Supersensitive Accelerometer Could Be the Answer to Better Drone Control


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Accelerometers are everywhere. You’ve probably got at least one on your person right now. But today’s run-of-the-mill accelerometers—MEMS devices that measure a minute change in capacitance—just aren’t very sensitive. They’re built to fit into smartwatches and smaller things, and that small size hampers how well they can sense changes. Engineers in Florida have now come up with a new take on the accelerometer that is as much as 1 million times as sensitive as a typical smartphone accelerometer, and it maintains that sensitivity up to a car-crash-scale 100 gs.

Roblox, the Club Penguin for Gen Z, is now cash-flow positive

I’m familiar with Roblox because my 8-year old daughter watches YouTube videos of kids playing the game almost every day. I’m also familiar with Roblox because she whined while we were running errands one weekend that she needed to “get on the internet right now” because she had scheduled a playdate with a friend in Roblox. And I’m familiar with Roblox because the other day, she uttered, “ugh, this obby,” which forced me to turn to Google like the old person I am to find out what the heck an obby was.

Google’s Cloud Security Command Center Should Help Stop Data Leaks

There’s a seemingly never-ending stream of incidents in which data stored in the cloud turns out to have been exposed to the open internet for weeks. Or months. Or years. These leaks aren’t necessarily related to targeted attacks or breaches, but they are dangerous exposures that stem from small setup mistakes. Maybe sensitive information wound up in a cloud repository where it didn’t belong. Or data was stored in the cloud so anyone could access it without authentication controls. Or someone never changed a default password. Now, as part of a broader slew of cloud security announcements, Google Cloud Platforms will offer a potential solution to the chronic problem of misconfigured cloud buckets.

Leading with Less Ego

Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter, of the global consulting firm Potential Project, make their case for mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion in leadership. Their survey of 30,000 leaders showed those characteristics are foundational — and often missing from leadership development programs. Practicing self-awareness, they say, leads to more focused and more people-focused organizations. They’re the authors of the new book, The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results.

Orbitz Data Leak

It has been reported that US travel agent Orbitz may have been hacked, potentially exposing the personal information of people that made purchases between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 22, 2017.

Google brings new security features to its cloud

For the longest time, enterprises worried about how secure their data would be in the cloud, and for some, that was a major roadblock for moving out of their own data centers. At this point, most major cloud providers have shown that security isn’t an issue and that they are quite capable of securing their customers’ data. Security is an ever-changing field, though, so there’s always more to be done. As if to hammer this point home, Google today is announcing a slew of new security features for both the Google Cloud Platform and G Suite.