Introducing Computer Engineer Barbie

Mattel just unveiled Barbie’s 125th and 126th careers – and by popular demand, Winter 2010 will bring us (along with News Anchor Barbie, much less interesting) Computer Engineer Barbie! The Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering worked with Mattel on designing her wardrobe and accessories. It’s a little over-the-top (binary and […]

Card payment verification has “major” security loophole

The card payment industry has rejected claims by British researchers that a system used for validating in-person payments has a major security flaw. Computer scientists at Cambridge University have been investigating the “chip and pin” system. That’s a branding name used in the country for EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa), a technology used increasingly around […]

Happy birthday Photoshop!

Photoshop turns 20 today. The photo-editing software has become one of the few pieces of technology where the brand name has become a verb, others including “to Google” and to a lesser extent “to eBay” (an action often performed on unwanted Christmas gifts.) Strictly speaking, the software was first distributed in 1988, though this was […]