Technology News from Around the World



It’s been a while since we did one of these posts! Here’s a roundup of interesting news from around the net.

USB Stick Kills Your Computer in Seconds



The USB Killer kills any device (or at least over 95% of them) that it is connected to via a USB port. What’s the purpose of it? Not for casually bricking your boss’s or competition’s computers, as it turns out… but to test your devices’ resistance against power surger attacks.

The USB Kill does this by collecting power from the USB power lines, then discharging the stored voltage into the USB data lines. The charge/discharge cycle is repeated multiple times per second, and continues until the USB Killer is plugged out, or the circuit in the host machine is broken.



Here’s a demo of it working:



The same company also sells a USB Kill Tester Shield for testing your USB Killer without damaging your host device, or to prevent data theft via a very real threat known as “juice-jacking“*.

* A cyber attack in which charging stations access your device data or write malware to devices when connected to.

Cyber security has been a hot topic lately, being that threats to business data are getting more serious with the approach of IOT (The Internet of Things). All things considered, it’s not such a bad idea to pen test your business systems.


Drones Have Arms Now


The Japanese-made Prodrone PD6B-AQ-ARM can carry objects up to 10kg, for 30 minutes on a full charge. Imagine picking and packing (and performing deliveries) with this in your factory! The idea certainly isn’t new, with a video from 2013 showing a similar prototype. Still, its release is a good indication of impending changes to the way we do business.


Did You Know Cyborg Stingrays Exist?



Well, now you do. And not only do they exist, they function with rat muscles and gold. Check out this sorcery below (warning: contains creepy music):



The tiny cyborg is composed of silicone, gold, and living rat cells. The rat cells have been conditioned to respond to a specific wavelength of bright light, contracting in order to propel itself forward in the same way a stingray does.

Kit Parker, the Harvard University bio-engineer who led this project, hopes to one day create fully functional heart muscles to repair damaged hearts.

Because animal cyborg hybrids are all the rage now, researchers at the Faculty of Physics in the University of Warsaw have also created a caterpillar-inspired “soft robot”.



No word so far on whether these are the first steps to Judgment Day, but you’d better get ready just in case!



92% of SAP HANA users say it reduces costs



Earlier this month, a survey was conducted across 250 SAP HANA users, from sectors including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail and Distribution, and Technology and Telecoms in the UK. 92% say that SAP HANA helped them to reduce IT infrastructure costs, with 87% agreeing that it saved them business costs.

72% were able to implement their SAP HANA deployments within 6 months, and surprisingly enough, 74% of organisations deployed HANA for its data compression abilities, not just its analytics. 72% even chose HANA to save on IT infrastructure costs.

Considering our customers’ results, we’re not too surprised. Here’s another great reason users are so happy: both SAP Business One and SAP HANA have strong security features to keep your data safe. That’s one less thing to worry about when protecting your business from cyber attacks! Get the free whitepaper below for more details.