This Week in Digital…

Becky Grainger

This week in digital

Google develops disease detecting pill

This week, Google has revealed that they are developing a revolutionary new form of medication that uses nano-particles to detect signs of disease.

The pre-emptive treatment pill will involve magnetic particles that can identify cancer, signs of heart attacks and other diseases. Technology within the pill, which is monitored through a wrist-worn device, will then detect molecules that indicate a problem within the body.

Andrew Conrad, head of life sciences at Google, said: “Essentially the idea is simple; you just swallow a pill with the nano-particles, which are decorated with antibodies or molecules that detect other molecules.”

“They course through your body and because the cores of these particles are magnetic, you can call them somewhere and ask them what they saw.”

Work on the project is said to be in the early stages, and represents yet another step in a different business direction for the search leader.

In other Google related news, the firm has also unveiled another health related project with a new Android app named Google Fit. The free app will monitor users health and fitness data through an Android smartphone sensor, with features such as weight tracking and heart-beat monitoring. Third-party app support will also be available, linking into other apps such as Runtastic and Noom Coach.

Ebola email spam

A spam email campaign has been using the recent Ebola scare to trick users into opening an attachment that can install malware software and give hackers remote access to computers and giving them the ability to capture video from webcams and steal passwords and data.

Online Security firm Trustwaves SpiderLabs posted on their blog that currently they don’t believe this is a widespread campaign but have warned uses to be aware of the email campaign. The email appearing to be from the World Health Organisation states that the information and prevention listed in the attached file will help you and those around you stay safe.


ebola email spam


SpiderLabs stated on their blog that; the RAR compressed file attachment is not a document file but an executable file of a DarkComet Remote Access Trojan (RAT). This Trojan makes use of its heavily obfuscated AutoIt-based script to run undetected by antivirus software. When run, it creates a randomly named folder in the Windows Application Data folder and drops all of its component files into that folder.

iTunes of journalism

Blendle, a hotly tipped start-up news platform, has secured £2.4m in backing from the New York Times Co and European publisher Axel Springer and is now laying plans to launch in Europe within the next six months.

The Dutch tech firm, which has described itself as ‘iTunes for journalism’, has only existed for a mere six months but has revolutionised news consumption in the Netherlands, by offering users individual articles from a variety of newspapers and magazines costing 20 cents (Euro).


itunes for journalism


Founders Alexander Klöpping and Marten Blankesteijn have stated that the platform offers users a way to consume news that matters most to them. With the ability to pick and choose articles acting as a unique selling point.

“We love the long-form and there are magazines that I have never read, but now I can find and read an article from it that may move me. So we’ve noted that Blendle is about discovery and discovering. We want it to be easy to pay for and easy to find articles, especially for younger readers” said Klöpping.

The start-up has the potential to launch in the UK in the not too distant future, but it remains to be seen whether an audience can be found outside of Netherlands first.

Blackberry plans a comeback

John Chen, the CEO of BlackBerry, has posted an open letter declaring that the firm is staking its claim in the mobile market once again. Blackberry was once at the very top of the mobile market and has since been overtaken by the likes of Apple and Samsung.

Chens letter, on the BlackBerry blog, addresses the release of the new Blackberry Classic with hopes that the new phone will revive public interest in the brand. The Blackberry Classic is being marketed as a phone for business and will bring back the functionality that previous iterations offered to corporate users.

Chen states that the Classic will go against the norm of new ‘trendy’ phone releases, saying: “We are committed to earning your business — or earning it back, if that’s the case”

“In the weeks ahead, BlackBerry will be sharing more details about Classic that we think you’ll like.”

With BlackBerrys global market share dropping to a slim 0.8%, the once great mobile manufacturer has still got a long way to go.

One figure that could be lending a hand comes in the (very shapely) form of Kim Kardashian, who recently gave an interview stating that she has been stockpiling handsets before labeling the technology as her ‘heart and soul’. This has fueled rumors that the reality star could give the firm a well-needed push with her promotion in future campaigns.

And Finally…

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has revealed plans for a new type of aircraft that will be windowless. Designs from the UK-based company show a concept that will feature high-definition, flexible screens within the plane, creating the illusion that there are no windows on board.

The concept could be put into production within the next ten years, creating all kinds of problems for those with a fear of flying.


windowless flight