'Vein Recognition' Passwords And More Tech Of The Week

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1 | Your New Edible Password

It’s hard enough to remember your password as it is, but now they’re about to get a lot more disgusting with PayPal looking into something called ‘vein recognition’ which involves ingesting pills loaded with tech that would act as a bio-key (in a similar way to how some animals are fitted with microchips).

Another option would be to swallow a pill that would analyse our stomach acid to see if we're who we claim to be and indeed should be allowed access to certain accounts. It all sounds a bit 1984 at present, but swallowing a one-off pill may be much simpler than racking your brain for a new combination of capital letters, numbers and punctuation to act as a password every few months. The vein pills, we're not so sure about.

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2 | Your New Way To Hide Your Shameful Social Media Past

If you’re anything like certain people we know, the first thing you do in the morning is check social media to see who you might have offended with your drunken dissection of a certain political party’s manifesto, or worse, your Twitter campaign to convince the world that ‘Taylor Swift really is the one true artist of our generation!’

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While we’d hope good taste dictates what you post about online, we all know that what seems profound / hilarious at 1am may not hold up in the cold light of day. A new app called Clear has been developed to save you any online embarassment before it happens by trawling through your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to uncover then delete posts and pictures based on certain keywords such as profanity and generalisations about certain groups, Taylor Swift fans included. 

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3 | Your New Chance To Dress Like A 20th Century Fighter Pilot (While Driving Your Mini)

It’s not difficult, when driving a Mini to feel a little bit like this, but now the experience is set to get a lot more ‘interesting’ thanks to the company’s new augmented reality goggles.

What’s the point of wearing goggles while driving? For starters they negate the need for control panels on the dashboard, feed SatNav directions directly to you and feature a Superman-esque x-ray vision feature that lets you stream a video from cameras mounted on the car exterior, giving you a better understanding of what’s going on around you. Basically, if they work well, they should bring the driver closer to the car and enhance the experience.

They’re in the prototype stage right now, but hopefully the finished product will be slightly less Phileas Fogg and a bit more Steve McQueen

 

4 | Your First Look At The End Of Your Twitter Trolling Days

If you’re anything like certain people we’ve heard about, you like nothing better than trawling through Twitter, winding up Taylor Swift fans about how she’s ‘the worst thing to happen to music since Britney went for a buzzcut’. Frankly, this behavior is immature, as Twitter well knows after announcing plans to hunt down and put a stop to online trolls once and for all.

Earlier this year the company expanded its definition of abuse to cover a wider selection of words and phrases, and now a new feature is being developed, which is set to hide offensive tweets from your Home feed. It’s in the experimental stage at present, but knowing how quickly Twitter move, expect to see it in action sooner rather than later. If only there was some sort of app to delete offensive social media posts before they caused any harm…


5 | Your First Look At Giant Freakin’ ‘Laser Beams’ In Space

Sharks with laser beams attached to their heads may still be some way off, but Dr Evil is sure to be raising his pinky to the corner of his mouth at the thought of Japanese scientists’ plan to stick lasers on the International Space Station.

Sadly, the proposal doesn’t have anything to do with volcano lairs, world domination or even British spies with terrible dental hygiene, instead, Japans RIKEN institute have suggested using these lasers to burn up all the millions of pieces of rubbish floating around in the Earth's orbit. Of course, lasers in space could be problematic should they fall into the wrong hands, but then again, they might double as a handy first line of defence when we’re faced with an inevitable Independence Day style scenario.

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