Raspberry Pi Foundation boosts performance for second gen Zero W computer

Back in 2015, the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched a five dollar project board called the Pi Zero for entry-level tinkerers. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities were added in early 2017 for an extra five bucks, and now the Zero W has entered its second ge… Continue reading Raspberry Pi Foundation boosts performance for second gen Zero W computer

FTC’s right-to-repair ruling is a small step for security researchers, giant leap for DIY hackers

When the Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously on July 21 to enforce rules against manufacturers who have made it difficult for consumers to fix their own devices, it marked a significant win for the “right-to-repair” movement that includes farmers, hackers and consumer advocates among its ranks. The consumer watchdog agency’s decision to ramp up enforcement actions against illegal right-to-repair restrictions came after Americans, for years, had been limited by legal restrictions that prevented them from fixing technology they already purchased. For instance, manufacturers can withhold repair tools and implement software-based locks that prevent owners from making even simple updates unless they visit a repair shop authorized by the company. That has been the ongoing struggle for John Deere owners, some of whom resorted to hacking their tractors with Ukrainian software in order to fix them. Companies like Apple, as well as industry groups, fought for years against state and federal […]

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