Stretchy wearable sensors can tell when you’re about to get sunburnt

Wearable Sensors – A device the size of a nicotine patch could soon tell when you’ve spent too long exposed to the sun and need to take a break. Researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia have created wearable stretchable sensors that could be worn on the skin, capable of detecting ultraviolet (UV) radiation and dangerous gases. The team have shown they can take an ordinary material such as zinc oxide

With iOS9 HomeKit will get smarter and more powerful

iOS9 Homekit – When iOS 9 launches this fall, it will include updated and enhanced support for HomeKit. Although Apple briefly mentioned changes coming to HomeKit during Monday’s WWDC 2015 keynote, the company went into more detail about what those changes entail in a session about what’s new in HomeKit for developers. Apple announced a number of new accessory types — including security systems and mechanical blinds — but there is more stuff coming to HomeKit

NASA and Verizon are working to monitor drones with cell towers

NASA Verizon – While NASA works with the FAA to build a network for monitoring drones in the US, NASA is enlisting help from a cellphone carrier. The Guardian reports that Verizon joined the effort too, helping NASA develop the system that will make use of cellphone towers to keep tabs on both commercial and civilian UAVs. The pair reached an agreement last year to explore the potential uses cell towers, including communication and surveillance

California senate wants warrants to be required for phone searches

California Senate – The California State Senate has passed the “Leno bill,” which aims to protect residents’ digital privacy. Officially called Senate Bill 178, it would require authorities to secure a warrant whenever they want to search phones, laptops or other devices in California. That would effectively keep residents’ text messages, emails, cloud storage, social media accounts and GPS data private unless a court issues a wiretap order, barring a few exceptions. The bill, authored

Spending on IoT predicted to reach $1.7 trillion by 2020

Spending IoT – If you’re still not convinced that the Internet of Things is a really, really big thing, then consider the latest projections from research firm IDC. In a series of new reports released this week, IDC says the worldwide market for IoT spending will grow from $655.8 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020. That spending includes devices, connectivity, sensors, platforms, and software. While consumer gadgets like health bands and smartwatches get a

This machine translates written descriptions into images

Machine Images – Imagine an oak tree in a field of wheat, silhouetted against a cloudless blue sky on a dreamy sunny afternoon. The chances are that most people reading this sentence can easily picture a bucolic scene in their mind’s eye. This ability to read a description of a scene and then imagine it has always been uniquely human. But this precious skill may no longer be ours alone. Anyone thinking that these kinds

Apple’s new streaming music service arrives next week?

Apple Music – Apple may be just days away from showing off its new Spotify competitor — and it almost certainly spells the end of the Beats service Apple purchased for $3 billion last year. The company will unveil a two-tier music streaming service at its World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, according to a Wall Street Journal report . The streaming platform will roll out as an update to the company’s