From Gizmodo -
UCLA has teamed up with automobile makers BMW and Toyota to develop a P2P filesharing network called CarTorrent which lets cars communicate through 5.9GHz wireless LAN over ranges of 100-300 meters. During its first implementation (due 2012), the system will communicate navigation info, various media and surveillance. Eventually, it could be used for emergencies as well, allowing car computers to sync in split-second decision territory where individual drives could fail.
The system is expected to cost an additional $500 premium.
Monday, January 21, 2008
From Gizmodo -
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which made its public debut last July 8, 2007,in Everett, Washington, reportedly may have a serious security vulnerability in its onboard computer networks that could allow passengers to access the plane's control systems. The computer network in the Dreamliner's passenger compartment, designed to give passengers in-flight internet access, is connected to the plane's control, navigation and communication systems.
The revelation is causing concern in security circles because the physical connection of the networks makes the plane's control systems vulnerable to hackers. A more secure design would physically separate the two computer networks. Boeing said it's aware of the issue and has designed a solution it will test shortly.
More details at Wired.
Friday, January 4, 2008
From the APC website -
. It looks very much like a derivative model of some of HTC's product line, HTC being the world's biggest manufacturer of Windows Mobile smartphones (including the iPAQ series) and one of the leading partners of Google's Open Handset Alliance.
While not exactly aesthetically pleasing, it is, more importantly, already functional, as the screen shots below will show. This means developers and engineers can actually already work on and with it.
History comes alive: Android's browser shows its history of recently-visited Web pages as thumbnail images of each page.
.Additional screen shots and more details are available here.
Together with Amazon's launching of its ebook reader, Kindle, was the launching of its Whispernet service as well. Whispernet, which enables Kindle users, to effectively be always connected to the Internet, uses Sprint's EVDO network. This effectively makes Amazon an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), much like in the mold of Branson’s Virgin Mobile, which does not own its own network.
While the bundled Whispernet is currently free but with limited access to Internet content, there is essentially nothing that is stopping Amazon from expanding it into a full-fledged IP-based service, complete with voice communications and data transfers. In fact, down the line, it may opt to also use Sprint’s WiMAX network.
Admittedly the current Kindle device falls short as an Internet device but again, that can easily be resolved by the introduction of a newer model, one that may even include WiMAX capabilities, and which will allow full Internet access, including VoIP, video conferencing and other advanced features.
When, and most likely not if, that happens, Amazon will effectively become a full-fledged MVNO, with its own content materials to boot.