Selfie App Spots Early Cancer Signs

Male taking selfie while wearing glasses mentionedIt seems nearly as accurate as a blood test.

By Rick Richardson

Pancreatic cancer has a meager survival rate, with just 9 percent of patients surviving past five years.

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The disease, which killed Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, is one of the hardest types of cancer to treat, but detecting and treating it early can make a big difference to survival rates. Researchers at the University of Washington have come up with a simple and incredibly accurate way to test for the cancer that people can administer themselves.
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Magnify Your Smartphone Screen

Illustration of deviceThis tool is inexpensive and folds up.

By Rick Richardson

It seems no matter how big screens get on smartphones, they’ll never really be big enough.

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When Apple debuted the original iPhone in 2007, it only had a 3.5-inch display. Ten years on and smartphone screens have now ballooned up to a little over 6 inches. Some of the new “plus” models are practically tablets at this point.
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The Three Weakest Links in Your WiFi Security

Man's hand holding wifi symbolMake sure your employees understand their vulnerabilities.

By Rick Richardson

More and more traffic is being carried via WiFi networks, and as traffic figures rise, so do security concerns.

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Last year, 60 percent of mobile data traffic was offloaded onto the fixed network via WiFi according to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index. Cisco predicts that by 2021, 50 percent of all IP traffic will be WiFi (30 percent will be carried by fixed networks and 20 percent via cellular networks).
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Nums Turns Your MacBook Trackpad into a Keypad

MacBook laptopBonus: Faster typing.

By Rick Richardson

When it comes to design, you would be hard pressed to criticize Apple. Everything the company makes is both beautiful and highly functional. But even Apple can’t cover every base.

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Hackers Using Hotel WiFi to Spy, Steal Data

Faceless hooded anonymous computer hacker with programming code from monitorThe keys? Individualized phishing emails and multistage malware downloads.

By Rick Richardson

An advanced hacking and cyberespionage campaign against high-value targets has returned.

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The so-called "DarkHotel" group has been active for over a decade, with a signature brand of cybercrime that targets business travelers with malware attacks, using the WiFi in luxury hotels across the globe.
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New MIT Drone Flies 5 Days on 1 Tank

MIT team with droneWho might object? The FAA.

By Rick Richardson

Last month, a team of MIT engineers launched Jungle Hawk Owl from the back of a compact car.

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It was the first flight for the 24-foot-wide drone, which the team believes is capable of staying in the air for five days on a single tank of gas.
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U.S. Company to Microchip Some Employees

The microchip some employees are having implantedCheckout just got even faster.

By Rick Richardson

A vending kiosk company in Wisconsin plans to implant a microchip into each of 50 willing employees so they can more easily open doors, buy snacks, log in to computers and use office equipment.

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The bizarre experiment conducted by Three Square Market will make it the first U.S. business to implant chips in its workers.
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