FCC Aggressively Moves to Block Spam Calls

FCC Aggressively Moves to Block Spam Calls

Yesterday, I had a dozen — count ’em a dozen — spam calls. My carrier, Verizon, does a good job of marking most of them as spam, but it’s not perfect. Some calls get through. Now, if I were like most of you, I’d just ignore any call from an unknown number. Alas, I’m not. I’m a journalist, so I sometimes get calls that I must take from numbers I’ve never seen before. Sometimes you must do that too. But, now the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is finally putting a stop to many spammers…


New Robots Patrolling for ‘Anti-Social Behaviour’ Causing Unease in Singapore Streets

There are new sheriffs in town in Singapore, and they are unnerving many who live there…


New Yubico Security Keys Let You Use Fingerprints Instead of Passwords

Security experts have long abhorred passwords. They’re hackable, forgettable, and, sometimes, guessable (looking at you, password1). As companies like Microsoft and Google move to embrace password-less logins, Yubico thinks it has the key to keeping things simple. The YubiKey Bio Series announced today is the company’s first hardware security key to offer fingerprint logins…


Solar-Powered Desalination Device Will Turn Sea Water Into Fresh Water For 400,000 People

When someone invents a mass desalination plant to turn seawater into normal water without polluting the area, it will be a massive achievement, as only 3% of the water on Earth is fresh…


Ameren Illinois Deploys Methane Sniffing Vehicle to Track Emissions, Leaks

A unique means of tracking methane is coming to the streets of Illinois, care of Ameren Illinois: a so-called gas sniffing vehicle dedicated to identifying emissions, locating leaks and overall improving pipeline repair times…


This 32-Rotor eVTOL Aircraft Is a One-Seater That You Build Yourself

While plenty of money is being pumped into efforts to create a so-called “flying taxi” for viable urban mobility services, a startup founded in Japan three years ago is intent on creating a personal electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) machine for solo flights…


Mastercard Is Removing the Magnetic Stripe From Credit and Debit Cards

The magnetic stripe has been a feature of credit and debit cards for decades, but Mastercard looks set to be the first payments network to remove it…

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