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Unknown hackers steal details on U.S. Joint Strike Fighter project

An unknown cyber criminal (or group of them) has broken into computer systems housing information about the U.S. Defense Department's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project, the Wall Street Journal reports today, citing a number of "current and former government officials familiar with the attacks."

It's unclear how much damage the attacks have caused to the jet-fighter project, given that the cyber intruders were able to download "sizable amounts of data" related to the aircraft's (also called the F-35 Lightning II) in-flight maintenance diagnostics but weren't able to access the most sensitive information, related to flight controls and sensors (which is stored on computers not hooked up to the Internet), according to the Journal ...

April 21, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Wireless Bluetooth moves into the fast lane with latest version

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG)—comprised of companies including IBM and Nokia that sell technology that uses or relies on Bluetooth short-range radio frequency (RF) for sending and receiving wireless info—today in Tokyo put  its stamp of approval on a new, more versatile version of the wireless standard that will give Bluetooth-enabled mobile gadgets the oomph needed to for the first time be able to transfer digital picture, video and other large files between cell phones, laptops and other devices...

April 21, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier
Mind & Brain

Microsoft tries to get a grip on touch computing with Surface

Now that so-called surface computing has begun to trickle into the mainstream—some real estate agencies, hotels, retailers and other businesses are beginning to use the technology to help their employees and customers interact with information using hand gestures on a touch screen in lieu of a keyboard and mouse—makers of this technology are delivering new uses for the technology and studying ways to improve the touch screen interface...

April 11, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier
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