NASA spaceship ready for test flight

December 2nd, 2014

It looks like a throwback to the Apollo era, but NASA’s new spaceship is roomier and designed to go far beyond the moon — to an asteroid and eventually Mars.

Orion is scheduled to lift off on its first test flight at 7:05 a.m. ET Thursday from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch window will be open for two hours and 39 minutes.

Orion will climb to an altitude of 3,600 miles (15 times higher than the International Space Station) and orbit Earth twice during the four and a half hour test run, NASA says. The spaceship will splash down in the Pacific Ocean about 600 miles off the coast of Baja California. Two U.S. Navy ships, the USS Anchorage and the USNS Salvor, will help NASA recover the capsule.  More

Sony Pictures reportedly investigating whether North Korea hacked studio’s network

November 30th, 2014

Sony Pictures is reportedly investigating whether the North Korean regime was behind a massive hack attack on the studio’s network earlier this week. 

The technology news website Re/code, citing sources familiar with the attack, said that the studio and its outside security consultants is exploring the possibility that hackers based in China had targeted studio computers in retaliation for the upcoming release of the film “The Interview.”

North Korea has repeatedly expressed indignation about the film, a comedy that stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists who are enlisted by the CIA to assassinate dictator Kim Jong-un. Re/code reported that sources had not confirmed that the hack and the film’s release were linked, but a connection has not been ruled out, either.  More

The first personal computer

November 28th, 2014

The first personal computer was created by Berkeley Enterprises.

Affectionately referred to as Simon, it sold for a pricey $300 in 1950.

 

Expect heavy FAA drone regulations

November 26th, 2014

Farmers want drones to survey fields. Wedding photographers want them for moving aerial shots. They might soon need a pilot’s license.

By year’s end, the Federal Aviation Administration will unveil proposed rules that apply to anyone flying a small drone that’s even remotely for business purposes.

The FAA is leaning toward strict oversight, according to several people in the drone business who have met with the FAA to discuss regulations.

Among the expected rules for any drone under 55 pounds: only daytime flying, within physical view of the operator, and below 400 feet.  More

Is your technology killing you?

November 24th, 2014

Like it or loathe it, technology is something we cannot live without. From the moment we wake up in the morning (the customised ring of a smart phone’s alarm) until the moment we go to bed at night (a final check of emails), technology is an integral part of modern life.

But just how detrimental is this for our health? We take a look at some of the risks, and how to avoid them.

1. “Text-neck” syndrome

Bending your head down to look at your phone can have serious consequences for your spine,according to a new study.

Kenneth Hansraj, the chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, has found that the increased stress on your spine could lead to “early wear, tear, degeneration and possibly surgeries”.  More

Key Cloning Gives Criminals Easy Access

November 13th, 2014

FORT WORTH – Imagine a burglar being able to walk into your house by just opening the front door. It’s not impossible. All is takes is a camera phone. There’s a new way to get cloned keys.

I-Team reporter Ginger Allen showed just how easy it was when her colleague, fellow I-Team reporter Brian New stepped out of the office. He made the mistake of leaving his keys on his desk, so Ginger popped over, took two pictures and then broke the bad news when he got back. We wanted to use these pictures to see if we could get keys made and break into his house.

We uploaded the pictures straight from our phone to keysduplicated.com.

We used this website, but there are other websites and apps using similar technology. “It is an issue,” says Vadim Epelbaum, a North Texas locksmith. “If I didn’t have high security keys I’d be worried about it.” Epelbaum says the technology is out there, but many consumers don’t know about it yet.  More