Noon News: DIY Helicopter Based Wi-Fi Hacking, IBM 100 PFlop Supercomputer, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Researchers have created a drone helicopter capable of hacking into poorly protected Wi-Fi networks and use them to turn the system into a botnet. The device, creepily named SkyNET, is a DIY drone helicopter which costs less than $600 to build and can be used by hackers to create an army of botnets without raising an alarm.

A member of Ubuntu’s technical board has proposed that like Firefox, Linux based Ubuntu should switch to a monthly release cycle. Scott James Remnant, a member of the Ubuntu Technical Board and a former Ubuntu Developer Manager, said in a blog post that the current six month release cycle for the open source platform was problematic for developers.

IBM's recent patent filing has detailed the design of world’s first 100 PetaFlops supercomputer. The patent application, which is more than 600 pages long, details the architecture of the BlueGene/Q “Sequoia” supercomputer system, which the Big Blue is building for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which is capable of reaching 20 PetaFlops and an updated system which will be capable of reaching 107 PetaFlops.

Windows maker Microsoft Corp. announced on Sunday some details regarding the five security updates it is planning to ship this week. Needless to say, the move taken by the company has surprised quite a few in the industry experts- and rightly so- Redmond based operating system giant has never unveiled information on a forthcoming security update the way it did this time.

Microsoft Corp. has launched a brand new version of Dynamics AX to strengthen its position in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) market. ERP products are basically aimed at assisting businesses to improve their efficiency with sophisticated technologies for procurement, financials, invoicing etc.