Brain’s reaction to certain words could replace passwords

You might not need to remember those complicated e-mail and bank account passwords for much longer. According to a new study, the way your brain responds to certain words could be used to replace passwords. In “Brainprint,” a newly published study in academic journal Neurocomputing, researchers from Binghamton University observed the brain signals of 45 volunteers as they read a list of 75 acronyms, such … Continue reading Brain’s reaction to certain words could replace passwords

SanDisk Squeezes 128GB of Storage Into a Dime-Sized Drive

SANDISK HAS FOUND a way to squeeze 128GB of flash storage into an external drive that’s smaller than our smallest coin. Forget the thumb drive; this is a thumbnail drive. The SanDisk Ultra Fit isn’t a new form factor; it debuted last fall in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB varieties. But 128GB in a pebble-sized drive represents a significant capacity-to-size breakthrough. That is, after all, the … Continue reading SanDisk Squeezes 128GB of Storage Into a Dime-Sized Drive

The second Ubuntu phone is coming out this month

Canonical, the creator of the Ubuntu operating system, took a long two years to get its first smartphone to market after first detailing its plans in 2013. Its next phone won’t take anywhere near that long. Canonical today announced that the second Ubuntu phone — the Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition — is coming in mid-June, only four months after the Aquaris E4.5 UE saw release. Like its … Continue reading The second Ubuntu phone is coming out this month

Pacific solar flight aborted due to weather

Bad weather between Japan and Hawaii has forced the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 to abort its flight and return to Nagoya. The plane set off from China on Saturday but had been in a holding pattern off Japan’s east coast while flight controllers analysed weather data along its planned route to Hawaii. “Unfortunately the current weather window to reach Hawaii has closed,” the team said … Continue reading Pacific solar flight aborted due to weather

China unveils world’s first facial recognition ATM

China has unveiled the world’s first ATM  with an inbuilt facial recognition feature on Friday. It is also China’s first independently developed ATM. Clients who use other people’s bank cards at such ATMs will not be able to withdraw money even if they know the password. Designed and produced by Tsinghua University and Hangzhou-based Tzekwan technology company, the new ATMs will be linked with banks … Continue reading China unveils world’s first facial recognition ATM

U.K. wants to force Internet companies to decrypt messages

Google, Apple and Facebook will be required to hand over encrypted messages from suspects, The Telegraph says, via a new Investigatory Powers Bill. Under the proposed new law, intelligence agencies including MI5, MI6 and GCHQ will be able to obtain a warrant from the Home Secretary that will force an Internet company to “break down its encryption protection” for a suspect’s communication. The publication says that … Continue reading U.K. wants to force Internet companies to decrypt messages