• Robot companion and cyber shoes at Webit

      Robot companion and cyber shoes at Webit

      Webit.Festival Europe has earned its reputation as one of the worlds most attended and globally renowned large-scale tech events and this year it did not disappoint as well. For the eleventh consecutive year, Webit gathered in Sofia between 13 and 15 May hundreds of the greatest minds of mankind - among them were top executives of huge corporations, founders of businesses, investors, entrepreneurs, academics, politicians and media representatives.

    • WhatsApp suffers 'targeted' surveillance attack

      WhatsApp suffers 'targeted' surveillance attack

      Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp. According to a statement by the company, which is owned by Facebook, the attack targeted a "select number" of users, mostly human rights attorneys, and was orchestrated by "an advanced cyber-actor," which the Financial Times identified as Israel's NSO Group.

    • Mercedes to go fully 'carbon-neutral' by 2039

      Mercedes to go fully 'carbon-neutral' by 2039

      German giant Mercedes-Benz this week announced plans to stop selling traditional combustion engine cars by 2039 and make all of its new vehicles sold worldwide by that time carbon-neutral. In additon, the company also pledges to lean on wind power and other forms of clean energy in the future to make its vast manufacturing operations cleaner.

    • Japan unveils world's fastest bullet train

      Japan unveils world's fastest bullet train

      This week, Japanese railway company JR East started testing its new Alfa-X, a high-speed bullet train that is designed to achieve a top speed of 400kph, or 249mph, which would make it the fastest commercial train in the worldр outpacing China's Fuxing train, which runs at 10 kph slower despite being designed with the same top speed capabilities as the Alfa-X.

    • Microsoft to integrate full Linux kernel in Windows 10

      Microsoft to integrate full Linux kernel in Windows 10

      Microsoft has surprised many in the Linux developer community in recent years. Surprises have included bringing things like the Bash shell to Windows, or native OpenSSH in Windows 10, and even including Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora in the Windows Store. Now Microsoft is going even further, with plans to ship a full Linux kernel directly in Windows 10, which would be specially designed to run alongside the Windows kernel.

    • Putin signs Russian internet isolation bill into law

      Putin signs Russian internet isolation bill into law

      Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the law on providing "stable operation of the Russian Internet (Runet) in case it is disconnected from the global infrastructure of the World Wide Web", Russia's TASS news agency reported on Wednesday. The move, however is also aimed at tightening government control over the internet.

    • Mobile health apps on the rise

      Mobile health apps on the rise

      As the awareness for healthy lifestyle is increasing, the demand for continued monitoring of vital signs is also on the rise. It is therefore no surprise that the mobile health app market is also rapidly expanding and is expected to grow annually even further at the rate of about 47.6%, according to a recent study.

    • China's new rules on video games released

      China's new rules on video games released

      At the end of last year, the Chinese government ended its nine-month freeze on approving new video games after a major government re-organisation shifted the approval process to the propaganda-focused State Administration of Press and Publication. Now the official details on the new restrictions and requirements for games entering that lucrative market, have been released, with things not looking great for Mortal Kombat 11.

    • Tesla unveils Robotaxi concept

      Tesla unveils Robotaxi concept

      Tesla’s billionaire CEO, Elon Musk, laid out a vision for a huge fleet of self-driving electric vehicles that owners could share with friends or other riders, with Tesla getting a cut of the proceeds. The Robotaxi concept, as described by GeekWire, relies on the ability to make Tesla cars fully autonomous, to the point that the steering wheels can be removed. The cost to run a Robotaxi would be less than 18 cents per mile, compared with 62 cents per mile for US ownership cost and $2 to $3 per mile for traditional ride-sharing models.

    • Marcus Hutchins: from hero to criminal

      Marcus Hutchins: from hero to criminal

      In 2017, Marcus Hutchins went from being a relatively unknown 23-year-old, to being a worldwide hero, to facing criminal charges all in a span of a few months. After 'MalwareTech' shut down the rapidly spreading WannaCry malwareby finding a killswitch domain in the software, UK tabloids exposed his real name. Then in August of that year, just as he was about to leave Las Vegas after the Defcon event there, US authorities arrested Hutchins, claiming he'd played a part in creating a different type of malware, Kronos, years earlier.