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With Nymi Wristband, Your Heartbeat Unlocks Your Devices

Could be convenient<p>Here's a twist on knowing thy heart. A startup is looking to manufacture a wristband that recognizes its wearer by his or her heartbeat. The wristband, called Nymi, then communicates with wearers' other devices—laptops, tablets, smartphones—to unlock them when their owners pick …

5 Sneaky Ways The NSA Spies On Americans

The U.S. government needs only three degrees of separation to look at Kevin Bacon's phone records.<p>The U.S. National Security Agency remains at the center of controversy this summer, nine weeks after <i>The Guardian</i> and the <i>Washington Post</i> broke the news about its PRISM online data-mining program. While …

Italy police swoop on Mafia near Rome and in Calabria

<b>Italian police have arrested at least 50 people in a big anti-Mafia operation in the coastal region near Rome.</b><p>About 500 police officers, backed by dog units, a helicopter and coastal patrol boats are involved.<p>A police operation was also launched in the southern Calabria region, a hotbed of …

Feds accuse five men of largest U.S. hacking scheme

Cyberattacks against the Nasdaq, J.C. Penney, and others led to "hundreds of millions of dollars" in losses, say federal prosecutors.<p>Five men have been accused by the U.S. government of perpetrating the largest hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.<p>Court documents revealed Thursday in …

How Blippex handles the data behind its time-driven search engine

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Search for something on Blippex, a recently launched search engine, and the results you’ll find might be quite different from …

If The Ubuntu Edge Crowdfunding Experiment Works, Backers May Get To Vote On The Next Model’s Specs

Smartphone companies have it pretty rough — they’ve got to sink millions into research and development every year, all in the hope of making their next shiny touchscreen gewgaw the fastest, slimmest, smartest, prettiest one ever. And every year we eat it all up, and take what we’re given.<p>But …

Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords

Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form.<p>"This is one of those unanswered legal questions: Is there any circumstance under which they could get password information?" <br …

Why Chromecast is such a big deal for Google, and a threat to Apple

Advertisement<p>48 Comments<p>Credit: Google<p>Google (s GOOG) officially launched its next big idea for the living room Wednesday, and the cast of people …

Apple’s iPhone 4 Drives Global Growth: Here’s What It Means For A New, Low-Cost iPhone Model

Apple is cashing in big on three-year old tech, according to its earnings results last night. As the Wall Street Journal points out, it’s seeing the iPhone 4 leading to big growth in markets like India, and buttressing Apple’s fortunes against low-cost devices based on competing mobile platforms …