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Rice University researchers use the heartbeat as a random signal generator to make medical...

Remotely hacking a pacemaker or insulin pump should be impossible, but sadly it isn't. It puts the millions of people who use wireless medical implants at potential risk. Researchers at Rice University believe they have a solution: a touch-based device that will use a person's own heartbeat as a password to permit or deny access to their implant.  Read More

Once a firearm is secured safely inside, the Gun Box unlocks with an RFID-equipped bracele...

We've been impressed with the new fingerprint-locking feature on the iPhone 5s lately, but there are many other items aside from your smartphone data that could use the extra security as well. Ryan Hyde recently designed a heavy-duty gun safe that ditches the usual key and combination locks in favor of a more protective electronic one. Once a firearm is secured safely inside, gun owners can unlock the Gun Box with an RFID-equipped bracelet (or ring), via a fingerprint scan, or a combination of the two.  Read More

Foldylock in use on the city streets

If you bike around the city, you know how important a good lock can be. That said, locks can often be a hassle to carry while riding. The Foldylock is designed to address this problem. It folds down small enough to be mounted on the bike frame or tossed into a bag.  Read More

The Sphyke C3N setup for quick-release wheels

There are already plenty of options when it comes to keeping people from stealing your whole bike, but what if you also want to guard against people stealing bits of it? Well, you could buy components that can only be removed with their own special tool, or replace all of your mounting bolts with ones that require a key to take off. Sphyke is now offering a third alternative – its C3N system replaces a bike's existing nuts and bolts with ones that incorporate a tiny combination lock.  Read More

Hackers demonstrate a workaround to Apple's touted Touch ID system (photo from Starbug's v...

Hackers claim to have already found a workaround to the iPhone 5s' Touch ID system, allowing them to unlock the phone with a dummy fingerprint obtained from a real fingerprint.  Read More

Do you connect safely? (Photo: unten44)

Conscious that injudiciously inserting one's USB charger into just any old public port might expose one's handheld device to any manner of nasty malware (or data theft, for that matter), experimental security outfit int3.cc has come up with the USBCondom, a go-between device that creates a break between the data pins of your USB connector and those of the public USB port you're plugging into. The power connection is maintained, however, allowing you to charge your smartphone or what-have-you in a state of graceful equanimity.  Read More

The Nymi bracelet uses the wearers EKG for identification

If someone says that they want to steal your heart, be careful. They may be trying to get into your computer files. The Toronto-based biometrics company Bionym wants to replace old-fashioned passwords with Nymi; a bracelet that uses the wearer’s heartbeat in place of passwords. According to the developers, the system delivers a secure and convenient means of identification that also provides the potential to control devices using gestures.  Read More

Caja Oscura was completed in 2012 (Photo: Pedro Kok)

Paraguayan home Caja Oscura, by local architects Javier Corvalán and Laboratorio de Arquitectura, consists of a basement structure, with a manually-operated tilting metal box placed atop. With no natural light available when the box is closed, this unusual dwelling is probably not suitable for those who fear being trapped in a small enclosed space, but it is arguably the perfect place to ride out the Apocalypse ...  Read More

The HelmMate – it's like a helmet-storing umbrella for your saddle

A new product known as the HelmMate is designed to take care of a couple of common bicycle commuters’ complaints – even if they’re relatively small ones. It lets cyclists stow their helmet on their parked bike instead of having to carry it around, plus it keeps the saddle from getting rained on.  Read More

Is your data is safe on open public WiFi? (Photo: Shutterstock)

There are plenty of opportunities to connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots when you're on the go these days. Coffee shops, hotels, restaurants and airports are just some of the places where you can jump online, but often these networks are open and not secure. Whether you're using a laptop, tablet or smartphone, you'll want to connect your device securely to protect your data as much as possible. Here's some simple steps you can take to help make sure your data is safe on open public Wi-Fi.  Read More

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