Category Archives: Technology

Concern As Reddit Kills ‘Warrant Canary’

Reddit has deleted a so-called “warrant canary” from its website, suggesting that it has received a user surveillance request from the US government. Websites are typically banned from revealing that they have been ordered to hand over user information, so some sites use a warrant canary to get round this. They post a notice on their site saying they have Read More


Amazon Drone Propellers May ‘Talk’ To You

The system would be triggered when on-board cameras detect that a person is stood on or near a suitable landing area. 14:18, UK,Thursday 31 March 2016 Amazon’s delivery drones could use their propellers to tell people to get out of the way. A new patent filed by the online retailer describes how propeller speeds could be tweaked to produce sounds Read More


Could CIA Man’s Software Predict Terror Attack?

A company founded by an ex-CIA operative says it has created software that could predict the future. Predata ‘scrapes’ data from sites like Facebook, Wikipedia and YouTube and compares chatter to past patterns. It can then provide predictions of political unrest and terror attacks, according to founder James Shinn. The team said their system spotted a “clear spike” in the Read More


Metal Foam Stops Speeding Bullet

Metal foam tough enough to turn an armour-piercing bullet into dust could be used to create the next generation of body and vehicle protection. A team at North Carolina State University discovered that an inch-thick layer of composite metal foams (CMFs) can stop a bullet. The indentation on the back of the foam is just 8mm – significantly less than Read More


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How to avoid scams on your chip credit card

Last week my husband accused me — nicely, in the way that spouses do — of having gone on a little shopping spree in Torrance, California, at a retailer called Smart & Final. My defense: I’ve never been in a Smart & Final, and we live in North Carolina, more than 2,500 miles away from Torrance. I denied the accusation Read More


These apps can help you survive moving mayhem

Moving is stressful. Really stressful. Actually, it’s a nightmare. I recently survived the move from Washington to San Francisco with the help of technology. Here are the apps and services that I found to help get me across the country and make my new city feel like home. Don’t have time to pack it? Get your stuff shipped with Shyp. Simply open the Read More


Drone plane startup nabs funds from Paul Allen, Jerry Yang

How’s this for a flight plan to get a drone delivery service financially aloft? Carry cargo that’s of live-saving importance, fly long-range fixed-wing aircraft in uncongested skies, and score a government as your first client. That’s the atypical approach being taken by Zipline, a Bay Area startup that has raised $18 million in funding from the likes of Yahoo founder Jerry Yang, Microsoft co-founder Paul Read More


Computer draws first blood in clash with Go grandmaster (Update)

South Korean grandmaster Lee Se-Dol plays against AlphaGo during the Google DeepMind Challenge Match in Seoul on March 9, 2016 A Google-developed supercomputer stunned South Korean Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol by taking the first game of a five-match showdown between man and machine in Seoul on Wednesday. After about 3-1/2 hours of play, Lee, one of the greatest players of Read More


Dreaming big with biomimetics—could future buildings be made with bone and eggshells?

As the world grapples with climate change, we urgently need to find ways of reducing our CO₂ emissions. Sectors which rely heavily on fossil fuels, such as energy and aviation, are commonly held to be the worst offenders. But what most people don’t realise is that there’s another culprit, hiding in plain sight; on the streets of our cities, and Read More


System loads web pages 34 percent faster by fetching files more effectively

There are few things more frustrating than a slow-loading web page. For companies, what’s even worse is what comes after: users abandoning their site in droves. Amazon, for example, estimates that every 100-millisecond delay cuts its profits by 1 percent. To help combat this problem, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Harvard University have developed Read More