To feed our need for health-related data, engineers have created specialized wearable gadgets or have added capabilities to the devices already integrated into our lives. But a team of researchers from MIT wants to gather data even more seamlessly by enabling our Wi-Fi to monitor our heart and breathing rates, no gadgets required. The team presented their research this week at the annual CHI conference, focused on human-computer interaction, in Seoul, South Korea.
While iOS devices may generally suffer less from malware than competing smartphone platforms, that doesn't mean there aren't security risks. At this week's RSA security conference, researchers demonstrated a flaw that allows a maliciously configured Wi-Fi access point to crash an iPhone--without the phone even joining that network.
It used to be the case that if you wanted to reach out and touch someone, you had to use your hands. But thanks to scientists in the U.K., you might some day be able to use technology--and no, we're not talking the telephone--to transmit the emotions you experience to someone else via touch.
Android 5.0 Lollipop already lets you skip the traditional lock screen via Trusted Face, which uses facial recognition to make sure you're you, or if you're connected to a Trusted Device, like a specific Bluetooth. Now, Google is adding a new smart lock: Trusted Voice, which uses voice recognition to check your identity.
There's a while yet before the Apple Watch is actually available to us, Average Joe consumers. But just two days before it descends on Apple stores around the world (and goes up for pre-order), we've been deluged with a host of reviews from tech journalists who have spent the last few weeks with the new smartwatch.