Chinese State Company Unveils World's Largest Seaplane

Slashdot - 2 hours 1 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft, state media has said, the latest effort in the country's program to wean itself off dependence on foreign aviation firms. The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled the first of the new planes, dubbed the AG600, Saturday in the southern port city of Zhuhai, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The aircraft, which has a maximum range of 4,500 km (2,800 miles), is intended for fighting forest fires and performing marine rescues, it said. At around the size of a Boeing 737, it is far larger than any other plane built for marine take off and landing, Xinhua quoted AVIC's deputy general manager Geng Ruguang as saying. The AG600 could potentially extend the Asian giant's ability to conduct a variety of operations in the South China Sea, where it has built a series of artificial islands featuring air strips, among other infrastructure with the potential for either civilian or military use.

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This Insane DNC Is the Convention the Internet Made

Wired - Top Stories - 2 hours 18 min ago
If you didn't see the convention outcry among Sanders supporters coming, you haven't been online this election season. The post This Insane DNC Is the Convention the Internet Made appeared first on WIRED.
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Amazon Prime Delivery launches in India, Prime Video coming later (Kunal Dua/NDTV

TechMeme - 5 hours 1 min ago

Kunal Dua / NDTV
Amazon Prime Delivery launches in India, Prime Video coming later  —  Amazon has finally launched its Prime subscription service in India.  Users can sign up for Amazon Prime via the Amazon website, starting with a 60-day free trial.  If you sign up now, Amazon Prime will cost Rs.

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Feds To Deploy Anti-Drone Software Near Wildfires

Slashdot - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:30pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: Federal officials are launching a new "geofencing" program to alert drone pilots when they're flying too close to wildfire prevention operations. The Department of Interior said Monday it would deploy software warnings to pilots when their drones pose a risk to the aircraft used by emergency responders fighting wildfires. The agency said there have been 15 instances of drones interfering with firefighter operations this year, including several leading to grounded aircraft. Drone-related incidents doubled between 2014 and 2015, the agency said. Officials built the new warning system with the drone industry, and the agency said manufacturers could eventually use it to build drones that automatically steer away from wildfire locations. The program is in its pilot phase, the agency said; officials hope to have a full public release in time for next year's wildfire season. "No responsible drone operator wants to endanger the lives of the men and women who work to protect them and we believe this program, which uses the global positioning system to create a virtual barrier, will move us one step closer to eliminating this problem for wildfire managers," Mark Bathrick, the director of the Interior Department's Office of Aviation Service, said in a statement.

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Solar Impulse Just Completed Its Momentous Flight Around the World

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:42pm
The Rocky of sun-powered airplanes beats the odds. The post Solar Impulse Just Completed Its Momentous Flight Around the World appeared first on WIRED.
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NIST Prepares To Ban SMS-Based Two-Factor Authentication

Slashdot - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:06pm
An anonymous reader writes: "The U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the latest draft version of the Digital Authentication Guideline that contains language hinting at a future ban of SMS-based Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)," reports Softpedia. The NIST DAG draft argues that SMS-based two-factor authentication is an insecure process because the phone may not always be in possession of the phone number, and because in the case of VoIP connections, SMS messages may be intercepted and not delivered to the phone. The guideline recommends the usage of tokens and software cryptographic authenticators instead. Even biometrics authentication is considered safe, under one condition: "Biometrics SHALL be used with another authentication factor (something you know or something you have)," the guideline's draft reads. The NIST DAG draft reads in part: "If the out of band verification is to be made using a SMS message on a public mobile telephone network, the verifier SHALL verify that the pre-registered telephone number being used is actually associated with a mobile network and not with a VoIP (or other software-based) service. It then sends the SMS message to the pre-registered telephone number. Changing the pre-registered telephone number SHALL NOT be possible without two-factor authentication at the time of the change. OOB using SMS is deprecated, and will no longer be allowed in future releases of this guidance."

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Vine's Source Code Was Accidentally Made Public For Five Minutes

Slashdot - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 8:45pm
An anonymous reader writes from The Register: Vine, the six-second-video-loop app acquired by Twitter in 2012, had its source code made publicly available by a bounty-hunter for everyone to see. The Register reports: "According to this post by @avicoder (Vjex at GitHub), Vine's source code was for a while available on what was supposed to be a private Docker registry. While, hosted at Amazon, wasn't meant to be available, @avicoder found he was able to download images with a simple pull request. After that it's all too easy: the docker pull request loaded the code, and he could then open the Docker image and run it. 'I was able to see the entire source code of Vine, its API keys and third party keys and secrets. Even running the image without any parameter, [it] was letting me host a replica of Vine locally.' The code included 'API keys, third party keys and secrets,' he writes. Twitter's bounty program paid out -- $10,080 -- and the problem was fixed in March (within five minutes of him demonstrating the issue)."

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Amazon Partners With UK Government To Test Drone Deliveries

Slashdot - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 8:05pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: [Recent rules from the Federal Aviation Administration mean delivery by drone is years away in the United States, but packages may be winging their way to customers sooner rather than later in the United Kingdom, where Amazon just got permission to begin a new trial of its delivery drones.] The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority gave Amazon permission to test several key drone delivery parameters. They include sending drones beyond the line of sight of their operator in rural and suburban areas, testing sensor performance to make sure the drones can identify and avoid obstacles and allowing a single operator to manage multiple highly-automated drones. U.S. rules are outlined in a 624-page rulebook from the Federal Aviation Administration. They allow commercial drones weighing up to 55 pounds to fly during daylight hours. The aircraft must remain within sight of the operator or an observer who is in communication with the operator. The operators must be pass an aeronautics test every 24 months for a certificate as well as a background check by the Transportation Security Administration. The rules govern commercial flights, such as for aerial photography or utilities inspection. Amazon's goal is to use drones to deliver packages up to 5 pound to customers in 30 minutes or less. Amazon released a statement today detailing its partnership with the UK Government that may one day turn its Prime Air drone delivery service into reality.

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US federal self-driving guidelines coming soon…again

ReadWriteWeb - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 8:04pm

Federal guidelines for autonomous cars on public roads are in the works, and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx provided some rough outlines on the focus points for rules and regulations.

Speaking at the 2016 Automated Driving Symposium, Foxx told attendees that we need “to take the the safety aspects of this very seriously” and cautioned that “autonomous does not mean perfect”.

See Also: Highway ban squeezes lanes for China’s self-driving car industry

He provided a vague outline of how the department plans to engage automakers, tech firms, and the public, promising open dialogue between all three and flexible laws to keep up with innovation.

Foxx mentioned “pre-market approval steps” for autonomous car vendors, which could be similar to the legislation introduced during the Queen’s Speech in U.K. Parliament, allowing verified automakers to test cars on public roads and sell cars with semi-autonomous features.

He also commented on the ongoing Tesla fatal crash debate, stating that while people should follow the instructions provided by the car manufacturer, the manufacturer should also put in extra safety features to ensure audacious drivers don’t meet a similar end.

A lot of uncertainty on federal regulations

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has been talking in earnest about autonomous vehicle regulations for the last few months. The DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) agency said in July that overarching regulation was imminent. Then, weeks later, the agency said it wouldn’t overrule state laws that were being considered, potentially leaving automakers and buyers with a patchwork of different laws between states — or even within states, between cities.

has been working with Google, General Motors, and a few other companies to frame the guidelines. It is still unknown how much red tape Foxx and his team will cut, but we expect the department to be cautious in light of recent events.

Automakers are preparing to fit their next generation of cars with some autonomous features, remote driving on private property, self-parking, and highway lane switching are three of the main new features coming to some cars in 2017 and 2018.

It won’t be until 2020 when we see “driverless cars” enter the spotlight, and even then, it might be a few more years before regulators approve of the cars for public use. In a blog post, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk put forward his ten-year plan and in it he said reaching the fully autonomous stage will be difficult due to regulatory and public pressure.

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Updated Google phone app warns about incoming spam calls on Nexus and Android One devices when caller ID is enabled (Ben Schoon/9to5Google)

TechMeme - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 7:45pm

Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Updated Google phone app warns about incoming spam calls on Nexus and Android One devices when caller ID is enabled  —  No one enjoys getting random, unwanted phone calls, especially on their mobile phone.  Thankfully Google is doing something about it, at least for Nexus and Android One users.

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China Releases Test Footage of Ballistic Missile Defense System

Slashdot - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 7:20pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from China has released footage of its first interception test of a mid-air ballistic missile, destroying a target miles above Earth. Footage of the experiment, which took place in 2010, has never been made public until now. According to Chinese news agency CCTV, Xu Chunguang, an expert working at a military base in northwest China, said: "All of our research is meant to solve problems that may crop up in future actual combats." It reportedly took researchers another three years to develop the core technologies to improve the system. A second successful test was reportedly conducted in January 2013. China's decision to finally release the footage could be seen as a warning shot to the U.S., which was critical of China for not notifying the Pentagon of the tests at the time. In May, China announced it would send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Atlantic Ocean, arguing it had little choice if America continued to advance its weapons systems. China has recently denounced South Korea's decision to deploy a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to counter threats from North Korea, saying that it harmed the foundation of their mutual trust.

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The Porn ‘Public Health Crisis’ Has Competition

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 7:11pm
How politicians talk about public health is just as important as what they choose to talk about. The post The Porn 'Public Health Crisis' Has Competition appeared first on WIRED.
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Nvidia Claims Its New Chip Is the 'World's Fastest GPU' for Game and VR Design

Slashdot - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 6:41pm
An anonymous reader shares a VentureBeat report: Nvidia announced today the Quadro P6000 graphics card for workstations, using the "world's fastest GPU." The graphics card is targeted at designers who have to create complex simulations for everything from engineering models to virtual reality games. The Quadro P6000 is based on Nvidia's new Pascal graphics architecture, and it uses a GPU with 3,840 processing cores. It can reach 12 teraflops of computing performance, or twice as fast as the previous generation. Nvidia unveiled the new platform for artists, designers, and animators at the Siggraph graphics technology conference in Anaheim, Calif. AnandTech has more details on this. From their article:As NVIDIA's impending flagship Quadro card, this is based on the just-announced GP102 GPU. The direct successor to the GM200 used in the Quadro M6000, the GP102 mixes a larger number of SMs/CUDA cores and higher clockspeeds to significantly boost performance. Paired with P6000 is 24GB of GDDR5X memory, running at a conservative 9Gbps, for a total memory bandwidth of 432GB/sec. This is the same amount of memory as in the 24GB M6000 refresh launched this spring, so there's no capacity boost at the top of NVIDIA's lineup. But for customers who didn't jump on the 24GB -- which is likely a lot of them, including most 12GB M6000 owners -- then this is a doubling (or more) of memory capacity compared to past Quadro cards. At this time the largest capacity GDDR5X memory chips we know of (8Gb), so this is as large of a capacity that P6000 can be built with at this time. Meanwhile this is so far the first and only Pascal card with GDDR5X to support ECC, with NVIDIA implementing an optional soft-ECC method for the DRAM only, just as was the case on M6000.

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Cyanogen founder says CyanogenMod will not be shelved, dismisses rumors of "pivot" to apps, will provide more information soon (Steve Kondik/CyanogenMod)

TechMeme - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 6:35pm

Steve Kondik / CyanogenMod:
Cyanogen founder says CyanogenMod will not be shelved, dismisses rumors of “pivot” to apps, will provide more information soon  —  I wanted to quickly address the circus of misinformation which has sprung up recently, particularly for everyone who uses CM or has been involved with the project.

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Bitcoin Not Money, Rules Miami Judge In Dismissing Laundering Charges

Slashdot - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 6:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Miami Herald: Bitcoin does not actually qualify as money, a Miami-Dade judge ruled Monday in throwing out criminal charges against a Miami Beach man charged with illegally selling the virtual currency. The defendant, Michell Espinoza, was charged with illegally selling and laundering $1,500 worth of Bitcoins to undercover detectives who told him they wanted to use the money to buy stolen credit-card numbers. But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler ruled that Bitcoin was not backed by any government or bank, and was not "tangible wealth" and "cannot be hidden under a mattress like cash and gold bars." "The court is not an expert in economics, however, it is very clear, even to someone with limited knowledge in the area, the Bitcoin has a long way to go before it the equivalent of money," Pooler wrote in an eight-page order. The judge also wrote that Florida law -- which says someone can be charged with money laundering if they engage in a financial transaction that will "promote" illegal activity -- is way too vague to apply to Bitcoin. "This court is unwilling to punish a man for selling his property to another, when his actions fall under a statute that is so vaguely written that even legal professionals have difficulty finding a singular meaning," she wrote. Espinoza's case is believed to be the first money-laundering prosecution involving Bitcoin.

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MIT Developed A Movie Screen That Brings Glasses-Free 3D To All Seats

Slashdot - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 5:20pm
An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: MIT has developed a glasses-less 3D display for movie theaters. The Nintendo 3DS is one of a handful of devices to feature glasses-less 3D, but it is designed for a single users where the user is looking at the display head-on at a relatively specific angle. It's not something made for a movie theater with hundreds of seats, each of which would have a different viewing angle. What's neat about MIT's 3D display is that it doesn't require glasses and it lets anyone see the 3D effect in a movie theater, no matter where they are sitting. The MIT Computers Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) created the prototype display called 'Cinema 3D' that uses a complex arrangement of lenses and mirrors to create a set number of parallax barriers that can address every viewing angle in the theater based on seat locations. It works in a movie theater because the seats are in fixed locations, and people don't tend to move around, change seats or alter their viewing angle too much. What's also neat about the Cinema 3D is that is preserves resolution, whereas other glasses-less 3D displays carry cots in terms of image resolution. The prototype is about the size of a letter-sized notepad, and it needs 50 sets of mirrors and lenses. It should be ready for market once researchers scale it up to a commercially viable product.

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Our 10 Favorite Comic-Con Trailers, From Wonder Woman to Sherlock

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 5:11pm
Last weekend in San Diego saw the premiere of many trailers for the most anticipated films and TV shows in the coming year. Here are the best of the best. The post Our 10 Favorite Comic-Con Trailers, From Wonder Woman to Sherlock appeared first on WIRED.
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Sensor modules prove IoT darlings, rounding up billions

ReadWriteWeb - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 5:00pm

A new report reveals that investment in sensor modules is heating up the Internet of Things (IoT) space, with innovative sensor startups winning the bulk of that money.

As reported by Smart Cities World, a new study by Lux Research examined the $4.3 billion in funding for sensor modules over the past decade. The report titled “Sensors Innovation: Analyzing Investment Trends Across the $4.3 Billion Spend” found investment in innovative sensors tripled in the past 10 years, with North America dominating.

Investment in innovative sensors attracted a dominant 80% of the total, or $3.4 billion, which underscores the increasing importance of IoT technology.

See also: Navigant sees four-fold sensor market growth through 2025

The increased investment in innovative sensors comes as this new technology is becoming integral to growth in such areas as smart cities, autonomous vehicles and wearables.

“Innovative sensor start-ups will continue to attract large amounts of venture investment as the Internet of Things emerges as the next major phase in computing, following on the heels of the PC and mobile eras,” said report author Pallavi Madakasira.

Total innovative sensor investment tripled in the past decade, attracting $486 million in funding in 2015. Between 2006 and 2015, sensor processing-related technologies drew investment of $620 million, with over $200 million going toward packaging solutions and nearly $100 million for developers of energy harvesting.

The report further broke down the sensor space investment patterns between 2006 and the first quarter of 2016.
It found that North America remains the dominant region worldwide with $3.4 billion, or 80%, of all sensor technology investment since 2006. This investment was generated by more than 340 active companies across the Americas.

Sensors big in EMEA region, too

In other regions, $950 million in investment was drawn by the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, while $200 million was invested in Asia.

Global acquisitions over this period were dominated by innovative sensors. A total of 45 sensor developers were acquired, worth $1.5 billion in deals, over the course of the decade. Meanwhile, acquisitions of processing and packaging solutions startups only comprised a small amount of buyout activity.

Lastly, Lux Research found that corporate players were showing unprecedented commitment to sensor technology.
Notably, Samsung has earmarked $13 billion for sensor-related investment, while Sony is allocating $4 billion to increased sensor production.

Other noteworthy investments include Panasonic’s $780 million for image sensors, IBM’s $3 billion for sensor data technology and Ford Motors which launched an R&D facility that will focus on transportation-related sensors.

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