Air Force evaluating high-frequency, focused mobile networks

Air Force evaluating high-frequency, focused mobile networks

In its Request For Information, the Air Force said this so-called directional networking would focus a greater amount of radiated energy on an intended receiver through a combination of transmitter and/or receiver aperture...

11/21/14

US intelligence unit launches $50k speech recognition competition

The $50,000 challenge comes from researchers at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The completion, known as Automatic Speech recognition in...

11/19/14

US Marshals auctioning $20M worth of Silk Road’s Bitcoins

US Marshals auctioning $20M worth of Silk Road’s Bitcoins

The auction, which is the second sale of Silk Road’s Bitcoin collection, will take place during a 6-hour period on Dec. 4 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. EST. Bids will be accepted by email from pre-registered bidders only, the US...

11/18/14

DARPA wants to toughen-up WAN edge networking, security

Details of what exactly DARPA is looking tp add under the new program, known as EDICT or Edge-Directed Cyber Technologies for Reliable Mission Communication, are skimpy but the agency provided the following description: “The...

11/14/14

DARPA looking to drop “volleys” of small drones from larger aircraft

DARPA looking to drop “volleys” of small drones from larger aircraft

The agency recently put out a Request For Information to explore the feasibility and value of launching and recovering volleys of small unmanned aircraft from one or more existing large airplanes – think B-52, B-1, C-130.

11/10/14

NASA pondering $1.5 million stratospheric airship competition

NASA pondering $1.5 million stratospheric airship competition

NASA this week said it was contemplating a public competition to build airships capable of reaching the stratosphere where it could remain for a period of time gathering astronomy data or watching environmental changes on the ground.

11/07/14

TSA has seized an outrageous 1,850 guns on travelers so far in 2014

TSA has seized an outrageous 1,850 guns on travelers so far in 2014

If you need a measure of the daily security pressure your local airport’s Transportation Security Administration personnel are under you need look no further than the fact that its agents have discovered more than 1,850 firearms,...

11/06/14

The Internet of fishy things

Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a sensor-laden, synthetic Sensor Fish that can be used to swim into hydropower facilities like dams to evaluate structures and other environmental systems.

11/05/14

Have E-ZPass? Watch out for slimy ASProx-based malware ploy

The Internet Crime Complaint Center today said it has gotten more than 560 complaints about a rip-off using the E-ZPass vehicle toll collection system that uses phishing techniques to deliver malware to your computer.

11/03/14

Follow-up: Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash

Follow-up: Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash

In news today the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), said that it appeared the lever that controls the SpaceShipTwo’s deceleration system might have been deployed too soon. How or if that caused the crash is unknown at this...

11/03/14

Virgin Galactic’s space plane crashes during test flight

Virgin Galactic’s space plane crashes during test flight

Details are sketchy at this point but Virgin Galactic tweeted one of those cryptic notices you never want to see: “#SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly. Additional info and statement forthcoming.”

10/31/14

Air Force envisioning swarms of tiny, inexpensive, almost disposable drones

Air Force envisioning swarms of tiny, inexpensive, almost disposable drones

From the Air Force: “The thought is to develop an inexpensive, configurable and producible on demand air vehicle. A number of military applications can be envisioned for an air vehicle with such a capability. One potential...

10/31/14

Guinness World Record: Amplifier operates at a speed of one trillion cycles per second

Guinness World Record: Amplifier operates at a speed of one trillion cycles per second

“This breakthrough could lead to revolutionary technologies such as high-resolution security imaging systems, improved collision-avoidance radar, communications networks with many times the capacity of current systems and...

10/30/14

US Navy, Energy Dept. team to develop wave energy devices

US Navy, Energy Dept. team to develop wave energy devices

The devices fall under what’s known as advance marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technology which converts the energy of waves, tides, rivers, and ocean currents into clean, renewable electricity that can be used by homes and businesses.

10/29/14

FBI: List of purchase order scam victims growing rapidly

FBI: List of purchase order scam victims growing rapidly

The FBI said more than 85 companies and universities nationwide whose identities were used to perpetrate the scheme. Approximately 400 actual or attempted incidents have targeted some 250 vendors, and nearly $5 million has been lost...

10/28/14

Quick look: The 76 year-old “War of the World” broadcast rumpus

Quick look: The 76 year-old “War of the World” broadcast rumpus

One of the country’s biggest overreactions occurred 76 years ago this week when on Oct. 30, 1938 a radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds was mistaken for an actual Mars invasion. According to many, the radio...

10/27/14

The FCC as data security cop: $10 million fine for carriers’ security breaches

The FCC took a big stand today saying it will fine TerraCom and YourTel America $10 million because the agency said both carriers violated the privacy of phone customers’ personal information. The action is the agency’s first data...

10/24/14

Hacker group leader gets 24 months in federal prison for attacking US Navy, 50 other institutions

Hacker group leader gets 24 months in federal prison for attacking US Navy, 50 other institutions

One of the two leaders of the hacking group known as Team Digi7al was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison today for his role in hacking the U.S. Navy, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and over 50 public and private...

10/23/14

Ebola crisis brings out another sickness: Vile scammers

Ebola crisis brings out another sickness: Vile scammers

Consumer Reports published an article referencing a bogus e-mail solicitation offering a $29 “surplus protection kit” supposedly designed for emergency response teams and law enforcement agencies. The Federal Trade Commission has...

10/23/14

FTC gets $10M from massive text spam, robocalling schemers

FTC gets $10M from massive text spam, robocalling schemers

The FTC today got $10 million to settle charges against three sets of defendants to settle charges that they operated a massive scam that sent unwanted text messages to millions of consumers, many of whom later received illegal...

10/22/14

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