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Mobile Phone Users Cross 139.2M Score With 79.3% Tele Density

DailyNewsCompany (3696561) writes | 3 minutes ago


DailyNewsCompany (3696561) writes "The number of mobile phone users in the country has crossed 139.2 million by May this year as compared to 137.68 million till April. The tele-density reached 79.3 per cent as compared to 78.7 per cent by April this year.

The latest stats issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Friday showed that market situation remained almost the same as previous months with Mobilink leading the market with 38.44 million subscribers and Telenor standing at second slot with 36.31 million subscribers.

Zong, which has recently gained number three spot by overcoming Ufone has now 26.74 million subscribers as compared to Ufone’s 24.65 million subscribers. Warid settled by May this year by adding more than 13 million customers on its network.

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DARPA Tested Homing Bullets That Don't Miss

Jason Koebler (3528235) writes | 9 minutes ago


Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "The US military conducted what it claims is the first "successful live-fire tests demonstrating in-flight guidance of .50-caliber bullets." For the uninitiated, .50-caliber rounds are approximately the size of a Sharpie, and are used in long-range sniper rifles and machine guns.
The agency explains: "This video shows EXACTO rounds maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are offset from where the sniper rifle is aimed. EXACTO’s specially designed ammunition and real-time optical guidance system help track and direct projectiles to their targets by compensating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors that could impede successful hits.""

The First Person Ever To Die In A Tesla Is A Guy Who Stole One

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes | 10 minutes ago


mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Elon Musk can no longer say that no one's ever died in a Tesla automobile crash. But few people will be pointing fingers at the electric car maker for this senseless tragedy. Earlier this month, 26-year-old Joshua Slot managed to successfully ride off with a Model S he'd stolen from a Tesla service center in Los Angeles, but police quickly spotted the luxury vehicle and gave chase. According to Park Labrea News, the high-speed pursuit was eventually called off after officers were involved in a fender bender of their own, leaving the police department strained for resources and without any feasible way of catching up to Slot. Reports claim he was traveling at speeds of "nearly 100 mph," but losing the police tail apparently didn't convince Slot to hit the brakes. Instead he sped on, eventually colliding with three other vehicles and a pair of street poles. The final impact was severe enough to "split the Tesla in half" and eject Slot from the car's remains. The Tesla's front section wound up in the middle of the road and caught fire. Its rear portion flew through the air with such force that it slammed into the side of a local Jewish community center and became wedged there."

3G Service available but users connect through Wi-Fi

DailyNewsCompany (3696561) writes | 11 minutes ago


DailyNewsCompany (3696561) writes "Pakistan adopted the mobile broadband technology from two months ago, but more than half of its smart-phone users still access the Internet through traditional Wi-Fi, according to a study of post – 3G. Android is the mobile platform more popular among the majority of smartphone users is much younger, the study adds.

Most users of smart phones in Pakistan, 62.5% to be exact, is connected with Internet through Wi-Fi most of the House, while only a quarter of them use the Internet anywhere. In its study on the use of smart phones, Grappetite – a company of mobile phone development – concludes that only 12% of smart phone users live without Internet.

The Gertjan Van Laar three years ago with its headquarters located in the Netherlands and a production in Karachi Office founded the company.

With 68% of the users of smartphones with Android, Google’s mobile operating system dominates the Smartphone market in rapid expansion of the country followed by the iOS of Apple (24%) and Windows Phone from Microsoft (8%), considered that the Dutch manufacturer of the mobile application.

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CISPA-like Bill Advances In Senate, Despite Outcry From Activists

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "The Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA) has inched another step closer to reality â" but not without controversy. The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted Tuesday to approve the bill, which has a stated purpose of opening avenues for information-sharing between companies and the government to combat malicious actors in a consolidated defense. But detractors say the bill doesnâ(TM)t do enough to safeguard citizensâ(TM) privacy."
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Mars (One) Needs Payloads

mbone (558574) writes | 1 hour ago


mbone (558574) writes "Mars One has announced that their first, unmanned, lander, targeted for 2018, needs payloads. Along with their 4 experiments, and a University experiment, they have two payloads for hire :

Mars One offers two payload opportunities for paying mission contributors. Proposals can take the form of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations, marketing and publicity campaigns, or any other suggested payload. “Previously, the only payloads that have landed on Mars are those which NASA has selected,” said Bas Lansdorp, “We want to open up the opportunity to the entire world to participate in our mission to Mars by sending a certain payload to the surface of Mars.”

The formal Request for Proposals for all of this is out now as well."
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Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense system is high-tech. So is the PR campaign

Lasrick (2629253) writes | 2 hours ago


Lasrick (2629253) writes "It isn't as if real analysis of Israel's "Iron Dome" isn't available, but invariably, whenever Israel has a skirmish the media is filled with glowing reports of how well the system works, and we always find out months later that the numbers were exaggerated. John Mecklin at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists looks at the coverage of Iron Dome in the recent exchanges between Israel and Hamas and finds the pattern is repeating itself. However, 'Ted Postol, an MIT-based missile defense expert and frequent Bulletin contributor, provided a dose of context to the Iron Dome coverage in a National Public Radio interview Wednesday. "We can tell, for sure, from video images and even photographs that the Iron Dome system is not working very well at all,"' Includes a good explanation of the differences between Iron Dome (a 'rocket defense system') and missile defense systems pushed by the US."
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"Nano-Pixels" Hold Huge Potential For Flexible, Low-Power, High-Res Screens

Zothecula (1870348) writes | 3 hours ago


Zothecula (1870348) writes "The Retina displays featured on Apple's iPhone 4 and 5 models pack a pixel density of 326 ppi, with individual pixels measuring 78 micrometers. That might seem plenty good enough given the average human eye is unable to differentiate between the individual pixels, but scientists in the UK have now developed technology that could lead to extremely high-resolution displays that put such pixel densities to shame."
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Robot learn to play Angry Birds from Kids to help their rehabilitation

rtoz (2530056) writes | 4 hours ago


rtoz (2530056) writes "The researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have paired a small humanoid robot with an Android tablet. Kids teach the Robot how to play Angry Birds.

This project is designed to serve as a rehabilitation tool and to help kids with disabilities.

The researchers see their robot-smart tablet system as a future rehabilitation tool for children with cognitive and motor-skill disabilities. A clinician could program the robot to cater to a child's needs, such as turn taking or hand-eye coordination tasks, and then send the machine home."

Chinese-Made Inventory Scanners Arrive With Preloaded Malware

jfruh (300774) writes | 5 hours ago


jfruh (300774) writes "We already have the Internet of Things, so why not the Security Breaches of Things? A security research firm released a case study of a company that ordered inventory scanners that ended up coming already infected with malware. Once the scanners were connected to the company's wireless network, the malware searched out Linux-based ERP servers with "finance" in their names and then went after known security holes."
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How a Small Developer Hacked Apple TV Gen 2/3 for Home Automation

Anonymous Coward writes | 5 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Users of higher-end home automation systems want 2-way IP-based control and feedback for Apple TV, not sad little one-way IR control. The first gen Apple TV was fairly easy to hack for such purposes, but later generations not so much, thanks to no on-board hard drive and a new communications platform. Now at last we see an IP hack for Apple TV gens 2 and 3 that works with high-end remotes and home controllers from Remote Technologies Inc. Scroll to the bottom of this piece to get some tips on how the developer did it."

Insurance Claims Reveal Hidden Electronic Damage From Geomagnetic Storms

KentuckyFC (1144503) writes | 6 hours ago


KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "On 13 March 1989, a powerful geomagnetic storm severely disrupted the Hydro-Québec high-voltage grid triggering numerous circuit breakers and blacking out much of eastern Canada and the north eastern US. Since then, Earth has been hit by numerous solar maelstroms although without such large-scale disruption. But the smaller-scale effect of these storms on low voltage transmissions line, and the equipment connected to them, has been unknown. Until now. Researchers from the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory have analysed insurance claims for damage to industrial electrical equipment between 2000 and 2010 and found a clear correlation with geomagnetic activity. They say that the number of claims increases by up to 20 per cent on the days of highest geomagnetic activity. On this basis, they calculate that the economic impact of geomagnetic damage must amount to several billion dollars per year. That raises the question of the impact these storms are having on household electronic equipment, such as computers, smartphones and tablets, and whether domestic insurance claims might throw some light on the issue. So if your iPhone has ever been fried in mysterious circumstances, the culprit may have been the Sun."

O3b launches four more satellites to bring internet to 'Other 3 billion'

Anonymous Coward writes | 6 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "O3b Networks is aiming to provide internet access through satellite, to the "other three billion" people in under-served equatorial regions (Africa, the Pacific, South America). O3b launched four more satellites today, to add to the four they already have in orbit. This is a very international effort; a Russian Soyuz rocket went up from South America, carrying satellites built in France. There's a video of the rocket and payloads coming together and a video of the rocket launch. There's also an academic paper describing using the O3b system from the Cook Islands in the Pacific, giving an idea of what it does and those all-important ping times."
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Gameover ZeuS Re-Emerges as Fast-Fluxing Botnet

tylke (621801) writes | 6 hours ago


tylke (621801) writes "Brian Krebs is reporting that the Gameover ZeuS botnet recently taken down by the U.S. Justice Department in June has re-emerged. The new variant of the Trojan "is stripped of the P2P code, and relies instead on an approach known as fast-flux hosting", a kind of round-robin technique that lets botnets hide phishing and malware delivery sites behind a network of compromised systems. Full Disclosure: I work for Malcovery Security, the company credited with identifying the new variant."

Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries to Re-Classify Itself as Cable Company

Anonymous Coward writes | yesterday


An anonymous reader writes "Rather than completely shuttering its TV-over-the-internet business, Aereo has decided to embrace the Supreme Court's recent decision against it. In a letter to the lower court overseeing the litigation between the company and network broadcasters, Aereo asks to be considered a cable company and to be allowed to pay royalties as such. Cable companies pay royalties to obtain a copyright statutory license under the Copyright Act to retransmit over-the-air programming, and the royalties are set by the government, not the broadcasters. The broadcasters are not happy with this move, of course, claiming that Aereo should not be allowed to flip-flop on how it defines itself."

Skynet System Adopted as Supercomputer Takes Control of US Nuclear Stockpile

rofkool (3603105) writes | 6 hours ago


rofkool (3603105) writes "The US has moved one step closer to a Skynet doomsday scenario as significant control of its nuclear weapons stockpile is to be handed to a supercomputer.

The Cray XC will operate within the Trinity system, a programme run by the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico.

The move mimics the Terminator series of films, in which a computer system called Skynet is given command of the US military's nuclear weapons arsenal, eventually leading to total war between man and machine."

Asterioid mining bill introduced in Congress to protect private property rights

MarkWhittington (1084047) writes | 7 hours ago


MarkWhittington (1084047) writes "Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida announced on Thursday that he was introducing a bill along with Rep, Derek Kilmer, D-WA called the American Space Technology for Exploring Resource Opportunities in Deep Space (ASTEROIDS) Act of 2014. The act is designed to protect the private property rights for entities mining asteroids and to otherwise encourage asteroid mining. The bill is in apparent reaction to efforts by companies like Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries to locate and mine Earth approaching asteroids for their resources.

The crucial part of the short piece of legislation states that the resources mined from an asteroid would be the property of the entity undertaking the operation. This language gets around the provision of the Outer Space Treaty that states that states are forbidden to establish national sovereignty over celestial bodies, which would be a perquisite to the United States allowing a private entity to own an asteroid. It rather grants mineral rights to the asteroid, something that the treaty does not mention. This is no enforcement mechanism in the event of a dispute with another country, however."

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