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​'World’s first' smart bike helmet alerts drivers and cyclists, aims to reduce accidents
A Swedish trio of companies has developed an innovative bike helmet equipped with a high-tech sensor which will warn cyclists and drivers alike of impending traffic using a cloud-based two-way communication system.

20.12.2014 19:37

'I’m not a robot': Google ditches pesky CAPTCHA for checkbox
Instead of deciphering distorted text, web users will now be able to prove that they are humans with a simple “I’m not a robot” checkbox. Google announced an updated version of the traditional CAPTCHA online human verification system Tuesday.

03.12.2014 16:28

'Ban Apple!' MP warns lawmakers iPhones can be bugged
A leftist Russian lawmaker has prepared a bill recommending all MPs to stop using iPhones and iPads to protect themselves from eavesdropping by foreign special services.

02.12.2014 10:14

Always Be Chatty: Japanese robot Pepper will sell you a coffee machine… with a smile
Chatty robots in human form have started selling coffee machines to customers in Japan as of Monday, with their makers claiming that they can understand 80 percent of conversations, along with being able to play games with customers and answer questions.

01.12.2014 17:15

Government uses 225-year-old law to force companies to unlock phones
​Revelations about how governments swallow up huge amounts of data have led to consumers and companies embracing encryption like never before, but feds may have found a hidden weapon within a centuries-old law now being used in court.

28.11.2014 15:33

‘New era for off-world manufacturing’: NASA prints first 3D object in space
In a historic move, the International Space Station’s (ISS) NASA-installed 3D printer has manufactured its first object – a replacement part for itself.

26.11.2014 20:31

Watchdog lists '10 worst' toys NOT to give kids this holiday season
World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc. (WATCH) has listed the ten worst toys for children – not based on their appeal, but on those that can be deemed most hazardous in the clumsy hands of small children… Among them is a pencil catapult and a doll.

21.11.2014 14:54

Anti-Barbie goes on sale – complete with acne, cellulite and stretch marks
An “anti-Barbie” – the Lammily doll – has gone on sale, creating the image of a “normal” 19 year old woman of real proportions, complete with the possibility for adding a plaster cast, freckles, acne, scars and temporary tattoos.

20.11.2014 12:44

​Solution for the absentminded? Swede gets microchip key implanted in hand
After getting a rice grain sized microchip inserted into her hand for unlocking her office door, a Swedish woman can stop worrying about losing her work keys.

19.11.2014 17:42

WhatsApp starts encrypting user messages on Android devices
WhatsApp, the world’s most popular mobile messaging application, is adding a default encryption service for messages sent on its platform, what is said to be the largest encryption service of its kind.

19.11.2014 19:22

Fabulous fjords! Norway’s new passports get stylish, minimalist Nordic makeover
With a stunning series of simple yet elegant landscapes, from signature fjords to the Northern Lights, Norway has lived up to its reputation as a world design leader with a cool, minimalist new passport design.

18.11.2014 14:11

​NASA invents self-destructing bio-drone made of fungus and bacteria
A biodegradable drone made out of fungus, bacteria and wasp spit built by NASA-affiliated scientists may pave the way for future spyware, which would simply self-destruct if it crashes, leaving behind only minute remnants.

14.11.2014 11:47