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2017

Adobe Flash Faces End-of-Life in 2020

The end of an era awaits web media playback, as Adobe prepares to end support for Flash. It's being replaced by simpler, open technologies such as HTML5.

 

Multiple Sensors Are Key To Self-Driving Cars

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MIT Tech Review explains why sensor variety is critical for keeping people safe in and around autonomous autos.

 

RFID Tags Help Straighten the Sheets

UK-based laundry service company tracks thousands of bed sheets as they come in after use by sewing RFID tags into the hems.

 

Google Packages, Re-brands Security Measures

With Google's so-called Play Protect, everything old is new again. The term refers to scanning of the device and Play Store, plus other features available for years.

 

A 'Street View' of the International Space Station

Internals of the ISS are now part of Google Maps; the video explains how it was done.

 

iRobot Wants to Sell Roomba Floorplan Data

It's one thing to invite someone to map the interior of your home. It's quite another for the maid to sell that data without permission.

 

London, New York City to Bring Phone Booth Into Modern Age

Once a thing of science fiction and the World's Fair, video phones could be popping up in New York and the UK thanks to a project funded by Alphabet.

 

'Sting-Ray' Attacks a Problem in Low-End Phones

A flaw found recently in 3G and 4G networks permits location tracking, even with their harder-to-crack encryption protocols.

Translating Headset Handles Eight Lingos

Four years in the making, TranslateOne2One is from an Australian startup and taps the brain of IBM's Watson for real-time translation.

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Researchers at MIT Offer Ransomware Advice

As fears from Wannacry subside, a new and more dangerous threat appears to exploit the same vulnerability.

 

The Mobile Retail Trend Continues to Accelerate

In a recent post, we reported about the appetite for a grocery store on wheels. This week the mobile shiny object is jewelry.

 

Mobile Jewelry is One Thing. But a Mobile Mall?

Can't get to the mall? Maybe the mall can come to you TechCrunch ponders the idea of mobile mass retail and how it might look.

 

Low-Power Sensors Mean High-Value Wearables

A power-efficiency breakthrough at UC San Diego shows promise for tackling one of the primary challenges for wearable devices.

 

Verily Life Sciences Crunching the Wearable Numbers

A Google spin-off company will gather data from 10,000 participants over four years to help predict medical emergencies.

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Roll Your Own Wireless Charging

For organizations dissatisfied with the wireless charging solutions available today, Powercast offers a do-it-yourself kit.

 

Robots Offer Assistance at Airports

Here's a worker that can help travelers find gates and restrooms, and doesn't mind pitching in with the cleaning.

Qualcomm Uses Pulse as Password

Showing off a new series of sensors at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai last week, chip-maker Qualcomm says its versatile fingerprint readers work across glass, metal and even under water.

 

Google 'Android of Things' Targets Beginners

Recognizing that IoT is more than a passing fad, Google's Raspberry Pi-based development kit comes with all the right stuff.

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Google To Halt E-Mail Snooping

Though it will halt the practice of scanning private email to tailor the ads it displays, the company will continue to mine the other things it knows about users to generate revenue.

 

Wearable Technology Paves a Road to Worker Safety

Caterpillar and construction-design firm Skanska demonstrate solutions being developed to keep workers safe and avoid costly accidents and workplace mishaps.

 

Wearable Passwords? New Device Does That and More

In today's digital world, it was only a matter of time before someone developed an appliance to store passwords, credit cards, biometrics and other access methods.

 

EU Slaps Google With Heavy Fines for Monopolizing Search

The European Union has imposed a $2.7b fine on Google, charging the company abused its power by favoring its own products in search results.

 

The Case for Low-Power Bluetooth

With mobile pay, mobile ticketing and the like, mobile phones are quickly becoming the one thing you just can't leave home without. Is there a single wireless standard that's best for all things?

 

Amazon Testing a Free In-home Fitting Room

If there's one thing that's keeping online clothes shopping from going viral, it's now being addressed.