Michael Cooney

Online News Editor

Cooney is an Online News Editor. He is also the author of the Layer 8 blog, Network World's daily home for the not-just-networking news. He has a Journalism degree from The Pennsylvania State University and has been working with Network World since 1992. Direct: 508.766.5421 NETWORK WORLD 492 Old Connecticut Path| Framingham, MA 01701

The ultimate auto-pilot software gets $15M boost

Big question of the day: Leonard Nimoy or not?

Big question of the day: Leonard Nimoy or not?

It seems that in the course of researching a film Clear Skies, Clean Air (from 1971) research request, the blogger Audrey Amidon thought the narrator of the film sounded familiar – Nimoy. Nimoy amongst his myriad talents was a...

DARPA: Current DDoS protection isn’t cutting it

DARPA: Current DDoS protection isn’t cutting it

The DARPA program, called Extreme DDoS Defense (XD3) looks to : • thwart DDoS attacks by dispersing cyber assets (physically and/or logically) to complicate adversarial targeting • disguise the characteristics and behaviors of those...

DARPA: What are the extreme challenges facing optics and imaging?

DARPA said its s requesting industry feedback on what it called the extreme challenge problems in optics and imaging. “For the purposes of this RFI, extreme challenges encompass systems, components, devices, processing schemes, or...

NASA touts real technologies highlighted in imminent 'The Martian' flick

NASA touts real technologies highlighted in imminent 'The Martian' flick

NASA said the book and the movie, “The Martian,” merges fictional and factual chronicles about Mars, building upon the work NASA and others have done exploring Mars and moving it into a future where NASA astronauts are regularly...

DARPA wants low-power chips that handle high-impact applications

DARPA this week announced a new program called Circuit Realization At Faster Timescales (CRAFT) that looks to radically alter and shorten the design cycle for custom integrated circuits by a factor of 10. It takes on the order of 2.5...

FAA: Pilots report record number of unmanned aircraft encounters

FAA: Pilots report record number of unmanned aircraft encounters

The FAA said pilots of a variety of different types of aircraft – including many large, commercial air carriers – reported spotting 16 unmanned aircraft in June of 2014, and 36 the following month. This year, 138 pilots reported...

US Navy drone can fly, land on the water and swim

The Navy calls its flying/swimmer FLIMMER and says it is a combination airplane/submarine that at first flies to a location, then lands on the water and submerges. After that it can swim like a fish.

DARPA wants to transform vacuum electronics for superior communications, data transmissions

The notion of vacuum electronics may sound ancient in high-tech terms but a new program from the scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency aims to transform the widely-used equipment into the next century....

IRS warns yet again on scam artist trickery

Scammers alter what appears on your telephone caller ID to make it seem like they are with the IRS or another agency such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. They use fake names, titles and badge numbers. They use online resources to...

FBI hopes low-tech video will spark answers to $500 million art heist mystery

FBI hopes low-tech video will spark answers to $500 million art heist mystery

The FBI this week released new video it says was captured by Museum security cameras 24 hours before the Gardner heist which the agency hopes might trigger some new leads in the very cold case.

FBI warns businesses of spike in email/DDOS extortion schemes

FBI warns businesses of spike in email/DDOS extortion schemes

The report comes from the FBI’s partner, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) which stated that victims that do not pay the ransom receive a subsequent threatening e-mail claiming that the ransom will significantly increase if...

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