Technology

7-Eleven Just Used a Drone To Deliver Slurpees and a Chicken Sandwich

Slashdot - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 1:35pm
An anonymous Slashdot reader write: A drone has autonomously delivered Slurpees, a chicken sandwich, doughnuts, hot coffee and candy from a Reno, Nevada 7-Eleven to a nearby home. The delivery was made "in a matter of minutes" to two busy working parents near their store in Reno, Nevada, and the drone hovered in place and gently lowered each package to the ground in the family's backyard. "To find customers willing to have their order handled by a flying robot, the companies surveyed households within a one-mile radius of the store from which they planned to deliver," reports Tech Crunch. 7-Eleven partnered with drone-delivery company Flirtey, which has also used its drones to perform a ship-to-shore delivery of medical supplies . They're calling this flight the first FAA-approved drone delivery to a home and a historic milestone in commercial deliveries, and both companies plan to continue working together in the future to perform more testing on drone deliveries.

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EU To Give Free Security Audits To Apache HTTP Server and Keepass

Slashdot - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 12:35pm
An anonymous reader writes: The European Commission announced on Wednesday that its IT engineers would provide a free security audit for the Apache HTTP Server and KeePass projects. The two projects were selected following a public survey that included several open-source projects deemed important for both the EU agencies and the wide public. The actual security audit will be carried out by employees of the IT departments at the European Commission and the European Parliament. This is only a test pilot program that's funded until the end of the year, but the EU said it would be looking for funding to continue it past its expiration date in December 2016.

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Smart city revenues skyrocket; core problems remain

ReadWriteWeb - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 12:00pm

A new research report predicts that annual revenues from smart city projects will grow to nearly $89 billion by 2025. However, it found most smart city initiatives are focusing on solving peripheral issues, with few big projects tackling core city problems.

Navigant’s “Smart Cities” report, annual smart city revenue is expected to grow to $88.7 billion worldwide by 2025 from $36.8 billion in 2016.

“During the next two years, the adoption of smart city solutions is expected accelerate as the spread of the Internet of Things provides further momentum,” said the release.

“As city leaders around the world continue to commit to smart city objectives to meet social, economic, and environmental challenges, national governments are also encouraging cities to become centers of innovation and drivers of sustainable growth.”

Revenues driven from five key areas

The report examined growth of the smart market with a focus on five key industries that include government, buildings, energy, mobility and water. The study complied profiles of high profile smart city projects in regions throughout the world, comparing different smart city approaches.

The report found that smart city strategies are focusing increasingly on climate adaption and resilience. As well, they were putting more resources into improving the cities’ relevance to its citizens in their daily lives.

However, the report found that despite a proliferation of pilot programs and grand visions for the future, there were few ambitious smart city projects actively addressing the big issues in urban environments around the world. Specifically, the report identified a dearth of financially sound, large-scale smart projects that are attempting to solve core city issues that are holding back the evolution of future cities and how we live in them.

“Today, city leaders and suppliers are recognizing that there needs to be a more clear and timely route to the broader deployment of proven technologies and solutions,” said Navigant research director Eric Woods. “The question is how to establish the right business models and deployment strategies to enable this expansion.”

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Laser-Armed Martian Robot Now Vaporizing Targets of Its Own Free Will

Slashdot - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 11:35am
Slashdot reader Rei writes: NASA -- having already populated the Red Planet with robots and armed a car-sized nuclear juggernaut with a laser -- have now decided to grant fire control of that laser over to a new AI system operating on the rover itself. Intended to increase the scientific data-gathering throughput on the sometimes glitching rover's journey, the improved AEGIS system eliminates the need for a series of back-and-forth communication sessions to select targets and aim the laser. Rei's original submission included a longer riff on The War of the Worlds, ending with a reminder to any future AI overlords that "I have a medical condition that renders me unfit to toil in any hypothetical subterranean lithium mines..."

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Homeland Security Border Agents Can Seize Your Phone

Slashdot - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 10:36am
Slashdot reader v3rgEz writes: A Wall Street Journal reporter has shared her experienced of having her phones forcefully taken at the border -- and how the Department of Homeland Security insists that your right to privacy does not exist when re-entering the United States. Indeed, she's not alone: Documents previously released under FOIA show that the DHS has a long-standing policy of warrantless (and even motiveless) seizures at the border, essentially removing any traveler's right to privacy. "The female officer returned 30 minutes later and said I was free to go," according to the Journal's reporter, adding. "I have no idea why they wanted my phones..."

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UK Cybersecurity Executives Plead Guilty To Hacking A Rival Firm

Slashdot - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 9:35am
An anonymous reader writes: "Five employees from cybersecurity firm Quadsys have admitted to hacking into a rival company's servers to allegedly steal customer data and pricing information," ZDNet is reporting. After a series of hearings, five top-ranking employees "admitted to obtaining unauthorised access to computer materials to facilitate the commission of an offence," including the company's owner, managing director, and account manager. Now they're facing 12 months in prison or fines, as well as additional charges, at their sentencing hearing in September. The headline at ZDNet gloats, "Not only did the Quadsys staff reportedly break into servers, they were caught doing it."

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Nickelodeon’s Comic-Con Panel Looks Back At All That (And More)

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 9:30am
A reunion panel of four beloved cast members from Nickelodeon's sketch show gave way to the trailer premiere for the film adaptation of the game show. The post Nickelodeon's Comic-Con Panel Looks Back At All That (And More) appeared first on WIRED.
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Phineas Fisher, the hacker behind the Hacking Team and FinFisher breaches, talks about his motives and views of the hacking tool industry (Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai/Motherboard)

TechMeme - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 8:00am

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Phineas Fisher, the hacker behind the Hacking Team and FinFisher breaches, talks about his motives and views of the hacking tool industry  —  A little bit over a year ago, the normally quiet Twitter account of Hacking Team, an Italian company that sells spying tools to governments all over the world, started acting weird.

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Star Trek's 50th Anniversary Celebrated at Comic-Con

Slashdot - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 7:35am
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Leonard Nimoy's 59-year-old son released a trailer for his upcoming documentary, For The Love Of Spock. CBS released a video teaser for their upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series. And Schmaltz brewery released a "Trouble With Tribbles" beer. It was all part of the festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of CBS's original Star Trek series at this year's Comic-Con festival in San Diego, which culminated with an all-star panel of actors from previous Star Trek TV series. William Shatner, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, and Scott Bakula all reminisced on the phenomenon of the show's fan culture, with Dorn telling the audience that Apple's iPad was inspired by Star Trek technology. And Brent Spiner told the audience, "We're in a time now where identity is under attack... Politicians could learn from Star Trek."

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How Harper Lee (and Donald Trump) Brought Back Bloom County

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 7:30am
Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed got contemplative about his magnum Opus at a Comic-Con appearance. The post How Harper Lee (and Donald Trump) Brought Back Bloom County appeared first on WIRED.
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A Weird New Segway Is Finally Making Hoverboards Legit

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 7:00am
The MiniPro is emblematic of a new, safer breed of hoverboard—one that won't explode in a ball of fire while you ride it. The post A Weird New Segway Is Finally Making Hoverboards Legit appeared first on WIRED.
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11 Police Robots Patrolling Around the World

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 7:00am
Many of them can kill. The post 11 Police Robots Patrolling Around the World appeared first on WIRED.
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