Quantcast
Home » Archives » Tech News (Page 236)

iPhone case turns into a 650,000-volt stun gun

Video camera. Still camera. Video editor. Handheld games console, music player, satellite navigation device, internet browser, radio, ebook reader. (Also, telephone.) But a 650,000-volt stun gun? The iPhone is often said to have revolutionised the mobile phone market. Now, it’s about to take on a somewhat more alarming guise. The…

Report: Hackers force Iranian nuclear facilities to blast AC/DC after attack

A person inside the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) claimed this week in an email to a security researcher that a fresh hack is affecting two facilities, causing vital equipment to shut down and then playing AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” on lab computers at maximum volume “during the middle of the…

Hacker McKinnon’s extradition decision delayed until after ‘all-consuming’ Olympic games

The home secretary, Theresa May, has delayed until October any announcement on whether to extradite the computer hacker Gary McKinnon to the US Home Office lawyers told the high court in London on Tuesday that the delay was needed because of May’s “all-consuming involvement in the Olympic security” and her…

‘Minority Report’ software hits the real world

The software behind the film “Minority Report” – where Tom Cruise speeds through video on a large screen using only hand gestures – is making its way into the real world. The interface developed by scientist John Underkoffler has been commercialized by the Los Angeles firm Oblong Industries as a…

Smart grid vulnerability could give hackers free electricity

A cyber security researcher will demonstrate a toolset later this week which allows users to break into so-called “smart meters” that control a structure’s access to the power grid and water utilities, potentially enabling the user to modify the reported volume of services used or even avoid being charged altogether.…

News Corp. unveils educational tablet

News Corp. said Monday it would launch a new tablet computer with AT&T aimed at the education market to bring “digital innovation” to the classroom. The media conglomerate headed by Rupert Murdoch said the effort would come from its education division which is being renamed Amplify. “Amplify is dedicated to…

Justice department defends its e-book antitrust suit

US antitrust authorities Monday defended their lawsuit accusing Apple and major publishers of a price-fixing conspiracy on e-books, saying the action is “in the public interest.” The Justice Department filed its response in US District Court in New York in the case, which alleges a collusion to boost the prices…

Robotic ‘Kissenger’ provides virtual lips for long-distance lovers

Finding it hard to keep up the passion in a long-distance relationship? Help might be on the way. A robotics professor in Singapore has invented a gadget equipped with motion-sensitive electronic “lips” that allow amorous but absent couples to exchange long-distance smooches via the Internet. Shaped like a small head…

Senators revive cybersecurity bill, with changes

A group of US senators has revived stalled cybersecurity legislation by offering compromises to address civil liberties concerns, an effort quickly endorsed by President Barack Obama. The new bill drew some support from Republican lawmakers amid a drive to pass legislation before the summer recess, but prospects for passage were…

Google grabs startup devoted to Apple gadget email

A French startup behind email applications for Apple gadgets has been bought by Google as the Internet titan increasingly tailors hit software to run on its rival’s hardware. Sparrow co-founder and chief executive Dominique Leca announced on Friday that the Paris-based startup’s team will go to work on Gmail, Google’s…

Google+