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+ - Will Cybersecurity Build Or Buy Its Way Out Of Fragmentation?

Submitted by stephendavion
stephendavion (2872091) writes "Few, least of all in IT, would dispute that better technology is generally a good thing. Yet in the case of cybersecurity, burgeoning technology and increased usage has been nothing but a headache. As devices and functions proliferate so too must the means of securing it, forcing the industry to create firewalls, antivirus, sandboxes, spam filters and, more recently, complex analytics tools to keep track of everything. And with new opportunities, come new companies. "New capabilities tend to enter the market through new companies," Bob Hansmann, director of product security at the cybersecurity firm Websense. Yet like many of his peers he thinks too many vendors can lead to market fragmentation, with gaps between technologies allowing the crooks to slip through. So what will the industry do about it?"

+ - CPG ready to leverage Internet of Things potential in 2015

Submitted by stephendavion
stephendavion (2872091) writes "Over three decades ago, students at Carnegie Mellon University linked a Coke vending machine to the Internet, to see if the machine had enough stock. This made it the one of the first examples of the Internet of Things (IoT). This example is prophetic because the CPG industry has become the primary leader of IoT-related innovation, turning science fiction into reality. This year, at least one global CPG brand intends to introduce sensor-enabled smart shelves for grocery outlets, which would help the brand to determine the gender and age of passing customers and then accordingly display targeted advertisements. This in fact is only one of the many examples that consumers can expect from brands as the latter gets ready to leverage IoT’s potential. In 2015, CPG brands will make IoT-related investment in two areas. The first would be within outlets, with an aim of boosting sales and bolstering consumer loyalty. For instance, mobile app shopkick rewards consumers with points, dubbed as kicks, on entering a particular area of an outlet or interact with promoted items by using location based information through their mobile phones. This kind of interaction can help consumers gain discounts on a product, and help brands boost consumer awareness."

+ - Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming

Submitted by Amanda Parker
Amanda Parker (3946253) writes "In-flight internet service Gogo has defended its use of a fake Google SSL certificates as a means of throttling video streaming, adding that it was not invading its customer's privacy in doing so. The rebuttal comes after Google security researcher Adrienne Porter Felt posted a screenshot of the phoney certificate to Twitter, prompting speculation the firm could eavesdrop on customers in what is known as a man-in-the-middle (MitM) attack."

+ - 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

Submitted by stephendavion
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

Submitted by stephendavion
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

Submitted by stephendavion
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

Submitted by stephendavion
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

Submitted by stephendavion
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."

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