Buying things on Facebook gets easierPTI | Sep 9, 2015, 04.07 PM IST

Buying things on Facebook gets easier
HOUSTON: Popular social networking site Facebook plans to launch two new sections to make it easier for small companies to run their business by turning their pages into online shops.

The social networking site which is now home to more than 45 million pages plans to open two new sections Shopping and Services, will allows businesses to feature their products and services directly from their Facebook pages.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg introduced the update during a press event at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California yesterday.
Continue reading

Man builds flying machine using 54 drone propellers and a garden chair By Rob Thubron on September 7, 2015, 1:30 PM

uk, drone, drones, swarm man, home made vehicle

A British drone enthusiast known only by his YouTube user name, gasturbine101, has built a home-made flying (well, hovering) machine using 54 counter-rotational propellers.

Each of the 54 propellers on the Swarm Manned Aerial Vehicle Multirotor Super Drone, also known as the Swarm man, is just 18 inches in diameter. They are the standard RC aircraft types used at a relatively low fraction of their rpm capability. The design also includes a plastic dome that sits over the pi

Continue reading

New online tool helps diagnose cancerIANS | Sep 8, 2015, 06.06 PM IST

New online tool helps diagnose cancer
NEW YORK: Scientists have developed an online tool that can help clinicians better differentiate the defects in individual tumour cells that appear to be similar.

The open-source software, which is freely available online, is expected to help scientists better define the nature of a cancer and other diseases and improve their treatment.

Seemingly similar cells, especially cancer cells, often have significantly different genetic mutations and therefore detailed knowledge of these mutations, called Copy Number Variations (CNVs), in individual cells can point to specific treatment regimens.
Continue reading

WhatsApp bug could affect millions of users 8 September 2015 From the section Technology

WhatsApp logo

A bug in the popular messaging service WhatsApp put up to 200 million of its users at risk, security firm Check Point has warned.

The flaw allows hackers to distribute malware, including ransomware, which demands victims pay a fee to regain access to their files.

The vulnerability affects only the web-based version of the service.

WhatsApp was alerted to the problem at the end of last month and immediately issued a patch.

Check Point urged users to update their WhatsApp software immediately to take advantage of the fix.


The WhatsApp web app is a mirror version of its mobile app, enabling all messages, images and other content received on a smartphone to be accessed from a web browser.

There are currently over 200 million active users of the web app, according to statistics released by the firm this year. This compares to 900 million users of the smartphone app.

WhatsApp was bought by Facebook in February 2014.

According to Check Point, the vulnerability was caused by the way the service handles contacts sent in the vCard (virtual card) format.

All a hacker needed to do to send a virtual business card that looked legitimate was know their target’s mobile number.

Once opened the vCard could distribute malicious code.

One expert said it was relatively easy for hackers to get hold of mobile numbers that have been disclosed via other breaches.

“Bearing in mind that WhatsApp is a cross-platform mobile messaging app, the chances of you opening a vCard sent to you is quite high,” commented Mark James, a specialist at security firm ESET.

“Once opened it could attempt to download and infect your system with ransomware.”

Check Point alerted WhatsApp about the problem on 21 August and a week later it issued a fix.

Nissan: We’ll have a self-driving car on roads in 2020

ImageNissan has just joined Google in the race to make driverless cars a reality.

The Japanese automaker is aiming to have such driverless autos on the road by 2020.

“Nissan Motor Company’s willingness to question conventional thinking and to drive progress is what sets us apart,” said CEO Carlos Ghosn, in a press release. “In 2007 I pledged that — by 2010 — Nissan would mass market a zero-emission vehicle. Today, the Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric vehicle in history. Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it.” Continue reading

Amazing new credit card tech is made in the USA


n a former torpedo factory in Western Pennsylvania, Dynamics Inc. has quietly reinvented the credit card.

The magnetic stripe on the back of every plastic card in your wallet is simply dull paint. Dynamics has invented a better one, a flexible collection of embedded electronics that let you quickly and easily reprogram the strip, thanks to buttons on the front of the card, boosting security and letting you jump between a wide variety of rewards programs. Continue reading

Consumers warned as online fraud soars


Imagine a huge crime wave is sweeping the nation. The villains have already pilfered more than $4 million and they’re still at it: one in every two Australians is in danger of becoming a victim, and the police are basically unable to do anything about it.

That might sound horrifying, but it’s happening. The criminal gangs involved don’t roam the streets, but their numbers are soaring. They are invisible, hiding behind computers and false IP addresses from Russia to Rwanda and targeting millions of Australians who buy and sell online.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recently reported a 65 per cent jump in online shopping scams, and Australian Bureau of Statistics surveys show more than half of all Australians now buy and sell on the internet. Put those two statistics together and there’s clearly a burgeoning problem. More than 8000 victims of online shopping frauds complained to the ACCC last year, and their losses totalled $4,038,479. Continue reading