Microsoft Might Abandon Patch Tuesday Again

Microsoft has learned a lot of lessons through the last years and a lot of the newer ones are thanks to their approach to Windows 10 and listening closely to the feedback they get from this area. The latest move coming from the giant is the goal to abandon the patch Tuesday and move back to releasing bug fixes and close exploit holes as quick as they’re discovered.

Malware creators are both smart and imaginative through their entire process, they have to be in order to be successful in their “line of work”. With Microsoft running like clockwork and on a schedule, it was easy for them to work around that and use it to their own benefit. Attacks were ceased and only probes sent out after important patches to make sure that their entire network wasn’t compromised and they even gone as far as following the same release schedule to pretty much guarantee at least a month time with a working exploit before Microsoft could patch the latest vulnerability found in Windows.

This information was released by Microsoft’s Terry Myerson who made the statement that “Windows 10, after the official release could even usher in a more flexible and unified update cycle.” Microsoft also demonstrated a preview of their Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) that allows IT administrators more timely and smooth control with increased ability to detect threats with real-time monitoring of malicious programs.

Silverstone Releases Kublai KL06 MATX Chassis

Silverstone has released the first micro-ATX chassis in their Kublai series that is built with an optimal layout for efficiency. The new chassis is the KL06 and it comes equipped with dual 120mm quiet fans for cooling multiple drives and high-end components in a classic wrapping.

The internal body structure is based on the benchmark Temjin TJ08-E and Precision PS06, resulting in a new design that meets both current and future demands. There is enough space to accommodate graphics cards with a length of up to 13.5 inch, CPU cooler up to 165mm height, and PSU of up to 180mm length. Externally you’ll get two 5.25-inch bays and inside there are another one 3.5-inch and eight 2.5-inch drive bays.

Besides the two front side intake 120mm fans, the KL06 also has room for a rear 120mm exhaust fan. The front panel features two USB 3.0 ports as well as audio jacks for your headset.

For easy assembly and more convenience, the KL06 features a removable drive cage, motherboard tray, and top panel. The filters are accessible from the outside, which makes the normal maintenance very easy too. The SilverStone Kublai KL06 is a cool looking chassis full of features, and the price isn’t bad either. The recommended End User price (excl. VAT) is $79.98 USD.

If this got your interest, then you should head right on over to our review section where you can find the full and in-depth review of just this case.

Special Features:

  • Up to eight 2.5” drives and one 3.5” drive capacity
  • Innovative drive cage design enables support for front and rear AIO liquid coolers
  • Modular design with removable drive cage, motherboard tray, and top panel
  • Includes two quiet 120mm fans
  • Convenient externally removable fan filters
  • Independent power supply intake vents

3D Robotics Launch DroneKit Open Source API for App Development

It looks like 3D Robotics have launched the DroneKit API for drone app development as a free open source software. The API can be used to develop apps for drones or onboard drone software, having it be completely flexible and multi-platform oriented.

“Unlike other APIs for drones, there are no levels of access to DroneKit; it’s completely flexible and open,” said Brandon Basso, VP of software engineering for 3DR. “The platform works on laptops as well as mobile devices. Best of all, once an app is created, the app automatically works on any computing platform – the interface is always the same.”

The company is said to have released the API to the community so that people interested in drones are able to customise how they use them in the field. The DroneKit API is said to allow you to set waypoint flight paths, follow GPS targets, while also allowing the developer to view playbacks and log analysis of flights.

The above mentioned features are just an example of what the API brings to developers, having it come with a variety of feature which were previously unavailable to drone enthusiasts.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information

Walking Bio-Bots Powered By Muscles Becoming a Reality

First of all, a ‘bio-bot’ is a machine which uses synthetic 3D-printed material with biological muscle tissue. Having stated the latter, researchers from the University of Illinois have apparently developed the so-called bio-bots in question, taking us one step further into the future of technological advancements.

Some might wonder how the bio-bots work and what is so special about them. The answer lies in the muscle fibers, having them spiked with electricity in order to contract. The muscles are attached to flexible 3D-printed skeleton frameworks, resulting in bending the skeleton when the muscles contract and reverting back to its original state when they relax. This in the end produces movement, combining biological and synthetic material to achieve such an action, thus the name ‘bio-bot’.

It is said that researchers have been working on similar projects since 2012. At that time, a walking bio-bot prototype used rat heart cells in order to provide motion. However, the researchers found out that the rat cells were not responding well to the induced electricity and couldn’t control when they fired. However, it appears that the ‘new version’ has solved this problem.

“Skeletal muscles cells are very attractive because you can pace them using external signals,” head researcher Rashid Bashir said. “We want to have different options that could be used by engineers to design these things.”

The group of researchers from Illinois sees bio-bots potentially useful for surgical aids and drug delivery vehicles. The group also emphasized that, having their own neurons, they could even recognize and respond to light and chemical stimuli. The group has apparently published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which is a good place to get more details about the bio-bots in question.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of The University of Illinois and Nature World News

New Flexible Displays Unveiled by Nokia

It appears that Nokia has unveiled its new folding display technology at the Society for Information Display 2014 conference, having on display two types of high-resolution OLED folding displays.

Though the technology is at its early stages, Nokia cloud be hinting at potential new handsets featuring the flexible displays in the near future. Other manufacturers, such as LG and its Flex handset, have also entered the market with such handsets bearing flexible displays, therefore Nokia might be heading on the right path with these new displays.

The first display is said to have the ability to be folded twice, having Nokia calling it a ‘book type’ display, while the second display has the ability to be folded three times. Both screen are said to measure in at 5.9-inches, having a pixel per inch count of 249 and bearing a resolution of 1280 x 720.

Although the display can be folded, that does not mean it can be folded indefinitely. Nokia has stated that the maximum folds before the display breaks is currently set at 100,000 folds. In addition, the displays can be folded to a 2 mm radius, meaning the screen can not quite touch, but it is impressively close.

In terms of production, the displays are said to be made by forming release, colour filter, TFT and OLED layers on a glass substrate, having the colour filter and OLED layers attached to each other and finally having the glass layer replaced with flexible substrates.

Nokia has not officially stated their intentions with the given flexible displays, but given that the company is a handset and tablet manufacturer, one would guess that new flexible display Lumias could surface in the future.

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Most Flexible High Definition Displays Announced By SEL

SEL developed a range of flexible OLED displays and high PPI LCD panels which use CAAC oxide semiconductors. What is CAAC? Well, it stands for C-Axis Aligned Crystal and the tech, being crystalline in instead if amorphous, has much higher reliability from the start. Turns out that using oxide semiconductors with CAAC also greatly enhanced reliability.

Another key point of the CAAC is its flexibility and the ability to freely design displays with it. As one way to utilize this flexibility, SEL have produced side-roll and top-roll OLED displays, with the display curving over the edge where a bezel would usually be.

“One feature of CAAC is, it doesn’t break easily, because the crystals are continuously aligned. So, it isn’t damaged much even if it’s bent. A display that can be bent into a diameter of 4 mm is probably unparalleled worldwide. In particular, this is the only technology that can display a picture on bent edges.”

The prototypes shown were a 3.4-inch 960×540 pixel display with a resolution of 326 ppi, and a 5.4-inch 960×1280 pixel display with a 302 ppi resolution. SEL has also developed large flexible displays. This prototype is the world’s largest OLED display with a plastic substrate, at 13.5 inches. It’s a high-definition display, delivering 4K resolution at 326 ppi. The flexible material enables a lightweight, bendable display, less than 100 microns thick and weighing just 10 g.

Technology for mass-producing CAAC-OS displays has already been established, and this type of display has been used in smartphones released by Sharp since the end of last year. Here, SEL presented a prototype high-definition, 513-ppi liquid crystal display, fabricated in pursuit of even higher precision.

“IGZO semiconductor with the CAAC structure, compared with the amorphous version used so far, performs at least an order of magnitude better. It can deliver about 20 times higher performance. That means the transistors can be made smaller, which enables displays to have higher definition. 513 ppi is probably world-class right now. That’s been achieved by producing high-performance transistors, using this CAAC technology.”

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Samsung SDI Able To Mass Produce Curved Batteries

The Galaxy Round which was released earlier this month has a short battery-life given the 2,800 mAh battery it packs. It was criticized for the smaller capacity compared to most recent smartphones with batteries well over 3,000 mAh. Even the Galaxy Note 3 has a battery-life ration with its 3,200 mAh battery.

This is due to the curved body of the phone´s shape and the battery being flat. They could not increase the battery capacity since they could not fit bigger flat batteries into the round frame. In contrast, LG will be releasing their curved smartphone, the G Flex, with the curved battery that LG Chemistry developed. The handset packs a 3,300 mAh battery, greater than the Galaxy Note 3 itself.

But there is some good news in all this. President Sangjin Park of Samsung SDI said that Samsung are now able to mass produce curved battery too. President Park’s statement of the batteries´ availability gives hint that producing the new battery is not the problem. The part they’re concerned about is creating room and fitting them into the phone. They have recently produced over 80,000,000 phones in the recent quarter. It is hard to modify all of them just to fit the flexible battery.

That given, Samsung will not be able to fit the new batteries into their actual released handsets, but we must definitely will see them in their new smartphones. Both Samsung and LG are trying to produce stylish phones such as the Galaxy Round and G Flex to get through current saturation in the phone market and it looks like battery innovation may be part of the solution to their ideas.

Thank you ZDNet Korea for providing us with this information.

Shapeways Brings Us Elasto Plastic, Flexible Rubber for 3D Printing

Makers are always looking for new and innovative ways to make interesting things, even if it is only for personal use. Some makers design things for other people to use, and even for companies. 3D printing is becoming ever so popular. People are able to make simple things, elaborate things, toys, and even artwork. Where will it stop?

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Shapeways gives us the ability to turn our ideas into products. Recently they showed off a newer material called Elasto Plastic, a material that is flexible, though it may not hold its shape when abused. Elasto Plastic is an almost rubber like substance that is stronger than traditional 3D printing plastics, which allows them to take a bit more abuse. Elasto Plastic is only an experimental material, and will only be offered for a short period of time, until July 9th, at the end of the trial Shapeways will decide if the material is worth keeping on their shelves. Important facts.

  • Not watertight
  • Not dishwasher  safe
  • Not recyclable
  • Not food safe
  • heatproof up to 90C/194F

If you plan to take advantage of this product trial, I suggest you read more about Elaso Plastic on the Shapeways website, as there is loads more information available to you. They describe how the materials react, and how they may effect a project you might make with this material.

Would you be interested in testing out this new material? What kinds of things would you make with flexible plastic?

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