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8
Nov

FTDI Responds to FT232 Driver Fallout

FTDIGate FTDI Bricks Counterfeit Chips

FTDI Responds To Counterfeit Bricking Uproar

A few weeks ago the maker / tech consumer world was sent into an uproar when it was revealed that FTDI had snuck in an updated version of its FT232 drivers and included a feature that bricked any device using a counterfeit FT232 chip. This obviously caused a huge PR issue for FTDI in both the hobbyist community as well as the professional EE community as there is very little evidence if any at all as to which chip manufacturers were using in off-the-shelf devices. It appears that FTDI has back-peddled some and has removed the driver from the windows update, as well as issuing an official statement. The statement has been quoted in full at the bottom of this post. Read more about FTDI Responds to FT232 Driver Fallout

27
Oct

[Element14 X-Post] RSS News Reader Using Drupal and the BeagleBone Black

BeagleBone Black RSS News Reader using Drupal.

BeagleBone Black RSS News Reader Built With Drupal

In his latest posting on Element14.com, TMWB founder Charles Gant takes us into the world of Drupal as translated to the BeagleBone Black. Charles configures a traditional LAMP server on the BeagleBone Black as the stock lighhttpd configuration was proving to be troublesome. The tutorial coveres the entire process of building a desktop RSS News Reader from the ground up using  nothing but a BeagleBone Black, the BB View_70* Optional, and the Drupal CMS webframework. Charles covers the basics of getting started with Drupal as well and overall the tutorial is one of the most informative we have ever seen. Head over to Element14.com and check it out!   Read more about [Element14 X-Post] RSS News Reader Using Drupal and the BeagleBone Black

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!

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