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NASA just e-mailed a wrench to space

hammer_screwdriver-300x300By WIRED UK

When International Space Station Commander Barry Wilmore needed a wrench, NASA knew just what to do. They “e-mailed” him one. This is the first time an object has been designed on Earth and then transmitted to space for manufacture.

Made In Space, the California company that designed the 3D printer aboard the ISS, overheard Wilmore mentioning the need for a ratcheting socket wrench and decided to create one. Previously, if an astronaut needed a specific tool it would have to be flown up on the next mission to the ISS, which could take months.

This isn’t the first 3D-printed object made in space, but it is the first created to meet the needs of an astronaut. In November astronauts aboard the ISS printed a replacement part for the recently installed 3D printer. A total of 21 objects have now been printed in space, all of which will be brought back to Earth for testing.

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ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi (07H) is Coming and There’s Proof About That

By Radu Iorga

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Apparently, there’s a new ASUS Transformer Book coming and the new model is dubbed T100 Chi (07H), plus it may integrated a new type of Intel CPU inside. The WiFi Alliance has certified a certain ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi, as the document below states.

The product may be shown at next month’s CES 2015 and sold during the summer for around $700. The product is expected to offer WiFi dual band support, Bluetooth and 3G, as well as Windows 8. Rumor has it that the Llama Mountain device is related to this model, so we may be dealing with a 2 in 1 hybrid with Intel Core M Broadwell CPU inside. It will adopt a fanless format and a dock keyboard obviously.

The impressive part here is the size, since the slate is said to be around 6.8 mm in waistline and weigh 550 grams. The design of the product will probably be similar to the one of the Transformer Book T300Chi, one of the detachable units that were appreciated by connaisseurs at Computex 2014. The series also includes the Transformer Book T90 Chi, with Windows 8.1 as well and that one was certified back in October.

Expect a 10.1 inch screen on the T100 Chi.

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Toshiba WT-8 Windows 8.1 Tablet Launched In India For A $250 Price Tag

By Claudiu Sima

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Recently, Toshiba launched a new slate device on the Indian market, more precisely a Windows 8.1 one called Toshiba WT-8. We get to know that this tablet is currently available exclusively through Amazon India for a $250 price tag.

Toshiba WT-8 comes with a 8-inch WXGA display (1.280 x 800 pixels), a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1 GB of RAM memory, 32 GB space of internal storage, a microSD card slot up to 128 GB, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera and Dolby Digital Plus audio technology.

From the connectivity point of view, Toshiba TW08 brings Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microUSB v2.0 port and a 3.5-mm audio jack. The tablet arrives with a battery that promises up to 11 hours of life time, and a bunch of installed apps like Xbox Music and Video, Kindle Reader, Office 365 and Skype.

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Toshiba Launches The Shared Board (TT301) Business Tablet; Brings A 24-inch Full HD Display

By Claudiu Sima

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A few hours ago, the Japanese producer Toshiba officially announced the launch of a new tablet designed for business environments, more precisely the Shared Board (TT301). This tablet isn’t like an ordinary one, its display size making it look more like a desktop monitor or a small TV.

However, Toshiba Shared Board is still a tablet that comes with a 24-inch Full HD LCD display (1.920 x 1.080 pixels), a dual-core processor clocked at 1.0 GHz, 1.5 GB of RAM memory, 16 GB space of internal storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

 

As an extra accessory, the tablet can arrive in the box with an IR remote control that will be useful for presentations in front of a class or during a meeting. We still don’t know at what price will arrive on the Japanese market and if we’ll see it sold in other countries too. What do you think about this device?

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Exposed: NSA program for hacking any cellphone network, no matter where it is

By Dan Goodin

  The National Security Agency has spied on hundreds of companies and groups around the world, including in countries allied with the US government, as part of an effort designed to allow agents to hack into any cellphone network, no matter where it’s located, according to a report published Thursday.

Armed with technical details of a specific provider’s current or planned networks, agents secretly attempt to identify or introduce flaws that will make it possible for communications to be covertly tapped, according to an article published by The Intercept. Security experts warned that programs that introduce security flaws or suppress fixes for existing vulnerabilities could cause widespread harm, since the bugs can also be exploited by criminal hackers or governments of nations around the world.

“Even if you love the NSA and you say you have nothing to hide, you should be against a policy that introduces security vulnerabilities,” Karsten Nohl, a cryptographer and smartphone security expert, told The Intercept. “Because once NSA introduces a weakness, a vulnerability, it’s not only the NSA that can exploit it.”

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