One only has to see the latest news from automotive upstarts like Tesla, Uber and Alphabet’s Waymo — or even from evolving industry stalwarts like GM — to know that the very concept of automobiles is undergoing rapid change. While developments around self-driving autonomous vehicles might garner the most attention, there are a number of other shifts occurring that are fundamentally altering how cars are designed, made, and used — helping to shape the future of cars themselves.
Autodesk taps Apple’s powerful mobile devices with new SketchBook 4.0—boasting new rendering engine, massive canvas and much more for visual artists across industries.
Autodesk deservingly has been lauded on this site and others for the rapid embrace of Apple’s iOS platform and award-winning mobile devices—iPhone and iPad. And it has also been noted in the past that the company recognizes the sheer computational power in these devices powered by Apple’s own A-series CPUs.
Thus, it’s no surprise then that the latest SketchBook 4.0 for iOS, by Autodesk, builds on this history of taking your iOS device to the max.
Imagine browsing your favorite websites on your computer or playing a browser-based game when things start slowing down. You click the window in frustration hoping that the site responds, to no avail. Finally, the browser alerts you that something is making it run too slow and you need to reset it.
The problem is not the browser design or the websites that you are surfing. It is the fact that you are browsing too many resource-intensive sites through multiple web browsing applications. You may be using Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, Opera, Safari, and/or a combination of the many other browsers on the market.
Advances in technologies such as cloud-based high-performance computing, AI, and machine learning are leading us closer to a “push-button manufacturing.” future, but despite these advances, the fact remains that design and manufacturing are largely disconnected. Autodesk's Diego Tamburini explains how to break down the siloes.
The need for closing the gap between design and manufacturing teams is overwhelmingly compelling; traditionally, by the time a product has been designed, only 8% of the product budget has been spent, but 80% of the cost of the product has been locked in.
Some design solutions (such as CAD, or add-ons to CAD) offer some ‘design for manufacturability’ (DFM) capabilities, but they are very limited. This is mainly because DFM is very difficult to achieve, but also because of the history behind software companies who produce these tools. But this is changing; the leading software companies in the industry are building or acquiring capabilities to cover the entire product development lifecycle. So, the incentive (and ability) to better connect its various phases is growing.
For what started as a research network that was largely owned and operated by top universities, the Internet as we know it today has become much more.
In 1969, ARPANET carried the first data packets between two separate nodes. During its genesis, ARPANET included the University of California, Los Angeles and the Stanford Research Institute before adding the University of Utah and University of California, Santa Barbara. What began as a 4-node network in 1969 had swelled to include 213 hosts by 1981. From there, it took off.
The Internet’s first iteration began with a segregated network, similar to the development that Internet2 has experienced. Both networks were created under the watchful eye of top higher education institutions with a common goal of increasing the capabilities of the research and education community.
A new SmartMarket Report from Dodge Data & Analytics shows that the use of building information modeling (BIM) is increasing in the horizontal construction market. The Business Value of BIM for Infrastructure 2017 SmartMarket Report – produced in partnership with Autodesk, and with support from Deloitte – analyzes how engineers, contractors and owners are using BIM for transportation infrastructure projects in the US, UK, France and Germany.
It shows that commitment to BIM is skyrocketing among firms who use it, with 52% now reporting they deploy it on over half their projects, versus only 20% of them implementing it at that high level just two years ago. The report is available for free download here. The new report updates a previous SmartMarket Report from 2012 on the value of BIM for infrastructure in the US, which showed that its use on all types of infrastructure projects significantly lagged vertical building construction. However, the new study suggests that BIM is well on its way to becoming established for transportation in the US and European markets.
WannaCrypt0r is just the latest “news making” attack. There have been many in the past. There will be more in the future.
Our customer’s must prepare for future attacks and we have their attention right now!
Previous news worthy attacks:
Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are continuing to grow in size and frequency, and hitting a larger number of organizations than ever before: that’s the message from the latest Worldwide DDoS Attacks & Cyber Insights Research Report from Neustar. 84% of the 1000-plus organizations surveyed for the report said that they had been targeted by a DDoS attack over the past year, and 45% of respondents said they had been hit by more than five attacks over the past year. The total number of DDoS attacks worldwide increased by 15% during the past 12 months, across all sectors.
Unless you have been living in a cave with no WiFi, you have seen the massive ransomware outbreak that launched last Friday. The attack is still evolving, with new versions being released over the weekend.
Here’s a summary of what we know about the attack, and what you can do about it:
Figure 1 – Screenshot of WannaCry Ransomware v2.0 first observed by Lastline on May 11th.