Engineering

Batteryless smart devices closer to reality

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have taken a huge step towards making smart devices that do not use batteries or require charging.

Security

Tech Q&A: How an online bank knows who you are

Q: Besides entering my user ID and password, my financial institution makes me verify my identity by entering a personal identification number (PIN) that is sent via text, email or phone call. Even after that, I'm always ...

Engineering

Do smart phones hold the key to making cities smarter?

Whether it's improved traffic patterns, energy savings or reduced noise pollution, cities across the world are actively introducing "smart" technologies to improve the quality of life for their citizens. But with costs and ...

Consumer & Gadgets

How Google's Pixel Buds earphones translate languages

In the Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy, Douglas Adams's seminal 1978 BBC broadcast (then book, feature film and now cultural icon), one of the many technology predictions was the Babel Fish. This tiny yellow life-form, inserted ...

Consumer & Gadgets

A password of another kind: User identification through the skull

Passwords or personal identification number are often not secure, because users do not choose or store them well. With so-called biometric identifiers such as fingerprints, voice or iris scans, users can be identified more ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Authentication may be all in your head through SkullConduct

(Tech Xplore)—There are things that are unique about you—and researchers are eager to turn those things into identification tools. They are even listening to the unique sound of the person's skull. To be sure, researchers ...

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