Thursday, September 3, 2015

Death by selfie: Texas teenager Deleon Alonso Smith fatally shoots himself in neck while taking photo

Texas teenager Deleon Alonso Smith has accidentally shot and killed himself while posing for selfies with a gun he found earlier in the day.

The 19 year old was taking photos of himself and his cousin when he inadvertently pulled the trigger and fired into his own neck. He died of a single gunshot, while his cousin was unharmed. His grandmother Alma Douglas said: "It's a numb feeling. It's still unbelievable. Yesterday was my birthday and he came to wish me happy birthday, and now this kind of news," reported The Sun.
Smith's death is the latest in a series of accidental injuries and deaths caused when people have been taking selfies. In July, a San Diego man hospitalised for five days after he attempted to take a selfie with a rattlesnake. Todd Fassler was hit with a medical bill of $156,000 (£100,000) following the incident.

In the same month a 21-year-old Russian university graduate fell to her death from a bridge while she was trying to take a selfie next to the Moscow International Business Centre. She had been taking a photo of herself and friends when she plunged into the nearby quayside. One month earlier another woman from Moscow almost died when she fired a pistol that pressed against her temple while posing for a selfie.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Glasses that ‘block’ facial recognition technology to launch in 2016

State-of-the-art glasses that prevent facial recognition technology from capturing images of people will be available for purchase in Japan from June next year, it has been revealed.

Developed by researchers at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, the pioneering glasses come equipped with special lenses that are designed to reflect and absorb light in such a way that it prevents cameras from registering the wearer’s profile.

People who work in offices should stand for 2 hours a day

Are you sitting down? In that case, you should probably stand up before reading this.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Security Alert: This New Password Reset Scam Allows One to Hack Your Email With Minimal Details

Security firm Symantec is warning us about a new scam wherein vicious minds are tricking users into turning their webmail account access.

The attack devised by the hackers requires only an email address and assorted phone number in order to pull this trick. This new scam affects all popular webmail services including Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo among others.

In what is a perfect demonstration of social engineering attack, the culprits are resetting the password of victim’s account and then tricking them into handing them the reset code. This is how they are initiating the attack — which you should carefully take note of.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Incredible new tech will wirelessly charge devices from across the room

One of the greatest annoyances in our technology-filled world is the constant need to charge our phones, tablets, computers and cameras. Just about everything we carry around with us could die after a few hours, which is why wireless charging might be the next big innovation in the tech sector. MIT Technology Review was recently visited by George Holmes, the VP of sales and marketing at Energous, to test the company’s wireless charging technology — WattUp.

With WattUp, any device that is connected to an external receiver or placed inside
a protective case can charge from a distance. For the demonstration, Holmes plugged one iPhone into a stand and slotted another into a bulky case. On the other side of the room, a huge wireless energy transmitter is plugged into a wall to charge the devices.