Scam Alert #12 — Brainwave hacks & Groupon fakers

Can cyber crooks hack your brain?  Maybe not your actual grey matter (not yet, anyway). But they can get into the machines that measure your brainwaves and do some nasty business….

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Be your own charger with new heat-harvesting fabric

Your body heat could power your smart devices and the Internet of Things.           “I got a smart phone with a dumb battery,” sing hip-hop artists DJ Pasquan and Lank from…

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Keep your criminal paws off my smart TV

Some smart TVs could be even more vulnerable to ransomware, research shows.   You just want to watch your show.  But you’re fumbling with the remote and spilling your popcorn…

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You can fight robocallers… with your own robot

How “hang on, there’s a bee on me” is defeating scam telemarketers at their own game.   “Roger” just woke up from a nap, so he’s a little out of…

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When robocallers pretend to be real

Watch out for “Can you hear me now?” robot telemarketers, the Federal Trade Commission warns.   You pick up the phone and hear a pause, then a young woman speaks. “Excuse me, I had a…

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Humans have a ‘black box,’ too

Life-giving technology tells a story after death—a story that can help solve crimes.   Two dark November nights in an Ohio town. Two murders. Two houses stained with blood.  Both victims—both under age 50—shared…

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