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Rolls-Royce says it could use 3D printers to make JET ENGINES

Rolls-Royce says it could use 3D printers to make JET ENGINES | ICT | Scoop.it
Dr Henner Wapenhans, head of technology strategy at the prestigious firm, said the devices could help the firm slash production times and make millions.
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Rolls Royce believes it has defined a new technique to allow far more complex 3D printing such as the engine of a passenger jet. In recent months we have seen the printing of a fireable gun, this technology is evolving very quickly.

 

The technique of 3D printing is far cheaper than conventional production methods. Printing an engine for a passenger jet would be far more cost effective and efficient which would ultimately lead to lower costs for consumers when it comes to booking a flight. 3D printing is changing manufacturing.

 

However, there is a dark side to this new technology. 3D printers are easily accessable, being purchasable of sites such as amazon and ebay. As seen in recent months, a man in american published the blue prints for a 3D printed hand gun, which could allow gangs and terroist organisations to slip under the radar when it comes to weapons - untracable weapons. Anything is possible with a 3D printer, what will be next a 3D printed grendade casing? #ICT #IT

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Miss Teen USA hacker pleads guilty

Miss Teen USA hacker pleads guilty | ICT | Scoop.it
A hacker has pleaded guilty to breaking into Miss Teen USA and other young women's computers and taking compromising photos of them.
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A hacker in the US has pleaded guilty to hacking into young womens pc's. By doing this he has breached the computer misuse act 1990 and for doing so he faces 11 years in jail with a $1 million fine.

 

This highlights that further security is needed to prevent break ins to pc, and that such material as in the case above is being used for blackmail.

 

If a webcam is not in use it should be disconnected to prevent people from accessing it remotely.

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UK town to get driverless cars

UK town to get driverless cars | ICT | Scoop.it
Driverless cars will be tested for the first time in a UK town after £1.5m is made available from the government.
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100 fully automated driverless cars will be introduced by 2017 within a town in the UK.

 

Cars which communicate directly with eacother would result in a huge decrease in road accidents compared to a driver anticapting another drivers actions. 

To add to this, communication would lead to far less road congestion, as cars will be using different routes to get to the disired location.

 

However, this is far fetch and cost could be a huge implication that could prevent this kind of technology becoming widely available.

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Scientists' invention helps disabled people steer wheelchairs by ears

Scientists' invention helps disabled people steer wheelchairs by ears | ICT | Scoop.it
Scientists in Germany have invented chips which detect muscular movements in a person's ear, converting the transmissions into signals sent to a computer attached to a wheelchair, propelling it forward.
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German scientists have made wheelchairs controllable from by the ear, by creating a chip which detect muscular movements within the ear.

 

This is a big move forward, as for some people in wheelchairs they may not have the control of their arms which leaves them reliant of others to move them around. This chip will enable those in that situation to control the chair as they wish.

 

However, such technology which is only recently invented is not cheap, so it will be hard for all in that situation to be able to afford it.

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Virgin Media cost and speed increase

Virgin Media cost and speed increase | ICT | Scoop.it
Virgin Media is increasing the cost of its broadband service but will offer a faster 152Mbps service from 2014.
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Virgin media plan to increase their fibre optic speeds from 120mbps to 152mbps by 2014.

 

Their service will become the faster consumer service within the UK, beating their main competitor BT.

 

However the price increase may be due to increases in BT customer base (Probably down to bt sport being included with broadband!), so the price rise may deter some from making the switch or the upgade. Also as mention above, non price competition is big within the broadband market, such as bt offer sport channels with the broadband.

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3D printer 'gun parts' found in raid

3D printer 'gun parts' found in raid | ICT | Scoop.it
A 3D printer and suspected "homemade" gun components are seized during police raids in Manchester.
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