Lilbits 7-07-2020: Xiaomi Mi TV Stick gets FCC certification, Google Loon goes live in Kenya

The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is expected to be one of the smallest Android TV devices to date, packing the guts of a powerful media streamer into a small stick that plugs into the HDMI port of your television. In May Xiaomi confirmed it was planning to bring the Mi TV Stick to market this […]

Lilbits 403: Microsoft release GW-Basic source code, hackers get an early crack at iOS 14

Microsoft’s GW-BASIC is a programming language that was released in 1983 and bundled with MS-DOS on early PCs. It was the first programming language many students and developers learned in the 80s, and nearly four decades later, Microsoft has released the source code. Available from Github, the code is being released “for historical reference/interest purposes,” […]

HP ThinPro Go is a USB stick that turns any PC into a thin client

HP is introducing two new Thin Client solutions that will be available in the coming months. The HP mt22 Mobile Thin Client looks like a laptop, but it’s designed to let enterprise customers connect to a remote server. Meanwhile the new HP ThinPro Go is a USB stick that converts any existing computer into a thin […]

Sophos releases Sandboxie source code (although its future is uncertain)

Sandboxie is a utility that allows you to run Windows applications in a “sandbox” that’s isolated from the rest of the operating system to prevent malware, spyware, or adware from infecting or just slowing down your system. The software has been around since 2004, and it’s been owned by cybersecurity company Sophos since 2017. Last […]

Apple’s 2020 iPad Pro mic can be disconnected (when you use a compatible case)

Every Apple MacBook released since 2018 has had a privacy feature that disconnects the microphone hardware when the lid is closed so that nobody can take control of your computer and listen when you think the system is sleeping. Now Apple is bringing the same hardware mic disconnect feature to iPads, starting with this year’s […]

Some apps may stop working on rooted Android phones due to SafetyNet update

Google’s SafetyNet services and APIs allow Android app makers to ensure that they’re running on phones that haven’t been tampered with… at least in theory. In practice that would prevent you from running some Android apps on phones that have been rooted. But Magisk, the most popular tool for rooting smartphones also includes a “hide” […]

“Take A Way” vulnerability may affect most recent AMD processors

Ever since the 2018 disclosure of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities that left many modern computer processors open to side-channel, speculative execution attacks, researchers have been discovering similar flaws. Spectre and Meltdown affected Intel chips more than AMD or ARM processors. But a team of researchers have disclosed a new vulnerability specifically affecting AMD processors. […]

Unfixable vulnerability discovered in most recent Intel chips

Security researchers at Positive Technologies have discovered a security vulnerability affecting most Intel processors released in the past 5 years. Intel has already taken steps to mitigate against some possible attacks… but because the vulnerability is in the boot ROM (the first thing that loads when a chip is powered up), there’s no way to […]