Believe it or not, Japan's criminal underworld of the Yakuza made headlines recently in Fukuoka for a string of gangland style shootings. Now the tech-centric country has a literally bulletproof solution for its more iPhone-obsessed thugs.
We recently told you about how a study concluded that 50% of found cellphones are returned to their owners. That doesn't really speak to willfully stolen phones — a trend that's rising fast enough that major wireless providers are banding together to create a central database of stolen cellphones.
Our phones contain more personal information — from bank account numbers to personal texts and emails — than we've ever really carried around before. A security firm conducted a social experiment to find the rate of return on lost smartphones in an attempt to better security them.
When I was a child, Disney released a made-for-TV movie called Smart House, in which the house "knew" who its residents were and worked as an alarm system and helping hand: opening doors, offering food and even helping clean up after those rapscallions threw an unauthorized party. That system isn't impossible.
After years of not being worth targeting with major malware, it's been discovered that 600,000 "virus-proof" Macs have been infected with a nasty trojan that installs itself via a Java vulnerability. Cue the PC fanboys, it's a friggin' state of emergency!
When we hit "factory reset" on our gadgets, we expect all traces of sensitive information — all of it — to be wiped out — completely. Security experts have learned that with some basic hacking, credit card info stored on old Xbox 360 hard drives can be extracted. Sigh.
As we cruise the Web everyday, most of us encounter a reCaptcha — those distorted letters and numbers designed to check that a human is behind an online activity like logging into an account or comment system. Lately, users have been seeing a change in the fuzzy text and have seen seeing what looks like real pictures.
You knew the day was coming when the military would start rolling out humanoid battle robots, but you might not have expected it to come so soon. In this case the robot's enemy will be shipboard fire emergencies, but let's be honest, that's just the start.
Remember Samsung's rad Android 4.0 ICS feature that let users unlock their smartphones with their face? Yeah, it can easily be fooled by photos. To secure it better, Samsung's gone and added "blink detection" to the software to make it harder to spoof.
In a bid to increase transparency and regain trust from Google users, Google introduced today "Account Activity." Account Activity is a monthly report that'll let users see useful statistics on how they spend their time on Google's services — all neatly complied in an easy to digest form.