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+ - Smart cruising: a look inside Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas

Submitted by stephendavion
stephendavion (2872091) writes "Featuring online check-in, a robotic bar, RFID-based passenger services and one of the world's most advanced entertainment systems, Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas is billed as the first 'smart ship'. Cruise Critic UK editor Adam Coulter talks about his experience on the maiden voyage and whether the cruise liner lives up to expectations."

+ - SPAM: Cardiff Airport to get loan fund of up to £13m to attract new airlines

Submitted by stephendavion
stephendavion (2872091) writes "A loan fund of up to £13m is to be made available to Cardiff Airport to attract new airlines, BBC Wales understands. The first £3.5m of the loan, from the Welsh government, will be drawn down by the airport next year. Welsh ministers have described the loan as the most significant step since they bought the airport 18 months ago. On Tuesday, First Minister Carwyn Jones said its future lies in long-haul flights, not competing with Bristol on closer destinations. Because the funding is in the form of a commercial loan the airport will by-pass many of the EU regulations on state aid. The last time such a fund was made available was in 2006 when £4m was used by the then privately-owned airport. Cardiff Airport has had mixed fortunes under public ownership. It was bought by the Welsh government for £52m in March 2013 and has invested about £10m in improvements at the terminal."

+ - Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "Sony is planning to launch PlayStation Vue, a TV service for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles providing on demand programmes and live content. The company will roll out the service to selected customers in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and is expected to feature content from CBS, Fox, NBC Universal, Discovery Communications and 75 other channels. The service is expected to allow users to save their programmes for up to 28 days."

+ - China unveils new submarine-launched missile

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "China Aerospace Science and Industry (CASIC) has unveiled its new CM-708UNA submarine-launched cruise missile at the tenth China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai. Designed for launch through a torpedo tube, the CM-708UNA is capable of being integrated with a range of submarines for targeting medium-to-large vessels and inshore targets. "Powered by a turbo engine and solid rocket booster, the missile has a range of 128km." It also integrates a strap-down inertial navigation system and satellite navigation for mid-course guidance, as well as a high-precision radar seeker and digital control for terminal homing."

+ - How Attackers Can Use Radio Signals and Mobile Phones to Steal Protected Data

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "Computers housing the world’s most sensitive data are usually “air-gapped” or isolated from the internet. They’re also not connected to other systems that are internet-connected, and their Bluetooth feature is disabled, too. Sometimes, workers are not even allowed to bring mobile phones within range of the computers. All of this is done to keep important data out of the hands of remote hackers. But these security measures may be futile in the face of a new technique researchers in Israel have developed for stealthily extracting sensitive data from isolated machines—using radio frequency signals and a mobile phone."

+ - New startup raises $100M for a portable ultrasound machine

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "With $100 Million, Entrepreneur Sees Path to Disrupt Medical Imaging, Will ultrasound-on-a-chip make medical imaging so cheap that anyone can do it? A scanner the size of an iPhone that you could hold up to a person’s chest and see a vivid, moving, 3-D image of what’s inside is being developed by entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg. Rothberg says he has raised $100 million to create a medical imaging device that’s nearly “as cheap as a stethoscope” and will “make doctors 100 times as effective.” The technology, which according to patent documents relies on a new kind of ultrasound chip, could eventually lead to new ways to destroy cancer cells with heat, or deliver information to brain cells."

Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 331

by stephendavion (#48193749) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

The way to do it is to send a bunch of suicidal jihaddists to west Africa to get exposed to ebola. They will have about 2-3 weeks to travel to other places, such as airports, sports events, etc., where large crowds of people gather. Can you imagine the financial impact? No 3D printers, no bullets needed. Just a few airline tickets and maybe some phony passports.

hope they are not reading your comment ... otherwise a new idea for them ... :-(

Comment: You can Detect 3D Printed Gun (Score 1) 331

by stephendavion (#48193549) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison
Actually there is a technology which helps us in detecting the 3D Printed Guns .. " With the help of crowdfunding, a UK-based technology firm is producing the world’s first detector capable of identifying plastic 3D printed weapons. The technological breakthrough is seen as an answer to the growing threat posed by plastic firearms, which can be printed cheaply at home and slip through normal metal detectors with potentially disastrous consequences. "

+ - Statoil's oil find in North Sea bigger than expected

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "An oil find by Statoil in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea is much bigger than earlier thought and the find could be tied into the Grane field, the firm said in a statement on Tuesday. The discovery, first proven in 1992, contains between 30 and 80 million barrels of recoverable oil, well above previous estimates for about 6 million barrels, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate added."

+ - CryptoWall 2.0 Ransomware Moves to TOR Network->

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "Dangerous new ransomware variant storms onto the scene using the anonymous TOR network, taking down systems and networks unlucky enough to be caught in its path. KnowBe4 issued an alert to IT Managers that a new version of the world's most widespread ransomware CryptoWall has migrated to the TOR network. It has been upgraded to version 2.0, and continues to encrypt files so that a ransom can be extracted if there are no backups or if the backup process fails, often a common occurrence. KnowBe4 received a panic call from an IT admin who was hit this week with CryptoWall. The admins workstation became infected with the malware. The workstation was mapped to 7 servers and within an hour, the entire server farm was shut down. The admin explained he had backups but it would take days to recover the data and get them back up and running. The companys operations would be severely impacted. The cyber criminals hit pay dirt with this one and the admin ended up paying the ransom, 1.3 Bitcoin, rather than face the serious costs caused by days of downtime, said Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4s CEO. This is the next generation of ransomware and you can expect this new version to spread like wildfire."
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+ - Samsung's Made Rollable Batteries That Bend Into a Hoop 1

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "Wearables: great, apart from the fact that batteries las about five minutes. Samsung, though, may have a solution: it's just announced a new type of battery which is so flexible that it can be rolled up into a hoop. The announcement, made at InterBattery 2014 in Seoul—how about that for an expo name?—claims that the new style of battery can work even when it's rolled up into the shape of a paper cup. While details are scant according to a report by G for Games, the new flexibility apparently stems from changes in structural design and improved materials."

+ - KDE Releases Plasma 5.1-> 1

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jrepin (667425) writes "KDE Plasma 5.1 sports a wide variety of improvements, leading to greater stability, better performance and new and improved features. Thanks to the feedback of the community, KDE developers were able to package a large number of fixes and enhancements into this release, among which more complete and higher quality artwork following the new-in-5.0 Breeze style, re-addition of popular features such as the Icon Tasks taskswitcher and improved stability and performance.

Those travelling regularly will enjoy better support for time zones in the panel's clock, while those staying at home a revamped clipboard manager, allowing you to easily get at your past clipboard's content. The Breeze widget style is now also available for Qt4-based applications, leading to greater consistency across applications. The work to support Wayland as display server for Plasma is still ongoing, with improved, but not complete support in 5.1. Changes throughout many default components improve accessibility for visually impaired users by adding support for screenreaders and improved keyboard navigation.

Aside from the visual improvements and the work on features, the focus of this release lies also on stability and performance improvements, with over 180 bugs resolved since 5.0 in the shell alone."

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