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Engineers successfully create long-range iris scanning technology

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

An engineer at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has created a long-range iris scanner that can accurately and quickly identify people up to 12 meters away. The scanner is able to capture a person's full face and both irises, even if they are simply walking by the scanner.

 

 

There are a number of potential use cases, ranging from police and military deployment, to possibly one day replacing identification scanners. If implemented, it could also remove the need for a traditional fingerprint biometrics login with notebooks and computer systems.

 

"Fingerprints, they require you to touch something," said Marios Savvides, an engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University, in a statement published by The Atlantic. "Iris, we can capture it at a distance, so we're making the whole user experience much less intrusive, much more comfortable."

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Qualcomm already raking in the money from Internet of Things

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The Internet of Things (IoT) has hardware companies and software developers excited, as long as they have properly prepared for the growing craze. Chip maker Qualcomm says it has already generated $1 billion in revenue during 2014 in IoT-related business, with more than 120 million smart home units powered by Qualcomm.

 

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Starting this year, Qualcomm believes 10 percent of its chip division revenue will be from products other than smartphones - as the IoT market continues to develop.

 

"The investment we've made in the Snapdragon business is necessary to drive our mobile business," said Derek Aberle, president at Qualcomm, in a statement to Forbes. "We've also made some investments in automotive-grade Snapdragon chips, but it's not like we have to create entirely new processors and chips. We can leverage our previous investments and come through with higher margins."

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Biostamp skin wearable helps push boundaries of wearable technology

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Professor John Rogers, materials scientist from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, hopes his team's Biostamp prototypes prove to push biometrics to the next level. Using the Biostamp, they can monitor and identify stimulation functions, such as firing neurons.

 

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Before the Biostamp and other competing sensors, researchers would need to use complicated and bulky helmets with large amounts of heavy electrodes. These helmets could only be worn for a limited amount of time, in a controlled environment, though the Biostamp could eliminate these hurdles.

 

"The history of electronics is about getting closer to the individual," Rogers recently said in a statement to CNN. "At first it was a computer down the hall, followed by a desktop, then a laptop, a phone in your pocket and a watch on your wrist. Now it could be electronics integrated the skin, bioelectronics, and fully implantable devices. To go fully into the realm of integrated electronics makes sense to me."

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VENOM cybersecurity vulnerability could pose problems for companies

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The VENOM vulnerability, which is the Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation targeting data center software, allows cybercriminals to exploit remote access on virtual machines. If done, hackers are able to steal data - and gather information about the company's public cloud.

 

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There is a fear that the VENOM puts intellectual property at risk, along with other personal information, so millions of users could be impacted. Although there were initial comparisons between Venom and Heartbleed, the new security flaw isn't quite on the same level.

 

"At this time, Venom poses the same level of risk as any new remote-code execution vulnerability," said Chad Kahl, Threat Intelligence Team Lead at Solutionary. "It is bad, but readily fixed or mitigated. First off, it only affects certain platforms. While popular, it doesn't span almost the entire Internet like Heartbleed did."

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Microsoft in control of Windows 10 Mobile updates, leaves out carriers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Microsoft's upcoming launch of Windows 10 is a major effort to win back consumers left disappointed with Windows 8/8.1, including mobile users. The company's Windows 10 Mobile updates will occur under Microsoft's supervision, with wireless carriers left out in the cold.

 

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The company sent an email update to ZDNET and discussed how the Microsoft Denim update, which was announced in September 2014, still isn't available for the T-Mobile Lumia 635, AT&T Lumia 830, and several other phones. Instead, users are running "badly outdated versions," and Microsoft doesn't want that to happen to customers later this year.

 

"Here at Microsoft, we take our responsibility to keep Windows secure seriously," Microsoft said in an Ignite blog post. "We follow up on all reported security issues, continuously probe our software with leading edge techniques, and proactively update supported devices with necessary updates to address issues. And today, we're announcing this continuous update process applies to all Windows 10 devices, including phones."

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Intel working towards drones that won't even require human control

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Drone technology is advancing rapidly, and it may not be too much longer when humans will no longer need to directly control them, according to Intel.

 

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During the Intel Future Showcase in the UK, Intel and Ascending Technologies showed off a drone that uses six Intel RealSense Cameras - that power the drone so it can fly by itself. Using the onboard cameras, a drone can create a real-time 360-degree map of the world, supporting depth and distance analyzing functionality. The idea of a self-navigating drone might be frightening to some, but appears to be a small glimpse of the future.

 

"Ultimately it will make for a safer and more useful robot... it can avoid people for example, so we can be less likely the drone will run into someone and cause harm," said Scott Dwyer, product and marketing manager at Intel, in a statement published by BT.

Nevermind... No free Microsoft Windows 10 upgrades for pirates

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

After unveiling different "editions" of its upcoming Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft has also discussed genuine vs. non-genuine Windows installations. Genuine users will receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 that also includes security updates for the device's lifetime - but pirates won't receive the same feature.

 

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"When we can't verify that Windows is properly installed, licensed, and not tampered with, we create a desktop watermark to notify the user," Microsoft said in a blog post. "If you ever encounter this watermark on a new machine, I encourage you to return the device immediately to the retailer from whom you purchased it and request a Genuine Windows device."

 

Instead, Microsoft will try to convince users running pirated copies of different "attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers" to switch to Genuine.

NASA scientist: Antarctic ice shelf could be gone within 10 years

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

A once-massive Antarctic ice shelf could be gone within the next 10 years, according to NASA researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Large pieces of the Larsen B Ice Shelf are moving at a faster rate of speed, and are splintering after cracks began to form - while two tributary glaciers are continuing to thin, according to researchers.

 

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"These are warning signs that the remnant is disintegrating," said Ala Khazendar, from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), in a statement published on CBS News. "Although it's fascinating scientifically to have a front-row seat to watch the ice shelf becoming unstable and breaking up, it's bad news for our planet. This ice shelf has existed for at least 10,000 years, and soon it will be gone."

 

Researchers point towards mounting ice melt in Antarctica as one clear sign of global warming, which is reportedly having major implications on Earth. The increase in greenhouse gas emissions, which are generated from fossil fuel usage, are leading to increasing temperatures - and posing significant issues to glaciers.

ESB teams up with Vodafone to deliver 1Gbps Internet in Ireland

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

ESB and Vodafone have joined forces to launch a new broadband company in Ireland known as Siro, with €450 million ($512 million), that will launch high-speed fiber optic broadband in the country.

 

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The first outlay will cover 500,000 premises in regional towns throughout Ireland. There has been a trial in Cavan of 300 premises, where users were able to tap an insane speed of 1Gbps, bidirectional. The new network will be laid out on ESB's existing overground and underground infrastructure, which already uses fiber optic cable. This will ensure that up to 1Gbps speeds can be delivered to users.

 

The new service will be offering users speeds of between 200Mbps and 1Gbps, which is magnitudes more than what most users in Ireland have at the moment. Better yet, Siro will be offering its super-fast broadband to other telecom operators, so that it can be pushed in the retail side of things, too. Siro will be rolling out the fiber broadband in June, starting in Cavan, Dundalk, Westport, Castlebar, Sligo, Carrigaline, Tralee, Navan, Letterkenny and Wexford.

Oculus VR releases the 'recommended requirements' for the Oculus Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Oculus VR has released the recommended requirements for the Oculus Rift, which will launch in the first quarter of 2016. You'll need an Intel Core i5-4590 or equivalent, along with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 to get an optimal experience out of the VR headset.

 

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The Facebook-owned VR giant has said: "The goal is for all Rift games and applications to deliver a great experience on this configuration. Ultimately, we believe this will be fundamental to VR's success, as developers can optimize and tune their game for a known specification, consistently achieving presence and simplifying development". The full specs you'll need:

 

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

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