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Beating Ebola and Cancer with rats and bats - Evolution is the ultimate bio lab

In the wake of the deadliest outbreak of Ebola in recorded human history, scientists and doctors are scrambling to bring effective quarantine measures into place. After the current wave of this pretty terrifying disease is quelled (assuming it is), our focus will shift from containment and mitigation to a long-term cure. There are several species w...

Apple probably won’t exist in 50 years - Long gone are the days of Jobs

I tried to care about this new iPhone and Apple Watch. I really did. When the first iPod came out, I bought one. When the first all-in-one iMac came out, I bought one. When the first iPhone came out, I went out and, positively dizzy with excitement, I bought one. Now I’m looking at this iPhone 6, and... meh.                 Apple did amazing thing...

The Majesty of Air Travel - VR helmets and standing seats

                Margins in the airline industry are horrible. Truly awful. And that’s not hyperbole; it’s a sober reflection on the facts. Depending on whom you ask airlines’ profit is between 1.0 and 2.6 percent, and that in an industry which relies on owning hundreds of airplanes, costing between $80 million and $390 million depending on size. Th...

Deception and ClearSCADA vulnerability - Social Engineering and cross-site scripting

Name: Cross-site scripting vulnerability Target: ClearSCADA product from Schneider Electric Corporation Type: Use of deception, social engineering to glean sensitive user data and forced shutdown of parent server.  Region: Primarily US and Europe, small percentage os systems run in Asia.  Who: No known public exploits Independent security rese...

Dassault Systèmes Acquires Quintiq: Aggressive Move Charts Out Bold Vision

Overview: On July 24, 2014, Dassault Systèmes let the world know of its intent to acquire operations planning & optimization company Quintiq. The acquisition was finalized on September 8th. Based in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, Quintiq has its US HQ in Philadelphia. Quintiq clocked in revenues of about $100 million for 2013. With a focus on manu...

The Home Depot gets itself hacked - The sorry state of cyber-security

                It seems that The Home Depot has fallen victim to the same kind of attack that had Target and eBay headlining the news earlier this year. While it is still too early to quantify the breach, estimates suggest that this event is more extensive than the 100 million-customer Target hack, which cost the company upwards of $400 million an...

Security as a Profit Center - Strategic moves by Key Companies to Drive Customer Acquisition in Industrial Markets (Part -I)

We recently did an analysis on North American Automation Security Trends and uncovered several strategic business drivers. The key highlights were: 1. Security goes beyond compliance. Drives profitability, sustainability and operational excellence of the enterprise. 2. The inevitability of cloud and IIoT requires technology innovation to create n...


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