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  • New 'illusion coating' hides objects from detection

    12/27/2014 5:53:02 AM PST · by shove_it · 29 replies
    BusinessStandard ^ | 21 Dec 2014
    Researchers have developed a new 'illusion coating' that could hide things by making them look like something else or even completely disappear. "Previous attempts at cloaking using a single meta-surface layer were restricted to very small-sized objects," said Zhi Hao Jiang, postdoctoral fellow in electrical engineering, Pennsylvania State University. Jiang and Douglas H Werner developed a meta-material coating with a negligible thickness that allows coated objects to function normally while appearing as something other than what they really are, or even completely disappearing. The researchers employ what they call "illusion coatings," coatings made up of a thin flexible substrate with...
  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/26/2014 10:19:05 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 146 replies
    PixoBebo ^ | Friday, December 26, 2014 | Kate MacKenzie
    You knew this had to happen. While Samsung and other Android smartphone vendors bask in the glory of marketshare vs. Apple’s iPhone and iPad, it’s Apple that walks away with most of the profits. Without profits, tech companies have to tighten their belts, cut back on R&D (research and development), close stores, and reduce the product line. Guess which high profile tech company is doing all that? If you guessed Apple, you’d be so far off the mark that you’re probably in need of public assistance for watching too much Faux News and reading Business Insider. It’s not Apple. It’s...
  • Faith in Apple’s future as Woz becomes an Aussie

    12/18/2014 2:58:24 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 41 replies
    Financial Review ^ | Thursday, December 18, 2014 | Paul Smith
    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has officially become an Australian resident, is planning to make the Apple Isle his home – appropriately enough – and says one day he’d like it said he lived and died an Australian. The man who formed Apple with Steve Jobs in California back in 1976 has just had ­“permanent residency” stamped in his passport. He originally applied for Australian citizenship in 2012. He’s since taken steps to move more aspects of his life Down Under; in October he became an adjunct professor at the University of Technology in Sydney. He says he’s thinking about a...
  • Sony “stuck in 1992″ after hacks – except for Macs, iPads and iPhones

    12/18/2014 7:38:04 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 65 replies
    9-to-5 Mac ^ | Thursday, December 18, 2014 | Staff
    A Sony employee has described the company as being “stuck in 1992″ following the massive hacks, with employees desperately trying to avoid using any technology that could be compromised, reports TechCrunch. There has, though, been one exception to the ban on modern technology: Apple kit. “People using Macs were fine,” she said. She said most work is done on iPads and iPhones. Sony may need to buy a few extra Macs, with some departments having only one or two computers for the entire office. It is, she said, like “living in an office from ten years ago.”
  • Judge: Give NSA unlimited access to digital data

    12/06/2014 10:32:28 AM PST · by RememberRonnie · 42 replies
    PC World ^ | 12-04-2014 | Grant Gross
    The U.S. National Security Agency should have an unlimited ability to collect digital information in the name of protecting the country against terrorism and other threats, an influential federal judge said during a debate on privacy. "I think privacy is actually overvalued," Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, said during a conference about privacy and cybercrime in Washington, D.C., Thursday. "Much of what passes for the name of privacy is really just trying to conceal the disreputable parts of your conduct," Posner added. "Privacy is mainly about trying to improve your social and...
  • Congress Quietly Decides To Delete Key NSA Reform In CRomnibus Agreement

    12/04/2014 7:54:43 PM PST · by RememberRonnie · 12 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 12-03-2014 | Mike Masnick
    You may recall, back in June, that there was a key House vote that took NSA supporters by surprise. An amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill pushed by a bi-partisan team of Thomas Massie, Jim Sensenbrenner and Zoe Lofgren passed overwhelmingly, with a plan to slam the door shut on questionable NSA "backdoor searches" (as described in detail earlier). The House voted 293 to 123, making it a pretty clear and overwhelming statement that Congress did not, in fact, support such practices by the NSA. But, of course, the NSA gets the last laugh. As part of the big lameduck...
  • 10 times science ruled in 2014

    12/04/2014 6:03:14 AM PST · by shove_it · 6 replies
    Mashable ^ | 30 Nov 2014 | Jacqui Devaney
    There's no denying it: Science is cool, and 2014 was no exception. This year, we discovered that one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus, was shooting geysers out of cracks in its surface. We also found a way to make a teeny, tiny radio that requires no battery. The human race is pushing forward into the final frontier — and also the tiniest frontier. SEE ALSO: 10 YouTube Videos That Prove Science Is Magic Although 2014 was also the year Kim Kardashian's butt broke the internet, let's take some time to remember the actual cool stuff people do...
  • Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind

    12/02/2014 7:17:29 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 81 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2 December 2014 | Rory Cellan-Jones
    Prof Stephen Hawking, one of Britain's pre-eminent scientists, has said that efforts to create thinking machines pose a threat to our very existence. He told the BBC: "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." His warning came in response to a question about a revamp of the technology he uses to communicate, which involves a basic form of AI. [...] "It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate," he said. "Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete, and would be superseded." But others...
  • The EU has a plan to break up Google

    11/23/2014 11:58:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    The Verge ^ | November 21, 2014 02:48 pm | Ben Popper
    Google has been the target of repeated anti-trust scrutiny in Europe over the last decade. Today’s Financial Times is reporting that the European parliament is on the verge of taking even more drastic steps, preparing a plan that would call for the breakup of the search giant, specifically the “unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services.” […] When asked by Financial Times why a drastic measure like a breakup was necessary, Ramon Tremosa, a Spanish member of the EU parliment who sponsored the motion, said the commission could not “ask the secret of [Google’s] algorithm” and was seeking other...
  • Truthy: The Tax-Funded Speech Monitoring and Suppression Project

    11/14/2014 5:26:20 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | November 14,2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    Leftist speech suppressors are at it again, but this time they’re apparently being subsidized by the American taxpayer. On Monday, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) sent a letter to the head of the National Science Foundation (NSF), demanding information about the nearly $1 million spent on the “Truthy” data-mining project that monitors political speech on Twitter.
  • AT&T chief: Net neutrality uncertainty puts a pause in investing

    11/12/2014 8:17:50 AM PST · by walford · 20 replies
    C|NET ^ | November 12, 2014 | Roger Cheng
    AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson warned that he will hold off on many of his company's capital investment plans if uncertainty persists over how the US government will regulate the Internet. "It's prudent to pause," he said at an investor conference Wednesday. "We want to make sure we have line of sight on this process and where these rules could land, and then re-evaluate." The comments come two days after President Obama threw his support behind the idea that broadband services providers should be regulated under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which would treat Internet service providers more like utilities...
  • Huge raid to shut down 400-plus dark net sites

    11/07/2014 2:38:07 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7 November 2014 | Jane Wakefield
    Silk Road 2.0 and 400 other sites believed to be selling illegal items including drugs and weapons have been shut down. The sites operated on the Tor network - a part of the internet unreachable via traditional search engines. The joint operation between 16 European countries and the US saw 17 arrests, including Blake Benthall who is said to be behind Silk Road 2.0. Experts believe the shutdown represents a breakthrough for fighting cybercrime. Six Britons were also arrested, including a 20-year-old man from Liverpool, a 19-year-old man from New Waltham, a 30 year-old-man from Cleethorpes and a man and...
  • The iPhone just lost its perfect security record — now what?

    11/06/2014 10:14:15 AM PST · by for-q-clinton · 221 replies
    The Verge ^ | 6 Nov 2014 | Russell Brandom
    For most of the iPhone's lifespan, it's been effectively immune to malware. There were theoretical attacks and viruses targeting jailbroken phones, but thanks to the tight controls of the App Store, finding iOS malware in the wild has been nearly impossible. If you didn't jailbreak your phone and you weren’t targeted by the NSA, you simply didn't have to worry about catching a virus. Yesterday, that changed. A security firm called Palo Alto Networks discovered a malware program they’re calling Wirelurker, which sneaks into computers through unauthorized Chinese apps, then attacks iOS devices when they connect over USB. It’s an...
  • Full list of vehicles involved in 2014 airbag recall: updated by feds

    10/30/2014 8:17:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    www.oregonlive.com ^ | 10-23-2014 | Staff
    Owners can check by manufacturer. Here is the list of vehicles released Wednesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Note: The list below corrects the list that accompanied NHTSA's Oct. 20 advisory, which incorrectly included certain vehicles. The numbers cited for potentially affected vehicles below are subject to change and adjustment because there may be cases of vehicles being counted more than once. Owners should check their VIN periodically as manufacturers continue to add VINs to the database. Once owner recall notices are available, owners can retrieve a copy from SaferCar.gov, or will receive one by U.S. mail and...
  • Google’s New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself

    10/29/2014 1:56:10 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    betabeat.com ^ | 10/29 3:22pm | By Sage Lazzaro
    The new hybrid device might not need humans at all. In college, it wasn’t rare to hear a verbal battle regarding artificial intelligence erupt between my friends studying neuroscience and my friends studying computer science. One rather outrageous fellow would mention the possibility of a computer takeover, and off they went. The neuroscience-savvy would awe at the potential of such hybrid technology as the CS majors argued we have nothing to fear, as computers will always need a programmer to tell them what to do. Today’s news brings us to the Neural Turing Machine, a computer that will combine the...
  • HP wants to be a 3D printing giant with new 'Multi Jet Fusion' tech

    10/29/2014 8:33:24 AM PDT · by shove_it · 25 replies
    Engadget ^ | 29 Oct 2014 | Steve Dent
    HP has just revealed a lot more information about the 3D printing technology it teased dramatically a few months ago. It's called "Multi Jet Fusion," and the company thinks it can "change entire industries." The original goal was to make 3D printers build objects at higher resolution and much, much faster, speeds. Based on the demos we saw today, that claim looks feasible. Essentially, the 3D printer builds parts similar to how an inkjet printer produces documents -- the "ink" is applied to a material coating, then heated and fused to build up layers (see below). That's substantially different to...
  • LAWMAKERS SKEPTICAL OF FBI’S PUSH FOR ENCRYPTION BACK DOORS

    10/20/2014 11:39:03 AM PDT · by e-gadfly · 6 replies
    NextGov ^ | 2014-10-17 | Brendan Sasso
    Tech companies like Apple and Google want to make the data customers carry on their smartphones and computers more secure, safe from the prying eyes of spies and identity thieves alike. But law-enforcement officials--from the FBI to local police--see those same devices as treasure troves of evidence.... "I'd be surprised if more than a handful of members would support the idea of backdooring Americans' personal property," Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and vocal privacy advocate, said.... And a House Democratic aide said that staffers have been in touch with the FBI on the issue but that Congress is unlikely...
  • Cyber security Expert Gary Milefsky (flashlight app on smartphones)

    10/19/2014 5:43:12 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 17 replies
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  • FBI Head: Apple, Google Encryption Leads to 'Dark Place'

    10/17/2014 4:17:20 PM PDT · by e-gadfly · 22 replies
    Tom's Guide ^ | 2014-10-16 | Paul Wagenseil
    FBI Director James Comey gave a strong speech today (Oct. 16) explaining why law enforcement should have access to data on encrypted smartphones. But he failed to cite any examples in which such law-enforcement access could have made the difference between life and death.... The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) of 1994 mandates that telecommunications companies must give police the ability to listen in on telephone conversations. CALEA covers landlines and cellular carriers, and was expanded in 2004 to cover Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers and broadband Internet service providers. For the past few years, the FBI...
  • “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Warnings Double This Year

    10/08/2014 11:25:31 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 19 replies
    TorrentFreak ^ | August 30, 2014 | Ernesto
    The six-strikes Copyright Alert System has been active for one and a half years now and warnings are being sent out at an increasing rate. The program will double in size this year, according to its executive director, in the hope that it will eventually change people's norms toward piracy. February last year, five U.S. Internet providers started sending Copyright Alerts to customers who use BitTorrent to pirate movies, TV-shows and music.These efforts are part of the Copyright Alert System, an anti-piracy plan that aims to educate the public. Through a series of warnings suspected pirates are informed that their...
  • Microsoft Exec: Windows 9 to be Free for Windows 8 Users

    09/28/2014 8:15:14 PM PDT · by dayglored · 115 replies
    Maximum PC ^ | Sept 28, 2014 | Pulkit Chandna
    Microsoft Exec: Windows 9 to be Free for Windows 8 Users Microsoft has scheduled a special invite-only event for Tuesday, September 30, 2014, where it is widely expected to introduce the next version of its popular desktop operating system (codenamed “Threshold” but popularly referred to as Windows 9)... According to Indonesian news portal Detik, existing Windows 8 users will be able to upgrade to Microsoft’s next operating system absolutely free of cost. And how exactly do they know this, you ask? Well, Microsoft Indonesia president Andreas Diantoro said so in Jakarta Thursday... ...
  • Two scenarios that would make OS X vulnerable to the Shellshock bug

    09/28/2014 8:02:59 PM PDT · by dayglored · 44 replies
    PC World ^ | Sept 28, 2014 | Jeremy Kirk
    Apple’s OS X is vulnerable to the Shellshock bug, but it’s not that easy for attackers to take advantage of it, according to Intego, which specializes in security software for the operating system. Shellshock is the nickname for a flaw in the Bourne Again Shell, or Bash, which is a command-line shell processor widely present in Unix and Linux systems. The flaw in Bash, which has been present for two decades, could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer. Apple, which plans to patch the flaw, said most users are fine unless they’ve tweaked advanced Unix settings....
  • Facebook drones the size of jumbo jets to soar 17 miles up

    09/25/2014 8:24:40 AM PDT · by McGruff · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 25 Sep 2014 | Matthew Sparkes
    Facebook will create thousands of drones the size of jumbo jets which will fly 17 miles above the Earth to provide wireless internet access to the four billion people currently unable to get online.
  • Deutsche Post launches drone deliveries

    09/24/2014 9:28:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Sep 2014 12:57 GMT+02:00
    Medicine deliveries to a pharmacy on a North Sea island will be made by a drone, Deutsche Post announced on Wednesday, in the first project of its kind. It is the first time that an unmanned drone will be used for a practical business purpose in Europe, the company claims. Inhabitants and visitors on the island of Juist, which has a population of fewer than 2,000, will be able to order medicines from the Seehund Pharmacy and have them delivered from the mainland by the drone. …
  • Judicial Watch Uncovers HHS Documents Detailing “High Risk” Security Problems with Obamacare...

    09/15/2014 9:38:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 15, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Uncovers HHS Documents Detailing “High Risk” Security Problems with Obamacare Internet Site Less than one month before Healthcare.gov rollout, top Obama administration official highlights risks of malicious code being uploaded into the system through Excel macros; other “high risk” findings (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 94 pages of documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that in the days leading up to the rollout of Obamacare, top Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials knew of massive security risks with Healthcare.gov and chose to roll out the...
  • Home Depot (HD) Hack Could Be Biggest Card Breach Ever

    09/10/2014 6:39:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 9, 2014 | Richard Davies
    By Richard Davies @daviesnow Sep 9, 2014 9:03am Home Depot (HD) Hack Could Be Biggest Card Breach Ever Morning Money Memo: The huge hacking attack against Home Depot’s payment systems could turn out to be the biggest breach of any retailer’s data so far. The company confirmed the data break-in but did not say how many credit and data cards are affected. The total could be as much as 60 million, according to several experts. That would be far more than the total number of cardholders impacted by the breach at Target stores. There is no evidence that any debit...
  • Stephen Hawking warns God particle has potential to 'end world' [Universe in DANGER!]

    09/08/2014 10:30:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 113 replies
    timesofindia.indiatimes.com ^ | Sep 8, 2014, 12.32 PM IST | Staff
    LONDON: Stephen Hawking has recently warned that the God particle or Higgs boson has the potential to obliterate the universe. The 72-year-old cosmologist said Higgs boson could become unstable at very high energy levels, which would lead to a "catastrophic vacuum decay" causing space and time to collapse and that there would not be any warning to the danger, the Daily Express reported. Speaking in the preface to a new book called Starmus, the Cambridge-educated scientist said that the Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become mega-stable at energies above 100bn giga-electron-volts (GeV). However, Hawking did also...
  • Secure phones find 17 cell towers of unknown origin

    09/03/2014 7:36:16 PM PDT · by gunsmithkat · 52 replies
    ITWorld ^ | September 03, 2014 | Andy Patrizio
    A secure cell phone maker has uncovered more than a dozen cell phone towers around the U.S. that no one seems to know who owns them and no one is sure how they get installed. The towers were uncovered by ESD America, which built the CryptoPhone 500, a highly modified Galaxy S III secured phone with end-to-end encryption and firewall protection of its baseband chip, plus its own custom Android distribution with many vulnerabilities the ESD team found and removed.
  • DARPA Is Building A New Space Plane For The Pentagon

    08/28/2014 10:46:14 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 28 Aug 2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    Aerospace and defense contractor Northrop Grumman recently unveiled its concept for the Pentagon’s new space plane, the XS-1 — an unmanned drone-shuttle capable of carrying small and medium-sized satellites into orbit cheaply and autonomously. “It would be a spacecraft that most resembles what people see in the movies,” former Air Force Space Command Officer Brian Weeden told War is Boring about the concept craft, which is being headed up by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Northrop is competing with Boeing and Masten Space Systems for the contract to build the final product. “If we could pull it off, it...
  • Political Clout Pays Off Big for Elon Musk’s SpaceX

    08/27/2014 11:53:34 AM PDT · by anymouse · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 27, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    Donations to key lawmakers wine-and-dined by its lobbyists earn commercial spaceflight company millions in subsidies Shortly before a private spaceflight company’s test rocket exploded over southern Texas last weekend, state lawmakers announced millions in subsidies to get the company to continue launching rockets in the Lone Star State. Space Exploration Technologies, commonly known as SpaceX, will receive more than $15 million in public financing to build a launch pad in Cameron County, near the Mexican border. The subsidies came after SpaceX’s founder, billionaire tech mogul and pop technologist Elon Musk, made campaign contributions to key state lawmakers and hired lobbyists...
  • Vacuum Ban To Outlaw Most Powerful Cleaners

    08/22/2014 4:16:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 84 replies
    Sky News.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Sky News
    A consumer group is predicting a rush for powerful vacuum cleaners as an EU ban on many best-performing products looms. Which? said that from September 1, companies will be unable to manufacture or import any vacuums with motors above 1,600 watts under rules designed to boost energy efficiency and tackle climate change.
  • Microsoft’s Windows 9 Unveil Said To Be Coming September 30

    08/21/2014 9:54:03 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 100 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | August 21, 2014 | Darrell Etherington
    Windows 9 has been leaked, and seems to show a backing away from the aggressively touch-focused Windows 8, with a mini start menu and dropping of the Charms bar, but we’ll get a better look September 30, according to the Verge. The blog reports Microsoft is planning an official unveiling of what’s next for its desktop OS for that date, with a technology preview available for early adopters following quickly after that. The upcoming Windows 9 release is codenamed ‘Threshold,’ and expectations are that we’ll see it arrive for the general public as a stable release sometime early next year....
  • 1 in 4 plagiarized tech goods made in Germany

    08/08/2014 5:33:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 08 Aug 2014 16:45 GMT+02:00 | (DDP/The Local)
    German companies are ranked second in the world for industrial plagiarism, a global study released on Friday found. Just under a quarter of all plagiarized technical products examined were sold by a German company, the study by the Federation of German Machine and Equipment Builders (VDMA) has found. Germany was behind China, but ahead of Turkey and India in terms of the number of copies sold. Most German firms involved in plagiarism targeted competitors in the high-tech sector, in contrast to Chinese manufacturers, which usually copied low-quality goods. …
  • 'Impossible' Space Engine May Actually Work, NASA Test Suggests

    08/07/2014 5:01:48 PM PDT · by ETL 2 · 22 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 01, 2014 | Mike Wall
    The roots of the propulsion system tested by the NASA team trace back to a British researcher named Roger Shawyer, who claims that his "EmDrive" generates thrust by rocketing microwaves around in a chamber. There is no need for propellant, as solar power can be used to produce the microwaves. Shawyer says that his company, Satellite Propulsion Research Ltd., has successfully tested experimental versions of the thruster. But many scientists have dismissed or downplayed such claims, saying the propulsion system violates the law of conservation of momentum, Wired UK reported. In 2012, however, a team of Chinese researchers built their...
  • Europe's Rosetta Spacecraft Makes Historic Arrival at Comet

    08/06/2014 9:37:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 80 replies
    www.space.com ^ | August 06, 2014 06:00am ET | By Miriam Kramer, Staff Writer
    After a decade in space and 4 billion miles, Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has made history: For the first time ever, a robotic probe from Earth is flying with a comet and will soon enter orbit. The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft arrived at its target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, today (Aug. 6) to end a 10-year journey across the solar system. The spacecraft performed an engine burn that brought it about 62 miles (100 kilometers) from the comet's surface. Comet 67P/C-G and Rosetta are now flying about 251 million miles (450 million kilometers) from Earth. Engineers on the ground had to program...
  • Need for Speed: Pilot Recalls Record-Setting Supersonic Flight

    08/04/2014 2:02:47 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 37 replies
    Live Science ^ | 07/24/2014 | Tanya Lewis
    ARLINGTON, Va. — On a September day in 1974, Capt. Harold "Buck" Adams set the world speed record in the U.S. military's SR-71 Blackbird aircraft. At the controls of the twin-engine supersonic plane, Adams flew from London to Los Angeles in a blistering 3 hours, 47 minutes and 39 seconds. The Cold War was in full swing, and "there was a need for an airplane that could penetrate Soviet airspace with impunity," Adams, a retired brigadier general for the U.S. Air Force, told an audience July 18 here at a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) expo showcasing the Pentagon's...
  • NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland

    08/01/2014 2:42:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2014 7:27 PM EDT | Larry Neumeister
    U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad. […] The Redmond, Washington-based software company has said rulings forcing it to turn over emails threaten to rewrite the Constitution’s protections against illegal search and seizure and could damage U.S. foreign relations. Its arguments were joined by large technology companies, including Apple Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. …
  • General Electric's Game-Changing Fuel Cell May Spark A Revolution

    07/29/2014 10:19:37 AM PDT · by shove_it · 41 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | 29 Jul 2014 | David Alton Clark
    ~snip~ The details behind the new fuel cell The new fuel cell uses stainless steel in place of platinum and rare metals. Johanna Wellington, advanced technology leader at General Electric Global Research and the head of General Electric's fuel cell business, states: "The cost challenges associated with the technology have stumped a lot of people for a long time. But we made it work, and we made it work economically. It's a game-changer. The new fuel cell can generate electricity at any location with a supply of natural gas. It can get going quickly, does not need new transmission lines...
  • Refrigerator magnets: New theory predicts magnets may act as wireless cooling agents.

    07/29/2014 4:34:39 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies
    MIT News Office ^ | 7/28/14 | Jennifer Chu
    The magnets cluttering the face of your refrigerator may one day be used as cooling agents, according to a new theory formulated by MIT researchers. The theory describes the motion of magnons — quasi-particles in magnets that are collective rotations of magnetic moments, or “spins.” In addition to the magnetic moments, magnons also conduct heat; from their equations, the MIT researchers found that when exposed to a magnetic field gradient, magnons may be driven to move from one end of a magnet to another, carrying heat with them and producing a cooling effect. “You can pump heat from one side...
  • Opel dropping Ampera, the European Chevy Volt, because of weak sales

    07/23/2014 9:44:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    green.autoblog.com ^ | Jul 21st 2014 2:15PM | By Sebastian Blanco
    Sales of the Chevy Volt in the US have been fairly stable for the last few months (between a low of 1,478 and a high of 1,777 since March), but in Europe, the Opel Ampera (sister-vehicle of the Volt) has been trending downwards. The sales decline is prompting discussion that the vehicle will be killed off in Europe, according to Automotive News Europe. The car was a relative hit back in 2012, when it was named the European Car Of The Year and sales topped 5,200 units. Compared to 2012 numbers, which were good, Ampera sales dropped 40 percent to...
  • The rise of data and the death of politics

    07/21/2014 7:06:12 AM PDT · by scouter · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7/19/2014 | Evgeny Morozov
    Tech pioneers in the US are advocating a new data-based approach to governance – 'algorithmic regulation'. But if technology provides the answers to society's problems, what happens to governments?... Compared with the impressive police gear of today – automatic number plate recognition, CCTV cameras, GPS trackers – Operation Corral looks quaint. And the possibilities for control will only expand. European officials have considered requiring all cars entering the European market to feature a built-in mechanism that allows the police to stop vehicles remotely. Speaking earlier this year, Jim Farley, a senior Ford executive, acknowledged that "we know everyone who breaks...
  • Pentagon Successfully Tests First Small-Caliber, Self-Guided Bullets [VIDEO]

    07/11/2014 5:30:49 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11 Jul 2014
    The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the first successful live-fire tests of the military’s first smart, self-guided bullets. In a video released by DARPA Thursday, Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO) .50-caliber bullets maneuvered independently mid-flight to accurately strike targets purposefully offset from where the firing sniper rifle was aimed. The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the first successful live-fire tests of the military’s first smart, self-guided bullets. In a video released by DARPA Thursday, Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO) .50-caliber bullets maneuvered independently mid-flight to accurately strike targets purposefully offset from where the firing...
  • Apple Patents A Way To Make All-Glass iPhones, iPads, Monitors And TVs

    07/09/2014 11:47:56 AM PDT · by shove_it · 63 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 8 JUL 2014 | Darrell Etherington
    Apple has patented a method for building devices with all-glass outer casings (via AppleInsider), by fusing pieces together for a completely seamless final look. The all-glass device casings could be used to hold the internals of an iOS device or to house a TV or monitor, too. The all-glass structures are designed for maximum durability but also weight savings, with designs that fuse pieces together to avoid having to use a single heavy block of material, and internal structures like fused-on ribs and reinforcement points, also made of glass, placed at key points where structural integrity could be weaker. Unlike...
  • In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

    07/05/2014 8:34:50 PM PDT · by Cato in PA · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2014 | Barton Gellman, Julie Tate and Ashkan Soltani
    Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post. Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else.
  • Privacy board: NSA’s internet monitoring is legal

    07/01/2014 7:29:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 9:26 PM EDT | Ken Dillanian
    An independent privacy and civil liberties board says the NSA’s massive collection of internet data passes constitutional muster and employs “reasonable” protections designed to ensure that private American communications are not misused. In a report released Tuesday night, the bipartisan, five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board examined a set of NSA surveillance programs disclosed by leaker Edward Snowden …
  • Google launches invite-only domain registration service

    06/30/2014 6:33:32 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 2 replies
    PC World ^ | 1/24/2014 | Tim Hornyak
    If you fancy yourself as a .guru or any other newfangled Internet address, Google wants you to try out its new domain name registration service. The search giant quietly launched Google Domains on Monday as an invite-only beta service. It’s being billed as an easy way to set up an address on the Web with simple management tools. Until now, Google has told people looking to register that it “doesn’t register or host domain names.” It referred them to partner companies including GoDaddy and eNom. Google Domains, though, has features that might make people think twice before going with other...
  • Yes, That Was Definitely the Higgs Boson Discovered at LHC

    06/24/2014 5:04:33 PM PDT · by equalator · 17 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 6-22-2014 | Joshua A. Krisch
    Based on data obtained from the Large Hadron Collider, the CMS Collaboration at CERN provided evidence for the first time that the particle assumed to be the Higgs Boson decays into fermions, a broad class of particles that includes many atoms and nuclei. "We made this big discovery back in 2012—we confirmed the particle, its [lack of] spin, everything was consistent," says Marcus Klute, a professor of physics at MIT a coauthor on the study. "What was missing were the fermions."
  • HBO Pseudo-News Anchor John Oliver Gets Net Neutrality Fundamentally Wrong

    06/23/2014 7:24:18 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 6 replies
    Heartland Institute ^ | June 17, 2014 | Seton Motley
    So it turns out there that something doesn't have to be true to be funny.Many a thinking American - who knows media bias - finds the following perversely appropriate.Young Get News From Comedy CentralTom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather ... and Jon Stewart?Readers over 30 might scoff at Stewart's inclusion - assuming they know who he is. For many under 30, the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" is, improbably, a source for news.Looking to further ride the wave (beyond just Real Time with Bill Maher), HBO hired away Comedy Central “reporter” John Oliver to anchor a new “news” show - Last...
  • Doctors Disagree on Efficiency of Electronic Medical Records (video)

    06/20/2014 6:12:24 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 16 replies
    komu.com ^ | 6/20/14 | Andrew Kauffman
    COLUMBIA - Electronic medical records, or EMRs, have given some physicians joy and others nightmares. The federal government mandated all health care providers in the U.S. switch to EMRs by January 1, 2014. EMRs replaced the previous medical records systems done by hand on paper. The days of the 4-inch thick patient chart are over. "We knew it was coming, we knew we had to do it." said Tom Selva, chief medical officer at University Hospital. But University Hospital was always ahead of the game. It switched to an EMR provider 15 years ago when it started using Cerner, based...
  • HP Will Bet the Company on a Combination of Memristors and Silicon Photonics

    06/13/2014 2:28:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    nextbigfuture.com ^ | 06-12-2014 | Brian Wang
    Hewlett-Packard has kicked off an ambitious project that aims at nothing less than reinventing the basic architecture of computers. It looks like servers are its initial target, but HP is also working on an Android version that it says could lead to smartphones with 100TB of storage. HP said Wednesday it was working on a new computer architecture, dubbed The Machine, based on memristors and silicon photonics. Bloomberg Businessweek reports up to 75% of HP’s once fairly illustrious R&D division — HP Labs – are working on The Machine. In the words of HP Labs, The Machine will be a...