This is the full list of Android Malware in a very dangerous year, since August, the 9th 2011 up-to-today. One year ago (9 August 2010) Kaspersky discovered the first SMS Trojan for Android in the Wild dubbed SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a. This is considered a special date for the Google Mobile OS because before then, Android Malware was a little bit more than an exercise of Style, essentially focused on Spyware. After that, everything changed and mobile malware targeting the Android OS become more and more sophisticated.

This compilation shows the long malware trail which characterized the hard days for information security. Looking at the graph, the climax was Android.Geinimi (end of 2010), featuring the characteristics of a primordial Botnet, but also Android.DroidDream (AKA RootCager) is worthwhile mentioning because of its capability to root the phone and potentially install applications remotely without direct user intervention.


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Festo SmartBird

The geniuses at Festo’s Bionic Learning Network are well known for their fascination with robotic animals, and their latest creation is no exception. Dubbed the SmartBird, this autonomous bionic bird — modeled on herring gulls — graces the sky with its sophisticated two meter-long wings, which utilize a bending torso for lifelike directional control. What’s more, this robot is also capable of taking off and landing on its own, but it can also be controlled and monitored from afar using ZigBee radio. Amazingly, all of this round up to just one pound, meaning the SmartBird can happily float about with moderate flapping. See the video inside for some agile in-flight action, accompanied by an animation detailing the inner workings.


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Using two interlocking flash drive-like USB sticks, iTwin allows two remote computers to access files via a secure internet connection

A lot of us have one “mothership” desktop computer, along with a laptop or notebook that we take on the road. Many of us also use one computer at work, and another at home. Inevitably, there are occasions where we’re using one computer, but wishing we could access a file on the other. While there is remote access software that allows you to do so, the iTwin system offers what seems to be a much simpler solution – two flash drive-like sticks that plug into either computer, and let them communicate for free over a secure internet connection.


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Paramote

Ever wanted to lay on the couch and control everything in your house with one remote?! Japanese designer Mac Funamizu, tries to solve this matter by introducing a universal remote controller that will allow you to dim the lights, turn on the stereo, change TV chanels, warm up/cool down the temperature… all with one remote. Just point at it on the transparent screen and select the menu item you want to make a change to (speaker volume, channels, brightness, etc.)


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Microsoft Research had its TechForum event yesterday where it showcased some of it’s latest projects to the press. Windows Phone 7 happily took the center stage this year in several demonstrations. In the first video after the break you will see Microsoft Chief Research and Technology Officer, Craig Mundie, demonstrated a new UI controlled by an HTC HD7. This may or may not be what we can expect to see in the upcoming Windows 8 but it definitely shows us where Microsoft is heading with regards to UI and NUIs.


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Okii Follow FocusThis $400 knob proves that the DSLR really is the movie camera for today’s new filmmakers – the Oscar (or Emmy anyways) nominees. The Okii Systems USB Follow Focus allows you to control the focus of a Canon DSLR via a mini-USB connection.
Canon’s cameras can be controlled by hooking them up to computers, too, but the Okii knob is arguably more practical on-set, especially as one big point of using an DSLR to shoot video is its small size.

The USB Follow Focus uses the autofocus motor in Canon USM lenses to control focus, even while recording video. This focus control also works in any Live View modes, which can be useful for photography. The nine other switches located around the central focus knob can be used to access important camera functions, such as recording start/stop, digital zoom, engaging autofocus, saving focus points, and adjusting certain camera settings.


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Our French colleagues became bored one day and decided to write an application to control the AR.Drone. What’s more, they utilized their new Microsoft Surface to act as the world’s biggest remote control. They’ve integrated live feed from both on-board cameras (front-faced and downward) for extremely easy landing/takeoff and navigation… around their office. Google-translated version from their site:

We started with the idea of making a cockpit for the drone and fly it from the touch interface of the table So we downloaded the SDK for Win32 ARDron and after we developed a suitable layer in .Net. Then we brought in a Designer and Interactive Designer for prototyping the interface, and finally released the application in WPF. All that’s left was to compile and play with the drone on the Microsoft Surface table.


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Car thieves of the future might be able to get into a car and drive away without forced entry and without needing a physical key, according to new research.

The researchers successfully attacked eight car manufacturers’ passive keyless entry and start systems—wireless key fobs that open a car’s doors and start the engine by proximity alone.

Keyless entry systems typically work by sending a low-powered signal from the car to your key fob, with the two working only when they’re near each other, but the wily Zurich profs were able to intercept and extend that signal via antennas acting as repeaters, resulting in your key activating your car even when it’s nowhere near it.

Source: MIT Technology Review


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