More than half the wireless LAN access points located in a drive-by test have no encryption, raising the possibility that data could be monitored or captured. Of the 1,137 wireless nets that were found in Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco, 57% were not encrypted, according to AirDefense Inc. (www.airdefense.net), a company specializing in WLAN security. In Atlanta, only 8% of all traffic was encrypted, though in the other cities most nets with high volume that might typify business usage did have encryption to hide information from others. So, we won't be surprised if the Atlanta courts fill up with corporate espionage cases.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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