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Submission + - New dev kit for IoT includes boards, sensors and open source software (

alexvoica writes: Imagination Technologies is using Kickstarter to introduce a new development kit designed for IoT applications. It is called Creator Ci40 and includes all the optimized hardware and open source software required for next-generation connected projects.
Creator Ci40 is a modular system that is easy to assemble and even easier to code. Developers can use it to prototype the hardware needed for an IoT application in five easy steps.
The Kickstarter campaign is aiming to raise £20,000 with pricing for the kit currently set at £80 (a £10 discount is offered to the first 200 backers).
The new Creator comes in a compact box with everything needed to build the next wireless IoT application including:
— A high-performance, low-power microcomputer acting as an IoT hub and featuring a new MIPS-based chip optimized for IoT applications; the microcomputer can run a number of Linux-based operating system, including OpenWrt, Debian as well as Brillo from Google
— Two battery-powered 6LoWPAN Clicker expansion boards with a mikroBUS socket for adding sensors
— Three Click companion boards – a temperature sensor, a motion sensor and a relay switch (with hundreds more available from MikroElektronika)
— FlowCloud: a complete cloud platform for connecting devices to the internet, enabling easy product registration and updates as well as access to partner-enabled services
— Open source software frameworks, network stacks and cloud connectivity

Submission + - Imagination's MIPS based Creator Ci40 IoT DevKit on Kickstarter (

myrrdyn writes: Imagination presented today the new Ci40 IoT development kit, launching a Kickstarter project at the same time.

Recent research from Gartner suggests that by 2020 the Internet of Things market will grow to include billions of connected devices from smart sensors and gateways to data centers and other computing platforms.

To accelerate IoT development, Imagination is today introducing Creator Ci40, the most complete development kit for the Internet of Things.

The package includes three sensors, two battery-powered wireless boards, and a powerful IoT hub, providing the hardware components required to quickly prototype IoT wireless devices. In addition, every kit includes a free subscription to FlowCloud, a robust cloud platform for connecting embedded devices to the Internet.

Comment Re:First request for Slashdot video...EVAR (Score 1) 63

This topic might have warranted a video, considering it's a demo. It would sure beat all the "some dude talks about something for flipping forever" videos Slashdice keeps trying to dump on us instead.

As I already pointed out in a different post, there are some video interviews on Numberphile:

Ok, it's not a Slashdot video but hey :-)


Submission + - Anonymous Hacks Vatican Website (

An anonymous reader writes: Anonymous has hacked the Vatican. The website for the Catholic Church,, is currently down. This appears to be a typical Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, meaning no actual data was compromised: the website was simply overloaded with requests. As such, while the site was hacked, it will likely be back up shortly.

Submission + - How much tech can kids take? (

Barence writes: "Are today's children facing technology overload, or simply gearing themselves up for life in a digital world? PC Pro has examined the effects of exposing children to technology at a young age. Researchers warn of the potential dangers of too much “screen time”, pointing to alarming (some say scaremongering) research that suggests over-exposure leads to an increased risk of developing autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Educators, meanwhile, highlight how technology can improve interaction between child and parent, and provide essential life skills, such as enhanced communication and multitasking. Parents are left with conflicting messages — but how much technology is too much technology for children?"

Submission + - The tunnel between CERN and Central Italy (

fph il quozientatore writes: The Italian ministry for university and research complimented the researchers for the recent (supposed) discovery of faster-than-light neutrinos. Her press release (Google machine translation) mentions that Italy funded the construction of a "tunnel between the CERN [in Geneva] and Gran Sasso [the labs in Central Italy]". Google maps reports the distance between the two labs as over 900km — but of course once the tunnel is open to traffic the trip will be much faster.

Submission + - Hypersonic Radio Black-Out Problem Solved (

KentuckyFC writes: Russian physicists have come up with a new way to communicate with hypersonic vehicles surrounded by a sheath of plasma. Ordinarily, this plasma absorbs and reflects radio waves at communications frequencies leading to a few tense minutes during the re-entry of manned vehicles such as the shuttle. However, the problem is even more acute for military vehicles such as ballistic missiles and hypersonic planes. Radio black out prevents these vehicles from accessing GPS signals for navigation and does not allow them to be re-targeted or disarmed at the last minute. But a group of Russian physicists say they can get around this problem by turning the entire plasma sheath into a radio antenna. They point out that any incoming signal is both reflected and absorbed by the plasma. The reflected signal is lost but the absorbed energy sets up a resonating electric field at a certain depth within the plasma. In effect, this layer within the plasma acts like a radio antenna, receiving the signal. However, the signal cannot travel further through the plasma to the spacecraft. Their new idea is to zap this layer with radio waves generated from within the spacecraft. These waves will be both absorbed by the plasma and reflected back inside the spacecraft. However, the key point is that the reflected waves ought to be modulated by any changes in the electric field within the plasma. In other words, the reflected waves should carry a kind of imprint of the original external radio signal. That would allow the craft to receive external signals from GPs satellites or ground control. And the same process in reverse allows the spacecraft to broadcast signals too.
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Submission + - China's J-20 stealth fighter leaks

An anonymous reader writes: China plans to begin test flight of its first J-20 stealth fighter as early as this month and plans to deploy them by 2017. Beijing appears to have completed a prototype of the stealth fighter, which Chinese experts are comparing to the US F-22 fighter, reinforcing the country's rapid military build-up, Japanese newspaper Ashai Shimbun reported quoting Chinese military sources.

Submission + - Firefox overtakes IE in Europe (

mu22le writes: According to figures from Statcounter firefox took 38.1% of European market share, while Internet Explorer's share slipped to 37.5%. "This appears to be happening because Google's Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share," Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter chief executive, said in a statement. Reuters thinks part of the problem might be the March 2009 agreement between the European Commission and Microsoft to allow European Union users a choice of browsers.



Submission + - Wikileaks Julian Assange arrested in London (

ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes: The UK Metropolitan Police arrested the 39-year old founder of Wikipedia this morning on the basis of a European Arrest Warrant, as he voluntarily turned himself into a police station. He will appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court later. Assange is accused by the Swedish authorities of sexually assaulting two women. He has said the charges are wrong and are part of a campaign against him as Wikileaks reveals a raft of confidential government communications.

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