5 things #3 (Week 2 โ€“ 2021)

Happy CES week! Here’s five three (weeks like that will happen) things that popped on my radar these last days:

๐ŸŽฐ Not going to Vegas

Consumer Electronics Show is happening in virtual formula and it’s nowhere near as exciting as the in-person event. On the flipside my liver, my circadian rhythm and overall wellbeing is much better. So, what’s dominating this pandemic edition of CES? 8K TVs, affordable OLEDs, obviously COVID (like Razers RGB mask), manufacturers further dipping their toes into smart glasses, AI on the edge, however all in all I haven’t yet seen anything net new yet.

โŒš Checking the time

Pine64, known for their open-source phone, this time came up with a hackable smart watch that got me really curious. After a bit of research it turns out they repurposed a widely popular P8 smartwatch, so I ordered one to see if its possible to flash it with open source WaspOS or similar operating system, if it is this may be the cheapest wearable prototyping platform out there.

๐Ÿฆนโ€โ™‚๏ธ Getting hacked

As an aftermath of horrific events that happened in US Capitol, Parler (alt-tech microblogging, communication platform used by rioters) got kicked off pretty much every infrastructure they could (AppStore, Google Play, AWS etc). Yet before going dark a security researcher was able to pull ALL the content off the platform through a bunch of open API endpoints that required no authentication whatsoever. What a great reminder to put effort into properly securing your APIs.

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