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Does the World Really Need a Smartphone-Controlled Rice Cooker? [Appliances]

Saturday, March 17th, 2012
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Cleveland approves $2.5 million for RFID recycling bins, a hopefully rare fine

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010



When it comes to trash can technology, there’s little doubt the United Kingdom is on top, what with the bomb-proof and RFID-laden bins denizens have been subjected to for years. Still, the US has trialed traceable cans for some time now, and the city of Cleveland, Ohio’s just decided to make them stick, shelling out $2.5 million last week for 150,000 households worth of electronically-accountable recycling. Unlike prior garbage tracing schemes, however, citizens won’t be charged according to the raw weight of undesirables in their can, but rather tested to make sure at least 10 percent of the recycling bin’s contents are actually recyclable — else face a $100 fine. That may sound a little pricey, but let’s face facts: if 91 percent of what you toss in your recycling bin is garbage, you’re not exactly helping the planet.

Cleveland approves $2.5 million for RFID recycling bins, a hopefully rare fine originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Aug 2010 04:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hacker intercepts phone calls with homebuilt $1,500 IMSI catcher, claims GSM is beyond repair

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

In 2009, Chris Paget showed the world the vulnerabilities of RFID by downloading the contents of US passports from the safety of his automobile. This year, he’s doing the same for mobile phones. Demonstrating at DefCon 2010, the white hat hacker fooled 17 nearby GSM phones into believing his $1,500 kit (including a laptop and two RF antennas) was a legitimate cell phone base station, and proceeded to intercept and record audience calls. “As far as your cell phones are concerned, I’m now indistinguishable from AT&T,” he told the crowd. The purpose of the demonstration was highlight a major flaw in the 2G GSM system, which directs phones to connect to the tower with the strongest signal regardless of origin — in this case, Paget’s phony tower.

The hacker did caveat that his system could only intercept outbound calls, and that caller ID could tip off the owner of a handset to what’s what, but he says professional IMSI catchers used by law enforcement don’t suffer from such flaws and amateur parity would only be a matter of time. “GSM is broken,” Paget said, “The primary solution is to turn it off altogether.” That’s a tall order for a world still very dependent on the technology for mobile connectivity, but we suppose AT&T and T-Mobile could show the way. Then again, we imagine much of that same world is still using WEP and WPA1 to “secure” their WiFi.

Hacker intercepts phone calls with homebuilt $1,500 IMSI catcher, claims GSM is beyond repair originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Jul 2010 22:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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An RFID Globe That Controls a Google Earth Tablet [Globes]

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

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