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Lockheed designs spider robot that repairs holes in airships

Lockheed designs spider robot that repairs holes in airships

Aerospace engineering company Lockheed Martin Corp has created a small, spider-like robot that is designed to track down and repair leaks in the company's massive Hybrid Airships. Lockheed Martin's airships, which are essentially high tech blimps, are meant to transport heavy loads, such as construction equipment, to remote locations that do not have roads. The Hybrid Airships can move payloads weighing up to 47,000 lbs along with up to 19 passengers. According to Lockheed Martin, these airships provide a perfect balance between speed and fuel efficiency, and they are designed to "maximize simplicity and toughness." Of course, even the toughest materials can suffer from wear and tear, and tracking... more »
AWS blows past $10B annual run rate as Amazon crushes estimates

AWS blows past $10B annual run rate as Amazon crushes estimates

Growth of Amazon Web Services revenue slowed in the second quarter, but still grew an impressive 58 percent, indicating that more vigorous competition has failed to put a dent in Amazon’s dominance of the infrastructure-as-a-service market. AWS pulled in $2.88 billion in revenue in the quarter, putting it on an $11.5 billion annual run rate, easily exceeding the $10 billion target CEO Jeff Bezos set late last year. AWS earnings were $718 million in the quarter with healthy margins of nearly 23 percent. The results helped propel Amazon.com to a record $857 million in net income, or $1.78 per diluted share,... more »
Blockchain evangelists from MIT, BitFury and Blockchain Trust Accelerator go to the Democratic National Convention

Blockchain evangelists from MIT, BitFury and Blockchain Trust Accelerator go to the Democratic National Convention

Leaders in the blockchain-technology industry trekked to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia today to speak with various world leaders and political representatives about the future of blockchains. A blockchain is a global, peer-to-peer distributed ledger that is cryptographically secured by participants used to securely record historical transactions; it is also the technology that provides the infrastructure for Bitcoin, a leading cryptocurrency. Blockchains have applications for securities trading (such as stocks), providing proof-of-publish for documents (such as notary) and tracking the supply chain lifecycle of manufactured and distributed goods (such as anti-counterfeiting luxury items or even diamonds). A blockchain can also... more »
Google beats Q2 earnings forecasts thanks to mobile, YouTube - and cloud

Google beats Q2 earnings forecasts thanks to mobile, YouTube - and cloud

The advertising world is going mobile in a big way. So is Google, which is why the search giant today delivered second-quarter earnings that easily beat expectations on both profits and revenues. Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, said it earned a profit before certain expenses such as stock compensation of $8.42 a share on a 21 percent rise in revenues (25 percent on constant currency), to $17.5 billion. Analysts had expected a profit of $8.06 a share on revenues of about $16.9 billion, up 18 percent. As a result, investors were bidding up the shares by almost 5 percent in after-hours trading,... more »
Oracle buys NetSuite for $9.3BN to bolster its cloud business

Oracle buys NetSuite for $9.3BN to bolster its cloud business

In its largest acquisition since 2004 and biggest cloud deal ever, Oracle Corp. this morning agreed to buy software-as-a-service giant NetSuite Inc. for $9.3 billion. The sum breaks down to $109 per share, a respectable 19 percent premium over the company’s Wednesday closing price. A large portion of the cash from the transaction is slated to end up in the hands of Oracle boss Larry Ellison, who reportedly owns 40 percent of the cloud provider’s shares together with his family. The executive also has close ties with NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson that trace back all the way to the 1990s. Nelson joined Oracle... more »
Xiaomi enters the laptop market with the $750 Mi Notebook Air

Xiaomi enters the laptop market with the $750 Mi Notebook Air

Xiaomi Inc. has launched its first laptop called the Mi Notebook Air, which comes in a top-of-range 13.3-inch version as well as a more portable 12.5-inch model. Whether this is a good move by the Chinese company is unknown at this stage. However, considering the Chinese notebook market is predicted to contract by 10.4 percent this year, according to IDC analyst Bryan Ma, it could be a risky move. We look at how the top-of-the-range 13.3-inch model compares to the Apple MacBook and 13.3” MacBook Air. Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air vs. Retina MacBook vs. MacBook Air: Tech specs 13.3” Mi Notebook... more »
Dropbox Business Guide: Worthy collaboration & security features with AdminX tools

Dropbox Business Guide: Worthy collaboration & security features with AdminX tools

Dropbox, Inc. is making it easier for businesses and enterprises to manage and control the sharing of files both internally and externally. The company has launched several new features for Dropbox Business and Dropbox Enterprise administrators, including a new team folder, an updated Admin Console, and enhanced security. The changes form part of the company’s internal AdminX initiative that started last year and these new features form part of the first AdminX tools available for IT administrators. Secure collaboration with a centralized team folder The team folder acts as both a centralized file collaboration portal as well as providing businesses with... more »
Blockstream has acquired European bitcoin wallet provider GreenAddress

Blockstream has acquired European bitcoin wallet provider GreenAddress

Blockchain technology firm Blockstream, Inc. has acquired European bitcoin wallet provider GreenAddress (GreenAdressit Ltd.) for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2014, GreenAddress offers a per-transaction two-factor authentication, multi-signature and deterministic wallet that is claimed to deliver users unprecedented control over their transactions. The company uses a number of systems to keep the wallet secure and yet simple, despite the fact that it does not store private keys at all. That includes quick PIN login to a wallet from any device without having to use your passphrase, and a watch-only mode that allows users to quickly check their balances or receive funds without... more »
Netflix announces the arrival of the latest season of arguably the best dark-side-of-tech series ever made

Netflix announces the arrival of the latest season of arguably the best dark-side-of-tech series ever made

Firstly, if you haven’t seen the first two seasons of Black Mirror, you should do that immediately. The previous seasons of the show, dubbed “the Twilight Zone for the digital age”, have garnered widespread acclaim from critics and the public, are available on Netflix. The streaming service just announced the U.S. version of the show will arrive October 21st. Black Mirror is the brainchild of acerbic British comedian Charlie Brooker, a man whose career has been built not on pulling punches, but getting underneath the fabric of popular culture. Brooker, who started off as a game reviewer and later became a wolfish critic of... more »
The unstoppable rise of Ransomware-as-a-Service

The unstoppable rise of Ransomware-as-a-Service

Security vendor Trend Micro Inc. has shined its spotlight on a worrying new trend in so-called ransomware – malware that uses encryption to lock up user’s files before demanding a ransom (usually in Bitcoin) to decrypt them. In a new post on Tuesday, Trend Micro takes a deep dive into the economics of “Ransomware-as-a-Service”, which is a catch-all term for cyber crooks who’re hawking their services via do-it-yourself (DIY) kits that allow anyone who purchases it to start spreading ransomware and holding companies hostage themselves. Trend Micro studied the business model of a newly identified strain of ransomware kit called “Stampado”, which... more »
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