How to root the Nook Tablet

By Eric Mack Rooting the Nook Tablet expands the slate’s horizons with the addition of the Android Market The Nook Tablet from Barnes and Noble offers meatier specs than Amazon’s Kindle Fire for half the price of an iPad, but the selection of apps on offer for the e-Reader/tablet hybrid is a bit underwhelming. Fortunately, […]

Disaster-zone phone communication software available for free

Published 14 April 2011 Australian researchers developed software which enables mobile phones to communicate during a disaster; it will be freely available to the public by the end of the year thanks to the support of the Dutch NLnet Foundation; the software can be used on compatible mobile phone handsets to create an alternative “network” […]

Researchers Show How a Car’s Electronics Can Be Taken Over Remotely

By JOHN MARKOFF/NYT With a modest amount of expertise, computer hackers could gain remote access to someone’s car — just as they do to people’s personal computers — and take over the vehicle’s basic functions, including control of its engine, according to a report by computer scientists from the University of California, San Diego and […]

Stuxnet may turn Bushehr into a new Chernobyl

The destructive Stuxnet virus infected some 45,000 industrial control computers and servers in Iran; it destroyed more than 20 percent of Iran’s centrifuges, and, on 16 November, forced Iran to shut down uranium enrichment operations; it also infected the control system of the Bushehr reactor; Stuxnet is a sophisticated virus: while doing its destructive work, […]

AP Exclusive: Report warns of Iran nuke disaster

VIENNA – The control systems of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant have been penetrated by a computer worm unleashed last year, according to a foreign intelligence report that warns of a possible Chernobyl-like disaster once the site becomes fully operational. Russia’s envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, also has raised the specter of the 1986 reactor explosion […]

Port radiation detectors not properly tested

A new report by the National Academy of Sciences says that DHS officials responsible for defending against radiological and nuclear terror attacks did not properly test high-tech radiation detectors for use at the nation’s ports of entry DNDO nuclear detection boat in trials // Source: DHS officials responsible for defending against radiological and nuclear […]

U.S. ends “virtual fence” project on Mexican border

Associated PressThis undated picture provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows a prototype of a tower for a virtual fence along the U.S.-Mexico border at a test facility in Playas, N.M. An ambitious, $6.7 billion government project to secure nearly the entire Mexican border with a “virtual fence” of cameras, ground sensors and […]

A Silicon Spintronic Memory That Lasts…could lead to hackproof Quantum Computing

Stores spin for minutes instead of microseconds   Photo: Dane R. McCamey 10 January 2011—In what could prove to be a big development in the nascent field of spintronics, scientists have succeeded in storing information for almost 2 minutes using a magnetic property of phosphorus nuclei embedded in silicon. For this property, called spin, 2 […]

Software allows interactive tabletop displays on Web

Researchers have developed a new type of software that enables people to use large visual displays and touch screens interactively over the Internet for business and homeland security applications. Here, users at Purdue and the University of Manitoba in Canada interact as if they were in the same room using the same display. (School of […]