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United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May plans to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government the most sweeping surveillance powers in the western world. The creation of a national internet surveillance filter, sparks concerns of a British version of China’s notorious firewall. The Conservatives’ manifesto published on Thursday reads, “Some people say that it is not for the government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet. We disagree.” The new internet surveillance regulati...
BIKI is the world’s first underwater robotic fish. The underwater drone is designed to capture amazing and high-quality footage without any operation on your part. BIKI the robotic fish has a powerful onboard camera capable of capturing photos and videos in 4K. It comes with a 124° wide-angle lens, and 32 GB of internal memory. The wireless underwater photography drone is also equipped with 2*307 lumen lights. It’s lightweight at 1.1 kg (2.4 pounds) and uses a bionic fishtail-driven design to reach speeds up to 1.12 mph. It is so co...
Codenamed Oceans11, because of the liquid surface design philosophy used on this one, HTC’s flagship phone HTC U11 is out now. As a matter of fact, HTC 11 carries forward the liquid surface design philosophy from its predecessors. So, what’s so unique about it design? HTC U11 Edge Sense The HTC U11 uses a 3D glass finish both at the front as well as at the back. If you squeeze the device with one hand, it allows you to launch certain applications from the home or lock screen. For instance, you can click a picture just by squeezin...
A few years ago, ransomware was a type of malware that had been kicking around for a decade to little effect. It gets its name because it’s a type of malicious software that carries out the cryptoviral extortion attack from cryptovirology that blocks access to data until the ransom is paid, generally in the digital currency bitcoin. The crippling WannaCry ransomware, which used an exploit developed by the US NSA, has struck organizations around the world. The WannaCry ransomware has locked up more than 200,000 computers in government...
What you see is a tiny, mechanical ostrich chasing after a car. This clever two-legged robot, known as Planar Elliptical Runner, was developed at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, Florida. Unlike other robots, it doesn’t have sensors or an on-board computer. Instead, the mechanical design offers the base to a dynamic stability as the robot run. A video demoing the development, shows the two-legged robot in a number of situations, including on a treadmill and even running behind as well as alongside a ...
A leaked computer screenshot allegedly showing inventory of Urban Armor Gear iPad Pro cases, hints at the near-launch of the rumored 10.5 inch iPad Pro tablet. The image, which comes from an unknown Apple vendor, shows there’ll be three cases for the iPad Pro 10.5 inch tablet that will be available in June. According to a KGI report back in August last year, the iPad Pro 10.5 inch release date was slated alongside the new low-cost 9.7 inch iPad. Although, the 9.7 inch iPad launched in March. Dan Provost, the co-founder of Stud...
The first ever death in an autonomous car in May this year, raised several questions about the continual and full attention of the driven even when the car is in autopilot mode. The Tesla driver was watching a Harry Potter movie when the accident occurred. According to the NHTSA investigation report, he had seven seconds available before he could respond to the pending collision. With the momentum of self-driving technologies, it’s imperative that the driver is in complete control to reduce accidents substantially, where or not he/she...
Looks like Apple Inc. is, finally, getting into the sleep tracking business. According to 9to5Mac, the Cupertino company has acquired Beddit, a popular sleep tracking device maker. Beddit’s entire business revolves around a sleep tracking devices and apps that work with Apple’s iPhone and Apple Watch. Its current flagship product is Beddit 3, a thin strip of sensors that sits on your bed and analyzes sleep-related data such as sleep time, sleep efficiency, heart rate, temperature, respiration, snoring, room temperature and room humid...
A modified Moto G from 2013, fitted with electromagnetic sensing capability, can recognize any electronic device by tapping on it. Using machine learning to classify device types, this prototype smartphone is able to precisely toggle the corresponding apps by simply tapping on a slew of connected devices: Refrigerator, TV, thermostat, coffee machine, smart door lock, router, Phillips Hue LED bulbs, projector and more. In fact, the smartphone can also implement various types of interactions with the devices. A team of researchers at C...
A new breakthrough in “self-healing” materials has scientists looking forward to a future in which smartphone screens and batteries within can repair themselves. Developed by researchers at the University of California Riverside, the new material is made up of a stretchable polymer and an ionic salt, making it capable of conducting electricity and self-heal beyond the daily wear and tear. The regenerative material can stitch itself back together within 24 hours after being torn apart, with its charged ions and polar molecules attract...