Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering is asking for nominations for it’s Connecticut Medal of Technology.
The award, patterned after the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, recognizes achievements in technology, innovation, and advanced manufacturing. It is awarded in alternate years in conjunction with the Connecticut Medal of Science. Winners will be featured in the hall of fame at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford.
Nominations are due by March 14th and can be submitted online.
The state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) announced Monday the formation of a new area code that will overlay the current 860 area code.
According to a press release, the current code is running out of numbers. Starting in August, new phone activations in the geographic area will be assigned 959. By the state and the telecoms opting for an overlay, customers will not have to change their current numbers like they did in the late 1990′s when the state was split into 860 and 203 area codes.
According to PURA:
For most customers, the new area code should have minimal impact:
- existing telephone numbers, including current area code, will not change;
- customers will continue to dial area code + telephone number for local calls, and 1 + area code + telephone number for long distance calls;
- local calling areas will remain the same;
- prices for calls and coverage areas will not change due to the overlay;
- customers will still dial services such as 911 (211, 411, 811, etc.) with just three digits.
The automated equipment will have to be updated to insure that it recognizes 959 as a local call. The new code will take effect August 30, 2014.
More info here: http://www.ct.gov/pura/site/default.asp
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Netflix announced today that it’s new version of it’s iOS App allows video streaming to Apple TVs.
Airplay is a feature that allows video or audio played on an iPad, iPhone or later model Mac computer to appear on the TV connected to an Apple TV. While there is a Netflix app on the Apple TV, the new feature will allow a user to connect to other units on the same Wifi network without entering account information on that device and have more precise control over playback features.
The new feature was announced in the Netflix company blog written by Roma De, the director of product management at Netflix. Version 5.0 was released in the App Store within the last 24 hours.
She lists other reason you may want to use your iOS device for controlling the video:
Use your iPhone or iPad as a remote control for the Apple TV during AirPlay. You can pause, seek, select audio or subtitles and stop playback from your iPhone or iPad.
To make this even easier use the lock screen functionality (iOS 7) in our new iOS app during AirPlay. And you can continue to use other apps like email on your phone while using Airplay with Netflix.
Netflix recently made moves to close it’s Bloomfield distribution center.
Do you plan on using the new feature?
Apple has responded to a fatal fire started by a third party USB iPhone charger by setting up a program where customers can buy an “official” charger for $10.
Read the article here.
You know those keys that say ” Do Not Duplicate?” 3D printers could be a means for people to make copies.
Forbes reports on the ability for secure keys to be duplicated from even a photo.
At the Def Con hacker conference Saturday, MIT students David Lawrence and Eric Van Albert plan to release a piece of code that will allow anyone to create a 3D-printable software model of any Primus key, despite the company’s attempts to prevent the duplication of those carefully-controlled shapes. With just a flatbed scanner and their software tool, they were able to produce precise models that they uploaded to the 3D-printing services Shapeways and i.Materialise, who mailed them working copies of the keys in materials ranging from nylon to titanium.
“In the past if you wanted a Primus key, you had to go through Schlage. Now you just need the information contained in the key, and somewhere to 3D-print it,” says 21-year old Van Albert. “You can take a high security ‘non-duplicatable’ key and basically take it to a virtual hardware store to get it copied,” adds 20-year-old Lawrence.
If you are stuck in traffic, you could take to Twitter or Facebook, but will anyone besides your friends and followers read it?
Wired reports on a way to get attention in higher places. Called the I’m Stuck App, it notifies your elected representatives when you are stuck in transit. The idea being that tie ups and delays may be part of larger problems in America’s infrastructure, and by contacting representatives in Congress action may result.
The app was developed by the bi partisan infrastructure advocacy group Building America’s Future.
The post that swept the internet Thursday by a Long Island woman who said her families home was searched by the FBI after her family searched for information about pressure cookers and backpacks was touched off by her husband’s former employer, according to Tech Crunch.
The article quotes the Suffolk County Police as saying in a statement:
Suffolk County Criminal Intelligence Detectives received a tip from a Bay Shore based computer company regarding suspicious computer searches conducted by a recently released employee. The former employee’s computer searches took place on this employee’s workplace computer. On that computer, the employee searched the terms “pressure cooker bombs” and “backpacks.”
After interviewing the company representatives, Suffolk County Police Detectives visited the subject’s home to ask about the suspicious internet searches. The incident was investigated by Suffolk County Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Detectives and was determined to be non-criminal in nature.
The U.S. Justice Department announced it’s proposal for penalties against Apple Friday after the company was found to have fixed prices and restricted competition in the e-book market earlier this month.
Reuters reports the government is asking U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan to penalize Apple by asking it to cancel existing agreements with the publishers, submit to a five year ban from entering e-book distribution contracts which kept consumer prices inflated.
Publishers Hachette Book Group Inc, HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Penguin Group (USA) Inc, Simon & Schuster Inc and Macmillan settled with the government.
Apple would not be able to make deals with content providers of video and music for iPad and iPhones which would increase the prices at which competitors sold the same content.
Apple does not have a significant share of the e-book market according to analysts quoted in the article.
Competitors Barnes & Noble and Amazon would have to be given the opportunity to have a link within their apps that would allow customers to check for a lower price.
Apple is planning to appeal the verdict.
Researchers have found that malware could be uploaded to an iPhone through a charging device and Apple will be updating it’s IOS to prevent this from happening.
The BBC reports that the hack, shown off at the Black Hat conference currently going on in Las Vegas, would search the memory and also take screen shots of usernames and passwords.
The work by computer scientists at Georgia Tech in the US can compromise iOS devices in about 60 seconds.
Apple’s pending update warns users to be sure they are using a trusted charging point when they plug in.
The custom built chargers include a small computer alongside the electronic components that pipe power into an Apple iOS device.
The tiny computer interrogates an iPhone or tablet and copies a unique ID number that identifies that phone.
This is then used on an Apple website to take advantage of an uploading tool usually used by developers to test their software on an iOS gadget.
The summer consumer electronic success story is looking like the Google Chromecast.
In addition to Netflix, YouTube and others, Variety reports that the device will soon have apps for HBO Go and Hulu Plus.
Vimeo and Redbox Instant are also inline to be supported according to Gigaom.