Smartwatches still look like watches; someone time-traveling from 1950 would recognize them as such. According to a design patent leak spotted by Dutch tech site Let’s Go Digital, China-based Guangdong OPPO Mobile (a.k.a. Oppo) has come up with a smartwatch design that might turn that form factor on its head. Continue reading WILD SMARTWATCH DESIGN UNFOLDS TO REVEAL MASSIVE SCREEN
While we wait for Neuralink to present the progress it’s made over the last couple of years in brain-computer interface technology, the New York Times has already published information from an early briefing and it’s stuff that’s straight out of science fiction. The Elon Musk-backed company claims its “sewing machine-like” robot can implant threads deep into a human brain. Continue reading Elon Musk’s Neuralink hopes to put sensors in human brains next year
Marriott might soon face a stiff penalty for the massive November 2018 data breach. The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office plans to fine the hotel chain £99,200,396 (about $123.7 million) for allegedly violating the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation through the incident. Marriott didn’t conduct “sufficient due diligence” when it bought Starwood, according to the regulator, and “should also have done more” to improve security.
Companies have tried smartwatches with cameras built into their bands before (hello Galaxy Gear), but the fixed position usually leads to you contorting your wrist to get a good shot — and you can forget about video chats. Apple might have a solution to the problem. The company just received a patent for an Apple Watch band whose built-in camera is designed to be positioned almost any way you like. It looks like one of the company’s loop bands, but includes an extended segment with at least one camera on the end. You’d just have to pull, retract and twist this section to capture your ideal shot.
Airports want you to feel at home. No, really, they do. It’s to their benefit for passengers—after, of course, they make it through security—to enjoy the wait. So they’ve become more and more convenient, including services such as USB power charging stations for smartphones. Continue reading HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER CHARGE YOUR PHONE AT THE AIRPORT
The concept video below (and the image from it above) were made in 2018 with the prospect of a new, folding, smartphone version of Motorola’s iconic Razr in mind. At the time, the existence of such a phone was a rumor at best. Continue reading THE ICONIC MOTOROLA RAZR WILL RETURN AS A FOLDABLE SMARTPHONE
Security experts aren’t done poking holes in LTE’s armor — not by a long shot. South Korean researchers have found 36 vulnerabilities in LTE that enable a range of attacks, some more sinister than others. They include temporary inconveniences like disconnecting someone from the cell network through to eavesdropping and controlling the data itself. The team found the abundance of exploits by using a custom “fuzzing” (feeding large chunks of random data to look for irregularities) tool.