Welcome to Cyber Dump number 12. As always, all source links are below.
Bitcoin company Coinkite launched their Open Dime sticks, allowing people to exchange bitcoin off-chain and in person. Just snap the board to unlock the funds. The first batch of these cyberpunk cred sticks sold out right away, and the next batch should be available in summer.
In other news, OpenBazaar, the P2P marketplace I mentioned a few weeks back finally launched after a few years in development.
MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab showed off their 3D printable hydraulic robots that require no assembly. This means users can print the entire robot in a single step, only needing to add a motor and battery to make it work.
Arizona State Uni Researchers published details of their SunCube miniature satellite standard, potentially allowing anyone an affordable way to get projects into space. These little machines can be packed with cameras, computers, radios, power systems and more, and will cost as low as $1000 to launch into low earth orbit.
If you need anymore reasons to get rid of Adobe Flash player right now, Adobe just sent out a new security advisory for another critical flaw that effects all users on all platforms.
Microsoft i3d Research lab released a demo of their holoportation technology. Combining the hololens headsets and a bunch of 3D cameras, it allows for augmented reality telepresence.
In other hololens news, The Verge made an interesting teardown video of the technology used for the headsets.
Paul Price wrote an interesting article about a now-patched security flaw in Domino's Pizza's Android App, which allowed him to order anything he wanted without having to pay for it.
It revolved around how the app processed payments in the client side, meaning he could spoof the payment confirmation, and get free pizza.
Researcher Nils Rodday has been exploring the different ways professional drones, such as the ones used by police forces can be hacked and hijacked.
He found that many of them use extremely weak WEP encryption, or no encryption at all, allowing him to perform man in the middle attacks, using extremely cheap, off-the-shelf equipment.
Two learning vids this week. Youtube channel Art of the problem released a curious video about artificial intelligence and the turing test, posing interesting questions about the nature of learning and knowledge itself.
The next video by Sean Ong is about quantum computing. What it is, how it works and what some of the implications are.
As always, thanks for watching. Until next time.