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A smartphone battery that can be recharged in under 30 seconds has been revealed.

A battery that can charge in under 30 seconds has been shown off at a technology conference in Tel Aviv.

Israeli start-up StoreDot displayed the device – made of biological structures – at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference.

A Samsung S4 smartphone went from a dead battery to full power in 26 seconds in the demonstration.

The batteries are likely to be 30 to 40% more expensive to manufacture compared to traditional ones and the final product will be twice as expensive than those on the market today.

The battery is currently only a prototype and the firm predicts it will take three years to become a commercially viable product.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26934932

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Google has invested in another robotics company.

Google is taking a stake in a Silicon Valley-based robotics company that has yet to reveal its first product.

Savioke’s work may be under wraps, but it has announced plans to begin customer trials of a service industry-targeted machine this year.

Google has acquired eight other robotics companies outright over the past year.

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Say “Hello” to 4K video on Netflix!

Streaming 4K video is now available on Netflix after earlier announcements that the on-demand video service would be introducing ultra-HD content.

Early adopters of 4K may be unable to take advantage of the new feature as the decoder required to view Netflix 4K videos is not built into early 4K televisions.

There are currently few alternatives to overcome the problem.

Shows available include House of Cards and “some nature documentaries”.

It has been confirmed by Netflix via Multichannel News that 4K streaming is now live and available for a select number of programmes, including the second season of House of Cards.

Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings has said that an average speed of 15.6 Mbps would be required to stream its 4K content.

Source:  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26957001

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The U.S. Air Force is testing Google Glass for battlefield use

The U.S. Air Force’s “BATMAN” research team at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio is beta-testing Google Glass for possible use on the battlefield. And so far, it likes what it sees.

The BATMAN evaluation group is part of the U.S. Air Force’s 711th Human Performance Wing and is one of the military’s most distinguished research and development groups.

The positive attributes with Google Glass “are its low power, its low footprint, it sits totally above the eyes, and doesn’t block images or hinder vision,” said 2nd Lt. Anthony Eastin, a behavioral scientist on the BATMAN team testing the glasses.

The team is also prototyping proprietary software to enhance the Android OS platform that powers the technology.

The testing comes as the U.S. military attempts to move beyond using battlefield laptops in combat and intelligence missions and rely more on smart phones, tablets, and wearables, which are easier to use and maneuver in confined spaces and on the battlefield.

Source:  http://venturebeat.com/2014/04/08/u-s-air-force-is-testing-google-glass-building-apps-for-battlefield-use-exclusive/

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Finally–glow in the dark road markers.

Glow in the dark road markings have been unveiled on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands.

The paint contains a “photo-luminising” powder that charges up in the daytime and slowly releases a green glow at night, doing away with the need for streetlights.

Interactive artist Daan Roosegaarde teamed up with Dutch civil engineering firm Heijmans to work on the idea.

The technology is being tested with an official launch due later this month.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27021291

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Microsoft’s XBox Live service was pwned by a 5 year old.

A five-year-old boy who worked out a security vulnerability on Microsoft’s Xbox Live service has been officially thanked by the company.

Kristoffer Von Hassel, from San Diego, figured out how to log in to his dad’s account without the right password.

The boy worked out that entering the wrong password into the log-in screen would bring up a second password verification screen.

Kristoffer discovered that if he simply pressed the space bar to fill up the password field, the system would let him in to his dad’s account.

Microsoft has fixed the flaw, and added Kristoffer to its list of recognised security researchers.

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Organizations are ditching Windows altogether and making the switch to Linux.

Microsoft has more reasons to worry about Linux.

After reports that an Indian state switched from Windows XP to Linux, now a UK-based organization is ditching Windows and going for Linux-based Chromebooks. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is going the open source way as it shifts away from Windows XP desktops in favor of 2,000 Samsung 303Cs Chromebooks for employees and 300 Chromeboxes for reception desks and shared work areas across the borough.

The council claims the migration to help it save around £400,000: half of the total cost by not choosing new Windows desktops, and a further £200,000 on electricity costs with Chromebooks being more energy-efficient than desktop PCs.

The council earlier had 3,500 desktop computers and 800 laptops for its 3,500 employees. If all goes as planned, it expects to complete the migration to Chromebooks and Chromeboxes by early June.

Source:  http://www.muktware.com/2014/04/london-borough-opts-google-chromebooks-saves-around-400000/25121

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A really creepy bug–a spider in fact–has caused the recall of 42,000 Mazda vehicles.

A particular type of spiders has forced Mazda to issue a voluntary recall notice so it can apply a software fix to its cars.

The yellow sac spider is attracted to the smell of gasoline, and will weave its web in engines, causing a blockage and build-up of pressure, possibly leading to a cracked gas tank.

Mazda has said that this could increase the risk of fire.

A free software update will be applied to recalled cars to monitor the pressure level and warn drivers of any danger.

Mazda said it was unaware of any fires being started due to the vulnerability, but it has been a problem that has plagued the company since at least 2009.

Specifically, it is Mazda 6s from the 2010-12 range that are covered by this latest recall.

According to Wikipedia, the yellow sac spider is primarily found from northern Europe to Japan, and from Southern Africa to India and Australia.

Source:  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26921734 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheiracanthium

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A security exploit gives “low skill” hackers direct, security clearance access to over 7600 power plants around the world.

The discovery of bugs in software used to run oil rigs, refineries and power plants has prompted a global push to patch the widely used control system.

The bugs were found by security researchers and, if exploited, could give attackers remote access to control systems for the installations.

The US Department of Homeland Security said an attacker with “low skill” would be able to exploit the bugs.

The security researchers said, ”We went from zero to total compromise.”

First released to run on Windows 98, the Centum CS 3000 software is used to monitor and control machinery in many large industrial installations.

Julian Diaz explained, ”If you are able to exploit the vulnerabilities we have identified you get control of the Human Interface Station. That’s where the operator sits or stands and monitors operational details.”

He continued, “If you have control of that station as an attacker you have the same level of control as someone standing on the plant floor wearing a security badge.”

About 7,600 plants around the world are using the vulnerable software. The software developers are now in the process of contacting customers who might be vulnerable and are urging those who were at risk to apply its patch.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26881970

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A newly discovered exploit in Microsoft products allows attackers to take control of your computer by simply sending you an email or file.

According to Microsoft, attackers are exploiting a newly discovered vulnerability in Microsoft Word that makes it possible to remotely seize control of computers.

The in-the-wild attacks work by creating booby-trapped documents in the Rich Text Format (RTF) that exploit a vulnerability in the 2010 version of Microsoft Word, Microsoft warned in an advisory published Monday.

Similar attacks work against other versions of Word, including 2003, 2007, and 2013 for Windows, Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, and multiple versions of Microsoft SharePoint Server.

E-mails that are viewed or previewed using a default setting in Outlook allow the attacker to gain the same system privileges as the user who is currently logged in.

Microsoft has issued a temporary fix that configures Microsoft Office to prevent the opening of RTF files in supported versions of Microsoft Word. Users can also protect themselves against exploits by viewing e-mails in plain text. The advisory, which was released last week, said Microsoft may issue a permanent patch once an investigation into the vulnerability is completed.

Source: http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/03/zero-day-vulnerability-in-microsoft-word-under-active-attack/

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