A new Kickstarter campaign aims to provide the most inexpensive computer out there. While Raspberry Pi sells for around US$35, C.H.I.P. is a tiny computer that is using Kickstarter to raise enough funds to make it cost only $9. The campaign’s goal is $50,000, and it already surpassed that by $650,000 and counting in just a couple of days.
With C.H.I.P., users can use LibreOffice to work on spreadsheets, surf the Web, play games, and even learn to code with Scratch. It features dozens of preloaded apps, tools and games, and includes WiFi and Bluetooth support. In addition, C.H.I.P. is completely open source.
“We built C.H.I.P. to make tiny powerful computers more accessible and easier to use,” wrote Next Thing Co., the company behind C.H.I.P., on Kickstarter. “A huge part of making C.H.I.P. accessible is making sure that it can change to meet the needs of the community.”
Tor Cloud project discontinued
In order to ensure the security and safety of its users, Tor has announced that it has shut down its cloud project. According to the company, the Tor Cloud included unaddressed vulnerabilities that could affect the Tor network at large.
“The main reason for discontinuing Tor Cloud is the fact that software requires maintenance, and Tor Cloud is no exception,” the company wrote on its website. “We have tried to find a new maintainer for Tor Cloud for months, but without success. There have been offers to send us patches, but we couldn’t find a Tor person to review and approve them.”
Existing Tor Cloud instances will not be affected by the closure.
Developer brings browser to Apple Watch
A developer has learned how to hack the Apple Watch’s operating system in order to display a browser on the device, The Verge reported. While the developer (Comex, who was also behind JailbreakMe) hasn’t released any specifics, he posted a video showing Google’s homepage on his watch.
Passcards look to replace passwords
A new digital identity service, called Passcards, has been designed to replace passwords and other types of identification, physical and electronic.
“Currently, passwords help you access your online life, just like your wallet and keys help you access your physical life,” wrote Onename, the company that created Passcards, in a blog post. “[With Passcards], you’ll be able to use it to enter your apartment or your office and when asked to present identification in an in-person context.”