Friday, 12 April 2013

Possibility to hijack a plane with android app-HUGO TESO

Imagine the kind of chaos a malicious hacker could cause if he or she were able to take over an airplane simply using android phone. with a tap of his or her fingers, the hacker could arbitrarily control the plane remotely and redirect its path. Does it sound like a Hollywood movie plan,think again, because that's exactly the scenario a German security researcher laid out on Wednesday at a
conference in Amsterdam.

Hugo Teso, a security researcher for the German IT consultancy firm — he is a trained commercial pilot as well — explained at the Hack in the Box security conference that a protocol used to transmit data to commercial airplanes can be hacked, turning the hacker into a full-fledged hijacker.

The flawed protocol is a data exchange system called Aircraft Communications Addressing and Report System, or ACARS. Exploiting its flaws, as well as the bugs found in flight management software made by companies like Honeywell, Thales, and Rockwell Collins, Teso maintains he can take over a plane by sending it his own malicious radio signals. To do that, he has created an exploit framework, codenamed SIMON, and an Android app called PlaneSploit that can communicate with the airplanes' Flight Management Systems (FMS). 




Twitter is about to launch its music app this weekend

Its time to rock. Twitter is about to launch its long-rumored standalone music app this weekend, according to a report.

We Are Hunted announced it had been acquired by Twitter. (Another poorly kept secret, this acquisition likely occurred last year and was revealed by CNET last month.)

We Are Hunted focused on the top trending music on social media, and the Twitter Music app will likely do the same — plus suggest what other tunes you might like based on what you've listened to, and allow you to buy tracks via iTunes.

A streaming-only service, it will feature Sound cloud clips you can listen to from within the app and music videos from Vevo, according to AllThingsD. CNET previous reported that the app would be divided into four sections, including "#NowPlaying", and that a Twitter account would not be necessary to use it.

What we don't have a lot of details on is what platform the app is launching on. CNET's report said it would be iOS only,AllThingsD's sources don't specify.

Will this be an another app that android users have to wait more time to experience it? 

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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Set top box mandatory in INDIA

All this started because of digitization(set top box) of analogue cable system.TV signals are distributed to households through various platforms such as cable, direct-to-home (DTH), internet protocol TV (IPTV) and headend-in-the-sky (HITS). Cable is the largest platform, followed by DTH.

Cable TV distribution broadly involves three phases: broadcasters encrypt their signals and transmit them to a satellite; multi-system operators (MSOs) download these signals and pass them on to local cable operators; these LCOs then carry them to consumers through co-axial cables or optical fibres.

DTH eliminates the need of an intermediary between the MSO and the consumer. The consumers have to install a small satellite on their rooftop and can download the signals transmitted by MSOs. A set-top box decrypts the signals and viewers can watch channels of their choice.

DTH signals are transmitted through a wireless technology and the system is digital. IPTV uses broadband and is also digital.

Why digitise everything?


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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

May be an end to the Mystery of DARK MATTER

The powerful Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) is visible at center left.

The question still points out what exactly happening on dark side of cosmos,but scientists said on Wednesday that they might be on verge of finding out what makes up the mysterious dark matter that gives the shape to the visible structures of universe.

A massive particle detector mounted on the International Space Station may have detected elusive dark matter at last, scientists announced Wednesday.

The detector, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), measures cosmic-ray particles in space. After detecting billions of these particles over a year and a half, the experiment recorded a signal that may be the result of dark matter, the hidden substance that makes up more than 80 percent of all matter in the universe.

AMS found about 400,000 positrons, the antimatter partner particles of electrons. The energies of these positrons suggest they might have been created when particles of dark matter collided and destroyed each other.

Sunday, 31 March 2013

BionicOpter dragonfly robot


FESTO demonstrates Bionicopter

The robot dragonfly measures 44 cm (17.3-inches) long from tip to tail. Its sturdy and lightweight housing and mechanical system are fashioned from aluminum, polyamide (sintered) and terpolymer (deep-drawn ABS), contributing to its overall weight of just 175 g.

The beast is controlled by an ARM microcontroller, which calculates all of the parameters relating to mechanical adjustment based on input from the onboard inertia, acceleration and position sensors, together with pilot input, then translates these into movement by actuating the servo motors.