The padlock design has remained virtually unchanged for centuries. Master Lock thinks its time for a 21st century facelift, that's why it's replaced the combination wheel on its signature lock with an electronic one and shoved a battery into its caboose.
U-locks are ok, and monster chains are a bit better but we all know thieves can be crafty when picking a lock, no matter what the size. What if there was an easy way to prevent your bike from being usable should someone tinker with your lock? That's exactly the idea behind bike pedals that also serve as your bike lock.
You see HTTP status codes all over: "404 Not Found" for mistyped URLs, "403 Forbidden" for authorization failures and traffic problems read as "503 Service Unavailable". We may now need a new one for legal restrictions, and what could be more fitting than "451" in honor of Ray Bradbury?
Fingerprinting used to be a complicated affair, involving ink and paper and making actual prints. Well, okay, so it wasn't that complicated, but now there's a new camera that can take pictures of your fingerprints from 20 feet away whether you want it to or not.
Quantum cryptography may be theoretically secure, but in practice, there are certain limitations that allow clever attackers to read encrypted messages. A new system that ditches quantum mechanics for classical mechanics may prove to be even more secure, backed up by the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
BitTorrent has a reputation for only being useful for stealing media from impoverished conglomerates, but at its heart, the file sharing protocol is about the free exchange of information. Researchers at Delft University of Technology are getting ready to release a BitTorrent client called Tribler that adds decentralized anonymity into the mix, for free.
It's comforting to know that when the apocalypse does happen, we can repopulate the Earth from the survivors tucked safely away in their luxury condos deep inside a retired missile silo in Kansas. Interest in the "Survival Condo" has been so high that all units in this unique complex 174 feet deep in the Earth have sold out at cost of a cool $2 million apiece.
Trust me, all of your neighbors have already figured out that the password to your Wi-Fi network is the name of your cat, and they're busy pirating movies and software and when the MPAA breaks down the door you're the one who's going to a labor camp in Siberia. Don't let this happen to you, install wallpaper that keeps your Wi-Fi contained.
The use of biometric scans as a security measure is on the rise. We've recently talked about palm print scanenabled ATMs, and now there is a prototype door handle with a built in finger scanner.
It doesn't get much more futuristic than "universal quantum network," but we're going to have to find something else to pine over, since a UQN now exists. A group from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics has tied the quantum states of two atoms together using photons, creating the first network of qubits.