SECURITY

This is how to stop Facebook logging all of your calls and texts

This is how to stop Facebook logging all of your calls and texts

acebook is freaking people out, yo. The Cambridge Analytica thing – which is reasonably confusing, amongst other things – has everyone rattled, and people are shutting their accounts down in droves. Where will they see confusing memes about wine o’clock now? Some people are taking the option of downloading all of their data from Facebook as a zip

How a bad microcode fix could brick billions of chips

How a bad microcode fix could brick billions of chips

Researchers worry about mitigating hardware flaws. Cryptographer Adi Shamir is worried that billions of microprocessors could be irreversibly bricked in future by a microcode update gone wrong. Shamir – the ‘S’ in the RSA public key cryptosystem, and a computer science professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel – shared his concerns about


Amazon Fire TV Adds Browsers for Big-Screen Web Browsing

Amazon Fire TV Adds Browsers for Big-Screen Web Browsing

Good news for Amazon Fire TV users: you can now browse the web on your big screen, as Amazon has launched its own Silk browser and Mozilla Firefox on the media streamer. The move comes after Google earlier this month announced plans to pull its YouTube app from Amazon’s Fire TV  over the online retailer’s refusal to carry some of

T-Mobile Bringing Back iPhone BOGO Offer

T-Mobile Bringing Back iPhone BOGO Offer

In the market for a new iPhone? If you missed T-Mobile’s Black Friday buy one, get one iPhone deal, we have some good news. The carrier just announced it is bringing back the BOGO iPhone promotion for four days, starting tomorrow, Dec. 21. When you purchase an iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, or 8 Plus, T-Mobile will give you a second


Technology Is Killing Me (And Probably You, Too)

Technology Is Killing Me (And Probably You, Too)

Most days, I dream of chucking my iPhone 7 off a cliff. I imagine this $750 slab hurtling through the air, skipping across the surface of a turbulent ocean, and sinking deep, deep down into the murky depths. When that doesn’t work, I picture dropping it out a window and watching the screen shatter against

Alexander Crum Brown’s Mathematical Models: Developing new knitting techniques

Alexander Crum Brown’s Mathematical Models: Developing new knitting techniques

Whilst chatting with Julie Orford (Assistant Curator, Science) about my interest in knitting, she told me there were a couple of knitting/wool related objects in the Science and Technology collections. When Julie showed me some photos of Alexander Crum Brown’s knitted scientific models, with a triple layer of knitting in three colours, immediately I was curious


Smart People Have Better Connected Brains

Smart People Have Better Connected Brains

Understanding the foundations of human thought is fascinating for scientists and laypersons alike. Differences in cognitive abilities – and the resulting differences for example in academic success and professional careers – are attributed to a considerable degree to individual differences in intelligence. A study just published in Scientific Reports shows that these differences go hand in hand

Shell stations in the Philippines will soon offer charging for electric vehicles

Shell stations in the Philippines will soon offer charging for electric vehicles

Good news for electric vehicles in the Philippines. Shell will be installing 100 electric vehicle fast-charging stations across its service stations in the capital city of Manila. According to Shell’s local arm, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, the first installations will take place in December this year. The move was prompted by the Department of Energy, which is


Sony announces new 1000X-series of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones

Sony announces new 1000X-series of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones

Sony has announced a new three-strong range of wireless noise-cancelling headphones. The new 1000X range is designed to build on the runaway success of Sony’s Award-winning MDR-1000X over-ears. The obvious place to start is with the upgrade to Sony’s surrent Award-winners. Called the WH-1000XM2, this over-ear design features noise-cancelling and wireless Bluetooth connectivity – and is certified hi-res

JBL BAR series is a whole new range of soundbars

JBL BAR series is a whole new range of soundbars

JBL has unveiled its most comprehensive range of soundbars to date. Called BAR, they start from just £150. That buys you BAR Studio, a 30-watt design with HDMI ARC connectivity as well as optical, USB and analogue inputs. Double your money up to £300 and BAR 2.1 can be yours. This adds a 180-watt wireless subwoofer with a