Swedish city introduces payment by hand scanning
Hand scanning has become an alternative payment method for people in a city in southern Sweden, researchers at Lund University said Monday.
Twitter's Vine adds private messaging
Twitter-owned Vine said Thursday it was adding an option for private messages sent using the service's looping short videos.
Data mining uncovers 19th century Britain's fat habit
A collaboration between historians, text mining, and information visualisation researchers has thrown up new insight into the hunger for sugar, coffee and rubber in the 19th century, as well as how fat became ...
US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest
In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government.
Alternative input methods for smart phones
Alternative input methods for smart phones, such as Swype and SwiftKey, offer substantial benefits to users and are comparable with common typing speeds found on computer keyboards, according to a report published by researchers ...
Trading archives chart how Britain's taste for tea grew
Computer experts at the University of St Andrews have joined forces with international historians to shed light on one of the 19th century's great social transformations... How Britain gave up coffee to become a nation of ...
US police phone-tracking accords often kept secret (Update)
Police across the U.S. may be intercepting phone calls or text messages to find suspects using a technology tool known as Stingray. But they are refusing to turn over details about its use or heavily censoring ...
New online menaces: from spamming fridges to hijackers
It has to be annoying when your fridge sends spam without your knowledge, but how would you feel if a hacker with a smartphone disabled your car brakes or even remotely hijacked your plane?
Researchers say fear of death may curb youthful texting and driving
While drivers tend to believe it is dangerous to text and drive, many say they can still do it safely. Now Washington State University researchers say drivers can be discouraged from the practice with public service announcements ...
Twitter says images blocked in Venezuela
Twitter said Friday that Venezuela was apparently blocking pictures from being shared in tweets as people took to streets to protest inflation and shortages amid sometimes violent unrest.
Tech makes couples closer despite tensions
Technology helps bring married couples closer together even though the use of electronic devices can be a source of tension, a US survey showed Tuesday.
Texting while walking impairs stride, poses risks
Texting while walking impairs a person's ability to follow a straight line and keep a normal pace, and may pose risks to pedestrians according to a study out Wednesday.
NSA scoops up millions of text messages a day, report says (Update)
The US National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million mobile phone text messages a day from around the world, a report said Thursday, in the latest revelations from the Edward Snowden files.
Texting is bound to decline but it won't die out just yet
Reports this week reveal the number of text messages sent between mobile phones has fallen into decline for the first time since the service was introduced. According to figures from Deloitte, the number of ...