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Hackers Can Now Tap Into USB Devices To Evade All Known Security Protections

Karsten Nohl, chief scientist with Berlin's SR Labs, noted that hackers could load malicious software onto tiny, low-cost computer chips that control functions of USB devices but which have no built-in shields against tampering with their code.<p>"You cannot tell where the virus came from. It is …

London student creates machine to 'swap bodies'

A student has created a machine which allows the wearer to “step into the body of another person”<p>A London student has created a machine which allows the wearer to “step into the body of another person”, seeing from their point of view via virtual reality goggles and forcing their limbs to mimic the …

BMW's fast electric car charger rolls out to the US

Many direct current fast chargers aren't exactly practical, even for stores that expect a lot of traffic; they're frequently massive, power-hungry and expensive. BMW knows that's a problem, which is why it just brought its i DC Fast Charger to North America. The device is small and light enough to …

Brain white matter modelled with 3D printing

To call the human brain complex would be an understatement, with its system of billions upon billions of neurons, contained within the grey matter, firing the information required to run the body. What relays and coordinates that information is white matter: tendrils of myelinated axons and glial …

Neuroscience

Blackphone preorders ship; new orders to open 7/14

Blackphone, a privacy-obsessed smartphone developed in response to Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of Americans' phone records, started shipping Monday.<p>The $629 phone, created as a joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone, was unveiled …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Apple Rolling Out Two-Step Verification for iCloud.com

As first noted by AppleInsider, Apple has started rolling out two-step verification for iCloud.com, allowing iCloud users who opted-in for the authentication system to sign into web apps through a verification code sent to a trusted device.<p>Previously, iCloud.com web apps only supported basic logins …

Apps

Everything We Know About Facebook's Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment

It was probably legal. But was it ethical?<p><i>Updated, 09/08/14</i><p>Facebook’s News Feed—the main list of status updates, messages, and photos you see when you open Facebook on your computer or phone—is not a perfect mirror of the world.<p>But few users expect that Facebook would change their News Feed in …

99% of the plastic we throw in the ocean has mysteriously disappeared

Though plastic was invented in the 1800s, it was really only around 1950 that the human-plastic love affair took off. And boy did it—the nearly 2 million tonnes (2.2 million tons) of plastic produced in 1950 had surged twentyfold in just two decades (by around the time a young Dustin Hoffman was …