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Space-age slingshot

Technology | Startup hopes to launch satellites using a catapult 
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 7/19/18, 03:08 pm

Big players in the aerospace and technology sectors are now major investors in a radically new approach to launching small payloads into outer space: space catapult.

SpinLaunch Inc., a Silicon Valley startup founded in 2014, recently announced it had raised $40 million, in part from venture capital firms affiliated with Airbus and Google.

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Guide for the blind

Technology | An augmented reality headset and app could aid those who cannot see
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 6/19/18, 03:57 pm

Technology developers often don’t anticipate the creative ways people will use their inventions. Microsoft developed its HoloLens headset to combine digital and real-world images—a technology called “augmented reality” (AR)—but researchers at the California Institute of Technology have developed an app for HoloLens that turns it into a device for helping people who are blind navigate buildings.

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Hackers’ suite?

Technology | Researchers identify vulnerability in hotel room door locks
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 5/10/18, 10:02 am

Cybersecurity researchers have identified a software vulnerability in the locking systems that secure millions of hotel room doors worldwide, a flaw that could allow an attacker to clone a master key card for an entire building.

International cybersecurity firm F-Secure uncovered the software design flaw for digital keys produced by VingCard, a manufacturer of hotel locking systems. The brand of locks, F-Secure reports, are used at more than 40,000 properties in 166 countries.

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