US Justice Dept. focuses new squad on cybercrime combat

“We have assembled a talented, dedicated and experienced team of seasoned professionals to launch this new phase for the National Security Division. These changes will help us continue confronting today’s threats while readying the...

10/21/14

Carnegie Mellon: Bigger may not be better with battery makers

Carnegie Mellon: Bigger may not be better with battery makers

"Electric vehicle batteries are expensive. Federal and state governments have been subsidizing and mandating electric vehicle sales for years with the idea that increasing production volume will reduce costs and make these vehicles...

10/21/14

Air Force’s super-secret space drone comes home

Air Force’s super-secret space drone comes home

According to the Air Force, the X-37B landed at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday (Oct. 17) at 9:24 a.m. local Pacific time (12:24 p.m.) EDT. It was the only update the public was given since the spacecraft took off on...

10/17/14

How do I know you’re lying? My “Star Wars” algorithm told me

JEDI MIND, which really stands for “Joint Estimation of Deception Intent via Multisource Integration of Neuropsychological Discriminators” uses a combination of what IARPA called innovative statistical techniques to improve...

10/15/14

Gartner: The super-smart drone in the corner office

Gartner: The super-smart drone in the corner office

In fact prototype autonomous vehicles, advanced robots, virtual personal assistants and smart advisors already exist and will evolve rapidly, ushering in a new age of machine helpers, said David Cearley, vice president & Gartner...

10/09/14

Gartner: Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015 IT can’t ignore

Gartner: Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015 IT can’t ignore

Gartner defines its Strategic Technology Trends as those technologies that have the most potential to drive great change in the enterprise IT arena in the next three years. Indeed this year’s crop has that potential as trends like...

10/07/14

Gartner: IT careers – what’s hot?

Gartner: IT careers – what’s hot?

Gartner says by 2018, digital business requires 50% less business process workers and 500% more key digital business jobs, compared to traditional models. IT leaders —develop new hiring practices to recruit for the new nontraditional...

10/07/14

Gartner: Top 10 strategic predictions for businesses to watch out for

Gartner: Top 10 strategic predictions for businesses to watch out for

That is to say many were related to increasing the customer’s experience with technology and systems rather than the usual techno-calculations. “Machines are taking an active role in enhancing human endeavors,” said Daryl Plummer is...

10/06/14

Gartner: Make way for digital business, risks or die?

For example in his opening keynote Garter’s Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president and global head of research said that since 2013 650 million new physical objects have come online. 3D printers became a billion dollar market; 10%...

10/06/14

DARPA delving into the black art of super secure software obfuscation

From DARPA: “The goal of the SafeWare research effort is to drive fundamental advances in the theory of program obfuscation and to develop highly efficient and widely applicable program obfuscation methods with mathematically proven...

10/03/14

Cooling and crops: US offers $60 million for radical new energy technology

Cooling and crops: US offers $60 million for radical new energy technology

Far-reaching changes in the way we cool large structures and make alternative energy products are driving $60 million worth of research and product development from the Department of Energy. Specifically, the DOE’s advanced research...

10/02/14

DARPA technology uncovers counterfeit microchips

DARPA technology uncovers counterfeit microchips

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said this week one of its contractors, working on one of the agency’s anti-counterfeit projects has developed and deployed what it calls an Advanced Scanning Optical Microscope that can...

10/01/14

DARPA image technology would move way beyond  X-Rays

DARPA image technology would move way beyond X-Rays

Getting a better view inside mostly dense objects like corrosion in aircraft wings and welds on ships or even gunpowder hidden in suitcases are just a few of the applications researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects...

09/30/14

FAA lets movie and TV groups operate drones in national airspace, what could go wrong?

FAA lets movie and TV groups operate drones in national airspace, what could go wrong?

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted regulatory exemptions to six aerial photo and video production companies, the first step to allowing the film and television industry the use of unmanned aircraft in the National...

09/25/14

Three new (and a few old) cloud computing challenges stymie government rollouts

In the two years that have passed, the GAO this week reported that government agency use of cloud computing has grown, but a few new challenges have cropped up that hinder widespread cloud adoption. Lets start with cloud adoption. ...

09/25/14

To fight $5.2B worth of identity theft IRS may need to change the way you file taxes, get refunds

To fight $5.2B worth of identity theft IRS may need to change the way you file taxes, get refunds

Based on preliminary analysis, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates it paid $5.2 billion in fraudulent identity theft refunds in filing season 2013 while preventing an additional $24.2 billion (based on what it could detect). ...

09/23/14

Is Pluto a planet? Kinda, sorta, well yes, maybe

Is Pluto a planet? Kinda, sorta, well yes, maybe

The organization had 3 distinguished scientists present the case for and against Pluto. Pluto’s planet status you may recall has been redefined and questioned since about 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) set a...

09/22/14

Take a spin in the world's first 3D –printed electric car

Take a spin in the world's first 3D –printed electric car

The researchers say the two-seat car, known as a Strati, is built almost entirely of carbon-reinforced plastic, including the body and chassis and took 44 hours to make. The researchers noted that other experimental cars have used 3D...

09/22/14

NASA: 3D Printer; ocean monitoring tool part of big space delivery to ISS

NASA: 3D Printer; ocean monitoring tool part of big space delivery to ISS

SpaceX Dragon will deliver 5,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station

09/18/14

Oracle founder Larry Ellison steps down

Oracle founder Larry Ellison steps down

Oracle execs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd named co-CEOs

09/18/14

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