Sci-Tech

New ‘Bash’ software bug may pose bigger threat than ‘Heartbleed’

By Jim Finkle BOSTON Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:02pm EDT (Reuters) – A newly discovered security bug in a widely used piece of Linux software, known as “Bash,” could pose a bigger threat to computer users than the “Heartbleed” bug that surfaced in April, cyber experts warned on Wednesday. Bash is the software used to control the command prompt on many Unix computers. Hackers can exploit a bug in Bash to take complete control of […]

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate panel finds

By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:03pm EDT (Reuters) – Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee’s year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military’s U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only […]

Bug delays Apple’s HealthKit availability on iOS 8

By Christina Farr and Abhirup Roy Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:10pm EDT (Reuters) – Apple Inc said a bug in its HealthKit health and fitness application platform prevented its release along with the launch of its iOS 8 operating system for iPhones and iPads. HealthKit gathers data such as blood pressure and weight from various health apps on Apple devices, and can be viewed by doctors at one place. Regulated medical devices, such as glucose […]

iPhone comes out of a ‘bygone era’, reviewers hail bigger handset

Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:17am EDT (Reuters) – Bigger is better and Apple Inc has finally realized that and given iPhone users a product that may be low on novelty but high on improvements, reviewers wrote. Most reviewers say that the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone available or “ever made”, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has been described as a “phablet” that will give competition to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Galaxy S line […]

Boeing, SpaceX win contracts to build ‘space taxis’ for NASA

(Reuters) – NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated “space taxis” to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides, officials said on Tuesday. The U.S. space agency also considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp, but opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and California’s SpaceX with contracts valued at a combined $6.8 billion to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules. Boeing was awarded $4.2 […]

Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4 million on first day

By Lehar Maan Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:48pm EDT (Reuters) – Apple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million first-day pre-orders were logged, double the number for the iPhone 5 two years ago. The company said demand had outstripped supply of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which feature larger screens and longer battery life. Deliveries of pre-orders will begin […]

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover Arrives at Martian Mountain

(Courtesy NASA) Sept. 11, 2014  — NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission’s long-term prime destination. “Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an already outstanding introduction to the world,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “After a historic and innovative landing along with its successful science […]

Apple unveils watch, larger iPhones in bid to retake innovation crown

(Reuters) – Apple Inc unveiled a watch, two larger iPhones and a mobile payments service on Tuesday as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook seeks to revive the technology company’s reputation as a wellspring of innovation. The first new product to be developed and introduced under Cook’s reign is a timepiece tethered to the iPhone that will combine health and fitness tracking with communications. It will price at $349 and go on sale in early 2015. First impressions […]

Singapore to use state-of-the-art farming tech to produce more veggies

Scientists at an indoor produce farm in Singapore are using cutting edge technology to reduce growing times and costs. The Panasonic lab-farm is one of the projects in the works to increase the capability of the small island state, which currently imports more than 95 percent of their produce, to grow their own vegetables.  Phoebe de Guzman reports from Singapore.

House-sized asteroid to buzz Earth on Sunday

(Reuters) – A recently discovered asteroid about the size of a house will make a relatively close pass by Earth on Sunday, flying just past the communication satellites that circle the planet, scientists said. NASA said the asteroid, known as 2014 RC, poses no threat, though at its closest approach it will be only about one-tenth the distance to the moon, or roughly 25,000 miles (40,000 km) from Earth. Communications and weather satellites are generally […]