Welcome to Cyber Dump number 21, your look at what's happening in this insane age of technology that we live in. As always, all source links mentioned are in the description.
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Trinus VR announced that they now support Steam VR games, meaning anyone with a PC, smartphone, and google cardboard headset can experience a wider range of virtual reality experiences without super expensive gear.
In other VR news, Wolfepack Inc, launched the kickstarter for the Wolfe, an external GPU designed to beef up the graphics capabilities of Macbooks, allowing them to handle high-intensity virtual reality.
This week marks the 25th anniversary since Linux founder, Linus Torvalds first announced the operating system in public, posting on the Minix Mailing List in 1991. Thanks Linus, here's to another 25 years.
Engineer Hasier Larrea has created modular, shapeshifting living spaces that can move or fold with voice commands or hand gestures. This is cool, but I think more than standard Internet of Things technologies, this will need REALLY good security.
Shaper announced the Shaper Origin, a free hand augmented reality milling machine. You add your design files, and the Origin automatically traces out the shape ontop of your material, allowing you to mill complex shapes by hand. The handheld nature means you can potentially cut out materials of any size too. It's available for pre-order at $1500.
Kaveh Waddell wrote an eye-opening article, covering many of the different research projects that analyse radio waves and track people through ordinary wireless routers. This is really crazy. It can measure heartbeats through walls, identify people from their movements, read peoples lip movements, and correctly guess keystrokes pressed.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina recently presented their Virtual U technology that can defeat live face authentication systems by collecting public photos of targets, and creating moving 3D recreations of their faces. It only requires a few medium to high res images, and according to the researchers, has a high success rate.
Black Hat uploaded a tonne of new videos from their latest hacking conference this week. Lots of talks on many different topics, well worth a look.
Defcon also uploaded their Mr Robot panel from Defcon 24, where hackers involved with the show discuss the different challenges of trying to portray the exploits and technologies as realistically as possible.
THIS WEEK ON NODE
A few updates this week. Firstly, I've added some new items to the shop, including this new terminal screens tee. Different colour options, and world wide shipping are available.
That's all for this week. If you have any feedback or if you come across any good links, leave them below, or tweet them at me. Thanks for watching.