System Bits: Jan. 14


Integrated photonics platform Researchers at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences came up with an integrated photonics platform capable of storing light and electrically controlling its frequency or color through a microchip. Mian Zhang, first author of the resulting paper, says, “Many quantum photonic and classical optics applications require shifting of op... » read more

Privacy Is In Retreat


It was always a given that when you were online, you're in public. The deceptive piece is that your online activities can appear very distant from your physical location. You might be shopping from the comfort and seeming privacy of your living room, or texting on your smart phone before you get out of bed. This created a lot of buzz initially, but over the past year or so the level of paran... » read more

Smart Spies


I recently penned a blog about the Stingray tracker, a device that intercepts communications from cell phones by simulating a cell tower. Basically, it is an eavesdropping-type of application and used by security agencies (so far). Now, I hear about another eavesdropping activity. This time is wasn’t for national security but for consumer marketing and data mining. Here is the story: J... » read more