coondoggie writes: Spam is back in a big way – levels that have not been seen since 201o in fact. That’s according to a blog post today form Cisco Talos that stated the main culprit of the increase is largely the handiwork of the Necurs botnet, stated the blog’s author Jaeson Schultz.
coondoggie writes: DARPA said it envisions its Aerial Dragnet program will develop technologies to deliver persistent, wide-area surveillance of all low flying unmanned aircraft via a network of surveillance nodes. These nodes would offer coverage, say of a neighborhood-sized urban area, perhaps mounted on long-endurance unmanned aircraft.
coondoggie writes: The Cisco and Apple partnership has yielded a ton of new business features that include improved Wi-Fi connectivity, business app prioritization capabilities and the tighter integration of voice for collaboration – all via the today’s release of iOS 10 for Apple’s iPhone and iPad.
coondoggie writes: Open and easy access to rare earth materials — which are critical parts of electronics in everything from cars to computers — is still more a dream than reality. One of the ways to address that anxiety is to harvest and reuse such material from used electronic components – in particular computer hard drives.
coondoggie writes: A 17.5 foot long, 5.5 foot wide and 1.5 foot tall the 3D printed aircraft design tool has earned the title of largest solid 3D printed item by Guinness World Records. The 1,650 lb. apparatus known as a trim-and-drill tool is comparable in length to a large sport utility vehicle and will ultimately be tested for use in building the Boeing 777X passenger jet. Basically the tool will be used to secure the jet’s composite wing skin for drilling and machining before assembly according to researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ONRL) who developed the tool.
coondoggie writes: The FBI today said it released a new application easier for the public—as well as financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, and others—to view photos and information about bank robberies in different geographic areas of the country.
coondoggie writes: Prize competitions backed by the government continue to grow with great success, according to a report by the White House Office of Science and Technology. It has been over six years that the government set the America Competes Act which in combination with Challenge.gov has prompted more than 700 public-sector prize competitions that have doled out more than $80 million in prizes.
coondoggie writes: Wireless transmitters that operate at very or ultra low frequencies (0.330 kHz) typically require some big antenna complexes to handle their communications. Scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said they are interested looking to eliminate that issue and develop smaller physical structures that could handle new long-distance communication applications.
coondoggie writes: he Federal Aviation Administration this week granted permission to a privately-held space firm to launch a robotic spacecraft to the moon. Moon Express expects to launch its MX-1 spacecraft on a two-week mission to the lunar surface in 2017. The MX-1, which is about as large as a suitcase will include instruments and a camera to explore the moon’s surface.
coondoggie writes: The National Science Foundation will devote $35 million in research funding over the next five years to accelerate the safe, intelligent, design and control of unmanned aircraft applications. The announcement was part of a wide-ranging White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announcement to, as it said, promote the safe integration and innovative adoption of unmanned aircraft systems across the United States.