Trending in tech: A robot arm that can punch through walls

Researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke created a robotic arm that can punch through walls. © Université de Sherbrooke.

On a regular basis, Google compiles a list of which technology topics are being queried the most by its US users in its dedicated Search engine.

Over the past 24 hours, mobile device news gained the most attention in Google Search’s trending tech topics.

Robotic arm • Robot • Arm • Robotics

While reported on last week by IEEE Spectrum, the wearable robotic arm that is so powerful it “can smash through walls” is gaining steam this week.

The remote-controlled, hydraulic robotic extremity was designed by researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada to function as a third arm to “help you with all kinds of tasks while also being able, should you feel the need, to smash through walls.”

Apple • Patent Selfie

Last week, Apple was granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office that would help people create “synthetic group selfies” from individual selfies.

The document describes a device with such software integrated as being able to “automatically arrange the individual selfies into the synthetic group selfie.”

Dell XPS 17 • Laptop

On Tuesday, the latest version of Dell’s XPS 17 laptop was released. The 17-inch model with a 4K screen is available with up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics. Starting price clocks in at US$1,400.

Ransomware • Computer security • Computer • Encryption • DjVu • User • Cyberattack

On Tuesday, Forbes reported that about 500,000 computers have been infected with a ransomware, called Stop DJVU, that has around 150 variants.

According to the media, “Unsuspecting victims wind up with folders full of unusable files, encrypted with Stop DJVU and held for ransoms of nearly US$1,000.

The bad guys “generously” offer a 50% discount to those who pay quickly.” Fortunately for a large percentage of attack victims, however, the damages caused by this ransomware can be undone with a free tool created by Emsisoft.

Samsung Galaxy Tab series • Tablet computer

Also on Tuesday, a rumor was published to Twitter by Jon Prosser from Front Page Tech stating that Samsung’s next virtual Unpacked event will take place on August 5; the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Fold 2, and ZFlip 5G are all expected to be announced and later launched on August 20.

Alongside these devices, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ are also expected to be introduced.