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Feb 28, 2016

Why I’m not worried about the LEAF hack or my garage break-in

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, habitats, transportation

The person in the article is not very smart. 1st you never offer a tempting challenge to a hacker in public forum. I have known too many and followed to many since the 80’s. 2nd, house burgulars are not even close to the calibur of hackers.

I own a 2013 Nissan LEAF SV with telematics functions known as CARWINGS. CARWINGS connected to my car via an app also called NissanConnect EV that was hacked by Troy Hunt and came into to the news this week. Nissan issued two different statements about the hack and eventually shut off the app completely.

LEAF owners are concerned that because the app was easy to-hack with the LEAF’s VIN number that access could be used for malicious use.

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Feb 28, 2016

Headphones that get you high on dopamine are tipped to go on sale next month

Posted by in categories: media & arts, neuroscience

Headphones that stimulate the release of dopamine in your brain and reportedly make you feel high as hell have been invented by Florida-based tech company, Nervana, and are set to go on sale as early as next month.

The headphones will pump music into your ears as normal, but at the same time, an integrated device will deliver a low-power electrical signal through your ear canal to stimulate the Vagus nerve — a nerve that runs from the brainstem to the abdomen and plays a role in the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centres.

“I felt the electricity go into my arm, and everything was tingling there, but the best moment for me was afterwards when I finished and stood up,” journalist Amanda Gutterman writes for Futurism.

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Feb 28, 2016

Gene therapy to save the world

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, health, life extension, transhumanism

The most recent Liz talk. According to her in this vid her first test results of telomere length are next month.

Liz Parrish, the Founder and CEO of BioViva Sciences USA Inc, is best known for recently becoming the first person to be treated with gene therapy to reverse aging.

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Feb 28, 2016

IARPA seeks info on biometric attack detection tech

Posted by in categories: government, privacy, security

Reminder to everyone who loves hearing about what NextGen Technologies that US Government has been working on: March 11th, US IARPA is hosting a conference on “Odin” (detection technologies to ensure biometric security systems can detect when someone is attempting to disguise their biometric identity.)

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity plans to hold a conference related to a biometric presentation attack detection programme called Odin.

The conference, to be held on 11 March in Washington, will be to provide information on Odin and the research problems the program aims to address, the agency noted.

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Feb 28, 2016

New Hyproline System Capable of High-Speed Mass Customization of Metal 3D Printed Parts

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, robotics/AI

At the end of last year, Davide Sher predicted that 2016 would see metal 3D printing move from a technology capable of producing small batches to a fully-automated method for serial manufacturing. Davide cited a number of machines in development that herald the age of serial metal 3D printing, but he may have left one system out: the Hyproline platform.

TNO Hyproline PrintValley metal 3D printer

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Feb 28, 2016

Your Next Phone Might Have 256GB of Storage Thanks to Samsung’s New Chip

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones

I love high capacity things. So when Samsung announced it’s producing 256 GB flash storage that can be used in mobile devices, I swooned. The memory is two times faster than the previous generation of Universal Flash Storage (UFS) memory, meaning that phones will not only have greater storage capacities, but also breeze reading and writing operations.

Nonetheless, there are probably still a lot of you thinking this isn’t a huge deal. You might say that the most popular Android phones already support microSD expandable memory, or that Android 6.0 Marshmallow supports adoptive memory, making it easier for your phone to read and write to expandable storage. But that would be missing the point.

Expandable storage has always been a bandage on a much greater problem plaguing Android phones: the cost of high capacity flash memory was too high and the size was too bulky to include in older smartphones. Plus, expandable memory has never performed nearly as well as internal UFS memory. Although Android 6.0 Marshmallow supports a new adoptive memory feature that basically treats external memory as internal memory, neither of Android’s two biggest vendors, LG or Samsung, support the feature in their new smartphones.

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Feb 28, 2016

Solar Electric Propulsion: NASA’s engine to Mars and Beyond

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

NASA is hard at work developing Solar Electric Propulsion engines for future space missions to Mars and beyond.

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Feb 27, 2016

Tim Cook hinted that Apple is gearing up for a buying spree of smaller technology companies

Posted by in category: futurism

Not just Apple. 2016 could prove to be a year of acquisitions leading into 2017. With investors pulling back and some great start ups around; could prove a great year for M&A in tech.

Apple is giving strong hints that it sees the current landscape as a buyer’s market for technology companies.

“In times when equity values are falling there’s great opportunity to” purchase companies, Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting, held in Cupertino, California on Friday.

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Feb 27, 2016

Astronomers Create Largest-Ever Catalog Of Cosmic Voids

Posted by in category: space

We might not think it, but we live in a pretty crowded part of the universe. But more than half our cosmos is made up of largely empty voids where there’s virtually nothing for hundreds of millions of light years of spacetime. At great distances, we still aren’t sensitive to dwarf galaxies that may lie within such voids. But even in the midst of such emptiness, these voids do have a few luminous elliptical galaxies not unlike the one seen here. Kudos to the team that crafted this new catalog map of these empty spots in our cosmos.

Astronomers have released the largest and most extensive catalog of cosmic voids ever generated — extending out some 8 billion light years in an area covering a quarter of the sky, mostly observable from the Northern hemisphere.

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Feb 27, 2016

How CPCG Embeds Hard Problems into a Quantum Annealing Computer

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Improving problem solving on Quantum.

1QBit has identified a new faster and more scalable method of embedding problems into a quantum annealing processor. Here’s how the Cartesian product of complete graphs, or CPCG, embedding method works to harnesses the power of quantum computing.

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