The 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil promises to be one of the most spectacular of all time. If all goes to plan, a young paraplegic Brazilian in a mind-controlled exoskeleton will stride across the pitch and take the opening kick of the competition.
And the winner is… Hong Kong! Internet users there enjoy top speeds of 63 megabits per second, according to the most recent figures from the internet firm Akamai. Hong Kong’s blistering broadband speeds compare to a worldwide average of 18.4Mbps.
Google Glass may be grabbing all the headlines, but it’s not the only form of wearable technology on the way. Take Meta, for instance, a futuristic-looking headset that will offer a ‘mediated reality’ experience when it launches early next year.
Yes, and in many ways. In one study, researchers found that people with more Facebook friends had more grey matter in several important brain regions, although this might be because people who start with larger brains attract more friends.
Some viruses attack the computer’s boot sector, the area on the hard drive that hosts the code for the start-up routine. Such a root code virus causes havoc because it runs itself every time you switch on the computer. Other viruses are hidden in emails, games or attached documents.