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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ScienceDaily: Information Technology News

ScienceDaily: Information Technology News

Electronics you can wrap around your finger

Posted: 10 Feb 2015 10:01 AM PST

A new multiferroric film keeps its electric and magnetic properties even when highly curved, paving the way for potential uses in wearable devices.

Security gaps found in 39,890 online databases containing customer data

Posted: 10 Feb 2015 05:38 AM PST

Anyone could call up or modify several million pieces of customer data online including names, addresses and e-mails. Three students were able to show this for 40,000 online databases in both Germany and France. The cause is a misconfigured open source database upon which millions of online stores and platforms from all over the world base their services. If the operators blindly stick to the defaults in the installation process and do not consider crucial details, the data is available online, completely unprotected.

Bringing texture to your flat touchscreen with virtual bumps

Posted: 09 Feb 2015 01:14 PM PST

What if the touchscreen of your smartphone or tablet could touch you back? Researchers now report a discovery that provides insight into how the brain makes sense of data from fingers. When people draw their fingers over a flat surface with two 'virtual bumps,' the researchers found that, under certain circumstances, the subjects feel only one bump when there really are two. And the researchers can explain why the brain comes to this conclusion.

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