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California Mandates Smartphone Kill Switch

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 26th, 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that will mandate all smartphones to come with a kill switch by July 2015. Kill switch software allows consumers to disable a phone after the device has been reported stolen and reactivate it only with a correct password or personal identification number. The bill, introduced by State Senator […]

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Network Proposed for United States

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 19th, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking input about a possible federal standard for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, which would let cars automatically exchange information, such as whether they’re close to each other. On Monday, the NHTSA published a research report and issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in hopes of collecting […]

Commercial Space Goes Higher Rez

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 18th, 2014

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket make a soft splashdown in the ocean after delivering six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites to space. A newly released video shows a view of the splashdown, which took place on July 14, in the Atlantic Ocean, on Spaceflight.com. The July 14 launch with six Orbcomm communications satellites showed video of key […]

Samsung Bets on SmartThings Home Automation

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 18th, 2014

SmartThings has been acquired by Samsung for a reported $200 million, and will operate as an independent company within Samsung’s Open Innovation Center group. Their home automation kits allow you to connect devices like lights and doorlocks from your phone. The SmartThings app lets your smartphone control all of the smart devices in your home. […]

WarKitten Scans Neighborhood WiFi Networks

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 11th, 2014

Security engineer Gene Bransfield has developed WarKitten, a WiFi collar that scans WiFi networks in the neighborhood. The innocuous-looking accessory hides Spark Arduinoopen source hardware. It maps wireless networks and their vulnerabilities wherever the pet wanders. WarKitten was developed for fun and was discussed in a panel at the Defcon hacking conference. During the Cold […]

Municipalities use Apps to Collect Real-time Data

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 7th, 2014

Rio de Janeiro, home of the final match of the World Cup, is the first city in the world to collect real-time data, both from drivers who use the Waze navigation app and pedestrians who use the public-transportation app Moovit giving it an unprecedented view on thousands of moving points across the sprawling city. Rio […]