Last month, I had the opportunity to fly halfway around the world to attend RSA Conference 2013. Everyone was given a lanyard and badge which contains your information entered during registration. When you visit booths, they can then scan your badge to collect your information and follow up by sending you spam.
The scanner varies across different booths, but mostly it’s an Android device that ran a custom software. Since it had a large NXP logo, let’s try to read it with the NFC TagInfo app. Looks like the tag identifies itself as a NDEF message but the data is gibberish.
This weekend, I spent some time to replace my aged Linksys WRT54G wireless router, which is running DD-WRT. The WRT54G is slow by today’s wireless standards and since I sync my iOS devices wirelessly, the speed was getting quite unbearable. When I bought my Macbook Pro in 2007, it already has draft 802.11n support and fast-forward to 2012, my iPad (1st generation) and iPhone 5 both support the 5GHz band.
The ASUS RT-N56U wireless router ranks up there on wireless performance, and the “feature” I was really after was a router that can run an alternative firmware such as Tomato or DD-WRT. The really good news is, I figured out how to get the functionality I wanted while still using the official ASUS firmware.
For proper reviews and better photos, you might want to check out these other reviews:
Read on to find my short review, as well as how you can run your own programs on the router without using a third-party firmware.
Charlie Miller reverse engineers the Mac battery firmware updater, sniffs battery communications on the SMBus, writes an IDA processor plugin (in IDAPython) for the CoolRISC 816 processor in the bq20z80, and mucks around with the its firmware.
All the source code and presentation materials are provided.
[via Dangerous Prototypes]
Now that iOS 5 has been released, it’s easy to enable multitasking gestures on the iPad 1, using the same trick as before for display mirroring.
/System/Library/CoreServices/Springboard.app/K48AP.plist file and add a boolean key
multitasking-gestures in the
capabilities dict, and set its value to
true. You can add both display mirroring and multitasking gestures to the iPad 1 using this method.
Alternatively you can use Cydia or redsn0w to do this for you.