Google Glass wearers can steal your password
‘Cyber forensics experts at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell have developed a way to steal passwords entered on a smartphone or tablet using video from Google’s face-mounted gadget and other video-capturing devices. The thief can be nearly ten feet away and doesn’t even need to be able to read the screen — meaning glare is not an antidote.
‘The security researchers created software that maps the shadows from fingertips typing on a tablet or smartphone. Their algorithm then converts those touch points into the actual keys they were touching, enabling the researchers to crack the passcode.
‘They tested the algorithm on passwords entered on an Apple (AAPL, Tech30) iPad, Google’s (GOOGL, Tech30) Nexus 7 tablet, and an iPhone 5.
‘Why should you be worried?
‘”We could get your bank account password,” researcher Xinwen Fu said…’
Respiration Tracker Monitors Stress Levels
When you really need to monitor your blood pressure or heart. Just a clip that’s easy to bring
‘Most activity trackers are focused on measuring the user’s physical movement. San Francisco-based startup Spire has developed a wearable device that not only measures the user’s movements and location, but also tracks their breathing patterns.
‘Spire is an activity tracker that monitors the wearer’s respiration and works with an accompanying app to provide the wearer with insights about their daily activity, stress levels and state of mind. It monitors breathing without touching the wearer’s skin, and the app gives tips and suggestions to help the wearer control their stress levels. The app can give users info about their progress against their daily or weekly goals, or alert them to take a break and do breathing exercises.
‘The device has the usual sensors, including an accelerometer, found in most activity trackers so that it can track the user’s steps and when they’re standing up, sitting down, or lying down. According to the startup’s website, the average person is active only about 14% of a day and the company is targeting the remaining 86%…’
Again, it’s all inherited talent
Music abilities come from DNA, not practice: so says study
‘According to a study published in the latest release of Psychological Science would suggest that most musical skill comes from your genes. If you happen to be the descendent of a musical genius, you may want to get practicing – it would seem that you’ll have a lot easier time finding success than your less fortunate associates with less musically-inclined parents.
‘This study, headed by Miriam Mosing, centered on Melody, Rhythm, and Pitch in a new test developed “to tap auditory discrimination of musical stimuli.” The “Swedish Musical Discrimination Test,” as it’s called, was performed on individuals in Sweden between the years of 1959 and 1985.
‘Again, while the study was conducted between 1959 and 1985, the final release of the study’s findings has been published here in 2014…’