Blood Test For Early Cancer Diagnosis Could Be Viable

Researchers say a blood test combining two different types of clue could make it easier to detect cancers in early stages. The ‘CancerSEEK’ test combines both DNA mutation and released proteins to spot the cancer. To date, blood tests have just concentrated on one of the two approaches. The former takes advantage of the way […]

iPhone Users Can Disable Slowdowns

Apple says users will soon be able to block slowdowns on older iPhones. However, it’s still warning against the move. The announcement came from Tim Cook in an interview with ABC. Among other issues he discussed Apple’s acknowledgement late last year that it was indeed slowing down some older models but not – as was […]

Tracking Firm Promises VR Play Without ER Stay

A new virtual reality headset technology might stop you tripping over furniture, without the need for external hardware. Occipital says its approach includes live tracking of the surrounding room to cut down on embarrassing tumbles. To date virtual reality systems fall into two category. Some, like the Oculus Rift and Vive, use separate devices to […]

Senate May Demand Net Neutrality Return, But To No Avail

Efforts to restore net neutrality rules in Congress are close to passing the first hurdle, though it seems virtually impossible they’ll have any effect. The Federal Communications Commission recently decided by a 3-2 vote to drop its previous rules upholding the principles of net neutrality. A resolution against that decision now has the backing of […]

User Interface Blamed For Bogus Missile Alert

A badly written and designed drop-down menu was responsible for a mistaken alert that Hawaii was under missile attack according to reports. Local officials will redesign both the menu and the system to reduce the chances of a repeat incident. The message came from the Hawaiian Emergency Management Agency and appeared on phone screens reading […]

Facebook Favors Comments Over Shares In New Ranking System

Facebook is rethinking the way it decides which posts users are most likely to see. The big difference is putting more weight on how many comments a post gets rather than how many times it’s shared. The update will affect the default News Feed that users see unless they’ve changed their settings to see all […]

Google Phone Screens Could Sing

Google has bought a company that’s developing a way to make smartphone screens double-up as speakers. It could mean slimmer phones or longer battery life. The buyout of Redux actually happened last year but has only just been made public. It involves technology that works in two contrasting ways, the first being to vibrate the […]

Fingerprint Sensor Built Into Phone Display

Vivo has made the first phone with a fingerprint sensor built directly into the display. While it brings some practical benefit, the solution itself is a clever use of technology. While fingerprint unlocks are relatively common now, they usually come at the expense of screen size. It’s not simply a case of effectively lopping off […]

Passenger ‘Drone’ Grounded By Light Drizzle

A demo of a drone that carries passengers – or as some cynics call it, a helicopter – had to be cancelled because of light rain. The makers say the problem is only with the demo model and the real thing will cope with poor weather. The SureFly can carry two passengers and in its […]

Samsung Shows Latest ‘Biggest TV Ever’

Whatever the trend for the latest gadgets at the annual CES event in Vegas, there’ll always be room for humongous televisions. Though that’s only just literally the case with Samsung’s star prototype: a 146” television screen. Dubbed “The Wall”, there’s no promise of it showing up as a consumer model during 2018: instead it’s currently […]

Banana Hides In Plain Sight As Bogus Toaster Rules

Google researchers say they can fool image recognition tools by distracting them with shiny stickers. It’s an alternative to trying to disguise the object the system is looking for. This isn’t the same approach as a recent experiment that used carefully placed modifications to make one thing look like another, including 3D-printing replica turtles that […]

Roombas Could Find Wi-Fi Dead Zones

A Roomba robot vacuum will soon be able to map the Wi-Fi coverage in your home. It’s an official feature that makes an existing hack a little easier to use. The idea itself isn’t particularly new as a few folk had figured out it’s a slightly more efficient way to track coverage around a home […]