US researchers invent first battery-free cellphone

SAN FRANCISCO — Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have invented a cellphone that harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light and requires no battery. Detailed in a paper published in the Proceedings of the Association for Computing Machinery on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, … Read More

Scientists develop GM bananas to overcome vitamin A deficiency

SYDNEY — Australian scientists have created genetically modified bananas with high levels of provitamin A, as a strategy to overcome vitamin A deficiency in developing countries, researcher Professor James Dales from the Queensland University of Technology told Xinhua on Friday. Beginning in 2005, the project has begun to plant the new bananas in Uganda and … Read More

Study finds dressmakers’ 3D vision to be needle-sharp

SAN FRANCISCO — New research published Tuesday in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that the 3D or “stereoscopic” vision of dressmakers is as sharp as their needles. Stereoscopic vision is the brain’s ability to decode the flat 2D optical information received by both eyes to give us the depth of perception needed to thread a … Read More

NASA finds 10 new asteroids that threaten to hit Earth

MOSCOW — NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) telescope has detected 97 heretofore-unknown objects in our solar system, 10 of which have been characterized as “potentially hazardous objects” (PHOs). Of the 97 objects, 28 were near-Earth objects (NEOs), five were comets and 64 were asteroids in the Asteroid Belt. “NEOWISE is not only … Read More

Researchers build system to detect cell phone hacking

SAN FRANCISCO — Security researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have developed a new system called SeaGlass to detect anomalies in the cellular landscape that can indicate where and when cell phone surveillance devices are being used. Described in a paper published in the June 2017 issue of Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, the … Read More

Free Wi-Fi in EDSA to be launched on June 12

MANILA — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), together with the National Telecommunications Commmission (NTC), will formally launch on Independence Day, June 12, free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet services, dubbed as “Alay Para sa Malayang Pilipino,” in the whole stretch of EDSA. Free Wi-Fi is one of the promises made by President Rodrigo … Read More

Chinese hospital uses 4D printing to reconstruct breast

XI’AN — A Chinese hospital announced on Tuesday that doctors have recreated a breast for a cancer patient using 4D printing. The surgery was performed on August 8, 2016, and the printed breast has grown well with the patient’s own tissue, said Ling Rui, a vascular surgery doctor with Xijing Hospital of the Fourth Military … Read More

PLDT rolls out fiber Internet in southern MM

MANILA — Leading telecoms and digital services provider PLDT Inc. has expanded its deployment of fiber Internet services in southern Metro Manila covering areas in Makati, Pasay, Paranaque and Las Pinas including private villages and subdivisions such as Dasmariñas Village, Better Living Subdivision, Merville, BF Homes Parañaque, and Ayala Alabang Village. The fiber to the … Read More

Improved PHL’s mobile internet speed due to activation of evolution cell sites

MANILA — Improved mobile Internet speeds may be attributed to Globe and Smart’s continuing activation of long-term evolution cell sites making use of the 700 MHz spectrum. National Telecommunications Commission Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios, when asked to comment on the latest AKAMAI report, said both telcos started co-using the frequency in May 2016. “Improvements in … Read More

French data watchdog fines Facebook 150,000 euros for “unfair tracking” of users

PARIS — The National Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL), France’s data protecting watchdog, said Tuesday it was fining social media site Facebook 150,000-euro (166,159 U.S. dollars) for “several breaches of the French Data Protecting Act.” The French regulatory body accused Facebook Inc. and Facebook Ireland of tracking web users’ activity without their consent and … Read More

Global cyber attack affects 200,000 victims — Europol chief

LONDON — Friday’s global cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries and regions, Europol chief Rob Wainwright said Sunday. “Many of those victims will be businesses, including large corporations. The global reach is unprecedented,” he said in an interview with Britain’s ITV. Wainwright said he was concerned that the numbers of those … Read More

More crippling ransomware hacks ‘to be expected’

MOSCOW — In the future, hackers are going to use more viruses like the one that was released on the internet last month, which has infected thousands of computers across the world, Dr. Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer at RMIT University in Melbourne told Radio Sputnik. On Friday, computer systems across the world were attacked by … Read More