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Wi-Fi flaw gives up your password

Some popular home Wi-Fi routers use dumb computer chips that let hackers steal your password with a single try.<p>Swiss security researcher Dominique Bongard said many popular routers' computer chips use a "random number generator" intended to safeguard your password -- but it turns out those "random" …

This Self-Cleaning Cashmere Never Needs To Go To The Dry Cleaner

Here’s a novel way to cut down on your carbon footprint: Stop cleaning your clothes.<p>Think of clothing that’s marketed as “green,” and you might picture an organic cotton shirt. But if you want to wear something that does the best job fighting climate change, try a self-cleaning sweater instead.<p>For …

Electronic aura could be answer to lost passwords

Cambridge scientist plans to develop device that would store electronic details and keep them secure<p>You are trying to book theatre tickets online with a rarely used credit card. Prompted to give a password, you find you can no longer remember it. The result is a failed transaction and a minor rise …

Microsoft unleashes 'Settlers of Catan' on the web

Microsoft has something of an extracurricular activity: When it's not releasing Office for iPad or updating Windows, it has a habit of helping other companies build websites. Its latest project is a web version of <i>Settlers of Catan</i>, the popular board game, which it co-developed with Bontom Games. As …

Loop turns almost any point-of-sale system into a mobile payment machine (hands-on)

In a small shop on University Avenue in Palo Alto, mobile payments vet Will Graylin proudly points out the point-of-sale (POS) system sitting next to the register. "This is a 13-year-old Hypercom," Will explains, emphasizing its age and the lack of modern mobile payment options. Then, he does …