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Google Maps may soon highlight well-lit streets for walkers

December 8th, 2019 at 1:45 pm » Comments Off

New Lighting layer could make walking at night safer. Google Maps is great for getting directions while driving and using public transport, but in the last year it has been rolling out more features focused on traveling by foot as well. Recently, the company introduced AR walking directions and detailed spoken walking directions for people […]



Cybercrime booms as scammers hack human nature to steal billions

November 24th, 2019 at 12:28 pm » Comments Off

Cyberscams are getting more sophisticated. The secret to comedy, according to the old joke, is timing. The same is true of cybercrime. Mark learned this the hard way in 2017. He runs a real estate company in Seattle and asked us not to include his last name because of the possible repercussions for his business. […]



San Francisco bans city use of facial recognition technology tools

May 23rd, 2019 at 12:37 am » Comments Off

San Francisco bans city use of facial recognition technology tools Pedestrians walk along Post Street in San Francisco. The city became the first in the United States to ban facial recognition technology by police and city agencies. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Concerned that some new surveillance technologies may be too intrusive, San Francisco became […]



More tigers now live in cages than in the wild.

May 18th, 2019 at 12:18 pm » Comments Off

They’ve been farmed,butchered, sold — commodified. We joined this man on his obsessive quest to expose the traffickers. THA BAK, Laos — He was up there somewhere, at the top of the hill, the man Karl Ammann had come to see. It would soon be night. The forest was all shadows and sounds. Ammann had driven […]



Oxford philosopher’s newest hypothesis predicts the rise of super villains

May 8th, 2019 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

 Oxford philosopher and founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute Nick Bostrom‘s latest research paper seems to indicate our species could be on a collision course with a technology-fueled super villain. Will a deranged lunatic soon have the capabilities to take the entire world hostage? Can our nation’s leaders do anything to stop this […]



German inventors develop bracelet to test drinks for date-rape drugs

April 17th, 2019 at 1:07 am » Comments Off

Inventors in Germany have developed a bracelet aimed at combatting a fear of many clubbers — drink spiking. Kim Eisenmann and Sven Häuser’s “Xantus” bracelet only needs a drop of liquid to be applied to tell if it contains traces of “date rape drugs” — substances put in a person’s drink to incapacitate them. The […]



US Secret Service is probing how crooks use smart credit cards for fraud

January 18th, 2019 at 1:10 pm » Comments Off

Credit card thieves have been using Fuze Cards, according to a Secret Service memo. Credit card thieves have been taking advantage of smart card technologies to avoid getting caught, according to Krebs on Security. The US Secret Service offices in New York and St. Louis have apparently been working on a criminal investigation involving fraud […]



This is the industry to enter if you want to basically be guaranteed a job

January 18th, 2019 at 12:43 pm » Comments Off

“If you are ambitious, if you’re thoughtful, if you understand yourself, and how to grow yourself, and how to learn, you will be wanted and needed, and you will find yourself progressing in the field,” an expert says. When companies such as Marriott International, Yahoo! and Equifax experience a data breach, the consequences are huge […]



Singapore wants to add face-recognition surveillance to 110,000 lamp posts

November 25th, 2018 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

Singapore may be turning its island state into a surveillance state. The nation plans to install cameras equipped with facial recognition technology to all 110,000 lamp posts around the city, making it easier than ever for the country to keep tabs on its citizens and visitors, Reuters reports. The so-called “Lamppost-as-a-Platform” pilot project will allow […]



Chinese ‘Gait Recognition’ tech ID’s people by how they walk

November 21st, 2018 at 3:18 am » Comments Off

CHINESE ‘GAIT RECOGNITION’ TECH IDS PEOPLE BY HOW THEY WALK In this Oct. 31, 2018, photo, Huang Yongzhen, CEO of Watrix, demonstrates the use of his firm’s gait recognition software at his company’s offices in Beijing. A Chinese technology startup hopes to begin selling software that recognizes people by their body shape and how they […]



Engineers discover a glaringly simple way to detect bombs and hidden weapons

August 22nd, 2018 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

How did we not know this already? You probably use Wi-Fi on the regular to connect your smartphone, computer, or other electronic device to the glory of the world wide web. But soon, that same technology could also keep you safe in real-life public areas. According to a peer-reviewed study led by researchers from Rutgers […]



Assassin drones are here. Now what?

August 10th, 2018 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

It was perhaps inevitable that would-be political assassins would turn to off-the-shelf drones. Security forces check a nearby building after an explosion was heard while Maduro attended a ceremony in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo: JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images A failed attack by explosives-laden drones on Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro could be a harbinger of […]



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