Wednesday, 24 May 2017

This RoboCop car comes with an intruder-chasing drone as a sidekick

Meet O-R3. It’s the world’s first robotic security car.

Singapore startup company Otsaw Robotics created the 176-pound miniature automated vehicle.

It has 3D LIDAR sensors and GPS, and once it detects an intruder…

it will send a drone after the interloper up to 328 feet away.

This can be especially useful if there are obstacles in the vehicle’s way…

since it provides an aerial view to help capture someone running away.

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How to protect your phone from border guards, and why it's probably a bad idea

If the government wants your data, they're probably going to get it — one way or another. 

As many are belatedly realizing under the administration of Donald Trump, Fourth Amendment protections against "unreasonable search and seizure" pretty much go up in smoke at the U.S. border. Travelers entering the country have long been accustomed to handing over luggage for inspection, but the amount and scope of private information kept on phones and laptops means that with a simple search Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials are now able to peer into the most intimate details of people's lives. 

Here's the bad news: With the legal status of such digital searches mostly clear, there isn't much the average person can do about it. 

A Hacker Bypassed The Galaxy S8's Iris Scanner With Just An Infrared Photo And A Contact Lens

Galaxy S8’s iris scanner was marketed as a step above traditional fingerprint scanners, able to keep your smartphone secure from prying eyes. So it’s a bit of a downer to learn that someone managed to bypass it with a basic digital camera and a few dollars.

Renowned white hat hacker Jan Krissler, who goes by Starbug online, set out to circumvent the S8’s security system by using a low-tech hack instead of any coding whatsoever. And he did it with a point-and-shoot camera and a contact lens. 

This $5000 Google Touchscreen Whiteboard Aims To Add A Whole Lot Of Fun To Any Team Project

Using markers and a whiteboard for office meetings is so old school. That’s probably why Google is now marketing a completely new kind of whiteboard, for $5,000 (Rs 3,24,700)!

The Jamboard is an interactive whiteboard for your conference room, first announced in October 2016. No, you don’t actually write anything on it, it’s actually a gigantic 4K touchscreen, to help collaborate in the office.

Sphero's Lightning McQueen robot is real enough to star in its own movie

Pixar’s original Cars movie worked because you believed cars had feelings. 

Anthropomorphized vehicles talking, fighting, falling in love. It all clicked because of Pixar’s animation prowess and the voice talents of people like Owen Wilson. 

That magic, though, doesn’t always translate to the real world. Toys built around these movies are generally disappointing because they can’t capture the personality and emotion of the original characters.

The sorry state of digital security means being paranoid is no longer enough

You just wanted to see the photos your friend shared. Or buy a pair of shoes. Or read that story. 

Now your email account's been hacked, your credit card number's been stolen, and your computer for some reason is mining bitcoin. 

Welcome to the Internet of Today. The Internet of Tomorrow is shaping up to be a lot worse. 

But this is not the story of hijacked wireless security cameras crashing the internet, ransomware locking up England's NHS, or a teddy bear that exposes you to hackers. Rather, this is about how securely navigating the internet for simple day-to-day tasks is becoming harder and harder while at the same time our dependency on successfully doing so is only increasing.

Apple Switch ads get the point across and that's it

Clever and funny are out. Short and obvious are in.

Watching Apple's new collection of Switch Ads, I was instantly nostalgic for the company's iconic "I'm a Mac and I'm a PC" ads that introduced us to the wit and comic-timing of John Hodgman and lovable knowingness of Justin Long.

In those ads, they were affable counterparts in the computing spectrum. Hodgman personified the buttoned-down nature of the Windows PC industry and user—as well as every issue the pre-Windows 10 PC had—while Long was the cool Mac, impervious to Windows viruses and honestly concerned for the well-being of his beleaguered friend.