Meet the World’s Fastest Camera

Man adjusting camera
CREDIT: Kennet Ruona | Lund University

It can capture 5 trillion (with a T) frames per second.

By Rick Richardson

A new camera developed in Sweden is faster than any other photography gear on the planet.

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Researchers at Sweden's Lund University built a crazy-fast camera that can capture a staggering five trillion frames per second, or events as short as 0.2 trillionths of one second. Conventional cameras, by contrast, top out at around 100,000 frames per second
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How to Beat Robocallers on Your Landline

CPR CallBlocker deviceOne of the best solutions is no-tech.

By Rick Richardson

We are all experiencing the increasingly invasive robocall phenomenon. Sometimes robocallers disguise themselves with allegedly valid caller IDs and other times they don’t. Whatever they do, it’s a constant plague on our privacy.

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“Blocking robocalls on a home landline is like trying to stop a star athlete,” said Bob Bentz, president of Advanced Telecom Services and adjunct professor of communications at the University of Denver.
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How Blockchain Makes Accounting Obsolete

But first, there are four problems.

By Rick Richardson

Blockchain's claim to fame is its ability to fully encrypt personal data on the internet, allowing for the digital translation of assets and the elimination of the need for a protective middle man.

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"We're seeing decentralization and a paradigm shift of moving from institutions to ourselves. Power has been given back to the business owners, who no longer need to rely on the permission of banks and governments to send money electronically," says blockchain expert Jeremy Epstein.

Blockchain is a "distributed ledger." It's not a database sitting in an office. It's a database that everyone can access. Essentially, this new crypto-technology enables secure-funds transactions and ensures that data cannot be hacked by outsiders.

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Homeland Security Warns of ‘BrickerBot’ Malware Infecting IoT

New target for hackers: The 'Internet of Things.'

By Rick Richardson
Technology This Week

A new kind of attack is targeting unsecured Internet of Things devices by scrambling their software and rendering them useless.

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Security firm Radware first spotted the newly-found "BrickerBot" malware last month after it started hitting its own devices, logging hundreds of infection attempts over a few days. When the malware connects to a device with their default usernames and passwords – often easily found on the internet – the malware corrupts the device's storage, leading to a state of permanent denial-of-service (PDoS) attack, known as "bricking."

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New App Claims to Improve Your Vision

Screenshot of GlassesOff appThe downside: It's work, not fun.

By Rick Richardson
Technology This Week

Presbyopia, or farsightedness caused by the loss of elasticity in your eyes as you age, affects 83 percent of adults over the age of 45 in North America, and nearly everyone is forced to wear glasses by the time they hit 50.

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Combined with an increasing concern for the long-term effects of staring at a screen all day, the future starts to look blurry. But studies show that smartphone apps might retrain your brain to improve your sight.
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Botnet 101

Illustration of how botnets workSome are helpful ... and some are used for spyware and fraud.

By Rick Richardson
Technology This Week

The ongoing war between malicious hackers and technology security specialists has been waging for as long as the Internet has been widely used.

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One tool in the arsenal is called a botnet. A botnet essentially is a number of devices that are connected by the Internet and controlled remotely by the botnet’s owner.
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3 Big Data Career Opportunities

Abstract illustration of binary data flowPlus specific skills needed.

By Rick Richardson
Technology This Week

In our super-connected world, the data we are generating makes big data an inviting career field for young people.

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"Big" hardly seems large enough to describe big data these days. With connected devices like Fitbits and smartphones, massive amounts of data are created every day at an exponential rate. But the sheer size of big data isn't what is most impressive; it's the gold mine of business insights it offers when analyzed.
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