These days, writing is typing. And it looks as if the layout of QWERTY keyboards is influencing the way we feel about certain words.
Our relationship with the written word has changed in the last few years. We read words differently on a screen to how we read them on paper, for example. And using keyboards – both on phones and computers – has given rise to txtspk and popular acronyms such as “OMG” and “ROFL”.
Apple has agreed to pay $24.9 million to a "patent troll" to end a lawsuit over its Siri voice system, according to documents filed yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Publicly traded Marathon Patent Group, whose business is focused on patent licensing and lawsuits, will split the settlement cash with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the New York technical university that provided the patents.
Japan’s economy ministry is planning to test cashless payment technology using fingerprints and other biometric markers to make transactions more convenient for foreign tourists, sources close to the project say.
The trials by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will be held from around October in tourism hot spots in the Kanto area around Tokyo, the Kansai region centering on Osaka and the island of Kyushu in the country’s southwest, the sources said.
Google's Safe Browsing Site Status checker lists, well, Google.com as a partially dangerous website, a Reddit user has discovered. It warns that "some pages on this website redirect visitors to dangerous [ones] that install malware on visitors' computers." The malware, in turn, could steal personal and financial info. It's certainly a strange situation, and a bit funny, but as The Washington Post explains, there might be a perfectly logical explanation.
Nine tenths of enterprises want better protection against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks from their ISPs, according to research from network security firm Corero, which claims ten percent of providers have such poor network visibility that the first time they are aware of a attack affecting a customer is when they make a complaint.
DDoS attacks have increased in frequency and ferocity in recent years, with easy to use technology making it easier than ever to stage assaults.