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  • First Android Device Certified For DoD Personnel
    By on October 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    aneroid writes “The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has certified its first secure mobile device running Android 2.2 — the Dell Streak 5. It is certified for use in the Defense Department’s secure but unclassified communications. ‘Although the Streak 5 is no longer available commercially, Dell is supplying it to DOD because the military likes the form factor,’ said John Marinho, director of Dell enterprise mobility solutions. (more…)

  • Can Open Hardware Transform the Data Center?
    By on October 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    1sockchuck writes “Is the data center industry on the verge of a revolution in which open source hardware designs transform the process of designing and building these facilities? This week the Open Compute Project gained momentum and structure, forming a foundation as it touted participation from IT heavyweights Intel, Dell, Amazon, Facebook, Red Hat and Rackspace. That turnout is not an isolated event, but reflects a growing focus on (more…)

  • Mitsubishi Hack Stole Nuclear, Defense Data
    By on October 25, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    judgecorp writes “When Mitsubishi announced in September it had been hacked in August it was criticized for keeping quiet for a month. Now it appears that the attackers got nuclear power plant and military aircraft details according to sources quoted in the Japanese media.”

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  • OS X Notifier App Growl Goes Closed Source
    By on October 20, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    First time accepted submitter para_droid writes “Version 1.3 of the popular open source notification system for Mac OS X, Growl has surprised its users by going closed-source and only available for purchase on the Mac App Store. Any users who provide links to bugfixes and source for the previous version 1.2 are being banned from the discussion group, and their messages deleted. Could it be time for the community to create an OpenGrowl fork?”

    The (more…)

  • Soon, No More Film Movie Cameras
    By on October 16, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    phil reed writes “Creative Cow Magazine reports that manufacturers of movie cameras have quietly discontinued production of film cameras. There are still some markets — not in the U.S. — where film cameras are sold, but those numbers are far fewer than they used to be. If you talk to the people in camera rentals, the amount of film camera utilization in the overall schedule is probably between 30 to 40 percent. However, film usage is dropping (more…)

  • Astronauts As Alien Life Hunters?
    By on October 10, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    astroengine writes “Ever since the last NASA space shuttle mission touched down in Florida on July 21, there has been a spirited debate in articles and blogs across the Internet over the future of humans in space. Everyone seems to be asking: What’s the point of spending shedloads of cash getting mankind into space when robots can do it at a fraction of the cost? Well, pending any great (and unexpected) advance in robotics, our adaptability in space (more…)

  • EU Sending a Probe To the Sun
    By on October 5, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    First time accepted submitter Mindflux0 writes “The European Union is going forward with the proposed Solar Orbiter, a space probe designed to study the sun. The probe will orbit closer to the sun than any other man-made object at a sizzling 42 million km. It’s planned to launch in 2017 for close to a billion euros.”

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  • Security Flaw Bypasses AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Screen Lock
    By on October 1, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    zacharye writes “BGR has uncovered a security flaw on AT&T’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II that renders Android’s unlock pattern feature completely useless. Using a simple workaround, the security hole allows anyone to bypass the unlock pattern, which normally denies users access to an Android device unless a preset pattern is drawn on a grid of nine dots spread across the device’s lock screen.”

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