Where is Santa ? ask Google and Microsoft

In today’s world, everyone leaves a digital footprint – even the ever elusive Santa Claus as he treks around the world with his magical reindeer delivering presents. And while the serious business of tracking Santa has become a tradition for the military at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad), this year’s online trackers have […]

Coming soon a bracelet that turns your ARM into a touchscreen

From Apple’s forthcoming smartwatch to the Fitbit, there is fierce competition to get consumers hooked on wearable devices. And soon there will be a bracelet that turns your skin into a touchscreen using a tiny built-in projector. Wearers of the of the Cicret bracelet will be able to check an email or watch a film […]

FBI warns of ‘destructive’ malware in wake of Sony attack

The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned U.S. businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch a destructive cyberattack in the United States, following a devastating breach last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Cybersecurity experts said the malicious software described in the alert appeared to describe the one that affected Sony, which would mark first […]

Scientists hail the most ‘advanced anti-ageing serum’ in the world

Those who believe that beauty is only skin deep may need to think again. For the first time, scientists have gone right into our DNA to develop the most advanced anti-ageing serum ever created. The new treatment, developed by one of Britain’s leading scientific innovators, is personally tailored to each individual and could revolutionise how […]

Security firms uncover ‘sophisticated’ Regin spyware

An “extremely complex” and “stealthy” spying program has been stealing data from ISPs, energy companies, airlines and research-and-development labs, a security company has said. With a “degree of technical competence rarely seen”, Regin had probably taken years to develop, Symantec said. And a nation state may have written it to serve its spying agencies’ needs. […]

Automation and growing reliance on compuers makes us dumb

By NICHOLAS CARR* Artificial intelligence has arrived. Today’s computers are discerning and sharp. They can sense the environment, untangle knotty problems, make subtle judgments and learn from experience. They don’t think the way we think—they’re still as mindless as toothpicks—but they can replicate many of our most prized intellectual talents. Dazzled by our brilliant new […]

World’s first solar road will open in Holland this week

Dubbed SolaRoad, the 230-foot pilot lane—located in Krommenie in North Holland—consists of 8-by-11-foot prefab concrete slabs, into which solar cells are fitted underneath a layer of tempered glass. It’s that glass, however, that provides the greatest challenge: It must be translucent enough for sunlight to penetrate, as well as skid resistant and strong enough to […]

Virus that ‘makes humans more stupid’ discovered

A virus that infects human brains and makes us more stupid has been discovered, according to scientists in the US. The algae virus, never before observed in healthy people, was found to affect cognitive functions including visual processing and spatial awareness. Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska stumbled upon the […]