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22
Oct

Windows update bricks devices with counterfeit FTDI FT232 chips.

Counterfeit FTDI Chips Being Bricked By New Windows Update

Just a quick FYI for all of of our readers in the Maker and EE worlds, if you have an off-brand Arduino, 3D Printer running anything other than an official controller board with an official Arduino, or any other USB-based microcontroller that may run an FTDI FT232 chip, the latest Windows update installs a new FTDI driver that essentially bricks any USB device that is running a counterfeit FTFI chip. Basically the new driver reprograms the USB PID to 0 on the chip, which renders it "invisible" to any Windows, Linux, or OSX device. Keep reading to learn how to fix this issue.  Read more about Windows update bricks devices with counterfeit FTDI FT232 chips.

17
Oct

PAPAGO! Joins the Fitness Band world with the new GOLIFE Care Smart Banc.

PAPAGO! Launches GOLIFE Care Smart Band Fitness Tracker

PAPAGO! has just announced the launch of its latest forray into the fitness tracking world. The GOLIFE Care Smart Band is the latest addition to the ever-growing wearable fitness band market, and is looking to be one of the more affordable yet still feature ritch bands on the market. Continue reading after the jump for more information!  Read more about PAPAGO! Joins the Fitness Band world with the new GOLIFE Care Smart Banc.

19
Aug

PAPAGO! Is Giving Away Three GoSafe 200 Dashcams and $400 in cash!

PAPAGO! GoSafe 200 Dashcam and $400 Cash Give Away! 

PAPAGO! is hosting another contest in which contestants have a chance to win one of three GoSafe 200 Dash Cams. To enter the contest all you have to do is create a storyboard of a video you would like to shoot with a GoSafe 200 Dashcam. PAPAGO! will pick three lucky winners with the best storyboard idea, and will give then a free GoSafe 200 Dashcam for free. The three winners will shoot their video, edit it and post it online. PAPAGO! will then chose the best video out of the three and will give the winner a $400 gift card. Read more about PAPAGO! Is Giving Away Three GoSafe 200 Dashcams and $400 in cash!

12
Aug

Brace Yourselves, Processor Independence Is Coming!

 

 

Preview of E3 Embedded Systems' PIEP Development System

 About a year ago I was approached by a company called E3 Embedded Systems about consulting on a new development board project they were working on. I met with them at my local Makerspace, theClubhou.se, and we spent the better half of the day talking about their system, its goals, and what could make it better. I stayed in touch with E3 over the next several months, and just a few weeks ago, I received the very first full set of their new Processor Independent Embedded Platform, or PIEP for short. Read more about Brace Yourselves, Processor Independence Is Coming!

15
Jul

Dashcams: Another Way to Appreciate the Journey

Dashcams: Another Way to Appreciate the Journey

In this day and age we are accused of being hyperconnected and unable to create meaningful interactions that hold a deeply positive effect on our lives because we are too busy snapping photos of our food.  On the other hand, the ability to create content based on your own personal life through any means available, has rought a new meaning to how we express these experiences.  In this world of chaos we can find solace in being able to record through video a funny event or your epic trip to the Sequoias.  By using a dashcam you will certainly capture these occasions while you venture out on the roads.  Is it being hyperconnected and does anyone even care to share in this event with you? Read more about Dashcams: Another Way to Appreciate the Journey

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