ThyssenKrupp secrets stolen in 'massive' cyber attack
By Eric Auchard and Tom Kckenhoff FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Technical trade secrets were stolen from the steel production and manufacturing plant design divisions of ThyssenKrupp AG in cyber attacks earlier this year, the German company said on Thursday. ThyssenKrupp, one of the world's largest steel makers, said it had been targeted by attackers located in southeast Asia engaged in what it said were "organized, highly professional hacker activities". In breaches discovered by the company's internal security team in April and traced back to February, hackers stole project data from ThyssenKrupp's plant engineering division and from other areas yet to be determined.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:53:58 -0500
Inmarsat switches to Arianespace for satellite launch after SpaceX delays
British satellite company Inmarsat will switch to using Arianespace from rival SpaceX to launch a new satellite to provide broadband connectivity to air passengers, it said on Thursday. The S-band satellite had been scheduled to launch with technology billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX but Inmarsat said setbacks to SpaceX's launch schedule prompted it to turn to Arianespace instead. Inmarsat said on Thursday that European-owned Arianespace will launch the S-band satellite in mid-2017.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:14:55 -0500
Germany sees increase in Russian propaganda, cyber attacks
Germany's domestic intelligence agency on Thursday said it had seen a striking increase in Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns aimed at destabilizing German society, and targeted cyber attacks against political parties. "We see aggressive and increased cyber spying and cyber operations that could potentially endanger German government officials, members of parliament and employees of democratic parties," Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the domestic BfV intelligence agency, said in statement.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:14:54 -0500
Russian regulator says had constructive meeting with LinkedIn
Russia's communications regulator said on Thursday it had a constructive meeting with representatives of LinkedIn Corp., a social networking website it blocked last month over its failure to comply with a data storage law. "The meeting with LinkedIn was constructive. The parties agreed to continue dialogue", Vadim Ampelonsky, a spokesman for the Roskomnadzor watchdog, told Reuters.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:33:44 -0500
German authorities probe VW's Porsche for manipulation software
Germany is investigating whether Volkswagen's (VW) sportscar brand Porsche used software to disguise exhaust emissions, the country's car industry regulator said on Thursday, in a fresh blow to VW's attempts to move on from a 15 month-old scandal. Germany's Motor Transport Authority, KBA, said it was examining software that can measure the angle of a car's steering wheel. At stake is whether Porsche used software to detect whether its cars were being subjected to laboratory tests, using this information to switch to a less polluting emissions pattern than would occur under normal driving conditions.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:53:35 -0500
Turner will create shows for Snapchat in expanded partnership
Turner Broadcasting System Inc will create more video content for mobile app Snapchat and collaborate with the social media company on advertising, Turner said on Wednesday, as they expand a partnership to broaden their reach among millennials. TV networks of the Time Warner Inc unit, including TBS and Adult Swim, will create original series exclusively for the unit of Snap, Inc, the broadcaster said in a statement. The shows include the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAAA) Division I Men's Basketball Championship and the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Championship.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:11:16 -0500
These water-powered Star Wars speeder bikes are a nerd dream come true
The undeniably cool speeder bikes featured prominently in the third Star Wars installment, Return of The Jedi , are one of those sci-fi staples that we never expected to see realized by modern technology. Leave it to YouTube star Devin Super Tramp to throw that notion out the window and actually assemble a team that makes them a reality. Well, sort of. In a new mini fan film, those iconic levitating bikes break free from their fictional foundations thanks to some impressive handiwork and help from Jetovator . Jetovator is the company behindthose water-powered jet bikes that you may have seen attracting onlookers at your local watering hole, and for the purposes of the geeky fan short, several Jetovators were heavily modified to look similar to speeder bikes from a galaxy far, far away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QdDqIqGWbo&feature=em-uploademail The actual film is just a few minutes long, and very B-Movie in its execution, but it's a fun watch and pretty entertaining nonetheless. But what's probably even more impressive than the goofy short is the making-of video where we get to see how the bikes were born. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSgUwi5IdTg&feature=youtu.be The Jetovators, which require a personal watercraft and an experienced operator to supply the horsepower and rapid water flow to the bike itself, got a duct tape makeover to give them their sci-fi appearance. The same treatment was given to a pair of dirt bike helmets in order to nailthe speeder pilot look. If you don't examine any of it too closely, it all looks pretty spot-on, assuming you can ignore the giant jets of water spewing out of the speeders.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:03:30 -0500
Parkour robots can do tricks youd only dream of
Few people can say they can master parkour, the art of surpassing obstacles by jumping over or bouncing off of them. It looks all very exciting but its very difficult. Thats why its exciting to see researchers from UC Berkeley have taught a robot to perform similar jumping tricks which could be used one day to save lives. DONT MISS: NASAs Saturn orbiter just sent back the most stunning photos yet Salto, short for Saltatorial Locomotion on Terrain Obstacles, is the name of the tiny robot shown in the following video, a machine that can jump better than any other similar machine. The robot can jump over obstacles as high as a meter (3.3 feet), and in the future it may be able to navigate complex obstacle courses that would help rescuer find survivors in rescue missions. Whats impressive about the robot is that its very small. It measures just 26cm in height and weighs about 100 grams. As The Verge reports , the robot is based on the galago, a small nocturnal primate that can jump more than 2.25 meters in a single leap.That explains why its able to perform such jumps. Its legs store energy in stretchy tendons, which allow the robot to jump instantly, without requiring a recharge period. Salto also has a tail inspired from the agama lizard which lets it control its direction in mid-flight. The robot can also bounce of walls, and leap over even higher obstacles. The researchers at Berkeley are looking to devise technology that would let them plot a course for the robot. The machine would then be able to use the waypoints to jump towards a final destination that might be unreachable to regular humans, regardless of their parkour abilities. Check out how Salto works in the following clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvIk39rkkiU
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:02:51 -0500
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