The TSA caused an uproar recently when it confiscated what is known as a "cupcake in a jar." Stick with me now as this is where the story gets funky: according to the TSA it has nothing against cupcakes in general, just this special cupcake stuffed into a jar. In this format it violated to three-ounce limit for carry on liquids or gels.
There's a reason that we're all still carrying physical keys around with us: they're simple, they're reliable, and while you might forget the key itself somewhere, you don't need to remember anything else besides how to put the key in a lock. A recently-spotted patent from Apple suggests that it's trying to make laptop chargers work the exact same way.
It's unfortunate that Internet regulation worldwide tends to be in the hands of people who know very little about the Internet and altogether too much about regulation. At the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, hackers have come up with a new idea: their very own space-based Internet service.
Nearly every sci-fi fan imagines what it would be like to own a secluded lair specially equipped to wait out the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Now there's a real option for just such a situation, if you've got the cash.
Puzzle and security freaks will love the new Crypteks physically lockable USB device. The USB storage is located inside a housing with five rings on the outside, each set with the 26 letters of the alphabet. Twist to your code and you've unlocked your USB. With 26 letters and five rings, you'll have whopping 14,348,907 possible passwords. Now that's security!
The mobile world is ablaze over a discovery by Android developer Trevor Eckhart. He found a piece of software secretly installed on his smartphone called Carrier IQ that watches just about everything. Carriers are now stumbling to avoid a potential privacy catastrophe across every major mobile platform.
There are lots of ways of keeping your data secure, from hiding it under your mattress all the way up to sophisticated encryption techniques. But your data is still all there, somewhere in some form, and someone who's determine enough could eventually find or crack it. Unless you have a Cloud Shredder, that is.
Carrying a bike lock around with you while you ride can be a pain. Where do you keep it? But the Küat lock solves that with a rather ingenious solution.
Earlier this year the world was introduced to Britain's "hoodies" who looted their cities wearing the head coverings to avoid the country's ubiquitous CCD surveillance cameras. But if they had just contacted a certain professor, they might have simply used a lovely modded parasol to conceal their mischief.
Well, this is a little unsettling: it turns out that Wi-Fi signals are slightly affected by people breathing, and with the right tech someone could pinpoint where you are in a room from afar using just Wi-Fi.