Ian Burkhart, paralyzed from the elbows down since he broke his neck four years ago when diving into deceptively shallow water, was told that he would never use his arms again. But just last month, he moved his right hand just by thinking about it – thanks to a chip implanted in his head that transfers brain waves.
After a month-long disruption, users in China are now able to access Google’s online services again. Features such as maps, search and email were blocked as Chinese observed the 25th anniversary of Beijing’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square.
After last year’s criticism of Apple’s greenhouse gas emissions and use of toxic materials, the company announced that it has cut back sharply on emissions, but that it still needs to address its rising water consumption and its manufacturing partners’ carbon emissions.
In an effort to skirt Thailand’s military censorship, the BBC, which was temporarily taken off the air in May, has turned to Facebook with a plan to launch a “pop up” news service that offers international news in English and Thai.
Antivirus maker Bitfinder reports that the FBI’s recent seizure of massive ransomeware operation Cryptolocker that used highjacked computers to spread a virus, might have only succeeded in stopping its delivery system. The company argues that Cryptolocker is alive and well, waiting for an opportunity to find a new delivery mechanism.
All Microsoft products, including Windows operating systems, have a support lifestyle that eventually winds down, meaning that the company will stop supporting them. Whether you are using these products for business or at home, their support deadlines are coming up January 13 – a nudge for users to upgrade to the next version.
Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana has accumulated a decent record predicting the winning teams in Brazil’s World Cup games, recently predicting Germany’s crushing victory over Brazil. Its latest prediction focuses on Sunday’s decisive game between Germany and Argentina.