Move over Raspberry Pi, here is a $4, coin-sized, open-source Linux computer Four bucks buys a lot of hardware these days, and nothing highlights this more than a project like the VoCore2 Lite. VoCore2 is an open source Linux computer and a fully-functional wireless router that is smaller than a coin. It can also act as a VPN gateway for a network, an AirPlay station to play lossless music, a private cloud to store your photos, video, and code, and much more. ZDNet (VoCore)

MMD-0059-2016 - Linux/IRCTelnet (new Aidra) - A DDoS botnet aims IoT w/ IPv6 ready This post is a report of what it seems to be a new IRC botnet ELF malware, that is obviously used for performing DDoS attack via IRC botnet. It was coded with partially is having specification as per Tsunami/Kaiten protocol, but it is a re-coded one with the different way, with adding some more features in messaging and malicious/attack vectors used. The malware (the bot client) is designed to aim IoT device via telnet protocol, by using its originally coded telnet scanner function, which is brute-forcing the known vulnerable credential of the Linux IoT boxes... Malware Must Die

Steve Ballmer says smartphones strained his relationship with Bill Gates Steve Ballmer said his decision to push Microsoft Corp. into the hardware business contributed to the breakdown of his relationship with longtime friend and company co-founder Bill Gates. Ballmer's only regret: not doing it sooner. Ballmer, who was chief executive officer of Microsoft for 14 years, told Bloomberg Television that if he could do it all again, he would have entered the mobile device market years earlier. When he finally did, Gates and other members of the board disagreed, he said. Bloomberg

A technology overview of the Aimpad R5 analog keyboard The Aimpad may look like an ordinary keyboard, but two significant differences separate the R5 keyboard from its contemporaries. The marquee feature is that twelve of its keys offer analog input – unlike regular keys that register a binary on or off, they detect different levels of pressure. The Aimpad's WASD block, its Q, E, R, and F keys, and its arrow keys all include analog sensors. The Tech Report

Windows 7 gained more new users than Windows 10 in last two months When Microsoft launched Windows 10 in 2015, the company made no secret of its aspirations to distribute the operating system to as many devices as possible. Early reports indicated that users were upgrading to Windows 10 in droves, but new data suggests that this shift is slowing down. Digital Trends (also, Here we go again: Microsoft's popping up ads from the Windows 10 toolbar)

A new twist on airplane wing design When the Wright brothers accomplished their first powered flight more than a century ago, they controlled the motion of their Flyer 1 aircraft using wires and pulleys that bent and twisted the wood-and-canvas wings. This system was quite different than the separate, hinged flaps and ailerons that have performed those functions on most aircraft ever since. But now, thanks to some high-tech wizardry developed by engineers at MIT and NASA, some aircraft may be returning to their roots, with a new kind of bendable, "morphing" wing. MIT

Free shipping is a lie When shopping online, you tend to run into the lie pretty quickly. Spend a certain amount – perhaps $15 or $20 – and your shipment is free. Take advantage of competitive holiday promotions that promise free shipping on any item, no minimum required. Or subscribe to a service like Amazon Prime, which, for $99 a year in the United States, offers members free shipping on millions of eligible items. Fast Company

DeepMind and Blizzard to release StarCraft II as an AI research environment Today at BlizzCon 2016 in Anaheim, California, we announced our collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment to open up StarCraft II to AI and Machine Learning researchers around the world. For almost 20 years, the StarCraft game series has been widely recognised as the pinnacle of 1v1 competitive video games, and among the best PC games of all time.

Blizzard's prodigal son returns Blizzard Entertainment's most passionate fans know the names of many of the top people who have worked on the games they love. They're familiar with Mike Morhaime, the studio's president who usually speaks on stage during the opening ceremony of BlizzCon. They're fond of Chris Metzen, the outspoken former senior vice president of story and franchise development who retired this fall after more than 20 years with the company... Polygon

New 'digital life' initiative aims to create 3-D models of all living creatures Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by biologist Duncan Irschick who created the Beastcam Array, a rapid-capture, field portable tabletop system for making high-resolution, full-color 3D models of living organisms, now plan to use it in an ambitious effort to create 3D models of all living organisms.

World's largest space telescope is complete, expected to launch in 2018 After more than 20 years of construction, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is complete and, following in-depth testing, the largest-ever space telescope is expected to launch within two years, NASA officials announced today (Nov. 2). (NASA's page)

Elder Scrolls: What the next game needs to fix With Skyrim's Special Edition managing to feel not that special, it's put me to thinking about what it is I want from the next Elder Scrolls game. What are the features I would love to see in The Elder Scrolls VI: Hammerfell? What are the series' tropes that could use a tweak? I've expounded on this below. RPS

ESPN loses 621,000 subscribers; worst month in company history The biggest business story in American sports this fall isn't the declining NFL ratings or anything that's happening on the field, court, or ice, it's the collapse in ESPN subscribers, which reflect a larger trend in the collapse of cable subscribers in general. Outkick