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The best free software for writers 2018: write more efficiently without distractions

Writers tend to make a very big deal of their tools, whether those tools are delicate pens or ancient typewriters. Increasingly, though, they'll talk …

Pets

Listen: Why Scientists Have Created Music Just for Cats

Most animals don't groove to human beats, but they will respond to music that's tailored to their hearing abilities, ongoing research shows.<p>I once had a friend in an experimental jazz group. When asked what instrument he played, he replied, "It's not that kind of band."<p>That's the vibe behind the …

How run presentations from iPhone or Android using Google Slides

A new version of Google’s Slides presentation app on Android includes support for the company’s Chromecast TV dongle, allowing presenters to ditch those old-school clickers and use their phone as a remote.<p>The updated app lets you beam your slides to a Chromecast dongle plugged into a TV or …

Encryption key to free speech, says UN report

<b>Encryption software that makes it hard to spy on what people do and say online is "essential" for free speech, says a United Nations report.</b><p>Without anonymising tools, many people will find it far harder to express opinions without censure, it says.<p>Any attempt to weaken encryption software will only …

Privacy

Rail signal upgrade 'could be hacked to cause crashes'

<b>A hi-tech signalling system that will eventually control all of Britain's trains could potentially be hacked to cause a serious crash, according to a scientist who advises the government.</b><p>Prof David Stupples told the BBC that plans to replace ageing signal lights with new computers could leave the …

Cybersecurity

Europol kills off shape-shifting 'Mystique' malware

Shapeshifting malware that changes its identity up to 19 times a day to avoid detection has been deactivated by Europe's Cybercrime Centre and the FBI.<p>At its height in September 2014 the malware, called Beebone, was controlling 100,000 computers a day.<p>Criminals used it to help steal passwords and …

Cybersecurity

Austria court considers Facebook privacy case

<b>A court in Austria will rule in the next few weeks whether it has the jurisdiction to hear a class action lawsuit brought against Facebook.</b><p>Some 25,000 users - led by Austrian law graduate Max Schrems - accuse Facebook of violating European privacy laws in the way it collects and forwards data.<p>The …

Privacy

Cave crustaceans 'losing visual brain'

<b>A study of blind crustaceans living in deep, dark caves has revealed that evolution is rapidly withering the visual parts of their brain.</b><p>The findings catch evolution in the act of making this adjustment - as none of the critters have eyes, but some of them still have stumpy eye-stalks.<p>Three …

Biology

「波塞頓」肆虐,研究人員發現 POS 嚴重新型惡意軟體

商業的 POS 系統長期被駭客虎視眈眈已不足為奇,而資安研究人員日前又再發現一款名為「PoSeidon」的新型惡意軟體,其複雜性與難纏性更為以往 POS 類惡意軟體中未曾達到的程度。<p>業界須主動扭轉局勢<p>被稱為「PoSeidon」的新型 POS 惡意軟體擁有惡名昭彰的銀行木馬程式「Zeus」與 POS …

Volvo designed a reflective spraypaint to make cycling safer at night

It's available in parts of the UK, for now<p>Volvo is turning its attention to two-wheeled safety, for the moment. The Swedish car manufacturer and UK design firm Grey London have partnered with Albedo100 to create a reflective spraypaint that's only visible at night. It's called LifePaint, but it's …

Cycling

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這部經典的「小電視」,也是 3D 打印出來的

上星期跟大家介紹了一款小得像果子玩具的 3D 打印電鑽,而我們今個星期則發現上圖這款由 Formlabs 所 3D 打印的「小電視」呢。它是模仿 1950 年代所生產的 Philco Predicta 經典電視,機身是由一部 Formlabs Form+1 3D 打印機所印出來,經過上色等後期製作之後,再裝上一個 Adafruit 的 2 吋 LCD 螢幕,而記憶體內的影片則是《The Man from Planet X》這套當年的科幻電影。如果大家也有興趣自己製作一部的話,可以下載由 Formlabs 所提供的 .form 檔案來把小電視印出,不過其他配件當然要另外購買吧。<p>經由: Engad …

Windows 10 preview will soon be available for many more phones

Microsoft opened up its Windows 10 Technical Preview to Windows Phone users last month, but only a scant few Lumia devices were supported. That's soon about to change. Microsoft has announced a second round of devices that will be able to run the very latest builds of Windows 10, and the good news …

Windows Phone

Project Ara 手機變身輻射監測儀

<b>讚好此文:</b><p>三月 29, 2015 •手提電話 •<p>採用模組式設計的 Project Ara 智能手機為用戶帶來無限可能性,手機只要安裝不同模組,就會獲得市面上智能手機沒有的功能。最近俄羅斯公司 Intersoft 就展示了一款輻射偵測模組 DO-RA.Modul。<p>DO-RA.Modul 意指 Dosi …

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How To Manage Email So It Doesn't Manage You

<i>Denis Duvauchelle is the CEO and co-founder of productivity app Twoodo. This post first appeared on the Twoodo blog.</i><p>Unless you do your job exclusively via email, there’s no excuse for you to have that tab or app open. There I said it..<p>But you do have it open most of the time, right? It’s hard to …

Productivity

Ford cars slow when they see speed-limit signs

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1155000/1155395_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524671914_6e4c6dad5343e64cd4d9d854488022c1<p><b>Ford is to sell a car that can read road signs and adjust its speed accordingly to ensure the vehicle is not driving too fast.</b><p>The speed-limiting …

Autonomous Cars

Non-native plants pose 'no threat' to UK flora

Although costly to control and eliminate, Japanese knotweed does not threaten UK flora nationally<p><b>Non-native plant species do not pose a risk to native flora, as widely assumed, because impacts are limited to localised areas, a study has suggested.</b><p>Data showed that non-native species were unlikely to …

Ecology

UK lack of cyber-insurance exposed

<b>About 98% of large UK firms lack insurance that could help them recover from a serious cyber-attack, says a UK government report.</b><p>They lack cover even though 81% suffered a security breach in the last 12 months, it said.<p>The report aims to convince firms to buy insurance to help them manage …

Cybersecurity

One company is trying to sell a smartwatch that powers phones, tablets, TVs, and more

Near the end of 2013, a company called Neptune came out with a crazy idea: build a playing card deck-sized smartwatch that could run without a smartphone. It accomplished that feat at the expense of being large and ungainly, making Android Wear behemoths like the Moto 360 look svelte by comparison. …

Mockups

How to boot your android phone or tablet in safe mode?

On your Windows PC, you can boot into safe mode to load Windows without any third-party software. You can do the same on Android with Android’s safe …

Mobile Tablets Aid Perinatal Depression Assessments

A new project levers the ubiquity of mobile technology to improve depression screening among pregnant and new mothers.<p>Researchers from the University …

7 Things You Didn't Realize You Could Do With a Tablet

Part of the fun of getting a new Galaxy tablet is learning its capabilities. Most of these are pretty straightforward. You know you'll be able to …

The Best Tablets for Young Professionals

Tablets are everywhere these days, and for good reason. They are lighter and easier to transport than laptops; many would argue they are easier to …

Gear & Gadgets