Galoo Daily Trends 22.02.2013
Your private email accounts on Twitter, Tumblr or Pinterest may be not private anymore
Customer service software provider Zendesk announced a security breach that allowed attackers into its system, where they could access data from three customers this week. Wired learned those three clients were Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. The San Francisco-based company announced the breach in a blog post published early Thursday night. Tumblr notified affected users in an email at approximately 6:35 p.m. PST; Twitter and Pinterest are expected to do so shortly. Zendesk declined to comment beyond its blog post, titled, appropriately, “We’ve been hacked.” The post reads in part: (more at: wired.com)
Mobile World Congress 2013.. 3 days and counting (what to expect)
Devices and apps for keeping you fit and healthy. Cars equipped with the latest in mobile technology. Oh, and new smartphones and tablets in a wide enough range of styles and capabilities to satisfy any mobile user. All of that is on tap at the latest edition of the Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile trade show, which gets underway next week.
The curtain on the 2013 edition of MWC won’t rise until Monday (though plenty of companies will be making product announcements over the weekend). But our mobile team is already gearing up to check out the sights, sounds, and gadgets on the Barcelona show floor. Here’s a look at what you can expect from this year’s Mobile World Congress. (more at: pcworld.com)
Flower-bumblebee electric connection, literally
Flowers may be silent, but scientists have just discovered that electric fields allow them to communicate with bumblebees and possibly other species, including humans.
It’s well known that color, shape, pattern and fragrances allow flowers to connect with pollinators, but the new study, published in the journal Science, adds electricity to this already impressive lineup.
“We just now have discovered that electrical potentials, an unavoidable by-product of flying in air for bumblebees and being grounded for the flower, is being exploited to benefit both parties,” co-author Daniel Robert told Discovery News. It’s “another example of the beauty of evolution,” added Robert, a professor in the University of Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences. (more at: discovery.com)
If you have 3 gigantic wishes, this will help
A new kind of lake monster has been found, in the depths of Lake Tahoe: gigantic goldfish. Researchers trawling the lake for invasive fish species scooped up a goldfish that was nearly 1.5 feet long and 4.2 pounds.
“During these surveys, we’ve found a nice corner where there’s about 15 other goldfish,” environmental scientist Sudeep Chandra of the University of Nevada, Reno, told LiveScience. (more at: livescience.com)
A wristwatch that reads your text messages out loud, a jacket that heats up when you’re cold, eyeglasses that display directions as you walk down the street.
Gimmicks, or fashion of the future?
Although those products may seem like something out of a James Bond movie, the world’s largest technology companies and start-ups alike believe “wearable tech” is the next big frontier, and they have been pouring money and research into developing high-tech clothing and accessories. (more at: latimes.com)