Technology Roundup #16

First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII — and we thought it was a typewriter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we’ve realized it’s a brochure.” 
― Douglas Adams

GitHub Adds Code Scanning for Automatic Security-Hole Searches

GitHub, the largest host of source code in the world, has added a new feature that most of us will probably never use but could make the world wide web a safer place for everyone.

Windows XP and Server 2003 compiled from leaked source code

A Windows developer has successfully compiled both Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 from source code leaked online last week. Last week, a 43GB collection of Microsoft source code was released as a torrent on the 4chan forum.

Hacking a Coffee Maker

As a thought experiment, Martin Hron, a researcher at security company Avast, reverse engineered one of the older coffee makers to see what kinds of hacks he could do with it. After just a week of effort, the unqualified answer was: quite a lot.

UK launches four nanosatellites to space, two have a supercomputer onboard

Four nanosatellites developed under the European Space Agency (ESA) Pioneer program have been launched into space today. Built in Glasgow by Spire Global UK, these satellites are about the size of a shoebox and are among the smartest satellites ever built in the United Kingdom.

Android 12 will make it easier to install and use alternative app stores

Native app stores, namely Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store, have been facing criticism for their dominance and power within the app distribution ecosystem.

I tested Apple Watch sleep tracking to save you time and battery life

If you’re an executive seeking peak performance from the moment you wake up, or a parent hoping to create a better nightly routine for your family, you’ve probably heard about sleep tracking wearables — devices that promise to improve your health and productivity by monitoring your sleep.

NASA Claims Cold Fusion Without Naming It

Do you remember in 1989 when two chemists announced they’d created a setup that created nuclear fusion at room temperature? Everyone was excited, but it eventually turned out to be very suspect.

The original FarmVille on Facebook is shutting down at the end of the year

If you want to harvest those apples, you better get on it soon: Zynga is shutting down its original FarmVille web game on Facebook at the end of the year, the company announced.

New Google ChromeOS updates cause 100% CPU usage, heating issues

Recent ChromeOS updates cause a Google Play Store service to utilize 100% of the CPU, making devices hot and experience performance issues. Since users began updating to ChromeOS 85.0.4183.

Prime Day 2020 is officially October 13-14: Here’s everything you need to know

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