Chinese manufacturer Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co Up has recalled nearly 10,000 webcams in the aftermath of a cyber attack that blocked access last week to some of the world’s biggest websites.
Devices such as the CCTV cameras were compromised by hackers and used to perform a denial-of-service (DoS) attack on internet infrastructure provider Dyn, which cut access to websites including PayPal, Spotify and Twitter.
Such attacks harness hundreds of thousands of connected devices globally to flood the targeted servers, forcing them to crash.
London’s street furniture will take a turn to the future as unloved phone booths are set to be transformed into super fast wifi emitting obelisks, as BT rolls out its LinkUK kiosks.
Hundreds of users within range of a Link will be able to access free ultrafast Wi-Fi on the move, with speeds of up to 1Gbps - the fastest free public Wi-Fi service available - of great news to anyone running cloud CAD on the move.
The next evolution of BT’s public payphone service will replace hundreds of BT’s existing phone boxes, which will also feature sensors that can capture real-time data relating to the local environment - including air and noise pollution, outdoor temperature and traffic conditions.
Zemax OpticStudio 16.5 comes prepared with a list of new upgrades to make the optical and illumination design software more functional and wider reaching.
New stray light analysis tools identify and block unwanted rays in optical systems and help streamline stray light analyses to deliver consistent, accurate results faster.
Users should be able to isolate critical data by specifying the quantity of rays to investigate in Ray Database files, and display stray light paths in the Layout and Shaded Model system viewers.
A competition to design a box of essentials to be given to every newborn child in Scotland at birth has been launched, in an effort to give every child born in Scotland an equal start in life.
The Scottish Baby Box will be based on the successful Finnish model – where it is credited with contributing to one of the lowest levels of infant mortality in the world.
Delivered by the Scottish Government, with the help of the V&A Dundee and Scotland’s colleges and universities, the competition has been launched to design the surface of the box in aid to make it a more than simply a container of items, but a way in which the child’s first year can be captured and recorded.
Last year we stumbled across what we believed to be the ultimate crowdfunding project, the Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie private plane - yours starting from $595,000.
Nothing more than prototypes and renders were available at the time, yet now super retailer Marcus Neimann has added the Co50 Valkyrie to its list of seasonal Fantasy Gifts at an eye-bleeding price of $1.5M, complete with an even more retina blasting rose gold colour way.
This price tag also bags you an exclusive interior from the skilled hands of former luxury goods craftsmen, but it’s a hefty price to pay, regardless of how incredible the design, engineering and finish - so does the colour bring it more attention than ‘standard’ private jet white, moody black, or Trump gold?
With smartphone manufacturers coming under fire in 2016 for their design changes (headphone jacks anyone?), ZTE USA has gone to its community to progress its design direction.
Its Project CSX device is set to launch in 2017 featuring eye-tracking technology, plus a self-adhesive backing to hold the phone in place on a surface.
The eye tracking system is said to consist of two laser-focusing cameras, one on the top and one on the bottom that capture the user’s pupils’ movement in a vertical dimension. With this feature, the user can scroll up and down without even tilting their head up and down.
Entries are now open for Design Council Spark 2017, a support programme and fund designed to help people turn their idea into a commercially successful product.
The Spark programme only deals in physical products, and takes no equity, instead it simply requires participants to give a small percentage of their product’s sales back to the fund to support more ideas in the future.
In its third year, Design Council Spark will provide up to 15 UK-based inventors a place on their 16-week programme providing specialist expertise and bespoke one-to-one mentoring, plus an initial grant of £15,000 for product development.