Prosecutors Renew Request for Apple to Open iPhone in Brooklyn Case

The Justice Department Monday asked a federal judge to force Apple to help investigators open the iPhone of a suspected Brooklyn drug dealer. Prosecutors are seeking to overturn last week’s ruling from a federal magistrate denying the government’s request. Monday’s step is, in essence, the first step in an appeal. “In light of the debate that has recently… Read More »

Facebook to Cut Tax Bill by Paying $1M Bonuses to U.K. Staffers

Facebook is to award bonuses of £280 million ($396 million) to its U.K.-based staff over the next three years in a bid to offset the amount of tax it has to pay to the U.K. Treasury. Each employee will receive an average of £775,000 ($1.1 million), which Facebook will list as a taxable expense. Each Facebook employee will… Read More »

The ten most infuriating things people do online

Last week the French police warned parents not to post pictures of their kids on social media. France, you see, has very stringent privacy laws and when les enfants grow up, they could conceivably sue mama et papa for violating their privacy. As often when you see social media filtering through another culture’s legal rubric, my reaction to this… Read More »

Persistent Systems uses social media to establish brand online

Persistent Systems has come a full circle from barring employees from using social media to using it as a recruitment and business generation tool. Half of the enquiries for the company’s eMee division, which focuses on gamification technology, are now coming through social media, said Siddhesh Bhobe, CEO-eMee, Persistent Systems. This is the result of a concerted effort… Read More »

Desktop dining on the rise

 For 11 years, June Jo Lee, an ethnog rapher, has been talking to people about how they eat. She has often been in offices, observing whitecollar workers. A 20-something administrative assistant at an architecture firm in Seattle told her, “I don’t think I ate at a table at all this week if you don’t include my desk at… Read More »

These gadgets are better than your sleeping pills

When did we last catch 40 full winks? With 16-hour workdays and a crippling addiction to hand-held devices — checking and rechecking status updates, etc — more of us today are sleep deprived. Studies say as much: about 30% of Indian adults suffer insomnia and 25% sleep apnea. Some seek solace in medication to help them doze. But… Read More »

Now, a 3D printed device to detect anaemia

cientists are developing a new 3D printed biomedical device that can make identifying anaemia as easy as running a blood sample from a finger prick under a smartphone, with test results being produced in less than 60 seconds. Researchers from Kansas State University in the US are working on the low cost, point-of-care device for home use. Point-of-care… Read More »

Meet the compact, energy-efficient bio-powered supercomputer prototype

Scientists have created an energy efficient model biological supercomputer that can process information very quickly and accurately using parallel networks in the same way that massive electronic computers do. The model bio-supercomputer is much smaller than current supercomputers, uses much less energy, and uses proteins present in all living cells to function, researchers said. The substance that provides… Read More »

Virtual reality to help battle heroin addiction

Addicts, in a new study at the University of Houston, will strap on virtual reality headsets and navigate a “heroin cave” to help them try and kick their addictions. Researchers are looking to see if making their way through a simulated house party crammed with stimuli aimed at evoking cravings for the drug will help better equip those… Read More »

FBI Chief Acknowledges Apple Case May Set Privacy Precedent

FBI Director James Comey said the government isn’t looking to send a message with a court order to compel Apple to unlock a terror suspect’s iPhone but acknowledged that the case may set a precedent. Federal prosecutors simply want any potential evidence that may be on a phone used by one of the attackers in the December mass… Read More »