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Stolen emails reveal lapses in Sony security practices

December 18, 2014 10:41 am | by TED BRIDIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to ...

Gift Guide: Home products come with connectivity

December 18, 2014 10:37 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what? To give you a feel for what that connectivity ...

A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities

December 18, 2014 10:32 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has managed to orchestrate a string of crippling cyber infiltrations of South Korean computer systems....

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The Internet of people before the Internet of Things

December 18, 2014 8:49 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague recently ...

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NIR drills into the energy industry

December 18, 2014 8:39 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Blogs | Comments

Hydrocarbon exploration by definition is the search by geologists or geophysicists for hydrocarbon deposits beneath the Earth’s surface, such as oil (petroleum) and natural gas. In such exploration, the oil and gas industry drills holes into the Earth’s surface to ...

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The best apps for holiday shopping

December 18, 2014 8:09 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

I’m all for keeping my apps to a minimum—and I delete apps regularly to keep my phone “clean,” what I like to think of as highly “efficient.” If I haven’t opened the app in over a month, boom—it’s deleted. So trust me when I tell you that these three apps are ...

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Spider's web weaves way to advanced networks and displays

December 17, 2014 5:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The next generation of light-manipulating networks may take their lead from designs inspired by spiders and leaves, according to a new report from two Boston College physicists and colleagues at South China Normal University. Structures as commonplace as ...

Pointing a new way toward spintronics

December 17, 2014 5:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a development that holds promise for future magnetic memory and logic devices, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Cornell University successfully used an electric field to ...

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Getting robot emergency responders into shape

December 17, 2014 5:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories is tackling one of the biggest barriers to the use of robots in emergency response: energy efficiency. Through a project supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Sandia is developing technology that will ...

BLDC controller features reliable sensorless startup

December 17, 2014 2:02 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces a new three-phase, sensorless, brushless DC (BLDC) motor controller for use with external complementary P-channel and N-channel power MOSFETs. Reliable sensorless startup and run commutation can ...

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Panel meter includes field-selectable inputs

December 17, 2014 1:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Digital Corporation (Holliston, MA) announced the latest ProVu family member, the PD6001 Feet & Inches 1/8 DIN Panel Meter. A NEMA 4X panel mounted indicator, the PD6001 is based on a reliable, economical design that features an ...

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Breakthrough capability keeps subs, ships on safe track

December 17, 2014 1:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Interactive software that can dramatically cut the time it takes to plan safe submarine missions is crossing over to the surface fleet and is being installed this month on the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53). Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the ...

First steps for Hector the robot stick insect

December 17, 2014 1:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A research team at Bielefeld University has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk. Its first steps have been recorded in a video. You can watch them in Bielefeld University's latest posting on 'research_tv'. The robot is called ...

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The simplest element: Turning hydrogen into 'graphene'

December 17, 2014 1:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New work from Carnegie's Ivan Naumov and Russell Hemley delves into the chemistry underlying some surprising recent observations about hydrogen, and reveals remarkable parallels between hydrogen and graphene under extreme pressures. Their work is the ...

SMU cyber warrior Fred Chang receives annual 'Security 7' award

December 17, 2014 1:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

SMU's cyber warrior, Fred Chang, has been named an Information Security Magazine "Security 7" award winner, which annually spotlights information security leaders at the top of their profession. Chang, who is former research director for the National ...

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