is doing, and it's going to have a full online lobby system it seems too.

  • The DualSense Is Making Even More Sense - Boiling Steam

    As reported earlier this month, the DualSense controller from Sony was already working great out of the box on Linux. However, it wasn’t long after that that Valve added support for the more advanced features of the device. Starting November 12, Valve updated the controller to have basic input functionality with their beta Steam client:

Devices/Embedded and Open Hardware Leftovers

  • Embedded Linux for Teams | Ubuntu

    Developer-friendly embedded Linux should just deliver apps to devices. Satellite companies don’t build their own rockets. They focus on building satellites and lease a rocket to deliver it as a payload. Many developer teams also have to “build the rocket” to deliver embedded applications. Developers would be more successful, if Linux vendors made it their job to provide and maintain the scaffold that teams need to deliver embedded apps. In such a world, teams would focus on creating apps. The resulting app-centric development cycle could boil down to booting, building and deploying. Building on top of vendor-provided scaffolds, developers would create a bootable image for their target boards. Teams would then develop apps. After testing, they will build a system image that delivers all these apps. Then burn, deploy, done.

  • Personal Raspberry Pi music streamer
  • Run Pi-hole as a container with Podman on openSUSE - SUSE Communities

    There is arguably no better way to protect devices on your local network from unwanted content than Pi-hole. Add a machine running Pi-hole to your network, and it will quietly scrub all incoming traffic from pesky stuff like ads and trackers in the background. As the name suggests, Pi-hole was initially designed to run on a Raspberry Pi. But if you already have a machine running openSUSE on your network, you can deploy a Pi-hole container on it instead. And to make things a bit more interesting, you can use Podman instead of Docker for that. Installing Podman on openSUSE 15.2 is a matter of running the sudo zypper install podman command. A Pi-hole container needs the 80 and 53 ports, so make sure that these ports are available on your machine.

  • MorphESP 240 ESP32-S2 board integrates a 1.3-inch color display (Crowdfunding)

    We’ve already seen ESP32 platforms with a color display such as M5Stack, but MorphESP 240 is kind of cute with a 1.3-inch color display, features the more recent ESP32-S2 WiFi processor, and supports battery power & charging.

  • Rockchip RK3588 specifications revealed – 8K video, 6 TOPS NPU, PCIe 3.0, up to 32GB RAM

    Rockchip RK3588 is one of the most anticipated processors for the year on this side of the Internet with the octa-core processor features four Cortex-A76 cores, four Cortex-A55 cores, an NPU, and 8K video decoding support. The roadmap shows an expected launch date in Q3/Q4 2020, but sadly the release date will be pushed back in the future. Having said that, the Rockchip Developer Conference (RKDC) is now taking place, and the company has put up a poster that reveals a bit more about the processor.

  • Arduino Blog » Arduino psychic ‘magically’ guesses random numbers

    Standard Arduino Nanos can be used for many purposes, but they do not feature wireless capabilities. Somehow, though, Hari Wiguna’s Arduino psychic system is apparently able to pass data between two of them. No external communication hardware is implemented, yet one Nano is able to recognize when a random number chosen on the other Nano setup is input via an attached keypad. As noted by Wiguna, it’s easier shown than explained, and you can see this techno-magic trick in action in the first clip. How things work is revealed in the second video, but can you guess how it’s done?

Security, Digital Restrictions (DRM), and Proprietary Problems

  • Best forensic and pentesting Linux distros of 2020

    20.04 LTS and uses the Xfce desktop, and is available as a single ISO only for 64-bit machines. In addition to the regular boot options, the distro’s boot menu also offers the option to boot into a forensics mode where it doesn’t mount the disks on the computer. BackBox includes some of the most common security and analysis tools. The project aims for a wide spread of goals, ranging from network analysis, stress tests, sniffing, vulnerability assessment, computer forensic analysis, exploitation, privilege escalation, and more. All the pentesting tools are neatly organized in the Auditing menu under relevant categories. These are broadly divided into three sections. The first has tools to help you gather information about the environment, assess vulnerabilities of web tools, and more. The second has tools to help you reverse-engineer programs and social-engineer people. The third has tools for all kinds of analysis. BackBox has further customized its application menu to display tooltips with a brief description of each bundled tool, which will be really helpful for new users who aren’t familiar with the tools. As an added bonus, the distro also ships with Tor and a script that will route all Internet bound traffic from the distro via the Tor network.

  • Thanksgiving security updates

    Security updates have been issued by openSUSE (blueman, chromium, firefox, LibVNCServer, postgresql10, postgresql12, thunderbird, and xen), Slackware (bind), SUSE (bluez, kernel, LibVNCServer, thunderbird, and ucode-intel), and Ubuntu (mutt, poppler, thunderbird, and webkit2gtk).

  • Drupal core - Critical - Arbitrary PHP code execution - SA-CORE-2020-013

    AC:Complex/A:User/CI:All/II:All/E:Exploit/TD:UncommonVulnerability: Arbitrary PHP code executionCVE IDs: CVE-2020-28949CVE-2020-28948Description: The Drupal project uses the PEAR Archive_Tar library. The PEAR Archive_Tar library has released a security update that impacts Drupal. For more information please see: CVE-2020-28948 CVE-2020-28949 Multiple vulnerabilities are possible if Drupal is configured to allow .tar, .tar.gz, .bz2 or .tlz file uploads and processes them. To mitigate this issue, prevent untrusted users from uploading .tar, .tar.gz, .bz2 or .tlz files. This is a different issue than SA-CORE-2019-12, similar configuration changes may mitigate the problem until you are able to patch.

  • Financial software firm cites security, control as reasons for moving from email to Slack [Ed: Unbelievable stupidity; Slack is illegal mass surveillance and it’s centralised proprietary software (whereas E-mail can be encrypted, e2e)]

    ASX-listed financial software firm Iress is moving away from email to Slack for communications and its chief technology officer, Andrew Todd, says this is because the app offers improved security and control.

  • Introducing another free CA as an alternative to Let's Encrypt

    Let's Encrypt is an amazing organisation doing an amazing thing by providing certificates at scale, for free. The problem though was that they were the only such organisation for a long time, but I'm glad to say that the ecosystem is changing.

  • Denuvo's Anti-Piracy Protection Probably Makes Sense For Big-Selling AAA Titles

    A hacking team believed to have obtained data from gaming giant Ubisoft has published documents that claim to reveal the costs of implementing Denuvo's anti-piracy protection. While the service doesn't come cheap, the figures suggest that for a big company putting out big titles with the potential for plenty of sales, the anti-tamper technology may represent value for money.

  • Disappointing: Netflix Decides To Settle With Chooseco LLC Over 'Bandersnatch' Lawsuit

    Well, it's been quite a stupid and frustrating run in the trademark lawsuit between Netflix and Chooseco LLC, the folks behind Choose Your Own Adventure books from our youth. At issue was the Black Mirror production Bandersnatch, in which the viewer takes part in an interactive film where they help decide the outcome. The main character is creating a book he refers to as a "choose your own adventure" book. Chooseco also complained that the dark nature of the film would make the public think less of CYOA books as a result. Netflix fought back hard, arguing for a dismissal on First Amendment grounds, since the film is a work of art and the limited use or reference to CYOA books was an important, though small, part of that art. The court decided that any such argument was better made at trial and allowed this madness to proceed, leading Netflix to petition for the cancellation of Chooseco's trademark entirely. This story all seemed to be speeding towards an appropriately impactful conclusion.

  • TPM circumvention and website blocking orders: An EU perspective

    Website blocking orders in IP cases (mostly, though not solely, in relation to copyright-infringing websites) are routinely granted in several jurisdictions, whether in Europe or third countries. The availability of such relief has been established in case law, administrative frameworks and academic studies alike. The Court of Justice of the European Union ('CJEU') expressly acknowledged the compatibility of such a remedy with EU law in its 2014 decision in UPC Telekabel. Also the European Court of Human Rights recently found that, although it is necessary that this particular remedy is available within a balanced and carefully drafted legislative framework which contains a robust and articulated set of safeguards against abuse, website blocking orders are not per se contrary to the provision in Article 10 ECHR. Over time, courts and other authorities (including administrative authorities in certain EU Member States) have dealt with applications which have: been based on different legal grounds; been aimed at protecting different types of rights; and resulted in different types of orders against internet service providers ('ISPs'). An interesting recent development concerns website blocking orders in relation to websites that market and sell devices and software aimed at circumventing technological protection measures (‘TPMs’). TPMs offer rights holders an ancillary right of protection and are deployed to protect against infringement of copyright in works that subsist in multimedia content such as video games. TPMs are a cornerstone in copyright protection in the digital age where large-scale copying and dissemination of copyright-protected content is so prevalent. [...] In light of the foregoing, copyright owners appear entitled to seek injunctions against intermediaries to also block access to websites dealing with TPM-circumventing devices. The legal basis for that can also be, subject to satisfying all the other requirements under EU and national law, the domestic provision implementing Article 8(3) of the InfoSoc Directive. All in all, it appears likely that we will see more blocking orders in the future, including orders – issued by courts and competent authorities around Europe – targeting websites that provide TPM-circumventing devices. This is an unsurprising and natural evolution of website blocking jurisprudence. It also serves to show the very flexibility of this type of remedy and, matched inter alia with the loose notion of ‘intermediary’, its inherently broad availability.

  • Prolonged AWS outage takes down a big chunk of the internet

    Many apps, services, and websites have posted on Twitter about how the AWS outage is affecting them, including 1Password, Acorns, Adobe Spark, Anchor, Autodesk, Capital Gazette, Coinbase, DataCamp, Getaround, Glassdoor, Flickr, iRobot, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pocket, RadioLab, Roku, RSS Podcasting, Tampa Bay Times, Vonage, The Washington Post, and WNYC. Downdetector.com has also shown spikes in user reports of problems with many Amazon services throughout the day.

Mozilla/Firefox: CRLite, Firefox 83 and TenFourFox

  • Querying CRLite for WebPKI Revocations • Insufficient.Coffee

    Firefox Nightly is now using CRLite to determine if websites’ certificates are revoked — e.g., if the Certificate Authority published that web browsers shouldn’t trust that website certificate. Telemetry shows that querying the local CRLite dataset is much faster than making a network connection for OCSP, which makes intuitive sense. It also avoids sending the website’s certificate information in cleartext over the network to check the revocation status: solving one of the remaining cleartext browsing data leakages in Firefox. Mozilla is currently publishing CRLite data to Remote Settings four times per day, keeping a very fresh set of revocation information for the public Web. I’ve provided some direct details on how to get at that data from the CRLite FAQ, and I want to introduce one of my command-line tools I’ve used to analyze and play with the dataset: moz_crlite_query. I’ll introduce crlite_status in a later post.

  • Firefox 83 Introduces HTTPS-Only Mode

    According to Mozilla, “the web contains millions of legacy HTTP links that point to insecure versions of websites. When you click on such a link, browsers traditionally connect to the website using the insecure HTTP protocol.” With HTTPS-Only Mode enabled, Firefox will attempt to establish HTTPS connections to every website and will ask for permission before connecting to a site that doesn’t support secure connections. Even if you click on an HTTP link or manually enter an HTTP address, Firefox will use HTTPS instead.

  • TenFourFox Development: TenFourFox FPR30b1 available

    TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 30 beta 1 is now available (downloads, hashes, release notes). I managed to make some good progress on backporting later improvements to the network and URL handling code, so there are no UI-facing features in this release, but the browser should use a bit less memory and run a little quicker especially on pages that reference a lot of resources (which, admittedly, is a lot of sites these days). There is also a minor update to the host database for basic adblock. Assuming all goes well, this release will come out parallel with Firefox 84 on or around December 15. I'll probably do an SPR-only build for the release immediately following to give myself a break; this will contain just needed security fixes, and there will most likely not be a beta.