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New malware, dubbed “Rombertik,” was discovered in the first week of May, and it’s set apart by its resilience to detection—whenever it recognizes that it’s being pilfered by security software, it wipes itself out of your system—along with the contents of your harddrive. The malware is installed from malicious links in emails, and you can get a deeper look on Arstechnica’s page.
What kind of body language are you broadcasting every day? In this essay, Emily Smith looks at No One Understands You and What To Do About It, by Heidi Grant Halvorson, and discusses the science of social perception, and how minutiae of conversation may be creating more of an impression than you think.
While Google has never shied away from performance at the cost of resource usage, we may be seeing some positive changes to Chrome this year, both on mobile and desktop. Chrome for Android has reported that “first gesture latency and mean input latency has decreased steadily” in 2015 and they’re working to reduce memory leak (and battery drain on mobile) as the year moves forward.
If the FitBit wasn’t sci-fi enough for you, researchers at MIT have discovered how to monitor vitals and breathing patterns over WiFi waves. While it may not be practical in the same way as wearable tech, it could prove invaluable to the medical field.
Continuing its trend of empowering its search box, Google has added a feature to send directions to your mobile device in one quick step. All you need to do is enter (you guessed it) “send directions” into the search box, and add your destination, and the route will be activated on your device’s Google Maps app.