This organic robot could save lives

Stanford University researchers created this vine-like robot that can move around by ‘growing’ and shrinking. Inspired by natural organisms like fungi, this polyethylene robot can grow up to 72 meters long and move at 35 km/h just by inflating and deflating its limbs. It can lift a 100 kg crate, crawl under small gaps, create a free-standing structure and navigate difficult spaces thanks to the camera on its arm/tentacle. by TNW Video #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news

October 18, 2017 at 08:24AM


How to Disable Haptic Feedback Vibrations on iOS

The iPhone 7 and 8 don’t have a physical home button. Instead, the feel of pressing a button is recreated by what Apple calls the Taptic Engine. When you touch the home button, the Taptic Engine sends out a small vibration. It feels really like pressing an actual button. by Harry Guinness #HowToGeek #tech #tips #news

October 18, 2017 at 08:24AM

South Africa’s biggest data breach affects over 30 million citizens — and nobody knows where it came from

Earlier on 18 October 2017, the team at iAfrikan and I published all the details we knew at the time regarding what we thought was South Africa’s largest-ever data breach. This was after I had called Troy Hunt, the security consultant, researcher and founder of have i been pwned?, who had initially discovered and announced the data breach. “I typically receive many files relating to data breaches daily but what struck me about this one was that it was 27GB in size,” explained Hunt in a conversation with iAfrikan. The data included the records of at least 30 million South Africans, but the actual…This story continues at The Next Web by iAfrikan #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news

October 18, 2017 at 07:54AM

Smartwatches ‘for children’ can eavesdrop and keep tabs on your kids

The Norwegian Consumer Council has uncovered a litany of critical vulnerabilities and privacy shortcomings in several smartwatches specifically targeted at children. Among other things, malicious agents can easily hijack control of the watches and turn them into covert spying devices, capable of listening in and keeping tabs on the children. The Consumer Council made the disturbing discovery in collaboration with security firm Mnemonic, which assisted in conducting the security and privacy tests. The shocking findings suggested that, contrary to keeping children safe as advertised, the devices put them at risk. The three flawed smartwatches all came from different manufacturers. The companies behind…This story continues at The Next Web by Mix #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news

October 18, 2017 at 07:34AM

4 valuable tips for building pre-launch hype for your mobile app

Launching a mobile app isn’t quite as easy as it was 10 years ago. When smartphones were flooding the market back in the mid 2000’s, there was a distinct “honeymoon phase” when it came to apps. In other words, people were much more open to experimenting and trying out new programs. These days, launching an app to international fame is an incredibly cumbersome task. A study by Gartner predicts that only about 0.01% of applications will be financially successful by 2018. Many failures can be traced back to the early stages of creation and promotion. The truth of the matter…This story continues at The Next Web by Pratik Dholakiya #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news

October 18, 2017 at 07:24AM

Bento Stack is a bento box for your Apple accessories

The only thing I hate more than schlepping around electronics is schlepping around accessories and dongles for those electronics. And even when I’m not traveling it’s still hard to organize everything in one place and resist the temptation to just throw all my cables into a drawer. Which is exactly why my interest was piqued when I saw Bento Stack. It’s a stacking case… Read More by Fitz Tepper #TechCrunch #Microsoft #tech #gadgets #news

October 18, 2017 at 07:24AM

How to Protect Your Files From Ransomware With Windows Defender’s New “Controlled Folder Access”

Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update includes a new Windows Defender feature designed to protect your files from ransomware. It’s named “Controlled Folder Access”, and it’s disabled by default. You’ll need to enable it yourself if you want to try it out. by Chris Hoffman #HowToGeek #tech #tips #news

October 18, 2017 at 06:54AM

Amazon adds loads more branded Dash buttons in UK

Amazon has doubled the total selection of branded Dash buttons available to UK members of its Prime subscription service, just over a year after launching the push-button wi-fi gizmos that let people reorder a specific product via its ecommerce marketplace by pushing the button. Read More by Natasha Lomas #TechCrunch #Microsoft #tech #gadgets #news

October 18, 2017 at 06:45AM

Enable Google’s New “Advanced Protection” If You Don’t Want to Get Hacked

It is good to be paranoid when it comes to cybersecurity. Google already provides various advanced features such as login alerts and two-factor authentication to keep your Google account secure. However, if you are extra paranoid, Google has just introduced its strongest ever security feature, called “Advanced Protection,” which makes it easier for users, who are usually at high risk of (Swati Khandelwal) #HackerNews #News #Security #Internet

October 18, 2017 at 05:24AM

Twitter outlines its plan to tackle trolls, hate symbols and violence

After coming under fire last week for suspending actor Rose McGowan’s account in the midst of her pointing out the worrying phenomenon of sexual harassment in Hollywood, Twitter’s attempt at firefighting was weak, to say the least. CEO Jack Dorsey’s tweetstorm last Friday didn’t hold much water, simply because it felt a lot like more of what we’ve been hearing from the company for years about its interest in fighting trolls on the platform. Now, Wired has published an internal email from Twitter to the 40-or-so organizations on its Trust and Safety Council, outlining its plans to tackle content promoting…This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Twitter by Abhimanyu Ghoshal #TheNextWeb #Internet #tech #news

October 18, 2017 at 04:14AM