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Les pirates ciblent les ordinateurs de cadres dans les hôtels de luxe
Les ordinateurs de dirigeants d’entreprises ont été infectés par un logiciel malicieux lors de leurs connexions Wifi dans des hôtels de luxe - principalement en Asie.

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The endangered SIM card
Moves to reinvent, or even abolish, the SIM card could have big consequences. The Economist reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe job of the SIM (subscriber identity module) is to store some unique numbers and an encryption key, which are used to identify the subscriber when the device is communicating with the network.

For as long as wireless networks carried mostly voice calls, SIMs worked well. Their chips are hard to hack: prying them open to get at the stored information can make them self-destruct. Since only mobile operators were allowed to issue SIMs, and were given much leeway over the terms on which they did so, they were able to create monthly payment schemes which subsidised the upfront cost of a handset. This helped mobile telephony to get going, and thereafter provided a mechanism for persuading consumers to keep on trading their old phones for ever more sophisticated new ones. However, now that most mobile devices can connect through Wi-Fi, their SIM cards no longer seem quite so indispensable. Most tablets, even those with SIM card slots, are not bought from a mobile operator; and the cost and hassle of signing up for a SIM card, so as to use the device when there is no Wi-Fi available, is too much for many buyers.

So, Apple’s new SIMs are meant to make it easier to sign up for a mobile operator—and to encourage people to choose the pricier iPad models that contain them.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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First 3D LED printer could print heads-up-display contact lenses
Researchers at Princeton University have developed a 3D printer that can print LEDs in layers -- and it could one day print contact lenses that incorporate heads-up displays.

[via C/net]

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Drones to help fight off train thieves
34c7a1e3-58ff-4761-ad6a-5373105c1704.jpg In order to combat the theft of coal, Polish rail freight operator PKP Cargo has employed the services of high-tech drones. [via News from Poland]

quotemarksright.jpgThe quadcopter machines will be able to hover over hundreds of train carriages full of coal and coke both enroute and when docked in stations. Thieves pose a significant problem to the agency, PKP Cargo has said.

Theft of raw materials during transport is a hurdle which we have faced for a number of years, and the losses incurred amount to millions [of zloty] each year,” said Maciej Borecki, director of Security and Audit PKP Cargo. “In order to limit the scale of these crimes, this year we have decided to intensify preventive measures and make use of modern technology.”quotesmarksleft.jpg

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