NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 22, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat-2), which will fly NASA's most advanced laser altimeter to measure Earth's changing ice. The teleconference will stream live on NASA's website.
ICESat-2 is scheduled to launch Sept. 15 on a mission to provide critical, precision measurements of Earth's ice sheets, glaciers and sea ice, which will help scientists better understand how changes at the poles will affect people around the world.
The briefing participants are:
Tom Wagner, cryosphere program scientist in the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters
Richard Slonaker, ICESat-2 program executive in SMD
Doug McLennan, ICESat-2 project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Donya Douglas-Bradshaw, Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) instrument manager at Goddard
Tom Neumann, ICESat-2 deputy project scientist at Goddard
At the time of the briefing, associated graphics will be available online at:
Media who would like to ask questions by phone must send an email with their name and affiliation to Steve Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 a.m. Aug. 22. Questions also can be submitted during the teleconference via Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA.
The teleconference will be followed at 2:30 p.m. by a live, televised discussion with social media followers and mission experts at Goddard, which manages the ICESat-2 mission for SMD. It will be carried on NASA Television, the agency's website and NASA's Facebook Live, Periscope, Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, and UStream channels. Members of the public can ask questions with the hashtag #askNASA on Twitter or in the comment section of the NASA Ice Facebook page.
ICESat-2 will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard United Launch Alliance's final Delta II rocket. For more information on the mission, visit:
For more information about NASA's Earth science activities, visit:
Today, Casio G-SHOCK announces the latest addition to its men's GA710 series, the premium variation of the GA700 base model. The new timepiece, the GA710B-1A2, features a matte black finish, as well as blue metallic accents with an IP finish on the face and buckle.
First announced in winter 2018, each timepiece in the GA710 series also comes equipped with G-SHOCK's classic front button design and 3D bold hands on the face for a dynamic, tough look without sacrificing style.
The GA710B-1A2 offers standard G-SHOCK technology of 200M water resistance and shock resistance, as well as the following features:
Super LED light
World time (31 time zones / 48 cities + UTC)
4 daily alarms
1/100th sec. stopwatch (24hr)
1/10th countdown timer
12/24 hour time formats
53.4 mm case
A video showcasing the GA710B-1A2 has been created and can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/GA710
The GA710B-1A2 will retail for $130 beginning in September 2018 at gshock.com, select jewelers, select Macy's, and the G-SHOCK Soho Store.
SOURCE Casio America, Inc.
The Design Is Perfect
Clutch throttle gaming chair features 4D armrests. It means that they can more up and down, forward and back, and side to side. In other words, you can move them in any direction of your choice. They also can be removed from the body and hence, you have a chance to rest the elbows in the right position for gaming. The four gas lift enables you to adjust the height while the tilt lock allows you to lock the chair at any angle of your choice. The backrest recline function allows you to take an angle constrained to 85-135 degrees.
For your comfort’s sake, the gaming chair features neck and lumbar cushion. While some people may find the feature optional, a person who games for hours will need the super soft cushions at some point. They conform to the shape of your back. High quality foam is provided at the sitting area. Having featured a heavy duty frame, the chair does not move around and instead, you have a sense of support and sturdiness as you seat on the chair.
Your floors will remain unscratched after purchasing the clutch gaming chair. It features non-marking castors, which are safe for all surfaces. In fact, it has a silky smooth operation that leaves your floor untouched.
The Chair Is Durable
Steel is utilized to provide the structure. The metal is not only known for its strength, but it is also durable. You will get value for money by opting for the chair. PU leather is used, which assures you that the product will remain good even after years of use. It also helps create a classy touch to your space.
It Can Support a Lot of Weight and More Body Sizes
Unlike many products in the market, this gaming chair can support a lot of weight. It has been tried and tested to support at least 330 pounds. Most of the chairs support fewer pounds. In addition to this, it has an extra wide design for large-sized gamers. It is indicative that the manufacturer takes into consideration the fact that all groups of people are thrilled by gaming.
The Warranty Lasts for a Lifetime
This feature differentiates the chair from other products. You are not limited in regards to when you can seek for free repairs and maintenance of the steel frame. Warranty for other parts and upholstery is limited to three years. The long period shows that the manufacturer is confident that the quality of the chair is remarkable.
Different Colors Are Offered
You could choose the red color to echo your sense of boldness and confidence in gaming. Alternatively, you could go for the white color that creates a calming and peaceful gaming environment. Both colors have shades of black to usher in neutrality and class. The aesthetics are also appealing to the end that the product will easily blend in with other furniture in your home or office.
Different Types of Clutch Throttle Series
Clutch allows you to choose from different styles and designs to suit your tastes and preferences. The gaming chairs offered are
Clutch Chairz Throttle Series Echo Premium Gaming Chair
It is white and black in color and features all the clutch delights including 4D armrests, a good ergonomic design, wider seat, a lumbar support pillow and breathable material. With only 469.99 dollars, you can take the product home.
Throttle Series PewDiePie Edition Gaming Chair
This red and black chair is easy to assemble and is adjustable in all conceivable ways. You are assured of maximum comfort as you sit for long gaming hours. More so, it creates an inviting look to your space.
Throttle Series Charlie Premium Gaming Chair
The product comes in black and white color. With higher backrest, you are assured that your neck and spinal cord will remain healthy. The wider and foamed sitting area makes the chair comfortable. You will be thrilled by the ergonomic design since it conforms to your body shape. It is easy to assemble.
Throttle Series Bravo Premium Gaming Chair
It comes in white and black color and just like other clutch chairs, it has a perfect design to match your need for comfort. The 4D armrests, lumbar support pillow and wider seat will suit the needs of all the consumers in the market. You can purchase the product at not more than 469.99 dollars at reputable sites.
The clutch throttle gaming chairs offer you the features that you need as a gamer. From comfort, to flexibility, to support, the chairs will always come through. Choosing the best chair from the designs offered can be difficult since only minor differences are featured. One of the features that you can consider is the color. You could either go for the red or white colors depending on your taste. Besides this, the price of the products can be regarded as high compared to other brands in the market However, the top quality and unique design featured justifies the price.
You will not regret after buying clutch gaming chairs top Clutch Throttle gaming chairs. Proper research will, however, go a long way in helping you to make the right decision from. For more information, go to https://www.ultimategamechair.com/
Samsung unveils the Exynos Modem 5100, featuring support for 5G as well as 4G, 3G, and 2G, with speeds up to 6Gbps when connected to millimeter wave towers
Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced that it has developed Exynos Modem 5100, the industry’s first 5G modem that is fully compatible with 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 15 (Rel.15), the most up-to-date standard specification for 5G New Radio (5G-NR). Built on power-efficient 10-nanometer (nm) process technology, the new modem also supports legacy radio access technologies designed into a single chip.
“Samsung’s leadership in communication technologies and market-proven knowledge allowed us to develop the industry’s first 5G modem, the Exynos Modem 5100, which fully complies with the latest 3GPP standards,” said Dr. Inyup Kang, president and head of System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics. “As the industry prepares the shift toward 5G, Samsung will continue to drive the growth of innovative ideas and new services in mobile applications and other emerging industries.”
Samsung successfully conducted an over-the-air (OTA) 5G-NR data call test under a wireless environment utilizing a 5G base station and 5G end-user equipment prototype embedded with Exynos Modem 5100. As the test simulated real-world cellular network conditions, this will ensure faster development and commercialization of 5G mobile devices that adopt this new modem. Samsung is also working closely with a number of global mobile carriers and partners to quickly bring 5G mobile communications to the market.
The Exynos Modem 5100 supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums specified in 3GPP’s 5G standard as well as legacy networks, including 2G GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA, and 4G LTE, with a single chip solution. As 5G is expected to be first deployed over existing network infrastructures, commercial implementation will benefit from the single-chip design that maximizes data transmission efficiency and reliability between other communication networks.
The modem delivers a maximum downlink speed of up to 2-gigabits per second (Gbps) in 5G’s sub-6-gigahertz (GHz) settings and 6Gbps in mmWave settings, which are about 1.7 and five times the data transfer speeds of its predecessor respectively. Fast and stable data communication can also be secured in 4G networks with the downlink speed of 1.6Gbps.
5G’s capability to transmit large-capacity data and real-time low-latency communication is expected to bring new user experiences not only in mobile but also in areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT), ultra-high resolution videos, holograms, real-time artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous driving.
Exynos Modem 5100 is also offered with radio frequency IC (RFIC), Envelope Tracking (ET) and power management IC (PMIC) solutions, and will be available to customers by the end of 2018.
More information about Samsung’s Exynos products can be found at: http://www.samsung.com/exynos.
Following its recent US acquisition of iPayment Holdings, Inc., Paysafe Group announces today it plans to sunset the iPayment brand and replace it with its own recently re-launched brand identity and 'Plug into Paysafe' proposition. The over-hauled Paysafe brand strategy, which was revealed in May, and is articulated through a new 'Plug into Paysafe' strapline, emphasizes the global payment provider's commitment to delivering an unrivalled payments platform which merchants, partners, developers and consumers can 'plug into'. Once plugged in, the one stop Paysafe payments platform gives access to a unique portfolio of payments capabilities from processing, to cash solutions, to point of sale technology.
The strategy and plans behind the iPayment re-brand decision will be shared in person with approximately 200 of iPayment's ISO and agent partners at their annual Partner Conference which takes place today in Kissimmee, Florida.
According to Paysafe's North America CEO of Payment Processing, Todd Linden, the re-brand of iPayment is more than just a change of name and logo, he argues it marks an industry milestone as two leading payments players come together with a shared vision to deliver something very different in North America.
Linden commented: "As a result of the iPayment acquisition, Paysafe is now one of the leading payment processors in the US and it makes sense for us to capitalize on this strengthened position and go to market through one consistent brand strategy and vision. Our new 'Plug into Paysafe' brand positioning has resonated really well with our customers and partners and the iPayment team are enthusiastic about taking advantage of it as we merge together to deliver a truly unique payments offering in North America. I'm confident we have the opportunity to do something very bold and special in the payments space – these are exciting times."
The Paysafe brand will replace the parent brand, iPayment Holdings, Inc., as well as its iPayment Capital brand with immediate effect.
iPayment's Annual Partner Conference 2018, which takes place today and tomorrow, will provide nearly 200 of iPayment's ISO and agent partners an exclusive sneak peek into future offerings, including new technology and tools, as well as business and product opportunities designed to generate new revenue streams. The event, which has been running for over 10 years, is well established within the industry as a strong networking occasion, and a payments calendar highlight, amongst both industry organizations as well as professionals representing all parts of the payments ecosystem. As well as thought-provoking keynote and panel sessions, it also features a product showcase from approximately 35 industry vendors. The conference is supported by title sponsor First Data, as well as premier sponsors, American Express, Visa/Authorize.Net and Iris CRM.
Yuneec Introduces All-New Portable Folding Drone with Voice Control and Facial Detection to Award Winning Consumer Lineup
"The Mantis Q was developed to offer cutting edge, advanced drone features such as voice control and facial detection in an easy-to-use, ultra portable package," said Michael Jiang, CEO of Yuneec International. "Consumers will find that the Mantis Q seamlessly integrates into everyday experiences, and they will appreciate the incredible energy efficient package that allows up to 33 minutes of flight time to help capture every moment."
With the all new Voice Control feature, users can command Mantis Q just by using their voice. Voice control allows users to take a photo or begin recording video all without having to manually take their hands off of the controls, making it that much easier to capture the perfect shot. Mantis Q responds to commands such as "Wake up" for powering on, "Take a picture", "Record a video" and "Take a selfie." It will also respond to the flight commands such as "Take off" to automatically start flying and then come up to a hover or auto-landing commands such as "Return home".
Facial Detection and Gesture Control
Other notable features of the Mantis Q include its facial detection and gesture control. Users simply smile at the drone to activate face detection and as soon as the Mantis Q "sees" the user's face, it will take a photo from up to 13 feet away. In Gesture Control mode, Mantis Q will detect a hand waving and it will take a photo.
Capture your adventures in stunning 4K
Using an integrated camera, the Mantis Q records high resolution photos and videos. Pictures with a resolution of 4800x2700 (16:9) or 4160x3120 (4:3) pixels are saved in JPEG or DNG format on the included MicroSD card; the same goes for up to 4K of recorded videos. In up to Full HD (1920x1080), they are electronically stabilized live. The camera can be tilted upwards by up to 20 degrees or downwards by 90 degrees during flight. For cinematic camera flights, the Mantis Q also comes with automatic flight modes such as Journey, Point of Interest and Orbit Me.
Category-leading flight time and ultra-portable design
Thanks to its energy-efficient design, the drone can stay in the air for up to 33 minutes, allowing pilots plenty of time to record great photos and video clips. When folded together, the Mantis Q measures just 6.6 x 3.8 x 2.2 inches and weighs just 1 pound. It's the ideal companion for big and small adventures alike.
Indoor and outdoor flying
Unlike most in its class, Mantis Q comes equipped with advanced indoor stabilization technology. Down-facing dual sonar sensors and infrared detection make it safe enough to fly indoors and outdoors. Users also have the option to fly Mantis Q with and without the added controller.
Fast-paced fun while flying
If users want to experience the thrill of drone racing, they can switch to the Mantis Q's Sport Mode. The Mantis Q can fly up to a maximum speed of 44 miles per hour – and that's all while performing with the agility of a real racer. The live image can be viewed with a latency of less than (200ms) on a smartphone which is connected to the remote control.
The Mantis Q is available now for pre-order at Yuneec.com.
Mantis Q - $499.99: Mantis Q, controller, one battery, spare propellers (one set) three-port charger, power and USB cable.
Mantis Q (X-Pack) - $649.99: Mantis Q, controller, three batteries, travel shoulder bag, spare propellers (one set), three-port charger, power and USB cable. Available later this year.
SOURCE Yuneec International
Tech Connects Firefighters With Their Families Back Home Through Face-To-Face, Digital Storytime App
Today Caribu, a video calling and reading app for children and their families, announced the Caribu Firefighter Family Initiative (www.caribu.com/brave). The initiative provides free subscriptions of Caribu for all firefighters, their families and anyone impacted by the recent wildfires, including firefighters from Australiaand New Zealand. The Caribu Firefighter Family Initiative was inspired by veteran firefighter, Brendan McDonough, and his personal story of staying connected to his young daughter while he was away on duty, as well as the fact that this wildfire season has been the largest and most impactful on record.
In a recent television interview, McDonough, sole survivor of the Yarnell Hill Fire tragedy of 2013 and inspiration behind the 2017 film "Only the Brave," relayed how reading bedtime stories to his young daughter on the road gave his morale a boost.
"While fighting wildfires, we would be gone from home constantly," said McDonough. "Being able to read to my daughter at night kept me motivated. I support the Caribu Firefighter Family Initiative because I want to help bring that small, but really important, experience to firefighters and their families."
Upon hearing McDonough's story, Maxeme Tuchman, CEO of Caribu, was moved to act. Tuchman quickly realized that her innovative technology could solve a real and urgent need for firefighters on the front lines and immediately wanted to do something to help.
"We're so proud to be able to show our support for the firefighters that are dedicated to our safety and keeping the wildfires at bay," said Tuchman. "We offer free access to all active members of the military; it just made sense to do the same for wildland firefighters who are also away from home for long stretches of time. If Caribu can make just one part of keeping our heroes close to their families easier, we've done our job."
Caribu makes virtual story time easily accessible to parents and only requires a smartphone and a data plan or Wi-Fi. It gives instant access to a digital library with hundreds of children's books, in six languages, and workbooks that can be drawn on together in real-time. Caribu is currently working with multiple local and national firefighter organizations to distribute the digital donations of the app.
For more information on the Caribu Firefighter Family Initiative, visit www.caribu.com/brave.
Hertz (NYSE: HTZ) – one of the most iconic car rental brands in the world – is celebrating its centennial anniversary by teaming up with Chevrolet to offer the Hertz 100th Anniversary Edition Corvette Z06. One hundred high-performance Hertz 100th Anniversary Edition Corvette Z06s will be available to rent exclusively at select U.S. Hertz locations.
"Hertz is a leader in the car rental industry for delivering a premium experience that is fueled by our longstanding commitment to provide our customers with caring and efficient service, and access to a variety of specialty and top-rated vehicles," said Hertz Senior Vice President of Brand Jayesh Patel. "We're thrilled to continue to delight our customers and build upon our legacy of superior service and unique vehicle offerings with our special Hertz 100thAnniversary Edition Corvette Z06."
Enhancing the Journey
Hertz offers a variety of vehicles to meet every customers' needs. The Hertz 100th Anniversary Edition Corvette Z06 joins Hertz's impressive lineup of high-performance sports cars available for rent, giving adventure-seeking travelers a fully-charged driving experience. On Hertz.com, customers can reserve the Hertz 100th Anniversary Edition Corvette Z06 to rent at airport locations in the following U.S. cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and Tampa.
Premium Performance and Style
The Hertz 100th Anniversary Edition Corvette Z06 is outfitted in a classic Corvette yellow tintcoat with dual black stripes, matching Hertz's iconic black and yellow brand marks. Powering the Hertz 100th Anniversary Edition Corvette Z06 is a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft of torque. The vehicle also has a dynamic 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission and rides on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear, black aluminum wheels with yellow painted brake calipers. Customers will enjoy added comfort and style with Competition Sport bucket seats and custom black leather interior accented with yellow stitching. In-car technology and entertainment in the Hertz 100thAnniversary Edition Corvette Z06 is also first class with a 10-speaker Bose® audio system and an 8-inch touchscreen Chevrolet infotainment System with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi®.
To further commemorate the company's historic milestone and give customers a truly exclusive driving experience, each Hertz 100th Anniversary Edition Corvette Z06 is equipped with custom Hertz interior badging, including a personalized Hertz centennial anniversary plaque that displays the model number of the vehicle.
To reserve the Hertz 100th Anniversary Edition Corvette Z06 today, visit Hertz.com.
SOURCE The Hertz Corporation
With Refreshed Styling, New Sport Trim and Standard Honda Sensing, Honda Keeps Its Foot to the Floor by Introducing the 2019 Civic Sedan and Coupe
Building on the highly acclaimed 10th-generation Civic lineup and offering customers more of what they love about the model, the refreshed 2019 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe include updated styling, a new Sport trim for both body styles and standard Honda Sensing® technology on all trims.
The updated Civic Sedan and Coupe are the latest salvos in the 10th-generation Civic's aggressive launch cadence that has averaged a new variant every four months over the past three years since the Civic Sedan launched in the fall of 2015. Civic is targeting its third consecutive year as America's #1 retail-selling car and its 8th straight year as America's #1 retail-selling compact car, as well as being the most popular car in America with under-35-year-olds for eight of the past nine years.
The 10th-gen Civic's aggressive and sporty design is one of the most liked attributes among Civic buyers and the Civic Coupe was the top ranked vehicle of its body type in the J.D. Power's 2017 APEAL study among compact cars. The 2019 Sedan and Coupe turn it up a notch with evolutionary styling updates, front and rear. Changes at the front further accentuate the model's low and wide athletic stance and sporty good looks with a new piano black upper fascia "wing," restyled lower fascia, bumper and lower grille, a full-width front splitter, chrome side pod accents, and updated halogen or LED headlights. A chrome accent on the lower rear bumper of the Sedan and new wheel designs for both models – including larger 18-inch rims on the Touring trim – round out the exterior styling updates on the returning trims.
The new Civic Sport trim, positioned between the LX and EX, offers the looks and features budget-conscious enthusiasts are looking for. Civic Sport's increased attitude comes from a piano black lower front fascia, side pod accents and, for Sedan, an added rear decklid spoiler, plus a splitter-style rear lower bumper incorporating a chrome polygonal exhaust finisher similar to Civic Si. Larger 18-inch (+1 inch) 10-spoke alloy wheels with Berlina Black finish complete the Sport's more aggressive look. The Sport trim features a high-revving 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC VTEC® engine mated to either a smooth and efficient CVT with G-Shift Control or a slick-shifting 6-speed manual. Adding more tech to the Sport, the new trim receives the updated 7-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration and volume button.
Advancing Honda's commitment to make Honda Sensing® standard equipment on all vehicles by the 2022 model year, all trims of the 2019 Civic Sedan and Coupe from LX to Touring feature Honda Sensing® technology, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). For the 2019 model year, Honda Sensing® is standard or available equipment on all Honda car and light truck nameplates.
First introduced in the fall of 2015 in Sedan and later Coupe form, the 10th-generation Civic lineup includes the European-inspired Hatchback, the performance-focused Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan and the world's fastest front-wheel-drive car, the Civic Type R. Cumulative sales of the 10th-generation Civic will surpass 1 million units this year. Since its introduction, the 10th-generation Civic has amassed dozens of major industry awards and accolades including the 2016 North American Car of the Year award, 2017 Kelley Blue Book Overall Best Buy of the Year, 2018 Car and Driver10Best and 2018 AUTOMOBILE All-Stars award. All Civic Sedan and Coupe models sold in the U.S. are produced at Honda's plants in Greensburg, Indiana and Alliston, Ontario. The Civic's 1.5-liter VTEC® Turbo and 2.0-liter VTEC® engines are produced in Anna, Ohio and Alliston, Ontario.
 Nov. 2015 through Jun. 2017 (2015 Civic Sedan: 11/12/15, 2015 Civic Coupe: 3/15/16, 2017 Civic Hatchback: 9/26/16, 2017 Civic Si: 5/13/17, 2017 Civic Type R: 6/14/17)
 Based on Urban Science retail sales in the compact car segment 2010-2018CYTD June
 Based on internal Honda research of 2016 Civic Coupe and 2016 Civic Sedan purchasers under 35 years old
SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
KEEN, a global provider of cloud and mobile security, today announcedGeekPwn 2018, the world's leading platform for cybersecurity researchers was held at DEFCON, Las Vegas on August 11th. The event offered a window into the world of world-class technology hacker culture and spirit to security enthusiasts and fans. This year, the event focused on AI cybersecurity, and featured various contests and talks on the topic.
Highlights from these talks and contests include the first global CAAD CTF (Competition of Adversarial Attacks and Defense, Capture the Flag) event that featured six top AI security teams, CAAD Village keynotes that revealed top 10 AI security issues for the first time, the inaugural "break-the-wall" Robot Agent Contest, and the "Matrix and Zen" project Geek Pwn-ty.
This year's GeekPwn 2018 sessions was joined by prominent industry experts from institutes such as Tsinghua University, UC Berkeley, Cornell University, Yale University and JD.com, amongst others. Using GeekPwn as a platform, these experts showcased their findings and paid tribute to the prominence that the whitehat hacking industry has achieved over the years.
An industry First: The first ever Capture-the-Flag A&D (Attack & Defense) battle in the AI field
AI technology has gradually evolved and now is being applied to all aspects of people's daily life. This makes thepotential threats of AI something that cannot be ignored. As the world's first global platform for exploring AI and professional security, GeekPwn has been focused on AI security since it was founded in 2014. GeekPwn has encouraged and guided industry experts and technicians to explore AI security for several years to verify possible vulnerabilities in AI. The most advanced adversarial sample on AI security battle has become the calling card of GeekPwn events, and this year it was held for the first time on American soil in Las Vegas. Through extending research of adversarial samples, GeekPwn offers cross-border integration between the AI community and the broader hacker community and to push healthy and sustainable growth of the whole AI industry.
DEFCON is widely regarded as the birthplace of the competition of cyber-attack and defense technology. CTF, the signature event of DEFCON, is known as the "World Cup" in the network security circle. During DEFCON, GeekPwn debuted the world's first CTF in machine learning (ML) field, surpassing the limitations of A&D of traditional cyber security competitions. For the first time, participants can view the complexities of conducting "Attack and Defense in the AI world."
Six teams from top tech firms and research institutions, including Tsinghua University, Cornell University, Yale Universityand JD.com, participated in the industry's first CAAD CTF. GeekPwn not only attracted teams which are deeply involved in the security field for many years which consist of top experts, like the Blade Team and the NorthWest Security team, but also teams such as YYZZ and UCNESL, which composed of young talented students or graduates from top organizations such as Yale and Cornell.
The contest utilized a random on-site matching mechanism which placed six top AI security research teams to create "Adversarial Samples" to defraud and attack other teams' defense algorithms. After a close contest, the TSAIL team from Tsinghua University emerged champions of the CAAD CTF contest. NorthWestTSec team won the second place and YYZZ team won the third place. UCNESL, Blade and JD-Omega teams had the winning prizes.
CAAD Village: 10 AI security topics released
In addition to the exciting AI attack and defense battles, GeekPwn2018 in Las Vegas brought 10 keynotes with tangible evidenced-based sharing of information technology enthusiasts from all over the world. GeekPwn's CAAD Village invited 10 world-class AI and hacker researchers, from Clemson University, University of California, Tsinghua University, NorthWestSec team, Blade Team, Tencent Security Yunding Lab, JD-Omege Team, Baidu X Lab, UCNESL team and YYZZ team, to share the latest research results on AI security and adversarial samples. Topics covered included autonomous vehicles, speech recognition systems, anti-virus software and neural networks, which are highly watched by AI entrepreneurs, practitioners and scholars.
One highlight at the GeekPwn CAAD Village was JIA Yunhan, a senior researcher from Baidu X Labs, bringing a demo of "Blind Eye Magic" in automatic driving industry, revealing how the use of adversarial ML (machine learning) technology can possibly deceive automotive radar systems.
Another notable highlight was the presentation given by Rohan TAORI and Amog KAMSETTY, graduate students from the University of California at Berkeley, when they shared the topic of directional "black box" attack analysis for audio systems. They stated that the application of deep reproduction networks on audio dubbing has brought significant contribution to automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems. Many cases have shown that small antagonistic disturbances can confuse deep neural networks, making it impossible to achieve correct predictions of specific targets.
BO Shi, Director at the Tencent Security Yunding Lab, shared contents of Dogfight weapon GAN, explaining how malwares/viruses can be used to fight against anti-virus (AV) software. It was discovered that once malware appeared, a battle took place between the malware and AV, and therefore, it can be used to enhance more machine learning-based methods that are suitable for malware detection.
Robot Agent Contest: An exhibition of the true hacker spirit and cross-industry brainstorms
In addition to focusing on AI security, the return of the Robot Agent Contest was a highly popular feature at GeekPwn. The contest showcased many experts' participation in the robotics field, highlighting various security issues across physical and cyberspace worlds. At the unveiling part of Robot Agent contest in Las Vegas, researchers from the University of Nevada's DASL Lab showcased their self-made robots. Under control of the players, the tech-savvy robots completed the tasks of inserting a USB flash drive and hacking the computer, which brought a delightful visual and intellectual stimulant to the audience.
Besides competition and ground-breaking keynotes, GeekPwn paid homage to the hacker spirit with industrial innovation, freedom of ideas and breakthrough research. In the off-site interactive session, GeekPwn set up a robot soccer competition to create a robotic version of the "World Cup". The Las Vegas edition ended with a themed party called "Matrix and Zen". The meeting of a grassroots hacker culture and traditional oriental culture is a breath of fresh air within global hacker circle.
Wang Qi, KEEN's CEO and GeekPwn's Founder, remarked: "GeekPwn is perhaps the first platform in the world to encourage 'PWN Everything'. Therefore, GeekPwn hopes to establish a bridge between white hat hackers and other technical fields, and let white hats explore wider horizon fields by adopting hacker-like thinking. Security risks are always making the world realize the importance of prevention and value of whitehat hackers."
The Shanghai edition of the GeekPwn 2018 Carnival will be held between the 24th and 25th October 2018. Various competitions such as the CAAD Competition, AI Data Tracker, Hacker Room Challenge, Robot Agent Challenge, Vulnerability-based Hack, Non-Vulnerability-based Hack, GAN or Recover Blurred Image Challenge and RFID Long Distance R&W Challenge will be on the stage of Shanghai.
More information on the Shanghai edition can be found on the website at geekpwn.org.