Thursday, April 23, 2015

The History of Hacking

A short post today, because the link will provide the info.

CNN has an excellent article on the history of hacking. If you are even remotely interested in technology, it's a great read.

Here is the link.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Shofu's CDA Special

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CDA Booth #1128
Come by and have a "smile" cookie on us!

  • 8 Dental shooting modes – Easier, faster and more reproducible images
  • Auto focus, zoom and isolate shade
  • Auto flash adjustment for true color
  • 3.5 inch LED/LCD touchscreen – Works with exam gloves
  • Water/chemical resistant – Essential for infection control in the office
  • HIPAA compliant – protects patient privacy and security*

More Information Click Here

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Security Expert Removed from United Flight after Tweeting the Flight Would be Easy to Hack...

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Be careful what you Tweet boys & girls.
It seems a well known security expert has been warning folks for the last 4-5 years about how easy it would be to hack systems on some planes.  When he Tweeted about this from a flight, he was pulled off by the FBI.  Seriously?
Here’s part of the story:

A prominent computer security expert was barred from boarding one United flight, removed from another, and detained by the FBI—all apparently over a tweet pointing out how easy United’s security system is to hack.

Chris Roberts—the founder of security analysis firm One World Labs—tweeted aboutvulnerabilities on his United flight’s engine-indicating and crew-alert systems (EICAS) last Wednesday.


For the full story from Gawker, click here.  

Monday, April 20, 2015

Carestream CS 8100 3D Undergoes FDA Recall

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Something owners & buyers should be aware of.  It seems the Carestream 8100 3D cone beam device is undergoing an FDA recall.  
Here is the info:
Date PostedApril 03, 2015
Recall Status1Open
Recall NumberZ-1378-2015
Recall Event ID70649
Premarket Notification
510(K) Number
Product ClassificationSystem,X-Ray,Extraoral Source,Digital - Product CodeMUH
ProductCS 8100 3D, CATALOG # (s): 5311162, 5311188. Intended to produce complete or segmented tomographic digital panoramic X-ray images and three-dimensional digital X-ray images of the dentomaxillo-facial area to be used at the direction of healthcare professionals as diagnostic support for pediatric and adult patient.
Code InformationAll serial numbers of affected devices.
Recalling Firm/
Carestream Health, Inc.
1049 W Ridge Rd
Rochester, New York 14615-2731
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
Units device head descended unexpectedly
FDA Determined
Cause 2
DESIGN: Component Design/Selection
ActionThe firm sent customers "Urgent: Medical Device Recall" letters, dated December 29, 2014. The letter described the problem, as well as, the actions to be taken. A Carestream Health service representative will contact customers to schedule a visit to inspect the affected devices. Questions or concerns should be directed towards the Carestream Customer Care Center in the U.S. at 1-800-328-2910.
Quantity in Commerce470 units (127 domestically & 343 internationally)
DistributionWorldwide Distribution -- US, including the states of AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NV, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, and WV; and the countries of India and Switzerland.
Total Product Life CycleTPLC Device Report

Friday, April 17, 2015

X-47B Passes In Air Refueling Test

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It looks like the U.S. Navy’s X-47B UAV system is getting closer & closer to being ready to go.  According to, the UAV made contact with an Omega K-707 aerial tanker 2 days ago to test the inflight refueling of the system.  The trial was a success and this brings the stealth drone closer than ever to being ready to deploy.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Drone Maker DJI May be Worth 10 Billion

As most of you loyal readers know, I’ve been a drone owner & fanatic for a couple of years now.
The latest one I’m flying is the DJI Vision 2 pictured above.  I’ve been impressed with the device’s ease of use, durability, and the availability of spare parts.
It’s just a flat out kick to fly and take images with.
Being a drone owner has changed a lot in the time I’ve been flying and the newer models coming out are easier to fly, better built, and make the whole hobby just a lot more fun.  A lot of those things I just mentioned are because of DJI.  The company took a look at the marketplace and took it from a DIY hobby to something that almost anyone can use & understand pretty quickly.
Now comes word that DJI (a Chinese company) is looking for a market valuation of $10 billion from investors.  Is that amazing?  It seems so to me, but that’s the word from CNN Money.  For the full story from CNN Money, here is the link.
They say:

The world's most innovative drone maker is not based in Silicon Valley. It's in China -- and it could be worth $10 billion.

SZ DJI Technology Co., better known as DJI, is looking to raise money from investors at a $10 billion valuation, according to media reports. A company spokesman confirmed to CNN that DJI is talking to venture capital firms, but declined to comment further.

The upstart Chinese firm is at the forefront of the drone invasion, offering professional quality machines to consumers for around $1,000. Should the funding round come off, the company's $10 billion valuation would catapult it into the ranks of elite tech startups.

DJI's drones are designed with four propellers, and are easy for beginners to control. One of the latest models, the Phantom 3, comes equipped with a camera that shoots in 4K or 1080p, and has a range of 1.2 miles (2 kilometers). The drones are used by enthusiasts, commercial clients and the media (CNN owns a few, for example).

The world got a close look at one of the company's products in January, when a DJI drone crash landed on the White House grounds, sparking worries over security. (DJI has already installed no-fly zones in some models).


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Core3dcentres® NA Recognized as Complete Solutions Partner for Carestream Dental

Las Vegas, NV – April 14, 2015 – Core3dcentres® and Carestream Dental are pleased to announce that Core3dcentres has been recognized as a Complete Solutions Partner for Carestream Dental in North America. With seven out of 10 oral health professionals worldwide using Carestream Dental products, this is a dental imaging solution team Core3dcentres is proud to be on!
Core3dcentres has undergone a rigorous training process to help CS Connect — a hosted web-based platform that enables the transmission of digital impression data — dental laboratories take maximum advantage of Carestream Dental’s game-changing computer-aided design/computer- aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) solutions, making their workflow intuitive and efficient, while building their business.

First, practitioners use either one of several Carestream Dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) units or the CS 3500 intraoral scanner to create digital impressions. With a CBCT unit, conventional impressions are scanned to create 3D models, or, the intraoral scanner can be used to capture true color, high-resolution 3D digital images of patients’ teeth.

Once the STL files have been submitted to a lab, two different workflows are possible depending on the laboratory’s digital capabilities, both based on the original scans taken by the practitioner with Carestream Dental scanning solutions. If the lab prefers to do their own case design, Core3dcentres can assist with fast model printing, eliminating the need for expensive in-lab model printing capabilities. In workflow option 2, Core3dcentres can also design the case for the laboratory and then print and return the models. The laboratory can choose to mill the case themselves or have Core3dcentres do it for them with either workflow option.

Both Core3dcentres and Carestream Dental are very excited by this partnership as it opens up new opportunities for the dental industry and reinforces both companies’ commitment to using the best technologies, materials and processes available in the market today.
For more information on Carestream Dental services from Core3dcentres, or any other products, services and educational offerings, please visit; or contact us toll-free at 1- 888-750-9204 or by email at

About Core3dcentres®

With production centers in Sydney, Australia; Calgary, Canada; Las Vegas, USA; Glasgow, Scotland; Maartensdijk, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Osaka, Japan; Engelsbrand and Munich, Germany and growing every day, Core3dcentres offers the one of the most comprehensive suites of digital implant solutions today, allowing dental laboratories of any size to fully service every indication in dentistry’s most rapidly growing market segment with greater precision, faster turnaround and greater dentist and patient satisfaction. Using the latest in CAD/CAM technologies for a complete one-stop implant-crown solution, Core3dcentres supplies a full range of digital solutions, all supported by one of the largest ranges of dual-use lab/intraoral scan bodies (radiopaque and autoclavable) on the market today; lab analogs; digital model analogs; screws; titanium bases; hybrid abutments; titanium abutments and bars; and frameworks in PMMA, Zirconia, Titanium and Co-Cr for screw-retained bridges.

As a Carestream Dental Complete Solutions Partner; an authorized milling partner for the Thommen Implant System, Dentsply CELTRATM Duo, VITA Zahnfabrik, Ivoclar VivadentTM, BioHorizons® and 3M LavaTM; as well as a Cadent iTeroTM model milling center, Core3dcentres® offers access to all of the leading brands (CELTRATM Duo, VITA ENAMIC®, VITA SUPRINITY®, IPS e.max® CAD, Telio CAD®, ZenoTec®, LavaTM) supported by continuing education, technical assistance, validated workflows and fast turnarounds. To find out more, visit

About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental provides industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals. With more than 100 years of industry experience, Carestream Dental products are used by seven out of 10 practitioners globally and deliver more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care. For more information or to contact a Carestream Dental representative, call 1.800.933.8031 or visit

About Carestream Health
Carestream is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and IT solutions; Xray imaging systems for non-destructive testing and advanced materials for the precision films
and electronics markets. For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream representative, call 888.777.2072 or