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How a trivial cell phone hack is ruining lives

July 13th, 2019 at 3:24 am » Comments Off

On a Tuesday night in May, Sean Coonce was reading the news in bed when his phone dropped service. He chalked it up to tech being tech and went to sleep. When he woke up, his Gmail account had been stolen and by Wednesday evening he was out $100,000. “This is still very raw (I […]



The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people from a distance—by their heartbeat

July 12th, 2019 at 3:19 am » Comments Off

The Jetson prototype can pick up on a unique cardiac signature from 200 meters away, even through clothes. Everyone’s heart is different. Like the iris or fingerprint, our unique cardiac signature can be used as a way to tell us apart. Crucially, it can be done from a distance. It’s that last point that has […]



Amazon wants to sell “surveillance as a service”

July 8th, 2019 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

In case Amazon’s surveillance capabilities weren’t extensive enough with its Echo, Ring, and Key products, not to mention all the data Amazon routinely collects on its customers, the company recently received a US patent to provide “surveillance as a service.” The patent is for an “unmanned aerial vehicle”—the technical term for a drone—that “may perform […]



Email sextortion scams are on the rise and they’re scary — here’s what to do if you get one

July 1st, 2019 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

Overall, extortion by email is growing significantly, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Compliant Center (IC3). Last year, these complaints rose 242% to 51,146 reported crimes, with total losses of $83 million. “The majority of extortion complaints received in 2018 were part of a sextortion campaign in which victims received an email threatening to send […]



Move over, silicon switches: There’s a new way to compute

May 12th, 2019 at 2:18 am » Comments Off

Logic and memory devices, such as the hard drives in computers, now use nanomagnetic mechanisms to store and manipulate information. Unlike silicon transistors, which have fundamental efficiency limitations, they require no energy to maintain their magnetic state: Energy is needed only for reading and writing information. One method of controlling magnetism uses electrical current that […]



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