A clever way to tell which of your emails are being tracked

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:20

SAN FRANCISCO, Kalifornia (PNN) - March 20, 2015 - While you’ve likely never heard of companies like Yesware, Bananatag, and Streak, they almost certainly know a good deal about you. Specifically, they know when you’ve opened an email sent by one of their clients, where you are, what sort of device you’re using, and whether you’ve clicked a link - all without your awareness or consent.

Solar powered membrane separates water into hydrogen and oxygen without exploding

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/18/2015 - 18:44

LOS ANGELES, Kalifornia (PNN) - March 17, 2015 - Hydrogen powered cars are slowly accelerating in popularity with boosts from infrastructure development and car manufacturers. But getting eco-friendly hydrogen is still a bit of a challenge. Right now, a lot of hydrogen is produced through mixing steam and natural gas. An alternative to using natural gas is electrolysis, using an electric current to pull apart the oxygen and hydrogen in water, but current methods use way too much energy to make it worth it. Scientists around the country are working on making the process simpler, using AAA batteries, chemical reactions and other methods to make hydrogen a greener choice.

New optical fiber material could pave the way for computers that think

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/18/2015 - 18:39

SINGAPORE (PNN) - March 16, 2015 - Researchers at the University of Southampton and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have found that fiber optics can be used to build low-power, high-bandwidth artificial neurons that mimic their biological counterparts. Used inside a properly designed chip, this technology could lead to computers that think and learn like a human.

Neptune Suite shows a taste of what computing should be in 2025

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/18/2015 - 18:37

MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (PNN) - March 16, 2015 - When Neptune launched its grand idea for upending the smart phone ecosystem, many responses boiled down to: Huh?

Sure, the idea sounded downright radical: Instead of a smart phone streaming to devices like a smart watch, the Neptune Hub and Pocket were created with the opposite relationship in mind. There was Hub, a smart watch powerful enough to run apps, take calls, and send messages; and there was Pocket, a relatively dumb screen that fit in your pocket, like a smart phone, but was little more than an input device. Many people didn’t get it. “Most of the negativity was from people that don’t see this as a first start,” says Simon Tian, Neptune’s 20-year-old founder. “They thought we were just going to stop at the pocket screen.”

Mysterious spy cameras collecting data at post offices

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/18/2015 - 18:32

DENVER, Colorado (PNN) - March 11, 2015 - Within an hour of FOX31 Denver discovering a hidden camera, which was positioned to capture and record the license plates and facial features of customers leaving a Golden Post Office, the device was ripped from the ground and disappeared.

Documents shine light on shadowy New Zealand surveillance base

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/11/2015 - 19:12

WAIHOPAI VALLEY, New Zealand (PNN) - March 8, 2015 - Near the heartland of New Zealand’s renowned wine country, there is a place that visitors are not allowed to go. The peculiar large white domes that protrude from the earth in the Waihopai Valley are surrounded by razor wire and shrouded in secrecy.

But now, newly revealed documents from the Amerikan Gestapo National Security Agency division whistleblower Edward Snowden shine a light on what is behind the security perimeter. The buildings there are crammed with sophisticated NSA spying technology, used by New Zealand to sweep up text messages, emails, phone calls, and other communications in bulk across the Asia-Pacific.

Mystery noise could be an Earth-like world

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/11/2015 - 19:09

Strange signals suggest habitable planet exists 22 light years away

LONDON, England (PNN) - March 6, 2015 - Astronomers believe mysterious signals - previously dismissed as stellar bursts - are coming from an Earth-like planet.

The Gliese 581d planet has conditions that could support life, and is likely to be a rocky world, twice the size of Earth.

Masked card lets online shoppers pay anywhere with bitcoin

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/11/2015 - 19:07

NEW YORK (PNN) - March 4, 2015 - Online privacy company Abine has announced the launch of Bitcoin Anywhere, enabling Coinbase wallet holders to make bitcoin purchases at any e-commerce site.

Bitcoin Anywhere, currently in beta and invite only, will enable Coinbase users to link their wallet to Abine Blur, a password control service.

Scientists warn that fluoride in drinking water may trigger depression and weight gain

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 22:04

LONDON, England (PNN) - February 23, 2015 - Fluoride could be causing depression and weight gain and councils should stop adding it to drinking water to prevent tooth decay, scientists have warned.

A study of 98% of GP practices in England found that high rates of underactive thyroid were 30% more likely in areas of the greatest fluoridation.

It could mean that up to 15,000 people are suffering needlessly from thyroid problems, which can cause depression, weight gain, fatigue and aching muscles.

Meet the WiFi-connected doll that talks to your children and records them

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 21:58

SAN FRANCISCO, Kalifornia (PNN) - February 23, 2015 - Mattel’s latest high-tech Barbie doll will bring the “Internet of things” right into your child’s playpen.

Toymaker Mattel has unveiled a high-tech Barbie that will listen to your child, record its words, send them over the Internet for processing, and talk back to your child. It will email you, as a parent, highlights of your youngster’s conversations with the toy.