The Reveton Gang that pioneered the idea of locking up a victim’s computer and demanding a ransom to unlock it is now targeting the mobile market. Once Reveton mobile infects a phone, it will display a bogus warning that will hold the phone hostage until the extortionists get payment.
An Israeli startup has come up with a handheld scanner that can determine the molecular makeup of objects like food and medication. The device, called Scio, emits a beam of light that can be directed toward an object, like a piece of fruit, for example. It will then connect to a smartphone app to reveal the nutritional breakdown of that fruit.
After nearly eight years of research and testing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the DEKA arm, a groundbreaking prosthetic arm that helps amputees perform delicate tasks such as zipping up a coat or handling an egg without breaking it.
Psychologist Robert Epstein says his most recent experiment found that search engines have the potential to profoundly influence voters without them noticing the impact. Epstein calls this power the Search Engine Manipulation Effect, with the acronym SEME.
A new proposal calls for replacing traditional petroleum-based asphalt highways with a system of solar panels that would generate massive amounts of energy to feed the grid during daytime and help recharge moving electric vehicles.
The Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub is the vision of two UK-based architects who see trains racing up and down the side of specially-designed skyscrapers. Designers Christopher Christophi and Lucas Mazarrasa say the goal is to free up valuable real estate in the congested cities of tomorrow.
After its IPO filing last week, China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba moved toward taking a tougher line against counterfeit items sold on its online marketplaces.