Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Security

The new three-wheeled Segway SE-3 Patroller

Segway has announced that its family of patrol vehicles is about to get a new member. Developed for the security, law enforcement, emergency response and military markets, the new SE-3 Patroller is a little different from its self-balancing two-wheeled stablemates. It has been treated to a third wheel out front, reportedly giving the stand-up electric vehicle a greater visible presence, even when parked, and allowing for easier mount and dismount.  Read More

The 'smart' Skylock reportedly only requires one hour of sunlight per week to remain opera...

Last October we told you about the Bitlock, a smartphone-paired bicycle lock that lets users locate their bike on a map, lend it to other people, and unlock it simply by walking up to it. Well, Velo Labs' just-announced Skylock does all those same things – plus it has a solar-powered battery that "never" needs to be plugged in to charge, and it checks if you're OK when you crash.  Read More

NeRD is a compromise technology designed to give sailors an e-reader that won’t give Blofe...

Bucking the "more is better" trend of digital technology, the US Navy has unveiled an e-reader that’s notable for its lack of features. Designed to provide service personnel with digital format books without breaching security, the Navy e-Reader Device (NeRD) lacks networking capabilities like Wi-Fi, or the ability to add or remove anything from its digital library.  Read More

The Stemlock makes your handlebars temporarily useless

Whether it's bicycles, cars or houses, if thieves really want to get past the lock on something, they can. The trick is to simply not make it worth their while to do so, by adding extra hassles. The Stemlock is just such a hassle. It internally disconnects a bike's handlebar stem from its fork, making it impossible for a thief to steer.  Read More

A fleet of 21 VH92s will replace the current Marine One fleet by 2023

Airforce One may be the flashiest plane in the US presidential hangar, but that doesn't mean the day-to-day runabout gets neglected. The US Navy has announced that Sikorsky Aircraft has been awarded the contract to replace the Marine One helicopter fleet used to transport the President. The initial US$1.24 billion contract is for six S-92 helicopters and two trainer simulators for the US Marine Corps as part of a development and conversion program that will see a fleet of 21 aircraft built for presidential use by 2023.  Read More

SGP Technologies has released updated tech specs for its security-focused Blackphone

SGP Technologies has released updated tech specs for its Blackphone, a smartphone designed with user privacy in mind. The device was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February as a secure smartphone for the mass market.  Read More

The tiny imperfections in each smartphone's sensors leave a unique fingerprint in its shar...

Security-conscious smartphone users may decline apps' requests to "use your current location," but according to research conducted at the University of Illinois, doing so still doesn't mean that those users can't be tracked. This is because each phone's sensors – such as the accelerometer – have a unique "fingerprint." By identifying that fingerprint in sensor data sent from the phone, third parties could at the very least keep track of what the user is doing at what time.  Read More

If you own a Galaxy S5, you can now use your fingerprint to open the vault to all of your ...

You might already be familiar with password storage services like 1Password or LastPass. They beef up security by letting you create complex passwords that you'll never have to remember. You just remember your one master password, and use it to login to your vault. Starting today, Samsung Galaxy S5 owners who use LastPass can now use their fingerprints to log in to their password vaults.  Read More

The Korner tag being applied

Home security systems can certainly bring peace of mind to well-off home-owners, but they're generally not thought of as something that's used by people who are on a budget, such as apartment-dwellers. The designers of Korner hope to change that, however, with a simple system that costs under US$100 and requires no monthly fees.  Read More

Google reCAPTCHA helps to verify humans on the Web and digitize old texts

Do you get frustrated filling out those online forms with jumbled letters to prove that you're human, only to get them wrong? They're called CAPTCHA puzzles and are designed to be difficult for computers to crack. Google's Street View technology, however, can decipher them with 99 percent accuracy.  Read More

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