Technology

09
Dec
Warning over 4Chan Xbox One prank

Xbox One owners are being warned about an internet prank message that could wreck their console. The prank message, originated on the 4Chan website, falsely claims to enable the new console to play games made for its predecessor - the XBox 360. The Xbox One cannot play those older games and those following the bogus advice could "brick" their console, rendering it inoperable. Microsoft issued a warning about the prank via social media... [read news]

07
Dec
NASA shares image of massive 'Hexagon' on Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided your multicolored space distraction of the day: images of a swirling, six-sided weather feature on the surface of Saturn. Scientists say the "Hexagon," the formation's working title at NASA, is unlike anything they've seen elsewhere. They say the feature is "turbulent and unstable," packing 200-mph winds. That's nearly 50 mph stronger than the wind speed required for a Category 5 hurricane. "A... [read news]

06
Dec
Microsoft disrupts ZeroAccess web fraud botnet

ZeroAccess, one of the world's largest botnets - a network of computers infected with malware to trigger online fraud - has been disrupted by Microsoft and law enforcement agencies. ZeroAccess hijacks web search results and redirects users to potentially dangerous sites to steal their details. It also generates fraudulent ad clicks on infected computers then claims payouts from duped advertisers. Also called Sirefef botnet, ZeroAccess, has... [read news]

03
Dec
Microsoft working on a smart bra to measure mood

Microsoft researchers have designed a smart bra that can detect stress. The prototype contains removable sensors that monitor heart and skin activity to provide an indication of mood levels. The aim was to find out if wearable technology could help prevent stress-related over-eating. Mood data was provided to the wearer via a smartphone app in order to highlight when "emotional eating" was likely to occur. A team from Microsoft's... [read news]

02
Dec
8 best Cyber Monday tech deals

Black Friday has passed, but the discounts aren’t over. Cyber Monday promises steals and deals for gadget lovers, from tablets and laptops to accessories and extras. Here’s a few of our favorites. 1Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch GlowLight: $49 Amazon may sell more e-readers, but the latest from Barnes & Noble has been widely praised for hitting all the right points. It’s a good size, the battery lasts forever, and the screen is... [read news]

01
Dec
Apple's iPad A Big Winner On Black Friday

Various indicators are showing that sales of Apple AAPL +1.91%’s products, especially the iPad, are off to a strong start. While there aren’t any data points from Apple, besides the Air’s lead-time remaining the same at 5-7 days and the Retina’s mini improving to 5-7 days in the U.S. over the past week (link to my Google GOOG -0.2% Doc where I have been tracking lead-times), InfoScout has received over 90,000 shopping ticket receipts... [read news]

30
Nov
Sony files patent for a "SmartWig"

Sony is taking wearable technology to a whole new level. The Japanese electronics company has filed a U.S. patent for a "SmartWig," which will use sensors to detect everything from blood pressure to brain waves. The wearable wig could also be used in a number of practical ways, such as helping blind people navigate without any extra assistance, said Sony (SNE) in its filing. It could also come in handy for the gaming industry, especially... [read news]

29
Nov
High street retailers 'back Xbox One over PS4'

Sony's Playstation 4 launched in the UK today, following months of anticipation. GAME said the demand for pre-orders of the PS4 was four times higher than with the PS3, and some fans slept out overnight in a bid to be among the first in the country to get their hands on the new generation console. The launch comes a week after the release of Microsoft's Xbox One, which sold more than one million units in less than 24 hours.... [read news]

25
Nov
Computer uses images to teach itself common sense

A computer program is trying to learn common sense by analysing images 24 hours a day. The aim is to see if computers can learn, in the same way a human would, what links images, to help them better understand the visual world. The Never Ending Image Learner (NEIL) program is being run at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States. The work is being funded by the US Department of Defense's Office of Naval Research and Google. Since... [read news]

24
Nov
Protecting - or rescuing - your smartphone on the road

Let's suppose you're catching up on some work at home and you accidentally drop your smartphone in your bubble bath. Don't laugh, it could happen: Three-quarters (75%) of Americans with mobile devices admit that they often use them in the bathroom, according to a survey by Sony. Or say you're traveling. You've got all the data for tomorrow's big client meeting on your iPhone, and it somehow gets knocked into the hotel jacuzzi. What do you... [read news]


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