Sci-Tech

Facebook plots first steps into healthcare

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) already knows who your friends are and the kind of things that grab your attention. Soon, it could also know the state of your health. On the heels of fellow Silicon Valley technology companies Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Google Inc (GOOGL.O), Facebook is plotting its first steps into the fertile field of healthcare, said three people familiar with the matter. The people requested anonymity as the plans are still in development. The company is exploring creating online “support […]

New York scientists unveil ‘invisibility cloak’ to rival Harry Potter’s

(Reuters) – Watch out Harry Potter, you are not the only wizard with an invisibility cloak. Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered a way to hide large objects from sight using inexpensive and readily available lenses, a technology that seems to have sprung from the pages of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter fantasy series. Cloaking is the process by which an object becomes hidden from view, while everything else around the cloaked object appears […]

Apple iPhone rollout marred by ‘bendgate,’ dropped cell service

By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:20pm EDT (Reuters) – Two new Apple products hit speed bumps on Wednesday: iPhone 6 Plus buyers discovered their phones can bend when placed in back pockets, and the company pulled its latest mobile operating system after reports of dropped cellular service. “Bendgate,” as the problem has already been dubbed on social media sites, is a reminder of 2010’s “antennagate,” when iPhone 4 users reported a […]

New ‘Bash’ software bug may pose bigger threat than ‘Heartbleed’

By Jim Finkle BOSTON Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:02pm EDT (Reuters) – A newly discovered security bug in a widely used piece of Linux software, known as “Bash,” could pose a bigger threat to computer users than the “Heartbleed” bug that surfaced in April, cyber experts warned on Wednesday. Bash is the software used to control the command prompt on many Unix computers. Hackers can exploit a bug in Bash to take complete control of […]

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate panel finds

By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:03pm EDT (Reuters) – Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee’s year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military’s U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only […]

Bug delays Apple’s HealthKit availability on iOS 8

By Christina Farr and Abhirup Roy Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:10pm EDT (Reuters) – Apple Inc said a bug in its HealthKit health and fitness application platform prevented its release along with the launch of its iOS 8 operating system for iPhones and iPads. HealthKit gathers data such as blood pressure and weight from various health apps on Apple devices, and can be viewed by doctors at one place. Regulated medical devices, such as glucose […]

iPhone comes out of a ‘bygone era’, reviewers hail bigger handset

Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:17am EDT (Reuters) – Bigger is better and Apple Inc has finally realized that and given iPhone users a product that may be low on novelty but high on improvements, reviewers wrote. Most reviewers say that the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone available or “ever made”, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has been described as a “phablet” that will give competition to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Galaxy S line […]