system

Tue
18
Feb
John Lister's picture

New Tech Pairs Cellphone, Sound for Secure Logins

If Google's latest acquisition is any indication, sound could be the key to enhanced login security. Set up by former members of the Israeli military, SlickLogin is based around high-frequency tones, virtually inaudible to the human ear. In theory ... the system could be used as the main way to log in to a site, but Google seems more likely to use it for two-factor authentication. The idea of two-factor authentication is to combine two different types of security measure: something you know, and something you have. With the system Google already uses, the 'something you know' is your ... (view more)

Fri
14
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

New Infopackets Website Relaunch - FAQs

I have received many frequently asked questions since the new site went live. I'll answer a few questions below. "Why haven't I received any newsletters since December 28?" There have been no newsletters published since the old server was ... discontinued, the new server went live, and all major bugs have been resolved. We expect more bugs to appear in the coming days as users come back to the site and after we send out our first newsletter on the new newsletter delivery system (after making this announcement), so please be patient. Going forward, newsletter delivery will most ... (view more)

Fri
14
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

New Infopackets Website Relaunch - Complete

Dear Infopackets Readers, I'm pleased to announce that our website relaunch is now complete. Unfortunately, the transition did not go as smoothly as anticipated. Shortly after the new site went live, the server was maliciously attacked and the ... databases became corrupted. There were also 185 (or so) documented bugs I needed to correct over the last month, before giving this official 'go ahead' announcement. This is described below. A Bit of History This project officially began shortly after April 2011, coinciding with Google's algorithm change which dropped our web traffic and ... (view more)

Sat
28
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

New Infopackets Website Relaunch

Update 2014/02/08: we have resolved most of the major technical issues that have plagued our web site / new server since re-launch and expect to resume operations next week. Please note that all email newsletter subscriber data has been ported and ... it is not necessary to re-subscribe. All email newsletter subscribers will receive the newsletter on schedule when it becomes available. Thank you for your patience. -- Dear Infopackets Readers, We have a major announcement to make concerning our website, Infopackets. This article is a bit long, but it's really important -- so please read it ... (view more)

Fri
20
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Restaurant Delivers Food via Speedy Pneumatic Tubes

Don't think your fast food is delivered fast enough? Then you might want to check out one fast food cafe that delivers burgers, nachos, fries, and other fatty (and delicious) items using a series of pneumatic tubes. The advantage: food travels from ... the kitchen to the table at a speed of approximately 87 miles per hour (MPH). That system is currently being used by C1 Espresso, a hybrid burger joint / cafe located in Christchurch, New Zealand. The cafe's owner, Sam Crofskey, says he was inspired by the Tube Transport System shown in the popular animated TV series "Futurama". Pneumatic Tubes ... (view more)

Thu
21
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

US Gov't Wants to Upgrade Nation's Landline Network

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says it's time to update America's outdated landline telephone network. Chairman Tom Wheeler is calling for an all-digital system that works much like the Internet. At the moment, all landline phones in ... the United States connect to a single analog network made up of old copper wire and switches. Many of the key components are in such short supply that they are extremely expensive to replace, or simply aren't made any more. That not only makes it difficult for phone companies to maintain the network, but it means adding new lines or dealing with ... (view more)

Wed
06
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

Advertising Screens Guess Your Age And Gender

A UK retailer has installed advertising screens that can scan a customer's face. The screens, which will be installed by Tesco at its many gas stations, then shows an advertisement based on its reading of the person's age and gender. The move has ... prompted criticism from privacy advocates, while others question how accurate the system will be. The screens are the work of Amscreen, a company owned by British businessman Alan Sugar. Sugar made a name for himself with the Amstrad computer back in the 1980s. Now he's made a deal to supply screens to 450 Tesco gas stations across the United Kingdom ... (view more)

Tue
29
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

'NFL Mobile for Android and iOS', and 'System Information X 1.7.3'

NFL Mobile for Android and iOS National Football League (NFL) Mobile is now available for Android devices and the iOS platform. This handy app provides die-hard football fans with constant updates for the biggest games of the week. Features ... including live scoring and play-by-play updates. http://www.nfl.com System Information X 1.7.3 Looking for information about your home or business computer system? Then give MiTeC's System Information X a try. This application provides you with reports on your system's operations. It's compatible with every Windows operating system since Windows 2000. http ... (view more)

Tue
22
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

'PetChatz' Lets Pets, Owners Video Chat

Miss your pets when you're away on vacation or those long, dull business trips? Well, there may now be a way to keep in touch with your little critters. PetChatz is a two-way video system that can also be used to dispense scents and treats. ... PetChatz, which is about half the size of a desktop computer tower, plugs directly into an electrical outlet -- preferably one near ground level, where dogs, cats, iguanas, and other domesticated animals can access it. In the middle of the device is a screen the size of a smartphone display. When plugged in and remotely connected through WiFi to a home ... (view more)

Tue
15
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

Ultrasound Tech Revolutionizing Gesture Controls

Norwegian firm Elliptic Labs is employing ultrasound technology to improve existing gesture controls. As with medical ultrasound scans, the gadget sends out soundwaves at frequencies humans cannot hear. The device then measures how long these ... soundwaves -- which are affected by the position and distance of any objects in the way -- take to return. This allows it to track any movements, such as somebody gesturing with a wave or a swipe of the hand. Sound Allows Easier Control Than Light Samsung uses a similar gesture control system with its Galaxy S4 smartphone, but that works through infrared ... (view more)

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