Electric Passenger Planes to Operate in Just Under 10 Years

GENEVA, Dec 8 – The co-founder of a project that saw a solar-powered aircraft complete the first fuel-free flight around the world this year expects electric passenger planes to operate in just under 10 years. Bertrand Piccard, who along with fellow pilot Andre Borschberg founded Solar Impulse, also shrugged off concerns that U.S. President-elect Donald… Continue reading Electric Passenger Planes to Operate in Just Under 10 Years

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Facebook Tests End-to-End Encryption on Messenger

July 9 – Facebook Inc on Friday said it began testing end-to-end encryption on its popular Messenger application to prevent snooping on digital conversations. The limited testing on Messenger, which has more than 900 million users, comes three months after Facebook rolled out end-to-end encryption to its more popular WhatsApp, a messaging application with over… Continue reading Facebook Tests End-to-End Encryption on Messenger

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Wikipedia appeals to Turkish constitutional court over website’s blocking

NKARA, May 9 – Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has appealed to Turkey’s constitutional court against a government decision to block access to its website, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Tuesday, a case that has heightened concerns about censorship in Turkey. Turkey’s telecommunications watchdog said two weeks ago that access to Wikipedia had been blocked, citing a… Continue reading Wikipedia appeals to Turkish constitutional court over website’s blocking

New Joystick Enables Drone Flying with One Hand

SEOUL, Dec 7 – A South Korean start-up company has developed a thumb joystick that allows users to fly a drone with one hand, replacing the traditional two-handed joystick. The “Shift” controller, produced by Seoul-based “this is engineering Inc”, comprises a wireless thumb ring and small joystick which the developers say can make flying a… Continue reading New Joystick Enables Drone Flying with One Hand

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Shamoon Virus Returns in New Saudi Attacks After 4-Year Hiatus

Dec 1 – A version of Shamoon, the destructive computer virus that four years ago crippled tens of thousands of computers at Middle Eastern energy companies, was used two weeks ago to attack computers in Saudi Arabia, according to U.S. security firms. CrowdStrike, Palo Alto Networks Inc and Symantec Corp. warned of the new attacks… Continue reading Shamoon Virus Returns in New Saudi Attacks After 4-Year Hiatus

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Vast Moroccan Solar Power Plant is Hard Act for Africa to Follow

OUARZAZATE, Morocco, Nov 6 – On the edge of the Sahara desert, Morocco is building one of the world’s biggest solar power plants in a project largely funded by the European Union. It is a hard success for other African nations to match as they seek to implement a new global deal to combat climate… Continue reading Vast Moroccan Solar Power Plant is Hard Act for Africa to Follow

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Google, Facebook Quietly Move Toward Automatic Blocking of Extremist Videos

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, June 24 – Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and… Continue reading Google, Facebook Quietly Move Toward Automatic Blocking of Extremist Videos

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FBI Trick for Breaking into iPhone Likely to Leak, Limiting its Use

SAN FRANCISCO, April 2 – The FBI’s method for breaking into a locked iPhone 5c is unlikely to stay secret for long, according to senior Apple Inc engineers and outside experts. Once it is exposed, Apple should be able to plug the encryption hole, comforting iPhone users worried that losing physical possession of their devices… Continue reading FBI Trick for Breaking into iPhone Likely to Leak, Limiting its Use

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Software, Printer Problems Delayed Discovery of Bangladesh Heist

DHAKA, March 17 – The cyber thieves who stole $81 million from Bangladesh Bank hid their tracks by installing malware that manipulated a central bank printer to hide evidence of the heist, according to a person familiar with the investigation. Earlier, two central bank officials filed a police report that said that a computer and… Continue reading Software, Printer Problems Delayed Discovery of Bangladesh Heist

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