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3.3.14 Product Design and Development
Using Stolen Computer Processing Cycles to Mine Bitcoin
A team of computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, has taken an unprecedented, in-depth look at how malware operators use the computers they infect to mine Bitcoin, a virtual currency whose value is highly volatile. Researchers examined more than 2,000 pieces of malware used by Bitcoin mining operations in 2012 and 2013. They were able to estimate how much money operators made off their operations and which countries were most affected.
3.3.14 TG Daily
Using stolen computer processing cycles to mine Bitcoin
A team of computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, has taken an unprecedented, in-depth look at how malware operators use the computers they infect to mine Bitcoin, a virtual currency whose value is highly volatile.
3.3.14 ComputerWelt (Germany)
Bitcoins: Lukratives "Nebengeschaft" fur Malware-Macher
Mit Bitcoin-Trojanern werden weltweit Computer zum Geldschürfen gezwungen. Eine Studie der Universität San Diego hat ergeben, dass der Ertrag von zehn solcher Schürfmissionen in den Jahren 2012 und 2013 zumindest 4.500 Bitcoins betrug.
UCSD group plans second 3-D printed rocket engine test to gather more data
A team of UC San Diego students said they are the first university group in the world to build a 3-D printed rocket engine. The team, part of the school's Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), spent Monday working on devices they will attach to the engine to gather more data, and a second test will take place on Saturday in the Mojave Desert.
Can a Mercedes Car be hacked
It should be noted that no victims of car hacking have surfaced but according to an old article from Car and Driver, researchers at the Center for Automotive Embedded Systems Security (CAESS -- a joint-venture between the University of California San Diego and the University of Washington) claimed that it is possible by simply plugging a device into the car's OBD-II port.
2.26.14 Bright side of news.com
MiP Dances Into Our Hearts
MiP was created by WowWee in coordination with the University of California San Diego Robotics lab. WowWee's Adam Fairless and Alex Mullen designed the charming character. MiP comes equipped with GestureSense from XYZ Interactive Technologies which identifies the absolute x, y, and z position of an object in space, as well as its orientation with roll, pitch, yaw. MiP can be controlled by hand gestures or by Bluetooth on an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet.
2.26.14 GMA Live with Laurie Schacht
First Look at New Toys for 2014
Toy insider Laurie Schacht previews some cool new toys you'll see on shelves this year.
Youtube: Mip robot by WowWee at NY Toy Fair
Mip is the latest robot developed by toy company WowWee. It balances on two wheels and moves based on motion from your hand that the robot detects through it.
2.26.14 SD Metro
C-3 Forum to Explore Critical Water Issues Facing State
The future of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta -- an estuary critical to California's water future -- is the subject of a Feb. 27 forum sponsored by Citizen's Coordinate for Century 3. Andrew Poat, consultant to the California Resources Agency, and Dennis Cushman, assistant general manager of the San Diego County Water Authority will serve on a panel discussing critical water issues in light of Gov. Brown's drought declaration.
2.26.14 UCSD Guardian
UCSD Engineers Partner With Toy Company to Create Self-balancing Robot
The device's full name is Mobile Inverted Pendulum -- though it's endearingly known to the public as "MiP." Scheduled to hit the toy market in May 2014, MiP is a seven-inch-tall, battery-powered, multifunctional unit that looks like a miniature hybrid between R2-D2 from Star Wars and EVE from Pixar's "WALL-E." Not only is it able to keep itself standing upright, but it can do so while holding and balancing other objects, like a second MiP robot.
WowWee's MiP robot slated for spring arrival: Brand Mgr Andrew Yanofsky
WowWee's MiP robot slated for spring arrival
Toy Fair 2014: Winners of Space.com's Space Age Toy Awards
Each year, Space.com honors the best science- and space-themed gizmos at the four-day-long Toy Fair with the Space Age Awards. This year, the decisions were difficult, but finalists and winners were chosen in seven different categories: High-Tech Toy, Amazing Robot, Cosmic Space Toy, Sci-Fi on Earth, Little Scientists, Retro Future and Do-It-Yourself Science.
Fly, Shoot, and Drive: The Best Robots and RC Vehicles of Toy Fair
Spiders, planes, and dancing robots! Here's the best of what we saw in NYC.
The 10 Coolest Tech Toys From Toy Fair 2014
There were plenty of gems at this year's Toy Fair, the self-described "largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere." We saw programmer-friendly board games, smartphone-controlled paper airplanes, and, as ever, some really cool, geek-centric kits from the perennial favorite Lego.
Best tech toys from Toy Fair 2014
If you have fond memories of Johnny 5 then be prepared to fall in love all over again with WowWee's MiP Robot. OK MiP might not be the most exciting of acronyms (it is after-all short for Mobile Inverted Pendulum), crucially it means he is free to traverse and navigate his environment through the use of hand gestures. Clever stuff, and this is thanks to an innovation called GestureSense technology that represents the hard work of University of California at San Diego's Coordinated Robots Lab.
2.26.14 CNN Money
See new toy robots dance and climb walls
Toys like a remote controlled dinosaur and a dancing robot were on display at the International Toy Fair in New York.
2.24.14 Computer World
The surprise power hog for mobile storage: software
Flash storage can be a big power consumer in mobile devices, but it's not the flash that sucks up all that energy, it's the software that goes with it, according to researchers from the University of California at San Diego and Microsoft. Studying built-in storage in an Android smartphone and two Microsoft Surface RT tablets, graduate student Jing Li and his colleagues found that storage consumed more energy than anything else when the devices had their screens off.
2.24.14 Auto World News
Get Your Own Tiny Robot Friend for $119 (VIDEO)
Drones might not be delivering packages to your door just yet, but this tiny, two-wheeled robot could bring you that can of soda if you say please. The Mobile Inverted Pendulum, or MiP, is a toy robot from developer WowWee that dances, plays games and delivers objects while balancing on two wheels, Yahoo Tech reported. It is scheduled to be available in stores in May for $119.
Toy Fair 2014: Winners of Space.com's Space Age Toy Awards
From a build-it-yourself UFO to a robot that can balance a can of soda, 2014's Toy Fair showcased a diverse range of playthings and gadgets for kids of all ages. Each year, Space.com honors the best science- and space-themed gizmos at the four-day-long Toy Fair with the Space Age Awards.
Meet the Skysweeper!
This new little bot will soon be cruising power lines in place of humans, inspecting and repairing them. Developed by Jacobs School of Engineering/UC San Diego's graduate student Nick Morozovsky, stay tuned as we interview him next week to find out the quirks behind this tiny safety helper.