256 GB USB flash drive shipping in the US

first_img Explore further The DataTraveler 310 is a standard flash drive but it can store data equivalent to up to 54 DVDs, 365 CDs or 51,000 pictures, according to Kingston’s USB business manager Andrew Ewing. He said feedback from customers and the company’s own research had found there was a need for an easy storage solution for large amounts of data, and the device would be useful for people such as engineers, architects, and designers, who need to transport and store huge data files.The DataTraveler 310 is compatible with Windows (XP, Vista and 7), Linux (v2.6 or later), and Mac (v10.3 or higher). Data transfer rates for the new flash drive are 25 MB per second (read), and 12 MB per second (write). Up to about 90% of the flash drive’s capacity can be password protected without the need for administrator rights. The dimensions of the device are only 73.7 x 22.2 x 16.1 millimeters. It comes with a protective cap that can be fitted to the back of the flash drive.The recommended retail price for the DataTraveler 310 is $1,108, and it is protected by a five-year warranty. It is the first USB flash drive of its capacity to be offered for sale in the US. Kingston DataTraveler 310 (PhysOrg.com) — Kingston has released a new 256 GB USB flash drive for sale in the US. The drive is called the DataTraveler 310 and is basically the same as the model DataTraveler 300, also with a massive 256 GB capacity, which went on sale in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia/Pacific region in mid 2009. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Citation: 256 GB USB flash drive shipping in the US (2010, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-gb-usb-shipping.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Kingston Unveils the World’s First 256GB USB Flash Drivelast_img read more

Adobe plugs Flash webcam spy hole

first_imgWhat was troubling was that there were no popups or other user notifications informing him that the camera video had been activated and made accessible. In other words, eavesdropping could take place with neither the user’s permission nor knowledge.Adobe contacted him soon after Aboukhadijeh published his findings in his public disclosure to say that they were working on it. The discovery is an example of a ‘clickjacking’ hole–where people’s webcams or microphones can be turned on without their knowledge. The Adobe flaw discovery follows a clickjacking alarm raised in 2008 by security researchers Jeremiah Grossman and Robert Hansen.The technical term for clickjacking is user interface (UI) redressing. The trickster combines Web programming features with social engineering to entice users into initiating actions that they otherwise would not want to take.While the discovery and subsequent fix might be seen as All’s Well That Ends Well, one academic thinks this week’s incident is troubling based on what he reads between the lines.In announcing the fix, Adobe said it was aware of a report describing a clickjacking issue related to the Flash Player Settings Manager. “We have resolved the issue with a change to the Flash Player Settings Manager SWF file hosted on the Adobe website. No user action or Flash Player product update are required.” No user action or update required? That comforter is what rattles Steven Bellovin, Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. “Code on a remote computer somewhere decides whether or not random web sites can spy on you,” he blogged in CircleID. “it’s simply wrong for a design to outsource a critical access control decision to a third party. My computer should decide what sites can turn on my camera and microphone, not one of Adobe’s servers.” (PhysOrg.com) — Adobe engineers on Thursday fixed a vulnerability in its Flash software that could enable attackers to use a person’s computer webcam or microphone feeds for spying on the person. Adobe made changes to an Adobe website page that controls Flash user’s security settings. The fix did not require users to do anything more than stop shaking. A few days before the Adobe fix, Feross Aboukhadijeh, a Stanford University computer science student, had gone public with his announcement of the Adobe flaw. Citation: Adobe plugs Flash webcam spy hole (2011, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-adobe-webcam-spy-hole.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. He had been able to confirm a bug in the Flash player allowing the potential for such eavesdropping. Users who clicked on certain links could possibly let attackers access their Mac webcams and mics. As far as his exploits could tell, the vulnerability showed up on Macs when using Firefox or Safari browsers. Aboukhadijeh went on to say he went public only after he had first reported the vulnerability to Adobe through the Stanford Security Lab but got no reply a few weeks earlier.“I think it’s worth sharing it with the world now, so that Adobe pays attention and fixes it more quickly.” center_img Adobe to offer Flash to iPhone developers © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore furtherlast_img read more

Biohackers reengineering bakers yeast to make vegan cheese

first_imgA group calling themselves biohackers, from the San Francisco Bay area has created an Indiegogo project called “Real Vegan Cheese!” Their goal is to create cheese that is every bit as good as that made from mammalian milk, without using the mammal. The team wants interested parties to note that the resultant cheese does not contain mammal DNA or genetically engineered material—all that stuff is in the yeast, which does not end up in the cheese. The goal is to create four proteins needed for cheese making, and then to make real vegan cheese. As part of their desire to promote veganism, the team will also be making the details of their research public so that others can make vegan cheese as well. Also, they note that everyone on their team is a volunteer. The goal is to create vegan cheese, not make money.Initially, any cheese produced by the team will be sold as “not fit for human consumption” because as a food product it cannot be legally sold without approval of the FDA. Team-members are confident that once the process is firmly established there won’t be any problems with approval, even with a type they are considering based on human milk-protein genetic sequences—it would be easier to digest and would reduce allergens. Those who adhere to veganism eschew anything made from animal parts, thus in addition to avoiding eating meat, they also stay away from dairy products such as cheese. Many people have tried to create a palatable substitute, but most would agree, the results have been less than satisfactory. In this new effort, the researchers are attempting to recreate the process from the beginning by mimicking Mother Nature, without involving cows. They have been engineering milk-protein genetic sequences and inserting them into baker’s yeast, which is then used to create cheese in the usual way, i.e. adding sugar, water, oil, etc. and then allowing fermenting to take place.The effort is still apparently in the beginning stages, and costs a lot of money, hence the Indiegogo campaign—they team is looking for $15,000 in backing (which they’ve already surpassed) to further develop the process which will involve learning about whether the cheeses that are made will taste good, feel good in the mouth and of course whether it might be possible to mass produce the result so that it can be sold alongside regular cheeses in grocery stores (pending FDA approval, of course.) Life on cheese: Scientists explore the cheese rind microbiome More information: www.indiegogo.com/projects/real-vegan-cheese This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Biohackers reengineering baker’s yeast to make vegan cheese (2014, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-biohackers-reengineering-baker-yeast-vegan.html © 2014 Phys.org. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A way to use underwater fiberoptic cables as seismic sensors

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: A way to use underwater fiber-optic cables as seismic sensors (2018, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-underwater-fiber-optic-cables-seismic-sensors.html As the researchers note, there are approximately 1 million kilometers of fiber-optic cable strewn across the bottom of the world’s oceans carrying internet and telecom traffic. In this new effort, the researchers have come up with a way to use them as seismic detectors. Doing so, they note, would offer a whole new perspective on the planet’s seismic activity—70 percent of Earth, they note, is covered with water, which means very little overall seismic activity is currently being recorded.The researchers report that one of their members, Giuseppe Marrawere, was testing an underground cable between two locations in the U.K. He noticed a small slowdown in signal delivery and traced it to tiny vibrations bending the light. The vibrations, he discovered, were caused by a remote earthquake. That inspired the idea of looking into using such cables as seismic detectors.The group reports that they found existing fiber-optic cables could be used as seismic detectors by testing the idea with some real underwater (and under land) cables. They also found that the cables could be used in this way without disruptions to service and without having to make any changes to the cables. All that would be needed would be to gain access to one of a group of channels on both ends of a cable. Each side would be fitted with a special laser-based detector to continually monitor the signal. And that, they further note, would amount simply to renting a channel, or better yet, convincing the owner of the cable to donate it to a research group.The researchers suggest that if enough of the cables under the oceans were used as seismic monitors they could offer access to unprecedented types of information—information that could be used to predict tsunamis, for example, or to better understand global seismic activity as it relates to plate shifting and volcanism. (A) Submarine telecommunication cable map. Illustration of the existing and planned submarine telecommunication infrastructure. Optical frequency metrology techniques enable these fiber links to be used for the detection of earthquakes at the bottom of seas and oceans. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors; Cable data: TeleGeography’s Telecom Resources licensed under Creative Commons Share alike. (B) Illustration of the optical setup used in our experiments for measuring the seismically-induced perturbation of the optical signal travelling in the fiber. The same principle was used for terrestrial and submarine fiber links (only the latter case is illustrated in the figure). ULE: ultra-low expansion glass used to stabilize the laser frequency. Credit: (c) 2018 Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aat4458 A team of researchers from the U.K., Italy and Malta has found a way to use fiber-optic cables already on the ocean floor as seismic detectors. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they made their discovery and how it would work. © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img Explore further Researchers successfully use distributed acoustic sensing for seismic monitoring Journal information: Science More information: Giuseppe Marra et al. Ultrastable laser interferometry for earthquake detection with terrestrial and submarine cables, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aat4458AbstractDetecting ocean-floor seismic activity is crucial for our understanding of the interior structure and dynamic behavior of the Earth. However, 70% of the planet’s surface is covered by water and seismometers coverage is limited to a handful of permanent ocean bottom stations. We show that existing telecommunication optical fiber cables can detect seismic events when combined with state-of-the-art frequency metrology techniques by using the fiber itself as the sensing element. We detected earthquakes over terrestrial and submarine links with length ranging from 75 to 535 km and a geographical distance from the earthquake’s epicenter ranging from 25 to 18,500 km. Implementing a global seismic network for real-time detection of underwater earthquakes requires applying the proposed technique to the existing extensive submarine optical fiber network.last_img read more

Art gets a modern spin

first_imgIt rarely gets bigger than this. Seventy five artists get together in the Capital for the eighth edition of the biannual exhibition Manifestations, which has been running for four consecutive years. Expect to see some rare collections of 20th century modern art.’Every art form here has some important reference of the artist or has some history behind the art. Each collection is unique, in the sense if one sees the context of the work in the artist’s own life,’ said curator Kishore Singh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”The many forms of art — be it abstract, figurative, landscape, portraits or still life — the running theme that binds them together is they are all modern painters,’ added Singh.The works are on sale. Prices start at Rs 15 lakhs and go up to Rs 5 crores. A total of 75 modern artists collection has been displayed. This includes an untitled portrait of Kadambari Devi (his sister-in-law and the inspiration behind many of his works) by Rabindranath Tagore. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAlso on display is Anjolie Ela Menon’s Madonna of Merriweather Road which was inspired by the blank eyes of a hippie woman tripping high on drugs. The sordid painting was a reminder of the drug mafia. Don’t miss out MF Husain’s works — the untitled Keehn family portrait  done in 1959 is one rare family portrait. The  Keehn family was known collectors of Indian modern art in the mid-20th century and were also friends of Husain’s. There is also Jamini Roy’s Flight to Egypt where one can see Roy’s signature compositional pattern.Other works include S. Dhanpat’s sculpture Mary and Christ and a sketchbook by Mahadev Visvanath Dhurandhar titled My wife in art. It is a series of 175 sketches in graphite, pen,ink, watercolour, oil and coloured photographs. The haunting landscapes of FN Souza, the still life works of KH Ara, Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar and figurative art works by Tyeb Mehta are also to watch out for. Manifestations also displays patachitra from Kalighat and early Bengal (Ravi Varma School) of paintings of Krishna and Gopi. Watch out!DETAILAt: Delhi Art Gallery, Hauz Khas Village On Till: 29 December Timings:10.30 am to 7 pm Phone: 46005300last_img read more

CM inaugurates archive containing 500 years of Howrahs history

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday inaugurated the Howrah Municipal Corporation Archive that contains 500 years of the area’s history and belongings of some famous people of the district.Banerjee also inaugurated the book that was published on the completion of seven years of her government. It contains detailed description and success stories of the state government in implementing various projects. Both the inauguration events took place before the administrative review meeting began in Howrah. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that the Corporation is the first of its kind to have an archive. On the first floor of the two-storeyed archive in Sarat Sadan complex, there is stored Howrah’s 500 years of history. At the same time, there is also history of the Howrah Bridge, Howrah Station, trams and 18 ghats along the river Hooghly.Most importantly, the archive that is spread over an area of around 1,800 sq feet contains articles used by famous people from different fields in the district. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThere are articles which were used by doctors from Howrah including Dr R G Kar and Dr Bholanath Chakraborty. Articles used by footballers Sailen Manna and Samar Banerjee were also showcased in the archive.According to an official of the archive, the place will soon turn up to be a place of interest as one can get to watch the notebook used by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. More interestingly, there is a chair that was used by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose when he had visited Howrah.The officials of the archive had also collected the articles which were used by the doctor of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Dr Mohindralal Sarkar, who was a resident of Jagatballavpur, was Ramakrishna’s doctor. Articles including some of his writings and letters are some of the expensive ones present in the archive.Moreover, one can also get to watch an album containing paintings of Nandalal Basu.last_img read more

NTPC 200 mw capacity Koldam plant starts

first_imgCountry’s largest power producer NTPC on Saturday said it has commissioned another 200 megawatt (MW) capacity at its Koldam Hydro Power Project in Himachal Pradesh. “Unit no. 4 of 200 MW of Koldam Hydro Power Project was commissioned on June 12, 2015, at 1950 hours,” NTPC said in a regulatory filing. The total installed capacity of the Koldam project now stands at 800 MW, with that of the Group rising to 44,798 MW, the filing said. The construction of the Koldam project, which started in 2003, was held up because of various environmental and geological issues, leading to a cost overrun of about 20 per cent against the approved investment of Rs 4,527 cr.last_img

Crafts from Bihar huge hit at Dilli Haat

first_imgOn the occasion of the city of Bihar turning 104 years old, the government of Bihar has organised ‘Bihar Utsav 2016’ showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Bihar. This exhibition cum sale of handicrafts and handloom products of Bihar is being held from March 16-30 in the national Capital. Bihar government has decided the theme of this year’s Bihar Utsav 2016 to be ‘Tourism, Tradition, Art and Culture and Ambience of Bihar’.  55 stalls have been set up while cultural programmes will be held from March 20-23. Multi-coloured stalls, featuring Madhubani paintings and sculptures and rows of elegant wooden art and stone art, Motihari Terracotta products and jute bags, handmade Bhagalpuri shawls, bed sheets and saris with applique work, are attracting the visitors at large. A visitor could purchase Madhubani painting printed ethinic laakh bangles and jute bags. There are Siki paintings with visual stories about Bihar’s colourful history. Main attractions on the different stalls are Bhagalpuri silk, Madubani paintings, Siki products, famous handloom bed sheets of BasBigha, wooden craft and leather products. Apart from this, several musicians have been specially flown down from Bihar to entertain Delhiites with regional music and folk songs.On the Foundation Day of Bihar, the event will  focus on promoting the Tourism, art and culture of Bihar. The event which is being organised since 2010 by the government of Bihar in the national Capital focusses on emphasising on the overall development of Bihar.last_img read more