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.
In TV shows, detectives search a database of faces at lightning speed to make a match to a photo or video footage — something that a new high performance camera and software system has made reality. It can capture a face and then search up to 36 million faces in one second to find a match in selected databases.
If you think those Terminator style facial recognition cameras that can scan a whole crowd are a creepy invasion of your privacy, here's simple way to foil them.
We've all seen videos where security personnel use an inappropriate tool to stop a perpetrator, and often it's simply because they don't have something more suitable with them. This arm-worn weapon is designed to avoid that, by giving them a choice between four different non-lethal weapons.