Author: Trevor Mogg

Intelligent pedestrian crossing system banishes the button

Heath Brandon/Creative CommonsWhile we fully acknowledge that the act of pushing a button to indicate your presence at a signalized crosswalk isn’t exactly a chore worthy of complaint, researchers at the Institute of Computer Graphics and Vision in Gr…

New York could dish out fines for texting while crossing the street

Everyone knows that it’s really not a good idea to look at your phone screen while walking along, but pretty much everyone still does it.The risky behavior can lead to bumps, knocks, and even unintended splashes. At the extreme end of the calamity scal…

Cybercrime gang that stole $100M busted in international effort

Fighting cybercrime is a hugely complex and challenging endeavor, but an international police effort spanning six countries has just succeeded in dismantling a notorious criminal network that allegedly stole around $100 million from more than 40,000 …

Instagram’s new Explore grid tempts you to open your wallet

Instagram’s Explore tab has steadily evolved over the years with occasional tweaks and features designed to nudge you into increasing your follow count as well as the amount of time you spend on the app.
Now the Facebook-owned company is doubling dow…

WhatsApp flaw left phones open to attack from sophisticated spyware

WhatsApp is advising its users to update the app following the discovery of a security flaw that enabled surveillance software to be placed on a target’s phone via the app’s call feature.
The sophisticated spyware, called Pegasus, was developed by Is…