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MasterCard unveils 'selfie' security checks, says heartbeat authentication could follow

MasterCard says it plans to bring "selfie pay" security checks to more than a dozen countries. Last year, the company started trialling the technology — which uses facial recognition to authenticate users' identity — but now says it has firm plans to roll the feature out to users after positive …

3-D Printing Maps to Help the Blind

To create navigational tools for the visually impaired, a team of engineers is combining a new technology with a very old one.<p>The Joseph Kohn Training Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is a state-funded facility that teaches vocational skills to the blind and visually impaired. Old wooden maps …

Maps

CEO of bust tech unicorn Powa Technologies says: 'There is no option for failure'

The clip, uploaded by an account called "Powa Leaks", appears to be an internal video to staff prepared by CEO and founder Dan Wagner. A former Powa employee confirmed to Business Insider that the video was sent to staff in early December 2015.<p>In it, Wagner says Powa is on track to become a …

PayPal is warming back up to tap-and-pay technology, and you have Apple to thank for it

Back in 2012, PayPal was losing faith in the future of near field communication, NFC, as a consumer payments technology. John Donahoe, then the CEO of PayPal’s then-parent company, eBay, joked at a conference that year that NFC stood for “not for commerce.” And PayPal’s then-president, David …

Why Facebook is making a map of every building in the world

Facebook is making a map of every human-occupied building on Earth so that one day, people in the most remote areas of the world can also worry about what to do when their mom friends them on Facebook.<p>This new mapping project is part of Facebook's Internet.org Connectivity Lab, a group tasked with …

Social Media

Using plasmonics to transmit more data

Merely a decade ago, people were amazed that their cellular phones could send a simple text message. Now smartphones send and receive high-resolution …

Power Ingestible Gadgets With Batteries You Can Eat

As a non-toxic way to use swallowable medical devices<p>Today, implanted medical devices continuously monitor the body to give doctors and researchers more information than ever about the state of a patient's disease and the effects of certain treatments. Engineers have also been making devices that a …

Volvo promises deathproof cars by 2020

Volvo has made a shocking pledge: By 2020, no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car or SUV.<p>Seriously.<p>"If you meet Swedish engineers, they're pretty genuine," said Lex Kerssemakers,CEOof Volvo Cars North America. "They don't say things when they don't believe in it."<p>There is one …

Carbon emissions 'postpone ice age'

<b>The next ice age may have been delayed by over 50,000 years because of the greenhouse gases put in the atmosphere by humans, scientists in Germany say.</b><p>They analysed the trigger conditions for a glaciation, like the one that gripped Earth over 12,000 years ago.<p>The shape of the planet's orbit around …

Robot lawyer can help you claim compensation without legal fees

Student entrepreneur who created donotpay.co.uk has launched automated lawyer to help people challenge unfair fines<p>A student entrepreneur who created a website to help others challenge fines and claim compensation has created a free robot lawyer who can make claims on behalf of consumers.<p>Last year …

Goldman Sachs explains why virtual reality will explode instead of notoriously flopping like before

"So, what has changed that differentiates the current state from the 1990s flop? The answer is the technology, in our view," Goldman Sachs writes.<p>In the early 1990s, says the note, ambitious early efforts in virtual reality like the Nintendo Virtual Boy or Virtuality arcade machines, alongside …

Is This the 21st Century's Duct Tape?

A new glue that can stick metal to metal has been developed in a Northeastern University lab, opening the door to truly glue-able electronics.<p>Until …

Indian regulator questions Facebook's claim of 11 million Free Basics supporters

Facebook's Free Basics program in India, which it claims would help bring millions of Indians connect to the Internet on mobile, has hit rough waters …

GM, Mobileye Concocting Crowd-Sourced Mapping Data for Autonomous Cars

Today’s semi-autonomous driving features are neat, but they only work on highways—and well-marked highways at that. Self-steering systems used by Tesla Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, and others rely on painted lane markings, but that won’t be good enough for fully autonomous rides. General Motors …

Apple will reportedly cut iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus production by 30%

(Reuters) — Apple Inc is expected to cut production of its latest iPhone models by about 30 percent in the January-March quarter, the Nikkei reported.<p>As inventories of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have piled up since they were launched last September, production will be scaled back to let dealers go …

China bolsters markets with $20bn injection and hints at curbs on share sales

The Chinese authorities were battling to prop up the country’s stock markets on Tuesday after a surprise cash injection from the central bank failed to calm jitters among investors.<p>Opinion is divided on state of Chinese economy, but not on its importance<p>Read more<p>The unexpected 130 billion yuan …

Stock Markets

BERNANKE: Let me tell you something about 'currency wars' ...

It also established currency swap arrangements—in which the Fed provided dollars in exchange for foreign currencies—with fourteen foreign central banks, including four from emerging markets.<p>However, once the crisis had passed and recovery begun, national economic interests began to diverge. In …

Huawei goes upscale with new smartphone and smartwatch

China's top smartphone manufacturer is ready to prove that it can compete with Apple and Samsung at the higher end of the market.<p>Huawei presented several new mobile deviceson Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including two smartphones, two smartwatches and a tablet -- all of …

A serial startup employee explains 4 key steps to building a $1 million business in under 48 hours

We were both in hoodies and had a shared penchant for the F-bomb and burritos, all of which led to a caffeine-infused mind meld.<p>It would be the first of many.<p>The matchmaker then introducing us was the prophetic and profane Dave McClure, general partner of 500 Start-ups, which is now headquartered …

This DIY sonar glove can 'feel' distant objects underwater

If you live in a relatively dry climate, you probably don't worry about underwater hazards during the flood season. If you attend Tsukuba University, Japan however -- just miles from where the Kinugawa River flooded Joso City earlier this year -- the risk of rising water is a very real threat. …

Floods

New York is about to start converting payphones into gigabit WiFi hubs

Workers have been spotted installing one of the "Link" hubs at a site near Manhattan's Union Square. The high-tech connection points are expected to go live following a test phase lasting a couple of weeks.<p>Five hundred kiosk upgrades are set to be in place by July, The Verge reported, while the …

Researchers propose using patterns and icons for passwords

Researchers at Plymouth University have devised a new password input method they believe could improve security. Called GOTPass, it combines patterns, imagery, and one-time passcode to create a system that it's hoped would be both more secure and easier to remember than traditional …

Hacking

OPEC bashes prospects for electric cars

Warning: If you are a supporter of Tesla, electric cars and alternative-energy vehicles, this report will upset you.<p>OPEC is predicting that 94% of cars on the road will still be powered by oil-based fuels in 2040.<p>"Without a technology breakthrough, battery electric vehicles are not expected to gain …

2015 was the year it became OK to genetically engineer babies

In April of this year, researchers in China published the results of an experiment in modifying the DNA of human embryos. Though the embryos they worked on were damaged ones that could not have grown into living babies, it sent a tremor through the scientific establishment.<p>Just a month earlier, a …

Toyota wants to make Google's mapping tech obsolete

Google did a great thing with its Maps vehicles, which scoured a great deal of roads to bring us some of the most detailed maps on the internet. But as more cars pick up on tech like built-in cameras and GPS navigation, it would make sense to utilize <i>that</i>, instead. That's the idea behind Toyota's …

Roads

Print Book Sales Are Up, But Don't Start Celebrating Just Yet

Cheers could be heard coming from the “print isn’t dead” section of the book-publishing industry on Monday, thanks to some numbers from Nielsen that …

Newly developed liquid crystal elastomer material could enable advanced sensors

Liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs), essentially rubbers with liquid crystal properties, can do a number of fascinating things, especially in the fields …

What's behind smartphone market's slowing growth? Look to China

Research firm predicts global shipments will rise around 10 percent this year, compared with more than 27 percent in 2014. One reason? Demand for devices in China is falling.<p>The worldwide smartphone market will grow in the coming years, but new research suggests its meteoric rise over the past …

New 'skyscraper' chip could make computers 1,000 times faster

Stacked piles of new carbon nanotube chips could replace silicon<p>The "silicon" in Silicon Valley may soon be replaced - researchers have invented a new material that could be 1,000 times more efficient, and replace the chips in all our electronics.<p>This would mean complex datasets could be crunched …

Will High Ping Issues Force Online Gaming Giants to Take On The ISP Industry?

The popularity of online gaming and e-sports has taken off like a rocket in 2015, but the production houses that are stoking the industry’s engines could become victims of their own success.<p>From the introduction of in-game merchandise to new expansions in the storyline and gameplay of the most …