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    The U.S. Navy is 3D-printing custom drones on its ships
    The U.S. Navy has been testing the use of 3D printers on its ships to produce custom drones outfitted for specialized missions. The project, being carried out by researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School, is investigating whether modern communications and fabrication technology can be combined to give sailors a new tool for whatever mission they are deployed on. Holding a quadcopter drone in his hands, Alan Jaeger, a faculty research associate at the school, said it was designed by engineers on shore based on requirements of the sailors at sea. The drone was printed on board the USS Essex last December, he said. The 3D design file was emailed to the ship over a satellite link, and sailors loaded it into the printer. They printed the parts and then followed instructions for assembly, marrying the plastic parts with electronics that were already on board. Those parts included the motors, radio, controller and a GPS unit.

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    Adobe's new Digital Publishing suite puts the focus on mobile content
    Adobe's Digital Publishing suite has long offered a way for brands to publish content on tablets, but on Wednesday the company introduced a new generation of the software tweaked specifically to put such capabilities in the hands of ordinary business users. Adobe's new Digital Publishing Solution was designed to help marketers, designers and others within organizations repurpose existing content for use in immersive apps without having to write any code, Adobe said. Such apps can then be delivered through popular app stores. With the software's new collections feature, for instance, content is now grouped together and delivered to smartphones and tablets on iOS, Android and Windows. Push notifications, in-app messaging, intuitive search and content discovery, and social network integration are available.

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    Windows 10 picks up good vibrations, user excitations
    Windows 10 is buzz-worthy, Adobe said Wednesday as it cited data from its social media metrics platform that showed positive vibes about the new OS.Measuring 3-plus million mentions harvested from blogs, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter and elsewhere over the last 30 days, Adobe's Social analytics pegged the most upbeat slice at 40%, only slightly less than the 46% measured for Apple's OS X El Capitan, the Mac upgrade expected to debut in the next three months.Adobe drops social media impressions into a number of buckets, including ones labeled "admiration," "joy," "sadness," "surprise" and "anticipation."Windows 10 garnered 40% in admiration and joy, 20% in surprise, and 6% in anticipation. On the negative side, the operating system tagged 30% of the mentions with the sadness sticker.

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    Samsung plots Galaxy S6 price cut, new phones to help business
    Lackluster demand for its flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone and higher marketing costs led Samsung Electronics to another quarter of falling sales and profits in the April to June period. Net profit at the company was 5.75 trillion won (US$49 billion), down 8 percent on the same period a year earlier, while sales fell 7 percent to 48.5 trillion won, it said Wednesday. Both figures are in line with expectations published by Samsung earlier this month. In the key smartphone market, an area led by Samsung until recently, the popularity of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets and the rise of lower-cost phones from Chinese vendors squeezed Samsung at both the high and low end of the market.

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    Apple hater finds 950 million reasons to quit Android for iPhone
    Motherboard security journalist, Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai has never had any love for Apple but in the last few days he has found 950 million reasons to dump Android for an iPhone.“As you might have heard, a security researcher revealed on Monday that a series of bugs deep inside Android’s source code allow hackers to hack and spy on users with a simple multimedia message. If you’re worried your Android device might be vulnerable to these bugs, collectively known as Stagefright, well, I’ve got bad news for you. It probably is. In fact, as many as 950 million phones likely are,” Franceschi-Bicchierai writes.

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    OPM, Anthem hackers may also have breached United Airlines
    The cyberespionage group that stole the personal records of millions of Americans from U.S. health insurer Anthem and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has also reportedly breached United Airlines. The data stolen from United includes flight manifests, which contain information on passengers, their travel origins and destinations, Bloomberg reported Wednesday citing unnamed people familiar with the investigation. The breach may have been discovered with the help of investigators in the OPM case who built a list of other potential victims after analyzing the domain names, phishing emails and attack infrastructure used by the group, the media organization reported.

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    Zuckerberg: Video today, virtual reality tomorrow
    When people grow tired of posting photos and videos on social media, what then? Virtual-reality posts, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We're entering into an era in which people's posts increasingly will revolve around video, "but that's not the end of the line," Zuckerberg said. After video, "I think immersive 3D content is the obvious next thing." "There's always a richer way that people want to share and consume thoughts and ideas," Zuckerberg said. The Facebook chief made his comments in response to a question during the company's earnings call on Wednesday about what mainstream applications could come out of virtual reality and Oculus VR. Facebook bought the VR headset maker last year for $2 billion, baffling some industry watchers about the social network's intentions.

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    7 essential SQL Server security tips
    Like so much of IT, database security requirements largely depend on the situation and environment. Needs may be completely different from one shop to another, even among different servers in the same shop. This is the problem I have with best practices. They give advice without any context, and people follow that advice sometimes to their detriment.

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    IBM aims new IoT community site at developers
    Hoping to rally the worldwide development community around the Internet of Things and drive business to its cloud services as well, IBM has launched a community space for programmers to write software to connect remote devices to back-end cloud systems. The site, called DeveloperWorks Recipes, provides a base for developers to learn about how IoT systems work and how to create code to run these systems. This is the second community site that IBM has set up in the past month. Last week, the company established DeveveloperWorks Open, to help developers collaborate on building open-source business software.

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    Obama rolls out plan to boost U.S. supercomputer prowess
    U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order setting up the National Strategic Computing Initiative, to coordinate government agencies, academia and the private sector for the development of high-performance computing systems. Adopting a "whole-of-government" approach, involving all departments and agencies with expertise and interests in high-performance computing (HPC), one of the objectives of the NSCI will be to speed up the delivery of "a capable exascale computing system that integrates hardware and software capability to deliver approximately 100 times the performance of current 10 petaflop systems across a range of applications representing government needs."

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    Newcomer Cyanogen looks to disrupt Android and iOS
    Several versions of the Android OS for smartphones have appeared on the global stage in recent years. One version, Cyanogen OS, has gathered publicity as well as prominent investors --including Twitter, Qualcomm and Foxconn -- that could give it some staying power.In a July report, IDC analyst William Stofega, asserted, "Cyanogen has the potential to meaningfully disrupt the current duopoly of Android and iOS, creating a richer experience for end users."Doing so would be a tall order for the Cyanogen OS, given that Apple and various Android phone makers control more than 95% of the smartphone market.An estimated 50 million users have loaded the open source Cyanogen OS on their smartphones since 2009 after stripping off the existing OS. In the past year, several new phones have arrived that are pre-loaded with the OS from newer phone manufacturers.

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