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Bridging The Gap
How the street light has been given a hi-tech makeover How the street light has been given a hi-tech makeover
Next time you're out after dark, spare a thought for the humble street light. It's not so humble anymore. Not only are light bulbs getting sharper and more energy efficient as they are upgraded to LEDs, but they increasingly help fight crime, promote safe cycling and even protect turtles. That's because street lights are also becoming the eyes and ears of "smart" cities. Lamp posts double as da...
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Oculus working on more affordable VR Oculus working on more affordable VR
Oculus, the virtual reality company owned by Facebook, is working on a new headset in an attempt to make the technology more affordable. On stage in San Jose, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged the prohibitive cost of the current Oculus Rift headset. During the presentation he also demonstrated software for interacting with friends in virtual reality. Missing, however, was the Oculus...
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Credit card with fraud-busting display Credit card with fraud-busting display
A credit card with a digital display that randomly generates a security code is being launched as a way of combating fraud. Oberthur Technologies is currently in discussions with UK banks about rolling out the technology and will have cards "in the hands" of consumers in France by the end of the year. Credit card fraud costs banks millions of pounds each year. One expert said a different design...
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Could 3D printed hair follicles help with hair loss? Could 3D printed hair follicles help with hair loss?
Hair follicles created by a process similar to 3D printing could one day be used as implants, L'Oreal has said. The cosmetics firm is partnering with a French bio-printing company called Poietis, which has developed a form of laser printing for cell-based objects. Hair follicles have not been created this way before and the firms expect it will take at least three years to adapt the process. Ho...
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Army of webcams used in net attacks Army of webcams used in net attacks
One of the biggest ever web attacks - in which more than one terabit of data was fired at a website to knock it offline - has been reported. Web hosting company OVH said it had been attacked by a botnet (zombie army) of hacked devices such as webcams. The previous largest attack was thought to be one on security expert Brian Krebs' website which hit 620Gbps (gigabits per second). That was also ...
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Piracy fighters battle Kodi 'epidemic' Piracy fighters battle Kodi 'epidemic'
Tackling the use of Kodi and other set-top box software to stream pirated videos is now the top priority for rights-holders, a report says. Some boxes or "TV sticks" support software add-ons that can stream subscription movies, sport and TV channels over the internet for free. The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) said about half of its current investigations concerned the devices. It s...
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China launches second trial space station China launches second trial space station
China has launched a second experimental space station, as it looks to have a crewed outpost by 2022. The Tiangong 2 blasted off just after 22:00 local time on Thursday from the Gobi desert. Next month, two astronauts will go to the station to conduct research. Beijing has made space exploration a national priority and is the third country, after the Soviet Union and the US, to launch peo...
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Apple iPhone 7 starts at $649 for 32GB Apple iPhone 7 starts at $649 for 32GB
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple scooped itself Wednesday, posting - and quickly deleting - a few tweets that featured photos and details about its new iPhone7 well before its ongoing event got to the announcement. "New cameras. Water-resistant. Stereo speakers. Longer battery life. This is 7," read the tweet. A video also showed a black iPhone 7 getting doused with water. Making the iPhone water-resis...
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Samsung recalls Note 7 flagship over explosive batteries Samsung recalls Note 7 flagship over explosive batteries
Samsung Electronics is recalling its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and said that battery problems were behind phones catching fire. The decision follows reports in the US and South Korea of the phone "exploding" during or after charging. The South Korean company said customers who had already bought the phone would be able to swap it for a new one. Samsung said it had been difficult t...
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Uber to deploy self-driving cars in Pittsburgh Uber to deploy self-driving cars in Pittsburgh
he ride-sharing firm Uber will, for the first time, allow users to hail self-driving cars within a fortnight, the company has confirmed. Uber said the launch would take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It added that it was teaming up with Volvo. At first, the vehicles will be supervised by a driver, who can take control if necessary, and an observer, Bloomberg reported. The firm first r...
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