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Edward Snowden turns product designer with untrackable iPhone

Published 25 July 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, hardware, iphone, hacker, snowden

While we all know the name Edward Snowden as a US whistleblower who disclosed some shady surveillance practises, the former CIA man is also knows his way around tech, and has turned to designing a iPhone add-on that stop journalists from being tracked by the phone’s GPS transmitter.

Partnering with the brilliant hardware hacker and blogger Andrew ‘bunnie’ Huang, the pair were dismayed by how ‘journalists can be betrayed by their own tools’.

“Their smartphones are also the perfect tracking device. Because of the precedent set by the US’s “third-party doctrine,” which holds that metadata on such signals enjoys no meaningful legal protection, governments and powerful political institutions are gaining access to comprehensive records of phone emissions unwittingly broadcast by device owners.”

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The Mcor ARKe 3D printer gets upgrades that push its models to 2 million colours

Published 22 July 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, hardware, mcor technologies, mcor, colour

The Mcor ARKe has been boosted to ‘photorealistic’ levels of colour

Since its launch in January, the Mcor ARKe has had its engineers squirrelling away on upgrades for the machine that is already one of the best alternative choices for a desktop 3D printer.

Its photorealistic colour - with a 4800×2400dpi resolution - is a huge benefit to those wanting realistic prototypes straight off the printer bed, but this has been boosted even further by the new upgrades.

We turned to Mcor CEO and co-founder Conor MacCormack to update us on its engineering advancements:

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Dassault Systèmes adds electromagnetic simulation to portfolio

Published 21 July 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, simulation, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, analysis, aerospace, electronics, iot

The acquisition of CST should enable further simulation for connected devices

Electromagnetic (EM) and electronics simulation company Computer Simulation Technology (CST) entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Dassault Systèmes for approximately €220 million.

CST’s CST Studio Suite software is used by designers and engineers at more than 2,000 companies in the transportation, aerospace and defence, and energy industries to evaluate all types of EM effects during every stage of electronic system design processes.

Current CST customers include Airbus Defence and Space, Bosch Group, Frauscher Sensor Technology and Sirona.

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Aquarium teams up with school kids to design a prosthetic for a penguin

Published 19 July 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d systems, education, penguins

Middle school students from Mystic Middle School, Connecticut, US, have helped to create a 3D printed orthotic boot for a penguin at the nearby Mystic Aquarium.

Using 3D Systems’ technology to make a custom-fit flipper for an injured endangered penguin, the students 3D scanned a foot cast, then modelled and 3D printed the grippy new boot for Purps the penguin.

The process depressed with the time consuming wrestling needed to fit a penguin with a bulky manual traditional cast, while being able to add in some custom elements like rubbery grips on the bottom.

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