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+ - Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Via Gyroscope

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "Researchers will demonstrate the process used to spy on smartphones using gyroscopes at Usenix Security event on August 22, 2014. Researchers from Stanford and a defence research group at Rafael will demonstrate a way to spy on smartphones using gyroscopes at Usenix Security event on August 22, 2014. According to the 'Gyrophone: Recognizing Speech From Gyroscope Signals' study, the gyroscopes integrated into smartphones were sensitive enough to enable some sound waves to be picked up, transforming them into crude microphones."

+ - Xiaomi's Next OS Is The Most Shameless iOS Rip-Off You Will Ever See->

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "Looks like Chinese device maker, Xiaomi, is taking its "Apple of the East" tag too literally. First, their CEO brazenly copies Steve Jobs' signature look, sitting cross-legged on the floor and everything. And now, Xiaomi's latest version of Android shamelessly rips off iOS 7. MIUI 6, which is Xiaomi's upcoming edition of Android for its latest phones and tablets, looks almost exactly like Apple's operating system for iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch. It features the same bright color palette and a flat design. Heck, it even does away with Google's "app drawer" and puts all apps on your home screen. It's like the CEO handed iPhones to the design team and barked: "Here, copy this!""
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+ - GD PRC-155 radios make long-distance transmission using MUOS satellites

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "General Dynamics (GD) C4 Systems' AN/PRC-155 two-channel Manpack radios have demonstrated their ability to successfully close a communications gap between two talk groups located 2,000m apart. The successful PRC-155 radio-channels transmission bridged the line-of-sight rifleman radio and single-channel ground and airborne radio system (SINCGARS) to the orbiting mobile-user objective system (MUOS) satellites."

+ - Canada deploys two icebreakers for survey on Arctic Continental Shelf Submission

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "The Canadian Government has dispatched two icebreakers on a scientific survey to accumulate data required for Canada's Arctic continental shelf submission. The move forms part of the country's efforts to stake a claim on the North Pole, which is a potentially mineral-rich area. The vessels, CCGS Terry Fox and the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, departed from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador to analyse a portion of the Eurasian Basin on the eastern Lomonosov Ridge, as well as some areas in the vicinity of the North Pole, if conditions permit."

+ - London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "City of London cops have ventured outside the M25 to cuff a suspect in Nottingham under the suspicion that he runs a "proxy server" which allows users to access 36 verboten sites. Officers from City Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) said they'd arrested and questioned a 20-year-old man suspected of running an "umbrella website" that provided access to websites that are currently subject to blocking orders. The suspect has been released on bail."

+ - Brent increases towards $105 as US inventories decline

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "Brent crude oil increased towards $105 a barrel on Wednesday following a large decline in US crude stocks last week. Reuters reported that Brent crude oil was up 17 cents to $104.78 a barrel, while US crude for September delivery increased 16 cents to $97.54 a barrel. Oil prices have fallen more than $10 a barrel in the past six weeks, following a supply glut in West African and Atlantic markets. Demand in the US remains strong as data from the American Petroleum Institute (API) revealed that crude inventories declined by 5.5 million barrels to 363.9 million barrels in the week ending 1 August."

+ - Algorithm predicts US Supreme Court decisions 70% of time->

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "A legal scholar says he and colleagues have developed an algorithm that can predict, with 70 percent accuracy, whether the US Supreme Court will uphold or reverse the lower-court decision before it. "Using only data available prior to the date of decision, our model correctly identifies 69.7 percent of the Court’s overall affirm and reverse decisions and correctly forecasts 70.9% of the votes of individual justices across 7,700 cases and more than 68,000 justice votes," Josh Blackman, a South Texas College of Law scholar, wrote on his blog Tuesday."
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+ - Israeli Iron Dome firms 'infiltrated by Chinese hackers'-> 1

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "Three Israeli defense contractors responsible for building the “Iron Dome” missile shield currently protecting Israel from a barrage of rocket attacks were compromised by hackers and robbed of huge quantities of sensitive documents pertaining to the shield technology, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. The never-before publicized intrusions, which occurred between 2011 and 2012, illustrate the continued challenges that defense contractors and other companies face in deterring organized cyber adversaries and preventing the theft of proprietary information."
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+ - World's largest amphibious aircraft goes into production

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "Chinese aircraft manufacturer China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA) has started trial production of its TA600 amphibious aircraft, claimed to be the world's largest of its kind. With an expected maiden flight late next year, the Chinese plane would replace Japan's ShinMaywa US-2 short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft as the largest of its kind globally."

+ - Survey Shows Growing Number of Airline Passengers Demand Faster In-Flight WiFi

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "In just a few short years, in-flight WiFi has gone from a novel idea to an amenity that most passengers just assume is installed when they board. However prevalent passengers may think the technology is, the fact is that a relatively small number of aircraft worldwide offer the service, but a recent survey shows passengers are clamoring for even faster connections. Honeywell Aerospace, a major supplier of in-flight connectivity hardware, conducted a survey between June 6 and June 19, 2014, among 1,045 Americans age 18 and over who have used in-flight Wi-Fi at least once in the last 12 months. The results, while unsurprising as a whole, give some unique insight into the mind of the connected passenger."

+ - Seawater fuel: powering the next-generation of ships

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "A team of US Navy scientists recently announced they had converted seawater into fuel. The technology is described as a ‘game changer’ which could drastically reduce the US military’s dependency on fossil fuels. Could the technology solve the current fuel dilemma in commercial shipping as well? In April, scientists from the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) announced they had successfully powered a remote-controlled aircraft using nothing but seawater. By extracting carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen and converting it to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel, researchers at the NRL's Materials Science and Technology Division had proved that seawater fuel was actually possible."

+ - Google launches Dedicated Analytics app for iPhone->

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "Google has launched a version of its Analytics app for iOS. The app which is available globally and optimized for iPhone and iPod touch lets you access all of your Web and app data as usual, but now it’s packaged in a mobile-friendly format for Apple devices. You can peruse page-view figures and real-time reports of traffic by region, source and more."
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+ - Airport IT: Gatwick embraces cloud power

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "London Gatwick Airport is one of the aviation industry's early adopters of wide-ranging cloud services for its core IT needs. Leading the charge is Gatwick's CIO Michael Ibbitson, who has been pushing to reduce the airport's reliance on centralised data centres by outsourcing to the cloud. In an exclusive interview, Ibbitson gets into the nitty-gritty of revolutionising the IT infrastructure at one of the UK's main air hubs."

+ - Leading the way – CCS fitted coal-fired power stations now a reality

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "Despite being touted as the best way to clean up dirty fossil fuels, commercial deployment of carbon capture storage (CCS) in the power industry has been near non-existent. Now, for the first time ever, a coal-fired power plant is being retrofitted with CCS. The plant, located in Canada, is near completion, while a similar project in the US is also under construction. For continued growth, the coal industry must get clean. Carbon capture storage (CCS) technology is ready and available but is still relatively expensive and has, until recently, never been applied to the power industry before. Two power companies — one in Canada and another in the US — have set out to show how the economics and technology of CCS can be applied to the power industry."

+ - White House Won't Back Tesla In Direct Sales Fight->

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "The luxe electric car company Tesla Motors is not very happy with the Obama administration. Last Friday evening, the White House rejected a petition asking it to "allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states." The company responded with a statement of its own criticizing the White House's response as "disappointing" and "timid."

Tesla has been battling multiple local governments over its direct sales model. The position calling on the White House to support the company was posted June 5, 2013 and earned the 100,000 signatures necessary for a White House response within its first month.

The White House response, which was written by Dan Utech, a special assistant to the president for energy and climate change, said, "as you know, laws regulating auto sales are issues that have traditionally sat with lawmakers at the state level." Utech went on to cite several initiatives the administration had launched "in promoting vehicle efficiency.""

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