Digital-to-Analog Converter in Lightning EarPods and 3.5mm Adapter

Tiny computers in everything…

Vietnamese website Tinhte has shared a teardown of Apple’s new Lightning EarPods and Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone jack adapter included in the box with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The video confirms that, as expected, each accessory is equipped with a small digital-to-analog converter.

Source: Teardown Confirms Digital-to-Analog Converter in Lightning EarPods and 3.5mm Adapter – Mac Rumors

TSA-Approved Master Luggage Keys Hacked and 3D Printed Once Again

On Saturday, at the Eleventh annual HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) conference in New York, three hackers who go by the code names DarkSim905, Nite 0wl and Johnny Xmas unveiled a 3D printable model of the Safe Skies TSA master key.

Source: TSA-Approved Master Luggage Keys Hacked and 3D Printed Once Again | 3DPrint.com

Link: My blog post on hacking the original TSA Keys, printing and demoing them at the Berkman Klein Center.

Lucasfilm is making a virtual reality movie about Darth Vader

It’s fairly obvious that VR and AR are going to be a big deal over the next couple of years, and if this is the sort of thing that big media is going to be producing for it, well…sign me up.

“You are the visitor in this story that is happening in and around you, and to a certain extent you might even have some effect on,” Goyer said. “You can pick up things, you can open things. You can push things, you can walk. You can touch characters.” The film will also take place in a “persistent” world, that cycles through day and night, and continues to go on even after the “visitor” has gone through the story for the first time.

Source: Lucasfilm is making a virtual reality movie about Darth Vader | The Verge

Introducing OpenCellular: An open source wireless access platform

We have implemented an access platform that can support a wide variety of wireless network standards, from 2G and LTE to Wi-Fi access points. Anyone can customize the platform to meet their connectivity needs and set up the network of their choosing, in both rural and urban areas. For instance, the system, due to its on-board computing and storage capacity, can be configured as network-in-a-box or purely as a cellular access point.

Source: Introducing OpenCellular: An open source wireless access platform | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code