Archive for the ‘hardware’ Category

Surface Go with integrated LTE available for preorder now, from $679

November 12th, 2018
Surface Go.

Enlarge / Surface Go. (credit: Microsoft)

Last week Microsoft added an extra configuration to the Surface Go lineup. Today it's rounding out the range and filling the final gaps, adding systems with integrated LTE to the product mix.

LTE adds $130 to the system price. At $679 is the consumer SKU: 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD storage, Windows 10 Home, and integrated LTE. Business users have two configurations: 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD storage, Windows 10 Pro, for $729, or the same spec with 256GB SSD storage, for $829. The LTE option adds a fraction to the weight (0.02lb/10 grams) and equips the machine with a nano-SIM tray, GPS, and GLONASS positioning.

Microsoft estimates that the LTE model has marginally lower battery life than the Wi-Fi version, quoting 8.5 hours of video playback for the LTE model, in contrast to 9 hours for the Wi-Fi version. This is likely a small price to pay for the ability to get online anywhere and everywhere. Microsoft has positioned the Surface Go as an ideal system for frontline workers: people who may be out in the field on customer or other remote sites. Adding LTE means that these workers are always online and able to reach their corporate systems for inventory management, support tickets, or whatever else they need.

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Microsoft’s special Costco Surface Go is now available to all

November 7th, 2018
Promotional image of a tablet device.

Enlarge / Surface Go. (credit: Microsoft)

Surface Go is Microsoft's cheapest Surface 2-in-1 available: $399 gets you a Surface Go with 4GB RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. But the next step up in specs was a lot more expensive: it takes an extra $150 to double the RAM to 8GB and replace the 64GB eMMC with a 128GB SSD, a change that should provide a healthy boost in disk performance.

Strangely, there was no model that split the difference; a 4GB machine with 128GB SSD would be a lot more practical for many users. That is, unless you chose to buy your Surface Go at Costco, where a special 4GB/128GB system was sold. Now, however, that spec is available to all through the Microsoft Store, for $499.

While 4GB is a little miserly in the year 2018, it's not unprecedented at this price point. For a system used primarily for Web browsing, Microsoft Office, and media streaming, it's just about acceptable—and with the relatively weak processor in the machine, you likely wouldn't want to do much beyond those tasks anyway. The faster and larger SSD will ensure there's abundant space for music, photos, and videos without having to micromanage storage.

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With an Eye on IoT Security ARM buys Simulity for $15m

July 14th, 2017

In-brief: ARM’s purchase of Simulity adds the ability to do over the air updates to embedded SIM chips and highlights ARM’s efforts to build out security and management at IoT scale.  A tiny deal this week by ARM could have a big impact on the security of the Internet of Things. The company, which makes a wide range of low power…

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Intel Fixes ‘Nightmarish’ Firmware Flaw But Nobody’s Safe

May 2nd, 2017

In-brief: Intel issued a patch for a serious vulnerability in firmware that has shipped with its chipsets for almost nine years, but it could take months for patches to reach affected customers from OEMs. Intel released a patch for a serious and remotely exploitable flaws in firmware that runs with chips the company has shipped since 2008,…

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Robot Problems: Research Reveals Cybersecurity Woes

March 1st, 2017

In-brief: a report by the firm IOActive warns that industrial and home robots may be vulnerable to remote, software based attacks.  The term “robot” comes from the Czech word robota, meaning “forced labor.” And, while we might like to think of them as aspirational creations – marvels of engineering and maybe even…

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Ars Technica Live: The hardware challenge of making a quality vibrator

January 25th, 2017

Ars Technica Live 9: Filmed by Chris Schodt and produced/edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link)

Vibrators have been such a popular gadget that nineteenth century inventors turned them into one of the first electrified devices in history. Today, they’ve become so mainstream that you can even buy them at Target. But for Ti Chang, our guest on this month’s Ars Technica Live, vibrators are an industrial design challenge.

As the VP of design at Crave, Chang is responsible for the creation and manufacturing of the most intimate device you’re likely to buy. She handles everything from CAD drawings to coordinating with engineers in San Francisco and manufacturers in China. Plus, she actually listens to users. Ars staffers Annalee Newitz and Cyrus Farivar talked to her about her fascinating career in hardware design. You can watch the video or listen to the podcast. (Yes, it’s all safe for work! We were talking about vibrators, not using them.)

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Amazon, Microchip team on chip to protect IoT | IEEE Spectrum

December 26th, 2016

In-brief: MicroChip and Amazon are partnering on a chip designed to pair with Amazon’s IoT cloud and provide cryptographically strong identities for IoT devices. There is an interesting piece on a collaboration between Microchip Technology and on a chip that’s designed to work with Amazon’s cloud services and protect connected devices from certain forms of attack. According to the article, the two firms are marketing an add-on chip called the AWS-ECC508 that works with Amazon’s IoT Cloud, creating a cryptographically secure path between IoT endpoint, cloud services and end user. From the article: The AWS-ECC508 is designed to provide end-to-end security between the IoT device and the cloud infrastructure. It does this by leveraging Amazon’s mutual authentication system, which verifies the identity of the cloud service and the device before any data or commands are accepted. The identities are based on cryptographic keys. Until now, creating such cryptographic identities […]

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Flaw In D-Link Software Affects 400K Devices

July 8th, 2016

In-brief: A vulnerability in software by device maker D-Link is much more widespread than initially believed, affecting hundreds of thousands of Internet connected devices, including cameras, home routers, wireless access points and network attached storage. A vulnerability in software by device maker D-Link is much more widespread than initially believed, affecting hundreds of thousands of Internet connected devices, including cameras, home routers, wireless access points and network attached storage. The security firm Senrio said on Thursday that a vulnerability it first disclosed in June in D-Link’s DCS-930L Network Cloud Camera also affects “a huge range of products” made by that company. More than 120 models across Connected Home Products, including cameras, routers, access points, modems, and storage, are affected by this single vulnerability, Senrio said in a statement. As many as 400,000 D-Link devices that are accessible from the public Internet are vulnerable to remote attack as a result of the remote code […]

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This Tiny Computer has no Battery, Powered Wirelessly from Radio Waves

April 27th, 2016

No matter how smart and fast your devices would be, the biggest issue is always with the battery technology.

Whenever you go to buy any electronic gadget — smartphone, laptop, or any wearable — the most important specification isn’t its processor speed or its camera quality but its Battery Backup, which is not getting better any time soon.

What if you could eliminate the very thing entirely

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Mouse-Box — An Entire Computer inside a Mouse

January 24th, 2015

Smartphones in our pockets are exponentially smaller and more powerful that they don’t realize the need to carry laptops with us everywhere. Now imagine if a small mouse meets the need of the entire PC? Not just imagination, it has been proved and done by the engineers at a Polish startup.
Poland-based Przemysław Strzelczyk and a team of software developers working on a new concept have created

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