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CHIP — The World's First $9 Computer

CHIP — The World's First $9 Computer

May 12, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Wait! What? A $9 computer? This is something magical. A Californian startup lead by Dave Rauchwerk is currently seeking crowdfunding on Kickstarter to create a computer that will cost as much as $9 (or £6). The new microcomputer, dubbed CHIP, is a tiny, Linux-based, super-cheap computer that's described as being "built for work, play, and everything in between!" Project 'Chip' that hit Kickstarter on Thursday has already blown its target goal of $50,000 to raise over $1 Million from almost 19,638 people at the time of writing with 26 days left in its campaign. Let's have a look on what does this $9 buy you? And the answer is a lot — more than what you could expect for just $9 . CHIP packs a 1GHz R8 ARM processor, 4GB of internal flash storage, 512MB of DDR3 RAM, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi — something you do not find in even the modern microcomputer, Raspberry Pi. If look at the output front of the CHIP, it features a single full-sized US
Crowd-Funding site Kickstarter Hacked! It's time to change your Password

Crowd-Funding site Kickstarter Hacked! It's time to change your Password

February 16, 2014Wang Wei
If you have an account at the popular crowd funding site Kickstarter , it's time to change your account's password. Kickstarter's CEO Yancey Strickle r says that the company has been hacked by an unknown hacker earlier this week. Kickstarter said in a blog post that no credit card information was stolen in Data Breach , but users' personal information has been compromised and they also haven't found evidence of unauthorized activities on accounts. Data accessed and stolen by hackers included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords of the users. Facebook usernames and logins were not compromised for those who use that log-in system to get on Kickstarter. According to a Kickstarter's team member, the older users' passwords were encrypted using salted SHA1  and newer users' passwords are encrypted with a stronger hashing algorithm called ' bcrypt '. Hackers could attempt to crack the encrypted pa
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