SSL Checker: Identifying Online Security

Online security is a crucial aspect to any website but, as it is often done behind the scenes, it can be hard to identify how good any given site’s security is. Whether you’re inspecting your own site, or simply want to know more about an online business before you trust it – there is at least one simple way to measure a company’s protection: the SSL checker.

What is SSL?

Put simply, SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and represents a method of encryption. By encrypting the data before it is sent, the ‘line’ between your computer and the server/website you’re accessing isn’t easy to crack. The data is sent as an encryption, usually around 128 or 256-bit.

As such, SSL prevents people from simply hacking into this data stream and stealing the data. This is important, as it removes any easy ways for opportunistic data thieves to steal your information. SSL is provided by companies such as Thawte and comes in a variety of different forms, although many businesses use the better Extended Validation, known as SSL EV. Continue reading

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Plantronics Wireless Headset for Greater Office Productivity

Improving office productivity means being able to handle more tasks and generally accomplishing more than you ordinarily do. In today’s competitive business world, your productivity is what will keep your business afloat or make it go under. While there are quite a number of ways one can improve their productivity, the simplest technique to adapt is getting the Plantronics CS540 Wireless Headset.

In a typical office work-day, calls are expected to be coming in throughout the day. Not to mention that you will also need to make calls to staff on the field, potential clients, suppliers and debtors among other important stakeholders. This Plantronics wireless headset will come in handy to ensure that your productivity is not hampered by incoming or outgoing calls. It has one touch controls that easily allow one to answer, end calls, adjust the volume or mute. The headset moreover makes it possible for teleconferencing with up to three other headsets. Continue reading

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World record 43 Tbps over a single fiber

Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the same people who in 2009 had passed the barrier of the terabit have now attained the stratospheric rate of 43 Tbps with a single optical fiber using a single laser transmitter. If there was such a connection it would be likely to transmit 1 TB of data in less than 0.20 seconds or 1 GB in less than 0.2 milliseconds! The previous record (26 Tbps) of 2011 belonged to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

In the past, several demonstrations have been carried out with fiber optic networks that arrive at even higher speeds, even thousands of terabits per second, but they all use multiple lasers of multiple fibers. It is so of laboratory experiments that probably will never arrive on the market. The fiber optic links commercial (for example, the entire backbone of the Internet) are in fact based on the individual fibers and individual laser. That’s why the university Danish discovery is very significant for the future of communications.

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Internet of Things here is the chip batteryless

A recent study has highlighted the poor energy efficiency of existing connected devices. With the expansion of so-called internet of things, the number of smart devices will increase exponentially in the coming years and with them the need for electricity. PsiKick a startup of Virginia, however, has designed a wireless sensor that does not require external power, thanks integration of chip “sub-threshold”.

The transistor is a switch that is turned on, applying a voltage higher than the threshold, and OFF if the value is less. In fact, the transistor runs a small leakage current, even in the off state, which can be exploited to perform certain tasks. This allows reducing the waste of current associated with the on-state. The chip designed by the United States operates on “sub-threshold”, consuming 0.1% of the energy required by the chip currently on the market.

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The EU wants cars that park themselves

There are only a few minutes before checking in for your flight, or closes before your train departs, but you have to use valuable time looking for a space in the parking lot of the airport or the train station. Imagine leaving your vehicle at the main entrance and let the car do the rest by itself.

With these words, the European Union has V-Charge, a research project funded with 5.6 million Euros that will allow in the future simplifying the integration between private and public transport, through a system of parking and automatic charging for electric cars. The consortium is composed of the same name by Bosch, Volkswagen and four universities, including the one in Parma.

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The driver can leave their car in face of the parking lot and use a mobile app to send the command to the vehicle parking. Latter will connect to the server to download the parking map and look for a free spot in an autonomous way. Eventually, the car may also look for a charging station. With the same app, the user will call the vehicle that will arrive at the entrance of the airport, as you can see in the following video. Continue reading

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Even the soles of shoes becomes smart

A GPS module built into the soles of shoes not to monitor physical activity but in order to make the geo location of the wearer. Is this in a nutshell the usefulness of a device such as GPS Smart Soles? In that context may be useful a manufactured goods of this type? For example those that deals with people suffering from senile dementia which are likely to get lost easily or to know at any time where there are children.

The operation is quickly explained inside the base is a small modem with battery and SIM card to communicate with mobile networks, which is required in order to transmit information about geographic coordinates every five or ten minutes (the time interval can be changed by using a special app). Autonomy declared is concerning five days and charging is done wirelessly.

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Imprint Energy battery in 3D printing

In addition to having reduced autonomy, the battery current must be produced respecting certain constraints. Although they are available in various sizes, still maintain their rigidity, so are not suitable for powering any device. California startup imprint energy has developed a rechargeable zinc and flexible polymer that can be printed and used in wearable medical devices, smart labels and environmental sensors.

The company’s goal is to create batteries safer for on-body applications, while their small size will allow for the use in food products can not be with the bulky lithium-ion battery. Imprint Energy batteries are based on a technology that the company’s co-founder Christine I developed at the University of California at Berkeley, where he worked with a Japanese researcher to create microscopic batteries using a 3D printer.

3D printing

The built-in batteries in notebook computers, tablets and smartphones contain lithium, a highly reactive material that requires an external protection. This, however, adds weight and increases the size. The zinc instead is more stable, but the water-based electrolyte in the batteries causes the formation of dendrites, branched structures that can grow between the electrodes, causing a short circuit. I achieved a solid polymer electrolyte that avoids this problem, while offering greater stability and a superior ability to recharge. Continue reading

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FBI the driverless car might become weapons

The so-called self-driving car may represent a safety hazard. Not for drivers that circulate on the streets but police forces engaged in pursuits of a fugitive. According to a FBI report autonomous rail cars can become lethal weapons allowing criminals to perform actions that require the use of both hands or to remove your eyes from the road. However, these vehicles will make monitoring easier.

The driverless car integrate different devices (laser, radar, GPS, video cameras and various sensors) that reduce the risk of accidents, since they allow you to preset destination avoiding obstacles and respecting the highway code. But the FBI believes that these technologies can be leveraged to perform dangerous actions. Theoretically, you could disable the security features to ignore speed limits and traffic lights. Terrorists could remotely control a vehicle stuffed with explosives and turn it into a self-driving bomb.

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Android Wear the future is wearable

Android wear is a platform designed especially for smartwatch new age group. Even  Google  has been interested in the growing world of wearable devices after reaching the leadership in the market of smartphones and tablets the group also tries to conquer smart watches and bracelets giving to their partner companies an operating system capable of providing a user experience immediate and at hand rather than the wrist for each type of customer. The debut of Android wear will be July 7 at the similar time the production of the first watches of Samsung and LG.

Wear Android: notifications on your wrist

Wear Android is a platform based mainly on voice commands and be able to show, through a simple tabbed interface , a wealth of information in real time directly on the user’s wrist. Will be sufficient to match the smartwatch or any other types of wearables that in the future could arrive in stores through the system in any smartphone based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or higher to get to the various notifications.

Android Wear

Specifically Android Wear shows information and suggestions based on interests of the user, at the right time. The app will provide updates from social networks, chats with your contacts, notifications on messages received, on orders from the websites of e-commerce, news, and display shared photos information on a departing flight, maps, and Google Maps other. Continue reading

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Honda’s ASIMO is faster and smarter

ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) humanoid robot is probably the most famous, as announced by Honda back in 2000. Since then, the Japanese company has made ​​a number of improvements both in appearance and functionality. Honda has today announced the 2014 version of the robot that becomes an autonomous machine as it can make decisions without human intervention by analyzing the surrounding environment such as movements of people.

Japanese engineers have worked mainly on artificial intelligence ASIMO trying to imitate sight hearing and touch of the human being. ASIMO can now modify its actions based on the intentions of those with whom it interacts. The robot for example is able to predict the course of a person who meets in its path moving laterally to avoid the collision. This is also probable thanks to the ability to quickly change your posture, without losing balance.

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