Opinion

FTC takes out “tech support” scammers; $5.1 million in fines, retribution

The FTC said that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued default judgments against fourteen corporate defendants and fourteen individual defendants that allegedly operated the tech support scams. The...

07/24/14

Finding life in space by looking for extraterrestrial pollution
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Finding life in space by looking for extraterrestrial pollution

That’s the basics of new research put for this week by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics that stated if we could spot the fingerprints of certain pollutants under ideal conditions, it would offer a new...

07/23/14

Opinion

Dumping an open source Honeypot on Rachel: FTC reloads on liquidating robocallers

The Zapping Rachel contest will take place at DEF CON 22 in Las Vegas Aug. 7-10, and offers partakers $17,000 in cash prizes for developing open-source packages that could be used to build an advance robocall honeypot, circumvent or...

07/18/14

Opinion

Cisco counterfeiter gets 37 months in prison, forfeits $700,000

ConnectZone.com and owner, Daniel Oberholtzer conspired with a Chinese company to produce counterfeit Cisco, US says

07/18/14

DARPA initiates reusable, aircraft-like spaceship development
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DARPA initiates reusable, aircraft-like spaceship development

DARPA said Boeing (working with Blue Origin) Masten Space Systems (working with XCOR Aerospace) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (working with Virgin Galactic) would begin phase 1 work on the agency’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1)...

07/15/14

Opinion

Delaware whacks $1B data center/power supply project

Citing the size of the project, the potential effects of subsequent greenhouse gases, public opposition and other issues the university pulled the plug on the $1 billion project that was being developed for its 272 acre Science,...

07/11/14

On Twitter, FaceBook and Lady Gaga – DARPA social media research stirs a murky pot
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On Twitter, FaceBook and Lady Gaga – DARPA social media research stirs a murky pot

The agency says it has funded myriad social media/Twitter research (including a study that looked at Lady Gaga’s Twitter following—a model of social media popularity, DARPA stated) as well as a look into Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,...

07/10/14

Could a quadcopter land rovers on Mars?
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Could a quadcopter land rovers on Mars?

The ESA said its dropship, known as the StarTiger’s Dropter is indeed a customized quadcopter drone that uses a GPS, camera and inertial systems to fly into position, where it then switches to vision-based navigation supplemented by...

07/07/14

DARPA demos lightweight, 94GHz silicon system on a chip
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DARPA demos lightweight, 94GHz silicon system on a chip

The all-silicon system on a chip transmitter was built by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems and uses a digitally assisted power amplifier that adapts amplifier performance characteristics to changing signal requirements. This...

07/01/14

Opinion

FBI warns businesses “Man-in-the-E-Mail” scam escalating

The FBI and Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) are warning businesses to be on the lookout for growing scam that tricks them into paying invoices from established that look legitimate but in fact are fraudulent.

06/27/14

Opinion

Carnegie Mellon system lets you get to the good parts of video, fast

Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists say they have invented a video highlighting technique called LiveLight that can automatically pick out action in videos shot by smartphones, GoPro cameras or Google Glass users.

06/26/14

Opinion

100Mb/sec Ethernet coming to a car near you?

The IEEE this week said it formed the 802.3 Single Twisted Pair 100 Mb/s Ethernet Study Group to explore the technological needs for a 100 Mb/s speed for Ethernet in automotive networking.

06/25/14

US intelligence agency wants brain-like algorithms for complex information processing
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US intelligence agency wants brain-like algorithms for complex information processing

Getting computers to think like humans has been a scientific goal for years – IBM recently said it found a way to make transistors that could be formed into virtual circuitry that mimics human brain functions.

06/23/14

NASA bolsters Pluto-bound spacecraft for 2015 visit
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NASA bolsters Pluto-bound spacecraft for 2015 visit

NASA said it will soon update and checkout its Pluto-bound spacecraft known as New Horizons. Mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory will begin the spacecraft’s eighth check-up since the satellite launched

06/19/14

FTC taking robocall death hunt to DEFCON
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FTC taking robocall death hunt to DEFCON

The Federal Trade Commission is taking its fight against robocallers to the upcoming DEFCON by challenging attendees of the conference to build the ultimate “honeypot” that would lure in and identify illegal phone spammers.

06/17/14

Opinion

Mobile phone bill crammers get stuffed with $10 million property forfeiture

As is often the case in these events, it seems like the penalty should have been more but still, the Federal Trade Commission this week said the operators of massive mobile phone bill cramming operation will surrender $10 million in...

06/13/14

NASA forming $3M satellite communication, propulsion competition
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NASA forming $3M satellite communication, propulsion competition

NASA says cubesat challenge will contribute to opening deep space exploration

06/11/14

FAA sets first commercial drone flights
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FAA sets first commercial drone flights

The FAA issued a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization to survey BP pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay, the largest oilfield in the United States. The FAA has said in the past it would set at least three permanent Arctic...

06/10/14

Opinion

DARPA wants inflatable bundles to make rooms, walls or blockades – without human intervention

DARPA deployable systems could block access where needed or create temporary buildings

06/10/14

Report defines barriers, calls for more research in bringing drones into US airspace
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Report defines barriers, calls for more research in bringing drones into US airspace

National Research Council outlines technical, regulatory and social issues that must be overcome if unmanned aircraft are to be successfully integrated into US public airspace.

06/06/14

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