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Synthetic human physiology helping blast wave defense research

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 19, 2014 2:45 am

The medical threat from shock waves related to improvised explosive device (IED) blasts and other explosions pose a significant threat to military personnel. Advancements in synthetic human physiology research is helping provide a glimpse of realistic blast testing, with artificial cranial bones focused on skulls of the 20- and 30-year old soldiers deployed.

 

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The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) wants to create a uniform response that can be used to develop better helmets and technology to reduce the impact of blast waves and blunt impact related to explosions.

 

"The mechanical properties of the human skull challenge with age and depend on the health of the individual," said Dr. Thomas Plaisted, ARL Materials and Manufacturing Science Division materials engineer. "Donor skulls that may be available for testing would typically come from older people, and the properties of those skulls can be highly variable and may not have the same response as the average skull of the Army Soldier population."

Mother creates Ignore No More app to disable apps if kids ignore calls

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 19, 2014 1:22 am

The Ignore No More Google Android app was created by Sharon Standifird, a frustrated mother aiming to prevent kids from ignoring phone calls from parents. If a child ignores a phone call, parents have the ability to remotely lock the Android-powered smartphone so it can only do two things: call parents back or call emergency responders.

 

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Parents have the ability to choose a password that can later unlock the phone, with an effort to get children to stop ignoring phone calls. There has been an increase in security-related Apple iOS and Android apps, giving parents greater control over what their children do on their smartphones.

 

"We need to develop an app that just shuts their phone completely down and they can't even use it," Standifird said in an interview with CBS News. "And I started - literally just started researching how to develop an app."

Wearable tech shipments to increase over 100 percent in 2014

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Aug 19, 2014 12:21 am

Wearable technology shipments have been forecast to grow by almost 130 percent throughout 2014, a new report from analysts at CCS Insight has stated.

 

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The company believes new products will cause a boom in shipments of wearables, reaching 22 million by next year compared to 9.7 million in 2013 - and with all sales counted for the next five years, the total figure could be as high as 370 million.

 

Right now it's early days for wearable, but some health gadgets like FitBit have really taken off. It's fitness wearables that CCS expects will drive early adoption rates, and the group images Christmas will be a big win for the sector. However, CCS' Marina Koytcheva said for wearables, the market is still in a "chaotic stage of development" and that there's "still a huge amount of uncertainty" in general.

Community Health Systems confirms up to 4.5M at risk from data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 11:39 pm

The Community Health Systems (CHS) suffered a data breach in April and June that has affected up to 4.5 million of the company's patients. Although payment information wasn't taken, patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers, and Social Security numbers were compromised during the breach.

 

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The attack likely was an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) originating from China, in an effort to steal bulk data which can be used later. APTs are targeted attacks designed to circumvent modern firewalls, antivirus and antimalware solutions used by companies.

 

"The company has confirmed that this data did not include patient, credit card, medical, or clinical information," Community Health noted in a statement to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Self-driving truck convoys could arrive in the UK by next year

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 11:08 pm

Self-driving trucks could be arriving in Britain by 2015, it has been suggested, although some critics suggest the way the trials have been proposed might not be the safest thing for the UK's roads.

 

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A report in the Sunday Times claimed politicians in the UK had taken trips to Sweden to see how the autonomous systems work, and that tests are to follow in 2015. The Department for Transport was quick to say that it has not made an official decision on whether or not to trial the technology, and it asserted that road safety is of "paramount importance".

 

The idea is a system that can largely commandeer a vehicle by itself - but one that will retain a driver in the cab for safety reasons, in case anything goes wrong. A fleet would be directed by the driver at the head of the convoy, and each truck behind would communicate by wi-fi, as well as being monitored with infrared cameras and motion detection sensors.

Liberia Ebola fear provides perfect spam bait for cybercriminals

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 9:40 pm

The current Ebola epidemic in West Africa has become popular news in the western world and on social media, with three current malware and phishing campaigns currently underway, according to Symantec.

 

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The first campaign utilizes the Trojan.Zbot malware, infecting users when they mistakenly click on a fake report related to the ongoing Ebola problem in Liberia and other countries.

 

The second campaign utilizes an email that mimics something sent out from Etisalat, a telecommunications provider that serves the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. However, it's not a real email and instead has an attached zip file, titled "EBOLA - ETISALAT PRESENTATION.pdf.zip," which is the Trojan.Blueso software. It will also inject W32.Spyrat that logs keystrokes, records audio and video from the Webcam, captures screenshots, create processes, opens Web pages, and other tasks.

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North Korea Internet users like to download UK TV, video games, porn

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 8:46 pm

The small number of North Korean citizens with Internet access have enjoyed Torrenting everything from episodes of Modern Family and Top Gear to Far Cry 3 and pornography. It's an interesting look inside of North Korea, which has heavy restrictions and very few Internet users - many of them likely extremely wealthy or with military or government ties.

 

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There were 178 downloads from Pyongyang-based PCs focused on Britain's Biggest Hoarders, HBO documentary Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden, and The Martin Lewis Money Show. North Korean Internet users also enjoyed downloading American and Japanese pornography, according to reports. Along with Far Cry 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Angry Birds were popular video game downloads among Internet users.

 

It seems highly unlikely that anyone would spoof an IP address from North Korea, especially with a lack of Virtual Network Providers in the region, according to TorrentFreak editor Ernesto Van Der Sar. Meanwhile, others speculate the torrents are being downloaded by tourists and journalists visiting North Korea.

Panasonic unveils "Unbreakable Valor," Toughpad comic book series

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 8:15 pm

Japanese electronics company Panasonic has unveiled "Unbreakable Valor," a limited-edition comic book series to shamelessly promote the Panasonic Toughpad rugged tablets. The comic follows the League of Valor and their IT specialist sidekick, using the Toughpad FZ-E1 tablet while out adventuring.

 

 

The Toughpad FZ-E1 is a 5-inch tablet using Microsoft Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld, designed to withstand drops up to 10 feet and submersible in water, it also includes a 14-hour hot-swappable battery.

 

The first issue is available here. A second issue will be released later this year.

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Edward Snowden says he would go to jail in order to return home

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 7:46 pm

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden would "volunteer" for prison but only under the right circumstances, he said in a recent interview with Wired Magazine. Considering he faces charges that include conveying classified information to an unauthorized party, theft of government property and disclosing communications intelligence information, he would likely face significant prison time if convicted.

 

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"I told the government I'd volunteer for prison, as long as it served the right purpose," Snowden told Wired earlier this month. "I care more about the country than what happens to me. But we can't allow the law to become a political weapon or agree to scare people away from standing up for their rights, no matter how good the deal is. I'm not going to be part of that."

 

Earlier in the month, Russian officials announced Snowden's asylum was extended for an additional three years - allowing him to remain in a safe location as he tries to figure out what to do long-term. Most U.S. politicians have been less than kind when describing Snowden's actions, and it seems unlikely he would receive a fair trial if he returns back to the United States. However, they are still keen to see him return home, because they certainly seem to have a lot of questions they would like him to answer.

German security reportedly recorded at least one John Kerry phone call

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 6:44 pm

In a rather ironic twist, German foreign intelligence reportedly recorded at least one phone call made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, according to Der Spiegel magazine. Berlin has heavily criticized officials in Washington for systematic snooping, including of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other high-ranking German politicians.

 

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The phone call was recorded by the BND when Kerry was in the Middle East to help ease tensions between Israel, Palestine and other Arab states sometime in 2013. After it was discovered, the recording was supposedly erased immediately, but the magazine didn't offer any evidence to prove this claim.

 

A phone call in 2012 by Hillary Clinton while she served as Secretary of State was also recorded by German spy officials, German media recently reported.

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