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  • Oops! Wearables can leak your PINs and passwords

    Oops! Wearables can leak your PINs and passwords

    The security nightmare posed by the Internet of Things isn’t just related to the lack of expertise in the types of companies adding connectivity to gizmos and gadgets. It’s the sensitivity of the connected sensors, strewn hither and thither, opening up potential attack vectors for determined hackers. Hence the need for really robust security thinking to lock down the risks. Read More

  • ZUtA demos its mobile robotic printer

    After finding success on Kickstarter, ZUtA Labs is piecing together its mobile robotic printer. Small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, the four-inch wireless device makes it easy to produce images on the go.  The printer rolls back and forth over a piece of paper, until the on-screen image is recreated in about a minute. The ZUtA Robotic Printer integrates with an app… Read More

  • Up close with Fujifilm’s new X-T2 mirrorless camera

    Up close with Fujifilm’s new X-T2 mirrorless camera

    If you’re going to show off the follow-up to your well-loved mirrorless camera two years after release, you might as well do it in style — classic cars, rail-thin models, terrible music, the whole nine yards. Fujifilm’s X-T2 interchangeable lens camera made its flashy Manhattan debut at the borough’s Classic Car Club, with a slew of different accessories and a number… Read More

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    This artificial stingray has a gold skeleton and light-activated rat muscles

    This artificial stingray has a gold skeleton and light-activated rat muscles

    Mimicking nature’s most elegant designs has become a popular method for creating equally elegant robots (close, anyway) — but using nature’s raw materials, too? That’s what researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have done, creating a tiny light-controlled stingray with a solid gold skeleton that moves using reconstituted rat muscles. O brave new world! Read More

  • Penn students’ start-up XEED puts wearables to work against Parkinson’s disease

    Penn students’ start-up XEED puts wearables to work against Parkinson’s disease

    The internet of things, and wearables in particular, may not be quite living up to the hype, but it turns out they may be just the thing for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. A pair of engineering students from the University of Pennsylvania have started their own company to pursue the possibility. Read More

  • Art Mécanique kickstarts a mechanical watch with a few high-tech trimmings Crunch Network

    Art Mécanique kickstarts a mechanical watch with a few high-tech trimmings

    There is, to be sure, nothing new under the horological sun. However, by putting all of the old pieces together in new ways you end up with a watch that is both interesting and unique. Art Mécanique is a Swiss company that is crowdfunding a watch with a face made of concentric circles. The bottom half of the face is covered by a metal plate and you tell the time by looking at the top of… Read More

  • Apple just released the first iOS 10 beta to everyone

    Apple just released the first iOS 10 beta to everyone

    It’s here. The first public beta of iOS 10 is now available to download. You can download it, even your neighbor can download it. And the good news is that you won’t have to pay $99 a year for a developer account. But remember, this is a beta. If you can’t wait to see iOS 10 in action, Apple’s public beta program is for you. The company wants you to try out its new… Read More

  • Amazon Echo users can finally choose Spotify or Pandora as default music service

    Amazon Echo users can finally choose Spotify or Pandora as default music service

    I love my Amazon Echo. And alongside checking the weather, I mostly use the voice-powered smart speaker to play music. That said, I’m not much of an Amazon Prime music user. I don’t know anyone who really is. And still, the device has defaulted to Amazon Prime Music with every single request, forcing broad requests like “Play the Beatles” or super specific requests for… Read More

  • The first macOS Sierra public beta is coming today

    The first macOS Sierra public beta is coming today

    If you have a useless Mac lying around, today is your lucky day. Apple is releasing the first public beta of macOS Sierra later today — it’s probably going to be available at some point over the next couple of hours. This first public beta is likely based on the second developer beta that was released a couple of days ago. Read More

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