Ahead of Cyber Security 2016 in Edinburgh next week, Jonathan Whitley, Regional Sales Director, Northern Europe at WatchGuard Technologies, looks at the impact of recent security breaches and the response from Scottish and UK Governments.
Researchers at Context Information Security succeeded in hacking a Motorola Focus 73 outdoor security camera, gaining access to the home network’s Wi-Fi password, obtaining full control of the pan-tilt-zoom controls, redirecting the video feed and movement alerts to watch the watchers.
Regional NHS, together with Google, IBM and Phillips are part of the partnership that with seven regional universities will create Test Bed centres. First wave locations are Surrey, Sussex, Lancashire, Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester. Simultaneously Lancaster University is owrking on a £2m suite of Ultralow Noise labs for quantum technology research.
This week, Google announced that it would be opening a new division dedicated to virtual reality computing. The timing coincides with revolutionised film and TV show streaming services impacting the UK’s TV suppliers and viewers habits.
Improvements in silicon chips, sensors and computation, mean physical social robots such as Nadine are poised to become more visible in offices and homes in future.But employers may find that R2D2 has greater appeal as a companion than CP3O. Also raising their analogs, HyQ2Max is animal-like in posture and movement and an improved version of the hydraulic quadruped robot HyQ.
A quick one from Gaberlunzie, about to settle into "Are Androids Dreaming Yet " who has been sent "2015 - The Year of the Hack" with 475 million records stolen across the 200 most-severe hacks. Targets were sector agnostic, while the causes of the breaches ranged from malicious outsiders to state sponsored attacks.
Interest in Na-ion (high energy sodium batteries ) has increased, yet relatively little research means nextgen materials have not yet come to market. Na-ion batteries, a direct replacement for Li-ion (lithium-ion) , allows current Li-ion manufacturers to use existing equipment to construct batteries with Faradion’s next-gen materials.
3D printed glass by HP emerged back in 2012 and Gigacom, for one, picked up on HP Labs intention to use 3D printing for glass. Now the USA Glas Robotic Lab show robots can blow glass, create actuated moulds, and 3D print the material too.
A £3.5m ancient music research project records the Celt’s carnyx and the University of Huddersfield. Already winning major awards for its research and origins of advanced contemporary music, is now also playing a key role rediscovering the sounds from the distant past and presenting them to modern audiences.
Current UK archaeology deals in both dinosaurs and kitchens - yet are both are investigating the footsteps of giants. In the Isle of Skye, Scotland a newly discoverd collection of rare dinosaur tracks helps cientists shed light on some of the biggest animals ever to live on land in the hundreds of footprints and handprints made by plant-eating sauropods around 170 million years ago. In Stratford on Avon, new archaeological investigation of the site of Shakespeare’s family home at New Place takes place in preparation forShakespeare Birthplace Trust’s project to transform the whole property for re-opening 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Few outside the Fintech sector understand Blockchain, its uses or how it could be applied to daily lives, writes Bas Wisselink, NXT Foundation Director. Bitcoin is a powerful and successful digital currency, based on cryptography and decentralised ledger, it is simultaneously heralded as the future of finance and gateway to the criminal underworld, writes Vijay Michalik, research analyst, Digital Transformation at Frost & Sullivan in her analyses of cryptography and security issues concerning Bitcoin. Meantime, Visa Europe is field testing remittances on Bitcoin Blockchain.
Beauty may well lie in the eye of the beholder, but the concept is to be tested in a January 2016 beauty contest. Robots trained by deep neural networks, will judge human contestants,on perceived “wrinkliness” and other features. Work underway by Mexican researcher David Silvera Tawil is on how easily people can identify humans from geminoid. Half the people in his study were unable to confirm the robot, causing anxiety and fear in exposure to geminoids. The generic ‘humanoid’ is applied to robots simply with the human structural shape. But if a female geminoids were to submit their photos to the AI judge robots, would algorithmic robot judges find them irresistible in contrast to the imperfect humans?
Today we are warned, IBM launches the IBM "Watson Trend" App, a new way for shoppers to understand the reasons behind the top trends of the holiday season and also predict the hottest products before they sell out. The app is available via a free download at the Apple App Store.
An extended period of lower oil prices would benefit consumers, but would trigger energy-security concerns by heightening reliance on a small number of low-cost producers, or risk a sharp rebound in price if investment falls short, says the IEA (International Energy Agency) in its 2015 edition of the flagship "World Energy Outlook" publication (WEO-2015)
As Tesla contracts for LGChem upgrade batteries, at its heels other batteries hover on the brink of emerging. Scientists at Cambridge have developed a working laboratory demonstrator of a lithium-oxygen battery with a very high energy density, more than 90% efficient, and, to date, can be recharged more than 2,000 times, showing how several problems holding backdevice development could be solved.
It’s finally here - the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown will arrive in their time travelling DeLorean. Wearable technology, multi-channel television and the odd 1980’s Apple Macintosh in an antique shop will all come as no surprise.
Benny Czarny, founder and CEO of OPSWAT writes that every day there seems to be a new malware threat we hear about, from remotely controlling cars and medical equipment, to attacks on well-known security vendors such as Kaspersky Lab and Bitdefender. Each threat seems to be bigger and more dangerous than the last. Among this never ending stream of publicised cyber threats and attacks, here are three trends to keep an eye on.
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