- Major ISPs agree to FCC’s code of conduct on botnets, DNS attacksThe FCC’s campaign to secure the internet gained new momentum last week, when a group of major ISPs signed on to a new code of conduct aimed at mitigating cybercrime. Adopted by the FCC’s Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), the new code targets three main security threats: botnets, DNS attacks and internet route hijacking. The Anti-Bot Code of Conduct invites ISPs to adopt sharper detection methods, and to notify and assist consumers whenever their computers are infected. The DNS code, meanwhile, offers a list of best practices by which ISPs can tighten security. Though it doesn’t call for a full adoption of DNSSEC technology, the guidelines do represent a “first step” toward implementation, allowing web users to verify the authenticity of their online destinations. As for internet route attacks, the CSRIC calls for a similarly collective approach, asking ISPs to collaborate on new technologies within an industry-wide framework.
In a statement, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said that these practices “identify smart, practical, voluntary solutions that will materially improve the cyber security of commercial networks and bolster the broader endeavors of our federal partners.” The industry apparently agrees, as heavyweights like AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast, Cox, Sprint, Time Warner Cable, T-Mobile and Verizon have already signed on. For the FCC’s full statement, check out the source link below.
Major ISPs agree to FCC’s code of conduct on botnets, DNS attacks originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Mar 2012 16:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- AT&T Labs, Carnegie Mellon research haptic-feedback steering wheel for turn-by-turn directions
A force-feedback steering wheel. It’s quite literally the stuff of racing games, and AT&T labs, along with Carnegie Mellon, is researching the possibly of throwing similar tech into your real-world whip. MIT’s Technology Review recently highlighted the project, which uses 20 vibrating actuators shoved inside of a steering wheel to create a variety of patterns — a counter-clockwise sequence could indicate a left turn, for example. As you might have guessed, one of the goals is to keep drivers less distracted by the likes of visual turn-by-turn GPS navigators and more focused on the road. While it’s currently being tested with driving simulators, the results are positive so far, if a bit modest. When supplemented with typical audio / visual navigation, folks near the age of 25 kept their eyes planted on the asphalt for 3.1 percent more time than without it. Notably, the improvement wasn’t found with those over 65 in the aforementioned instance, however, supplemented with just the audio, the vibrating wheel had them focusing on the road by an increase of four percent.
According to Technology Review, this isn’t the first time haptic feedback has been tested as a driving aid, although past tests have, notably, resulted in “fewer turn errors” by those behind the wheel. Best of all, the tech is capable of sending more than just navigation cues — it could certainly be useful in a Telsa. So when can you expect to find a force-feedback steering wheel in your ride? Technology Review cites Kevin Li, an AT&T Labs researcher on the project, who says the main hurdle is making something that people will just “get,” and that it’s still “years” away from becoming a possibility. While there’s no photos of the setup just yet, a full report on the research will get released in June. Hey, there’s always Forza and Gran Turismo, at least for now — right?
AT&T Labs, Carnegie Mellon research haptic-feedback steering wheel for turn-by-turn directions originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Mar 2012 14:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- What do Samsung and Phones 4u have to show the UK on March 30th?
We’re not saying this could be the date-of-reveal for the Galaxy S III, but we also can’t say it’s not. What we can surmise, however, is that either Samsung or UK retailer Phones 4u (possibly both) apparently have something to unveil on March 30th. According to Eurodroid, the window pictured above, simply reading “coming 30.03.12″ under a Samsung logo, was photographed by one of its readers outside of the Phones4u located on Oxford St. in London. The site also notes that this same location was the exclusive retailer for the Galaxy Nexus when it launched, making the little meat that’s currently here all the more juicy. Whatever Sammy has in store, you’ll just have to keep guessing as it remains a mystery for now. Hit up the links below for more photos and speculation, and be sure let us know your best guess in the comments.
What do Samsung and Phones 4u have to show the UK on March 30th? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Mar 2012 12:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Harry Potter Wizards Collection brings home all eight movies on a ridiculous 31 discs (video)
Now that all of the Harry Potter movies have been released, Warner Bros. has seen fit to slide them together in one truly epic set. Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection spans 31 discs including the theatrical version of each movie, extended cuts of the first two flicks, 3D versions of the last two, Ultraviolet digital copies and several bonus discs with ten hours of new to disc bonus content and 5 hours of never before seen extras. Of course, we should also mention the incredibly detailed box it all comes in, seen in the CG video above. Of course, you can’t always have everything, and some fans are upset about what this collection doesn’t include — extended versions of the last six movies. Those still interested can preorder the $499 MSRP set (currently selling for $349 on Amazon) for delivery September 7th, and get an early preview of one of the special features embedded after the break.
Harry Potter Wizards Collection brings home all eight movies on a ridiculous 31 discs (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Mar 2012 10:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- NRG to bring 200 fast-charging EV stations to the Golden State, pump $100 million into CA infrastructure
Way back before NRG was making electric DeLoreans and building solar power plants, it co-owned a slew of power facilities in California with Dynegy — an energy outfit that got caught up in a long-term litigation over some old energy contracts with the state. Long story short, that legal dispute became NRG’s problem in 2006, after it acquired Dynegy’s majority stake in the partnership — a problem it’s finally resolving by peppering California with 200 fast-charging EV stations. The $120 million settlement promises to create jobs, invest in the state’s economy and provide job training for the stations’ maintenance and installation crews.
NRG may be shelling out some serious cash, but the deal is still mutually beneficial — those extra vehicle chargers will be running on its own fee-based eVgo network, after all. Governor Jerry Brown calls the settlement the beginning of a “virtuous circle” that will boost EV sales for the state, which will in turn, provoke investors to expand California’s charging infrastructure, which will, of course, sell more cars. In fact, he’s banking on it, and has signed an executive order setting targets for EV adoption. If all goes as planned, you’ll be looking at a smog free San Francisco skyline by 2050. Won’t that be nice?
NRG to bring 200 fast-charging EV stations to the Golden State, pump $100 million into CA infrastructure originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Mar 2012 07:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Sky Anytime+ now available via all broadband providers
We knew it was coming, but now it’s finally landed. Yep, those Sky+HD subscribers who get their internet from elsewhere are now free wander into the formerly fortified town of Anytime+. For the first time, all Sky+HD users with broadband can access the full range of online programming, which includes content from the BBC and ITV. Not a Sky customer, but like the sound of this? Sky’s already thought of that, and should have something to ease your pain anytime now.
Sky Anytime+ now available via all broadband providers originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Mar 2012 04:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Could Fido be joining the Canadian LTE club?
Those of you living north of the border have a few LTE options already, but could we see one more being added to the list? Depending on how that murky image above is to be understood, then maybe we will. It’s alleged by staff that a new “LTE Voice and Data” bundle is showing up when accounts are being activated or upgraded. We’re never convinced until the writing’s on the wall (or at least the company website), but if you’re on the Rogers-owned network, and wanting faster data, there’s hope for you yet.
- Ask Engadget: using an iPad as a remote viewfinder?
We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from is from William who is looking for an solution to the problem of badly designed public spaces. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.
“Hi guys. I’m getting married in a church with a weird split-hall design. The result is that half of the attendees won’t be able to see the ceremony at all! I’m wondering if I could hook up my Canon Rebel T3i up to my 3rd-generation iPad and use it as a quick-and-dirty closed-circuit display? There’s no WiFi in the location, so it has to be a wired solution too. Please help me!”
It’s an interesting request and that’s why we’re here: solving those problems that three minutes on Google just can’t. So, dear friends, what say you? Wish the soon-to-be-wed couple all the best by adding a helpful solution to the comment feed and spread a little joy.
Ask Engadget: using an iPad as a remote viewfinder? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 22:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Instagram opens signup page for Android port, release date still unknown
It’s no secret that one of the most popular apps to ever hit the App Store will soon be coming to Android, and if you’d prefer to be one of the very first on your block to be notified… well, there’s a website for that. Instagram has just opened up a signup page for Android loyalists, enabling folks to input their email address and await word on the download going live. Sadly, there’s no hint on the aforesaid page that gets us any closer to a specific release date, but hey — it’s one less unspecified thing you have to remember, right? Pop that source link if your interest has been piqued.
Instagram opens signup page for Android port, release date still unknown originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 20:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.