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Submission + - SolarCity Says It Has Produced The World's Highest Efficiency Solar Panel (

Lucas123 writes: SolarCity, one of the country's leading solar panel makers and installers, today said it has been able to create a product that has a 22.04% efficiency rating, topping its closest competitor SunPower, by about one percent. While the percentages may appear small, SolarCity said the new panels, which will go into pilot production later this month, will produce 30% to 40% more energy with the same footprint as its current panels, and they will cost no more to make.

Submission + - ICD-10 Medical Diagnosis Coding System Goes Live, Healthcare Holds Its Breath (

Lucas123 writes: After years of deadline extensions, the new, the vastly expanded ICD-10 medical classification list went live today effecting every U.S. healthcare provider and insurance company. The new system offers 68,000 ways healthcare providers can describe diseases, symptoms, abnormal findings, patient complaints, causes of injury or illnesses and even social circumstances. Some of the diagnostic codes can be archaic or absurd. Code Z63.1, for example, describes "Problems in relationship with in-laws," and code V97.33XD covers patients who were "sucked into a jet engine." Healthcare CIOs have been upgrading databases, data storage systems, server memory and staff to deal with the increased number of codes, but what still remains to be seen is if any glitches emerge as payers receive new claims. Linda Reed, the CIO at Atlantic Health, said she's deployed an "army" of staff to help patients attain the correct codes for their treatment and prescriptions. She's hoping the ICD-10 changeover will be like Y2K — all build up, no catastrophe.

Submission + - How The Car Industry Has Hidden Its Software Behind The DMCA (

Lucas123 writes: The DCMA has allowed carmakers to keep third parties from looking at the code in their electronic control modules. The effect has been that independent researchers are wary of probing vehicle code, which may have lead companies like Volkswagen to get away with cheating emissions tests far longer than necessary. In a July letter to the U.S. Copyright Office, the Environmental Protection Agency expressed its own concern of the protection provided by the DMCA to carmakers, saying it's "difficult for anyone other than the vehicle manufacturer to obtain access to the software." Kit Walsh, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the legal uncertainly created by the DMCA "makes it easier for manufacturers to conceal intentional wrongdoing. The EFF has petitioned the U.S. Copyright Office for an exemption to the DMCA for embedded vehicle code so that independent research can be performed on electronic control modules (ECMs), which run a myriad of systems, including emissions.

Submission + - How Volkswagen Cheated Emissions Tests And Who Authorized It? (

Lucas123 writes: The method by which Volkswagen diesel cars were able to thwart emissions tests and spew up to 40X the nitrogen oxide levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency was relatively simple. It was more likely no more than a single line of code used to detect when an emissions test was being performed and place the emissions system in an alternate mode — something as simple as a software "on/off" switch. Volkswagen AG CEO Martin Winterkorn, who stepping down as the result of his company's scandal, has said he had no knowledge of the emissions cheat, but software dev/test audit trails are almost certain to pinpoint who embedded the code and who authorized it. You can actually see who asked the developer to write that code," said Nikhil Kaul, a product manager at test/dev software maker SmartBear Software. "Then if you go upstream you can see who that person's boss was...and see if testing happened...and, if testing didn't happen. So you can go from the bottom up to nail everyone."

Submission + - Xerox Creates Printed Labels With Rewritable Memory (

Lucas123 writes: Xerox has announced a line of printed labels that can store up to 36 bits of data that can be used to track shipped products, determine the authenticity and condition of products, and even identify if a medication refill has been authorized, or if a shipping tax has been paid. The key verification features, which are targeted at thwarting counterfeiters, will work offline, allowing secure validation of an object or process without being bound to the Internet. The memory labels can be encrypted for added security and can store up to 68 billion data points.

Submission + - Solar Windows Could Change The Way Buildings Are Powered (

Lucas123 writes: Several companies are now beginning to roll out translucent photovoltaic films or solar cells embedded in windows that can supplement a significant amount of energy in the buildings where they're used. SolarWindow Technolgies, for example, is preparing to launch a transparent product made with organic PVs, while another company, Solaria, is cutting solar cells into thin strips and embedding them in windows. Both companies admit their products can't produce the 20% efficiency ratings of today's best rooftop solar panels, but they say that's not their objective. Instead, the companies are looking to take advantage of millions of skyscraper windows that today are simply unused real estate for renewable energy. One company is aiming at supplementing 20% to 30% of a skyscrapers power requirements. Meanwhile, universities are also jumping into the solar window arena. Oxford University has spun off a PV window company that produces semi-transparent solar cells made of semi-transparent perovskite oxide that has achieved a 20% solar energy efficiency.

Submission + - Police Body Camera Business All About The Video Evidence Storage (

Lucas123 writes: Body cameras are the fastest growing segment of the police video camera business. The two largest police body camera manufacturers today — Taser and VieVu — say they've shipped devices to 41% of the nation's 18,000 police departments. But, the hardware is only the basis for the real business: video evidence storage. Last year, Taser's gross profit margins on hardware were 15.6%; the gross margins for video storage were 51%, according to Glenn Mattson, who follows Taser as an equity analyst for Ladenburg Thalmann. "There's no contest. They don't care about making money on the cameras," Mattson said. As of the first quarter of this year, more than a petabyte of police video has been uploaded to Taser's service. Just one of VieVu's clients, the Oakland PD, has uploaded more than a million police videos. The cost of storage, however, is so high that police departments have been forced to determine strict retention policies, that in some cases may effect the long-term handling of evidence. In Birmingham, Ala., for example, where they've deployed 300 cameras and hope to double that this year, the the video cameras themselves cost about $180,000, but the department's total outlay for a five-year contract including cloud storage with Taser will be $889,000.

Submission + - Plunging Battery Prices Will Spur Renewable Energy Adoption (

Lucas123 writes: Lithium-ion (Li-on) and flow battery prices are expected to drop by as much as 60% by 2020, making them far more affordable for storing power from distributed renewable energy systems, such as wind and solar, according to a recent report by Australia's Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The 130-page report shows that Li-on batteries will drop from $550 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in 2014 to $200 per kWh by 2020; and flow battery prices will drop from $680 per kWh to $350 per kWh during the same time. Flow batteries and Li-ion batteries work well with intermittent energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines because of their ability to be idle for long periods without losing a charge. Both battery technologies offer unique advantages in that they can easily be scaled to suit many applications and have high cycle efficiency, the ARENA report noted. Li-ion batteries more easily suit consumer market. Flow batteries, which are less adaptable for consumer use because they're typically too large, scale more easily because all that's needed to grow storage capacity is more electrolyte liquid; the hardware remains the same.

Submission + - Most Healthcare Managers Admit Their IT Systems Have Been Compromised (

Lucas123 writes: Eighty-one percent of healthcare IT managers say their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet or other kind of cyber attack during the past two years, and only half of those managers feel that they are adequately prepared to prevent future attacks, according to a new survey by KPMG. The KPMG survey polled 223 CIOs, CTOs, chief security officers and chief compliance officers at healthcare providers and health plans, and found 65% indicated malware was most frequently reported line of attack during the past 12 to 24 months. Additionally, those surveyed indicated the areas with the greatest vulnerabilities within their organization include external attackers (65%), sharing data with third parties (48%), employee breaches (35%), wireless computing (35%) and inadequate firewalls (27%). Top among reasons healthcare facilities are facing increased risk, was the adoption of digital patient records and the automation of clinical systems.

Submission + - Many Drivers Never Use In-Vehicle Tech, Don't Want Apple Or Google In Next Car (

Lucas123 writes: Many of the high-tech features automakers believe owners want in their vehicles are not only not being used by them, but they don't want them in their next vehicle, according to a new survey by J.D. Power. According to J.D. Power's 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, 20% of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of 33 of the latest technology features. The five features owners most commonly report that they "never use" are in-vehicle concierge (43%); mobile routers (38%); automatic parking systems (35%); heads-up display (33%); and built-in apps (32%). Additionally, there are 14 technology features that 20% or more of owners don't even want in their next vehicle. Those features include Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, in-vehicle concierge services and in-vehicle voice texting. When narrowed to just Gen Yers, the number of vehicle owners who don't want entertainment and connectivity systems increases to 23%.

Submission + - MIT Develops Inkjet-Style 3D Printer That Uses 10 Different Materials At Once (

Lucas123 writes: Researchers at MIT have been able to build a printer with uses 10 different photosensitive polymers to create a myriad of objects, and they were able to build it using off-the-shelf commodity parts for around $7,000. The MultiFab 3D printer works by mixing together microscopic droplets of photopolymers that are then extruded through inkjet printheads similar to those in office printers. A UV light then hardens the polymers layer by layer. Perhaps even more remarkable than the list of materials it can use is the MultiFab 3D printer's ability to self-calibrate and self-correct during a print job. The printer has an integrated machine vision system that automatically readjusts the printer head if errors occur, rectifying the build before a problem ruins the object; that means print jobs that run into errors don't need to be cancelled and materials wasted. The researchers said they can foresee an array of applications for the MultiFab 3D in consumer electronics, microsensing, medical imaging and telecommunications, among other things.

Submission + - Intel's Collaborative Cancer Cloud, an Open Platform for Genome-based Treatments (

Lucas123 writes: Intel and the Knight Cancer Institute have announced what will be an open-source service platform, called the Collaborative Cancer Cloud. The platform will enable healthcare facilities to securely share patient genomic data, radiological imagery and other healthcare-related information for precision treatment analysis. Key to averting HIPAA privacy issues will be Intel's Trusted Execution Technology, its embedded server encryption hardware that tests the authenticity of a platform and its operating system before sharing data. Intel said it will be opening that technology up for use by any clinic that want to take part in the Collaborative Cancer Cloud or to build its own data-sharing network with healthcare partners. Dr. Brian Druker, director of the Knight Cancer Institute, said the Trusted Execution Technology will allow healthcare centers to maintain control of patient data, while also allowing clinics around the world to use it for vastly faster genomic analysis.

Submission + - Google's Sunroof Uses Array of Data to Analyze Your Home's Solar Potential (

Lucas123 writes: A pilot program from Google will allow users to enter their home's address and discover how much energy PV panels could provide and what cost savings the technology would offer for a specific residence. The free service, called Sunroof, uses Google Maps data, and historical cloud and temperature patterns that might affect solar energy production to analyze how many hours of sunlight your roof gets per year. It then uses current industry pricing to show how much it will cost you to install PV panels and how much money you could save in energy costs. Additionally, it calculates state and government tax incentives in your region and applies that to your installation savings. Project Sunroof also offers general information, such as what types of rooftops are best for solar, what financial considerations should be taken into account and what the risks may be.

Submission + - Samsung to Sell a 15TB, 2.5-in SSD (

Lucas123 writes: Samsung has unveiled a 2.5-in SSD with 15.35TB of capacity, in what is indisputably the highest capacity for a flash drive of that form factor. The company revealed the PM1633a SSD, which some are speculating will ship next year, during a keynote presentation at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara this week. Samsung offered virtually no information about the new SSD's specifications — other than the capacity and that it's based on the new 48-layer 3D NAND flash chips that went into mass production this month. At the same conference, Samsung announced three new flash drive models that will also be based on its 48-layer 3D V-NAND chip technology, which doubles the amount of data from 16 to 32GB on a single die. .The new model SSDs include the PM1633, PM1725 and the PM953, and come in a 2.5-in, a half-height/half-length module and a M.2 expansion card form factors, respectively. Samsung's PM1725 expansion card is the fastest of its flash drives with a random read rate of 1 million IOPS and a write rate of 120,000 IOPS.

Submission + - Samsung Takes Wraps Off 15TB 2.5-in SSD (

Lucas123 writes: Samsung has unveiled an 2.5-in SSD with 15.35TB of capacity, in what is indisputably the highest capacity for a flash drive of that form factor. Samsung, which made the announcement during a keynote presentation at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara this week, revealed virtually no information about the new PM1633a SSDs specifications — other than the capacity. It also would not say when it would be available. At the same conference, Samsung announced three new flash drive models that will be based on its 48-layer 3D V-NAND technology. Samsung announced last week it is now mass producing its V-NAND chips, which can store 32GB (256Gbits). The other new model SSDs, which include the PM1633, PM1725 and the PM953, come in a 2.5-in, a half-height/half-length module and a M.2 expansion card form factors, respectively. Samsung's PM1725 expansion card offers a fast random read rate of 1 million IOPS and 120,000 write IOPS.

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